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A protected area that extends to the very edges of the Russian border, Khan Khentii's allure lies in its lush green pasturelands, wildflowers, and abundant wildlife, from herds of moose to packs of wolves. Khan Khentii is in the Tuul River Valley where grasslands threaded with rivers are flanked by hills dotted with forests of larch and birch. Located in the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, the wilderness is three times the size of Yellowstone National Park in the USA. This pristine wilderness area is a "transition zone" from steppe to taiga forest. The region is usually completely green from June through August.
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Our co-founder Jay Tindall's favourite Mongolia experiences include off-road driving through lunar landscapes, meeting nomad families, and the spectacular Naadam festival.
Charter a helicopter over the boreal forests of Khan Khentii, which stand in sharp contrast to Mongolia’s treeless steppes and sandy desert. You will land near Hagiin Black Lake, the source of the Tuul River, which lies northeast of Ulaanbaatar and is difficult to reach by car. Hike through the pristine, dense Siberian forest along the lakeside and enjoy a lovely lunch prepared by your private chef.
Experience the heart and soul of Mongolia from the back of a horse. Mongolians start riding from a very young age and are some of the world's finest equestrians. If you happen to go to a horse race you will see that the jockeys are as young as age five, and there are still more horses in the country than humans. Horseback riding across the grasslands is one of the best ways to experience the Mongolian landscape, which has changed little since the time of Ghengis Khan.
Lunch with Nomads
Meet with a nomadic family in their ger and experience their distinctive way of life. Help your host family prepare and enjoy a delicious lunch of authentic Mongolian food, which may include Mongolian barbecue, where an entire sheep or goat is cooked over hot rocks. Relax and appreciate their slower pace of life, most likely far removed from your own.
Go yak-cart rafting in the Tuul River, which empties into the Arctic Ocean. An inflatable raft will be taken to the river by yak cart, while a portable sauna is set up here for you so have a hot soak before rafting and swimming in the Tuul, as the river is rather cold, even in the summer months.
Discover a world far off the beaten path on this exhilarating 9-day luxury Mongolia adventure. You’ll ride a camel through the Gobi desert, partake in the important Naadam festival, visit fascinating museums, and look for rare roamers in the Yol Valley, while staying in traditional-yet-luxurious Mongolia hotels.
Thoroughly explore Mongolia's mysterious East Gobi and Khan Khentii by private jet. In 7 days, you will stroll the streets of the busy capital, Ulaanbaatar, chat with local herders in the rural Ikh Nart and get in touch with nature in the Khan Khentii wildlife preserve. Stay in comfortable, authentic Ger-style camps.
Cross the rugged terrain of remote Mongolia on this exhilarating 7-day luxury adventure. You’ll explore the Northern Gobi desert on the back of a camel, ride horseback through lush pastures, stop at ancient, historically-important sites, and stay in luxurious-yet-traditional Mongolian Ger tents.
Take an exciting 4-day expedition into Mongolia’s beautiful backyard, the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. You’ll hike the picturesque Hentii mountains, watch for exotic wildlife like wild boar, red deer, and moose, and make friends with herdsmen, while staying in traditional-yet-luxurious Mongolian Ger tents.
Spend an incredible 13-days exploring Mongolia’s wildside, as you make your way through the East and the iconic Gobi desert. You’ll travel to the very edge of Siberia, explore the grasslands on foot and horseback, visit remote, traditional communities, and sleep in some of Mongolia’s best accommodation.
Travel through Mongolia’s exhilarating wilderness on this 9-day luxury adventure. You’ll make your way from Ulaanbaatar, to the Gobi Desert, Hustai National Park and Terelj National Park, interacting with locals, shopping at the Black Market, and staying in luxury Mongolia accommodation like the Three Camel Lodge.
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.
Stay in a low impact ger camp, in the heights of the Tuul River Valley, run by the principles of ecotourism. The camp is located in Jalman Meadows, next to Jalman Mountain, a vast meadow beside the Tuul River, which in the summer blooms with a profusion of wildflowers. This conservation area is within the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, and stretches right up to the Russian-Siberian frontier. The camp is accessible from Ulaanbaatar by 4WD (approximately 3 hours) or by bus (approximately 3.5 hours).
The camp can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests in double occupancy tents. It prides itself on being a camp that is non-destructive towards the local environment and people. The camp contributes to local communities by creating employment based on traditional livelihoods. Local people work for the camp providing the provision of yak carts, packhorses, horse riding and labor. The camp is made up from fully collapsible ger tents, long drop style toilets which allow for natural decomposition, a cozy candle-lit library, portable hot water showers and a separate waste disposal unit. Some of the campâ€™s electricity is produced from solar panels and windmills. The hotel-camp can be relocated leaving no more effect on the land than a local nomadic family campsite would.