Step into an unknown realm as you travel to the least populated area on the planet - beautiful, untamed Mongolia. While the area isn’t known for its tourism, its rich culture and natural beauty are luring for the adventurous traveler. This nine-day Mongolian journey will take you deep into the country, while still providing you with every comfort you need. Travel from Ulaanbaatar, the Gobi Desert, Hustai National Park and Terelj National Park.
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Arrive in the single least-populated area on Earth - the mystically beautiful Mongolia. The capital city of Ulaanbaatar is your first stop. You arrive with plenty of time for a city tour. Explore the area’s monasteries and enjoy tea with a head monk at the Gandan Monastery. Peruse Mongolia’s rare art that is actually protected by UNESCO when touring the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts. Check into the best hotel in the area, the Blue Sky Hotel.
Begin your day with a stroll through Chinggis Square (formerly known as Sukhbaatar Square) and learn the intense history of the Mongolian revolution. Next, visit the Stock Exchange and learn about the country’s business side. Discover the delights of the Naran Tuul Market, known as the Black Market. If you can’t find something here, it most likely doesn’t exist! Return to the Blue Sky to relax in the evening time.
Leave the city in favor of the vast desert as you fly from Ulaanbaatar into the South Gobi, the largest desert in Asia. Explore the Geegeet Valley. Experience a camel ride through the Moltsog Els sand dunes. While most of the desert is steppe and shrub, there are also sand dunes worth checking out. Check in to the Three Camel Lodge, where you will have your own Ger with a private sink and toilet.
Begin the day with breakfast at the Three Camel Lodge, and then travel into the South Gobi to see the incredible Petroglyphs at Havtsgait with your own eyes. Visit the Flaming Cliffs named for the jagged red rocks. Take an adventurous excursion in the Yoi Valley and chat with a nomad family you are likely to meet along the way. Visit the Gurvan Saikan Nature Museum to gain new insight into the traditional local culture. Return to the Three Camel Lodge and relax in the evening.
Fly from South Gobi to Ulaanbaatar, where you will be driven to Hustai National Park. This is where you will find the last remaining Przewalski’s Horse. The critically endangered horses were declared extinct in the wild in the 1960s and were re-reintroduced into their home location in 1992. Stay at HS Khaan Resort in their luxurious and modern cottages, built with supreme comfort and traditional Ger design elements in mind.
Explore the park today and search for Przewalski’s Horses roaming free. There are other rare species to see as well, with the red deer, Red-footed Amur Falcons and eagles enjoying the park’s arid steppe, forest and slopes. The area has ideal hiking and birdwatching.
Drive three hours to the natural Terelj National Park. The massive rock formations and lush countryside decorate the stunning park. Stretch your legs with a hike in the dense forests. Pay a visit to the Aryapala Inspiration and Meditation Center. Visit the Princess Temple - it’s best reached by horse or hiking. Stay at the Terelj Hotel for a sound night’s sleep beside the great outdoors.
Spend the day exploring the park by car, foot and an exciting horseback tour. Chat with a local family and learn about their way of life in the area. Visit the Genghis Khan Statue Complex and marvel at the massive statue of the powerful leader. Return to the Terelj Hotel come evening time, for the last night of your journey.
Drive from the park to Ulaanbaatar. From here, our adventure ends. You can either extend your stay in Mongolia or begin your homeward journey.
This five-star contemporary hotel is situated in the city’s business district and more interestingly in Ulaanbaatar’s tallest building. The hotel, decorated in a classic European style, has many top quality facilities including an indoor pool, gym, wellness centre, sauna and a business centre. There are many services on offer to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible such as 24-hour room service, car rentals, currency exchange, laundry services, luggage storage, safety deposit boxes and a 24-hour front desk. Diners will be spoilt for choice with the Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and western food on offer at the hotel’s restaurants. The rooms feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, en-suite bathrooms with a bathtub and shower facilities as well as a minibar luxury toiletries, hairdryers and slippers.
The Three Camel Lodge was constructed without nails from Siberian timber and local stone using traditional techniques, and is situated within view of the Gobi Desert's stunning Gobi-Altai Mountain Range. Built under environmentally and culturally sustainable guidelines, energy for the lodge is drawn partially from solar and wind power; the main building has a large shaded porch and remains cool and comfortable even on hottest desert days. The staff is a group of well-practiced folk musicians who don beautiful costumes and play the horse-head fiddle and other traditional instruments in the evening. Guest rooms are in 30 gers (yurts), made from latticed structures covered by layers of felt and canvas and heated with wood-burning stoves. The beds and furniture are hand-painted in vivid colors. The main lodge has a bar with a selection of beers, wines and spirits, a gift shop with local crafts and artwork and a business facility including fax service. Meals of traditional Mongolian cuisine are served in an over-sized ger, with ingredients fresh from local farms. There is no fitness center but you will not want for physical activities: a number of expeditions are possible, including hiking in the foothills of the Gobi-Altai Mountains, camel trekking through sand dunes, horseback riding through mountain valleys to local springs, and excavating dinosaur fossils at the Flaming Cliffs under the guidance of a paleontologist from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. The Three Camel Lodge is 1.5 to two hours from the airport in the provincial capital of Dalanzadgad (DLZ).
Nestled in a clearing about an hours' drive from Hustai National Park, the HS Khaan Resort is a first-class cottage experience in Mongolia, a country typically only providing “Ger”-style tents for travelers. Guests will feel at one with nature as they sleep with an incredible view of the open prairie. The individual cottages are quaint and luxurious, while still maintaining a one-of-a-kind environment. The spacious suites are far from rustic and provide guests with all the desired comforts during their Mongolian adventure, including fantastic views of the majestic Himalayas and vivid blue sky above. Inside the rooms, guests will find a lavatory, western toilet, audio components, refrigerators, showers, bathroom, electric pot, safe box and a bar counter. There is USB Internet available for guest-use. Situated across a vast site nearby the location of the famous Naadam Festival, this is an idyllic spot for exploring the natural beauty of the area. There are seasonal wild birds migrating across the picturesque Himalayan Mountain Range every year. The open plains are perfect for taking a hike into the unending vibrant green grass. The remote location creates an uninterrupted blanket of bright stars over the prairie every night. There is also private transfer from anywhere in Ulaanbaatar City available. This is a far stretch from roughing it in the more traditional “Ger”-style Mongolian tents.
The Terelj Hotel provides a luxurious base from which to explore the wonders of the Mongolian outdoors in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, one of the most carefully protected parklands in the country and part of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, an expansive, virtually uninhabited wilderness. Terelj Hotel is only 43 miles north of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, near to the birthplace of Mongolia’s Great Unifier Chinggis Khaan (Ghengis Khan). The hotel itself boasts just 52 elegant suites, overlooking views of the Mongolian larch trees in front of the hotel or the Tereji River and surrounding mountains. The rooms are spacious with separate living areas and marble bathrooms. Rooms are well-appointed with classic furniture and quality upholstery, the sumptuous bedding comprises layers of Egyptian cotton and Mongolian cashmere blankets. Traditional Mongolian and local artworks are displayed throughout the hotel and guest suites. Hotel facilities include a spa, Jacuzzi, pine sauna, steam room, swimming pool, fitness center, winter movie theater and ice-skating rink and complimentary WiFi. Dining options include Morin Khuur, serving refined Mongolian cuisine paired with wines in an exquisite dining hall decorated with antique Mongolian saddles and artifacts; a restaurant overlooking the river serving western delicacies, as well as Argali serving burgers, steak and over 70 different whiskeys; a café with fresh coffee and French pastries; and a lounge bar.