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Wild Mongolia

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From C$6,738

Overview

The remote wilds of Mongolia are an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Blessed with breathtaking vistas of vast open steppes, rocky mountains, towering sand dunes and forested valleys, the country is perfect for remote exploration, by vehicle, foot and horse, where you can really escape the distractions of modern life.

After a chance to take in the culture and history of Ulaanbaatar, the country’s lively capital, head off into the forested mountains of the Terelj National Park, where ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kayak down the Tuul River in Terelj National Park
  • Trek between the famed alpine lakes of Naiman Nuur
  • See rare wild horses in Hustai National Park
  • Explore the Buddhist monasteries of Ganden and Erdene Zuu
  • Enjoy the romance of remote ger camps under the stars
  • Admire the Orkhon Khurkree Waterfall in all its glory

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

Arrive early in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. After freshening up, take a tour around the temple complex of Gandan Monastery, one of the most complete monasteries in Mongolia today, where you may perchance encounter monks chanting their daily, mid-morning rituals. A light lunch is followed by a visit to the National Museum and a walk across Sukhbaatar Square, both of which provide a good introduction to the history of Mongolia. Enjoy an early evening traditional folk show before sitting down to dinner at a local restaurant.

Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: ULAANBAATAR - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

DAY 2: ULAANBAATAR - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Depart the city this morning and head for the nearby Terelj National Park, the country's first national reserve. Home to forested hills, mountains and river valleys, its stunning rock formations and spectacular views make this a popular daytrip from the capital. From your picturesque base in the valley beyond the Tuul River, this afternoon you can hike or ride out to the ruins of the Gunjin Sum temple to visit one of the few Manchurian-influenced temples left in Mongolia before retiring to your ger camp next door to Naraa, a nomadic herder, and his family, for an evening of nomadic hospitality. Following a fun cooking lesson, where you will learn how to make traditional Mongolian dumplings, you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour for dinner.

Nomadic Homestay (Naraa's Family)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK - GUN GULUUT

DAY 3: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK - GUN GULUUT

After breakfast, head to the water for a three-hour kayak down the Tuul River to visit the great Chinggis statue standing at 40-metres high and visible for miles around. It is possible to climb the statue to enjoy sweeping views across the countryside. After your visit, continue on through the remote steppe landscapes of Gun Guluut.

Steppe Nomads
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: GUN GULUUT - HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 4: GUN GULUUT - HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

Heading out early this morning, you'll take a walk across the vast open steppe of Gun Guluut in search of some of the region's wildlife including marmot, argali wild mountain sheep, bearded vultures and grey wolf. Heading back towards Ulaanbaatar, you'll then continue on to the Hustai National Park, home to the rare and endangered wild Przewalski’s horses, where an early evening drive through the park provides the opportunity to see them in their native habitat. This evening you will be staying alongside a park ranger and his family in guest gers for the possibility to experience traditional archery and pay a visit to the Bronze Age and Turkic Unguut stones nearby.

Sanjaa's Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK - ORKHON VALLEY

DAY 5: HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK - ORKHON VALLEY

Today's drive into the rolling hills and forests of the Orkhon Valley takes you past herds of sheep, goats and horses grazing by the roadside. Fed by the waters of the Orkhon River, this beautiful river valley was inscribed by UNESCO as one of the country's most important cultural landscapes and the journey is dotted with tiny encampments of nomadic herders. Later this afternoon walk to the deer stones, which are ancient burial markers believed to date back to the Bronze Age.

Ursa Major Ger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: 8 LAKES TREK

DAY 6: 8 LAKES TREK

This morning, drive to the Buurgiin Valley to begin preparations for your trek and meet your packhorse and the team. The first hike sets off this afternoon, heading into the Khangai Hills and on towards Shireet Lake, one of the famed Eight Lakes of Naiman Nuur.

8 Lakes Trek Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: 8 LAKES TREK

DAY 7: 8 LAKES TREK

Over the next three days you will trek between the lakes, camping by Shireet Lake on the first night, Huis Lake on the second night and White Stallion Lake for the final night. Created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, the lakes sit at around 2,400 metres above sea level lying amidst a landscape of alpine meadows, pine forests and barren mountains. The hikes between each of the lakes will take an average of six hours a day, covering some 15-20 kilometres daily.

8 Lakes Trek Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: 8 LAKES TREK

DAY 8: 8 LAKES TREK

Over the next three days you will trek between the lakes, camping by Shireet Lake on the first night, Huis Lake on the second night and White Stallion Lake for the final night. Created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, the lakes sit at around 2,400 metres above sea level lying amidst a landscape of alpine meadows, pine forests and barren mountains. The hikes between each of the lakes will take an average of six hours a day, covering some 15-20 kilometres daily.

8 Lakes Trek Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: 8 LAKES TREK

DAY 9: 8 LAKES TREK

The final day of the trek sees you exploring the area surrounding White Stallion Lake.

8 Lakes Trek Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: 8 LAKES TREK - ORKHON NOMADIC HOMESTAY

DAY 10: 8 LAKES TREK - ORKHON NOMADIC HOMESTAY

Heading away from the Eight Lakes area today, the journey then takes you towards the confluence of the Orkhon and Uliastai Rivers with a stop at the Orkhon Khurkree Waterfall en route to see one of the country’s most beautiful falls. After heavy rains, especially around late July and August, this becomes arguably one of Mongolia’s most spectacular sights and a short walk downstream brings you to a 22-metre deep gorge. Continue from here to tonight's homestay.

Nomadic Homestay (Galaa's Family)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: ORKHON NOMADIC HOMESTAY - KHARKHORIN

DAY 11: ORKHON NOMADIC HOMESTAY - KHARKHORIN

Hidden away on a hillside, surrounded by pine forests, lies the tiny and peaceful Tovkhon Khiid Monastery. Stroll to the temple this morning for beautiful views across the valley,before continuing through the high passes to Kharkhorin, built on the site of Karakorum, briefly the capital of the Mongol Empire during the 16th century. This afternoon grants time to visit the local museum which provides excellent insight into the local history of the region.

Monkh Tenger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: KHARKHORIN - ELSEN TASARKHAI

DAY 12: KHARKHORIN - ELSEN TASARKHAI

A morning visit to the Erdene Zuu Monastery (probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in the country) provides an opportunity to watch the mid-morning ceremony and chanting before you continue on to Khogno Khan National Park, home to a rich mix of historical sites, wildlife and spectacular scenery. Take an afternoon walk in search of ibex and wolf or perhaps enjoy a camel ride into the nearby sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.

Sweet Gobi
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: ELSEN TASARKHAI - ULAANBAATAR

DAY 13: ELSEN TASARKHAI - ULAANBAATAR

There will be an opportunity, if you wish, to take a final early morning walk before heading back to the capital today. Alternatively, you may choose to head straight back to Ulaanbaatar to enjoy some time at leisure there for your final day.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: DEPARTURE TRANSFER

DAY 14: DEPARTURE TRANSFER

After checking out of your hotel, you will be taken back to the airport for your return flight home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

Superior

Superior

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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

WILD MONGOLIA (14 DAYS) C$6,738

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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WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Clem

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

Speak to Clementine by calling
+44 (0)20 3944 6258

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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