Winter celebrations

Days:
11
Price:
1450 EUR
International flight not included
Comfort:
Difficult:
Winter trip Festival Culture Nomadic lifestyle

Discover the nomadic life in Winter, on the occasion of the celebrations held for the Ice Festival and the Eagles Festival.

We leave for Lake Khovsgol, become a hugeness of ice surrounded with virgin nature ; we'll stay with a family for 5 days and attend the Ice Festival.
After these first celebrations, we'll attend the Eagles Festival before going to Terelj National Park and spending a few days among nomads.

Ulan Bator
  • 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.

Accommodation
Hotel Nine
Ulan Bator
340km - 6h
Erdenet

Ulan Bator - Erdenet

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

  • We cut across wheat fields and large cultures and reach Erdenet. It's one of the most important economic centres of the country. It has one of the largest open-air mines of the world (copper mine).

Breakfast
Hotel Nine
Lunch
Local restaurant
Dinner
Local restaurant
Accommodation
2 stars hotel
Erdenet
370km - 5h
Moron
100km - 1h 30m
Khatgal
Khovsgol national park

Erdenet - Moron

  • Early in the morning, we hit back the road towards Bulgan province before reaching Mörön, the capital city of Khövsgöl province.

Day 3

  • We arrive at Lake Khövsgöl, one of the natural wonders of the world. This mountain covers an area of 2760 square kilometres, and its water is so pure that we can drink it ! It's surrounded with many peaks culminating at more than 2000 metres and covered with forests of pines and lush meadows where yaks and horses graze !

Day 4

  • Today you'll enjoy 4 or 5 hours on a sledge pulled by a horse, on the frozen lake. Let you slide in this magical experience on the lake. In Winter, the lake is covered with a 2-metres (6,56 feet) and more thick layer of ice.

  • Those who wish can horseride in the forests and on the banks of Lake Khovsgol.

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Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Breakfast
3 2 stars hotel
4 Made by your team
Lunch
3 Local restaurant
4 made by the family
Dinner
made by the family
Accommodation
Family stay, under the yurt
Khovsgol national park
  • Ice Festival.

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Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Breakfast
Made by your team
Lunch
Made by your team
Dinner
made by the family
Accommodation
Family stay, under the yurt
Khuvsgul NP
100km - 1h 30m
Moron
750km - 1h 15m
Ulan Bator

Khuvsgul NP - Moron

  • We spend this morning on the banks of the lake to attend the last celebrations of the festival.

Moron - Ulan Bator

  • We reach Mörön, the capital of province, and embark for our back flight to Ulan-Bator.

  • Arrival in town and transfer to your hotel where you can rest a few moments.

Also

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Stay 5 nights with a nomadic family living in the Western part of the lake. You'll discover their way of life in the heart of the Mongolian winter.

Breakfast
Made by your team
Lunch
6 Local restaurant
6 Local restaurant
Dinner
made by the family
Accommodation
6 Family stay, under the yurt
6 Continental hotel
Ulan Bator
120km - 3h
Terelj national park

Ulan Bator - Terelj national park

  • Each year, falconers living in the area get together on the occasion of the Eagles Festival that symbolizes the opening of the shooting season, where everyone can come with its eagle-hunter and show its skill. Preys are foxes, rabbits, or small wolves. Skill tournaments are held all day long, but also bushkashi trials, over the course of which Kazakh horsemen compete to catch the corpse of a sheep. The first one who catches it must bring it behind a predefined line, while the other ones try to snatch it from him.

    You'll attend this trial all day long.

  • Journey to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, a real gorgeous green setting at the gates of the capital : rocky formations sculpted by erosion, mountains tree-filled with pines, plains scattered with wild flowers and edelweiss, rivers and lakes.

Day 9

  • Those who wish can horse ride along the Tuul River to go deeper in the park. You'll discover a contrasted landscape with rivers, steppes and forests.

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We stay 3 days with a breeders family living on the banks of the Tuul River. You'll discover wonderful winter landscapes and take part in the daily activities of the family.

Breakfast
7 Continental hotel
79 Made by your team
Lunch
Made by your team
Dinner
78 made by the family
9 Mongolian barbecue "Khorkhog"
Accommodation
Family stay, under the yurt
Terelj national park
80km - 2h
Ulan Bator
  • Stop at turtle rock, from where we walk until Aryaval Monastery.

  • Drive to the 40 meters-high equestrian statue of Genghis Khan. This statue is the tallest in the world of a man on horseback. Visit of the museum located inside the statue.

  • 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 shopping in the centre of the city.

Breakfast
Made by your team
Accommodation
Hotel Nine
Flight back
  • 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.

Breakfast
11 Made by your team
11 Hotel Nine
Start date End date Available Status Price
2019/02/27 2019/03/09 8 Confirmed 1450 EUR
2-2 3-3 4-8 9-10
2100 EUR 1700 EUR 1550 EUR 1450 EUR
  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport

  • Flight Ulan Bator / Moron / Ulan Bator

  • 3 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included

  • 1 night at a local hotel in Erdenet

  • Full pension during the tour

  • Water

  • 7 nights in a host family, in guest yurt

  • Journeys in jeep or minibus + driver

  • Petrol

  • English-speaking guide

  • Assistant for groups > 8 persons

  • Pony treks

  • Troika trip on the frozen lake

  • Local guides for the treks

  • Entrance fee for the Ice Festival

  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program

  • Traditional show

  • Equipment for meals (camping tables and chairs) and nights (sleeping bag)

  • International transport

  • Passport and visa fees

  • Repatriation insurance

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks / alcohols extras

  • Meals in Ulan Bator

  • Phone calls

  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

  • Additional charges for luggage exceeding 15kg (total weight for both carry-on checked luggage) on the domestic flight