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Big Loop

- From Empty Gobi Desert To Black Forested Siberia 
- Unforgettable Lifetime Experience Famous Nomads

Travel through most attractive tourist destinations in Mongolia. These destinations and attractions include Gobi Desert, the 4th largest biosphere reserve in the world, with its natural ecology and geographically unique landscape as well as its endemic & rare species of plants and animals. You will enjoy most beautiful valley (Yoliin Am) in the South Gobi, and will hike over the largest sand dunes (Khongoriin Els) in this northernmost part of the hemisphere, and spend some time with nomads who have lived in this territory for many thousands of years and have bred their livestock, especially camels, in the same nomadic way for all that time. Also, you will witness the paleontology sights (Bayanzag) where many ancient dinosaur fossils have been found in an area which, 130-200 million years ago was at the bottom of a sea.    Lake Khuvsgul and its beautiful surrounding nature scenes. The far north of Mongolia is an area renowned for its high mountains covered in thick taiga forest, crystal clear lakes, rivers teaming with taimen and lennock and lush green open valleys. Right at the tip of northern Mongolia is Lake Khuvsgul which lies within the bounds of National Park Khuvsgul. This lake is sacred to all Mongolians and is known as the 'mother' or the 'sea'. To the north-west of the lake live the Khuvsgul-Tuvan minority group, more commonly known as the Tsaatan people or Reindeer people. These people use reindeer for transporting supplies, riding and milking and have done so for centuries. These 4 are the main destinations for tourist coming in Mongolia.
Afterwards, you will vsiit Karakorum, a historical city which was the main administrative and merchant location of the historical Mongolian states, the historical valley of the River Orkhon. There, you will see & enjoy a nature beauty of this area, will visit an anicient famous monastery and get introduced into a specific lifestyle of real nomads. It is followed by drive to region of Volcano Khorgo and Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (White Lake). These places are very beautiful and famous with their various nature scences & landscapes.

Length: 17 days
Area:
 Gobi desert, Central & North Mongolia
Type: Group Scheduled Tour
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 3200 km
Group size: min 4pax - max 12pax
Age requirement: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date:  departure 1
departure 2
 01 Jun - 17 Jun
 01 Aug - 17 Aug

Personal Departure: this tour is possible for personal departure. Please go here for private versions. 

Day1. Baga Gazryn chuluu (Small Land Stone) 
Day2. Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) 
Day3. Yolyn Am (Eagle Valley) 
Day4. Khongoryn Sand Dunes (Singing Sands) 
Day5. Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) 
Day6. Ongi Monastery Ruins
Day7. Karakorum 
Day8. Tuvkhun Monastery
Day9. Orkhon Waterfall (Ulaantsutgalan) 
Day10. Tsenkher Hot Spa
Day11. Khorgo-Terkh National Park 
Day12. Jargal Hot Spa 
Day13. Khövsgöl Lake 
Day14. Khuvsgul Lake 
Day15. Uran Extinct Volcano 
Day16. Amarbayasgalant Monastery 
Day17. Back to Ulaanbaatar 

Prices

2340 USD for 1pax 2120 USD p.p for 2pax
Single supplement: 230 usd
Included:
 15 nights in Tourist Ger Camp, 1 night in local hotel, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance

Child policy: 4 - 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is severalDiscounts you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

Day1. Baga Gazar Rocks - rocky mountain

We will pick you from your accommodation and drive to Baga Gazar Rocks (258 km) on the paved road. It is a null granite rock distinct mountain formation surrounded by plateau landscape. Highest point is 1765 m above sea level. We will hike and explore there some interesting places such as a mountain mouth with aspen threes named Sudut Mouth with aspen threes and a ruin of a Buddhist temple, Jargalant Cave, eye mineral water etc. Overnight there.

Day2. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff - colorful earth wall

After breakfast time, we will drive to Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff (271 km) on the paved road. It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 50 m in its highest point and continues 400 m and looks like a ancient ghost city form a distance. There is no clear date of geography research work and it is good spot take rest and overnight place driving to South Gobi. Around the site, there is Khevtee Bosoo Cave. We will do some hiking around the site and see the cave. Overnight there.

Day3. Yol Valley - horse ride 

After breakfast time, we drive to Yol Valley (212 km) on the paved road. Yol means vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain and stretches over 10 km. The narrowest part, only 3 or 4 person can pass in same time, of the valley is completely shaded from the direct sun shine by high cliff walls. Also, the valley is famous for the fact that there is ice created in winter by small stream of the valley present there even during the hot summer months until end of July. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder. There we will ride horse through the valley. An hour hiking is also a nice activity there if you not like horse ride. As well, we visit to local natural museum of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Overnight there.

Day4. Khongor Sand Dune - camel ride

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (190 km). Khongor is second biggest sand dune in the country that extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges. It range from 5 to 10 km in width, nearly 100 km long, with crests rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape. The booming sound produced by the masses of moving sand can be heard from afar when occurs windy day. Hence locals called it as Singing Sands. Near Khongor River at the northern edge of the dunes, there is an oasis. We will ride camels today to explore these massive sand-dunes and explore the area where climbing one of the dunes affords the energetic traveler with an unforgettable experience of endless vistas across a sea of daffodil-colored sand. Overnight there.

Day5. Bayanzag - famous dinosaur site

After breakfast time, we will drive to Bayanzag (150 km). Bayanzag means saxual forest in English and area of red cliffs “Bayanzag” which have been formed from the erosion of the water and wind over many millions of years. A lot of dinosaurs’ findings such as Protoceratops & dinosaur’ eggs have been found there in first time. American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered this place and named as Flaming Cliffs. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance, and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. It is an interesting place to wander about to get a closer look at one of the world’s most famous paleontological sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Overnight there.

Day6. Ongi Monastery Ruin - hiking

After breakfast time, we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruin (155 km). Ongi Monastery Ruin is the ruins of a Buddhist monastery founded in 1760 and destroyed in 1937 by communist purges. Located on the shore of the Ongi River, the monastery was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. Raw violence of the destruction at the site was still visible, still palpable, even though it happened over years ago. It is a good place for overnight of traveling between Central Mongolia and Gobi. We will hike to the ruins for visiting to local ger museum displayed survived objects of destroyed monastery and a small lovely and active Buddhist temple. Overnight there.

Day7. Visit to nomadic family & Karakorum - former capital city of Genghis Khan

After breakfast time, we will drive to a nomadic family in Central Mongolia (217 km). Enjoy the joyful atmosphere and learn the clever nomads' way of life by taking every chance of taking part in the nomadic life activities like a nomad. Experience the milking cows or goats. Watch how they produce tasty and nutritious dairy products. Taste their drink Airag (horse milk). Then, participate in the nomads’ daily chores - prepare dried dung from a nearby mountain for the family’s household use for making fire.

After lunch time, we will drive to Karakorum (44 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. The city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapse of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan, Min state’s invaders sacked the city in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years in 1586, Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery have been built there by remained ruin of Karakorum as construction materials. In the 18th century, the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples were home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, the most monasteries destroyed by communist purges. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery respectively. Overnight there.

Day8. Tuvkhun Monastery - hike in the larch forest 

After breakfast time, we will drive to Tuvkhun Monastery (65 km). The monastery is located on the peak of the densely forested and picturesque mountain Shiveet at the elevation of 2000m. Mongolian first bogd (head of the Buddhism) Zanabazar's followers built the temple in 1653 for meditation and art studio purpose. There is several interesting things to see. Meditation caves, foot print of Zanabazar on the rock, first drawn version of soyombe, independence symbol, etc. We will hike from the bottom of the mountain to the top or the monastery. Overnight there.

Day9. Orkhon Waterfall - horse ride
 
After breakfast time, we will drive to Orkhon Waterfall (54 km). Over 25 m high and 10 m wide Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the country and one of the most attractive destination in Orkhon River Valley, UNISCO World heritage site. The surrounding areas of the waterfall was formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years and covered by over 10 m thick lava layer with interesting shapes of bubbles which created smaller waterfalls with 4-5 m heights. After dinner time, we will ride horses and walk for seeing the big and small waterfalls. Overnight there.
 
Day10. Tsenkher Hot Spring - relaxing

Tsenkher Hot SpringAfter breakfast time, we will drive to Tsenkher Hot Spring (95 km). Tsenkher's abundant therapeutic natural hot spring, flows out from the ground at +86°c, have been identified as amongst the best in the Mongolia in terms of healing qualities, radio energy & temperature variance & water supply, and are particularly effective in treating a multitude of ailments and skin diseases because they can accommodate many different forms/strengths of therapy. There is several tourist ger resorts which provide hot pools by hot water from the Tsenkher geothermal area. We will do hiking to the scenic Shiveet Mountain or Tsenkher Valley which is home of yaks and stay in pool in the evening. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

Day11. Khorgo-Terkh National Park - study volcanic activities

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khorgo-Terkh National Park (212 km) on the paved road. On the way, we will see Chuluut River Canyon. The volcano erupted in the Quaternary Period and its lava closed the water stream of a river and result of this meeting has created a truly incredible landscape, Khorgo Extinct Volcano and Terkh Lake, large placid lake is ringed by sandy beaches. There is a number of small or big circuit gorges, Shar Nokhoin Tam & Solo Person's Cave etc, and complete or not complete erupted 13 volcanoes and rock formations with fast flowing rivers and cascades. From the top of the volcano panoramic view is superb. We will climb up to the top of the volcano and walk discover the circuit gorges. Overnight there.

Day12. Shine Ider sub-province 

After breakfast time, we will drive to Shine Ider sub-province (170 km). On the way, we will see picturesque and high Orookh Mountain Pass. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

Day13. Uushig Deer Stones - ancient burial site & Khuvsgul Lake - reindeer people 

After breakfast time, we will drive to Uushig Deer Stones (109 km). A complex of 30 deer stones of Uushig Valley and its burial mounts belong to the ancient Huns period and over 3000 years ago. The Bronze Age funeral practice, sacrificial ritual and ideology and animal style art, which were spread among ancient nomads, are all together represented through deer stones made by long block of granite. Highly artistic illustrations of deers and other images are symbol of Shamanism. Especially, statues with images of human face draw attentions of many scientists and considered one of the rarest statues. We will walk and explore the site.

Then we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake National Park (132 km) on the paved road. About midway along border between Mongolia and Russian Siberia, in a gigantic stone bowl nearly 110km long and almost 40km wide, lies 3% of the all the fresh water on earth - Lake Khusgul. The lake region is home to an enormous variety of plants and animals. Since 1990s Lake Khuvsgul and the entire surrounding area have been designated as a national park, and Khuvsgul is today a naturalist's paradise and an idyllic holiday destination. The water in the lake is so clean and clear that one can easily catch sight of ground. After dinner time, we will do small leisure hike along the shore of the lake.

After dinner time, we will visit  to the reindeer herders. They are Tuvan people who migrated to the northern most edge of Mongolian territory from Russian Tuvan Republic around 1920s by the variuos reason. Dukha (another name) are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders and about 40 families left. Their living place is Ulaan Taiga and Darkhad Valley area but few  reindeer people move to south to the lake area in touristic season for selling hand made souviner to tourists and brought their reindeers for photo. Overnight there.

Day14. Khuvsgul Lake National Park - full day horse trek

After lunch time, we will enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows. We offer horse pack trips suited for all ages and abilities with rides varying in length . Horse pack trips allow you to reach deep into the southern Siberian wilderness. Horseback riding and fun are the main objectives on horse pack trips combined with good nomad’s Mongolian hospitality. Saddle up the whole family for an unforgettable horseback riding adventure. Overnight there.

Day15. Uran Extinct Voclano

After breakfast time, we will drive to Uran Extinct Volcano (408 km) on the paved road. On the way, we will see picturesque Ikh-Uu Mountain. Uran means "Artistic",  Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman. A circle-shaped ridge about 500 m across that contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. There is  also another recognizable volcanoes with broken craters such as Tulga, Jalavch and Togoo. We will climb up to the top of the volcano. Overnight there.

Day16. Amarbayasgalant Monastery

After breakfast time, we will drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery (264 km) on the paved road. English meaning of the monastery is Monastery of Tranquil Felicity. It is a large and best preserved in Mongolia. By the order of Kang Xi of Qun built in 1736 for commemorate for Zanabazar who is first bogd of Mongolian Buddhism. The monastery was sacked in 1937 during Stalinist purges. After the restoration, started from 1988, by funding of high ranked Buddhist leaders of Tibet, the monastery complex eventually took its former glory. We will walk there and explore the monastery. Overnight there.

Day17. Back to Ulaanbaatar.

We head back to Ulaanbaatar (338 km) on the paved road. On the way we pass Erdenet and Darkhan industrial cities. Once back in UB you will be transferred to your accommodation.

How to book? All TGM's adventure tours are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.

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Remarks: 

  • Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 50 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact us to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
  • Domestic flight companies accept only 15kg lugguge incuding your carry on bags too for free transfer.
  • All transactions will be conducted in United States currency, U.S Dollars
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in correct pick up location at correct time as stated on your booking form.
  • No smoking in travel vehicles or aircraft.
  • Trip itineraries may include some element of risk.

 

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