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The Mongolia offers an incredibly varied landscape of mountains, lakes and canyons, and it is best enjoyed on foot. For those with a passion for walking or trekking, or simply those with an extra taste for adventure, our Mongolia trekking tour - 8 Lakes region is the perfect choice. This trip offers a rich taste of hiking around the Central Mongolian Khangai Mountains combined with beautiful lakes area. Naiman Nuur – 8 Lakes Natural Monument is exceptional combination of fresh water, lash green forest, picturesque mountains and many natural resources where animals and people leisurely live in summer time. These lakes with fresh water and interconnected by ground water channels located 3-5 km distance from each other such as Khuis, Bayan Nuur, Duruu, Khaya, Shanaa, Bugat, Khaliun, Shireet, are called Khuisyn Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes). You are encouraged to walk at your own pace, stopping frequently for photographs or to meet local nomads. There is a lot of leisured time, which will allow you to write your travel diary, relax in a magnificent landscape or walk around to discover the area surrounding the camp. This tour is designed for active adults and offers a well – paced mix of walks for all levels of fitness.
Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes
Erdene Zuu monastery
Naiman Nuur - 8 lakes region
Hustai National park
visiting nomadic family
see Takhi - Asian wild horses
real Mongolian barbecue - Khorkhog
Travel to Khogno Khan Nature Reserve, magnificent place with mountains, forests, steppes, Gobi-type desert and mineral water sources all in one location. One of the main attractions of this area is Uvgun monastery or Erdene Khamba khiid which was built in 17th century, nowadays there is only ruins apart from one small operating temple for visitors. But if you go further more 1,5 km there are main ruins of temple hidden deep into the splendid Rocky Mountains and this small journey offers true wilderness of natural beauty. After lunch at camp visit to temple and if you wish, take a hiking tour to temple ruins. Also, visit to extraordinary sand dunes Elsen Tasarkhai which represents mini Gobi at Khangai Mountain range and extends about 80 km. Camel riding through the Golden sand dunes is fun and we will do that with support of camel man. After dinner at camp, free time. Overnight in Ger camp.
Drive to Orkhon waterfall and over 25 m high Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Mongolia and one of the most attractive destinations in Orkhon river valley, UNISCO World heritage site. Orkhon River valley is known as the cradle of the Mongolian civilization holding many of Mongolia’s ancient monuments lie within its basin. The surrounding areas of the waterfall were formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years (possibly Quaternary period). Flows of Orkhon River created a 130 km long canyon through the lava plateau. Arrival and meet your hosting family and your local guides. Overnight in nomad family.
After breakfast we will start our tour towards to 8 Lakes region. First, we will load our luggage to the yaks and trekking to Eight Lakes. The area of Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes), which was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, is located on over 2,400 meters above sea level. The area of 11,500-hectare size was declared a National Monument in 1992. The Eight Lakes area is about 35 km southwest of Orkhon Waterfall. In the late afternoon reach our camping spot. Overnight tented camping.
Today we will reach first lake of 8 Lakes, called Khuis Lake. Road is slightly difficult, will pass Bodon Mountain pass, elevation of 2600 m above sea level. Arrive at Khuis lake (first lake), after some relaxation trekking around next 2 Lakes, called Bayan Nuur (Rich Lake) and Duruu Nuur. Dinner and free time. Overnight tented camping.
Start our trekking around 8 Lakes, called Khaya, Shanaa, Bugat, Khaliun, Shireet respectively. Picnic lunch on the way. Return to our camp site in the evening, dinner and free time. Tented stay.
Trekking back towards to Orkhon Waterfall via Duruu Mountain pass elevation of 2400 m above sea level, road is remarkably easy trekking following by Khukh Davaa valley. Stay overnight next to Azarga Lake. Tented stay.
Trekking through White river and Khorgoi valley. Visit to yak herder’s family. Last day of hiking and reach the camp in the afternoon. Rest day. Dinner will be Mongolian barbecue Khorkhog. Overnight in Ger camp.
After breakfast we will drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongol Empire where today there is a small local township. On arrival you will notice the first and most obvious landmark which is the massive wall of the Erdene Zuu Monastery. The monastery was built in 1586 by a well – known Mongolian king called Abtai Sain Khaan, and is surrounded by a vast 400m wall. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the ornate temples, only a few of which remain standing after the communist purges. Overnight in Ger camp.
We will drive to National Park Hustai where re-introduction of the wild horses – Takhi (Przhevalsky's horses) has taken place since 1992. Takhi is last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century and became extinct in the wild in the 1960’s. Since 1992, has been successfully re-introduced to Hustai and other parts of Mongolia, from zoos around the world. Arrive at the Hustai National Park, visit Takhi's small museum and leisure hiking in the surrounding mountains. Evening drive to see Wild horse-Takhi while they coming down from mountain to drink water. Overnight in Ger camp.
In the morning, drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Arrival and transferred to your accommodation. End of the tour.
4 Nights in Tourist Ger camps
1 Night in Nomad family guest Ger
4 Nights tented stay
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 trekking guide
Camping and cooking equipments
Daily water supply
1 hour Camel and 1 hour horse riding
Visa support invitation letter where applicable
Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar
International airfare / train tickets+ tax
Travel insurance / Visa fees
Items for personal use
Gratuities & Tips for staffs
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