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Back Gobi and Steppe Drive

This tour is the best way to get acquainted with the country and the different aspects of the traditional Mongolian way of life. This journey will bring us to both desert steppe and mountain areas of the Gobi .The Gurvansaikhan Mountains is an extension into the Gobi of the Altais. In the desert steppe we will probably be able to see gazelle and fox.

  • 1

    Arrival

    Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to 3* or 4* hotel . Depending on time of arrival, you will have a short city site seeing tour.Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant.
    Zanabazar Museum
    Choijin Lama temple
    The winter Palace
    Buda  Big Statue on the Hill
    Central market (black) (if we have time)
    Typical folkloric Mongol performance ( songs and dances), in the theatre.
    Dinner.
    Overnight in hotel.
  • 2

    Monastery and To Bogd Khaan Nat.Park

    AExplore Gandan Monastery,Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar(early in the morning to assist to the ceremonies ), and full day meditation there.In the evening, start to drive towards Bogd Khaan Nat.Park.Overnight in tourist gercamp. (45 km).
  • 3

    Bogd Khaan Nat.Park

    Visit the Manzshir Monastery, Meditation, and climb the Sacred Mountain TSETSEEN GUN. Meditation.The surrounding area is a typical steppe zone and horse back rides can be easily arranged. To learn a bit about Nomadic lifestyle, for instance (fermented mare's milk), the national drink.This place is ideal for trekking and walking.If we have time after lunch horseriding.Overnight in The National Park in Tourist gers Camp.
  • 4

    Fly to Altai Town

    After arriving in Altai, we drive about 50km north from Altai city and come to HasagtKharkhan Strictly protected area. This area is unique in the world, because it has forest, mountain and Gobi desert.Highest peak is 3578m. Meditation in this Sacred area. Overnight in tent
  • 5-6

    To Eej Khairkhan Uul

    Drive south about 310 km towards EejKharkhan. Driving through Biger Khonkhor.If you are lucky, we can see the wild horses, argali /mountain sheep/, ibex / mountain goat/ on this desert valley. Overnight in tent. Next day we come to EekKhairkhan Uul.
  • 7-8

    EejKhairkhan Uul

    EejKhairkhan Uul, 2.275 m. is single mountain in the middle of GOBI desert. The mountain is rich in wild animals. The mountain has 9 big holes and water comes from one to others. The holes are 2-3m wide,2-4m deep and 2-7 far from each other. This three days we can do Meditation, trekking  and climb the Mountain. Overnight in tent.
    Sacred mother mountain Eejkhairkhan : This is a sacred area to Buddhists and was worshipped long before Buddhism. The Sacred Mother Mountain was declarated a national monument in 1992. The area of the site is 216 km2. . It takes 58 km to circumnavigate it completely. As a sacred place of pilgrimage Mother Rock is visited by Mongolians seeking solace and wisdom. The peace and quiet of the place allow the traveler be insight himself, meditate, and rest. The mountain  appears to be alive with colour and movement. Climbing the Mountain, from a height you can see streams flowing between boulders on the pilgrimage trail, known as the “nine pots”. We can also see well-preserved rock paintings near the base of EejKhairkhan Uul.
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    To Boon Tsagaan Nuur

    Today drive to north-east towards the larger semi fresh lake of the biggest of the lakes, the 240 sq.km. Böön Tsaagan Nuur and pitch camp there for one night.The elevation of this sacred lake surface is 1336m above sea level. The Baidrag River empties into the lake. Obvious birds here include Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose. Pallas' Eagle and Great Black-headed Gull. Explore nature and meditation. Overnight in tent.
  • 10

    Drive to lake Sut-Kol and Soft Hiking

    After few hours driving,we reach the lake Sut-Kol. This lake is located on mountains with pine forest-taiga. Now we have 2 days for hiking by wild remote country,where altitude is between 1800-2000m. The lake Sut-Khol has a length 8 km, width 3.5 km, depth - 35 m.Good fishing for Mongolian grayiling,trouts and others. Water in lake fresh, high quality and extremely transparent.Overnights in tent. (B,L,D)
  • 11-12

    From Sayan mountains to Altai mountains.

    These 2 days we have a opportunity to explore Altai Sayan Eco region.The Altai Sayan EcoRegion has been identified by WWF as one of their Global 200 regions in which more than 90 percent of the planet’s biodiversity is concentrated. The major part of this EcoRegion is shared by Russia and Mongolia. The minor part also includes China and Kazakhstan. The highlands of Mongolia are dry steppes with snow-capped mountains, whereas the lower elevation western parts in Russia are largely forested, being part of southernmost Siberia, with its own micro-climate.While driving by dirty mountain road,we will be out of civilization.Every day,you have a chance to hike around early morning and late evening.Overnights in tent. (B,L,D)
  • 13-14

    Kosh Agach Plateau to Ulgii

    Continue to drive up on to the Kosh Agach Plateau, from which Mongolia is visible. The area is now drier with some 160mm precipitation per annum. Kosh Agach is the main town. Almost all people living here are Kazakhs. We will cross into Mongolia after the small village of Tashanta. It will certainly take at least an hour of formalities for both sides. The goods roads will totally disappear as we enter into Mongolia. From the border there is a spectacular 2-3 hour ride across the mountain steppes to Ölgii. Ger camp overnight at Ulgii.
  • 15

    To UB

    Full day drive by paved road and come to UB.Transfer to hotel.Dinner in a typical Mongolian Restaurant P.m.
  • 16

    Depart UB

    Transfer to airport and catch your flight to outside.
Some recommendations Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September.Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night.So be prepared for all weather conditions.
What to bring Binoculars,sunscreen,a hat,gloves,long underware for travel in the high mountains,comfortable footware,lip balm,sanitary hand wipes,sunglasses,prescription medications,(if needed),rain gear,flashlight.
Transport This journey is supported by a jeep or minibus on the Gobi road tracks.
Staff A Mongolian English speaking local guide will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow. Plus  drivers.
Meals Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt with both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians.
Price USD 1585 per person (min 2 members)
Group size  2-18 Discounts available for groups.
Includes English speaking guide, breakfast every day, and all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. All overnights in hotels and gers ( or with family) , camping equipment and all local transport / UB-Altai flight /, all Border and National park permits.
Excludes Drinks, airport tax on departure, laundry, Lunch and dinner in Ulaanbaatar.Visa fee. Single room/tent/ger supplement is USD 30 per night. 
Date 2013 If there is enough participants, this expedition can be done any time during the period from the beginning of May  through mid September.