Winter in Mongolia is cold but incredibly beautiful and a remarkable experience to explore a beautiful with its shiny white snow covers.
This private winter tour takes 8 days to cover the most popular travel destinations and attractions around Ulaanbaatar and central part of Mongolia including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, snow covered landscapes and interesting national parks etc.
Relaxing in wild nature and explore Mongolian nomadic culture …Horse riding, camel riding, sightseeing, photographing, visiting nomadic families and feel free driving through the snow-covered wilderness are main activities of this winter trip.
Category: Winter tours
Available: Year around
Duration: 7 days, 6 nigths
Destination: Central Mongolia
Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar capital city of Mongolia
Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our driver in the arrivals hall at the international airport and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, free at leisure and have a good rest to recover from the jet lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask the hotel receptionist for recommendations.
Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar capital city of Mongolia
After breakfast, at 9am we will return to the city. Today we wll explore the city and visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery. Listen to the horns calling lamas and monks to temple and capture the monks’ daily rituals while visiting the adjoining Megjid Janraisig and Temples. The temple houses feature a 26-meter-high majestic gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig.
Next, visit Sukhbaatar square and Parliament House displayed with Great Khans memorial statue. The square lies at the heart of the city surrounded by theaters, government buildings.
After lunch at Modern Nomads restaurant, visit the National Museum of Mongolia for to get an overview of Mongolia’s history and culture including nomadic life, traditional costumes of ethnic groups, sacred religious relics, and Stone & Bronze Age artifacts.
Continue to visit Bogd Khan Palace museum – the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace.
Dinner will be served at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant
Day 3 - Khustai Nuruu national park
After relaxing breakfast, at 10am we will drive to the Hustai National Park. The park is home of last wild horses in their natural environment in the world, known as Perzevalski horse (takhi). The National park has over 450 species of vascular plants, 200 of which are medicinal.
After check-in and lunch at Ger camp, we will take short drive and hiking to see the horses. There is great opportunity to take photo for these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides of the wild animals you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountain and steppe.
Dinner and overnight at Ger camp.
Day 4 - Karakorum city, Erdene Zuu monastery
After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery. Karakorum was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire, but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Today there is a museum does show off some of the artefacts they’ve recovered so far,
Upon arrival in the village, we will visit museum of Karakorum and learn about beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit to the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can listen to interesting monk chanting Buddhist sutras.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kharkhorin.
Day 5 - Ulaanbaatar city via Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes
Depart for Bayan Gobi magnificent sand dunes – surrounded by hills with willow trees, streams and bushes, and appear as a small desert in the center of the country. This sand dune is 80km long and the widest part of the sand dune is 9-10 km.
There, we will visit local camel herder family in their Ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle.
A special national food of Khorkhog for lunch at the nomad family.
The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camel back. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much.
Afterwards return to the city and transferred to the hotel.
Day 6 - Gorkhi-Terelj national park
After breakfast, depart for Terelj National Park. It’s one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia. You can see the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles.
We will explore the national park and visit to see Turtle Rock – interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
In the afternoon, we will explore the national park from horse back. Mongolia is the best destination for horse riding trip and especially Terelj national park is the best recommended place for horse trek. After given preliminary instructions, orientation about horse riding, we will discover around nature from horseback for one hour.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the national park.
Day 7 - Ulaanbaatar city via Chinggis Khan statue complex and 13th century complex
Today we will drive to Ongi Monastery ruins through the great steppe which is called Ongi steppe, continues extraordinary 100 km long. Ongi monastery was one of the Mongolian biggest 7 monasteries. There are 2 temple ruins which were built up in 1780s. During repression in 1930s’ these two temples destroyed and many lamas were executed and imprisoned. On the way to Ongi temple ruins we will visit to nomad family and introduced the nomadic life in the Gobi. Stay overnight in Ger camp.
Day 8 - Home sweet home
Leave Ulaanbaatar. Our driver drop off to Chinggis Khan international airport. Thank you for visiting our country
GUIDEA Chinese, English or Russian speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.
TRANSPORTThis trip you have a two choice. First one is a highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. And second choice is Russian 4x4 Van. Also with 20 years’ experience drives.
MEALSIn Mongolia, you will be dining at fine American, European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from our cook.
PERSONAL THINGS TO BRING WITH YOUWarm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a rain jacket, gloves and hiking booth. Don’t forgot first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you). All your camera equipment.
Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar
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Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar city tour
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Day 3 - Ulaanbaatar > Khustai nuruu
Distance: 100km Time: 2 hours
Day 4 - Khustai nuruu > Karakorum
Distance: 280km Time: 4 hours
Day 5 - Karakorum > Elsen Tasarkhai
Distance: 120km Time: 2 hours
Day 5 - Elsen Tasarkhai > Ulaanbaatar
Distance: 290km Time:4 hours
Day 6 - Ulaanbaatar > Gorkhi-Terelj
Distance: 60km Time: 1 hours
Day 7 - Gorkhi-Terelj > Chinggis Khan statue
Distance: 20km Time: 30 minute
Day 7 - Chinggis Khan statue > 13th century complex
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