Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
Tour Route: Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake – Bayangol camp – Baldan Bereeven monastery – Steppe eco-camp – Khurkh steppe – Gun Galuut Nature Reserve – Spot Wild Animals – Steppe Nomads Camp – Ulaanbaatar
Intended Travel Date: Optional (Available all time)
Pick-up/Drop-off: Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake/Ulaanbaatar
Tour Style: Natural and Landscape, History and Culture
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon Request)
Transportation: Private First-class Air-conditioned Vehicles
Day 1: Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake
Day 2: Batshireet, Khentii Province, Baldan Bereeven Monastery
Day 3: Khurkh steppe, Steppe Eco-Camp
Day 4: Uglugch Wall, Uglugch Wall
Day 5: Gun Galuut Nature Reserve, Steppe Nomads Camp
Day 6: Return Ulaanbaatar
Day 1: Explore The Land of Chinggis Khan
Meet your guide and driver at your Ulaanbaatar accommodation and proceed 240km east to Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake, passing through Baganuur, a coal mining town. On the way, pack a picnic lunch or stop at a small restaurant. When you arrive at the Lake, walk to the spot where Temuujin was crowned as the head of the united Mongol tribes and given the title “Chinggis Khan” in 1189. The Secret History of Mongols, a biography of Chinggis Khaan, identifies Lake Khukh and Khar Zurkh Mountain as locations for a number of significant events. Explore these areas while learning about the history of medieval Mongols and the events that occurred in both locations from your guide. Then drive 40 kilometers to the Bayangol camp for dinner and you will spend your first night in a ger.
Day 2: Indulge In The Wilderness Of The East
After a leisurely breakfast, travel east to Chinggis Khan’s birthplace in Batshireet, Khentii Province. Stop along the route at an intriguing Baldan Bereeven monastery to observe the monks chanting, which takes place in the middle of the morning. Batshireet is located where the easternmost section of the Siberian taiga forest meets the vast Mongolian plains and steppes. Today’s drive will take approximately 3 hours. Arrive at the charming Steppe Eco-Camp in the late afternoon and spend the night in a Mongolian ger. After dinner, take some time for yourself in the evening.
Day 3: Get to Know the Nomads
We will travel 8 kilometers in the morning to the Khurkh steppe, where nomadic people put up their campsite during the summer. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the nomadic families inside their ger and appreciate the local hospitality. Try classic dairy products like dried milk curd, salty milk tea, and homemade butter cookies. You will have numerous opportunities to firsthand experience the nomadic way of life, such as talking with family members with the help of your guide, participating in cooking, caring for animals, and observing their traditions. One of the family ladies would gladly demonstrate how to make the wonderful and nutritious Mongolian cheese known as “aaruul.” as well as the traditional beverage “byaslag”. After the home-cooked lunch, you can go for a horse ride or trek in the nearby hills. Then it’s time to return to the Steppe Eco-Camp for dinner.
Day 4: Discover Archaeological Sites
Today, we will visit well-known cultural and archaeological sites associated with the Mongols’ historical history. Hike a short distance to the Uglugch Wall after breakfast at the camp. Spend 2-3 hours exploring this archaeological treasure. After lunch, continue to Rashaant Khad, where you will witness a number of remarkable Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic remnants, such as early Bronze Age deer statues or excavated ancient grave sites. Return to the Eco Camp after exploring the region. For dinner, experience the traditional “Khorkhog” – a local Mongolian barbeque with meat and vegetables grilled on hot stones.
Day 5: Admire Wildlife at Gun Galuut Nature Reserve
This morning, get in your car and drive for roughly 6 hours (280 kilometers) to the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve, which is home to the endangered wild mountain sheep (argali). Arrive at the camp and relax after the long trip, then stroll into the highlands in the afternoon to spot wild animals. The greatest time to watch them is in the evening when they gather to drink water. Dinner will be served at the camp. You will spend the night at the Steppe Nomads camp.
Day 6: Get back to Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar after a relaxing breakfast, which should take about 2 hours (130 km). Where you will be dropped off at your preferred location (multiple drop-offs are also possible). End of the tour. Thank you for making your Mongolia trip with Go Mongolia Tours!