Hiking among nomads in Orkhon

Leave for an 8-day self-sufficient hike from Orkhon Valley to the Eight Lakes Park.

It's one of these places for which anyone could change his/her life. Orkhon Valley is an edelweisses bed, an enchanting garden where tumultuous torrents overflow with fishes. Wrapped by the Khangai range, this little heaven is the land of nomadism. From the camp of our host family, we'll hike until the very remote area of Eight Lakes.

A genuine tour where richness of the landscapes matches with the richness in the heart of the many breeders we'll meet on our way.

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. Let's go to Kharkhorin, gate of Orkhon !

Ulan Bator - Kharkhorin
  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
  • 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 3. We join the breeders

Kharkhorin - 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 - 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.
  • We join ours guides' families, nomad breeders of the area. They will host us for the night and come hiking with us.

Day 4. Let's start our hike in the steppes !

  • We go on hiking in Orkhon Valley. We reach the Baga waterfalls and lunch nearby. Then we go on hiking in the tree-filled area of Gyatruun, pass near a small lake, and set up our camp.
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48-days hiking among which 7 are self-sufficient, between Orkhon Valley and the Naiman Nuur National Park. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 5-7. Hiking in the Naiman Nuur National Park

Day 5
  • We start our autonomous trek, walking in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Khangai chain of mountains. From there we will reach the Böörögiin oroï valley a quiet and wonderful place to set up our camp for the night.
Day 6
  • We go on hiking along Khangai Valley. We walk across a tree-filled area, go up towards the Naiman Nuur National Park. First, we visit Lake Khuis and Lakes Bugat, Döröö, Khaya, then we set up our camp on the banks of Lake Shireet.
Day 7
  • We hike on the Shireet Hill and visit the stone of Shurangiin Tsokhoi. Then we finally join a nomads family and rest in its camp.
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5, 6, 78-days hiking among which 7 are self-sufficient, between Orkhon Valley and the Naiman Nuur National Park. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 8. Coming back down from the mountains

Naiman nuur - Shuranga river
  • We start going back down the Shireet Hill, then walk along the Ulziitiin Am Mounts. We set up our camp on the banks of the Shuranga River.
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88-days hiking among which 7 are self-sufficient, between Orkhon Valley and the Naiman Nuur National Park. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 9. Hiking along the rivers

Shuranga river - Uvur Gyatruun
  • Hiking in Ulziitiin Am Mountains. After lunch, we go hiking along two rivers that will lead us to Övör Gyatruu springs. We set up our camp.
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98-days hiking among which 7 are self-sufficient, between Orkhon Valley and the Naiman Nuur National Park. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 10-11. Back to our local guides'

Day 10
  • Hiking on the Khaitruunii Hills (2200 metres, 1,37 mile) to reach Ar Khyatruun springs, where we set up our camp.
Day 11
  • We hike along the Khyatruun River and reach the Orkhon River. Our vehicle is waiting for us and will lead us to the camp of the family that hosted us four our first night in the valley.
  • In the evening, you attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue that you will enjoy with your hosts.
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10, 118-days hiking among which 7 are self-sufficient, between Orkhon Valley and the Naiman Nuur National Park. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 12. Change of scene in the Mini-Gobi

  • We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometre (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".
  • Walk 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 13. Back to the Mongolian capital

Khogno Khan - 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
June 5 June 18 10 Available 1390€ Enquire
July 3 July 16 7 Confirmed 1390€ Enquire
August 7 August 20 10 Available 1390€ Enquire

Individual price per person

23-567-89-10
2100€1700€1600€1500€1390€

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 2 nights in comfortable yurts camp with warm showers
  • 3 nights in a host family, in guest yurt
  • 6 nights tent camping
  • Journeys in Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian 4x4 UAZ + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Cook for groups > 4 persons
  • Local guides and groom
  • Pack yaks for the equipment
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums 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

14 days from 1390€ per person. Flight not included.

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20 juillet 2015 8 available
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