Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it's only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles and the Mongolian horse. And when you're not moving, you'll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.
Private van, 4x4 vehicle, walking.
Hotels (3 nts), ger camps (9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent camping (1 nt, multi-share, no facilities).
Contemplate the Soviet architecture and influence in Ulaanbaatar, explore the ruins of remote monasteries, share a ger with a nomadic family, soak in the Tsenger Hot Springs, visit Mongolia's ancient capital, see the wild horses in Khustai National Park
Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Yolyn Am National Park stay. Gobi Desert stay. Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrace. Mongolian Grasslands stay. Tsenger Hot Springs stay. Karakorum monument entrance. Khustai National Park entrance. Mongolian ger stays. Mongolian barbecue. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Enjoy a morning city tour including visits to Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill, then spend a free afternoon exploring the city. Make sure you stop for a cold one at the local Chinggis Brewery.
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzra¯n Chuluu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to the Dungobi Aimag region Middle Gobi stopping at the Choir Monastery on the way. Spend the night at the first Mongolian ger camp.
Day 4 Baga Gadzra¯n Chuluu/Yolyn Am (1B, 1L, 1D)
Arrive at Yolyn Am - a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It's an amazing place for hiking. Bring stable shoes and warm clothes, as some places are covered in thick ice year round.
Day 6 Khongoryn Els/Bayanzag (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the Flaming Cliffs - a world renowned archaeological site for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.
Day 5 Yolyn Am/Khongoryn Els (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the activities the Gobi Desert has to offer- hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels.
Day 7 Bayanzag/Ongiin Hiid (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive through western parts of the Gobi Desert. In the surrounding mountains, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.
Day 8 Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)
Leave the Gobi Desert and drive through the Mongolian grasslands. Spend the with a local nomadic family, observing how they live. Enjoy a traditional meal with them.
Day 9 Nomad Camp/Tsenher (1B, 1L, 1D)
Journey to Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers.
Day 10 Tsenher (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a relaxing time at the ger camp at Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.
Day 11 Tsenher/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia.
Day 12 Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stay in Khustai National Park-home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.
Day 13 Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)
Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt to see a local cultural show, an excellent display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing.
Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Depart at any time.