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Mongolia

Activities

  • Terelj National Park

  • Genghis Khan’s Statue

  • Turtle Rock

  • Aryabal Temple

  • Genghis Khan Monument

  • Hustai National Park

  • Horseback riding tour

  • Mongolian nomadic way of living cultural tour

  • Erdene Zuu Monastery

  • Kharakhorum Museum

  • Ongi River Valley

  • Ongi Monastery and ruins

  • Gobi Desert

  • Flaming Cliffs

  • Bayan Zag

  • Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes

  • Khavtsgait

  • Three Beauties of the Gobi Nature Preserve

  • Vulture’s Valley

  • Sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar

  • Gandan Khiid Monastery

  • Naran Tuul Market

  • Sukhbaatar Square

  • Zaisan Memorial

  • Tumen Ekh Cultural Show

Inclusions

  • Round-Trip Airfare from Los Angeles on Delta Airlines

  • Airport Transfers

  • Accommodations

  • Breakfasts & Farwell Dinner

  • Activities listed on itinerary

  • Private Transportation

  • Local Tour Guide

  • Tour Host

Price

$3,699 -
 
per person (double occupancy) 


+$899 for single traveler

 

Fine Print

  • You must be able to walk with no problems; trip is not wheelchair accessible

  • Deposit required (make below) to secure airfare

  • Full payment due 90 days before trip departure and must be made by check

  • Trip deposit and final payments are non-refundable once paid

  • Passports are required and must be valid 6 months after final date of the trip.

Your Host: McKenna Jensen
 

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August 15-23, 2023

Day One & Two
Fly to Ulaanbaatar!

Day Three

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, the vibrant capital of Mongolia! Upon arrival, check into your accommodation and freshen up after your journey.​ Early in the morning, embark on an exciting day trip to Terelj National Park. Start your day with a visit to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, located in the heart of the park. The colossal statue of Genghis Khan on horseback is a symbol of Mongolian pride and a must-see landmark. Explore the museum inside the statue to learn about the life and legacy of this legendary conqueror.​ After visiting the Genghis Khan Statue, set off on an easy hike to Turtle Rock. This unique rock formation, resembling a turtle, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. The hike is relatively short and suitable for all fitness levels, making it a perfect way to immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty.


Continue your exploration with a visit to the serene Aryabal Temple, also known as the Meditation Temple. Nestled amid the picturesque landscapes of Terelj National Park, this Buddhist temple provides a tranquil setting for reflection and peace. Take some time to absorb the spiritual ambiance and admire the architecture of the temple.
​ Before heading back to Ulaanbaatar, make a final stop at the Genghis Khan Monument. This impressive monument depicts Genghis Khan on horseback, paying homage to the great Mongolian leader. Capture some memorable photos and savor the historical significance of this iconic site. In the late afternoon or early evening, return to Ulaanbaatar from Terelj National Park. Relax and unwind after a fulfilling day of exploration.

Day Four

Enjoy breakfast at the ger camp in Hustai National Park, then gear up for an exhilarating horseback riding tour through the park's picturesque landscapes. Witness the successful Takhi (Przewalski's Horse) Reintroduction Project and learn about the conservation efforts. After a packed lunch in the wilderness, immerse yourself in the Mongolian nomadic way of living with a cultural tour to visit a local nomadic family's ger. Experience their traditions and hospitality. In the evening, delight in a hearty dinner at the ger camp and be captivated by a captivating Mongolian cultural performance by the campfire. Retire to your cozy ger for an overnight stay in the heart of Mongolia's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Day Five

Travel to Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. Upon arrival, visit the renowned Erdene Zuu Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. Explore its impressive architecture and beautiful surroundings. Continue your cultural journey with a visit to the Kharakhorum Museum, which houses fascinating artifacts and historical exhibits related to the city's rich history. After a day of exploration, settle in for an overnight stay in Karakorum, immersing yourself in the historical ambiance of this once-mighty capital.

Day Six

Prepare for a travel day as you journey from Karakorum to the Ongi River Valley. Embrace the scenic beauty of the Mongolian landscapes along the way. Upon arrival, explore the fascinating Ongi Monastery and its intriguing ruins, providing a glimpse into Mongolia's historical past. As the day comes to a close, settle in for an overnight stay in the tranquil Ongi Valley, where the peaceful surroundings offer a perfect setting for relaxation and reflection.

Day Seven

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Gobi Desert. Head to the legendary Flaming Cliffs, renowned for their vibrant red-orange hues and significant paleontological discoveries. Explore the mesmerizing landscape and learn about the area's rich history and fossil findings. As the day unfolds, make your way to Bayanzag, where you will spend the night surrounded by the captivating Gobi scenery. Embrace the magical tranquility of the desert and immerse yourself in its timeless allure.

Day Eight

Embrace the Gobi's magnificence as you journey to Khongor. Arrive at the mesmerizing Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes, and choose from exciting activities like camel rides atop these impressive dunes or experiencing the thrill of sand dune bashing. Feel the desert's allure as you immerse yourself in this surreal landscape. Later, visit Khavtsgait to witness ancient petroglyphs, marveling at the art and history etched into the rocks. As the day concludes, revel in the tranquility of the Gobi as you rest and spend the night in Khongor.

Day Nine

Continue your Gobi adventure to the breathtaking Yol Valley. Explore the enchanting Three Beauties of the Gobi Nature Preserve, witnessing the remarkable rock formations and diverse wildlife. Visit the awe-inspiring Vulture's Valley, where rare bearded vultures soar through the rugged cliffs. Embrace the beauty of the Three Beauties mountain range with a memorable trail walk, offering panoramic views of the surrounding desert. As the day winds down, rest and relish the tranquility of Yol Valley, enjoying an overnight stay amidst this natural wonderland.

Day Ten

Depart from the Gobi Desert and take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, delve into the city's vibrant culture with a sightseeing tour. Explore the magnificent Gandan Khiid Monastery, a prominent Buddhist landmark. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Naran Tuul Market, where you can find unique souvenirs and traditional crafts. Visit the historic Sukhbaatar Square, a symbol of Mongolia's independence. Experience the poignant Zaisan Memorial, offering panoramic views of the city. In the evening, enjoy a captivating Tumen Ekh Cultural Show, showcasing traditional music, dance, and folklore. Spend the night in Ulaanbaatar, reflecting on the diverse beauty of Mongolia's natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Day Eleven

Travel home today after wonderful memories made, and places explored!

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