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Wild Mongolia with Tânia Neves

Mongolia

Mongolia is one of the few untouched places on Earth, where we can still travel too and live the way our ancestors from centuries ago used to. Once the largest empire in the World, today reduced to infinitely shaped steppes, stroked by lakes and rivers of many century old tales. In this intense trip, we’ll have the chance to observe Buddhist rituals in ancient temples, share the daily routines of a nomad lifestyle, trek to volcano craters, horse riding and tasting local foods. A unique opportunity to fully live a culture that is so different from the one we live in urban areas, where we will defy all things we take for granted, welcoming a new way of living, a whole new culture.

Highlights

  • Discover the nomadic lifestyle, living like one;
  • Watch live the incredible throat singing performances;
  • Horseback riding along the endless steppes, to the largest waterfall in Mongolia;
  • Relax on unexpected beaches and hot springs;
  • Trek volcanoes at almost 3000m altitude.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in UlaanBaatarsee

Welcome to UlaanBaatar!

More than 60% of the entire population in Mongolia live here. UlaanBaatar is a fast-growing city, and is now a major Asian capital like any other, a growth that has been stepping up in the past four years. This is a great time to absorb this new city’s energy, which is very contrasty from the rest of the country.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: -

Day 2 - Terelj National Parksee

Today we will travel to the Genghis Khaan Statue Complex, located just about 60kms from UlaanBaatar. After that, we will continue on to the Terelj National Park, where we will have some traditional Mongol food with a local family. After lunch, we will do a little hike to the Aryapala Meditation Temple, also known as the “Himalayas of Mongolia”. By the end of the day, we return to our hotel in UlaanBaatar.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 3 – Hustai National Park + Middle Gobisee

Early morning we will head towards the Hustai National Park, where we can observe the Takhi horse - the only horse breed in the world that is completely wild. Afterwards, we’ll head towards Khögnö Khan Uul Nature Reserve. This area is also known as “Middle Gobi”, for its sand dunes. Before the sunsets, we will visit the Khamba Monastery.

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast

Day 4 - Karakorum + Orkhon Valleysee

After breakfast we head towards Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital. We will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia’s oldest buddhist temple. We will also visit Karakorum’s peculiar Phallic Rock, and the King's Monument, before continuing our journey towards Orkhon Valley, where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast

Day 5 - Orkhon Valleysee

Today we experience the true nomadic lifestyle with a full day horseback riding. We will visit Mongolia’s biggest waterfall, and enjoy the endless Mongolian steppes.

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 – Tövkhön Monasterysee

Tonight we will camp out near the Tövkhön Monastery, an ancient buddhist temple that has barely survived the Mongol wars, the communist plurge, and time itself. It was restored back in 1997, and at 2600m height, it offers some spectacular views over the Mongolian landscape.

Accommodation: wild camping

Meals: breakfast

Day 7 - Tsagaan Sum Hot Springssee

We leave early from our campsite and travel to the Tsagaan Sum hot springs. This is a wild source, and if you’re lucky, you might even have the change to emerge yourself on this magical source of water that broths from the arid Mongol soil. Overnight at the local ger camp.

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast

Day 8 - Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Parksee

We continue our journey towards the Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park. On the way, we will stop at the city of Tsetserleg, where we can enjoy a hot shower at the city’s public showers. Already at the lake, we will be staying with a local family and experiencing a traditional meal: the hot stones stew. As we arrive, they’ll start a fire, and cook some mutton on hot stones. We enjoy a meal and enjoy the sunset by the lake.

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 9 - - Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Parksee

Early morning we head towards the Yellow Dog’s Hell Cave, where we will start our hike all the way to the top of the Khorgo Uul Volcano, where we will have our lunch picnic with stunning views. After that, we go to the beach on the Terkhiin Tsagaan, and relax for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - Dzüün Lakesee

We’ll say goodbye to our lake family, and change the direction of our trip, heading towards north. We will camp overnight by the Dzüün lake, in full communion with nature and Mongolia’s infinite starry sky. It’s a rough ride to the lake, as there are no paved roads at all.

Accommodation: wild camping

Meals: breakfast

Day 11 - - Mörön + Khutag Undursee

After breakfast we pack up our tents and we commence our journey towards the city of Mörön, where we will have a shower at the city’s public showers facilities and some lunch. Tonight, we will be camping again, near the Khutag Undur area. This will be one of our longest days driving.

Accommodation: wild camping

Meals: breakfast

Day 12 - Amarbayasgalant Monasterysee

The incredible Amarbayasgalant Monastery will be our last stop on this road trip. This is the largest, and most impressive monastery in Mongolia. The whole Selenge area is impressive, shaped by rivers and the great Burenkhan mountains

Accommodation: ger

Meals: breakfast

Day 13 - UlaanBaatarsee

We get up early to start the last leg of our journey back to UlaanBaatar. Once back to the hotel, we enjoy a nice hot water running shower, and we hit the streets of this buzzing Asian capital city. We’ll buy our last souvenirs, enjoy our last meal together, hit the Seoul Street for some drinks and some dancing before we say our farewells on the following morning…!

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 14 – Return from UlaanBaatarsee

Our Mongolian experience trip ends today. If you still have time before your flights, why not pop in the market to purchase the last souvenirs, or enjoy one of the “lost” temples amongst skyscrapers in the city?

See you again on a future adventure!

Accommodation: -

Meals: breakfast

What is included?

  • Days: 14
  • Accommodation: 3 nights hotel, 3 nights wild camping, 7 nights ger
  • Transportation: 4x4 van for cross-country travelling (>2000kms)
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Activities: all activities mentioned in the programme
  • Military tents and equipment for camping
  • Travel insurance during programme dates
  • Monitoring and guidance throughout the journey by Tânia Neves
  • Groups: 4 (minimum) to 11 (maximum) people

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What is not included?

  • International flights (+/-1000€);
  • Aeroport transfers
  • Visa fees
  • Single supplement: non available
  • Non-specified meals (+/- 50€)
  • Activities not mentioned in the programme
  • Personal expenses, showers, personal toiletries, SIM cards, etc.
  • Tips and gratitudes

Next Dates

4 to 17 August 2019 1580€ Available