ADVENTURE TRIP

Deep into Lake
Khuvsgul

Take a walk on the magical side of Mongolia. Discover the beautiful lake,
reindeer people, nomad culture, distinct cuisine, and wonderful
landscapes that make this place such a treasure to Mongolia.
DAYS
4-9
Want to challenge yourself this summer? Prepare for a unique adventure loaded with breathtaking sights and unforgettable experiences as you travel from the busy streets of UB to the quiet sands of the Gobi. Discover mysterious charm of the golden sands, stroll through the dunes with a friendly camel, call into the biggest monasteries & temples on the way, get a taste of Mongolian hospitality with a ger stay in in the middle of the Gobi and reflect on tragic folk stories told by the elders in the dim light of the candle. With an expert guide bringing the history to life, and plenty of freedom to explore at your own pace – this eye-opening adventure is so much more than a trip, but an experience of a life-time.

Why you will absolutely love this tour!

  • Make the most out of our package trip. We offer the best prices available on the market & all of your expenses are included. Safely fly over here & we will take care of the rest.
  • Experience the legendary hospitality of Mongolia. With five nights spent across Mongolian traditional yurts, you’ll immerse yourself in local life.
  • Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the southern Mongolia, including the enchanting sand dunes, eroded hills and watch dramatic sunsets from on top of the Bactrian camel.
  • Visit the biggest national parks, and monasteries on the way, immerse yourself in the history & culture of Mongolia.

 

Is this trip the one?

  • You need to have a good level of fitness and be in excellent health to take part in this trip. Medical facilities can be as far away as 1-2 days’ drive at times, as some locations are very remote. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities.
  • You’ll experience varying temperatures in the desert and out on the steppe or in the mountains, so check the weather forecast online before you visit and pack accordingly.
  • You’ll be spending some nights with a local family in yurt on this trip. While the “ger/yurt” is shared and small, this is a great opportunity to connect with the nomads (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals).
  • Eating can be pretty challenging for vegan/vegetarian travelers as Mongolians mostly depend on meat and dairy products. Vegan/vegetarian food options can be scarce. However, we will try our best to suit your needs.
  • Some destinations have outdoor bathroom facilities (squat toilets), and it won’t be possible to take a shower every day on this trip.
  • Daily drives range from 3 to 7 hours in duration. While this can be tiring for some travelers, the sceneries & experiences are well worth the ride!

Standard

Our Adventure trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional experience, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the slenderest of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?

Rules

  • Illegal drugs are strictly forbidden on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the country, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers.
  • Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We do not tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting us.

6 days & 5 nights

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar! Zaya  drivers will meet you at the airport and happily take/escort/drive you to your choice of accommodation. If you arrive earlier than the indicated date, explore what our lovely capital, Ulaanbaatar has to offer. The big Journey begins with a meeting with Zaya staff at your convenient location the day before the tour begins! Discuss about your travel plans & get ready for the journey.

Day 2: Amarbayasgalant Monastery

It’s an early start today. Get up, prepare you new playlist, pack your belongings, and head to Zaya hostel. After breakfast, meet your guide, driver, and fellow travelers. Settle in a 5-hour drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery. Myth holds that while searching for a good site to build the monastery, the exploratory group came across two young boys, Amur and Bayasgulantu, playing on the steppe. They were inspired to build the monastery on that very spot and to name it after the two children, Amur-Bayasqulangtu. The litnslation means “monastery of tranquil felicity”. It’s one of the largest & oldest monasteries in Mongolia, standing proud & still after 300 years of age. Continue on your journey to Selenge river, one of the biggest lakes in Mongolia. Take in the wonderful scenery, breathe in the fresh air, feel the fresh water. Tonight, spend the night at local herder family, eat like a local, and immerse yourself in the nomad culture. Wish for a clear sky, Mongolian night sky will be the most beautiful thing you will ever see.

Day 3: Murun City

Have a traditional Mongolian breakfast at the herder family, and head to Murun town. You can really feel the difference when you enter the region. Meet the humble people, from the modest town. Get to know their simple, but beautiful way of living. Go shopping in the local market, buy a souvenir or two. This small town can help you travel in time and see how Ulaanbaatar was like 25 years ago. You will be spending the night at a tourist ger camp today, with an opportunity of a hot shower. Relax & sleep well, you have a big day, tomorrow!

Day 4 & 5: Khatgal – Khuvsgul Lake

Officially Welcome to Lake Khuvgsul! The following 2 days will be full of incredible/delightful experiences that will absolutely tire you. First, take a look at the beautiful Lake Khuvsgul, walk along the shore, and feel the warm breeze. The lake is so clear that you can see every little piece of pebbles in it. After strolling through the beach, be welcomed to our hospitable Reindeer herding family and learn all about their unique life and tradition in this special part of the world over some reindeer milk tea and yak curd snacks. Although this part is not included in the trip, it is highly recommended to go ride on a reindeer, this experience can be truly remarkable. Watch out though, it isn’t simple as it appears!

Next morning, take a walk through the valleys, the scenery of the landscapes & the lake is truly awe-inspiring. You have a full day to explore the area, listen to the waves, soak in the views, and at night, be sure to peek through your ger door. There will be a stream of white shadow of the moon, on the beautiful, pitch-black, yet somehow haunting lake Khuvsgul. Spend tonight comfortably residing inside the ger at the camp.

Day 6: Uran Togoo Volcano

All four mountain names allude to their volcanic past with designations borrowed from around the fireplace. Uran means “Artistic”, Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman.  It was designated as a Natural Monument with an area of 5,800 hectares in 1995.  Uran Togoo is widely considered by many who visit it to be one of the most stunning parts of the North Mongolia. It is beautiful, utterly wild and unspoilt. A paved road spirals around the volcano and visitors can drive up to a parking lot at the rim. Hiking trails circle the rim as well as lead down into the mouth of the volcano. In the area,  soil is very fertile and plants of steppe or forest-steppe grow here. Larch dotted forest, asp, aspen and birch trees are grown in shadow side of the mountains.

The Volcano has breeding populations of various birds: grouse, sparrow, owl, falcon, cuckoo and hoopoe.  Deer, argali sheep, reodeer, wild boar, wild goat, marmot, gopher, steppe rabbit lives here.

9 days & 8 nights

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar! Zaya drivers will meet you at the airport and happily escort you to your choice of accommodation. If you arrive earlier than the indicated date, explore what our lovely capital, Ulaanbaatar has to offer. The big Journey begins with a meeting with Zaya staff at your convenient location the day before the tour begins! Discuss about your travel plans & get ready for the journey.

  • Special info – The trip includes 2 nights at Zaya hostel, if you already have another accommodation in mind, you can easily have it deducted from the price.

Day 2: Amarbayasgalant Monastery

It’s an early start today. Get up, prepare your new playlist, pack your belongings, and head to Zaya hostel. After breakfast, meet your guide, driver, and fellow travelers. Settle in a 5-hour drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery. Myth holds that while searching for a good site to build the monastery, the exploratory group came across two young boys, Amur and Bayasgulantu, playing on the steppe. They were inspired to build the monastery on that very spot and to name it after the two children, Amur-Bayasqulangtu. The literal translation means “monastery of tranquil felicity”. It’s one of the largest & oldest monasteries in Mongolia, standing proud & still after 300 years of age. Continue on your journey to Selenge river, one of the biggest lakes in Mongolia. Take in the wonderful scenery, breathe in the fresh air, feel the burbling water tickle your fingertips. Tonight, spend the night at local herder family, eat like a local, immerse yourself in the nomad culture, and sleep in a ger, a traditional dwelling for Mongolians. You share the ger with the family. While the ger is small and shared, this is a great way to experience the nomad lifestyle & connect with the people. There are no indoor bathroom facilities, so outdoor toilets are to be expected. Wish for a clear sky, Mongolian night sky will be the most beautiful thing you will ever see.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Amar baysgalant Monastery, selenge river
  • Optional Activities –
  • Accommodation – Herder family ger
  • Special Info – There is a whole album dedicated to Amarbaysgalant Monastery by the rock band “Mohanik”. We recommend listening to “Tender Smile” from their album “Mohanik” at Amarbayasgalant while on site.

Day 3: Murun city

Have a traditional Mongolian breakfast at the herder family, and head to Murun town. You can really feel the difference when you enter the region. Meet the humble people, from the modest town. Get to know their simple, but beautiful way of living. Go shopping in the local market, buy a souvenir or two. This small town can help you travel in time and see how Ulaanbaatar was like 25 years ago. You will be spending the night at a tourist ger camp today, with an opportunity of a hot shower. Relax & sleep well, you have a big day, tomorrow!

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation – Tourist ger camp
  • Special Info –

Day 4: Khatgal – Khuvgul Lake

Officially Welcome to Lake Khuvgsul! The following 2 days will be full of incredible/delightful experiences that will absolutely tire you. First, take a look at the beautiful Lake Khuvsgul, walk along the shore, and feel the warm breeze. The lake is so clear that you can actually see every little piece of pebbles in it. After strolling through the beach, be welcomed to our hospitable Reindeer herding family and learn all about their unique life and tradition in this special part of the world over some reindeer milk tea and yak curd snacks. Although this part is not included in the trip, it is highly recommended to go ride on a reindeer, as the experience can be truly remarkable. Watch out though, it isn’t simple as it appears!

Next morning, take a walk through the valleys, the scenery of the landscapes & the lake is truly awe-inspiring. You have a full day to explore the area, listen to the waves, soak in the views, and at night, be sure to peek through your ger door. There will be a stream of white shadow of the moon, on the beautiful, pitch-black, yet somehow haunting lake Khuvsgul. Spend tonight comfortably residing inside the ger at the camp.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Reindeer family visit
  • Optional Activities – Reindeer ride
  • Accommodation – Tourist ger cam
  • Special Info –

Day 5: Erdenet

Get ready road-trip fanatics! Today we will be exploring the wild, southern skirts of Khuvsgul Area. The trip is bumpy, long, and not very comfy, but the destination is very well worth it. It will be a long day of driving & sightseeing with lunch and snack breaks in the middle. Your stop tonight at Shine Ider will help you relax in between the long drive from Khatgal to Central Mongolia. Settle in at the comfy Sine Ider Ger Camp & prepare for the adventure tomorrow.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation – Shine Ider Tourist ger camp

Day 6: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Rise and shine! Today, you will be exploring the most unique attractions in Central Mongolia. Your first stop is White Lake of the Terkh River”, is located 2060 meters (1,28 miles) above the sea level. It’s the jewel of Arkhangai aimag and one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The eruption of Khorgo Volcano, your next destination, explains the presence of the lake. Besides, it’s surrounded by other extinct volcanoes. This area is still wild, you may see chitals, marsh deer, wild boars, ducks or great cormorants. Tonight, you will be spending the nights at a tourist ger camp with an opportunity to take a shower.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – White Terkh Lake, Khorgo Volcano
  • Optional Activities – Horse riding
  • Accommodation – Tourist ger camp

Day 7: Kharkhorin

Head to the Ancient Capital of Mongolia, Kharkhorin today. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the nomads. You will be visiting Erdenezuu Monastery, the oldest Buddhist Monastery and probably the most important one. The monastery went through periods of neglect and prosperity until finally the Stalinist purges of 1937 put it completely out of business. After the collapse of communism, it became active again, offering a peaceful haven & religious freedom top the ones that seek it. Main 3 temples were destroyed, and most of the monks were purged, but it still stands proud today in the beautiful valley. Next, drive to the Kharkhorin Museum, where you will get an insight to the ancient Mongolia, the legendary Chinggis khan, and his empire. Settle tonight in a ger camp, with an opportunity of a hot shower.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharkhorin Museum
  • Accommodation – Tourist ger camp
  • Special Info –

Day 8: Elsen Tassarkhai/Mini Gobi- Sand Dunes

The trip maybe coming to an end; however, we have an exciting finish! To make it diverse, Zaya team takes you to the Mini Gobi on the way to UB, offering a chance for you to feel what Gobi is like. After days of rigorous adventure, your day in the Mini Gobi can be very calming. Enjoy your last day hiking up the sand dunes and enjoying the beautiful sunset. Soak it all in! Though not included in the trip, it is highly recommended that you to ride a Bactrian camel. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore at your own pace. You’ll see nomadic herdsmen and their families watching over goats, sheep, and horses. Get to know their simple, but delightful way of living in this little peaceful corner of the world.  Spend your last night in a herderfamily, share their ger and listen to the stories of their humble life.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Mini Gobi
  • Optional Activities – Horse riding, Camel riding
  • Accommodation – Herderfamily ger
  • Special Info –

Day 9: Back to UB

Opt to go for a walk in the beautiful morning dunes & head back to UB.

Airport pick-up & drop-off

Meals during the trip
breakfast, lunch, dinner

4-wheel car & driver

Accommodation during the trip
tourist ger camp
local family ger

English speaking tour guide

Entrance to parks & monasteries

Exclusions

  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar city
  • Meals in Ulaanbaatar city
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Snacks & alcoholic beverages

Check Available Dates
Deep into Lake Khuvsgul chapter: Reindeerland is available during entire year.
6 days & 5 nights

1 person $1262
2 persons $728
3 persons $531
4 persons $433
5 persons $374
6 persons $334

9 days & 8 nights

1 person $1785
2 persons $1055
3 persons $786
4 persons $651
5 persons $570
6 persons $516

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