Honeymoon in Mongolia : an extraordinary adventure for an exceptional wedding where luxury will stand alongside the traditions of nomads of the steppes. A travel full of surprises for a wedding that will forever remain engraved on your memory.
Ulan Bator - Gachuurt
Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
We drive to Mongol Shiltgeen Hotel, located in the village of Gachuurt, 40 kilometres (24,85 miles) from the airport. This 4-stars hotel is located in a picturesque landscape on the banks of the Tuul River. The architecture of the Mongolia - Mongol - Shiltgeen Hotel reminds the one of the former capital Kharkhorin, because the construction was made in order to look like it. With its original architecture and its unique furniture, this first night in Mongolia will make you feel as if you had travelled in time to the period of the nomad warriors.
Rest and possible walks on the banks of the Tuul River.
Gachuurt - Terelj Village
You will be driven in jeep (short journey) to the departure point of your biking trip in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Northeast from the capital, 1600 metres above the sea level. Horses and yurts garnish the landscape made of steppes and mountains tree-filled with pines, of rocky formations sculpted by erosion, of rivers and plains scattered with wild flowers and edelweisses.
Once arrived in the village of Terelj, you settle yourself (standard room) in the 5-stars hotel Terelj Hotel. Indoor pool, sauna, and possibility of spa on site.
Terelj Village - Terelj national park
With our yaks pulling carts and yurts, we go hiking in the green valleys of the Terelj National Park. We walk along the Terelj River, where nomads live and yaks graze in total freedom. We cross the first small pass of Sandrakh before joining the Sambartai Hoshuu Mounts. Once arrived on our camp place, we unload the yaks and put up the yurts with the breeders. Once our little camp is set up, we spend the night in the yurt, like real nomads.
A band of traditional musicians will join you on the place of your camp between sky and land. Private concert with champagne.
We wake up in the warm near the fire lit in the wood-burner of the yurt. After breakfast, we go on hiking in the national park, in an area made of plains and small valleys. The chalky rocky formations that line the way have stunning shapes.
We reach the Zuunbayan River where we'll set up our camp before starting a fly fishing trip.
Terelj national park - Ulan Bator
We leave the breeders who were with us during these two days and drive back to the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator. Arrival and transfer to your hotel, the Blue Sky Hotel - standard room, where you can change.
In your Mongolian traditional clothes, we'll go to Gandan Monastery to make a lama bless your marriage. A professional photographer will be there to immortalise this moment.
Journey to Khustai Reserve that houses the Przewalski horses (takh). Twilight is the best moment to observe them. We'll walk until the river where they drink, and observe them with no fear to bother.
Khustai national park - 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 - Khujirt
We go riding along the Orkhon River, in the Orkhon Valley that is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Orkhon Valley is a land of nomadism where many breeders settle their summer camp. We will attend the daily nomadic life.
We reach Khujirt, where there are famous hot springs that have curative properties. Mongolians enjoy them a lot.
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 of the whole Khangai range. We'll picnic in exceptional surroundings, facing Orkhon Valley.
2-nights stay in the luxury ecolodge Ursa Major.
Khujirt - Orkhon valley
We go deeper in the Orkhon Valley to join a nomad breeders' family. This is a unique chance to live as close as possible to nomadism. You will sleep in your own yurt, on the camp of the family.
Those who wish will go pony trekking along Orkhon Valley, from the camp until 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 were formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions.
Stay at herders' from 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.
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.
Camelback trek along the sand dunes of Elsen tasarkhai.
Night at the luxury ecolodge Sweet Gobi.
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.
At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.
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.