Difficulty of trip: Moderately challenging
Package Fee 5-8 Pax: $1224 USD for 16 days/ 15 nights
Method of travel: Horseback, ox-carts and trekking
Valid between: June 1 and October 1
Package Fee 2-4 Pax: $1465 USD for 16 days/ 15 nights
Minimal pax: 2 persons
Day One - Arrive at Mr. Bultenbor's nomadic ger (D): You will travel from UB to Tsetserleg by the public bus at 8am, along the way you will see many scenic locations from the bus as it drives by vast nomadic pastures, the Ancient Capital City of the Mongol Empire “Karakorum”, etc. Once you arrive in Tsetserleg town around at 6pm, our local facilitator will arrange a local driver for you at bus stop that will take you to the first family Mr. Bultenbor (57km). Upon arrival his family will serve you dinner and tea before your retire for the night in your tent nearby the nomadic family.
Day Two - Trek to Sumtiin Mountain Basin (B,L,D): After breakfast the family will show you how to cut Mongolian curds before you and the herders will pack up Yaks to start your trek along the beautiful Tamir Valley to the base of Sumtiin Mountain. In the early days, five famous monks planted five memorial trees at the base of Sumtiin Mountain before they left their native land which became today’s beautiful scenery of Mountain. Along the way you will have a picnic lunch and absorb much of the local cultural site that includes ancient graves, burial sites; many Khirgesuur (piles of stones marking the burial site of an ancient warrior) and many tombstones. After 15km of trekking you will reach the camping site and Mr. Bultenbor will prepare and serve you a dinner before retiring to your tent for the night.
Day Three - Trek to Mr. Battulga Nomadic Family (B, L, D) After having breakfast, you will trek for 12km to Mr. Battulga’s family – along the way you will have a picnic lunch. Upon arrival at Mr.Battulga’s Ger, the family will prepare and serve you dinner and hot tea to which you will overnight your tent nearby their ger.
Day Four - Trek to Gangiin Bulan (B, L, D) After breakfast with Battulga’s family, you will have an opportunity to learn how to make the well-known Ih Tamir White Curds or nomadic cheese before you and the nomads start packing the luggage on yak cart. Today you will trek for 25km to Gangiin Bulan, where you will be outdoor camping away from families for one night. Along the way you will be served a picnic before reaching the overnight camping site where Mr. Battulga will serve you dinner and tea.
Day Five - Trek to Mr. Byambaochir Nomadic Family (B, L, D) After having a breakfast you will trek for 25km to Mr. Byambaochir’s family, from this point onwards the terrain becomes more challenging with small rivers to cross and some hills to pass over. As you trek to Byamba-Ochir’s home, you will be served a picnic lunch. Upon arrival Mr. Byambaochir and his family will serve you dinner and hot tea before retiring to your tent for the evening.
Day Six - Day Trek to Mountain Blue lake (B, L, D) After breakfast, you will start the trek to 'Blue Lake' with the nomadic guide - today you don’t need to pack the all the luggage, a day-pack is sufficient for the day as the trek will be about 26km round trip. You will be served a picnic lunch at the top of the Mountain along the edge of Blue Lake where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of this mountain lake. By evening you you return to Mr. Byambaochir’s nomadic family’s ger where they will welcome you with dinner before you overnight in your tent.
Day Seven - Trek to Mr. Battumur’s Nomadic Family (B, L, D): After breakfast, Mr. Byambaochir and you will start packing the yak for your journey – today the terrain becomes more challenging as you have to trek over a mountain. You will served a picnic lunch as you are trekking for 27 kilometers through Jargalant Valley – upon arrival at Battumur's family (Local people call him as Oroso), they will welcome you with a nomadic dinner before retiring to your tent for the evening.
Day Eight - Trek Shivertiin Mountain (B, L, D) After breakfast, Mr. Oroso will teach you how to make homemade ropes out of yak hair before you continue your 22km trek up Shivertiin Mountain. Once we leave Orosoo’s home there will be no families along the way to our meeting point with the vehicle - on the way you will be served with a picnic lunch and tea. Upon arrival at the outdoor campsite, Mr. Oroso will prepare and serve you with a outdoor dinner and hot tea before you overnight in your tent.
Day Nine - Short Trek to Meet Rural Driver nearby at the Khujiriin Mountain Basin (B) After breakfast we will pack up all the tents and luggage and will continue our trek with the yaks to Khujiriin mountain mouth where the vehicle is waiting for us around 7 kilometers. We say goodbye to our herders and humble yaks. Then we will drive White Lake for 160km. Upon your arrival at his family they will welcome you a nomadic lunch and tea. Afterwards he will show you his carvings e.g. wooden furniture, horse head fiddle etc and his wife Mrs. Doljin will show you how to sew traditional dress, button on it and tie a knot. Also, you can see some new clothing and things which she made. Then you will start your horse riding to canyon which is 8 m high and located 2 km away from the family. In the evening you will be served a nomadic dinner with a family and then you can play ankle bone game with family.
Day Ten - Horseback Ride to Lake’s Vantage Point “Nuurin Dund Tolgoi” (B, L, D)): After breakfast, you will continue your journey by horseback for 10kms to the White Lake’s Vantage Point. On the way, you will pass by the locally renowned “Hungiin Tohoi” known for the gathering of Swans – of which you may see if you are lucky. As you continue your journey, you will be served a picnic lunch before you arrive at the next nomadic family in the evening where you will have an opportunity to learn the basics of nomadic dairy products. The family will show you how to boil milk to make “urum” which is a creamy spread used to eat on bread and in Mongolia teas. In the evening you will return at Mr. Batbold's family where you will be welcomed with an evening dinner before retiring to your Ger for the night.
Day Eleven - Horseback Ride to “Khorgo” Volcano and Yellow Dog’s Cave (B, L, D) After breakfast, you will travel by horseback for 20kms (round trip) to a volcanic crater called Khorgo which is 2100m above sea level. From the summit there is a splendid view of the whole lake region, as you continue your journey, you will also visit the famous Yellow Dog’s cave (a local legend stated that a compassionate monk kept a sick dog in this cave in order to protect it from being killed) and have a picnic lunch. In the evening, you will return Batbold’s family and be welcomed with a farewell dinner and milk tea before retiring to your Ger.
Day Twelve - Overland Drive to Galt Hot Spring (B, L, D): After breakfast, you will overland drive through the wooded slopes of Khangai Mountain Range and cross high mountain passes. Along the way, you will have a picnic lunch before arriving at Galt Hot Springs where you can relax in properly outfitted hot springs and overnight at the ger camp.
Day Thirteen - Overland Drive to Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D): Lake Khuvsgul is truly a highlight of any trip to Mongolia and today you head north to the crystal clear waters - it is the deepest lake in Central Asia, measured with a maximum depth of 262 meters. The reflections of larch forests and majestic Mountains around the lake are truly amazing; 96 rivers and streams feed into Khuvsgul Lake and the Egiin River exits from it. On the way we will pass through Murun which is the capital of Khuvsgul Province before reaching the overnight destination at the ger camp located next to Khuvsgul Lake.
Day Fourteen - Horseback Ride, Trek Around the Lake, or try to Visit the Reindeer People (B, L, D): Khuvsgul Lake Region is the home to the Tsaatan or “The Reindeer People” which roughly translates as “with reindeer”. The Tsaatan people are originally from Siberia’s Tuva Region, historically they inhabit this border region between Russia and Mongolia. The Tsaatan Livelihood is centered around the domesticated reindeer for nearly all of their basic needs, such as milk for food, skins for clothing and antlers for tools. Today if the Reindeer People are nearby, you can make a day trek to visit them or you can spend it trekking around the lake’s beautiful scenery. Keep in mind that as Tsaatan are nomadic and are often found high in the mountains, there is no guarantee that you will be able to meet them - but the scenery of the area is well worth the exploration time! Tonight you will overnight in a ger camp next to the lake.
Day Fifteen and Sixteen - Rural Bus to Ulaanbaatar (B, L): After your early morning breakfast at camp, you will return to Murun where you will board the public bus for the 2pm departure to Ulaanbaatar. Before you depart to Ulaanbaatar, you will have a packed lunch in Murun before wishing your driver and guide farewell.
All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
Herder guide service on route
Horse riding according to itinerary
Pack animals on route
Cultural activities (make dried curds, pack on yak’s back etc)
Boiled water on route
One way bus tickets reservation between UB and Tsetserleg
One way bus ticket to UB city from Murun
Russian jeep service which stated on itinerary
3 nights at tourist camp
3 nights at local ger camp
English speaking guide on route
National park fees
Camping equipments /sleeping bag, mattress and tent/