For awe-inspiring scenic beauty Mongolia has few rivals, and this journey is one of our most popular introductions to its extraordinary biodiversity. Experience the hospitality of Mongolia’s nomads while exploring a wide variety of landscapes, from the clear waters of Lake Hovsgol in the far north to the magnificent Gobi Desert in the south.
Touring the Mongolian Vistas begins in the forests of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, which includes the southern Khentii Mountain Range and the confluence of the Terelj and Tuul Rivers, and is home to endangered musk deer and moose. The journey continues to Lake Hovsgol, believed by scientists to be the cleanest freshwater lake on the planet, before traveling overland to the former site of Kharakhorum, the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire. Mongolia’s largest monastery, Erdene Zuu, was built nearby during the 16th century, reputedly from the remnants of this once-thriving city. The adventure concludes in the Gobi Desert, where towering sand dunes can be explored from the back of a Bactrian camel.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar | Gorkhi Terelj National Park
This Mongolian trek begins with your arrival in the capital. Explore Gandan Monastery the following day, before driving to Gorkhi Terelj, a national park rich in bird and plant life.
Day 3-5 Ulaanbaatar | Lake Hovsgol
After breakfast, fly to Muron, capital of Hovsgol Province. Spend the following days at Lake Hovsgol, exploring the mountains, meadows and lakeshore by foot or on horseback.
Day 6-8 Ulaanbaatar | Hogno Han Mountains | Kharakhorum
Return to Ulaanbaatar. Drive to the Hogno Han Mountains, located at the stunning confluence of steppe, desert and forest. Travel to Kharakhorum, site of the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire, stopping along the way at Shankh Hiid and Erdene Zuu Monastery. Return to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 9-11 Yol Valley | Gegeet Valley | Hongoryn Els
Fly to the Gobi Desert and explore the incredible Yol Valley. Enjoy peaceful nights at our award-winning Three Camel Lodge. Drive to the sand dunes of Hongoryn Els, passing through Gegeet Valley, habitat of the elusive snow leopard. Explore the “singing sand dunes” on foot or camelback.
Day 12 Tugrugiin Shiree | Flaming Cliffs
Tour Tugrugiin Shiree, home of the infamous ‘Fighting Dinosaurs’ fossil, and explore the fossil-rich Flaming Cliffs.
Day 13 Ulaanbaatar
End your tour of Mongolia with a visit the National History Museum and Bogd Khan Winter Palace. In the evening enjoy traditional throat singing and dance performance at your farewell dinner.