Mongolia is such a huge and magnificent country that it’s hard to wrap your head around seeing everything during your vacation. Luckily, there is a loop drive through Central & North Mongolia that will hit a lot of the sights and adventures that are part of a dream trip to Mongolia. Of all the 10-day loops, this trip will probably take more careful and advanced planning than most of our trips. The journey takes you through three of the Mongolia’s most famous national parks: Orkhon Valley, home to Central Mongolia’s tallest mountain and the country’s largest waterfall; Khorgo-Terkh, extinct volcano & its created lake; and a tour to the second biggest fresh watered lake Khuvsgul. Our comfortable off road vehicles take you along some of the most scenic roads in the country, and our knowledgeable guides will introduce you to the best the land has to offer.
If you can go in June or September, you will be able to avoid the massive influx of people in July and August. It will be somewhat colder in these shoulder months, but prices for lodging and food will be lower and the animals everyone wants to see will tend to be in the valleys instead of higher up the mountains. There is no domestic flight involved in this tour itinerary.
- All best sights of Central & North Mongolia in a itinerary
- Included 2 biggest destinations, Karakorum & Khuvsgul Lake
- Explore the greenest parts of Mongolia
Day1. Khustai National Park & Elsen Tasarkhai Sands Day2. Karakorum & Orkhon Waterfall Day3. Tuvkhun Temple & Tsenkher Hot Spring Day4. Taikhar Rock, Chuluut River Canyon & Khorgo-Terkh National Park Day5. Ulziit Khishig TGC Day6. Khuvsgul Lake National Park Day7. Khuvsgul Lake National Park Day8. Uran Extinct Volcano Day9. Amarbayasgalant Monastery Day10 Ulaanbaatar
Length: 10 days
Type: private package tour
Area: Central Mongolia & North Mongolia
Potential date and weather condition: from June to Sept, each year.
Difficulty: easier – moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 2360 km
We offer 2 different type of tour arrangements for our customers. They are Standard Arrangement & Budget Arrangement. In Standard Arrangement you will stay in the tourist ger camp while in Budget Arrangement you will stay in the local ger guesthouses.
|Standard Arrangement What is standard arrangement?
(Staying through the tourist ger camps) What is tourist ger camp?
|2400 USD for 1pax
1500 USD p.p for 2pax
1300 USD p.p for 3pax
|1180 USD p.p for 4pax
1110 USD p.p for 5pax
1000 USD p.p for 6pax
|Single supplement: 300 usd
Included: 8 nights in tourist ger camp, 1 night in local ger guesthouse, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance
|Budget Arrangement What is budget arrangement?
(Staying in the local ger guesthouses) What is local ger guesthouse?
|1800 USD for 1pax
1100 USD p.p for 2pax
950 USD p.p for 3pax
|700 USD p.p for 4pax
650 USD p.p for 5pax
600 USD p.p for 6pax
|Included: 7 nights in local ger guesthouse, 2 nights in tourist ger camp, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag
Not included: food service, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance
Child policy: 0 – 3 years old baby free of charge, 4 – 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Group policy: Up from 6pax please see our Group Service. Get better rate.
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discount Policy you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.
|?||Why food service not included in the Budget Arrangement? You can buy meals from local ger guesthouses by paying only 2 or 3 usd per meal. There is plenty of food shops on the way when you are touring. You can carry your own food from UB. It is nice you eat our own breakfast and then buy meals for lunch and dinner. Meals will be basic and usually cooked Mongolian traditional or Russian styled foods. Or you can get basic free kitchen belonings from us and cook yourself. more other Customers’ FAQs|
Day1. Khustai National Park – wild horses & Elsen Tasarkhai Sands – camel riding
We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Khustai National Park (130 km – mostly paved road 2 hours). National Park Khustai where re-introduction of the wild takhi horses (Przhevalsky’s horses) has taken place since 1992. Takhi is last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century. It was discovered in western Mongolia in the late 1870s by the Russian explorer N.M. Przhevalsky. Several expeditions since 1969 have failed to find this horse, which probably crossed with half-wild domesticated horses and lost its distinct features. Specimens have been kept and bred in zoos, and Mongolia in the late 20th century attempted to reintroduce them into the wild.
Then we will be spent at leisure hiking in the surrounding mountains for seeing the wild horses. If we luck we may see also maral deer & other animals. Then we will drive to Elsen Tasarkhai Sands (230 km – paved road 3 hours). Its English meaning is Piece of Sand and considered the northern edge of the Gobi desert.
It is small sand dunes, continuously lies in the lowland of legendary Khugnu Khaan and Bat Khaan Mountains. We will ride camels here. The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Overnight there.
Day2. Karakorum – Mongolian ancient capital city & Orkhon Waterfall – the largest one in the country
After breakfast time, we will drive to Karakorum (90 km – paved road 1 hour). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. In the history, the city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapsing of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan Min state’s invaders sacked the city and massacred its inhabitants in 1388 and ruined it.
After 200 years, Erdene Zuu, built in 1586, is the first Buddhist monastery to have been built in Mongolia and by various construction materials were taken from the ruins of Karakorum. At its peak in the late 18th century the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples was home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, by communist purges the whole monastery completely destroyed. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Ruin Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery Complex respectively. After lunch time, we will drive to Orkhon Waterfall (120 km – mostly dirt road 3 hours).
Over 25 m high and 10 m wide Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the country and one of the most attractive destination in Orkhon River Valley, UNISCO World heritage site. The surrounding areas of the waterfall was formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years and covered by over 10 m thick lava layer with interesting shapes of bubbles which created smaller waterfalls with 4-5 m heights. After dinner time, we will walk for seeing the big and small waterfalls. Overnight there.
Day3. Tuvkhun Temple – an old temple & Tsenkher Hot Spring – hot spa
After breakfast time, we will drive to Tuvkhun Temple (55 km – dirt road 2 hours). The monastery is located on the peak of the densely forested and picturesque mountain Shiveet at the elevation of 2000m. Mongolian first bogd (head of the Buddhism) Zanabazar’s followers built the temple in 1653 for meditation and art studio purpose. There is several interesting things to see. Meditation caves, foot print of Zanabazar on the rock, first drawn version of soyombo, independence symbol, etc. We will walk through large, old growth conifer forest to granite rock outcropping with panorama of area Orkhon Valley & Khangai Mountain Range. After lunch time, we will drive to Tsenkher Hot Spring (100 km – dirt road 4 hours).
Tsenkher’s abundant therapeutic natural hot spring, flows out from the ground at +86°c, have been identified as amongst the best in the Mongolia in terms of healing qualities, radio energy & temperature variance & water supply, and are particularly effective in treating a multitude of ailments and skin diseases because they can accommodate many different forms/strengths of therapy. In the evening, we will enjoy in the open pool. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.
Day4. Taikhar Rock, Chuluut River Canyon & Khorgo-Terkh National Park
After breakfast time, After lunch time, we will drive to Taikhar Rock (51 km – mostly dirt road 1 hour). Taikhar Rock is a large granite over 18 m high rock formation. Geologically, the rock was separated by Tamir river systems in millions years from north side of the mountain. The rock has a large number of inscriptions, over 150, in various scripts including Turkish, Uighar, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu, Sogda and Chinese too. Unfortunately, most of them seem to have barely appeared as time passes. After lunch time, we will drive to the Khorgo-Terkh National Park (161 km – mostly paved road 3 hours).
On the way, we will see Chuluut River Canyon. The volcano erupted in the Quaternary Period and its lava closed the water stream of a river and result of this meeting has created a truly incredible landscape, Khorgo Extinct Volcano and Terkh Lake, large placid lake is ringed by sandy beaches.
There is a number of rock formations of erupted several volcanoes and circuit gorges with fast flowing rivers and cascades. We will horse trek there and climb up to the top of the volcano. Overnight there.
Day5. Shine Ider sub-province
After breakfast time, we will drive to Shine Ider sub-province (170 km – dirt road 7 hours). On the way, we will see picturesque and high Orookh Mountain Pass. We will walk larch forested surrounding mountain of the tourist ger camp. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.
Day6. Uushig Deer Stones – ancient burial site & Khuvsgul Lake National Park
After breakfast time, we will drive to Uushig Deer Stones (109 km – dirt road 5 hours). A complex of 30 deer stones of Uushig Valley and its burial mounts belong to the ancient Huns period and over 3000 years old. The Bronze Age funeral practice, sacrificial ritual and ideology and animal style art, which were spread among ancient nomads, are all together represented through deer stones made by long block of granite. Highly artistic illustrations of deers and other images are symbol of Shamanism. Especially, statues with images of human face draw attentions of many scientists and considered one of the rarest statues. We will walk around the site. Then we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake (132 km – paved road 3 hours). About midway along border between Mongolia and Russian Siberia, in a gigantic stone bowl nearly 110km long and almost 40km wide, lies 3% of the all the fresh water on earth – Lake Khusgul. The lake region is home to an enormous variety of plants and animals. Since 1990s Lake Khuvsgul and the entire surrounding area have been designated as a national park, and Khuvsgul is today a naturalist’s paradise and an idyllic holiday destination. The water in the lake is so clean and clear that one can easily catch sight of ground. Overnight there.
Day7. Khuvsgul Lake National Park – half day trekking and visit to reindeer people
After breakfast time, you will have half day hiking. Hiking and climbing up to the top of the back mountain of the lake is unforgettable. You will hike over a beautiful and fully covered forest of Siberian larch. Your guide will be accompanying you and packed lunch will be available. After lunch time, you will visit a reindeer herders’ family. They are Tuvan people who moved to the Mongolia from Tuvan Republic around 1920s to the northern most part of Mongolia. Dukha (another name) are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders (about 40 families left). Some reindeer people moved to the lake area for selling hand made souviner to tourists and brought their reindeers.
Day8. Uran Extinct Voclano – hiking
After breakfast time, we will drive to Uran Extinct Volcano (408 km – paved road 7 hours) on the paved road. On the way, we will see picturesque Ikh-Uu Mountain. Uran means “Artistic”, Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman.
A circle-shaped ridge about 500 m across that contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. There is also another recognizable volcanoes with broken craters such as Tulga, Jalavch and Togoo. We will climb up to the top of the volcano. Overnight there.
Day9. Amarbayasgalant Monastery
After breakfast time, we will drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery (264 km – paved road 5 hours) on the paved road. English meaning of the monastery is Monastery of Tranquil Felicity. It is a large and best preserved in Mongolia. By the order of Kang Xi of Qun built in 1736 for commemorate for Zanabazar who is first bogd of Mongolian Buddhism. The monastery was sacked in 1937 during Stalinist purges. After the restoration, started from 1988, by funding of high ranked Buddhist leaders of Tibet, the monastery complex eventually took its former glory. We will walk there and explore the monastery. Overnight there.
Day10. Back to Ulaanbaatar.
We head back to Ulaanbaatar (338 km – paved road 5 hours) on the paved road. On the way we pass Erdenet and Darkhan industrial cities. Once back in UB you will be transferred to your accommodation.
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