Live like Mongolians (10 days)
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Tour grade: Easy
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and meet our guide and driver. Transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon city tour in Ulaanbaatar city: visit Sukhbaatar Square, Chinggis Khaan’s monument, Natural History Museum, and visit Zaisan Memorial for Panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2. Travel to Terelj National Park In the morning, we will leave UB for wild, beautiful countryside of Mongolia. After driving about 70 km to the east, we will get Terelj National Park. We will first see the highlights, Turtle Rock and a local monastery while enjoying great nature. Then we will visit to a nomadic family where we will learn nomadic lifestyle, taste mongolian cuisine and make friends with nomads and stay for the night. It will be interesting, quality time to enjoy Mongolian Tradition and live like mongolians. Overnight in the Ger.
Day 3. Travel to another nomadic family After having a great breakfast, we will drive for 2 -3 hours to a nomadic family which lives in the Altanbulag soum of Tuv Province. After getting introduced to the family, we will take rest and help them with making dairy products. It will be interesting and joyful. In the afternoon, we will ride horse for 1-2 hours. After dinner, we will help the family with milking the cow and goat together. Overnight in the Ger.
Day 4. Beautiful Khustai National Park In the morning, we will leave the family for the Khustai National Park. After driving about 1-2 hours, we will get to many historical monument ensemble of Ungut- famous with it is large number of man like figures, which belongs to 6-8 th century AD and many other sepultures, rectangular tombs. Then we will drive shortly to the ger camp in the national park. After lunch, you can take a rest or walk in the beautiful nature. In the evening, we will go to see the wild horses, Takhi. Overnight in the Ger camp.
Day 5. Travel to Elsen Tasarkhai After hearty breakfast, we will drive for about 200 km to Elsen Tasarkhai, long massive sand dunes in the Khugnu Tarna National Park. When we get there, we will visit another nomadic, camel herding family. After getting introduced with the family, we will have good knowledge of camel herding tradition from the family. In the afternoon, it will be fun to travel around the sand dune on camel back riding. In the evening, we will play mongolian traditional game with the family members. Overnight in the Ger.
Day 6. A day to explore the National Park In the morning, we will drive very shortly to see Erdenekhamba monastery. Then, we will do hiking on the rocky path on the mountain, Khugnu Khan, to see a ruin of an ancient monastery. It will give you a chance to enjoy the nature around while doing physical exercise on the peaceful mountain. After lunch, you can have free time to read books in the nature or walk around. In the evening, we will help the family with cooking dinner and learn how to make mongolian cuisine. Overnght in the Ger.
Day 7. Travel to Kharkhorin After having mongolian breakfast with the family members, we will head to ancient capital city of Great Mongol Empire dated back to the 13th century. However the city was destroyed in 14th century, a famous buddist monastery Erdenezuu was built on the ruin of the city in 16th century. We will visit the monastery and see 2 musuems about buddism and the ancient city. After that, we will visit felt workshop run by a old couple to see how mongolians use felt to make souviners and clothes. Overnight in Ger camp.
Day 8. Travel to Ogii lake After exploring rest of the city, we will leave for a beautiful lake which is famous by its birdlife. On the way, we will stop by a sacred memorial complex dedicated to Bilge khan of Turkic empire, which flourished during the 6th-8th century. When we get to the lake, we will also visit a nomadic family to change our life experience and help them with some daily jobs. In the evening, it will be breathtaking to walk around the lake by hearing beautiful sound of birds. Overnight in the Ger.
Day 9. Travel to Ulaanbaatar After having a tasty breakfast, we will leave the beautiful countryside back for Ulaanbaatar. On the way, we will stop by a ruin of a palace which is dated back to 8th century. It will be great to walk in the ruin with good thoughts of unforgettable memories made with the mongolian nomads before going back to modern civilization. There will be time to do shopping and we will have a nice farewell dinner in Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in the hotel.