Tours Classic Tours Central Mongolia

Price: 95 USD pp/per day (budget tour) ( 5 days )

Central Mongolia is predominated by Khangai Mountain Range. This is the most vegetated part of the country and encompasses several natural zones including mountain and mountain steppe zone, and Siberian taiga forest. Fertile soil and numerous rivers, streams and lakes support a variety of plants and the area is habitat to a huge array of animal species such as, elk, Siberian roe deer, wolf, fox, wild boar, ibex, lynx and brown bear. Numerous ancient burial sites and fortress ruins made by the various nomadic people who inhabited Mongolia during different periods of history are found in this region.


Day 1. Ulaanbaatar - Elsen Tasarkhai - Kharkhorin

You will leave Ulaanbaatar in the morning and drive to Elsen Tasarkhai, 80 km long dunes, surrounded by woody hills and wide steppe. You will spend some time trekking along the dunes and drive further to the city of Kharkhorin, where the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire, Karkorum used to be located. In Kharkhorin you will vVisit the oldest existing Mongolian monastery, Erdene Zuu and the only remnant of ancient Karkorum, the stone turtle which stands nearby.

Overnight in a ger camp. L+D

Day 2. Kharkhorin - Tuvkhun monstery - Ulaan Tsutgalan 

Early in the morning you will leave Kharkhorin and drive to Tuvkhun, one of Mongolia's oldest Buddhist monasteries, established in 1648 by Zanabazar, the first spiritual head of Mongolian Buddhism. From the monastery you will drive further to Ulaan Tsutgalan, a famous 10 m wide and 20 m high waterfall, located in the middle of Orkhon valley.

Overnight in a ger camp. B+L+D

Day 3. Ulaan Tsutgalan - Tsetserleg - Taikhar rock

From Orkhon Valley you will drive to the pretty town of Tsetserleg, the capital of Arkhangai aimag. Although Tsetserleg is a tiny town, it has lot to offer to visitors, including the Zaya Monastery, which now houses the Museum of Arhangai aimag that exhibit numerous ethnographic items including traditional clothes, handicrafts, sculptures, ancient weapons etc. Later you will to the mysterious Taikhar Rock, which stands not far from Tsetserleg town. The rock is steep-sided pinnacle of granite with a height of 25 meters. It rises abruptly from the flat grassland in the basin of Tamir River. Locals worship the rock as a deity. There is no common agreement amongst geologists about the origin of this puzzling phenomenon, and it remains an enigma.

Overnight in a local ger camp. B+L+D

Day 4. Taikhar Rock - Ugii Lake

Early in the morning you will drive east, towards the banks of Ugii, a pure 8 km long lake located 70 km away from Kharkhorin. You will spend the whole day resting on the banks of the lake. Fishing, boating and horse riding are optional.

Overnight in a local ger camp. B+L+D

Day 5. Ugii Lake - Khoshuu Tsaidam - Khar Balgas - Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast you will visit two very important historical sites; Turkic monuments in Khoshuu Tsaidam and Uyghur ruins of an ancient city in Khar Balgas. Later we will drive to Kharkhorin, and form there back to Ulaanbaatar. 


Camp / nomad family tour:

5 people: 475 USD pp

4 people: 555 USD pp

3 people: 675 USD pp

2 people: 900 USD pp

1 person: 1575 USD

Budget (tent) tour:

5 people: 420 USD pp

4 people: 500 USD pp

3 people: 625 USD pp

2 people: 845 USD pp

1 person: 1515 USD
The price includes:
  • Car, driver and fuel,
  • English speaking guide,
  • Accommodation,
  • Meals,
  • Drinking water,
  • Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries,
  • Horse / camel riding if mentioned in the itinerary.

The price doesn't include:

  • Personal shopping,
  • Insurance,
  • Alcoholic drinks,
  • Activities, which are optional or not mentioned in the itinerary.

Khangai tour map
Ug Lake


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