Itinerary in brief

  • DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR, city sightseeing: 
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar,our guide and driver will meet us at the airport and aid with check-in at
central hotel. After checking in, we take a tour of the city, including the Gandan Monastery, Museum of Mongolian National History and Genghis
Monument on the Sukhbaatar Square.

Mongolia introduction .

Mongolia, the 'Land of Blue Sky', home of the greatest empire the world has ever known and Asia's last undiscovered
wilderness. Awesome expanses of rolling steppe, home to Mongolia's famous horses and herdsmen, meet high glacial mountains, impenetrable forests and deep, crystal lakes. To the south the great Gobi Desert stretches to the horizon; empty save for deep canyons and sweeping dunes. Across much of this vast land little has changed since the days of Genghis Khan, and your visit here will truly be an experience beyond imagination - from the magnificent spectacle of Mongolian people’s hospitality to the unspoilt, breathtaking natural beauty that awaits you at every turn.

Ulaanbaatar introduction

As urban capital of a nomadic nation Ulaanbaatar is something of a paradox, but with the modern world rapidly sweeping away the monolithic remnants of the Soviet era, the city has become a forward-looking, if laid-back, base from which to explore this remarkable country. Stretching along the valley of the Tuul
River and embraced by four sacred mountains, Ulaanbaatar hints at the adventure and open spaces of its nation beyond the peaks.
Tour of the city, including the Gandan Monastery and National  History Museum. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire-building.  4* Chinggis Hotel or similar.  L+D

This morning after breakfast at the hotel we visit the Giant Genghis Monument at Tsonjin Boldog. Then drive to Hustai National Park for 2 hrs and transfer to Hustai camp. Lunch. Visit the national park information centre for more info on the national park and the wildlife incuding the world’s only remaining wild horse species the Takhi. View the beautiful Takhi wild horses right before the sunset when they come down to the river. Dinner and overnight at Hustai camp.  B+L+D


AFTER breakfast we drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia through the rolling steppes. We will stop at Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes and Khogno Khaan National park. Transfer to Hoyor Zagal camp. Lunch. Hiking in the region and visit the Ovgon monastery ruins enjoying the nature beauty. Hoyor Zagal camp.    B+L+D


After having breakfast at the tourist camp we drive for 1 hour to Karakorum and visit the legendary Erdene Zuu Monastery from the 16th century and its surroundings: the ruins of Tumen Amgalant Palace of Ogoodei Khaan, the Turtle monuments and the Phallic Rock. Visit the Karakorum museum. Munkh Tenger camp. B+L+D

Karakorum introduction
A potent echo of the lost Mongol Empire, Karakorum was chosen as Genghis Khan's new capital in 1220, serving in this role for only four decades before Hubilai Khan moved the centre of state to his seat in Beijing. The city flowered again during Mongolia's 16th century Buddhist renaissance with the construction of Erdene Zuu monastery, an expansive monastery complex. In these post-empire and postcommunism years, what remains of the monastery, and the older remnants of Karakorum, are in some ways a summation of all Mongolian history.

Breakfast at the ger camp in Karakorum. We then drive to the Tuvkhun monastery in the ardent Khangai mountain range crossing the renowned Orkhon river. The green valley of the Orkhon is the cradle for many nomadic states including the Turks and the Mongols. Spend the afternoon and evening in the Orkhon river valley visiting nomadic families and enjoying optional hiking or horse riding. Return to Karakorum, dinner and overnight at Munkh Tenger camp.
Tuvkhun Khiid Monastery ruins of an ancient temple partially restored, sits atop a mountain on the north of the Orkhon Valley. The temple gives a stunning view of the surrounding landscape to which one can get by hiking or horseback riding. Zanabazar, the first Mongolian Buddhist Saint, thinker and sculptor, built the temple in 1653 where he lived, worked, and meditated for 30 years. Munkh Tenger camp.  B+L+D

We drive to the south to Ongi monastery ruins through the Gobi steppes. Arrive and transfer to ger camp. Visit to Ongi monastery ruins, hiking, and meet the monks to hear the legends of Ongi monastery ruins (4-5 hrs drive). Ongi Monastery introduction. Ongi Monastery complex was once the biggest settlement in southern Mongolia with 500 monks and 2 monasteries on the 2 sides of the River Ongi. Despite the monastery was destroyed completely by the Mongolian KGB in 1937, there’s plenty to explore and photograph. Secret of Ongi camp.   B+L+D
A drive south takes us to Bayanzag, a world famous dinosaur remains site and its surrounding saxaul bush forests. Transfer to ger camp. Lunch. Hiking to visit the famous red cliffs, where the world’s richest dinosaur remains are hidden. Visit a nomadic family and try camel riding. (3 hrs drive).

South Gobi province (Omnogobi Aimag) introduction

This remote and arid region, located within the Omnogobi Aimag, holds a number of Mongolia's desert treasures, both geological and archaeological. The least populated region of Mongolia, with a density of less than 0.3 people per square mile, Omnogobi is also the hottest part of a hot country - mean average temperatures can be as high as 40'C. Fear not, however, it's quite possible to travel in relative comfort.The Gurvan Saikhan mountain range runs SE-NW through the desert, its highest peak at 9000 feet. The range is incorporated into the Gurvan Saikhan National Park, covering several thousand square kilometers,and including the glacial canyon at Yolyn Am. The desert reaches its finest moment in the high dunes of Khongoriin Els, whilst Mongolia's richest deposits of dinosaur remains were discovered amid the strange sand shapes of Bayanzag.

Introduction to Bayanzag.

Bayanzag, which in Mongolian means 'a place of many saxaul bushes', was first called 'The Flaming Cliffs' by Roy Chapman Andrews, the American dinosaur hunter and adventurer who made vital finds of dinosaur eggs and skeletons at the base of the vivid red bluffs, which stand alone in a vast empty expanse of land and sky.
Chapman himself was something of a rogue - said by some to be the man on whom the film character 'Indiana Jones' was based. He lived an adventurous, self-aggrandizing life across much of this part of the world. At Bayanzag it is the landscape, in addition to the rich dinosaur history, which is very impressive - an intense evocation of Mongolia's great emptiness. Gobi Tour camp.  B+L+D

Today we drive through the beautiful Gobi desertscapes, stopping on your way to see the custom of the nomadic peoples, try some camel riding if you wish. Visit the stunning gorge of Yol in the Gurvan Saikhan National Park and hike in the valley viewing wildlife, (2-3 hours drive) and transfer to a good tour camp. Yolyn Am - the Vulture’s Gorge

Yolyn Am, 'The Vulture's Gorge’, commonly called Eagle Canyon by travellers, is a striking gorge in the deep desert, remarkable for the Microclimate that its formation creates. Sheer rock walls, up to 660 feet high, keep out the light and the heat, whilst four waterfalls pour into the canyon, chill as they leave the sun, and freeze. Yolyn Am is lined with ice almost year-round and at its narrowest point only two people (or animals - the canyon is a favored haunt of the wild Ibex and Argali) can pass abreast. Descent into the canyon is on foot or on horseback if you'd prefer. Gobi Discovery camp. B+L+D

Take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar, and transfer to hotel. We will then visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum and the Buddha Park. Free time for
shopping: cashmere & souvenirs. We will enjoy traditional folk concert and farewell dinner this evening.

Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum
Built between 1893 and 1903, the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan is where Mongolia’s eighth Living Buddha, and last king, lived for 20 years. The palace museum is an excellent place to visit, with a great collection of priceless Buddhist art works and instruments. The Bogd Khaan’s penchant for unusual live animals explains the extraordinary array of stuffed animals in the palace – including an elephant that had to walk for three months from the Russian border to Ulaanbaatar!
4* Chinggis Hotel or similar.    B+L+D

  • DAY 10. DEPARTURE. You are transferred to the airport after breakfast. B


 Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
 Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
 Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
 Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced drivers) – 4-5 tourists in 1 van
 Twin share in hotel**** in Ulaanbaatar, twin share at good tourist camps outside the capital
 Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
 A short camel riding fees in the Gobi
 2 hr horse riding fees in Orkhon river valley
 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
 Visa support invitation letter where applicable
 Exclusive Discover True Mongolia souvenir!


International Flights

 Travel insurance.
 Items of a personal nature such as laundry,
drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
 Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
 Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc

DEPARTURE in JULY    (minimum 6 persons)  Only:  £1995 per person (single supplement £295)  LAND ONLY -

International Flights - prices on request.