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Tour Mongolia and discover two of the most fascinating regions, the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia, where Kazakh hunters celebrate their traditional culture and magnificent golden eagles, and the diverse ecosystems of the Gobi Desert.

 

Golden Eagles have been used in the everyday lifestyle of nomadic Kazakhs for millennia for the purposes of hunting. Each year, the region’s Kazakh hunters attend the annual Golden Eagle Festival with their golden eagles, entering them in competitions testing speed, agility, and accuracy. Ceremonies, dance performances, a parade in the provincial capital’s city square, and a Kazakh play are held in honor of the hunters and their eagles. This authentic Kazakh experience is a highlight of any visit to Mongolia.

 

Continuing the Mongolian expedition in the vast and dramatic Gobi, explore an incredible array of unforgettable landscapes, including the sand dunes of Hongoryn Els and the deep desert valley of Yol Valley National Park. Visit the Flaming Cliffs, the legendary site where the first nest of dinosaur eggs was discovered, and Tugrugyn Shiree, where paleontologists unearthed the “Fighting Dinosaurs” fossil.
 

10 DAYS OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH MONGOLIA

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

ULAANBAATAR

A capital where ancient traditions and 21st century modernities are juxtaposed side by side. 

2

DAY

ULAANBAATAR

Visit Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. Learn about Mongolia's history, culture and nomadic lifestyle in the National History Museum and explore the fascinating Mongolian Intellectual museum. Thereafter, visit the Zaisan Memorial, built by the former Soviet Union. Climb 300 steps and be rewarded with a panoramic view of the capital, the Tuul river and surrounding countryside. 

3

DAY

ULGII

Fly to Ulgii, Mongolia's westernmost province where 90% of the population is Kazakh. Dominated by the Mongolian Altai Mountains, this natural boundary has preserved the Kazakh language, culture and traditions. 

4

DAY

TSENGEL KHAIRKHAN MOUNTAIN

Drive to the snowcapped Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain. Journey past ancient burial mounds towards the Sagsai river. Spend the day with a Kazakh family where the women are renowned for their embroidery skills. Gather around the place of honour, the Kazakh table, learning their traditional songs and testing their tea and bortdsig (fried cakes). Thereafter, hike the foothills of Tsengel Khairkhan for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

5

DAY

TSAMBAGARAV MOUNTAIN

Drive towards Tsambagarav Mountain to the Namarjin Valley. The autumn pastures of the Uulds, this ethnic minority group has played a leading role in the rebellion against the Qin dynasty's invasion of Mongolia. Arrive at the home of a three-time Golden Eagle Festival Champion. Learn the techniques of training and hunting with their golden eagles. Thereafter, visit a Uriankhai archer family renowned for their archery skills and explore the archery exhibit and discover how the compound bows were a significant asset to Chinggis Khan and his descendants during their years of conquest.

6

DAY

ULAANBAATAR

If time permits, drive to Ulgii and visit a local market and mosque. Fly to Ulaanbaatar.

7

DAY

GOBI / YOL VALLEY

Fly to the Gobi at Mongolia's southernmost province of semi-arid desert. Explore the stunning landscapes of the Gobi and discover this fascinating region which includes sites of some of the most important paleontological discoveries of the 20th century as well as home to the elusive snow leopard, Gobi bear and more. 

Drive to Yol Valley National Park and see the Yol vultures soar in their habitat. Visit a local museum and learn about the local wildlife of the Gobi region. Begin your hike into the narrow valley, an amazing hiking ground for the avid hikers. 

Optional Extension: 1 Day Nadaam Festival

8

DAY

TUGRIGIIN SHIREE / BULGAN VILLAGE /

HAVSGAIT PETROGLYPHS

Drive to Tugrigiin Shiree and explore the site of the famous "Fighting Dinosaurs". Stop by to visit Bulgan, a small town with the only farm in the Gobi supplying local ger camps with fruits and vegetables, an example of local businesses supported by ecotourism. Drive to Havsgait Petroglyph. Dating back to the Pre-Bronze age and well into the Iron age, discover rock drawings of animals and even camp sites. From the base of Havsgait mountain, hike up the steep slopes to the top and be rewarded with one of the largest collection of rock carvings against the desert canvas to the north. 

9

DAY

MOLTSOG ELS / FLAMING CLIFFS

Drive to Moltsog Els and explore the Gobi sand dunes on the backs of a camel. Continue to the legendary Flaming Cliffs, rich with dinosaur fossils where significant discoveries can be unearthed before your very eyes.

10

DAY

ULAANBAATAR

Fly to Ulaanbaatar. Do some last minute shopping at the State Department Store and in the evening, enjoy a traditional Mongolian musical performance featuring huumii, throat singing.

Optional Extensions:

1) 4 Days Lake Hovsgol

2) 6 Days Reindeer People (available in May and late Sep)

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Shangri La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
Three Camel Lodge, Gobi Desert
Double Lake Camp, Lake Hovsgol
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