Example Itinerary

Wild Mongolia in Style

Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Off the Grid, National Parks
Destinations
Mongolia

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.

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Flaming Cliffs: Take a camel over the Moltsog Els sand dunes before exploring the Flaming Cliffs, red and orange cliffs of the South Gobi that are home to dinosaur fossils.
  • Wild Horses: The rare and endangered Przewalski's horse is the world's last truly wild horse species and it can be found in the mysterious Hustai National Park.
  • Terelj National Park: Hike the dense forests and visit one of Mongolia's most famous sites: the towering Genghis Khan Statue Complex.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Ulaanbaatar

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. 

Hotel Options
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.

See Hotel
Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar Preferred Hotel
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.

See Hotel
The Blue Sky Hotel Preferred Hotel

Day 2

Ulaanbaatar

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! 

Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar

Day 3

Gobi Desert

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.

Hotel Options
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.

See Hotel
Three Camel Lodge Preferred Hotel

Day 4

Gobi Desert

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.

Gobi Desert (south)
Gobi Desert (south)

Day 5

Hustai National Park

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.

Hotel Options
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.

See Hotel
HS Khaan Resort Preferred Hotel

Day 6

Hustai National Park

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.

Hustai National Park
Hustai National Park

Day 7

Terelj National Park

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.

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Located almost next door to the picturesque landscape of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park in Mongolia’s Tuv province, the location is one of Mongolia’s most captivating.

History: The area in which the Terelj is based is actually close to where Mongolia's famous Gengis Khan was born.

Service: The service offered at the Terelj is second to none, with fantastic touches that give guests a true sense of pampering, from the resort’s complimentary shoe shine to the VIP packing and unpacking service.

See Hotel
The Terelj Hotel Preferred Hotel

Day 8

Terelj National Park

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.

Khan Khentii
Khan Khentii

Day 9

Departure

Drive from the park to Ulaanbaatar. From here, our adventure ends. You can either extend your stay in Mongolia or begin your homeward journey.

Why Remote Lands?

Exclusively Asia

With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

Travelogues

An Asia-focused magazine brought to you by Remote Lands - a platform for adventure, luxury, and authenticity from experts and explorers around the continent.

What Others Say

Here is a small selection of the kind words our clients have said about us recently.