Births in the steppe

A stay among nomads in Arkhangai organized especially during the period of birth of the animals, from mid-March to May. You'll take part in all the nomadic activities bound to the births with several families of Arkhangai.

A journey prepared and organized in cooperation with AVSF and the Ar Arvidjin Delgerekh cooperative, respecting the habits of a fair and sustainable tourism.

Day 1. Arrival at Ulan Bator and visit of the city

  • Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
  • Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.
  • Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
  • Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.
  • At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh : folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Day 2. On the way to mini-Gobi

Ulan Bator - Khogno Khan
  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
  • We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometres (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".
  • Pony trek until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.
  • Visit of the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.

Day 3. Hot baths in hot springs

Khogno Khan - Tsagaan Sum hot springs
  • Arrival at Tsagaan Sum hot springs, to rest at a family homestay, and from where you can lounge in the hot springs of the near camp.

Day 4-5. Birth and combing out the animals

Tsagaan Sum hot springs - Tsetserleg
  • Stop at Tsetserleg, small lovely village nested in mountains of larches. We'll buy fresh supplies at the local market and visit Zayan Gegeen Museum.
Tsetserleg - Ondor Ulaan
Day 5
  • During our stay, we attend many nomadic activities that take place during this period of the year : births of the animals, combing out, and making Mongolian traditional dishes.

Day 6. Among yaks breeders in Khangai

Ondor Ulaan - Khangai - Myagmar family
  • Living with nomads and discovering the activities bound to the birth of animals, notably babies yaks.

Day 7-8. Hiking in Khangai

Khangai - Myagmar family - Khangai - Erdenebat family
  • We go for a magic hike from yurt to yurt in this mountainous area, to join Erdenebat. A yak will follow us and pull a cart where we'll sit if we need to rest.
  • We join Erdenebat, a yaks breeder belonging to Ar Arvijin Delgerekh cooperative.
Day 8
  • Nomadic activities : giving birth and combing out the animals.

Day 9. Making the dairy products

Khangai - Erdenebat family - Khangai - Bayasgalan family
  • We drive to join Bayasgalan and his family, another family belonging to the cooperative. Journey on a mountain track in the splendid landscapes of Khangai.
  • We'll discover the activities bound to the preparation of traditional dishes, and of course we'll see the animals in another environment.

Day 10-11. Breaking and training a horse

Khangai - Bayasgalan family - Tariat
Day 10
  • We join Munkhsukh, a horses breeder, who will teach you how to break a horse and how to train it. Munkhsukh makes his own harnesses.
Day 11
  • Road to Khorgo – Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Natural Park that is located 2060 metres (1,28 mile) above the sea level. This lake, called "the great white lake", and its whole volcanic surroundings, are the emblematic area of the province of Arkhangai. The waters of the lake are full of fish and it's possible to fish if you wish.
  • Hiking along the banks of the lake. We go towards Southeast where Khorgo Volcano reaches its highest point at 2240 metres (1,39 mile). (Easy) ascent of the volcano. From the top, we enjoy a splendid view on the lake and the surrounding hills. Nearby the volcano, stunning lava flows form an original landscape never seen up to now.

Day 12. Visit of the former capital of the Mongolians

Tariat - Kharkhorin
  • Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city, until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.
  • Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin.

Day 13. Back to Ulan Bator

Kharkhorin - Ulan Bator
  • Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments.
  • Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.

Day 14. Have a nice journey and see you soon !

  • Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Departure dates - 2017

Start date End date Available Status Price
April 3 April 16 8 Available 1100€ Enquire

Individual price per person

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Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • 2 nights in 2* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 11 nights in a host family, in guest yurt
  • Journeys in Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian 4x4 UAZ + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pony trek
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Nomadic activities described in the program
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • Traditional show
  • Equipment for meals (camping tables and chairs) and nights (sleeping bag)

Not included

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks / alcohols extras
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

14 days from 1100€ per person. Flight not included.

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Departures

29 mai 2015 3 available
8 juin 2015 6 available
25 juin 2015 5 available
20 juillet 2015 8 available
17 août 2015 10 available
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