Among nomads in Arkhangai

A stay in Arkhangai with nomads to discover daily activities of the breeders in this land of nomadism. Each season has its special features for a unique travel.

A stay prepared and organized with AVSF and the cooperative Ar Arvidjin Delgerekh, respecting the habits for a fair and sustainable tourism.

Day 1. Arrival in Ulan Bator and visit of the city

  • 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 in 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.

  • Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.

  • At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

280km - 4h 30m

Day 2. On the way to Mini-Gobi

Ulan Bator - Khogno Khan
  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.

  • 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".

  • Pony trek 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.

Day 3. Hot springs in Tsenkher

Khogno Khan - Tsenkher hot springs

Day 4 - 5. Making deels with your host family

Tsenkher hot springs - Tsetserleg
  • Stop at Tsetserleg, small lovely village nested in mountains of larches. We'll buy fresh supplies at the local market and visit Zayan Gegeen Museum.

Tsetserleg - Ondor Ulaan
Day 5
  • During our stay, we participate in many nomadic activities : making dairy products and making the deel, the Mongolian traditional cloth.

23km - 5h 30m

Day 6 - 7. Trekking from yurt to yurt

Ondor Ulaan - Jargalant
Day 7
  • We participate in different works bound to breeding and in making dairy products.

110km - 3h 30m

Day 8 - 9. Putting up the yurt

Jargalant - Tariat
Day 8
  • Once arrived at Lhagvadondov's home, we'll participate in putting up the yurt where we'll sleep during our stay.

Day 9
  • Road to Khorgo – Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Natural Park that is located 2060 metres (1,28 mile) above the sea level. This lake, called "the great white lake", and its whole volcanic surroundings, are the emblematic area of the province of Arkhangai. The waters of the lake are full of fish and it's possible to fish if you wish.

  • Hiking along the banks of the lake. We go towards Southeast where Khorgo Volcano reaches its highest point at 2240 metres (1,39 mile). (Easy) ascent of the volcano. From the top, we enjoy a splendid view on the lake and the surrounding hills. Nearby the volcano, stunning lava flows form an original landscape never seen up to now.

60km - 2h
Khangai - Myagmar family

Day 10 - 11. Among yaks breeders in Khangai

Tariat - Khangai - Myagmar family
  • We drive towards the sum of Khangai in the extreme Northwest of the province of Arkhangai, in the mountains of Khangai.

  • We arrive at Myagmar's home, a yaks breeder belonging to the Ar Arvijin Delgerekh cooperative .

Day 11
  • Life with the nomads and discovery of the activities bound to yacks breeding. We'll participate in making dairy products, we'll attend the making of a Mongolian barbecue and we'll enjoy it for dinner.

Khangai - Myagmar family
200km - 6h

Day 12. Among nomads in Arkhangai

Khangai - Myagmar family - Ondor Ulaan
  • We join the host family living in Öndör Ulaan. We make a small break near Kharkhorin.

260km - 5h

Day 13. Visit of Kharkhorin, the former capital

Ondor Ulaan - Kharkhorin
  • 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.

380km - 6h

Day 14. Back to Ulan Bator

Kharkhorin - Ulan Bator
  • 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.

  • Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.

Flight back

Day 15. Have a nice journey and see you soon !

  • 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.

15 days
from 1290€ per person. Flight not included.