Mongolia Stopover Tour

7 Days, from AU $2,219

Mare Milking

Erdenezuu Monastery at Karakorum

Saxual Forest in Bayanzag

Flaming Cliffs at Sunrise

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Located in the landlocked plateau of Central Asia between China and Russia, Mongolia covers a territory larger than that of Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy combined. As the 19th largest country in the world, Mongolia’s considerable size includes a fabulous array of pristine landscapes and a nomadic people whose lives are in many ways unaffected from the days of Genghis Khan and his mighty Mongol Empire. This tour offers an excellent opportunity to experience and discover as much of Mongolia as possible in a limited period.

Travelling overland in safari style, the journey takes you to the ancient capital at Karakorum, where you will visit the legendary 16th century Erdene Zuu monastery.

On the way back to Ulaanbaatar we will stop at beautiful Khustai National Park to see the only living wild horse in the world- the Takhi Przewalski horse.

 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel.

Like nearly one half of the Mongolian population, the capital city of Ulaanbaatar herself is a nomad. The city has changed locations more than twenty times over the past 350 years before taking root in her current location in a sweeping valley bounded by four sacred peaks, including Bogd Khan mountain to the south. Indeed there aren’t many world capitals in which you can ride a horse, visit a nomadic family, and enjoy fine dining and luxurious spa treatments all in the same day. Ulaanbaatar today is a vibrant city of more than one million residents. The city reflects a close and sometimes amusing juxtaposition of nomadic traditions and modern society, perhaps best summarized by her skyline dotted with both gers (felt tents) and towering skyscrapers. The city’s contrast can also be found among those who call it home, from traditional-clothing-clad herders, to Armani suit-wearing business men and women, to a growing number of ex-patriots hailing from nearly every corner of the globe. In short, there is something for everyone, and always a site to behold in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes

After breakfast at the hotel, we pack the vehicles and depart to the west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to our host nomadic family near the Mongol Els Sand Dunes which is great way to explore more about nomadic lifestyle and people of Mongolia. Enjoy 1 hour camel riding along the sand dunes. Learn to cook Mongolian dish with the family and get involved in their daily chores such as dairy producing, tending livestock and many more.

Day 3: Elsen Tasarkhai – Karakorum

In the morning, we drive to Karakorum which is known as ancient capital of Mongolian empires. We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, Museum of Karakorum and its surroundings the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc. Optional visit to local bazaar in the town.

Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia was established by Genghis Khan in 1220 in the Orkhon valley. For 140 years Kharkhorin served as the capital of the United Mongol tribes until it was destroyed by the Chinese troops in 1391. The remains of the capital that stood at the crossroads of the Silk Road are extensive underground archaeological assets and two granite turtles that once stood at the main gate to the city. Four of these turtle sculptures used to mark the boundaries of ancient Kharkhorin, acting as protectors of the city (turtles are considered symbols of eternity).

Day 4: Karakorum – Hustai National Park

After breakfast we drive to Hustai National Park, one of the most popular national parks of Mongolia through the rolling steppes. Arrive in Hustai view the wonderful Takhi wild horses and other wildlife and visit to Ongot stone monument complex.

Day 5: Hustai – Gun Galuut Nature Reserve

Today’s drive will bring us to the amazing Gun Galuut nature reserve via Giant Chinggis statue, the biggest horseman statue of its kind. Gun Galuut is a home to many different endangered species such as Argali- big horn, White-napped crane, Siberian White crane, Hooded crane and many more.

Arrival in Gun Galuut, transfer to the tourist camp. Enjoy horse riding for one hour along the river Kherlen. Optional archery, fishing or kayaking.

Day 6: Gun Galuut- Ulaanbaatar- City Tour

In the morning we head back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel for check in. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire-building. Enjoy traditional evening folklore performance which is featured by Khoomei – a throat song and contortion performance.

Day 7: Departure from Ulaanbtaatar

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast.

 

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
  • Private transfers (Comfortable vehicle + Experienced driver)
  • Twin/double share at good 3* hotel, twin/triple share at good tourist camps and nomadic family
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 1 hour horse riding fee in Hustai or Gun Galuut
  • 1 hour camel riding fee in Elsen Tasarkhai
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir
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"It was really good - the driver and guide were really nice and professional as well. Weather was great for us. There was a lot of driving on dirt roads which were not in good condition, but we have done 4wd trips and so wasn't too bad. Hotel was really good and Ger Camps pretty set up- one even had an ensuite. " — Mr and Mrs Taylor, Leederville, WA, August 2018

"Thank you for your help, they picked us up at the airport and started the tour from there, even though our flight delayed, we were happy with all the arrangements. We saw a lot in a week and it was interesting to see how locals live. " — David, Sydney, August 2018

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