This tour brings you an opportunity to meet nomadic people, history and the spirituality of the country with its wild landscape of wild open steppes. 12 day of journey offers you a broad overview of the countless richness of Mongolia.
We make our first steps into the country’s largest and quite lone city: Ulaanbaatar. We get into the Mongolian history and culture by visiting the National History Museum and the Sukhbaatar central square. We get a taste of the local food in a renowned restaurant. Overnight in hotel
Our journey in the steppes begins with the natural reserve of Khustai Nuruu west of Ulaanbaatar, home of the last prehistoric wild horses, the so-called “Przewalski horses.” We go off with a park ranger to explore some amazing “man-stones” of the Turkish period (6th – 9th century) while remaining on the lookout for animals that freely wander in the park. We finish the day hoping to get a closer look on these wild horses when they come down the valley at dusk. Finally, we return to the park’s camp to spend our first night in a yurt.
This morning, we go a little further west to reach the Ogii lake. Along the way, we have plenty of time to enjoy the hospitality of nomadic horses and sheep herders. In the afternoon, we take a walk by the lake, which is the meeting place for several birds species (pelicans, wild geese …). Overnight in a yurt camp.
Today, we enter the great history of the Mongol Empire in the ancient capital of Genghis Khan : Karakorum, built in the 13th century.. We continue with the visit of Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery built on the Mongolian ground (16th century), and the largest in the country. We continue our journey through the Orkhon valleys, Unesco World Heritage site, before reaching Ursa Major, our eco-geolodges camp. We relax or take some tie to explore the beautiful surroundings on foot or horseback before our first night in a charming yurt.
In the morning we go on an excursion to the Tovkhon Buddhist monastery, a curious shrine lodged on the mountainside and only reachable after a little hike. On the spot, we can easily understand why Zanabazar, the first spiritual and political leader of Mongolia (17th century), made his hermitage of this very spiritual and serene place. This afternoon, we devote ourselves to learning about nomadic lifestyle during our meetings with the locals. Back to Ursa Major, we end the day with a delicious traditional “barbecue”: the Khorkhog! Peaceful night in an eco-geolodge yurt.
This time we head for the famous Orkhon waterfalls, along which we go for a walk. The most daring ones can even do some kayaking down the river! We finally look forward the nightfall to be able to watch the starry sky with the telescope of our camp : “Ursa Major”! Cozy night in the comfort of our yurt.
We leave the green Orkhon valleys for other more desert landscapes but just as amazing! We move forward at the quiet pace of people encounters, who warmly invite us in the intimacy of their yurt to share some home made “aarul” (dried curds). We finally reach the small town of Arvaikheer, famous for its felt crafts. The most curious may be willing to try the sidecar taxis! Overnight at local hotel.
Today, some kind of Gobi desert awaits us! After our settlement at the Sweet Gobi eco-geolodges camp, we freely set off to the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai, on camelback or foot. The proximity of Tara lake also allows us to ride a bike around! Silent night in our yurt, lodged between lake and desert.
We leave this small central Gobi to spend this day in the National Park of the Khogno Khan holy mountain. We take this opportunity to discover the ruins of the Erdene Khamba Buddhist temple, and once more to enjoy the friendliness of the nomads who live in these very contrasting landscapes. Back to Sweet Gobi for one last night in a yurt surrounded by the quiet nature.
On our way back to Ulaanbaatar, we take hold of the bliss feeling that is experienced into the Mongolian steppes. We finally get into the bustle of the city, parted between comfort and nostalgia. Overnight at hotel..
This last day also brings its lot of surprises, starting with the visit of timeless Gandan Monastery at prayer’s time. After this Buddhist temple, the busiest in the country, we move towards a cashmere clothes factory outlet. We are amazed by the quality of the internationally renowned Mongolian know-how for cashmere fabric. Then, we freely stroll round the shops in the afternoon, looking for some souvenirs. In the evening, we watch a great traditional song and dance show, and then enjoy our last dinner together in a pleasant view restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer hôtel / aéroport international « GENGIS KHAN » Temps de route : 30 minutes