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What’s included

  • An English-speaking local leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • A single timed group airport transfer on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel in Ulaanbaatar (4*) on bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Ger camp accommodation on full board basis
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option

Genghis Khan Trails & Nadaam Festival

Walking & Trekking

Mongolia | Walking & Trekking

Genghis Khan Trails & Nadaam Festival
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  11 days from the UK  
Walks on: 3 days

Flight inclusive from £2,705,
Land only from £1,855

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Explore the Mongolian steppe, stay in ger camps and encounter its nomadic people.

Highlights

  • Easy day walks across the steppe to important historical sights
  • Have a go at camel riding and horse riding
  • Join the celebrations at the Nadaam Festival
  • Stay in the cosy ger camps and comfortable hotels
  • Enjoy the legendary Mongolian hospitality by visiting a nomadic ger camp

Reviews          

We were looked after and pampered, yet independent enough to enjoy the challenges and the outdoor life. The itinerary was perfect - a mix of tents and gers, good walking distances, a crew that made us feel one of the family - as the nomadic families did do - horse and camel riding and varying landscapes.
Mr & Mrs B, Bridgend

This was my second holiday with Mountain Kingdoms and it won't be my last. Thanks to all involved.
Mr P, Lanarkshire

It was an amazing holiday and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was made even more special as our guide and driver were such lovely people. Having travelled with your company many times we know we can rely on you to give us the best possible experience on our holidays.
Mr & Mrs G, Guernsey

A good adventure trip. Good small group size and great customer service.
Mr H, Hertfordshire

What we liked was that you use local people with their specialised knowledge and love of their country so we experience a more in-depth view of a place and its people. It was such a relaxing holiday because from the very beginning we had complete confidence in both our driver and tour guide. It was refreshing that they both ate and shared meals with us and we were able to treat and call each other...
Mr K, Guernsey

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This highly varied itinerary provides a perfect mix of gentle walks with sightseeing in central Mongolia. Having arrived in Ulaanbaatar we stop only briefly in the capital before heading out to the countryside to experience the real glory of this vast country. For eight days we travel through steppe (grassland), desert and mountain regions, visiting local nomadic families and seeing wonders of both natural and man-made origin. We hike in the central Mongolian region on the edge of the Khangai Mountains, second highest range in the country, dip in the hot stone bath at Tsenkher Jiguur springs and stroll around Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharkhorin.

The trip also attends the National Day celebrations – the Naadam Festival. Here we will watch the fabulous macho display of horse-racing, wrestling and archery.

Throughout, we will be staying either in good quality hotels or in comfortable ger camps with proper beds, a dining ger serving good food, and showers.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  11 days from the UK  
Walks on: 3 days

Max. Altitude: Approximately 2,000m/6,000ft

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Ulaanbaatar

Accommodation types: Hotels, Ger Camps

Festival:

July 2020 departure attends the Nadaam Festival

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Ulaanbaatar plus lunch on day 10, all meals elsewhere in Mongolia.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly London to Ulaanbaatar
3-4
Drive across steppe to Khongo Khan. Gentle hike to Khogno Khan Mountain
5
Hike to "Little Gobi". Camel ride in sand dunes
6
Attend the Naadam Festival at Tsetserleg
7
Visit the hot springs at Tsenkher Jiguur and bathe in rock pools. Meet a nomadic family and have a cup of tea
8
Drive to Kharkhorin. Visit Erdene Zuu, early centre of Buddhism in Mongolia. Horse ride and/or walk to examine Mosaic Maps of the Asian Empire
9
Drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park, passing Ugii Nuur Lake. Evening walk in valley
10
Return to Ulaanbaatar. Afternoon City Tour with visit to Gandantechinlen Monastery. Evening Concert of music and dance
11
Fly to UK
Leader: Local leader, Mongolia
Local leader, Mongolia

We use English speaking local leaders - they are certified/registered guides, and in their company you will certainly gain an insight into the way of life, traditions and culture of Mongolia.


Genghis Khan Trails & Nadaam Festival Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Ulaanbaatar

    Fly overnight from London to Ulaanbaatar.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator).

    On arrival at Ulaanbaatar there will be a group transfer to your hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is free to relax and recuperate after your flight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
  3. Day 3 - Drive to Khogno Khan Mountain, 1,967m/6,453ft - 290km, 5-6 hours.

    You drive out of Ulaanbaatar and then across the open steppe and rolling hills of Tuv Province. There are very few permanent buildings and apart from the small village of Lun, most of the population in the area live a nomadic existence. You arrive at a ger camp by a lake approximately 8 km from Khogno Khan Mountain. As with most ger camps, this one has several sleeping gers, a dining ger and a separate shower/toilet block. The sleeping gers are furnished in traditional style, have 2 or 3 single beds around the sides, a table, a couple of chairs, and a multi-fuel burning stove in the centre. You can make a request to have your stove lit after dinner so you have a nice, cosy ger to sleep in. Sheets, blankets and pillow cases are provided. You will have plenty of time in the afternoon to explore your immediate surroundings. You could swim in the adjacent lake, take a camel or horse ride, or simply relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  4. Day 4 - Walk to Khogno Tarniin Ovgon Khiid Monastery - 12km, 2-3 hours.

    It is a gentle, predominantly flat walk towards Khogno Khan Mountain which is a massive granite rock that has been sculpted by the weather to form dramatic boulders, arches, caves and peaks. There are some trees, plants and wild flowers growing amongst the rocks and wildlife includes wolves, ibex and many birds of prey. Here you can see the ruins of Ovgon Khiid which was built in 1660 and destroyed by the communists in the 1940s. Tragically the monks were massacred. Two new monasteries and meditation places were built in the early 1990s after the Soviet withdrawal from Mongolia. You can have a look around the new monasteries where it is expected that you will be happy to leave a small donation plus approximately T2000 will be asked for if you are taking photos inside the monastery. A small shop nearby sells attractive paintings of Mongolian landscapes, amongst other things, and some of the proceeds go towards the upkeep of the monastery.

    For the energetic there is a walk a further 2km up the valley which takes you to another ruined monastery. The return hike will take you approximately 1½ hours. After a picnic lunch you will walk for 3-4km to your ger for the night, situated at the foot of Khogno Khan Mountain and sheltered from the wind. The dining area is in a large ger with attractive wall-hangings of traditional Mongolian scenes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  5. Day 5 - Hike to Little Gobi - 11km, 4 hours.

    Today you will drive the short distance back to your original ger camp and start your walk from there. You begin hiking beside the lake where you are likely to see swans and possibly eagles. You are walking along an open plain to Elsen Tasarkhai, "Little Gobi", where an 80km long belt of desert zone cuts across the central steppe. The scenery is of big golden sand dunes and desert vegetation. You will see several ger camps en route although it is wise to make detours to avoid them as all have guard dogs to protect their animals. As well as the summer camps, you will also see some abandoned winter camps which will be reclaimed by the nomadic herders when summer finishes. You will have lunch at the Bayangobi ger camp which is where you will spend the night. There are plenty of options for your afternoon's activity.

    You can take a horse ride, a camel ride, a hike to the river or around the sand dunes, or simply relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere at Bayangobi. For the really energetic, there is a rocky ridge just beyond the river and this makes a pleasant two hour hike. If you don't fancy going all the way to the summit, just ascend to the nearest knoll and admire the impressive situation of your ger camp.

    The dining area at the ger camp is housed in a large ger decorated with Buddhist festival masks. There are a couple of resident, colourful birds which make frequent appearances in the dining ger. The food is good here and you are likely to be served four courses comprising salad, soup, a meat-based main dish with rice or potatoes (or vegetarian option if you don't eat meat), and a small dessert. Water and tea are also provided. There will usually be water and electricity in your sleeping ger. The toilet/shower block is nearby. The people at the Bayangobi ger are very friendly and some speak good English.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  6. Day 6 - Attend the Naadam Festival.

    Today you start early in the morning to drive to Tsetserleg town to see the Naadam Festival. As much a sporting competition as a festival. Celebrating Mongolia’s nomadic culture and athletic traditions there are competitions in the three ‘manly’ sports of wrestling, archery and horse riding with displays of strength, speed and agility.

    The Festival is a colourful, exciting and fun event, and is hugely popular amongst the locals, who mostly attend on horseback both to watch and compete. Initially you will see the opening ceremony and then the fun starts with wrestling and archery. Later on you will see the long distance horse racing.

    It will doubtless rank as the highlight of your trip, so make sure you have fully charged camera batteries.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit nomadic family.

    Today you drive the short way to Tsenkher Jiguur where boiling hot mineral water bubbles out of the ground and has been channelled into rock pools at the nearby ger camp. Enjoy a dip in the hot tub, relax and enjoy the view of the surrounding hills.

    In the afternoon, there will be time to visit a nomadic family and see how they live this ancient and fascinating lifestyle. Try their summer diet of a variety of milk products (fermented mare's milk, tea, clotted cream, yoghurt, cheese, curds, etc.) and perhaps have a ride on their yak and cart. In the evening you can relax again in the outdoor hot bath at the ger camp.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  8. Day 8 - Visit Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Monastery.

    Another early start today as you drive to Kharkhorin (Karakorum), the place where Genghis Khan established the capital of the Mongol Empire. You are likely to see cranes, hawks and eagles soaring ahead as you cross from sandy desert-like terrain to vast grassy steppe. A number of earlier central Asian empires were centred within 50km of here and on the hill beside the ger camp, there is a new monument, a map of the largest three empires, created from mosaic tiles.

    In the afternoon you visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, the presence of which dominates the town with its distinctive walled enclosure comprising 108 stupas.

    Erdene Zuu was the original centre of Buddhism in Mongolia. It was founded in the sixteenth century on the site where Genghis Khan had his capital nearly 400 years earlier. The monastery is surrounded by a massive wall composed of 108 white stupas. Many of the temples within were destroyed during the Communist era, but the monastery is again active and one can spend several hours wandering around the temples and appreciating the atmosphere.

    There is a lovely walk along the Orkhon valley and around the surrounding hills, or you can drive up the hill to examine the mosaic maps of the Asian Empires. No doubt your guide will also take you to see the stone turtle (representing eternity) which was one of four protecting the ancient capital's boundaries. There are many possibilities, so it is advisable to speak to your guide about the best options for the time available. If you would prefer a ride on horseback across the steppe, your guide can arrange this.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  9. Day 9 - Drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park - 120km, 4-5 hours. Evening walk.

    Today you will drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park with a stop by Ugii Nuur Lake on the way. The lake is famous for its diversity of birdlife.

    Khustain Nuruu National Park is a 50,620-hectare reserve formed to protect the steppe environment and Mongolia's wild horse, the takhi. While nomads have used the park as a pasture reserve for their stock, the park has never had a permanent settlement or been used for agriculture. This limited use has allowed the preservation of one of the world's most threatened ecosystems. The National Park is a fine example of the wide river valleys separated by hilly terrain that characterize forest steppe and there are dozens of wild animals such as wolves, deer, and Przewalski horse, which was reintroduced in 1990.

    You will take a walk through this protected area and with luck be able to view some of the wildlife.


    Overnight iconOvernight: Ger Camp
  10. Day 10 - Return to Ulaanbaatar - 95km, 2-3 hours. Sightseeing in the afternoon and a concert in the evening.

    Drive back to Ulaanbaatar to your hotel. A last chance to enjoy the Mongolian steppe as you leave the wilderness and approach the city.

    In the afternoon you will have a city tour including a visit to Gandantechinlen Monastery where the 13th Dalai Lama lived in 1904 when fleeing the British.You will also go to Chojin Lam Temple with its bizarre yet beautiful exhibits of Buddhist art. Time to reflect on your adventure.

    In the evening you will attend a concert of traditional music and dance at a local theatre. Your leader will suggest a restaurant for dinner for your last night in Mongolia.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bayangol Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
  11. Day 11 - Fly Ulaanbaatar to London.

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2020

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Sun 5 Jul - Wed 15 Jul 2020 ! Available

Available

This departure attends the Nadaam Festival
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What’s included

  • An English-speaking local leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • A single timed group airport transfer on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel in Ulaanbaatar (4*) on bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Ger camp accommodation on full board basis
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch (except for lunch on day 10) and evening meals in Ulaanbaatar
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 5 reviews)

Genghis Khan Trails          

A good adventure trip. Good small group size and great customer service.

Excellent guide in Mongolia          

What we liked was that you use local people with their specialised knowledge and love of their country so we experience a more in-depth view of a place and its people. It was such a relaxing holiday because from the very beginning we had complete confidence in both our driver and tour guide. It was refreshing that they both ate and shared meals with us and we were able to treat and call each other friends. It was an excellent trip!!

Amazing holiday in Mongolia          

It was an amazing holiday and we enjoyed every minute of it. It was made even more special as our guide and driver were such lovely people. Having travelled with your company many times we know we can rely on you to give us the best possible experience on our holidays.

Will use Mountain Kingdoms again          

This was my second holiday with Mountain Kingdoms and it won't be my last. Thanks to all involved.

Perfect          

We were looked after and pampered, yet independent enough to enjoy the challenges and the outdoor life. The itinerary was perfect - a mix of tents and gers, good walking distances, a crew that made us feel one of the family - as the nomadic families did do - horse and camel riding and varying landscapes.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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