Winter celebrations

Discover the nomadic life in Winter, on the occasion of the celebrations held for the Ice Festival and the Eagles Festival.

We leave for Lake Khovsgol, become a hugeness of ice surrounded with virgin nature ; we'll stay with a family for 5 days and attend the Ice Festival.
After these first celebrations, we'll attend the Eagles Festival before going to Terelj National Park and spending a few days among nomads.

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.

Day 2. Towards Khovsgol Lake

Ulan Bator - Erdenet
  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
  • We cut across wheat fields and large cultures and reach Erdenet. It's one of the most important economic centres of the country. It has one of the largest open-air mines of the world (copper mine).

Day 3-4. Among nomads by the frozen lake

Erdenet - Moron
  • Early in the morning, we hit back the road towards Bulgan province before reaching Mörön, the capital city of Khövsgöl province.
Day 3
  • We arrive at Lake Khövsgöl, one of the natural wonders of the world. This mountain covers an area of 2760 square kilometres, and its water is so pure that we can drink it ! It's surrounded with many peaks culminating at more than 2000 metres and covered with forests of pines and lush meadows where yaks and horses graze !
Day 4
  • Today you'll enjoy 4 or 5 hours on a sledge pulled by a horse, on the frozen lake. Let you slide in this magical experience on the lake. In Winter, the lake is covered with a 2-metres (6,56 feet) and more thick layer of ice.
  • Those who wish can horseride in the forests and on the banks of Lake Khovsgol.
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3, 4Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Day 5. Ice Festival

  • Ice Festival.
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5Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Day 6. Return flight to the capital

Khuvsgul NP - Moron
  • We spend this morning on the banks of the lake to attend the last celebrations of the festival.
Moron - Ulan Bator
  • We reach Mörön, the capital of province, and embark for our back flight to Ulan-Bator.
  • Arrival in town and transfer to your hotel where you can rest a few moments.
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6Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Day 7-9. Eagles Festival and stay among nomads

Ulan Bator - Terelj national park
  • Each year, falconers living in the area get together on the occasion of the Eagles Festival that symbolizes the opening of the shooting season, where everyone can come with its eagle-hunter and show its skill. Preys are foxes, rabbits, or small wolves. Skill tournaments are held all day long, but also bushkashi trials, over the course of which Kazakh horsemen compete to catch the corpse of a sheep. The first one who catches it must bring it behind a predefined line, while the other ones try to snatch it from him. You'll attend this trial all day long.
  • Journey to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, a real gorgeous green setting at the gates of the capital : rocky formations sculpted by erosion, mountains tree-filled with pines, plains scattered with wild flowers and edelweiss, rivers and lakes.
Day 9
  • Those who wish can horse ride along the Tuul River to go deeper in the park. You'll discover a contrasted landscape with rivers, steppes and forests.
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7, 8, 9We stay 3 days with a breeders family living on the banks of the Tuul River. You'll discover wonderful winter landscapes and take part in the daily activities of the family.

Day 10. Last monastery before going back to Ulan Bator

  • Stop at turtle rock, from where we walk until Aryaval Monastery.
  • Drive to the 40 meters-high equestrian statue of Genghis Khan. This statue is the tallest in the world of a man on horseback. Visit of the museum located inside the statue.
  • 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 shopping in the centre of the city.

Day 11. 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 - 2019

For your journey in Mongolia, it is possible joining a fixed departure tour with a group, which has the advantage of providing a friendly atmosphere and to let you benefit from the best price. Our groups are composed of an average of 3 to 10 participants.

Our departures are confirmed without any additional fees to the price of 1450 Euros per person from a minimum of 3 participants. If you are only 2 participants registered for this particular departure however, we can still organize the tour for you against an added fee of 300 Euros per person.

Start date End date Available Status Price
February 27 March 9 10 Available 1450€ Enquire

Individual price per person

You can go for a private journey to the dates of your choice for your very own group of people. In this particular case, the price proposed depends entirely on the final number of participants (please refer yourself to the prices mentioned below).

In the case of an exclusive private trip for you, this program seen here can serve as a base to draw the lines of the final offer. And you can create an entire trip « à la carte ».

234-89-10
2100€1700€1550€1450€

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Flight Ulan Bator / Moron / Ulan Bator
  • 3 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • 1 night at a local hotel in Erdenet
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 7 nights in a host family, in guest yurt
  • Journeys in jeep or minibus + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Assistant for groups > 8 persons
  • Pony treks
  • Troika trip on the frozen lake
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fee for the Ice Festival
  • 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
  • Additional charges for luggage exceeding 15kg (total weight for both carry-on checked luggage) on the domestic flight

11 days from 1450€ per person. International 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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