Explore Mongolia on foot and horseback, by Bactrian camels, and in four-wheel drive vehicles on this active trip through unforgettable steppe, desert, and mountain scenery. Adventure Mongolia is designed for explorers who want to travel off the beaten path through the pine forested mountains and meadows of the central Mongolian countryside and across the dramatic landscapes of the Gobi Desert.

A true adventure, this journey includes the Orkhon Valley, the cradle of Mongolian civilization, where Erdene Zuu Monastery was erected from the ruins of the legendary city of Kharakhorum; the hot springs and summer ger camps of Mongolia’s nomadic herders; and the towering sand dunes and red sandstone cliffs of the Gobi.

Those joining our July departure will have the unique opportunity to travel by horseback to the famed Naadam Festival, and observe the incredible feats of strength and skill displayed in wresting, archery, and horse racing competitions.

Recommended For:

Adventurous explorers who want to experience a variety of activities, from hiking to camel riding, while traveling off the beaten path through the Mongolian countryside. Most nights will be spent under the stars in tents and gers, the traditional dwellings of Mongolia’s nomads.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Explore Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s dynamic capital city, where traditional wooden temples sit side-by-side with modern high-rises. Visit Hustain Nuruu National Park.

Day 2 Hustain Nuruu | Kharakorum

 Visit Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia, before driving to Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last remaining species of wild horse. Later today, drive to Kharakhorum, site of the legendary 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire. 

Day 3 Hustain Nuruu | Kharakorum

Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia’s largest monastery, which was reputedly built from the ruins of the legendary 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire.

Later, relax in the scenic Tsenheriin Hot Spring.

Day 4 Horse trekking to Tsetserleg

Visit Arkhangai, a province considered one of the most beautiful in Mongolia. The next few days will be spent exploring the Bulgan Mountain Valley.

Day 5 Tsetserleg

Those participating in the July departure will attend the opening ceremonies of the Naadam Festival, which includes wrestling, archery, and horse racing competitions. 

Those participating in the August departure will visit Buyandelgeruulekh Monastery as well as the local market.

Day 6 Taikhar Rock

Visit Taikhar Rock, an impressive monolith protruding from the earth. 

Day 7 Orkhon River Valley 

Hike through the magnificent grasslands of the Orkhon Valley, considered to be the cradle of Mongolian civilization.

Day 8 Ongiin Hiid

One of the largest monasteries in Mongolia before its destruction, Ongiin Hiid is known as the “Pearl of the Great Desert.” 

Day 9 The Gobi/Three Camel Lodge 

Enjoy the Three Camel Lodge, located at Bulagtai Mountain on the edge of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

Day 10 Yol Valley National Park  

Hike the prehistoric canyon of Yol Valley National Park in the foothills of the Gobi Altai Mountains before meeting a local family in the nearby town. 

Day 11 Camel trekking  

Trek atop two-humped Bactrian camels toward the sand dunes at Hongoryn Els.

Day 12 Hongoryn Els & Flaming Cliffs 

Visit the magnificent sand dunes of Hongoryn Els, also known as the Singing Sands for the remarkable low-pitched groan that it emits when its surface is disturbed by the wind. Later today, visit the Flaming Cliffs, renowned as the site where Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the world’s first dinosaur eggs. 

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar

Return to Ulaanbaatar to visit the Bogd Gegen Palace and the National History Museum.

In the evening, enjoy a performance featuring traditional Mongolian dances and khoomi throat singers followed by a farewell dinner.