Overview

Flight - 1 night
Ulan Bator - 1 night
South Gobi - 1 night
Khongoryn Els - 1 night
South Gobi - 1 night
Gun Galuut - 2 nights
Ulan Bator - 1 night
Elsen Tasarkhai - 2 nights
Ulan Bator - 1 night

The Lands of Genghis Khan

An exploration of Mongolia taking in the Gobi Desert, the UNESCO listed Orkhon Valley, experiencing nomadic lifestyle

The Mongolia of today, slowly opening up to the outside world, is an independent state, half the size of India and sandwiched between the superpowers of China and Russia. The country is home to a mere three million people, making this the sovereign state with the lowest population density in the world. 30% of the population are nomadic and 8% of Mongolian men can claim direct descent from Genghis Khan.

Once a stronghold of Buddhism, its religion was severely repressed with the arrival of the Communists in the 1920s. Mongolia nonetheless embarked on democratic reform in 1990 and the subsequent liberalisation has allowed its peaceful revival with more than 140 monasteries being set up anew. First recorded by the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), the Mongols remained a loose confederation of rival clans until the late 12th century when a 20-year old named Temujin emerged and united most of the tribes against Russia and China. In 1189 he was given the honorary name Genghis Khan (Universal King).

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Orkhon Valley
Local Expert Guide 
Group Size: 4 – 18

Special Event

Dashchoilin Monastery

A lecture about philosophy and Buddhism in Mongolia by a local monk.

Day 1 Fly overnight via Moscow to Ulan Bator.

Day 2 Transfer to 4-star Holiday Inn Ulan Bator for overnight. Tour of Ulan Bator including the Genghis Khan Monument, the National Museum of Mongolia for an understanding of Mongolia’s past and present and Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s largest Buddhist monastery. Lecture by a monk at Dashchoilin Monastery. (L, D)

Day 3 Fly to the Gobi Desert for overnight at Gobi Nomad Lodge in South Gobi. View the Khavtsgait Petroglyphs, dating back to 3000–8000 BC, at Boginiin Khyar ridge. Drive to the ancient rock formation of the red Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs. Learn how gers are assembled. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Drive to the Khongor Sand Dunes (4–5 hrs). Enjoy a walk and be amazed by the sound of the wind whipping through the sand. Visit to a nomadic camel breeder family’s ger and a short camel ride. Overnight at Gobi Erdene camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Return to Gobi Nomad Lodge for overnight (4–5 hrs). Drive to the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park for a hike. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning flight to Ulan Bator and travel to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve. Visit the Giant Genghis Monument complex. Spend two nights at the Steppe Nomads camp. Enjoy a Mongolian archery session and a traditional ‘Khorkhog’ dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit a nomadic family and learn about their daily life. Enjoy the reserve with opportunities for horse riding, fishing, hiking or kayaking (bookable locally). (B, L, D)

Day 8 Travel to Terelj National Park and visit Turtle rock, a granite rock formation and the Aryaval centre of meditation. Continue to Ulan Bator for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Drive west to the Elsen Tasarkhai and Khogno Khaan Nature reserve (4 hrs). Visit Mongol Nomadic camp. Spend two nights at Hoyor Zagal camp. Hike in Khogno Khaan Mountain with a visit to the Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Drive to Karakorum in the Orkhon Valley. Visit Erdene Zuu and Karakorum Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Return to Ulan Bator (4 hrs) for overnight. Visit the Bogd Khan Museum and Buddha Park. Traditional folklore concert. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Return flight via Moscow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is an active itinerary. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
Accommodation outside Ulan Bator is in simple but charming tourist camps. Facilities include single beds, heating, private western style shower/toilet facilities and a restaurant/ bar.
This is an adventurous tour using 4-wheel drive mini-vans in the Gobi Desert. There are virtually no roads in the desert area and the terrain can best be described as demanding, the few roads that are paved can be bumpy and cracked due to the extreme Mongolian climate.
Luggage on internal flights is limited to 15kgs.

2021

Thursday
per person in a twin room/ger
Aeroflot from Heathrow

Date Price
August 5 £3595
Prices Reduced

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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £425

Flight Options

Aeroflot Business Class from £1345

Extension Options

Extension - Ulan Bator 
Holiday Inn Ulan Bator
(per night) £70
Single supplement £55

Independent Arrival

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Arrival or departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, 10 lunches and 10 dinners, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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