Khuvsgul, Center & Gobi 14 days

Mongolian highlights

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Total trip

13 Night 14 Days

Direction

Gobi: South-side Mongolia  Center: Central Mongolia  North: North-side Mongolia

Price

$2740 per person: This trip is cutomizable for your private travel.

Places visited

Amarbaysgalant monastery, Uran togoo, Khuvsgul lake, Terkh lake, Kharkhorin Hot spring, Orkhon waterfall, Ongi, Bayan zag, Khongor sand dunes, Yoliin am, Dalanzadgad, Tsagaan Suvraga, Baga gazar, 

Highlights

- Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Construction took place between 1727 and 1736 and Zanabazar’s remains were transferred there in 1779. Bogd Zanabazar was a great leader of Mongolians.

- Khuvsgul lake

Sukhbaatar ship or rent the small boat for the trip to a vantage point on the other side of the lake. Climb up and enjoy the views of the Khuvsgul Lake and Taiga.

- Yoliin am (Vulture canon)
The Gobi Three Beautiful Mountain ranges are definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in Southern Gobi and Yoliin Am is a pearl.

- Khongor sand dunes
The sand dunes extend to over 965 square km area,180 km long and can reach 20km wide. It is one of the largest sandy areas of Mongolia.

- Orkhon waterfall
Approximately 20.000 years ago, the waterfall was formed due to earthquakes and merged from volcanic eruptions.

- Kharkorin
The Khakhorin city was the capital of the Great Mongol Empire during the Chinggis Khaan’s period.

- Tsagaan suvraga (White stupa)
Over thousands of years, the wind and water have created this amazing structure and it was seabed with sedimentary places created by millions of years and different colors of the ground represent different times.

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  • Transportation – You will be served the air-conditioned, comfortable private vans and 4×4 vehicles on your all touring days.
  • English speaking guide service
  • Accommodation: The tourist camp has got comfortable service, a cozy bed, electric – 220V, hot shower, normal bathroom and better meal in the countryside.
  • Meals and picnic as mentioned at per day itinerary
  • Activity camel riding
  • All entrance fee
  • Museum tickets
  • Cultural performance
  • Local guide
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Camera fee for museum & monastery
  • International airfare and visas
  • Optional activity cost
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry service
  • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
  • Single room supplement
  • Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
  • Tips and gratuities

This monastery is one of the three Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery complex is located in the Selenge River. Construction took place between 1727 and 1736 and Zanabazar’s remains were transferred there in 1779. Bogd Zanabazar was a great leader of Mongolians. That’s why it was built for the memory of Bogd Zanabazar’s skills, wisdom, intellect, accomplishment, talent, artistic skill and a wisdom, by the order Manchu Emperor, Enkh-Amgalant king in 1725. When Buddhism was flourishing in Mongolia, the monastery consisted over 50 temples and 6000 monks.

Amarbayasgalant was one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped destruction during the Stalinist purges of 1937, after which only the buildings of the central section remained. Today, only 28 temples remain. Restoration work began 1988 with funds provided by UNESCO and private sources and some of the new statuary was commissioned in New Delhi, India. The monastery keeps many important original scripts of cultural heritage including the 108 volumes of Ganjuur and the 226 volumes of Danjuur. There is also a 13 meter tall Bogd Zonkhoba image with his 2 disciples and 108 stairs.

Uran Togoo Mountain is a pretty good place to break a journey to Khuvsgul, it is extinct volcano. There have some nice camping areas along with hiking and horseback riding. The Uran togoo – Tulga Uul natural monument is a national protected area in the Bulgan Province of Mongolia. It is located about 60km directly west of Bulgan city around the extinct volcanoes Uran togoo, Tulga, Togoo and Jalach Uul.

It is the most beautiful and the most famous parts of the North Mongolia. It was active 20-25 millions of years ago. You can find exceptional and plenteous fauna and flora. A hike along a footpath through the Siberian larches will lead you to the crater.  You will see a surprising of plants, but also many birds and insects, like Apollo butterfly. Then you will go to the bottom of the crater, where you will find in its center a small lake and beautiful dense vegetation. The Mongolian government had first limited the protected area of Uran Togoo to the north of Uran Uul 1965, then extended it to the south of Uran Uul in 1995. Uran means (Artistic), Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman. Its soil is very fertile and plants of steppe or forest –steppe grow here. Larch dotted forest, asp, aspen and birch trees are grown in shadow side of the mountains.

The volcano has breeding populations of various birds, grouse, sparrow, owl, falcon, cuckoo and hoopoe. Snake is very common.

After breakfast continue the drive to Lake Khuvsgul and arrive in time for lunch in a village of Khatgal. Afterwards, board the Sukhbaatar ship or rent the small boat for the trip to a vantage point on the other side of the lake. Climb up and enjoy the views of the Khuvsgul Lake and Taiga. After returning by ship to Khatgal, you will have a chance to go off hiking or cycling on the mountain bikes you can rent from the camp on trails alongside the lake shore. In the evening enjoy dinner at the camp and perhaps some amazing shargazing if the skies are clear.

Get ready to discover the Tsaachin community on this remote adventure to the Siberian taiga near the border with Russia, home to the last few remaining families of teepee-dwelling reindeer herders – the Tsaatan. Ride on horseback to reach their camp location, stay in among them in Teepees, learn their traditions, meet a Shaman and tend to, and ride reindeers. This unique expedition ventures to a very remote area, not accessible by vehicles, and all the supplies, camping equipment and provisions will be carried by pack horses. A cook and local Tsaatan guide will accompany you. Upon return from the Taiga, stay two nights at the beautiful Lake Khuvsgul and just rest at the camp and enjoy the amazing scenery.

The national park is the highlight of Arkhangai province and famous for its attractive scenery. It is situated in 580km northwest of Ulaanbaatar. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997 to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered flora and fauna.

Terkhiin tsagaan nuur and the extinct volcano Khorgo. Local people called White lake of the Terkh River is located 2060 meters above the sea level, the one of the most beautiful lakes in Arkhangai province. The lake extends 16 kilometers long and 10-16 kilometers wide. It covers an area of 61 square km and averages depth is 20 meters. There are many pikes and other species of fish and birds as well. This is an institution near the lake, the camp has a great experience and enjoys a good location be the riverside. The eruption of Khorgo Volcano explains the presence of the lake. An extinct volcano reaching its highest point at 2240 meters and located east from White lake. The volcano covered with basalt that was active 8000 years ago. Its crater measures 200 meters in diameter and 100 meters in depth, and it is surrounded with small copses of trees. Hiking here is really fantastic and the landscape is wonderful with extinct volcano craters producing various rock formations and huge gorges with fast flowing rivers and cascades.

After breakfast we will drive to Tsenher hot spa which is located in Arkhangai province. Most of the drive is off-road, but the scenery is amazing with rolling steppe and mountains in the background. On arrival enjoy lunch or picnic and hike in the surrounding hills and forests to discover open air pools and steams of hot springs. You will know you are near natural sources geothermal water by distinctive the sulfuric smell. The water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. Also the spring is kept in high pressure under the ground flow rate is high, 10 liters per seconds. Tsenher hot springs have healing properties notably on articular diseases and nervous system’s diseases. There are several tourist camps which are offering for tourists indoor and outdoor baths. They transfer the hot water via tubes from and built some pools. Night bath is great. Sitting in the pool drinking while seeing stars at the dark sky is one of the favorite activity in here.

After breakfast, we will drive to Kharkhorin town which is located in Uvurkhangai province, Mongolia. You will see ancient old Buddhist temple museum and modern Kharkhorin history museum as well. Back in the 13th century, Kharkhorin was constructed as a proper capital city that attracted traders, dignitaries, and skilled workers from across Asia and even Europe. Erdene Zuu temple was built 16th-century using materials from the destroyed city but was later badly damaged during the Stalinist purges of 1937, when the monks were either killed or deported to Siberia. The Khakhorin city was the capital of the Great Mongol Empire during the Chinggis Khaan’s period.

After breakfast we will drive to Orkhon Waterfall, also called Ulaan Tsutgalan is one of the best sights in central Mongolia. About 25m downstream from the waterfall you can climb down to the bottom of the gorge, 22m deep and dotted with pine trees. Approximately 20.000 years ago, the waterfall was formed due to earthquakes and merged from volcanic eruptions. However, the water doesn’t run all year and will only start to flow after the first good summer rain. Best time to see it in late July and August. The road to the waterfall is not easily accessible, owing to the rocky surface of the area along the Orkhon River itself is the longest river in Mongolia with a length of 1124km and it has been protected since 2006 as a National Park. Scenic and untouched natural distinct spots allow good opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. The valley is known as the home of Nomadic culture. Yak herder nomads are common.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Ruins of Ongi Monastery is located on the banks of the Ongiin River and it is halfway point between two major travel destinations the South Gobi and Kharakhorum city. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by the residing monks. Built-in the 17th century, the Ongi Monastery was among the largest temples in the country and was a home for over 1000 monks.   Not much left of the monastery and there are only two monks that reside at the temple. Today there is a small temple rebuilt on the site, a stupa to remember those who were killed, and a ger containing a small museum of objects that were rescued. The place is impressive and the site- basalt rocks and a desert river are beautiful.

After breakfast, we will drive to Bayan Zag. There are so many interesting things about the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Bayan Zag or the Flaming Cliff is one of them. It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrew, who visited in 1922. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. The nickname refers to the red or orange color of the sandstone cliffs, especially at a sunset. The erosion created on the ragged rocks from reddish sediment is an enriching sight that can be enjoyed in the morning or evening sun, given that the weather is pleasant. It is important fossil finds have been made. We will walk for a while and optional for hiking activity.

After breakfast, we will head to Khongor sand dunes which are located in the more deep area in Gobi Guvrvansaikhan National Park. Also, it is called Duut Mankhan is well known as the (Singing Sands)The sand dunes extend to over 965 square km area,180 km long and can reach 20km wide. It is one of the largest sandy areas of Mongolia. The wind continuously blows from North towards West and the dunes can reach breathtaking heights, between 100 and 300 meters. The inhabitant’s name after their imposing dunes Singing Dunes due to the noise made by the wind when it moves the sand. Kongor River flows along the dunes on a few kilometers and forms an oasis in the middle of the dried landscape. Experience camel riding and cultural experience! Explore this beautiful and empty space, clear skies at night mean stars and Milky Way visible. Don’t expect luxury! Go Now! We will highly recommend this tour.

After breakfast, we will drive to Dalanzadgad which is a central province of the South Gobi area. The Gobi Three Beautiful Mountain ranges are definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in Southern Gobi and Yoliin Am is a pearl. The valley is located within Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Come and see yourself! You need to wear your hiking shoes and full of ice down the creek in July, the last ice melted the end of June. You can hike track all the way down the gorge about 5-8km. Then you can understand, what an interesting contrast of landscapes! Amazing experience to see this river of ice in the desert and a great place for views and a walk.

After breakfast, we will head to South Gobi. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. Over thousands of years, the wind and water have created this amazing structure and it was seabed with sedimentary places created by millions of years and different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 60m at its highest point and continues 400m.

We will walk for a while and optional for hiking activity.

Leave the UB city and drive to Baga gazariin Chuluu. It is located in the center of Dundgobi province. The area is 300 square km wide, 15 km long, 10 km wide granite Stone Mountain elevated at 1768m above sea level. Surrounded by plain areas with cliffs and higher rocks. It is one of the ancient historical lands, rock images, burial mounds other sightseeing and became one of the specially protected areas of Mongolia in 1999.

Leisure time for rock climbing and hiking activities if time is available.

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Flexible and you can choose the trip yourself. You will not be caught at a specific time.

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We offer you a reasonable tour price but the quality gets number one for us.

Travel planning tip

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  • Hiking shoes, light shoes
  • Warm clothes (sweater, hat, trousers, jacket, socks, scarf)
  • Tools (small torch, power bank, extra battery, water bottle)
  • Sunglasses, cap, scarf
  • Towel, Shampoo, Soap, Body lotion, Sun lotion, lip-loss, hand sanitation
  • Dry and Wet tissues
  • First aid kit and bring your own medicine

When is the best time to travel to Mongolia?

Mongolia has 4 seasons and each it’s character. Remember the country has about 260 days of sunny and clear blue sky. It will help you to choose the best time to visit Mongolia. 

Summertime from June to August – the temperature ranges from 20 to 25C

Autumn time from September to November – the temperature ranges from 4-10C

Wintertime from December to February – the temperature ranges from -10C to -30C

Springtime from March to May – the temperature ranges from 5 to 15C 

How safe is to travel Mongolia?

Mongolia is one of the safest destinations in the world. However, there might be some pickpocket on the street and inside the big service places. Please pay attention to your items! 

How to get to Mongolia?

Visitors can arrive in Mongolia by airplane or train. Those who are taking to Mongolian can come via both China and Russia. Visitors coming by air can take flight from Seoul, Moscow, Beijing, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Turkey, and Irkutsk – Russia, Hailer – China, and other cities.

Which currencies can I bring to Mongolia?

You can bring US dollar, Australian dollar, British pound, Euro, Chinese Yuan, Korean won and Japanese Yen, etc. then you can change it into Mongolian currency Tugrik is (₮) MNT. (1$=2739, January.2020)

Can I make my itinerary?

That is for sure. We can tailor your trip as you want. You can visit our website and make your trip as same as you want by clicking on a tailor-made tour section. Then you will organize your trip with the help of our travel advisor. 

How is the food in Mongolia?

The main food for Mongolian meat, which is suited to Mongolian’s way of life and climate. During summertime, Mongolians prefer to have more milk products from the livestock. However, there are hundreds of foreign restaurants inside and outside the city and all tourist camps serve with Asian, European and other food. 

How is the electricity and sockets of Mongolia?

The power supply in Ulaanbaatar is now very reliable and there are only the occasional blackouts. Electricity is 220V, 50 Hz. The sockets throughout the country accommodate the European – style 2 pin plugs. In the countryside, the power supply still has frequent interruptions. In many cases, this is due to the cost of fuel. Wiring in many places needs updating and so care should be undertaken. 

Will it be possible to extend my stay at a destination?

Yes, but you have to inform us first before the tour starts. Also, additional charges will be applicable. No alterations can be done when the tour is in progress.

If I lose my passport, what assistance will I be provided?

We assist to report to the nearest police station and on request from your country Embassy. Also, you have to bear all the other costs by yourself. 

What does the tour price include?

The tour price generally is inclusive of your travel arrangements, accommodation, all meals, sightseeing, entrance charges, guide services, transportation, and driver service. For more information on the inclusion of tour price kindly refer tour inclusion section on the respective tour itinerary page on our website.

Can I avail of any early booking benefits?

Yes, you get a booking discount for all tours on paying full registration amount at the time of booking. M Sand Dunes Company also offers full payment 10% discount if you pay the entire tour price more than 30 days before the tour departure.

What are the benefits of group bookings?

Yes, you are possible for a group discount if you book for a group of more than 6 guests on the same tour.

Do we have to walk a lot on tours?

Generally, we have to walk at sightseeing places, sometimes for a long distance, however the same will be timely instructed by the tour guide.

Can I use my credit card for shopping / personal expenses while on a tour?

Yes, you can use internationally accepted Credit Cards for shopping and personal expenses at the city or town. 

How can I stay in touch with my family and friends on a tour?

While on tour, you can be in touch with your family and friends through a local calling card or local sim card as you may deem fit and desirable. You have to carry your mobile handset. We are not responsible for any charges levied by the international local authorities neither shall be responsible for the loss of your mobile handset. 

What assistance is provided, if I dis-continue the scheduled tour, on account of illness?

If you fall sick on tour, kindly inform the tour guide immediately. The tour guide will assist you in making all arrangements for the medical aid, doctor on call, etc. However, the expenses will have to be responsible for you. Here, Insurance plays a major role hence we highly recommend that you should get yourself and your family insured adequately before travel.

Can I get medicine on a tour?

Yes, you should get your own medicine if you have to take them daily. Don’t forget you have a first aid kit. 

Can I book my hotel and own air tickets, and join your tour?

Yes, for all tours of ours you have a facility of joining the tour at the first destination and leaving the tour at the last destination. For such tours, you get an only joining tour price. 

Will “M Sand Dunes” Company assist for air and train way journey tickets?

Yes, we will assist you with tickets for regular tours.

What type of meals are included on tour and can I request for a special meal?

All meals are served during most of our tours as specified in each package tour program. A full board of 3 meals a day. Please refer to the tour itinerary sent and confirmed by your “M Sand dunes” consultant for further details. We can cater vegetarians, special dietary requests without any problem, you will only have to notify us of your special dietary requests at least 30 days before the tour start. 

Do you have a cook on tour?

We generally have meals at Mongolian tourist camp as it gives you an opportunity to enjoy a different ambiance and is comfortable. At times, we do give packed lunch too depending upon the itinerary.

What is the possibility of getting a VISA?

We just assist you in filing the application for the VISA. If there is no Mongolia embassy in your country, one-month visas can be obtained on the spot once you arrive at the airport or railway station.

Do I need Overseas Travel insurance?

It is advisable to acquire adequate Overseas Travel Insurance cover for protection from any possible risks such as damage, loss, accident or injury to life, etc. on tour

Does the tour guide assist us on the entire tour?

Yes, the tour guide will assist you throughout the tour. However, they are not responsible for baggage or any kind of personal belongings.

In which language will the Tour guide communicate with us on tour?

The Tour guide will preferably communicate or give instructions on tour in English.

How many days before the tour should I do the booking?

We recommend you book your tour at least 1 month before the scheduled departure date as most of our tours fill up 1 month in advance. If you book early you can avail of the booking discounts.

Do I need to pay the entire tour price lump-sum while booking?

If you pay the tour price at one go 30 days prior departure then you are benefited as you get a full payment discount. It is not mandatory though, you can pay the registration amount to book and pay the balance payment later.

How can I check my payment and billing details?

We send you a confirmation payment via email. Then, you can check your billing and full itinerary.

Do we get any confirmation email of our scheduled departure?

Yes, 2 to 3 days before your scheduled departure we give an email to inform the reporting time and place.

In case of emergency whom can I contact?

During an emergency, you may call on the below mentioned “M Sand dunes”

Do I need to carry multiple currencies as per different countries visited on the tour?

USD / EURO are universally accepted currencies and easily exchangeable in any part of the world. You can carry the local currency of the visiting country worth $50 for miscellaneous expenses and if in case of emergency.

After paying once, will I get a refund of the tour cost?

In case of cancellation of your tour by the Company, you will get a refund of the actual amount paid by you. But if you cancel the tour, the cancellation charges will be applicable as per the below-mentioned cancellation policy:

Tour cancellation and cancellation charges

A written notice is required for any cancellations to be sent to [email protected] 

Due to the short nature of the Mongolian travel season (June, July, August & September) services for travelers tend to be overbooked. Therefore all local facilities and services are pre-booked well in advance and incur penalties in case of cancellation. The following charges will be withheld from your payment in case of cancellation on your end:

The amount you must pay Cancellation charges on the total tour price. 

More than 60 days prior to tour start: the deposit of $150

60 – 30 days prior to tour start: 15% of per person price based 

30 – 04 days prior to tour start: 50% of per person price based

03 – 01 days prior to tour start: 80% of per person price based

On the day of departure prior to tour start: 100%of per person price based

How much time does it usually take to process a refund?

Ideally, it takes 4 – 5 working days to process refunds, once the guest agrees on the refund amount.

What is be the mode of payment in case of a refund?

Ideally, the refund amount is credited using the same mode of payment that you had used to book the tour, the only exception.

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