Wild Mongolia with Rural Naadam
A complete view of Mongolia, including the best nature and culture that the country offers and the authentic Rural Naadam festival. The pacing of this award-winning expedition is simply ideal. Led by an NPE Senior Leader and a Local Master Guide.
12 days in-country. Led by Jorge Salas. Departs on August 3, 2018
Wild Mongolia Expedition
Our Wild Mongolia Expedition takes you to explore the country in detail, led by an NPE Senior Leader, a 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.
- Rural Naadam at the Gobi (Less tourists, authentic experience)
- Complete exploration of Ulaanbaatar
- Przewalski’s Horses and great birding at Hustain Nuruu National Park
- Two nights at Hovsgol Lake
- Horseback riding at Hovsgol lake
- Gun Galuut National Park with wildlife search and easy kayak floating
- Three nights at the Gobi, lodging at award-winning Three Camel Lodge
- Explore the Yol Valley National Park
- Look for fossils at Flaming Cliffs
- Bactrian (Two-humped) camel ride at Gobi dunes
- Ideal expedition pacing with less driving on bumpy roads
- Explore with local naturalists each National Park
- Led by an NPE Senior Leader and a Master Local Head Guide
- Multiple endemics including Argali sheep, White-naped Crane, Siberian Ibex, and many more endemics.
- The best Ger Camps available.
- 5-star hotel at Ulaanbaatar, just a block away from the main square.
- Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4.
- Throat singers and traditional dances show during farewell dinner.
- The best Culture and Nature in the country, with the best services and NPE high operations and content standards.
- Altai Golden Eagle hunters post-extension available.
The expedition is limited to 14 participants, and will be led by an NPE Senior Leader and a local Master Head Guide.
Day 1: To Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Meet and greet by your local Head Guide and Expedition Leader, and 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 our welcome dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Hustain Nurru National Park
Drive one hour to Hustain Nurru 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: Murun, Lake Hovsgol, Uushiggin Deer Stones
Drive to Ulaanbaatar and fly to Murun (1.5 hours). Drive 2 and a half 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 at the lake to look for more wildlife, analyze the amazing local flora and meet nomad families. Overnight at a Lake side Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sariday Mountains, Blue Pearl Lake
Horse trek (optional) through the breathtaking Sariday Mountains and gain super 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. We will be looking for a local shaman also. Overnight at Lake side Ger camp. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Wildlife in Murun, Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum
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, Kherlen River
Enjoy a full day exploration of the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve. Start with an easy hike to look for the endangered Argali sheep, Whitenaped Crane, and many others. Enjoy lunch and then float on the Kherlen River, looking for wildlife and cultural encounters. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Gobi, Yol Valley National Park, Three Camel Lodge
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 a series of endemic 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: Rural Naadam Festival
Full day enjoying one of the highlights of the expedition, the Rural Naadam Festival of the Bulgan county. This is one of the greatest experiences one can have in Mongolia. Wrestling, archery and horse races will fill up the day. We have arranged unique photo opportunities. Overnight at Three Camel Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Flaming Cliffs, Moltsog Els
Early drive to the famous Flaming Cliffs, where we 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). 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 11: Fly home
Transfer to the airport and fly back home.
Altai Eagles Itinerary
Day 1, June 20, Tuesday: Ulaanbaatar / Ulgii / Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Ulgii, capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s westernmost province (3 hour flight).
Dominated by the Mongolian Altai Mountains, Mongolia’s highest, this isolated area has preserved the language, culture, and traditions of the Kazakh people who settled here centuries ago.
Upon arrival, continue driving towards the Sagsai River (3 to 4 hours), site of a Turkish stone man, past ancient Mongolian burial mounds. Continue to snowcapped Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain, stopping to visit an Uriankhai family.
Spend the afternoon hiking the foothills of Tsengel Khairkhan for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. There will be an opportunity to visit local Kazakh eagle hunter family to experience true falconry culture in Mongolia.
￼￼Overnight in tents near the Kazakh eagle hunter family. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 2, June 21, Wednesday: Tolbo Lake
After an early breakfast, ride with an eagle hunter through the surrounding area of Tsengel Khairkhan Mountain to experience the eagle training techniques of the Kazakh people.
After lunch and a short rest, drive through spectacular mountain valleys to crystal-clear Tolbo Lake (3-4 hours), set dramatically below the Altai peaks. Spend the late afternoon exploring the lakeshore and visiting traditional Kazakh families. You will have the opportunity to experience traditional rug making techniques by a local family ger.
Overnight in tents near Kazakh eagle hunter family. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3, June 22, Thursday: Ulgii / Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, drive to the airport (1.5 – 2 hours) to take the morning flight to Ulaanbaatar (3 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to our centrally located 5-star hotel. Lunch and Dinner are independent.
Overnight: Deluxe Room, Best Western Tuushin Hotel. Breakfast.
Day 4, June 23, Friday: Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Breakfast.
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 cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings, 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 Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader 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.
In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, you will stay in one of the best 5-star hotels, with your meals served in the hotel and local restaurants. During the expedition, we spend 5 nights in Ulaanbaatar.
When away from Ulaanbaatar we stay at non-permanent ger camps. They offer an authentic experience of Mongolian culture.
Gers are domed tents constructed of latticed walls covered by felt and canvas and supported by poles. This is the traditional home of herdsmen who must move with their animals and therefore need an easily transportable abode that withstands harsh winters. Gers are heated by wood stoves with a smokestack through a hole in the center of the roof. In the summer, some of the layers of felt on the walls are removed. The beds are comfortable, with mattresses on elevated wooden frames, clean sheets, pillows and blankets. Meals are served in a camp dining room.
Please note that the Ger camps in Hustain Nuruu National Park (1 night), and Lake Hovsgol (2 nights), use shared bathrooms.
While in the Gobi, we will stay at the award-winning Three Camel Lodge, undoubtedly the best ger camp in Mongolia. We have secured Deluxe Gers for all expedition participants. These gers do include ensuite bathrooms. We will enjoy three nights at this wonderful property.
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*New Paths Club member prices include direct wire payment benefit plus additional discounts. If Club Members use a credit card, a 5% surcharge will apply
Included in Land Cost:
24/7 services of a Senior Leader during the expedition.
Services of English-speaking local head guide.
Services of local guides.
All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
Window seats guaranteed when using 4×4’s.
Accommodations as noted.
All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
Group photography fees.
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.
Excess baggage charges.
Gratuity for Local Guides; Driver and Expedition Leader.
Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
Deposits and final payments:
To book, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 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 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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