General information about trips

We offer you a distinctive range of tours and expeditions in all corners of Mongolia. Join one of our scheduled group tours or ask us for a customized tour especially designed for your private group. Our trips are designed to accommodate two general levels of comfort and activities. To help you make the right choice please read the following descriptions.

Tours with “G” code
For those wishing more comfortable lodging, we have trips offering ger camp accommodation. Gers, the traditional felt structures of nomads are spacious, very comfortable, beautifully decorated and with beds and bedding provided.  In addition to offering washrooms with showers and flush toilets, these camps also have a dining Ger, a perfect way to gather and socialize while enjoying fine dining.  “G” trips are appropriate for any age or level of fitness.  We may suggest a day hike or offer an opportunity to ride horses or camels as part of the trip. These activities are not arduous or demanding.

Expeditions with “E” code
Expedition tours travel to the remote corners of Mongolia where there aren’t many tourist facilities. On expedition tours, we offer camping in tents for some of the nights. Mats and blankets are provided for extra warmth; participants bring their own sleeping bags.  We also set up a dining tent with tables and chairs.  A toilet tent is also set up and a shower tent when possible.
Adventure activities offered on expeditions are of moderate to advanced level of difficulty. Mongolian horses are small but with good stamina, well tempered and relatively easy to handle. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and have ridden a few times before, you are eligible for a horseback-riding trip. We provide Australian saddles for riding. The two-humped Bactrian camels in Mongolia are extremely comfortable to ride. No prior experience is necessary.

Making a Booking

When you have decided on the trip that is right for you, simply submit a booking form online. As soon as we receive your booking form and your deposit, you will receive a letter of confirmation. Further important advice and information about your visit will be sent in due course.

Making a Payment

A non-refundable deposit of USD200 will secure your place on the tour. The balance should be paid no later than 2 months prior to your arrival in Mongolia. Payments can be made by wire transfer to our bank account in Mongolia, or by credit card. We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card, and JCB.

Insurance

All our trips include a travel medical insurance for the scheduled duration of your trip, from the date of your arrival until the day of your departure. This insurance has a value up to USD30.000 to cover the cost of medical services taken in Mongolia including air evacuation within the territory of Mongolia. However, we encourage all clients to make their own travel insurance as well.

Liabilities

  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to cancel trips when there are less than 3 bookings. Trip members will be given a choice between paying a surcharge to run the trip with less than 3 people, selecting another trip or cancelling their trip. Should cancellation be necessary the client's payment will be 100% refunded or used to build another trip's price.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to change the date or itinerary of trips without a prior notice to clients.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for the misoperation of the trip caused by factors beyond the control of Mongol Khan Expeditions.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred outside of Mongolia as well as for evacuation out of Mongolia. It’s a client’s responsibility to be covered from those potential expenses by his or her own insurance.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, no cancellation fee will be charged. All monies will be refunded except for your non-refundable deposit of USD200.
If you cancel between 6 to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged. The remaining 70% will be refunded to the client.
If you cancel between 3 to 1 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost of the trip will be charged.
If you cancel less than a week prior to the scheduled start of your trip, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund.

Refund payments will be sent back to the client’s bank account within a week of the cancellation date. For each refund payment a bank transfer charge will be deducted from the refundable amount.
Hiking in Khangai Mountains - 16 days

Trip code Trip dates

E11-01 July 26 – Aug 10, 08

E11-02 Aug 11 – Aug 26, 08

The trip is a great combination of travelling in contrasting natural zones. We start our journey to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Great Mongol Empire. The drive is through the landscape for which Mongolia is most famous – the endless green steppe, with grazing herds of horses and sheep.

Further we travel to the heart of the Khangai Mountains in a little known area – and even less visited – called Naiman Nuur, or Eight Lakes. These small lakes are nestled on the plateau of Khangai Mountains surrounded by forested hills and lush meadows. The only way to reach them is by foot or horseback. We will hike into the area on a linear path, with pack yaks to carry our belongings, and spend a few days exploring the region.

We then continue our journey to the Great Gobi desert, the vast wilderness, the miles of flat, barren and open plains. It is a treasure full of astonishing surprises that draws the most avid travellers, explorers and scientists into its open arms and entices them to return again and again. The trip will take us to the wonders of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park including the ancient rock engravings at Bayangiin Nuruu, massive sand dunes at Hongoriin Els, the Flaming red cliffs at Bayanzag and Eagle valley in Altai Mountains.

Perhaps the most interesting cultural experience would be the visit to a local nomadic family and having spent a day with them. We will explore their lifestyle, ride horses or camels, and experience their hospitality. Those booked on the July departure will also experience the mini Naadam Festival and enjoy the national sports of horse racing, wrestling and archery.

Day 1
Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to Bayangol Hotel to check-in and freshen up. In the afternoon we will have a leisurely program of sightseeing including the Sukhbaatar square and the National History Museum. In the evening enjoy a traditional Mongolian music and dance performance followed by dinner.

Bayangol hotel (L, D)

Day 2
This morning we leave the city and start our journey. Our destination today is Khustain Nuruu National Park where Takhi the wild horses are being bred and reintroduced back to the wild nature. We’ll make a tour in the National Park, either on foot or in a vehicle. The Khustain Nuruu National Park is rich with wildlife, including the wild horse, red deer, marmot, fox, wolf and different species of birds.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 3
This morning we will drive to Karakorum. This was once a thriving metropolis in the days of Chinggis Khan and his sons when they controlled the biggest empire the world has ever known. Today little remains of the days of former glory. We will visit the Memorial site for the Great Mongol Empire. What does stand resplendent near the town is the massive walls of the Erdene Zuu Monastery. In its history the monastery suffered much under the battles and purges, but miraculously, was spared from complete destruction. In the former days the walls of the monastery housed hundreds of temples and thousands of monks. Today these places of religious beauty are being restored. We will visit the Monastery.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 4
In the morning we drive along the Orkhon river Valley onto the Waterfall. After some break at the waterfall we continue driving a short way into the forested hills to our campsite at Khorgoi Hurem. We will make our tented camp in the forested foothills of the Khangai Mountains. Here we will meet the local guides who will accompany us with their pack yaks.

Tented camp (B, L, D)

Day 5-8
These four days will be spent hiking through the mountains on a linear path. It is a moderate hiking in the area of Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes). The small lakes are formed from extinct volcanos making depressions high up in Khangai Mountains at about 2500m above sea level. Hiking terrain is undulating green hills with forest, open valleys with grassland littered with volcano boulders and the lakes-shores. The vehicles will leave us to drive around the mountain and will meet us at the end of our hiking trip. Meanwhile our equipment and food will be carried by pack yak. On the fourth day we will meet our drivers again and drive a short way to our campsite near Uyanga village.

Tented camp (B, L, D)

Day 9
Today we will continue in the vehicle into Bayankhongor Province and the Gobi Desert. It will be a long day drive through some spectacular, changing scenery. Bayankhongor contains much diversity in its landscape with grasslands in the north and the arid, desert plains in the south. Our destination today is at Dash’s, a nomadic family living at the foothills of Ikh Bogd Mountain. He herds horses, camels, goats and sheep for living. You will be introduced to nomadic lifestyle of Mongolians. Nomads in the Gobi are known as the most hospitable people, they are always happy to have guests and visitors.

Tonight we will set up our tented camp near his ger. If you are interested you can share their ger for overnight as well.

Tented camp (B, L, D)

Day 10
Today we spend the morning riding horses in the area. Dash will accompany us for riding. We will also see how “Horhog” the traditional Mongolian dish is prepared and cooked. It is a long process and a very interesting way of cooking, using hot rocks, previously heated in the fire. We will then have Horhog for lunch and taste the newly brewed “Shimiin arhi”, the Milk wine.

Then we continue the journey to “Gobi Camels” Ger camp for overnight. The camp is located in the beautiful valley behind Ikh Bogd Mountain. Ikh Bogd Mountain is the highest peak of Gobi Altai Mountain Range and is elevated to 3957m above sea level.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 11
Have a rest at the camp in the morning. In the afternoon go for a trip to the White Cave formed with crystal rock. It is about 40m long and its height reaches to 5-6 m at some part. Inside the cave continues to narrow channels. Just a few years ago the archaeologists have found interesting discoveries from this cave that proved that some seven hundred thousand years ago the White cave was a shelter to people. This is the most ancient dwelling of people that has been found so far in Mongolia. Return to Gobi Camels ger camp.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 12
In the morning we drive to Mount Ikh Bayan to see the ancient rock engravings dating from 3000 BC. After exploring the engravings we head to Khongoriin sand dunes in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The drive is through some incredible desert scenery with flat, stony plains; outcrops of vegetation; and herds of wild antelope racing across the plains. We will reach the dunes in the late afternoon.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 13
In the morning we will explore the dunes on a camel back. Then continue our trip to the flaming red cliffs of Bayanzag. It is a famous site, where the American scholar Roy Chapman Andrew’s expeditions found fossilized dinosaur skeletons and eggs in 1920.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 14
After a relaxing morning at the camp we will start our day trip to the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain Range. Here we hike along the Eagle Valley and explore the high cliff walls and the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 15
Drive to local airport and take the flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to Bayangol hotel. In the afternoon you will visit Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art’s. There will be some time for shopping. The evening entertainment is a Fashion show of Mongolian traditional costumes followed by farewell dinner.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 16
You will be taken to the airport for your departure flight.

(B)

Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and sightseeing, o/n Bayangol hotel

Day 2 Drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park, o/n Ger camp

Day 3 Drive to Karakorum, visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, o/n Ger camp

Day 4 Drive to Orkhon Waterfall onto Khorgoi Khurem, o/n Tented camp

Day 5-8 Four days hiking in Khangai Mountains, o/n Tented camp

Day 9 Drive into the Gobi, visit a nomad family, o/n Tented camp

Day 10 Morning with the family, drive to Gobi Camels ger camp, o/n Ger camp

Day 11 A day trip to White Cave, o/n Ger camp

Day 12 Explore ancient rock art, drive to Khongoriin sand dunes, o/n Ger camp

Day 13 Camel ride at sand dunes, drive to Bayanzag, o/n Ger camp

Day 14 A day trip to Eagle valley, o/n Ger camp

Day 15 Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and sightseeing in the afternoon, o/n Bayangol hotel

Day 16 Departure

Price per person:

USD2940 for group of 3-7 people

USD2650 for group of 8-11 people

USD2540 for group of 12-16 people

Single accommodation available at USD180

Price includes:

All transfers and ground transportation

Domestic flights

Twin share stay at Bayangol hotel while in Ulaanbaatar

Twin share accommodation at Ger camp

All camping equipment except sleeping bags

All meals

All entrance fees to museums and monasteries

National park fees

Fees for pack animals

Local wranglers and other support staff

English speaking guide throughout the trip

Travel medical insurance

The price does not include:

International flights

Visas

Alcoholic drinks

Gratuities

Items of a personal nature

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