Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival, a Rahhalah representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace, before embarking on your adventure across the steppes of Mongolia.

In the evening, the group will assemble so that you enjoy your first, welcome dinner in Mongolia.

Accommodation: Best Western Premier Tuushin hotel (or similar).

Early in the morning, you will head to the Mongol Nomadic Tourist Camp (a 2-3-hour drive). Once you arrive there, you will have the unique opportunity to connect with the nomadic life of the locals and, in the afternoon watch a mini Naadam: a national festival that focuses on three traditional games, that is, horseracing, wrestling and archery.

More specifically, in the morning, you will be able to take part in the everyday life of a traditional, nomadic Mongolian family. You will learn about the breeding of five kinds of livestock and their transportation from one place to another using oxes, yaks, camels, and horse carts. You will see how the nomadic dairy products are made and will even taste some of them. Finally, you will watch a demonstration of milking yaks and mare, fastening and milking sheep and goats, as well as felt tanning. Lunch at the ger camp.

In the afternoon, you will watch the mini Naadam, with wrestling, horse racing, archery as well as other cultural shows and games.

Overnight in the Mongol Nomadic camp (en-suite ger).

Early in the morning, you will head to Hustai National Park (a 30-min drive) to see the wild horses known as Takhi, birds, plus other wildlife. Mongolian wild horse is a rare and endangered horse originally native to the steppes of Central Asia. Once extinct in the wild, it has been reintroduced to its native habitat since the 1990s in Mongolia in several national parks. Afterwards, you will head Orkhon River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The drive will last about 4-5 hours and will take you through the central Mongolian steppes before reaching the ancient capital city of Karakorum and the historical Orkhon valley. Upon arrival, you will visit the renowned Erdene Zuu Monastery, a historic landmark founded in 1586 and the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia.

Overnight in the Munkhtenger ger camp or similar (en-suite ger).

After breakfast, you will head south to the Ongi Monastery ruins by the Ongi River (a 4-5-hour drive, passing through a wide-open steppe). Once at the ger camp, you will have lunch before heading to the Monastery (via a short hiking path). Ongi Monastery is the collective name for the ruins of two monasteries that face each other across the Ongi River, in south-central Mongolia. The Barlim Monastery is located on the north bank of the river while the Khutagt Monastery sits on the south bank. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples – among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. Founded in 1660, it was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and housed over 1000 monks at its height.

Overnight in the Ongi ger camp or similar (standard ger)

After breakfast, you will head to Bayanzag (a 2-3-hour drive), also known as the “Flaming Cliffs” since the 1920s scientific exploration of the Mongolian Gobi. The first dinosaur eggs were found in this place. You will enjoy a 2-3-hour hike in the area, discovering more details about the Flaming Cliffs, and taking great photos of the landscape

You will also visit the Khavtsgait Petroglyph (a short driving distance away). Khavtsgait Petroglyph has a group of rock paintings on several rocks and dates back to 8000BC to 4000BC. There are ancient paintings of wild animals such as big horn sheep, ibex, wolves, as well as horse riders, ox card and many more.

Accommodation: Gobi Nomad Lodge (en-suite) or similar.

After breakfast, you will head to the amazing Yoliin Am gorge: a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of southern Mongolia. There, you will enjoy a 2-3-hour hike while observing the local flora and fauna, and you will end your visit at the local natural history museum.

Overnight in the Gobi Nomad Lodge (en-suite) or similar.

After breakfast, you will head to Baga Gazriin Chuluu (a 5-hour drive), which are magnificent granite mountains in the steppes. Although far from the forest steppe zone, Baga Gazryn Chuluu area is rich in asp, birch, white wicker and elm trees. Upon your arrival, you will enjoy lunch and a short hike in the area.

Overnight in the Bayanbulag ger camp or similar (standard ger).

In the morning, you will drive to the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve (a 4-5-hour drive) which boasts a large variety of ecosystems, including high mountains, steppes, rivers, lakes and wetlands, all remaining untouched. On the way, you will stop at the Genghis Khan’s horseman statue located in Tsonjin boldog. The statue is 40 m tall and is considered the highest horseman statue in the world.

Once you reach the Nature Reserve, you will head to the ger camp in Gun Galuut.

If you wish, you may also enjoy kayaking, mountain biking or archery at the camp (at additional cost).

Overnight in the Steppe Nomads camp (Deluxe winter quarter) or similar.

Gun Galuut is home to endangered species of birds and mammals. In the morning, you will visit Mt. Baits and enjoy a hike in the area (for around 3 hours) while observing its flora and fauna. If lucky, you may spot the endangered Argali big horn sheep and the White Napped crane.

After lunch in the camp, you will embark on a 2-hour horseback riding adventure in the reserve along the Kherlen river valley.

Overnight in the Steppe Nomads camp (Deluxe winter quarter) or similar.

In the morning, you will head back to Ulaanbaatar (a 1-2-hr drive) where you will visit Sukhbaatar Square and delve into the history of Genghis Khan's empire-building: a pivotal chapter in Mongolia's past. Later, you will visit the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing, strolling around or shopping (souvenirs and, maybe, some of the famous Mongolian cashmere), before the group reassembles in the evening to enjoy a traditional folklore concert from the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Dinner at local restaurant.

Accommodation: Best Western Premier Tuushin hotel (or similar).

After breakfast, depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.