Classic Mongolian Circuit

Our “Classic Mongolian Circuit” tour will open for you true Mongolia with her untouched natural beauty, rich cultures, amazing landscapes and undoubtedly unique Nomadic hospitality. It's perfectly blended with Mongolian must see travel destinations, so you will not miss any natural & cultural wonders of Mongolia and there are endless photo opportunities as well as some private times. Experiencing the authentic way of nomadic life is an inseparable part of this tour. Within 14 days you could experience the vast-open Gobi Desert, beauty and historical artifacts of Central Mongolian rolled hills, crystal clear water rivers, lakes and national parks of forested Northern Mongolia- Khuvsgul Lake all in one awesome adventure. If you are ready to spend your lifetime experience in our beautiful country this tour is for you.

 

Category - Discovery tours

Lenght - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Destinations - Gobi, Central and Northern Mongolia

Tour grade:

Standard

Group size:

As you requested

Covering distance:

3200 kms

Available:

May - October

Highlights

Khongor sand dunes, Bayanzag - Flaming cliffs, Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery, Tsenkher hot spring, Khorgo - Terkh National Park, Khuvsgul Lake, camel and horse riding, nomadic and reindeer herding family visit, see complex of deer stones, real Mongolian barbecue Khorkhog

Classic introduction to Mongolian nature, landscape, culture and religion.

Choose your own dates.

Customizable - All our tours are just serve as a guide. Choice is yours.

 

Join us on our signature “Classic Mongolian Circuit" tour, which takes you through Southern, Central and Northern Mongolia that gives chance to explore the most highlighted places such as famous dinosaur archeological site Bayanzag - Flaming cliffs, one of the Mongolian largest sand dunes Khongor sand dune, 13 th century Chinggis Khaan’s ancient capital Karakorum, deep blue Khuvsgul Lake and many more. Traveling along Gobi desert, Central Mongolian vast steppe, and Northern regions mountains, experiencing nomadic culture will be fabulous memory of your life.

Brief itinerary:

Day 1. Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Day 2. Bayanzag - Flaming cliffs

Day 3. Khongor sand dune

Day 4. Ongi Monastery ruins

Day 5. Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery

Day 6. Tsenkher hot spring

Day 7. Khorgo - Terkh National Park

Day 8. Khorgo - Terkh National Park

Day 9. Shine ider village

Day 10. Khuvsgul Lake

Day 11. Khuvsgul Lake

Day 12. Uran Extinct Volcano

Day 13. Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Day 14. Ulaanbaatar

 

Day 1. Baga Gazriin Chuluu 

In the morning, our guide & driver will pick you up from your hotel and start our tour directly driving to Baga Gazriin Chuluu or known as Earth stone. Before we leave the city we will pass some shops and then drive through steppe by overview of land-sea and grandiose formation of rocks and basalts of Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Baga Gazriin Chuluu  is a 15km long and 10 km wide stone massif, and this stone massif is also part of the Mongolian granite stone zone. Wild sheep, ibex and marmot inhabit here, Surtiin am is one of the many beautiful places in Baga Gazriin stone massif. This is a narrow canyon with asp, birch, white wicker and elm trees, as well the ruin of a stone temple and the site of 2 Gers where monks lived and meditated since the seventieth century. There is a 20 m long cave near to the Surtiin Am. Crystals can be found around the cave. Also, there is a spring water which comes from under source is good for eye illness. You will arrive at Baga Gazriin Chuluu in the afternoon, and rest of the day you will spend hiking & exploring the area.  Overnight in Ger camp.  L D

Day 2. Bayanzag - Flaming cliffs 

After breakfast time, we will continue our way driving to Bayanzag. Known as Flaming cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered in the world. We will have some hiking through the cliffs and see the Gobi tree grove named “Bayanzag”. Bayanzag, literally means “rich in saxual trees”. This tree only grows in central Asian Gobi. See the short documentary about 1920-s American excavation. After dinner return to the Bayanzag to see the sunset, find out why area is called Flaming Cliffs. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 3. Khongor Sand Dunes - Camel trek 

Continue tour to the Gobi Desert. Gobi desert gives you an exotic view of the desert with boundless view of horizons, rare species of mammals and plants. On the way, we will pass a small Gobi stone market and you can buy some precious stones even a small sized petrified tree. Known as Singing dunes, the Khongor sand dune has an extraordinary length of 180 kilometers and 15 – 20 meters wide and lies on the Northern part of the Mountains of Sevrei and Zuulen. There is an Oasis near Khongor sand dune at the Northern edge of the sand dune. After some relaxation at the camp, our camel man will take you to the sand dunes and the two humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as the walk slowly and gently you will be supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. We will hike through the Golden sand dunes, explore the surrounding nature and if you wish you can climb up to the highest point of the sand dunes which will reach about 200 meters. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 4. Ongi Monastery ruins 

Today we will drive to Ongi Monastery ruins and our driving takes us through the great steppe which is called Ongi steppe, continues extraordinary 100 km long. Ongi monastery was one of the Mongolian biggest 7 monasteries. There are 2 temple ruins which were built up in 1780s. During repression in 1930s’ these two temples destroyed and many lamas were executed and imprisoned. On the way to Ongi temple ruins we will visit to nomad family and introduced to nomadic life in the Gobi. Overnight in Ger camp.  B L D

Day 5. Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery 

Today we will drive towards to Kharkhorin, and our tour takes place on the transition zone from the Gobi desert to mountain steppes. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum, once was a capital of Chinggis Khaan's Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. Chinggis Khaan founded Karakorum in 1220. After his exploits on the Eurasian steppes, the city became the center of a substantial and growing empire. But after Khublai Khaan moved the Mongolian capital to Beijing, and the fall of the empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by Chinese soldiers in 1388. After arriving at Kharkhorin, first we will visit to Kharkhorin museum, which displays artifacts mostly of Great Mongolian Empire time and followed by visiting to Mongolian oldest and largest monastery Erdene Zuu. Erdene Zuu is a Buddhist Tibetan monastery which dates back to 1585. Built from the ruins of Chinggis Khaan’s capital, Erdene Zuu is the oldest surviving monastery in Mongolia today. A soviet government partially destroyed Erdene Zuu in the 1930s, but the monastery has since reopened as a museum. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 6. Tsenkher hot spa - Visit nomad family  

After breakfast, drive to Tsenkher hot spring, located in Arkhangai province. On the way we will visit to nomads who are living in Khangai, steppe and mountain area. You will be invited to their Gers and offered to taste traditional dairy products including famous airag (mare’s milk) and see some differences among life in the Gobi and Khangai area. The Arkhangai provinces have many old volcanos, which explain the presence of this hot water source that flows all year long at 1860 meters (1, 16 mile) above the sea level in the sub province of Tsenkher. The water is at 85,5°C (185,9°F). In a pleasant verdant wooded area, some Ger camps with equipment and baths with a less hot temperature have been set up for the travelers. In the evening have a spa bath and relax.  Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 7. Khorgo - Terkh National Park

Drive to Khorgo - Terkh National Park. On the way we will pass the Tsertserleg town, which is provincial center of Arkhangai province. Just before we reach the Khorgo - Terkh National Park we will see Chuluut river great canyon which huge creation of volcanic earthquake. After arriving at Khorgo - Terkh National Park, climb up to the top of extinct volcano Khorgo, the top view is amazing. The Khorgo crater, situated at an altitude of 2.210 meters with a diameter of 20 meters and depth of 70 to 80 meters, approximately 8000 years ago volcanic lava flooded the valleys nearby which are covered today with small forests of Siberian larch and a great variety of berries and flowers. Terkh White Lake is an astonishingly beautiful lake with crystal clear fresh water and surrounded by spectacular scenery of plants, forests, mountains, and fauna. Area offers fun activities such as hiking, horse riding, and swimming. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 8. Full day horse riding at Khorgo – Terkh National Park

In the morning after breakfast, meet with your horse guide and basic introduction. Full day horse riding through Khangai Mountains and shore of Terkh White lake. Picnic lunch. Come back in the evening, dinner and free time. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 9. Shine ider - Zuun nuur Salt Lake 

We will have an overnight stop close to the Shine ider village. Zuun Nuur is a small, beautiful salt water lake which is a heaven for birds. After the lake, we will continue to drive about 10 kms and arrive at the camp, hike through the forest or just relax in the nature. Evening we will have a real Mongolian barbecue Khorkhog for dinner. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 10. Khuvsgul Lake - Visit to Uushig deer stones 

Today we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake, which is known as the second clearest lake in Central Asia. On the way we will visit to see Deer stones. The deer stones spread widely in Central Asia. 600 deer stones were found in Central Asia. 500 of them were found in the territory of Mongolia. Deer stone is the first monuments of human. The earliest of them belong to XIII-IX century BC while most of them belong to the Bronze Age. Continue travel to Lake Khuvsgul, as a dubbed as Mongolia Switzerland and a lake surrounded with green forest mountains and water is crystal clear that one can easily catch sight of ground.  Arrive at the Khuvsgul Lake National Park, after some relaxations explore the surroundings and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 11. Day at Khuvsgul Lake - Tsaatan community visit

After breakfast, we will drive to the Reindeer Herders / Tsaatan people, who live in the depths of the taiga forest. Few reindeer are the main resource of their livelihood. In summer months, mostly in July and August, few reindeer families move down from mountain close to the lake to increase their livelihood. This small journey offers brief introduction of Tsaatan people’s lifestyle and great photo opportunity. After lunch, you will have a hiking activity accompany with your guide. Hiking and climbing up to the top of the back mountain of the lake is unforgettable. From the top of mountain magnificent Khuvsgul Lake looks turquoise. Walking by the edge of the lake you will see the crystal-clear part of the lake famous for its name ‘’Dark blue pearl’’. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D 

 Day 12. Extinct Volcano Uran 

Drive to Uran Mountain via Moron town, which is provincial center of Khuvsgul province. Today we will drive mostly by paved road. Arrive in Uran, transfer to the Ger camp. In the evening we will go to the Uran mountain, an extinct volcano with a crater of 600 m wide and 50 m deep and one of the most stunning parts of the Northern Mongolia. It is beautiful, utterly wild and unspoilt. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 13. Amarbayasgalant Monastery 

Amarbayasgalant is the most beautiful and well preserved old monastery in Northern Mongolia, which was established in 1726-1736 by order of Manchu emperor Yongzheng, and dedicated to the great Mongolian Buddhist and sculptor Zanabazar, whose mummified body was moved here in 1779. The beauty, decorations and construction of the monastery have made it one of the most magnificent architectural monuments not only in Mongolia, but in the whole Asia. Amarbayasgalant Monastery was not totally destroyed during the purges of 1937-38. However, all its senior monks were brutally executed. Today this spectacular monastery has some 60 novices and ordained monks who practice dharma in residence. Arrive at the camp in the afternoon, visit to the Monastery and enjoy hiking around. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D 

Day 14. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar 

Today we will drive to Ulaanbaatar by paved road. On the way we will pass through the Darkhan city, which is Mongolia’s second largest city. In 1961 the Darkhan was built with extensive economic assistance from the Soviet Union, and the city was originally conceived to be a manufacturing site for Mongolia's northern territory. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, and you will be transferred to your accommodation. End of the tour. B L

B - Breakfast    L - Lunch    D – Dinner

 

Accommodation –  During your countryside stay we provide standard tourist Ger camp accommodations, carefully chosen by their location, service standard, as well as feedbacks from our customers. Most of the tourist camps supply the Mongolian traditional dwelling Ger as guest’s accommodation. Normally, two or three beds are in one Ger. If client want to stay alone in a Ger there will be additional charge. The camp provides restaurant / bar, western style toilet, washing facilities and showers (separate blocks, not in the Ger) and laundry services. Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar does not include, but if you wish, we can book your hotel in Ulaanbaatar in our contracted prices from choices of 2 - 5 stars.

Meal –  When you stay in Ger camps, the camp provides meals of mostly western cuisine and also Mongolian traditional cuisine. Somedays will be picnic lunch or on the way we will pass local restaurants or cuisine.  Most of the Mongolian traditional meal is based on meat, choices of beef, mutton, goat, chicken and, even sometimes yak. So, please let us know if you have special request. It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products when you visit to nomad families. Bottled mineral waters included in all our trips.

Transportation - In the countryside we use 4 WD vehicles, Japanese or Korean minivans as well as Japanese Jeeps. Prices on this tour are based on usage of Japanese or Korean minivans (max 4 passengers for one car with air conditioned), to ensure your highest comfort. During the Classic Mongolian Circuit tour, we will be driving approx 150 - 300 kms daily. 

Guide & Drivers – We offer you the best ones in our industry by their knowledge, customer care, personality. All our tour guides are highly experienced (minimum of 3 years) and have an excellent level of language, knowledge of our Mongolian culture and custom & tradition. About tour drivers they know their duty, road and vehicles as well as how to make you comfortable in long ride.

 

Price per person

2 pax2150USD p.p

3-5 pax1690USD p.p

6-8 pax1490USD p.p

More than 8 paxUSD p.p

Discounts

For children of a family (0-3 years old) is 100% free of charge

For children of a family (3-12 years old) is 30% free of charge

More attractive prices for more than 5 pax

Please contact us for more discounts and trip details

Prices included Prices not Included

13 Nights in Tourist Ger camps (twin share)

4 WD Vehicle in the countryside

Airport transfers for arrival / departure

Meals as listed (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

Sightseeing and Entrance fees according to the itinerary

English speaking guide

Daily water supply

Camel and Horse riding fees

Visa support invitation letter where applicable

Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar

International airfare / train tickets+ tax

Travel insurance / Visa fees

Items for personal use

Alcoholic drinks

Tips for staffs

Single supplements