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Dunes and Steppes of Mongolia - 13 days Trek


Why you'll love this tour ...

 

  • The only hiking tour that combines the dunes of the Gobi and the steppe of Central Mongolia.
  • The fun of walking with the pack camels in the wilderness of the Bayan Gobi desert.
  • Very balanced accommodation with 3 nights in yurts, 7 nights in tents and 2 nights at a 2* hotel.
  • A complete camping equipment, with a shower tent, modern tents, thick mattress and a large tent for the meals.
  • 100% financial guarantee for your tour in Mongolia.

> This hiking tour also comes in a long version of 20 days.

Dates and Rates


May 14 to 26, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
May 21 to June 2, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
May 28 to June 9, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
June 4 to 16, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
June 11 to 23, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
June 18 to 30, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
June 25 to July 7, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
July 2 to 14, 2016 (Naadam)* 1595 € / pers. Available
July 9 to 21, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
July 16 to 28, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
July 23 to August 4, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
July 30 to August 11, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
August 6 to 18, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
August 13 to 25, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
August 20 to Sept. 1, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
August 27 to Sept. 8, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
Sept. 3 to 15, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
Sept. 10 to 22, 2016 1595 € / pers. Available
* The program is adapted to attend the Naadam Festival in the Orkhon Valley.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT

Groups of 2 or 3 people : + 250 € / pers.

If there are 2 or 3 people booked onto the trip.
Refunded on return according to the number of people in the group.

OPTIONS

Single room: + 60 € / pers. (2 nights in Ulan Bator only)

Transfers to/from airport (if you do not fly with Turkish Airlines): +45 € / person for both transfers

 

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, hiking as described, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 13 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, a cook per group > 3 persons, financial guarantee of your deposits.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International flights, 1 dinner, drinks except water, tea and coffee, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa if necessary.

Tour itinerary

This new hiking trip is a first in Mongolia: you don't have to choose between hiking in the dunes or in the steppe!

Experience the contrasts of Mongolia in one trip, with this hiking tour that combines:

  • A trek with pack camels in the dunes of the Bayan Gobi desert,
  • A trek in the green steppes of the Orkhon Valley.

Day 1: Ulan Bator

Welcome to Mongolia!

Your English speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at midday (arrival of Turkish Airlines flight - private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).

Visit of Gandantegchinlin Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolian History.

Dinner downtown and overnight at Dream hotel or similar (2*).

Day 2: Ulan Bator - Bayan Gobi Desert

Breakfast and departure with our 4x4 vehicle to the Bayan Gobi Desert, the "rich Gobi."

Lunch on the way.

We meet the nomadic herder who will be our trekking guide for the next three days of hiking in the wilderness of Bayan Gobi , between dunes and steppes.

We set up our first camp in the wilderness, in a sparsely populated area on the southern edge of the Bayan Gobi Desert.

Each person sets up his/her own tent (single tent provided at no additional charge on request before departure). A shower tent and a large tent for the preparation of meals make our camp comfortable.

Dinner and overnight in tents 

 

Days 3, 4 and 5: Trekking in the Bayan Gobi Desert (with pack camel)

We leave for 3 hiking days in the wilderness of Bayan Gobi .

In this environment of dunes, mountains and steppes, our pack camel will be very useful to carry equipment for the day.

Be aware that this trekking tour in the Bayan Gobi Desert is the only opportunity of walk in a typical landscape of the Gobi Desert, as it is too warm further south in the Gobi Desert.

This area is truly the heart of Mongolia.

It is first of all the geographical center of Mongolia.

It is also located at the junction of three major mongolian ecosystems: two of the main mountain ranges in the country - the Khangai and Khentii - and a northern edge of the Gobi Desert.

Mount Batkhan overlooks this area and gives rise to several rivers which mix their waters with the sand dunes of Elsentasarkhai - the "sand break" - forming a changing and spectacular scenery.

Every night after trekking between dunes, rivers and steppes, we set up the camp.

The afternoon of day 5 we reach the Khogno Khan cliffs, where we visit Ovgon Khiid monastery, set in a dramatic scenery.

Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp nestled at the foot of the cliffs (2-4 persons per yurt in individual beds, showers and toilets in a separate building).

 

Day 6: Bayan Gobi Desert - Hiking in the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, a 2 hours drive takes us to the Orkhon Valley.

We meet the nomadic herder who will be our companion during the next 8 days.

The change in environment is striking: after the desert and sandy expanses of Bayan Gobi, we are now in a mountainous area, a maze of green valleys with forested slopes.

We start our first trekking day in the mountains bordering northern Orkhon Valley.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules, nothing to carry in our backpacks!

After the trek, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7: Hiking in the Orkhon Valley (Tovkhon Monastery)

After breakfast, we hike another day in the Khangai Mountains.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules.

In the afternoon, we climb to Tovkhon Monastery.

After the trek, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8: Trekking in the Orkhon Valley (Orkhon Falls)

After breakfast, we walk down the mountains to the Orkhon Valley. The views are astonishing ont the large valley with wooden mountains in the background.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules.

We hike to the famous Orkhon Falls.

In the afternoon, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 9: Hike in the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, we continue our hiking tour in the upstream part of the Valley where the landscape becomes wilder and wilder.

This volcanic region has black ancient lava flows which contrast with the white running water of the Orkhon River.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules.

We reach the forest with the impressive Naiman Nuur mountains in front of us.

After the hike, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.


Day 10: Hiking in the Orkhon Valley - Discovery of nomadic life

Today, after hiking on the slopes of the upper Orkhon valley, we reach the yurts of the family of the nomads who guided us during this trek in the Orkhon Valley.

They became our friends as we shared so intense emotions, and it is always a wonderful experience to discover their wives and children, and the way they live in their yurts with their herds.

The day is devoted to the discovery of the traditional lifestyle of the nomads of Mongolia.
We can participate in their daily activities, and become acquainted with the various family members.
You'll find simple tips to facilitate contact with your host family on the site by clicking here.

In the evening, our hosts will prepare a traditional specialty, the Khorkhog, the "Mongolian barbecue".

This night, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...


Day 11: Orkhon Valley - Karakorum

After breakfast, we drive to Karakorum, the former capital of the Mongolian Empire.

Lunch at the Karakorum gercamp.

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).


Day 12: Karakorum - Ulan Bator

Breakfast and departure to Ulan Bator where we arrive in the afternoon.

Picnic lunch.

In the late afternoon, you will attend a show with traditional dances, music and songs from Mongolia, especially the amazing Khoomei.

No dinner included, to let you choose among the varied dining opportunities offered by Ulan Bator.

Night at Dream hotel or similar (2*).


Day 13 - Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for Turkish Airlines flight (private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).

Practical Information


Meeting point: Ulaanbaatar airport, arrival of Turkish Airlines flight (private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).

Language: English speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


This tour has a very varied accommodation, with a nice balance between yurts and camping:

  • 7 nights camping
  • 2 nights in a yurt camp
  • 1 night in a yurt with a nomadic family
  • 2 nights in a 2* hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

More information about accommodation during our tours in Mongolia ...

Hiking level


This hiking tour is for fit travellers, but does not need a lot of trekking experience.

You will hike between 18 and 23 km / day, in a mountainous and forested environment.

Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Claire

"This tour is very popular, as you rarely have the opportunity to hike in so diverse landscapes: dunes, steppe and forest - with the fun of a pack camel. You will also have the chance to meet nomadic families."

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