9 nights 10 days Central South and horse back to Eight Lakes
Elsen Tasarhai, also known as Bayan Gobi, is a suitable place for breaking the seven-hour drive between Ulaanbaatar and Kharkhorin. Elsen Tasarhai literally means “an isolated torn-off piece of sand” and it is a small sequence of real desert in the midst of green steppes. It feels like in the Gobi Desert, and visitors can hike in the sand dunes. This stopover destination can be conveniently combined with the excursion to Khogno Khan Mountain for sightseeing of the Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins, which is only 18 km north from Elsen Tasarhai. Tourist ger camps of this area also offer several horse or camel riding options.
Interested in treasures of lost civilizations? Mongolia has a great present for you. Consider visiting Kharkhorum town located in central Mongolia. In 1220, it was a flourishing capital of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire called Karakorum.
Ogodei Khaan had built the “Tumen Amgalant” Palace, which occupied an area of 2,500 square meters. The palace was built in 1235 and it was the most beautiful part of the capital. It had a large hall with 64 columns where the khans received foreign ambassadors and guests.
The Orkhon Waterfall water flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley. The waterfall formed by combination volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago cascades down from a height 27 meters. The Orkhon, longest river in Mongolia, begins at the state worshipped.
Eight Lakes Nature reserve
Our route takes us through the Khangai Nuruu, Mongolia’s second largest mountain range, which lies 2800 meters above sea level. The reserve consists of 7 lakes, from which the park receives its name, scattered over two big valleys, amongst thickly forested pine forests. Very few families inhabit the area, and it is a perfect place to see a large variety of wild flowers. As we ride, we will have your guide and local horse guide and our luggage and tents will be carried on suppurate horse.
Tsetserleg Hot Springs
The spring comes out from far deep part of the ground and its water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. Also the spring is kept in high pressure under the ground flow rate is high, 10 liters per seconds. The water has high mineral content and containing everything from simple calcium, sodium to sulphuric. Folklore claimed medical value some of this springs have, they are often popular tourist destinations for Mongolian people. The spring produce water that is good for health reasons and water is effect for joints, nerve system and considered good for many other diseases. Sometimes, people drink the water for diabetes and stomach ulcer and disabilities. Surrounding area is home of species of medicinal herbs.
Ugii is one of the fresh watered lakes in Mongolia, which is a wonderful place for the birdlife as cranes, ducks, Swan Goose and White Spoonbill and Dalmatian Pelican comes there in the end of April. This is good place for fishing area also which is situated 1.337 meters above the sea level in Ugii soum in Arkhangai providence and covered 25 square kilometers.
Khustai – Ulaanbaatar
Your fantastic time spending in Mongolia will continue at Khustai National Park where you will see the wildlife including Takhi horses. You will arrive to your ger camp early afternoon, so visit information centre and watch brief video about Khustai National Park and reintroduction of wild horses.
Day 1 Elsen Tasarkhai (L, D)
After breakfast, start your tour of Mongolia by taking of westward towards Karakorum and break your journey in picturesque Elsen Tasarkhai between 4 hours, a common border between Tov, Ovorhangai and Bulgan provinces.
Day 2 Kharkhorum (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will make an early drive to the lost capital of Genghis Khan at Karakorum (approximately 5 to 6 hours) and visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu Monastery, where you will see a distinct mixing of the styles of Mongolian and Tibetan Buddhism. Karakorum was once the heart of the Mongol Empire and today, you’ll still see remnants of the long standing walls that encircle the city. Also in the afternoon, visit the newly established Karakorum Museum.
Day 3 Orkhon Valley (B, L, D)
Leave Kharkhorum to Orkhon Valley Spend time in stunning Orkhon Valley and visit nearby waterfalls. Hike to the 17th-century Tuvkhon Monastery for a spectacular view of this verdant valley. Overnight in traditional Mongolian gers
Day 4 to 7 horse riding the Eight Lakes Nature reserve (B, L, D)
For the next 4 days we ride a horse in the Eight Lakes National Park. Our route takes us through the Khangai Nuruu, Mongolia’s second largest mountain range, which lies 2800 meters above sea level. The reserve consists of 7 lakes, from which the park receives its name, scattered over two big valleys, amongst thickly forested pine forests. Very few families inhabit the area, and it is a perfect place to see a large variety of wild flowers. As we ride, we will have your guide and local horse guide and our luggage and tents will be carried on suppurate horse. Overnight bush camping (3 nights).
Day 8 Tsetserleg Hot Springs (B, L, D)
After the breakfast we will drive over 2 hours drive to Tsenkher Hot Springs. If you are feeling a little bruised or achy from your travels, bouncing over Mongolian roads, then an hour or two in the springs is just the ticket for you. Over night Duut tourist camp.
Day 9 Ugii Lake (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at the town we will drive to Ugii Lake which locates in the territory of the Arkhangai province.
Day 10 Khustai – Ulaanbaatar (B, L)
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way you will have a chance to visit Khustain Nuruu Nature Reserve.
- Guide/ cook
- Travel insurance, medical insurance
- Entrance to museums and temples
- Any charges of major force beyond our control
- Camel and Horse riding
- Elsen Tasarkhai – Family stay
- Kharkhorum – Hotel
- Orkhon Valley – Family stay
- Eight Lakes – Camping
- Eight Lakes – Camping
- Eight Lakes – Camping
- Orkhon Valley – Family stay
- Tsenkher Hot Springs – Tourist Camp
- Ugii Lake – Tourist Camp
|Price per person||1 Person
|USD||$ 1649.00 per person||$ 990.00 per person||$ 762.00 per person||$ 622.00 per person|
You need to have a good level of fitness and be in excellent health to take part in this trip. It’s important that you are able to hike a long distance.
You also need to be able to cope with varying temperature as we will be experiencing climates from warm days to cold nights. Travel days can also be long, rough and in cramped conditions.
While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array Mongolian traditional food. Your guide will be able to explain about food. In most places you will be eating meals provided by Nomadic family.
Those with special dietary requirements may request for a guide who has cooking skills. Vegetarian lacto-ovo options (while limited) can be offered for all included meals, provided we are notified at time of booking.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contacts us. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.
All personal insurance is the sole responsibility of the individual traveler. We shall not bear any responsibility for any personal insurance-related matters arisen from participation on this tour.
Traveler shall bear full responsibility for engaging in hazardous and risky activities, including and not limited to horse riding, cycling and swimming. We shall not bear responsibility for any personal injures or damages and/or loss of traveler’s belongings resulting from these activities.
We will do the best of it is ability to provide a vehicle in a good working order along with a professional driver and guide. However, we do not accept any liability for vehicle related injuries or fatalities to the travelers occurring in the course of the tour.
Mongolia experiences extremes of weather, from +35C in summer to -40C in winter. Even in summer, evenings can be cold because of the altitude and weather conditions can change without warning. There are long distances between settlements. Take appropriate provisions, including warm clothing, food and water if you are travelling outside main urban areas.
Travel insurance is required for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting us.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Our Basic style trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?