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Classic Mongolia

Tailor Made Itinerary

10 Days From C$5,513

Overview

Blessed with nomadic hospitality, rich expansive landscapes and the cultural legacy of Genghis Khan, Mongolia remains one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia. This stunning 10-day journey through some of its natural and cultural highlights takes you from its bustling capital and deep into the heart of its vast wilderness. Beginning in Ulaanbaatar you’ll venture into the Terelj National Park where you can ride horses amongst the forested mountains before flying on to the edge of ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride into the forested valleys of the Terelj National Park
  • Drive through the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert
  • Climb the magnificent dunes of Khongoryn Els to enjoy the views
  • Visit centuries-old Buddhist monasteries
  • Enjoy the hospitality of traditional Mongolian ger camps
  • Spark up conversation with nomadic camel herders

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ULAANBAATAR CITY TOUR

DAY 1: ULAANBAATAR CITY TOUR

Arriving in the Mongolian capital early today, you'll transfer to your hotel for a rest before enjoying a sightseeing tour of the city later on. A visit to the Ganden Monastery affords you an opportunity to see one of the most complete temples in Mongolia, whilst a tour around the National Museum provides a good introduction to the historical traditions and geographical make-up of the country. This evening, enjoy a traditional folk show followed dinner at a local restaurant.

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: ULAANBAATAR - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK 

DAY 2: ULAANBAATAR - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK 

Leaving Ulaanbaatar today, you'll drive to the expansive landscapes of the nearby Terelj National Park. The country's first national park, its stunning rock formations and spectacular views of forested mountains makes this a popular attraction for local day-trippers escaping the capital. A late morning arrival allows time to explore the park on foot before overnighting at a ger camp within the park.

Terelj Lodge Ger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: TERELJ HORSE RIDE - ULAANBAATAR

DAY 3: TERELJ HORSE RIDE - ULAANBAATAR

Head out this morning on horseback to explore the surrounding valleys before driving on to the great Genghis Khan statue on the banks of the Tuul River standing at over 40 metres high and visible for miles around. It is possible to climb the statue to enjoy sweeping views across the surrounding countryside. Then, return to Ulaanbaatar this afternoon.

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: ULAANBAATAR - YOLYN AM VALLEY

DAY 4: ULAANBAATAR - YOLYN AM VALLEY

A flight south this morning brings you to the edge of the vast Gobi Desert and the town of Dalanzadgad. This will be the gateway into the desert and on to the Yolyn Am Valley, a small hidden canyon covered by a glacier for much of the year. Walking through the canyon often reveals a mixture of local wildlife such as wild sheep, ibex and huge lammergeier vultures. Driving on to the desert plateau, you'll stay at a traditional ger camp tonight. In the evening, head to some of the most important paleontological finds ever made, the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag. The rich red cliffs rising up from the desert sands create a stunning setting within which to enjoy a walk.

Gobi Mirage Ger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: YOLYN AM VALLEY - KHONGORYN ELS

DAY 5: YOLYN AM VALLEY - KHONGORYN ELS

Turning west, you head towards the Khavtsgait petroglyphs today, where a short scramble takes you to the top of a hill adorned with ancient petroglyphs that date back over 7,000 years. Continuing on through the desert, you'll then take a road that winds its way through the rocky mountains and past herds of grazing goats and camels. Your ger camp for this evening is located close to the impressive Khongoryn Els Dunes where you can visit a family of nomadic camel herders, take a Bactrian ride alongside the dunes and enjoy an early evening climb up them for stunning views out across the rippling sands towards the desert beyond.

Gobi Discovery 2
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: KHONGORYN ELS - ONGIIN KHIID

DAY 6: KHONGORYN ELS - ONGIIN KHIID

Leaving the Gobi desert behind, head north through more green and fertile landscapes to Ongiin Khiid on the banks of the Ongiin Gol River, where you'll find the remains of what was once one of the largest monasteries in the country. Now reduced to a small temple, the complex once spread across both sides of the river which you can stroll through with your guide stopping for the chance to drink from a well said to cure any stomach disorder.

Ongiin Nuuts Ger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: ONGIIN KHIID - KHARKHORIN

DAY 7: ONGIIN KHIID - KHARKHORIN

As you journey into central Mongolia today the landscape changes again, with thick forests of pine and rolling hills set as a backdrop as you head towards Kharkhorin. Briefly the Mongol capital before being deserted in the 16th century, the remains of Kharkhorin were used to build the monastery of Erdene Zuu, probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in the country. On arrival you'll have time to have a look around the museum.

Monkh Tenger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: KHARKHORIN - KHOGNO KHAN

DAY 8: KHARKHORIN - KHOGNO KHAN

A morning visit to the Erdene Zuu Monastery grants an opportunity to watch a mid-morning ceremony and chanting before continuing on to the Khogno Khan National Park. Home to a rich mix of historical sites, wildlife and spectacular scenery, the park features some excellent walks amongst wonderful scenery including rocky mountains, sand dunes, green grasslands and open steppe. Explore the area by taking a walk in the mountains, riding a camel or visiting some local herders, before heading across the steppe later to your ger camp.

Sweet Gobi
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: KHOGNO KHAN - ULAANBAATAR

DAY 9: KHOGNO KHAN - ULAANBAATAR

After a long morning’s drive back to the capital, the afternoon is then free to spend a little more time exploring Ulaanbaatar at your own pace and perhaps take in more of its monasteries and museums or enjoy some last-minute shopping before dinner.

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: DEPARTURE TRANSFER

DAY 10: DEPARTURE TRANSFER

After a long morning’s drive back to the capital, the afternoon is then free to spend a little more time exploring Ulaanbaatar at your own pace and perhaps take in more of its monasteries and museums or enjoy some last-minute shopping before dinner.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC MONGOLIA (10 DAYS) C$5,513

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Meet the expert, Clem

Clem is our Central Asia expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Mongolians are some of the most welcoming and open people you will ever meet and will invite you into their gers for snacks and meals. Leave your Western uptight-ness at the door of the ger and get stuck in!

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