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16 days / 15 nights

This route will be an opportunity to discover the life of Mongolian nomads. Our hike will take place in the northern part of Mongolia and descend towards to the "Mont Khugnu Khan" and the Mongol Els sand dunes, finally finish the course by the former capital of the empire "Kharkhorin".

Total 8 days are on foot out of 15 and 4 to 6 hours of walking through the steppes in Khangai. 4x4 accompanied hiking whenever possible. The program itinerary is given as indication suggestion. The steps can be changed on site due to weather, safety, organization, flight times or any unexpected event. In these difficult times, the local guide will do anything to mitigate the effects of these events beyond our control.

  1. There are mongolian speaking guides who know the Western culture well and always immersed in the local nomadic life, that can be perfect bridge between the two cultures provided.
  2. The proximity of the nomads in our bivouacs installed near their camps yurts
  3. The visits, -meeting people and sharing their way of life: yak cheese food tasting Ayrak and yak cream
  4. Monastery Amarbaysgalan and Lake Ugii
  5. Erdenezuu Monastry in Kharkhorin

Brief Itinerary

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  • Day 1 and 2: Fly to Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 3 and 4: Ulaanbaatar - Darkhan-Amarbaysgalant
  • Day 5 and 6: The volcanic region Jalavch - Urmiin Tsagaan Nuur
  • Day 7 and 8: The Seruun river - Mount Bulgan - Seer - Orkhon.
  • Day 9 and 10: Burenkhaan - Ugii Lake
  • Day 11: Ugii Lake- Kharkhorin
  • Day 12: Kharkhorin- Gurvan bulag soum
  • Day 13 and 14: Gurvan bulag soum- Elsen tasarkhai- Khugnu Khan
  • Day 15: Khugnu Khan - Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 16: Fly back

Images of the Tour

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  • Day 1 and 2: Fly to Ulaanbaatar.

    Flight to Ulaanbaatar with stopover. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Visit the capital's major sites as Gandan Monastery, National History Museum, Bogd Khaan Winter Palace and Zaisan Hill etc. Stay in hotel
  • Day 3 and 4: Ulaanbaatar - Darkhan-Amarbaysgalant

    Departure to the Darkhan city by 4x4, which is the second largest city in Mongolia. The Amarbaysgalant Monastery is situated in a valley near the Selenge River and at the foot of Mount Buren Khan. It is dedicated to the memory of the First Chief of religion Zanabazar an+10d was built between 1727-1736. It is one of the few monasteries from this period still standing. Bivouac.
  • Day 5 and 6: The volcanic region Jalavch - Urmiin Tsagaan Nuur

    Start trekking through nomadic encampments and volcanoes. The Jalavch volcano rises to 1686 m above the sea level and extent of 500 to 600 m in diameter with a depth of 50 m. From day 6, start to trek. 6.5 hours of trekking. Bivouac
  • Day 7 and 8: The Seruun river - Mount Bulgan - Seer - Orkhon.

    Continue to trek through beautiful landscapes to Mount Bulgan. Crossing a small canyon before reaching the river and the village Seer Orkhon. 5-6 hours of trekking per day. Bivouac
  • Day 9 and 10: Burenkhaan - Ugii Lake

    Continue of the hike to Mount Burenkhaan. Transfer to Ugii Lake by 4x4. Continue to trek. In the afternoon, a small 4x4 transfer to join Mongol Els. Meet the nomads. 4 hours of trekking. Bivouac
  • Day 11: Ugii Lake- Kharkhorin

    Head to Kharkhorin city, which is ancient capital of Mongolia during 16th century. Here we can enjoy sight seeing through Erdenezuu monastery. Stay in ger camp
  • Day 12: Kharkhorin- Gurvan bulag soum

    2.5 hours of trekking provided.
  • Day 13 and 14: Gurvan bulag soum- Elsen tasarkhai- Khugnu Khan

    Trekking through the dunes along with camels and local guides. New encounters with nomads and visits to their camps yurts. Bivouac on the dunes. 6-7 hours of trekking per day. Bivouac
  • Day 15: Khugnu Khan - Ulaanbaatar.

    Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, rest in hotel. Today is free day for shopping, see the Mongolian traditional performance in the evening while having a dinner with team.
  • Day 16: Fly back

    Fly back to home country.
Single supplement charge US$250   


Included Services

  • Full-time services of your local guides.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Private transfers and transports
  • Twin/double share accommodation: Centrally located, good 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, good tourist camps at each destination
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Naadam Festival tickets and arrangements
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Great Naadam festival souvenir!


Not included in the price


  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary). 


  • For children of a family (0 – 3 years old) is 100% free of charge
  • For children of a family (4 – 12 years old) is 40% free of charge
  • Courier bringing min 4 pax
  • More attractive prices for groups of 12 and more people!
  • 1 free space for every 16 PAX

Accommodation on Mongolie Voyages tour 

Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia has many hotels ranging from basic 1* to high-end 5*. Some international hotel chains have opened such as Kempinski, Ramada, and Best Western to name a few. Some of Mongolie Voyages tours do not include hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, where clients are advised to take care of their own accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Please refer to your tour program (Included services and Exclusions section) for more details. Your Mongolie Voyages travel advisor is happy to assist you with hotel booking on your request. Below you will find some suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar: 

  • Best Western Gobi Kelso ***
  • Springs hotel ***
  • Ramada hotel ****
  • Kempinski Khan Palace ****
  • Best Western Premier *****

Outside Ulaanbaatar: Please take in mind that traveling in the countryside of Mongolia is often tough, a trip is conducted in remote areas where there’s no hotel and paved roads exist.

Outside of Ulaanbaatar, tourist Ger camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongols have lived in Gers since the time immemorial. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-4 beds with good bedding, and also have western style showers and WCs (mostly shared). A few Ger camps offer en-suite Gers at additional charge (please ask your Mongolie Voyages travel advisor for this). Due to remoteness some tourist Ger camps may not excel in service, so travelers may not always expect high pressure showers, bubble baths or gourmet food etc. 


Food on Mongolie Voyages tour 

During your tour in Mongolia you will be eating in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, we have a great variety in restaurants in the capital city. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps and local cafes in the small towns and villages will be the places where you will be eating. Ger restaurants often have set menu, but their food is usually very good (Ger camps provide mostly continental breakfast, lunches consist of salad, soup, main course and dessert, whilst, dinners are usually salad, main course and dessert).

During your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps (often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a chocolate bar etc). Vegetarians are well taken care of both in Ulaanbaatar restaurants and tourist Ger camps.


Luggage allowance on Mongolie Voyages tour 

When you travelling overland in a vehicle (minivan & jeep), it would be suitable if you have 20kg luggage per person (max). However, please kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 for the carry on luggage). For 1kg extra luggage you pay US$2 - 5. 



The Naadam festival is the biggest and most joyful celebration of the Mongols. It takes place on the 11-12th July annually. 

The festival itself originated from the era of Hunnu Empire (209 BD) and was originally organized as a competition to test the skills of Mongol warriors between tribes. The festival comprises the "Three Manly Sports": wrestling, horse racing and archery. A fascinating and interesting event for all is where the 9 White Flags of Chinghis Khan are carried in a ceremonial parade from the State Parliament House to the Central Stadium and many other events to name a few.

512-1024 wrestlers compete on the green field of the State Central Stadium-there is no time limit, no weight category and the arena is not fixed. They have the most number of tricks and the Mongolian national wrestling is the most challenging wrestling in the world. Mongolian wrestlers wear traditional Mongolian boots and special clothes for wrestling, Zodog - a small open-fronted vest.

It's impossible to imagine the Mongols without their horses. Mongol horse is small in body but as strong as rocks! There are 6 different categories of Mongol national horse racing depending on the age of horses. The riders, both boys and girls are aged between 5-12 and the distance of the race ranges from 15-30 km. Horses race on natural track and natural barriers. The racers train their horses for a month on a strict diet and everyday training.

There's no need to argue on that the Mongols are the best archers in the world. Archery, originating from time immemorial, is the oldest sport of the Mongols. Traditionally, this was only men's sport but nowadays both men and women compete in separate divisions. Male archers shoot on a 75m range while female archers shoot on a 60 m range.

Why to take a Naadam festival tour? Naadam festival tour includes the Mongolia Great Naadam Festival Holiday that takes place in mid July once a year. Naadam festival tours are the highlight of Mongolia and the Naadam festival itself is a fantastic event. We invite you to our Naadam festival trips in Mongolia.

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