At the heart of Zavkhan

A tour that will lead you to the wild lands of the province of Zavkhan. After visiting the essential sites of the centre of the country, we enter in the wild Mongolia where lakes stand alongside the desert outside the snow-covered peaks of Khangai.

Try a new adventure in the heart of the province of Zavkhan, you won't regret it !

Day 1. Arrival in 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. We're off, towards 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 3-4. Among nomads in Orkhon Valley

Khogno Khan - 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.
Kharkhorin - Orkhon valley
  • Journey to Orkhon Valley. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadism and many breeders set their summer camp there.
Day 4
  • Those who wish can leave for a pony trek along Orkhon Valley, from the camp to Orkhon Waterfalls.
  • Visit of Ulan Tsutgalaan falls, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sunray... These 16-metres (52,49 feet) falls are just magic ! They formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions.
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3, 4Stay among breeders in the valley. During your stay, you will discover their way of life and you will be proposed many activities, such as milking, making traditional dairy products, or rounding up the animals with a horse. You will also attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue that you will enjoy with yours hosts.

Day 5. Hot bath in the hot springs

Orkhon valley - Tovkhon monastery
  • Visit of Tovkhon Monastery. Vehicles can't go until the top of Öndör Ulaan Hill and we will walk until there to discover Tovkhon Ermitage, where Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia, created the Soyombo alphabet. The monastery is located 2312 metres (1,44 mile) above the sea level and from that place we'll have a wonderful view on the whole Khangai range. We'll picnic in exceptional surroundings, facing Orkhon Valley.
Tovkhon monastery - Tsenkher hot springs

Day 6-7. On the banks of great white lake

Tsenkher 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 - Terkhiin Tsagaan national park
  • 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.
Day 7
  • 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 8. Deeper in wild Mongolia

Terkhiin Tsagaan national park - Ider river
  • We take the road towards West and the province of Zavkhan. We drive along the Solongotiin Hills. Lunch in a local restaurant in Tosontsengel. The atmosphere of the cities in the Western Mongolia makes inevitably think about the one of the lost cities in the American Far West. We set up our camp in a small corner of paradise between sky and land, on the banks of the Ider River.

Day 9-11. The lake among the dunes

Ider river - Khar lake
  • We drive across the province of Zavkhan. We can admire at East the high summits of Khangai and a forest zone, and at West the desert. Although this tour is very far from the classic touristic tours, it shows many natural wonders, such as Otgontenger Mount, landscapes of dunes and turquoise lakes.
  • We arrive in a semi desertic zone until Lake Khar, splendid lake in the middle of the dunes.
Day 10
  • This day is dedicated to a hike all around Lake Khar. We discover breathtakingly landscapes typical of Gobi, surrounding a turquoise lake.
Day 11
  • Short hiking (a few kilometres) in the Erdene Khairkhan mountains, until the site of Senjit Khad, a rocky formation that reminds the ones of the American Far West.
  • Visit of Mukhartiin River's source. An exceptional site where the river literally rises from the sand dunes.

Day 12. On the bank of the Bogd river

Khar lake - Uliastai
  • We drive along the Khangai mounts that overlook the track at East, then pass through the Zagastai hills, and finally arrive at Uliastai, capital of the province of Zavkhan ; we go to the local market to buy fresh supplies.
  • We will drive again for 10 kilometers before reaching the bank of the Bogd river where we will pitch our camp.

Day 13. Discovery of Otgontenger National Park

Bogd river - Otgonteger mountain
  • Early in the morning, we go to Otgontenger National Park. Otgontenger Mount is covered with perpetual snow and is one of the three sacred mounts of Mongolia. It's also the highest peak of the Khangai range (4008 metres, 2,49 miles).

Day 14. Uliastai, in the heart of Zavkhan

Otgonteger mountain - Uliastai
  • Hiking until the artificial waterfalls on the Bodg River, or free time to peacefully enjoy the bucolic nature.
  • Return road to Uliastai where we'll settle in and rest in a small provincial hotel.

Day 15. Flight to Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital

Uliastai - Ulan Bator
  • Transfer to Uliastai airport and return flight to Ulan Bator.
  • Arrival in town and transfer to 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 16. 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
July 1 July 16 10 Available 1650€ Enquire
August 12 August 27 10 Available 1650€ Enquire

Individual price per person

2345-89-10
2700€2150€1850€1750€1650€

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Flight Uliastai / Ulan Bator
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 7 nights in comfortable yurts camp with warm showers
  • 2 nights with a guest family, in a guest yurt
  • 1 night in a provincial hotel in Uliastai
  • 3 nights tent camping
  • Journeys in Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian 4x4 UAZ + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Assistant for groups > 8 persons
  • Pony treks
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fees for parks and museum indicated in the program
  • Traditional show
  • Equipment for meals (mess tent, camping tables and chairs) and nights (tent, sleeping bag, ground mattress), sanitary tent

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
  • Additional charges for luggage exceeding 15kg (total weight for both carry-on checked luggage) on the domestic flight

16 days from 1650€ 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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