Welcome to Mongolia

Join Traveleyes as we embark on our first epic adventure to Mongolia. We shall immerse ourselves in traditional nomadic communities, sharing their food, hospitality and swapping stories around the fire with some of the warmest people on earth. On our cultural discovery we will get to grips with the challenging lifestyles built upon the spectacularly isolated but stunningly beautiful open and seemingly endless plains. Exhilarating activities such as archery, horse-riding and visits to National Parks are paired with relaxing Mongolian barbecue dinners and therapeutic dips in natural hot springs. The nation has a rich history which we will discover through its people as we journey from modernising Ulaanbaatar to the ancient and abandoned Mongol capital of Kharakhorum.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s historical and cultural hub
  • Enjoy horseback riding through the stunning Mongolian countryside
  • Play traditional games, share local food and stories around the fire with a nomadic community
  • Unwind in the naturally heated waters of the Tshenker hot springs
  • Visit the ancient site and former capital of the great Mongol empire, Kharakhorum
  • Dates & Prices

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    August 2 - August 12, 2018 (11 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £3199 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1999 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2299 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1199 GBP Contact us for availability

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    A large group of brown horses gallop across the terrain kicking up huge clouds of dust
  • Up close shot of an eagle with brown plumage, and a yellow and grey beak and a jewel-like brown eye

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation and 7 nights Ger Camp accommodation
    • All meals
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Ulaanbaatar city tour
    • Khustai National Park tour
    • Wild Horse and Ungut tour
    • Horseback riding excursion
    • Traditional Mongolian activities in community based Ger Camp
    • Ugii Lake tour
    • Tsenkher Hot Spring visit
    • Kharakhorum Ancient city tour
    • Erdene Zuu Monastery tour
    • Camel ride
    A Mongolian in traditional dress is riding a horse and a huge eagle is perched on his arm, rocky outcrops are in the background

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 2nd August

Today we depart and begin our journey to Mongolia.

Overnight in flight.

Friday 3rd August

We will spend the morning resting and recuperating after our international flight. In the afternoon we will take the opportunity to discover some of the stories hiding in the fascinating streets of Ulaanbaatar. The city is steeped in the history of the Mongol Empire, the spread of Tibetan Buddhism and the more recent Russian influence. Ulaanbaatar has modernised extensively and is now a beautiful cosmopolitan hub for the country’s economy and for cultural celebration. We will visit the Gandantegchilen Monastery and the National History museum to introduce ourselves to the nation of Mongolia. In the evening we shall enjoy a traditional art performance that shall include local music, throat singing, dances and contortion, before a group welcome dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Saturday 4th August

Today we depart the city and journey West into the vast expanse of Mongolian countryside and to the National Park of Khustai. With the support of the government Khustai protects biodiversity, fascinating ecosystems, ancient stone monuments and is committed to conserving the Tikha (otherwise known as Przewalski’s Horse.)

Before arriving in Khustai we will take a detour to take in the immense Genghis Khan statue complex. Here an incomprehensibly large steel statue stands in memory of Genghis Khan towering above the surrounding green rolling fields.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Sunday 5th August

Today we will explore the Khustai National Park. We will find the nation’s famed wild horses and visit Ungut, an ancient gravel site. Here we will get our first glimpse into the early civilisations that inhabited the vast steppes, forests and the sand dunes of this wild land. The small statues at Ungut depict a man and a lion, and the tombs here date back to as early as the 6th century AD.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Monday 6th August

We journey West into the untamed wild and to the community of Gurvanbulag Soum. The community is in a stunning location surrounded by forested mountains in, the expansive Mongolian steppe and with Gobi sand dunes not far away. After a warm welcome we will dive straight in to some traditional activities. First, after instruction we begin with horseback riding, the wild horse is hugely significant to the Mongolian way of life and the animal’s history is closely intertwined with that of its people. This shall be followed by learning about the traditional game of ‘’Shagai,’’ before having the opportunity to do some archery. Tonight, we will enjoy our first meal with the community, enjoying lovingly prepared fresh local produce with our new-found friends.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Tuesday 7th August

Today we will enjoy another day in the local community. We will spend time with the community members sharing stories and special dairy products with them, such as ‘’aarul’’, dried curds and salty milk. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to take a walk to the sand dunes. The dunes are situated around 5 – 8km’s from the camp but it is definitely worth the walk to ogle the sheer immensity of the rolling dunes. This evening we will rest up and enjoy a traditional barbecue known as ‘‘Khorkhog’’, cooked over hot stones.

Tonight, we will get the chance to enjoy a truly unique experience, as highly-skilled Mongolian cowboys show us how to catch and tame an untamed horse that has never been ridden before!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Wednesday 8th August

Our first stop today is Ugii Lake, a beautiful clear blue lake that is an epicentre for fish and birdlife. There are around 150 types of water bird that pass through Lake Ugii on their migrations. These include the cape barren goose, spoonbill and Dalmatian pelican cranes.

We then move on to the Tsenkher hot springs. Taking a dip in these naturally heated waters is an extremely sensory experience with the smell of hydrogen sulphide filling the air it is the perfect spot to feel the therapeutic, healing powers of nature.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Thursday 9th August

Today will be a day to relax and enjoy our tranquil surroundings. We will also get a chance to enjoy some more horseback riding. Nowhere is the horse more significant in daily life than in Mongolia. From carrying the famous warriors of Genghis Khan, to the modern-day use in herding, hunting, and companionship they remain immensely important and a symbol of national pride.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Friday 10th August

Today we journey to Kharakhorum. Here we shall first visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, a spectacular site home to the first and largest Buddhist temple complex in Mongolia. The site has a fascinating history from its construction in 1585, after Abtai Ain Khan met with the 3rd Dalai Lama and confirmed Tibetan Buddhism as the national religion. In 1939 the site suffered at the hands of a purge during communist rule. Today the site has returned to an active Buddhist monastery and is a truly moving place to visit.

We will also visit a museum to discover the history of Kharakhorum and the immensely powerful Mongol Empire. Kharakhorum was the capital of the empire for 25 years.  Genghis Khan may have amassed an army here around the year 1218- 19, however his successor Ogedei built a palace here in 1235 and transformed the city. This evening we shall return for one more night in a traditional Ger camp and enjoy the warm hospitality of our hosts.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Ger Camp.

Saturday 11th August

Today we shall return to the nation’s capital, on our way we will have the chance to interact and ride Mongolian camels. On our return to Ulaanbaatar we strongly suggest picking up some of the special locally made handicrafts or some of the quality cashmere on sale.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Sunday 12th August

Today we return home.

Breakfast included.