Difficulty of trip: Moderately challenging
Package Fee 2-4 Pax: $1165 USD for 10 days/ 9 nights
Package Fee 5-8 Pax: $996 USD for 10 days/ 9 nights
Minimal pax: 2 persons
Day One - Camel and horse riding to locally worshipped Khadagt Khoshuu (B,L,D): In the morning at 08am you will depart from UB by public bus for 280kms to Rashaant village and then take rural car to first family jeep and you will arrive at family ger of herder Mr.Byambatogtoh around 2pm. You will be served tea and lunch. Then Mr. Byambatogtoh and his sons will guide you to the locally worshipped site of Khadagt hoshuu for 10.5kms. You will dismount from your camels or horses and participate in our herders’ worshipping activities according to custom. Then you will back to herder family’s ger. He will welcome you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day Two - Travel with ox cart to the human statue of Ar Bulan (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will continue your journey to next family by camel and horse for 10 kilometers. When you arrive at Mr. Otgonbayr he will served you a nomadic lunch and tea. Then you will start your travel by ox cart for 12ms to Bugdiin Ovoo /means all people’s Ovoo/. Ovoo worship ceremony originates from Mongolian’s traditional respect and worship of nature. An ovoo is a prymid shaped collection of stones, bones, woods and silk scarves, placed on the top of the hill or mountain. Ovoo is sacred and whenever you go by an ovoo you should walk around it three times to pray and make a wish. Then you will back to herder family’s ger. He will welcome you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day Three - Horse riding to Mongol sand dune and Swan Lake (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will continue your trip by horse for 6kms to next family. When you arrive at Mr. Idertsogt he will served you a nomadic lunch and tea.Then he will guide you beautiful Swan Lake and Mongol sand dune by horse. It will be about 6km round trip and you will enjoy the beauty of this lake and sand dune. You might have an opportunity to see swan couples there. Then you will back to the family. He will invite you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day Four - Kharakhorin (B,L,D): Before your breakfast you have opportunity to participate in milking animals. Mr. Idertsogt will guide you to Queen Manduhai Monument which was constructed for the movie about the wise Queen Manduhai. It will be 5km round trip. Then you will back to herder family’s ger. He will welcome you to have a farewell lunch and tea. Then you will drive to Kharakhorin ancient capital city. Upon arrival, you will visit Kharakhorin city ruins and Erdenezuu monastery. The city was established in 1220. Kharakhorin was the capital of Mongolia for 140 years and the capital of the Mongol Empire for 32 years. Erdenezuu monastery was the first Buddhist monastery, erected on the initiative of Abtai Sain Khan in 1585 at Kharakhorin. Overnight in ger camp.
Day Five - Relaxing at the Hot Springs of Tsenher (B,L,D): After breakfast you will continue to drive to Arkhangai province which is called ‘paradise of the horse herders’. Arkhangai aimag can claim to be Switzerland in Mongolia- amazingly beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, and green forest. Today we will overnight at Tsenher hot springs, where water flows out of the ground at 82 C, and where we can enjoy a relaxing soak. Overnight in ger camp.
Day Six - Horse riding to Canyon (B,L,D): In the morning, you will drive from Tsenher to White Lake for 160km. White Lake is an astonishingly beautiful lake - the lake is about 20 kilometers long and 16 kilometers wide, it supports Pike and other fish, rare birds are also found here. As soon as you arrive, you will head to Mr. Mungerel’ ger camp where you will be served a lunch. Afterwards, you will have a great chance to rest a little while in your tent before you begin the afternoon walk for 6 kilometers along the Lake. Along your walk you will visit “Uvgun Had” rock formations and absorb the breath taking scenery before making your way back to the ger camp for your evening dinner near the Lake. After dinner you will have plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy the sights of this pristine area before retiring to your tent for the night. (optional – people may pay the local ger camp owner to stay in a Ger).
Day Seven - Horseback to Khorgo volcano (B, L, D): After breakfast, today we will travel by horse for 12 kilometers round trip to the volcanic crater known as “Khorgo” that towers at 2100 meters. From the summit, there is a splendid view over the whole region, including a beautiful vantage point to admire White Lake. Along the way, you will visit the Yellow Dog’s cave where you will have a picnic lunch nearby. Later in the evening, you will return to the ger camp and have your evening dinner before you overnight in your tent. (optional – people may pay the local ger camp owner to stay in a Ger).
Day Eight - Traveling by ox cart to small Volcano (B, L, D): After your morning meal, you will begin your horseback excursion for 14 kilometers to the Tariat town where Mr. Chuluunerdene, a local nomadic family, will take you by ox cart for 18 kilometers to his family’s ger. On the way you will visit the “Sugiin Togoo”, a small volcano, as well as a nearby river basin where you will have a great chance to have an outdoor picnic near Sumun River. Once you reach his home, they will begin to prepare and serve you with a nomadic dinner and milk tea. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to milk a cow with the family and learn how to distill homemade alcoholic beverage from strong yogurt – nomadic vodka (overnight in your own tent).
Day Nine - Tsetserleg town (B): After your breakfast a driver will pick you up and take to Tsetserleg town. After check in local guest house you can trek around the beautiful Bulgan Mountain and local museum.
Day Ten - Ulaanbaatar: In the morning you will take a public bus back to Ulaanbaatar.
Visiting nomadic families
All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
Home stay at all families’ extra Ger
Herder guide service on route
Horse riding according to itinerary
Camel riding according to itinerary
Pack animals on route
Cultural activities (milking animals, play ankle bone game etc)
Boiled water on route
Local jeep service according to itinerary
One way bus ticket to Rashaant and from Tsetserleg to UB city
National park fee & monastery entrance fee
2nights at tourist camp
1 night at local guest house
Mongolian Cultural Travel Tips & Information
Horseback Riding in Mongolia
Mongolia's Gobi Desert Camels
Mongolians and horses have historically co-exist since the early times and It’s impossible to imagine Mongolians without horses. There are many horse related folk legends, stories about horses, epic literature and songs written about horses. Mongolians prohibit the cursing of horses, beating horses and whipping of horses on their heads and chests. Mongolia’s horse culture according to their traditions teaches to show to respect to the horse during its life and honorifically place the horse’s head on an Ovoo or other sacred place to show their respect to the nobility of their horse’s life. The head of a horse is often decorated with white stones or horse dung. Heads of especially fast racing horses are usually wrapped in a blue scarf. The Mongolian traditional horse head fiddle further glorifies the station of the horse by its artistic design and traditional sounds. The culture of the Mongolian horse even spreads to embroidery, handicraft, wooden carving, metal and silver crafts – Mongolia’s respect of the horse can be found everywhere throughout the country.
The world’s rare two-humped Mongolian Bactrian Camel is considered to be the tolerant and noble animal among five animals (horse, cow, sheep, goat and camel) and is sand colored herbivores mainly found in the Gobi Desert region of Mongolia. Mongolia leads the number of Bactrian camels in the world and Mongolian camels were domesticated in olden days and are traditionally used as nomadic transport. When Mongolian camels are used for nomadic transportation their noses are pegged and they are outfitted with a leading rein, halter, saddle, saddle cloth and stairs. Mongolian camels weight is between 400-800kg and camel meat is low in fat and lean. Mongolian camel milk is a staple food for Gobi Desert nomads and is more rich in fat and protein than cow’s milk. A female camel produces about 3 to 4 liters of milk a day; camel milk can readily be made into airag (fermented beverage), hoormog (yogurt diluted with milk) and dried curds. Mongolian camel wool is produced as a natural insulation against the cold and easily sheds in the heat. Mongolian camel wool has unique characteristics of silky softness and strength.
Riding Mongolian Camels
Mongolian nomads say that it’s much closer to the sun from the top of the tallest animal of desert - so while you are riding a Mongolian camel you will always have a panoramic view of the Gobi Desert. Generally, Mongolia’s camel guides are Mongolian nomads that are born and live in the Gobi Desert. Mongolians often start to ride camels at a very early age and have plenty of experience to share with you about how to saddle, groom and command to lay down a camel to mount and dismount. During your camel trek, you can help the Mongolian nomad by looking after your camel; learn how to groom it, saddle and unsaddle it as well as bring water and feed it. Kind attention between the camel and the rider always contributes towards establishing a close. Almost any traveler can ride a camel (in reasonable physical condition) and learn how to control it quickly – though its highly recommended to review the camel riding tips that can be found in the Ger to Ger Travelers’ Handbook. Its good to apply your knowledge and practice on a camel with a Mongolian nomad around their Ger (traditional dwelling) before starting a long trek. A camel trek could cover between 5 to 25kms a day between nomadic families or even for a short roundtrip for sightseeing.