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14 Days, Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar

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Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it's only natural that people would want to read more...

    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 13 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (3 nts), ger camps (9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent camping (1 nt, multi-share, no facilities).
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van, 4x4 vehicle, walking.)
  • Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace
  • Mongolian ger stays
  • Yolyn Am National Park stay
  • Gobi Desert stay
  • Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrace
  • Mongolian Grasslands stay
  • Tsenger Hot Springs stay
  • Karakorum monument entrance
  • Khustai National Park entrance
  • Mongolian barbecue
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 55-75 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar
Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzrin Chuluu
Day 4 Baga Gadzrin Chuluu/Gurvansayhan
Day 5 Gurvansayhan
Day 6 Gurvansayhan/Bayangov
Day 7 Bayangovn/Ongiin Hiid
Day 8 Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp
Day 9 Nomad Camp/Tsenher
Day 10 Tsenher
Day 11 Tsenher/Kharkhorin
Day 12 Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park
Day 13 Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar
Day 14 Ulaanbaatar
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Places Visited
  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Baga Gadzrin Chuluu
  • Yolyn Am National Park
  • Bayangovn
  • Ongiin Hiid
  • Nomad Camp
  • Tsenher
  • Kharkhorin
  • Khustai National Park
  • DAY 1 Ulaanbaatar

    Arrive at any time.
    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Ulaanbaatar

    Enjoy a morning city tour, then spend a free afternoon exploring the city. Make sure you stop for a cold one at the local Chinggis Brewery.
    Enjoy the sights of UB with visits to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill.
    Ulaanbaatar City Tour
    Visit the highlights of Ulaanbaatar with a guided tour to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill.
    Gandan Monastery Guided Tour
    Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in the region and see if you can spot some chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom.
    Bogd Khan Palace Guided Tour
    Visit the Winter Palace of the last king (now a museum) and learn more about life in imperial Mongolia. Tour the six temples, and see clothing, furniture, and royal items from this interesting time period.
    Zaisan Hill Visit
    Head to the top of Zaisan Hall to see the Russian monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. Take in a bird's-eye view of the city.

    Spend a free afternoon exploring this fascinating capital city.

    Free Time
    Ulaanbaatar Afternoon
    Explore the city- go shopping, drink a Chinggis beer, or visit some more museums.

    Optional Activities
    Chinggis Beer Hall Visit
    30000-35000MNT per person
    Grab a beer and toast to a great vacation. Chinggis Beer is brewed right in town and has produced high quality beer since 1998.
    Cheers! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzrin Chuluu

    Drive to the Dungobi Aimag region - Middle Gobi - stopping at the Choir Monastery on the way. Spend the night at the first Mongolian ger camp.

    Leave the capital and head south through the steppe to the Middle Gobi.

    Visit the Choir Monastery before continuing on to a small ger camp not far from Mandalgovi, the regional centre.

    Private Vehicle (Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gadzrin Chuluu - 7h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Choir Monastery Visit
    Established in 1779, the Choir Monastery had many lamas living there and was a major religious centre in the region. In the 1930s, there was a time of religious persecution in Mongolia and the monastery was destroyed. Today, its ruins are protected by the government. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Baga Gadzrin Chuluu/Gurvansayhan

    Spend two days in Yolyn Am National Park in a ger camp. Look for vultures, wild Argali sheep, desert gazelles, and golden eagles.
    Explore flaming cliffs and opt to go on a hike or two.

    Private Vehicle (Baga Gadzrin Chuluu - Gurvansayhan - 7h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Gurvansayhan

    Explore more of the park looking for wild animals. Visit the flaming cliffs and opt for a hike or two.

    Explore the Flaming Cliffs. Made of red sandstone, the cliffs and canyons, where fossils were found in recent years, are a beautiful place to spend some time.

    One of the main attractions in the area is Yolyn Am - a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It's an amazing place for hiking. Bring stable shoes and warm clothes, as some places are covered in thick ice year round.

    Free Time
    Gurvansayhan Full Day
    Get out and explore the wilds of Mongolia.

    Optional Activities
    Yolyn Am Visit
    One of the main attractions in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National park is Yolyn Am - a narrow gorge in the mountains. It's an amazing place for hikes.

    Flaming Cliffs Visit
    Explore the Flaming Cliffs. Made of red sandstone, the cliffs and canyons where fossils were found in recent years are a beautiful place to spend some time. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Gurvansayhan/Bayangov

    Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the activities the Gobi Desert has to offer- hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels.

    Private Vehicle (Gurvansayhan - Bayangovn - 4h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes Visit
    Visit Khongoriin Els, the biggest sand dunes in the western Gobi. They also are known as "singing sands" because the sand makes a musical noise as it moves with the wind.

    Free Time
    Bayangovn Afternoon
    Visit a local family, run around in the sand dunes, or ride a camel. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Bayangovn/Ongiin Hiid

    Drive through western parts of the Gobi Desert. In the surrounding mountains, visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.

    Drive to the Delger Khangai Mountains area. Explore the ruins of the monasteries in the area.

    Private Vehicle (Bayangovn - Ongiin Hiid - 7h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ongiin Khiid and Hoshuu Monasteries Visit Ongiin Hiid Both these monasteries were important centres in the region before they were destroyed. The systematic destruction of religious sights under Communist rule was pervasive. Built in 17th century, the Ongiin Khiid monastery was among the largest temples in the country and was a home for over 1,000 monks. See the ruins and learn the sad history of the place. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp

    Leave the Gobi Desert and drive through the Mongolian grasslands. Spend the with a local nomadic family, observing how they live. Enjoy a long drive northwest, leaving the Gobi desert area and heading into the Mongolian steppe.

    The nomads here live simple lives and move their cattle along the same routes their great-grandparents travelled hundreds of years ago.

    In the evening, have dinner together with your hosts. One of the best things to try is the famous Mongolian barbecue.

    Private Vehicle (Ongiin Hiid - Nomad Camp - 6h - 7h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 9 Nomad Camp/Tsenher

    Sightseeing Journey to Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers.

    The hot springs are about 30km (18.6 mi) from the Karakorum and are very popular with both locals and travellers.

    Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals.

    Private Vehicle (Nomad Camp - Tsenher - 6h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.(Nomad Camp - Tsenher - 6h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 10 Tsenher

    Enjoy a relaxing time at the ger camp at Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.

    Free Time
    TsenherFull Day
    Enjoy this scenic area.
    Optional Activities

    Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit
    Hot springs are located in about 30km (18.6 mi) from Karakorum. The place is very popular with both locals and tourists as the hot water here is said to have healing powers.

    Horseback Riding
    15000MNT per person
    Saddle up and ride Mongolian horses around the area. It's a great way to see the country in the way the locals do. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Tsenher/Kharkhorin

    Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. Journey to Karakorum, stopping at the beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery. Destroyed during the Communist era, this monastery is slowly being rebuilt.

    Private Vehicle (Tsenher - Kharkhorin - 3h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Erdene Zuu Monastery Visit
    The beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery began its construction in 1586 and continued for over 300 years. It was the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. At its peak, the monastery housed over 1,000 monks and held 62 temples. In the 1930s, most of the temples were destroyed and monks killed in the Communist purges. Now, the monastery is slowly being restored. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 12 Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park

    Stay in Khustai National Park-home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.

    Private Vehicle (Kharkhorin - Khustai National Park - 6h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Khustai National Park (Khustain Nuruu) Visit
    Khustai National Park
    Home to the last of the truly wild horses in the world, the park is a wonderful chance to see the Takhi horses in their natural environment. At one point there were none in the wild, but after a hugely successful captive breeding program in various worldwide zoos, they were reintroduced. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 13 Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar

    Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt to see a local cultural show, an excellent display of dancing and Mongolian
    throat singing.

    Private Vehicle
    Khustai National Park - Ulaanbaatar3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Ulaanbaatar Afternoon
    Explore with a few more hours in this international city.

    Optional Activities
    Mongolian Cultural Show
    15000MNT per person
    Enjoy an evening of song and dance at the Mongolian Cultural Show. The show includes 15 different performances, including traditional songs, dancing, throat singing, and contortionists. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 14 Ulaanbaatar

    Depart at any time. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 55-75 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are Max 15, avg 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. As we use local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Jeep and bus travel means that bags have to be stowed either overhead or under beds, so travelling as light as possible is recommended. Please note that part of Mongolia's appeal is its wild nature and, as such, accommodation and infrastructure can be very basic in nature, with some shared rooms and limited access to showers in certain places. Mongolia is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special.

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