• Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar or Karakoram
• Lake Hovsgol
• Flaming Cliffs Dinosaur Site
• Erdene Zuu Monastery
• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start & finish in Ulaanbaatar
• All meals included
• Includes 4 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2
Grasslands extend to a horizon of cobalt-blue skies, pastel-hued rocks color the Gobi Desert and fast-flowing rivers cut deep canyons in arid steppes in this remote Asian nation land-locked between China and Russia. The people, descendants of Genghis Khan, are an eclectic mix of rugged nomads, Buddhist monks, farmers and merchants. For the truly adventurous, Mongolia holds the promise of an exotic culture rarely visited by travelers.
Starting in Ulaanbaatar, the tour uses the capital as a hub to visit the Gobi Desert, Lake Hovsgol and central Mongolia. In the Gobi, we visit the Flaming Cliffs, a world-class dinosaur site with remains so plentiful that dinosaur eggshells can still be found on the surface.
In Yol Valley National Park, we experience a unique environment that includes 200 species of birds and 600 species of vegetation.
We stay on the beautiful shores of Lake Hovsgol. Surrounded by mountains and forests, it contains three percent of the earth's fresh water. In central Mongolia, we visit Gorkhi-Terelj and Bogd National Parks. In Karakoram, we discover the ruins of the ancient capital of the Mongols and in Ulaanbaatar, we walk through former royal palaces and visit the national museum.
The highlight for many is the famous Naadam Festival. Full of ceremony, pomp and festive Mongolians, this event features the "Three Sports of Men" - archery, wrestling and horse racing. Our Mongolian odyssey concludes in Ulaanbaatar.
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotel in Ulaanbaatar with private bathrooms. Some basic accommodation in gers (Mongolian circular tents) with shared facilities. Singles not guaranteed in gers.
Some rough/dusty roads and long drives. Flexibility is key due to changing internal airline schedules.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Gandan Monastery, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Fly to Muron, Lake Hovsgol
Lake Hovsgol - Hiking, Fishing
Lake Hovsgol - Horseback and Yak Cart Riding (optional)
To Ulaanbaatar - Natural History Museum
To South Gobi/Yol Valley
Hongor Els - Singing Sand Dunes
Flaming Cliffs - Dinosaur Site
Return to Ulaanbaatar, Bogd Khan Palace
Bogdo National Park, Mandshir Monastery
Naadam Festival - Ulaanbaatar or Karakoram
Naadam Festival - Closing Ceremony, Ulaanbaatar or Karakoram
Karakoram, Erdene Zuu Monastery
Return to Ulaanbaatar
- Trans-Mongolian Train
- Beijing Sightseeing and Trans Mongolian Train