Wild Mongolia Private Expedition
A complete view of Mongolia, including the best nature and culture that the country offers. The pacing of this award-winning expedition is simply ideal. Led by an NPE Local Master Guide.
Wild Mongolia Expedition
Our Wild Mongolia Expedition takes you to explore the country in detail, led by an NPE Local Head Guide, and local Naturalists and Culture Guides.
We have included the best National Parks and the most emblematic cultural sites. You will also have the chance to experience the Naadam Festival at the Gobi, a more authentic and intimate experience than the busy and commercial Ulaanbaatar Naadam, while lodging at the award-winning Three Camel Lodge.
Horseback rides, Bactrian camel rides, easy kayak River floating, window seats guaranteed, the best 4×4’s that exist in the country, the best ger camps, NPE’s content and operation standards and a group of no more than 12 participants. All this guarantees the best expedition experience in Mongolia.
Przewalski’s Horses and great birding at Hustain Nuruu National Park
Two nights at Hovsgol Lake with bird- ing, horseback riding and local culture
Gun Galuut National Park with superb wildlife, walks and easy kayak floating
Three nights at the Gobi, lodging at award-winning Three Camel Lodge
Explore the Yol Valley National Park and look for fossils at Flaming Cliffs
Bactrian (Two-humped) camel ride at the Gobi dunes
Ideal expedition pacing with less driving on bumpy roads, and Western Hotel overnights after Ger camps stays
Explore with local naturalists each National Park
Led by an NPE Master Local Head Guide
Multiple endemics including Argali sheep, White-naped Crane, Siberian Ibex, and many more endemics.
5-star hotel at Ulaanbaatar, just a block away from the main square.
Best transport available, with empty seats for added comfort, plus window seats guaranteed when using 4×4.
Close contact with local culture
Altai Golden Eagles extension available
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Meet and greet by your local Master Guide, then transfer to check in at the centrally located Best Western Tuushin Hotel , Deluxe room. Meals Aloft.
Day 2: Full day in Ulaanbaatar
Explore Ulaanbaatar in detail, including the Gandan Monastery, the National History Museum, and the Bogd Gegen Palace, before your welcome dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Hustain Nuruu National Park
Drive one hour to Hustain Nuruu National Park, stopping for birding along the way. Once at the Park, look for Przewalski’s or Takhi Horses and other wildlife, accompanied by a local naturalist. Overnight at ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 4: To Hovsgol Lake
Drive to Ulaanbaatar and fly to Murun (1.5 hours). Drive 2.5 hours to the beautiful Lake Hovsgol, stopping along the way to visit the Uushiggin Deer Stones and for wildlife observation. Enjoy a short and easy hike to the lake to look for more wildlife, observe the amazing local flora and meet nomad families. Overnight at a lakeside ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Hovsgol Lake
Horse trek (optional) through the breathtaking Sariday Mountains and gain superb overviews of the Blue Pearl Lake. Meet a local family, enjoy a boat ride on the lake, and then participate in a ger building demonstration. You will be looking for a local shaman also. Overnight at Lakeside ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Morning Birding and Ulaanbaatar Fine Arts
Drive back to Murun stopping for wildlife observation and then fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum and then enjoy dinner at a fine restaurant. Overnight at the Best Western Tuushin Hotel, Deluxe Room. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Gun Galuut Nature Reserve
Enjoy a full day exploration of the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve. Start with an easy hike to look for the endangered argali sheep, white-naped crane, and much other wildlife. Enjoy lunch and then sail on the Kherlen River, looking for wildlife and cultural encounters. (B, L, D)
Day 8: To the Gobi, Yol Valley National Park
In the early morning, fly to the Gobi (1.5-hour flight). Upon arrival, drive to the Yol Valley National Park to look for argali sheep, Siberian ibex, and some native bird species. Drive to the award winning Three Camel Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge after a complete lecture about the Gobi. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Hongoryn Els/ Three Camel Lodge
Explore the “Singing Sands” dunes in the morning. Visit Havtsgait Valley in the evening if time and energy permits, there you will see ancient rock drawing left by the early Gobi. Overnight at Three Camel Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Moltsog Els and Flaming Cliffs
Early drive to the famous Flaming Cliffs, where you will board two-humped camels and ride towards some of the best archeological sites (it is here that Dr. Roy Chapman discovered the first dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen). You will then continue to Moltsog Els, one of the few areas fully covered by sand in the Gobi. Overnight at Three Camel Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Ulaanbaatar
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and check in at the hotel. Enjoy some free time in the city (our hotel is centrally located) to photograph, shop, and visit some cultural sites. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with Mongolian dances and Khoomi (throat) singers. (B, D)
Day 12: Fly home
Transfer to the airport and fly back home.
The Wild Mongolia Expedition has been crafted in detail, following the ideal pacing for the destination. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, flight delays or cancelations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel over-bookings, and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, specially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Master Guides might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the Master Guides and hotels could change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.
This expedition can depart on the day of your preference, between the last week of May to mid-September.
Because we use the best ger camps and hotels, booking in advance is highly recommended.
Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy. 2017 prices are estimated at the moment.
If prices increase more than 5% over what is advertised here, registered participants may cancel without penalties. These prices do not apply for departures that meet the Naadam festival, if you would like to include a Naadam festival surcharges may apply. We recommend that you join our small-group fixed departure for Naadam.
Call your Travel Agent or us for details.
Included in Land Cost:
- Services of English-speaking local Head Guide.
- Services of local guides.
- All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
- Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4.
- Accommodations as noted.
- All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
- Meals as noted.
- Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
- Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
- Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.
- International flights.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Gratuity for Local Head Guide and Driver.
- Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
- Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
Deposits and final payments:
To book, contact your Travel Agent or us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-832-7280.
A deposit of US, $1,500.00 per guest, is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
Using your deposit, New Paths Expeditions will purchase your domestic air tickets to guarantee your seats in the needed flights. Please note that even though New Paths Expeditions will purchase your domestic air tickets, these tickets are not included in the package, and their cost will be added to your final invoice. In case you cancel your expedition, due to airline policies we will not be able to refund the cost of the tickets, nor we will be able to transfer them to another expedition participant. The cost of the ticket will be deducted from the deposit.
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