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During this tour, you will be staying in various accommodations, but mostly in ger tourist camps.
The most popular accommodation type in Mongolia is ger camps, these are found in a number around major tourist destinations. There are about 200 ger camps in Mongolia, most of that being concentrated near Ulaanbaatar in Terelj National Park, Gobi desert, Karakorum, and the Huvsgul area. Most ger camp is composed of 20 to 30 gers, a dining place, and a public shower and bathroom facilities. To cater to the needs of international travelers, they offer various services, cultural performances, and activities.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and meet your guide and driver at the airport. Get transferred to the hotel and check-in; there will be a welcome dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in Ulaanbaatar and then you will return to the hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel, head to the Elsen Tasarkhai, located 275 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar; it is a unique combination of forested mountains and desert type landscape in one location, a great place to ride a camel. After lunch, drive to the ancient city, Karakorum (90 kilometers), and have a short excursion to a monument dedicated to the greatest dynasties of Mongolia.
Also, have an excursion to Erdenezuu Monastery, one of the first Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia; it is surrounded by a monumental wall with 108 Stupas measuring 400x400 meters. Stay overnight in ger camp at Karakorum.
After breakfast, visit the Karakorum Museum and drive to the Tsetserleg town of the Arhangai province. After lunch at the camp, continue the trip to see the amazing scenery of Terkh White Lake and extinct Khorgo volcano, which was active 8,000 years ago. After seeing the extinct Khorgo volcano crater, have dinner at the shore of Terkh White Lake’s tourist camp.
Terkh White Lake is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of plants, forests, mountains, and fauna; hiking, horse riding, mountain climbing, and swimming are all good here. The Khorgo volcano is located near the eastern end of the lake and the Suman River springs from the lake. Stay overnight at a tourist ger camp
After breakfast, start your horse riding trip heading to Nariin river and pass through a local nomad family where you can closely see their daily life process and meet them. You will tent in that area near the nomads.
On the second day of the horse riding trip, have breakfast and head to the beginning part of Hunjiliin River. On this day, you will already have much more experience and connection with your horse, spend a longer riding day than yesterday, have lunch and dinner, which will be served as a picnic-style, and stay overnight in that area.
On the third day after breakfast, head to Surtiin river, the trip will continue through majestic mountains and on your fourth day, head to the resort during lunchtime, you will come over and have lunch then take a rest.
Have an early departure to the Ugii Lake; on the way, ascend one of the biggest passes in Khotont Soum, Arkhangai province and drive to Ugii Lake; bird watching and fly fishing are available; stay overnight at tourist camp.
After having breakfast, drive back to Ulaanbaatar City. On the way to UB, arrive in Khustai National Park during lunchtime. After lunch, visit Khustai National Park to see the wild horses, Takhi, also called Przewalski, deer, and other wild animals; this will take around two hours. Continue driving to Ulaanbaatar and then transfer to your hotel; dinner will be at a restaurant in the city.
After breakfast, head to the airport or the train station; end of the tour.
Saying Mongolia’s roads are in very poor condition is somewhat misleading because the drive to many destinations will involve no roads whatsoever. The nation’s few paved roads are found almost exclusively around Ulaanbaatar. Jeeps and SUVs are important means of transportation throughout Mongolia and are an absolute necessity when visiting most aimags.
Busses and minibusses are increasingly prevalent in Ulaanbaatar and other urban areas and it has also become easy to find a taxi as many private cars will ferry passengers for the going rate.
As you may already know, Mongolia is not a great place for relaxing travel; this vast and wild country features a rugged landscape and minimal infrastructure and even life in the cities can prove challenging. Trekking around Mongolia, especially during an extended adventure, can be exhausting and requires some determination and endurance on the part of a traveler.
You will very likely encounter rough, long roads, high altitudes, unfavorable weather conditions, 10-plus hour drives, and long horseback rides, depending on how adventurous you choose to be. Therefore, it is suggested that you study your itinerary carefully before your trip to Mongolia so that you are fully aware of the physical exertion and demands the trip will require. If you are well prepared, Mongolia can afford an unforgettably positive experience.
Both Mongolian and international food can be found in Ulaanbaatar and other urban areas but outside of the city, variety is much harder to find. Local cuisine uses a lot of meat, especially mutton and beef; it’s also heavy in dairy products. Small restaurants often serve Mongolian style buuz (mutton dumplings), and huushuur (fried bread pockets with mutton), and little else.
There are, however, a number of restaurants that serve Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French, English, Latin American, Indian, and other types of food. There are even some places that serve exclusively vegetarian meals. Be warned, however, while it's possible to make it in UB as a non-meat eater, it’s nearly impossible to survive as any kind of vegetarian in the countryside.
For meat lovers, the so-called "original Mongolian barbecue", horhog and boodog, can be ordered especially; the former is made of slabs of meat roasted between stones and the latter is an entire animal, cleaned, and then roasted with all the organs put back into the carcass
A wide range of entertainment from national folksong concerts to classical opera and from pubs to night clubs make Ulaanbaatar a busy place. A visitor should attend at least one national folk ensemble concert, where you can enjoy the beautiful traditional melodies of Mongolia, the attractively distinctive tones of hoomii or throat signing, tsam masked dances, and performances by contortionists.
Theaters, mostly located on Sukhbaatar Square, also stage internationally known plays and operas according to their yearly schedules. Bars and pubs, most of which offer outdoor seating for the warmer months, serve drinks, and those who like nightlife can find several clubs that play everything from rock to techno to modern Mongolian music.
Typical Mongolian souvenirs, garments, quality cashmere, camel wool, national costumes, boots, jewelry, silver works, paintings, Buddhist tankas on silk, handmade carpets and rugs, snuff bottles, embroideries, leather clothes, books, maps, and other items are available around town at reasonable prices.
The State Department Store is one of Ulaanbaatar’s most recognizable buildings and tourists and Mongolians alike go to this centrally located mall to buy everything from jeans and souvenirs to groceries. Virtually every ground floor of the city’s buildings is a shop of some kind, making the city an interesting place to browse.
Chinggis Khaan International Airport
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Please arrange your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Majority of visitors come to Mongolia by air through this airport, located 18 kilometers to the southwest of Ulaanbaatar. Mongolians are expecting a new airport with more capacity in Hushitiin Khundii, 65 kilometers from UB. MIAT, Mongolia’s flagship international carrier, operates scheduled flights overseas to Beijing, Moscow, Berlin, Irkutsk, Huh Hot, and Seoul.
In addition to MIAT, Aeroflot, Korean Airlines, Air China, and United have flights to and from Ulaanbaatar, between Moscow, Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo. Tickets of airlines from around the world to multiple destinations are sold through ticketing agencies found in main streets of Ulaanbaatar. Airport transfers are not included in the package.
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