North & Central Mongolia / 12 days - 11 nights, from 1600 euros
Tour through Central Mongolia and Huvsgul lake which includes best …
This overland driving trip takes you to natural and cultural wonders in the Northern and Central Mongolia. The Asian Blue Pearl Lake Huvsgul - The lake holds the 2% of the world’s fresh water reserve - a home to Tsaataan the Reindeer people, hidden pristine lake Terkh and the stunning Khorgo volcano, the legendary capital city Karakorum, Khogno Khaan and Hustai National Parks. The country of glorious history, amazing culture and tradition, fascinating nature beauty and hospitable people, is wonderland in today's world. On this tour you will also visit extinct volcano and natural hot spring
Route: Ulaanbaatar-Khustain Nuruu-Karakorum-Tsenher Hot Spring-Khorgo-Jargal Hot Spring-Khuvsgul-Uran Togoo-Amarbayasgalant -Ulaanbaatar
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
Price From: 1,600 euro
Region: Central & Northern Mongolia
Tour highlights: Khustain Nuruu, Karakorum, Khorgo Volcano, Jargal Hot Spring, Khuvsgul Lake, Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
Day 2. Khustain Nuruu. 130 km. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery 320 km. (B/L/D)
Day 4. Tsenkher Hot Spring. 90km. (B/L/D)
Day 5. Khorgo, Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan. 220 km. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Jargal Jiguur Hot Spring. 100km. (B/L/D)
Day 7. Khuvsgul Lake. 280km. (B/L/D)
Day 8. Khuvsgul Lake (B,L,D)
Day 9. Uran Togoo. 450km (B/L/D)
Day 10. Amarbayasgalant Monastery. 300km. (B/L/D)
Day 11. Ulaanbaatar. 135km. (B/L)
Day 12. Departure. (B)
Day 1. Arrival
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. Half and full day tours are available.
Day 2. Khustain Nuruu (130 km)
Drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park in search of Przewalski horses (takhi), ancestor of all modern-day horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary and visit the museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 3. Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery (320 km)
After breakfast drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia built on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 4. Tsenkher Hot Spring (90km)
Drive to the Tsenkher hot spring. Spend the day relaxing in a natural spa and walking in the surrounding forest. Please do not forget to pack your swimsuit for this day. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the spa again after dinner. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 5. Khorgo Volcano, Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (220 km)
Drive to the magnificent volcanic area of Khorgiin Togoo, which is located on the eastern shore of Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan. Today, you will have plenty of opportunities for hiking, please wear hiking shoes to climb up the volcanic crater. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 6. Jargal Jiguur Hot Spring (100 km)
After breakfast, start the drive to Jargal Jiguur hot spring. The spring comes out from a depth of 150m and its water is not mixed with soil water due to its high temperature. The camp transfers the hot water via pipes. Enjoy the stargazing in the hot spa in the pool. Overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 7. Khuvsgul Lake (280 km)
In the morning, drive north to Khuvsgul province. Please keep your cameras handy, photo opportunities will present themselves often. Late afternoon, reach the beautiful Khuvsgul Lake and settle in a Ger camp located on the shore (B/L/D).
Day 8. Khuvsgul Lake
Explore the breathtaking shores of Mongolia’s biggest and most beautiful freshwater lake. There is an opportunity to go horse riding. After lunch, visit a reindeer herder family. Learn about their unique lifestyle and culture. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp on the lakeshore (B/L/D).
Day 9. Uran Togoo Volcano (450 km)
After breakfast, drive to Uran Togoo, an extinct volcano in Bulgan province. You will have a scenic drive with endless green pastures and the deep blue sky. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 10. Amarbayasgalant Monastery (300 km)
In the morning, start your journey to Amarbayasgalant Monastery, or the "Monastery of Tranquil Felicity" – one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery was established in 1727 and completed in 1736 to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar (1635–1723), the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, or spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism for the Khalkha Mongolians in Mongolia. His remains were transferred to a newly created temple in 1788. Amarbayasgalant was one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped destruction during the Stalinist purges of 1937. Visit and explore the grounds of the monastery. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (L/D).
Day 11. Ulaanbaatar (350 km)
After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar and lunch on the way. Overnight stay in a hotel (B/L).
Day 12. Departure
Transfer to the airport or the train station for international departure.
Date and price
Tour available dates: From April to October
2 pax per person: 2,100 euro
3-5 pax per person: 1,900 euro
6-10 pax per person: 1,600 euro
• Transfers upon arrival and departure
• English speaking guide at all times
• Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
• In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps
• All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
• Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur-driven 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
• Park entrance fees
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• 1 liter of drinking water per day per person
Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services,
travel insurance, medical insurance,
visa application fees,
personal expenses such as items of a personal nature,
gratuity to local guides and drivers,
airfare or train tickets, airport taxes,
excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms),
changes of arrival/departure flights,
any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.
This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.
• backpack or soft bag
• waterproof bag cover
• day pack
• head lamp/flashlight
• spare batteries/bulb
• personal medications
• waterproof hiking boots
• waterproof jacket with hood
• waterproof over pants
• fleece jacket or wool jumper
• cotton t-shirts
• long sleeve shirts
• lightweight trousers
• sun hat
• sun glasses
• sun cream
• insect repellent
• resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
• watch/ alarm clock
• money belt/ pouch
• insurance confirmation copy
• emergency contact number