Explore the most beautiful landscapes of central Mongolia and learn the authentic nomadic culture of the Mongols with True Nomadic Adventure Tour Mongolia. Spend your time with local nomads, ride through wild nature, and discover the historical Orkhon valley. Some areas as far as the eye can see, herders “of five muzzles”: goat, sheep, cattle, horse, and camel; nomads riding horses and meadows dotted with white gers.
We smoothly begin that trip in the steppe by the Ugii Lake, we walk by the lake and we can also learn horse-riding. Then, we go to the Orkhon Valley and visit Kharkhorin (Karakorum), the ancient capital city of the Great Mongol Empire Period. After, for four days, we go to the Huisiin Naiman Lake by a real traveling trekking with horses of packsaddle. Naiman Nuur with its exceptional configuration is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the middle part of the Khangai Mountain. These lakes with fresh water and interconnected by groundwater channels such as Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo, Bayan-Uul are called Huisiin Naiman Nuur. Finally, we reach the dunes of the small Gobi Desert… deserted atmosphere to discover with the family.
- Discovery of different landscapes of Mongolia.
- Visiting nomadic family
- Riding adventure in the wilderness
- Legendary Orkhon Valley and Kharkhorin, the ancient capital city of the Mongol Empire
Transfer to the hotel. Unpack and rest in the hotel. Short city tour with Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, which represents Mongolian Culture starting from Stone Age to the 21st century and Buddhism, and Sukhbaatar Square (also known as Chingis Khaan Square). (L/D)
Head to Ugii Lake in the morning. The road is smoothly paved, and for the last 90 km, we drive on a dirt road, which leads to the lake. Ugii Lake is a wonderful place to have to relax after long driving. The lake has an abundant birdlife of more than 150 bird species. Bird watching, fishing is parts of the available entertainment. We will visit a local family, exploring their nomadic lifestyle and livestock farming. Getting the first experience of a Mongolian ger. (B/L/D)
Drive to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of Mongolia at the time of the Mongol Empire. There’s almost nothing left from this great capital of the world, but in 1586, under the rule of King Avtai Sain, the Erdene-Zuu Monastery was built at the site of the ruins of ancient Kharkhorin. The Erdene-Zuu – means Hundred of Treasures was again destroyed during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, but there are still various Buddhist statues, works of art, religious instruments, and even Tsam religious dance masks at the monastery. There are an amazing 108 stupas surrounding the monastery. (B/L/D)
Drive to the Tuvkhun monastery, which is settled on the top of the Shiveet mountain. This is the place where Zanabazar, the head and founder of Mongolian Buddhism, was creating his famous artworks such as the national script “soyombo” in the XVI century. Now, the temple has been accepted as “the world's precious heritage” by UNESCO. We can see the symbolic rock formations named “Mother womb”, stone script, and caves in the surroundings. (B/L/D)
We will reach the Orkhon waterfall or also known as Ulaantsutgalan waterfall. Formed by volcanic eruptions about 20.000 years ago, the waterfall cascades from a height of 20m. It is a scenic, tranquil spot and surrounding nature is undisturbed, as such there are opportunities for good walking and riding in the area. Stay overnight in different ger beside nomadic family. (B/L/D)
It’s the beginning of our easy three-day trek; we will leave our vehicle behind, and further horses will support our team. A passageway through a green valley and we walk down to the place of our tent. (B/L/D)
Now trekking through Orkhon valley until we reach the magnificent Huisiin Naiman Nuur Lake, which means “The eight lakes of the Navel”. The lake is surrounded by extinct volcanoes. The altitude is 2500m high. We meet herders of yak, horse, and sheep, and we stop in nomad family.
Huisiin Naiman Nuur is a beautiful lake that was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, covers 11,500 hectares around the lake located in Uvurkhangai Province to the southwest of the Khangai Mountain Range. Naiman Nuur with its exceptional configuration is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the middle part of the Khangai Mountain. These lakes with fresh water and interconnected by groundwater channels such as Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo, Bayan-Uul are called Huisiin Naiman Nuur. These lakes located at 500m to 3km from each other. It was placed under state protection in 1992. (B/L/D)
Visiting the nomad family and walking through the surrounding area. (B/L/D)
Drive to Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes in the Khugnu Khan National Park, just like a gateway of the Gobi Desert. It is a magnificent place to create portraits of wildlife landscape photography. Further, explore the lovely sand dunes named Elsen Tasarkhai and hike in the beautiful mountains surrounding this place. No matter the time of day, the beautiful and ever-changing scene of this majestic sand dune Elsen Tasarkhai will be full of wildlife, energy, and motion. (B/L/D)
Head back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel and relax. Option to go shopping for souvenirs and cashmere products. Cultural performance in the evening. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Chingis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)
Prices & Inclusions
Accommodation: Hotel****,* ger camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Local guide for horseback riding
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc