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.
Begin this small group tour in Mongolia 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 Karakorum, 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.
Days 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
This Mongolia group tour begins with your arrival in the capital. Explore Gandan Monastery, as well as Ulaanbaatar’s top sites, including the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, National History Museum, and Zaisan Memorial.
Days 3-5 Lake Hovsgol | Ulaanbaatar
Spend two days at Lake Hovsgol exploring the mountains, meadows, and lakeshore by foot or on horseback. Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit Lake Irkh, a small saltwater lake in the midst of the steppe that is a habitat for a number of birds.
Days 6-8 Kharakhorum | Ulaanbaatar
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 and visit with a nomadic camel-breeding family.
Days 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 Hongoryn Els, or the “singing sands” on foot or camelback.
Day 12 Tugrugiin Shiree | Flaming Cliffs
Tour Tugrugiin Shiree, home of the “Fighting Dinosaurs” fossil, and explore the fossil-rich Flaming Cliffs.
Day 13 Ulaanbaatar
End your tour of Mongolia with a visit to the National History Museum and Bogd Khan Winter Palace. In the evening enjoy a traditional throat singing and dance performance at your farewell dinner.
Day 14 Departure
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Jun 9, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019
Aug 3, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019
$7,650 per person/double occupancy
$6,995 per person/double occupancy