SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT
Groups of 2 or 3 people : + 200 € / pers.
If there are 2 or 3 people booked onto the trip.
Refunded on return according to the number of people in the group.
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
Tour and visits as described, treks and hikes as described, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 11 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, a cook per group > 3 persons, financial guarantee of your deposits.
International flights, 1 dinner, drinks except water, tea and coffee, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa if necessary.
EXCLUSIVE! This winter trekking tour in Mongolia is not for the faint-hearted!
The weather in Mongolia from November to March is very cold, but also very dry, so you will enjoy the wonder of infinite steppe glittering under a forever blue sky.
Our experienced team will lead you safely through a unique hiking and human experience ...
Hike through the magic landscapes of Central Mongolia of Orkhon Valley, the dunes of Bayan Gobi desert. You will also try and the wild Przewalski horses in Khustai National Park.
The frozen Orkhon Falls, the dunes and the encounter with Przewalski wild horses under the clear blue sky will be a lifetime experience...
Arrival at Ulan Bator in the morning.
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 the Gandantegchinlin Monastery.
Shopping at Naran Tuul market to buy the equipment you might need for this winter hiking tour (especially fur hats).
Dinner and night at your hotel in Ulan Bator.
Breakfast, then drive to the Hustai National Park.
Lunch at Hustai yurt camp.
After lunch, we prepare for our first winter trek in Mongolia.
This first hike is an opportunity to test your own equipment before longer treks in the Orkhon Valley.
After the hike, if we did note see the Przewalski horses, we can try and find them with our vehicle.
The rest of the afternoon is devoted to a good warm shower.
The Hustai yurt (ger) camp has quite modern showers compared to the rest of the country, and even in the heart of winter, you can normally have a hot shower, you should take advantage!
In the late afternoon, we go into the Park with the car in search of the famous Przewalski wild horses.
Dinner and overnight at ger (yurt) camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt).
Breakfast at the yurt camp.
We spend the whole day hiking in Hustai steppe landscapes. We hike in vast white undulating spaces, then in a valley in the middle of which a river is frozen by the cold. Fascinating visions...
Lunch at the yurt camp between the two treks in the morning and the afternoon, allowing you to adapt your equipment depending on how warm you were in the morning...
Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt).
Breakfast at the yurt camp, then drive to Karakorum (Kharkhorin).
Lunch at Kharkhorin.
Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery.
Dinner and overnight at a yurt camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt), or with a nomadic family, or in a guesthouse in Kharkhorin depending on the availability (most gercamps / hotels are closed in winter).
Breakfast, then drive through the Orkhon Valley.
We are progressing slowly on tracks surrounded by the famous landscape of the Orkhon Valley.
In winter, the nomads move their yurts and herds to their wintering sites, a location protected from the winds, the hollow of a valley or near the forest. An enclosure is often arranged to gather the herd and allow the animals to keep warm.
We arrive at the yurts of the nomadic family where we will spend 4 nights on time for lunch.
First trek in the Orkhon Valley.
Dinner and overnight in a guest yurt installed alongside that of our host family (up to 5 persons / yurt).
During these 3 days, we hike through the wonderful Orkhon Valley.
Every day, we walk to a different part of the Valley: the famous Orkhon Falls, frozen by the cold, or a pass from where we enjoy a fantastic view over the valley ....
The precise itinerary depends on the weather, as the climate can be very challenging in winter. We always keep your safety first.
As it is impossible to stop for a picnic lunch because of the cold, we do not stop during the day, and we have a late lunch in the yurt when we come back to the camp.
Those days are also a wonderful opportunity to discover the traditional way of life of Mongolian nomads: how the whole family copes with winter extreme cold, how babies and children are protected, how they take care of the yaks, horses and sheep herds ...
The nomadic family will take great care of you, as they are very proud to welcome foreign visitors in wintertime. They will keep a fire burning in the stove at night.
Dinners and overnights in a guest yurt installed alongside that of our host family (up to 5 persons / yurt).
In the morning, we enjoy our last trek through the beautiful landscapes of the Orkhon Valley.
Lunch with our hosts, and we have to say goodbye to this so nice nomadic family, to drive through the Orkhon valley towards Khogno Khan / Bayan Gobi Park.
Visit of the Ovgon Khiid Monastery, set in a dramatic scenery.
Dinner and overnight at a ger camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt), or with a nomadic family, or in a guesthouse depending on the availability (most gercamps / hotels are closed in winter).
In the morning, camel ride in the dunes of the Bayan Gobi Desert.
We will also hike through semi-desert steppes and in an area of golden sand dunes called Elsentasarhaï.
The contrast between the desert dunes and the frozen marshland that borders them is spectacular!
Difficult to imagine that in summertime, this area is a Garden of Eden where nomads often gather their herds in this vast wet plain.
On the road again to Ulan Bator, through the spectacular landscapes of frozen steppe.
Lunch in a small restaurant on the road.
Arrival in Ulan Bator then visit of the National Museum of Mongolian History.
No dinner included, to let you choose among the varied dining opportunities offered by Ulan Bator.
Night at Dream hotel or similar (2*).
Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for Turkish Airlines flight (private transfer at extra cost if you are flying with another airline).
Meeting point: Ulaanbaatar airport, arrival of Turkish Airlines or Aeroflot flights in the morning.
Language: English speaking translator.
Group size: 2-10 persons.
Due to the winter climate in Mongolia, you will sleep in heated yurts or guesthouses, and in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
With a good personnal equipment, especially a warm down sleeping bag and warm clothes, you will enjoy fully your winter trip in Mongolia.
More information about accommodation during our tours in Mongolia ...
This hiking tour is for fit travellers, but does not need a lot of trekking experience. We will adapt the treks to the weather conditions.