5 days, from $750
Nomadic Family Visit Tour in Central Mongolia
Best season: Whole year
Duration: 5 days 4 nights
Accommodation: Ger camp (Double occupancy)
Level: Easy and relaxing
Highlights: Staying in Mongolian Ger, horse and camel riding on the sand dunes, hike and visit Buddhist Temples, Turtle Rock, World largest statue of Chinggis Khan, Ancient mongolian capital Karakorum, Traditional game "Shagai" and Mongolian National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble concert.
Note: If you would like to upgrade hotel and Ger-camp accommodation range or stay in tent camp and add more activities in your itinerary please contact us. We would love to make customized tours just for you.
Day 1: Ulaanbaatar- Chinggis Khan Statue and Terelj National Park
Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel.
We will travel about 1.5 hours to the great statue of Chinggis Khan. This statue is not only the largest statue of Chinggis Khan in Mongolia but in the entire world. Its height is 40 meters (130 feet). From the visitor's center, the top of the statue is accessible by elevator. This vantage point provides great photo opportunities.
After that, we will drive to Terelj National Park. Here we can hike up to Turtle Rock, take photos and enjoy the scenery. Activities are:
-Hike to the Thousand Monks Cave
-Hike to the Turtle Rock
-Visit Ariyabal Buddhist meditation temple
-Picture with eagle and camel
Accommodation: Guru ger camp
Meals: L, D
Day 2: Khustai National Park
After breakfast, we will drive to Khustai National Park which is about 2 hours away from the city (82km paved roads, 13 km dirt roads). We will visit to the National Park Information Center. Together with a camp guide we will drive deep into the Khustai Mountain (about10 km by dirt road) and search for the horses and view them and take pictures with them.
Accommodation: Khustai ger camp
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Elsen Tasarkhai and Nomadic Family
Today we will drive to Elsen Tasarkhai which is very unique and historical site. The long strip of sand dunes covering an area of 47000 hectares, this park contains many historical monuments, forests of silver birches and poplar trees, and sources. The ecosystem of this park is particularly interesting because the steppe and the taiga meet here. So, we can find a fauna and a flora that are characteristic of these two ecosystems, and also some wonderful landscapes. Here we visit Solongo's family to learn from their tradition and culture and experience the nomadic life such as riding a camel and horse, and milking cow and goat. In the evening we will play Mongolian traditional game 'Shagai'.
Accommodation: Nomadic Family
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Karakorum
After breakfast, we will drive to the east for Kharkhorum, an ancient Mongolian capital site. Today the site is completely ruined and instead one of the major Buddhist Monasteries that were erected few hundred years ago stands there today. Also we will visit Karakorum Museum to take a journey to Turkic empire and Great Mongol Empire in 13th Century. After all activities, we will get back to the Khogno Khan and rest.
Accommodation: Khugnu Khan ger camp
Meals: BF, L, D
Day 5: Khogno Khan Mountain-Uvgun Monastery and Ulaanbaatar
After your breakfast, we will hike to visit Uvgun Monastery, dated from the 17th century. The monastery is located in the Khogno Khan Mountain. The Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanbazar who as a Mongolian Buddhist religious leader, philosopher and artist founded Uvgun and Zaluu temples to honor his religious teacher. Afterwards, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar city and watch Mongolian Tumen Ekh Ensemble to enjoy the cultural show including throat singing, contortion, sound of horse fiddle instrument etc. After all activities, drop you off at your hotel.
Meals: BF, L
3–15-person $770 USD pp
2-person $890 USD pp
1 person with $1180 USD pp
0-5 age FREE
6-11 age 50% DISCOUNT
- All ground transportation
- Ger camp accommodation
- All meals on itinerary
- Area Entrance fee
- English speaking tour guide
- Camel and horseback riding
- Museum and concert tickets
- Snack and water
- All personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Additional tours to places out of the itinerary
- Extra horse and camel riding
- Alcohol beverage
Note: If you would like to upgrade the hotel and Ger-camp accommodation range or stay in a tent camp and add more activities in your itinerary please contact us. We would love to make customized tours just for you.
Pre and post accommodation options:
- Guest house $20 per person
- Voyage or similar hotel*** Standard twin/double room $75 per night
- Hotel Nine or similar hotel**** Standard twin/double room $120 per night
- Best Western or similar hotel***** Standard twin/double room $145 per night
Is Central Mongolian Highlights Tour suitable for you?
This is a regular tour to explore the most exciting attractions and scenic places of central and northern Mongolia. To let you experience and discover much of our beautiful and unique culture country in a relatively short period, we developed this itinerary jam-packed with more outdoor activities and attractions. As well as, you will drive day by day scenic driving between the attractions. Luckily, infrastructure developed more in central Mongolia, and more than two-thirds of this tour driving will be taken on the paved roads which help us to have more activities and spend more time at the attractions rather than spending most of our time driving on the bumpy roads. Approximate day driving will be 2-6 hours. During the tour, you will stay in ger camps in the countryside and a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. To make your travel more experiential from the cultural side, we included a day nomad family stay. The tour does not include any demanding physical activities, but some soft hiking of 2-3 hours and an extinct volcano climb which is not exhausting and could be optional for some travelers. The areas the tour takes place is elevated 1400 m to 1600 m above the sea level on average and around 2000 m at Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan area. The itinerary includes some horse riding with supports of your guide and local guides.
Tour meals are included according to the itinerary. In the countryside, ger camps serve occasional European but mainly Mongolian meals. Meat is the main ingredient for meals and is served for lunch and dinner along with vegetables, salads, and soups. There will be more meat in traditional Mongolian meals. A typical breakfast is tea or coffee, bread, jam, butter, eggs and sausage. There are some cookies, cheese, cereals, pancakes and more at some of the ger camps for breakfast. For lunch, meals include salads, Mongolian soups and a main course (pasta, rice, vegetables, beef/mutton/chicken/fish near lakes/rivers), and dessert and tea. Salads, a main course, a dessert, and tea will be served for dinner. With nomads, you will try authentic Mongolian meals. Different types of meals offered simultaneously are not customary in Mongolian tradition. If you are a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions, please inform us in advance, and we will make arrangements accordingly. We will supply two 0.5L bottles of water a day. Supplying one larger bottle (1.5 liters) of water instead of 2 small bottles of water is available upon request. More information on Mongolia meals
Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season, and seasonal accommodation ger camps are fully open between 5 May and 20 September. During other months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. For an cultural experience, we included one day nomad family stay. In Ulaanbaatar, you will stay in a centrally located 3* hotel. For more detailed information about the main accommodation ger camp, please visit Mongolia Ger camps, Mongolia nomad family stay, and Mongolia hotels
The majority of our company's guides are English speaking. We also have guides who speak German, French, Spanish and Japanese. They are all friendly, helpful and most of them were born and raised in the Mongolian countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about every aspect of Mongolia and have at least three years or more years of guiding experience. During the camel riding, a local guide will support you.
Most of our tours were designed with four wheels driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers. You may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation
When Central Mongolian Highlights Tour?
The most suitable time to travel along this itinerary is between 15 May and 15 September. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip either you travel in summer because vast Mongolian territory differentiates in altitude and earth surface. Overall, Mongolia is elevated at least 700 m high above the surrounding Siberian plateau and Chinese territory. Therefore, the weather is extreme and fluctuates a lot-hourly, daytime and at night. Receiving snowfalls is common in May, the end of August and in September. Rain falls turn into snowfalls in high elevated areas either in the summer months of June, July, and August. Average monthly temperatures are +20°C, highest 28°C daytime in May, in the first half of June, last half of August and in September. On average, +25°C, highest +35 to +39°C daytime in June, July, and August. The temperature drops 10-20°C in the evening and at night. The tour is available either in offseason and in winter accommodating in local hotels and staying with nomad families. For your pre-departure preparation and an idea to prepare for this inflexible weather condition, you may check our detailed packing list of the discovery tours.
To plan your dream holiday or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Mongolia page may help you.
As well as, please check attractions in Central Mongolia, and Northern Mongolia.