Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you to the restaurant of your choice.
Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.
Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.
Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin.
We go riding along the Orkhon River, in the Orkhon Valley that is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Orkhon Valley is a land of nomadism where many breeders settle their summer camp. We will attend the daily nomadic life.
We reach Khujirt, where there are famous hot springs that have curative properties. Mongolians enjoy them a lot.
We set up the camp on the banks of the Khujirt River.
We go on riding in the green steppe. Here, herds of yaks, sheeps, goats and horses graze in total freedom outside our dumbfounded eyes. A picturesque Mongolia stretches outside us and we go from surprise to surprise. We go to the place called "bend of Uurt" at the foothills of the Khangai Mounts.
From our camp in Uurt, we ride through mountains and forests until Tovkhon Monastery, where Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia, created the Soyombo alphabet. The monastery is located 2312 metres (1,44 mile) above the sea level and from that place we'll have a wonderful view on the whole Khangai range. We'll picnic in exceptional surroundings, facing Orkhon Valley.
We leave this enchanting place to ride towards South and the mountain range that lines the valley. While we cross entire areas of black lava, we become wholeheartedly aware of the volcanic aspect of the place. Then we climb on a neighbouring valley. As soon as we go higher, we find again the forests of larches and climb on this undulating valley until Mogoit hot springs where we can lounge in the hot water pools.
Night under the tent.
Today, we ride until the camp of our local guides, perfectly located in the heart of the valley. We meet their family and discover their way of life : milking the animals, making dairy products, cutting the wood, etc. Rich and gentle moments with the family, we can enjoy the small pleasures of life, such as playing thucklebones with children.
Visit of Ulan Tsutgalaan falls, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sunray… These 16-metres (52,49 feet) falls are just magic ! They were formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions.
Horseriding until the entrance of Naiman Nuur National Park. We'll follow our path across the steppes scattered with edelweisses, then we'll ride along the forests of larches and pines, before stopping for the night at Boorgiin Oroi, on the edge of a small wood, in front of the mountains of Naiman Nuur Park.
We enter Naiman Nuur Park via Khangai Nuuru pass and the landscape completely changes. The green infinite steppes give way to much more diversified landscapes : forests of larches and pines, wild roses and wild flowers, junipers, gooseberries, and wild onions. A quite rich alpine-styled vegetation that will delight botany lovers.
First we go to Lake Bugat, then we will ride across plains and forests to reach Lake Shireet, the largest lake of the park (10 square kilometres, 3,86 square miles) and the highest (2366 mètres, 1,47 mile). This wild lake is lined with forests, and Tengri, the blue sky, reflects in it ; it will delight your senses.
Today, we take the return road passing through the other bank of lake Shireet. On the way, we will see two other lakes, Lake Shanagar and another smaller one. We'll leave Naiman Nuur Park, its lakes that seem to be mirrors, and its deep forests, by the craggy pass of Bayarag. The fast trot of the horses will lead us to the stormy Shuranga River, by which we'll spend the night.
During this day, we'll see a great variety of landscapes. We'll begin riding along the Shuranga River until the charming Lake Bayan, where we can observe some species of birds, such as ducks and common cranes. Then we'll retrace our steps to find again the green steppes dappled here and there by white yurts.
At the end of the day, you will attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue which you will enjoy with your hosts.
We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometre (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".
Walk until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.
Visit of the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.
Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go shopping in the centre of the city.
Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment.
Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments.
Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.