Example Itinerary

Classic Mongolia

8 days / 7 nights
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Mongolia, evocative of endless open space, is not as plain as it sounds. Under the big blue sky is a dramatic terrain of sweeping plains, deep gorges, crystalline lakes, snow-topped mountains, rolling plateaus, and arid deserts. This 8-day journey takes you to these amazing landscapes and reveals there is more than meets the eye. Discover dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs in the desert, see the last remaining wild horses in the world, listen to unique throat singing, sleep in an authentic ger tent, and more.

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  • Land of Dinosaurs: In the far reaches of the Gobi desert amongst fiery red cliffs, in an arid and unforgiving landscape where little life survives, is where the dinosaurs once roamed - as evidenced by the monumental discovery of the first fossilized eggs ever found. Come see for yourself the dinosaur fossils embedded in the cliffs and bedrock, a childhood dream fulfilled.
  • Gobi Desert Glamping: Camping in the vast Gobi desert does not need to be an ascetic or uncomfortable endeavor. It is quite the opposite when staying at Three Camel Lodge which offers a high-end take on the traditional nomadic lifestyle.
  • Lunch with Nomads: Tens of thousands of Mongolians resist the draw of cities and still choose to live the traditional nomadic lifestyle in present day. With portable gers, these families drive their herds across the vast steppes without a single road or sign in sight. Meet one of these families and be welcomed into their ger for a traditional lunch and gain insight into their rustic lifestyle.
  • The Last Wild Horses: The only still-living wild ancestor of the domestic horses we know today is called the Przewalski horse and once freely roamed the vast Mongolian plains. After becoming extinct in the wild by the end of the 1960s, a successful reintroduction program at Hustai National Park brought back these wild horses to their homeland where you can once again see them roam today.


Day 1


Arrive into the capital city of Ulaanbaator where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel via private car. After checking in and freshening up, step back out to explore the city. Begin at the Black Market, said to have everything you would want. This authentic market is for the locals who come to shop for textiles, snuff bottles, carpets, horse saddles, ger materials, winter clothes, and other necessities for life in the steppes. Then, visit a cashmere factory to see the quality goods produced by the cashmere capital of the world. Finally, visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, where Mongolia's eighth Living Buddha and last king lived. Now it is a museum with royal relics and interestingly, an array of stuffed animals.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Situated in the heart of Ulaanbaatar, this cosmopolitan hotel overlooks Nayramdal Park to the south and Great Chinggis Khaan Square to the north, and is just a 40-minute drive from Chinggis Khan International Airport.

History: This luxury hotel, which features both contemporary and indigenous design and includes nine large venue spaces, opened its doors for business and leisure guests in 2015, making it a recent addition to this historic city.

Service: The Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar - as with all of the esteemed Shangri-La locations - offers exceptional service to all guests. For even more exclusive and personalized service, guests at the Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar can become part of the exciting Horizon Club, which includes express check-in and check-out, a private lounge, complimentary breakfast and cocktails, and use of a meeting room.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Located in the heart of Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, the hotel is surrounded by attractions and activities to fill the days and nights, from opera houses, to shopping malls, and fine dining restaurants.

History: Though the hotel is quite new, having opened in 2012, it is situated close to a host of Ulaanbaatar’s historical sites, from museums, to the Gandan Monastery, built in the mid-19th century.

Service: The Blue Sky Hotel is known for providing some of the highest quality service Mongolia has to offer.

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Day 2


Explore more of the capital today. Meander through Sukhbaatar Square, named for the country’s hero, and spot the Parliament Building, the Mongolian Stock Exchange and the Royal Ballet House. Stand in awe at the famous larger-than-life Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that was found in the Gobi desert and is now on display in the square. Also visit the impressive Gandan and Choijin Lama Monasteries. The monasteries contain important pieces of cultural artwork. Sample traditional Mongolian barbeque in the town center before catching this evening's performance of throat singing by the acclaimed Tumen Ekh Ensemble. This unique and ancient style of singing produces distinctive sounds in which you can hear two different pitches at once.


Day 3

Gobi Desert

Fly to Dalanzagad and then embark into the Gobi desert. Get situated at your luxury eco-lodge and have an early lunch before heading out for an expedition in Yol Valley, a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvansaikhan Mountains. Explore this dramatic ravine by foot, looking out for remarkable petrified wood, the ice gorge that remains frozen most the year, and wildlife. The valley, Yol, is named after the rare bearded vulture that nests in the cliffs. Other rare animals in the area include the Siberian ibex, argalis, and snow leopards.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Principals: The lodge is built according to environmentally and culturally sustainable development guidelines.

Accommodation: Experience living in a traditional felt tent of Mongolia’s nomadic herders.

Surroundings: Stay in the unforgettable environment of the Gobi Desert's stunning Gobi-Altai Mountain Range.

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Day 4

Gobi Desert

The Gobi desert's vast expanse actually yields few sand dunes. This morning drive an hour out to Moltsog Els, one of the few areas with sand dunes, where you can visit a local camel herding family and ride a Bactrian camel on the dunes. After lunch back at the lodge, head out for another adventure, this time to Bayanzag. Bayanzag is also referred to as the Flaming Cliffs for its red sandstone that juts into the sky sharply, an incredible sight in the tangerine sunset. These ancient formations have revealed many incredible paleontological discoveries including the first dinosaur eggs ever found and a fossil of a Protoceratops and Velociraptor locked in a fight. It is speculated that the South Gobi was a site of mass extinction where avalanche-like sandslides preserved these prehistoric wonders.

Gobi Desert (south)
Gobi Desert (south)

Day 5

Gobi Desert

Yet another wonder awaits this morning out in the isolated Havtsgait Valley: hundreds of ancient petroglyphs created by early settlers in the Gobi Desert. Dating back as far as 5,000 years, these rock drawings depict horses pulling carts and riders on horseback. Stop by the unassuming Natural History Museum for more excellent paleontological samples.

Day 6

Hustai National Park

Trade the desert for the plains today as you on are your way to Hustai National Park. Travel back to Dalanzadgad for a flight to Ulaanbaatar, followed by a short drive west. Enroute, stop by the Bayansonginot Community, a collective of just over ten pastoralist families. Meet these local nomas and be welcomed into their gers for a homemade traditional lunch. Experience and learn about the unique customs and etiquette. Continue onward to the grasslands and check into your ger lodge.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: An hour’s drive from Ulaanbaatar city, this is the absolute prime location for enjoying the seasonal nature in the area.

History: The cottages remain true to traditional Mongolia and are styled after the famous Gers that are the typical style of accommodation traditionally available for travelers. The circular cottages recall to the traditional weaving and shape of the Ger.

Service: HS Khaan Resort provides high-end cottages with all the modern-day comforts guests require and beyond.

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Hustai National Park
Hustai National Park

Day 7

Hustai National Park

Today you will explore the varied wildlife habitats of Hustai National Park. One of the best-managed Specially Protected Areas in Mongolia, Hustai National Park is known as the home of the last remaining wild horses in the world. A successful reintroduction program in the early 1990's has resulted in the return of the wild Takhi to its native habitat. The park is also home to other wildlife including Mongolian gazelle, ibex, grey wolves, and over 200 species of birds. Hike the ridges of the partly forested mountains for views of the distant desert, as well as a gully to look-out points to spot eagles and falcons. You will also, of course, see the wild horses freely roaming the plains.

Day 8


Enjoy breakfast with a view of open plains and sky one last time before your private transfer back to the capital for your flight onward.

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