Mongolia is getting one of the top travel destinations in the world. Travelers, photographers, adventure seekers take a trip to Mongolia more and more, but there are still some stunning less visited areas. So, you can be one of those who want to discover the untouched corners of Mongolia before it gets a huge crowd of tourists. While we go on this Mongolian adventure trip, drive along with the areas where are magnificent lakes, some of them nestled between the golden sand dunes. You will constantly meet local people of different Mongolian ethnic groups, which are as different as you go further to the west. You have an opportunity to discover all those beauties in a very peaceful way. If you take this Mongolia adventure tour in July, you have a chance to visit the Nomadic Cultural Festival at the Shore of Ulaagchiin Khar Lake.
• Ancient capital, Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu monastery
• Terkhiin tsagaan lake
• Uliastai town
• Khar lake
• Ulgii city
• Altai Tavan Bogd NP
• Khoton & Khurgan lakes
• Eagle hunting family
City tour. Visit to National History Museum and Gandan monastery. Welcome dinner and briefing on upcoming tour.
In the morning start driving to Kharkhorin, which is settled in legendary Orkhon Valley. It was formerly a great capital city built by the order of Chingis Khaan and finished by his son king Ugudei in 1235. But in 1380 it was destroyed by Manchu soldiers completely. Later on in 1586 Abtai khaan raised the Erdene Zuu monastery, the first Buddhist temple complex, at the ruins of this famous city. Although most of the monastery buildings were destroyed during the communist repression of 1937, major buildings and 108 stupas are survived and the exhibits are displayed for the visitors. We will visit Erdene Zuu monastery.
We head to the west. Have a stop at Tsetserleg town of Arkhangai province to have a visit to local museum which attracts visitors by its interesting exhibits. Arkhangai lies in the northern slopes of Khangai nuruu mountain range and it is also known as Mongolian Switzerland for its mountains, cliffs, fast flowing rivers and lush green forests. While traveling in this province we will probably see domestic yaks which usually thrive in high mountain pastures and hillsides. We will cross Gurviin davaa pass those days.
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. It has a fresh water and the volcanic area around it is certainly the natural highlight and is one of the beautiful lakes of Mongolia. Surrounded by extinct volcanoes at an altitude of 2.060 meters above the sea level. Explore the lake and its vicinity areas. Hike to Khorgo Uul volcano (2.965m) from the northeast shore of the lake. Visit caves on the way. The lake, birdlife and mountains are protected within the 73000-hectare Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park. Fishing, swimming, hiking and walking activities…
Encounter the Khangai mountain range and pass Solongot and Zagastai mountain passes. Short stop at Uliastai town of Zavkhan province. Zavkhan province lies in different geographical region and has more than 200 springs and rivers and over 100 big and small rivers. All these lakes are connected each other via small streams. The aimag has extreme continental climate. The average temperature reaches in January -20ºC to -30 ºC and reaches in July +13ºC to +18ºC. The lowest ever recorded temperature was -53ºC which was also the lowest the whole country. Beautiful natural sites will surround us.
Drive to Khar Lake /Black Lake/ - another wonder of natural beauty. This lake occupies 40 sq.km area, and surrounded by magic sand hills that its beauty could impress one. The lake reaches 40m deep point. Hiking in vicinity areas and riding two-humped Mongolian (bacterain) camel.
Visit to local herders’ settlement to have full interact with nomads. You have an opportunity to enjoy these days at the nomadic settlement familiarizing with its lifestyle. Explore Airag valley and visit a site of ancient stone monuments. Overnight in tent close to herder’s settlement.
Drive to the west heading to the Uvs province- a chain of lakes, wetlands, sand dunes and high mountains. Arrive at Khyargas lake – 2nd largest salt lake of Mongolia. The lake has abundant fish and it is a nice stop for birdwatching.
Kharkhiraa Valley – a beautiful river valley surrounded by dense fine forests meadows carpeted colorful wild flowers. Twin peaks of Kharkhiraa mountain (4037m) and Turgen mountain (3978) dominate the area. People of Khoton ethnic group inhabit in this area. Arrive in Uureg lake which lies at the borders od Uvs and Bayan-Olgii provinces. The lake is surrounded by peaks with 3.000m height and more such as Tsagaan Shuvuut mountain (3.496m) and is a great place for trekking, hiking and fishing.
Unlike to other provinces its population is dominated by Turkic Kazakhs, which have their own language, customs and Muslim religion. On the way visit Kazakh family, living in slightly larger and colorful gers. They train eagles, falcons hawks to collect marmots, small foxes and wolves and return to the ger, where the Kazakhs use them for food.
We are entering Altai high mountain area and arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan mountain- the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by the car. We are travelling at the altitude of 2500-3000 m. We will visit local kazakh family to explore their life as well as rent horses for our further trip. Prepare our luggage for the next 3 day-trekking trip to Altai peaks.
Leave our vehicle and load our luggage to the horses and trek toward the Altai tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. Arrive at the foot of the high peaks.
Start our trekking towards Potanin Glacier and The Tavan Bogd (means Holy Five Peaks) highest peaks in Mongolia - Khuiten Uul- 4374m, Peak Malchin, Peak Naran, Peak Burged and Peak Ulgii. Meaning the 5 Kings it comprises of five neighboring peaks. While trekking we will cross glaciers which connect those five peaks. Trekking distance 20km approx. Arrive at the camp.
Visit State department store for shopping souvenirs and presents. Evening cultural performance.
Transfer to Airport.
Prices & Inclusions
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Accommodation: Hotel****, * ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Domestic flight (Ulgii-Ulaanbaatar)
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