Nothing prepares the visitor for the seemingly empty and horizonless expanse of steppe or grassland that marks the landform of Eastern Mongolia. As one enters this realm, the apparent emptiness disappears and the visitor is struck by the tremendous diversity and uniqueness of the steppe landscape, flora, and fauna.
In the east, you will also find pockets of small lakes with an abundance of birdlife such as the ubiquitous Demoiselle Crane and the Steppe Eagle, perfect for the birdwatchers.
You will listen to a short lecture on Chinggis Khaan’s life and war legends while traveling in Khentii province. The next destination is Sukhbaatar province, the land of the legends where the Dariganga people live. They live in the southern part of Sukhbaatar province and are famous for their silversmiths and blacksmiths. There are sand dunes of the Gobi and the grassy plains of the northern steppe converge to create what looks like thousands of hectares of perfect natural golf courses. You will have the opportunity to hike around, meet local people, and listen to famous legends about the land and their heroes.
- Majestic Khan Khentii mountains
- Birthplace of Royal Family of Chinggis Khaan
- Wide-open steppe
Transfer to the hotel and relax. City tour including the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, which represents Mongolian Culture starting from the Stone Age to the 21st century, and Buddhism, Sukhbaatar Square (also known as Chingis Khaan Square). In Gandan Monastery, you can take local prayers, monks, the biggest standing indoor Buddha statue, and temples' own figure. Welcome dinner and briefing on the upcoming tour. (L/D)
Drive to Terelj National Park, one of the most beautiful destinations close to Ulaanbaatar. Travelers can take a leisurely stroll on meadows carpeted with a variety of wildflowers, view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine-covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream. The possibility to take hiking to Ariyabal temple in the beautiful rocky mountain and capturing Turtle Rock from that mountain is another angle. Option to ride a horse for 1-hour. (B/L/D)
Drive east to Gun Galuut Nature Reserve (NR), a protected area for the conservation of globally threatened species. Welcome lunch at the “Steppe nomads” tourist ger camp. Trekking in the vicinity area: enjoy the true colors of the wild nature. In the afternoon have a visit to the nomad family: explore their unique lifestyle, have a talk with nomads, taste their home-made products. Birdwatching and fishing at the Kherlen river is a good way to spend the rest of the day.
On the second day, horseback riding to the mountain Baits, where the Argali-wild sheep lives. We will spend the rest of the day trying to see many wild animals as possible such as the Argali wild sheep, marmot, deer, gazelle, fox, and steppe fox, and many more (If lucky, wolf…). Ranger will be accompanying us, so there is no need to worry. (B/L/D)
Drive to Khuduu aral: a Motherland of Chinggis Khaan (also known as Genghis Khan). We will visit the Chinggis Khaan monument, historical and archeological sites containing rich remains of an ancient palace, believed to be the winter palace of the great emperor. A short lecture on Chinggis Khaan's life and war legends. (B/L/D)
Drive to Undurkhaan, the central town of Khentii province. Visit a local museum. (B/L/D)
Following 2 days we will be driving through Mongolian steppe land, which will be changing in front of your eyes occasionally visiting the local people, which differ from the people from other provinces of the country. Optional fishing and hiking. (B/L/D)
Head to Dariganga - the land of legends where the Dariganga /ethnic group/ people live. They live in the southern part of Sukhbaatar province in the Eastern part of the country. Dariganga people are famous for its silversmiths and blacksmiths. There are sand dunes of the Gobi and the grassy plains of the northern steppe converge to create what looks like thousands of hectares of the perfect natural golf course. Drive to the "Stone Portraits" valley to find different ancient stone monuments. Meet local people and listen to famous legends about the land and their heroes. (B/L/D)
Head back to Ulaanbaatar and stop on the way to spend overnight. Most of the roads will be paved. Arrive at Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon of the second day. Transfer to the hotel and rest. (B/L/D)
Visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, where the last king of Mongolia lived and now turned into a museum. Then, head to Zaisan Memorial, which is dedicated to all lives lost during WWII, to have a panoramic view of the whole city. Option to go shopping for cashmere and souvenirs. Farewell dinner together. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)
Prices & Inclusions
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Accommodation: Hotel****, * ger camp, tented 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
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc