Highlights of Mongolia 12 Days - The Great Mongolian Adventures

Highlights of Mongolia 12 Days

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Comfortable Highlighted and must-see places of Gobi desert is all included in the itinerary
Khangai mountains - highlighted places such as Kharkhorin town (Karakorum), Tsenkher hot springs, Taikhar rock, Bulgan mountain, Khorgo Terkhi National Park.
At Khuvsgul lake - we will spend 1 whole day and visit the highlighted places and featured activities.
On the road, we will visit as many as 7 nomadic families and look into how they live and get in-depth cultural experiences.
Half of the road and long distance days will be on asphalt road.
Lastly, we added Mongolian shaman meeting into our itinerary for it is very unique, and truly magical experience that you can only experience in Mongolia.

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Day 1. 
Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Distance: 280 km
Main attractions: Baga Gazriin Chuluu mountain

Baga Gazriin Chuluu:
Dundgobi province, Delgertsogt soum’s area. Surrounded by the vast grassy plains 1768m a.s.l. Tall granite area and it is 300 sq km big.
In the mountain passes and valleys, there are a lot of springs plants. Ancient petroglyphs, remains, monuments are there to explore. There are Sudut gorge, Jargalant cave, Eye’s holy water, offering valley, Ger rock, Huns era burials etc. many interesting places to visit.

Activities: Monastery ruin visit, Eye’s springs
Accommodation: Erdene Ukhaa "tourist camp"

Day 2.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu to Dalanzadgad city

Distance: 380 km
Main attractions: Road to Dalanzadgad city

Dalanzadgad city:
Dalanzadgad city is the capital of Southgobi province.
We will accommodate in tourist camp outside of Dalanzadgad city.

Activities: Mandal Gobi city, Food shopping, Dalanzadgad city
Accommodation: Gobi Oasis - "Tourist camp"

Day 3.
Dalanzadgad to Khongoryn Els sand dunes via Yolyn am valley

Distance: 130 km
Main attractions: Yolyn am, Dungenee am, Khongoryn Els

Today we are entering Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
In the morning we will ride 20 km to enter the park and visit the famous Yolyn am, Dungenee valley and Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes.

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park (Gobi Three Beauty Mountains), Yolyn am gorge:
Umnugobi province’s West, Middle, and East Beauty, 3 separate mountains make 100km long Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park at nearly 27,000 square kilometers, is the largest national park in Mongolia. The tallest peak is located near Dalanzadgad city 2800 m a.s.l.  In East Beauty mountain. Here lies the famous Yolyn am gorge. Mountain brook breaks the Mountain in half, with its narrow cliff used to always had ice in between. Now global warming is melting the ice in August until the end of September since 2010. Three Beauty mountain has almost all kinds of animals and plants of gobi that you can discover.

Dungenee canyon:
Dungenee canyon is located in Bayandalai soum south-west side of East Beauty mountain. Rocky cliff, caves and 12 km long brook is breathtakingly beautiful to hike around. Around the canyon wild sheep, ibex, carnivorous birds, as well as lots of other tiny animals, are easy to spot. Every venturer's favorite place to hike.

Khongoryn Els:
Umnugobi province’s Sevrei soum, Gobi Three Beauty protected area, north side of Grand Sevrey Mountain and Zuulun mountain, in front of Bayan bor mountain the Khongoryn Els sand dune stands northwest to southeast 130 km long, depth is around 3-5 km and some area reaches 20+ km. It’s Mongolian longest sand dune. The highest peak is 195 m. West side of the dune is the tallest, and when the sand shifts, dune makes an airplane like sound, and locals named the peak “Singing dune”. Right beside the dune, there is a river called Khongor. Khongor river is 10 km long, and have 2 branches. The river is surrounded by green grasses, animals, and plants. Echo pond, grazing animals, and amazing sands will give you the perfect Oasis feelings.

Activities: Hiking in Yolyn am, and Dungenee am the valleys. Trekking on sand dunes.
Accommodation: Gobi Erdene - “Tourist camp”

Day 4.
Khongoryn els to Ongi monastery via Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs)

Distance: 330 km
Main attractions: Bayanzag(flaming cliffs), Ongi monastery

Bayanzag is a very special place for the world’s natural history, archaeology, and science. People have discovered and still discovering Important remains, remnants and fossil findings that are very good preserved for millions of years. Importance of Bayanzag is limitless to many sectors, for that, it is named considered one of the Mongolian 7 wonders. About 40,000+ years old people’s remnants, stone and bronze age equipment are still being found by visitors.
American adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews’ team found the world’s first Dinosaur egg at Bayanzag. American natural history museum’s 2 main big dinosaurs came from Bayanzag. Mongolian rarest birds live around this area. Such as Henderson's ground-Jay, Great bustard and Desert Warbler(white throat) etc.

Activities: Photograph, Hiking, Paleontology research, Wildlife observation

Ongi monastery:
Dundgobi province, Saikhan-Ovoo soum’s area, Ongi river’s east bank, on Saikhan-Ovoo mountain’s slope there are remains of a Monastic city Ongi, founded in 1660. it was once a town that populated one thousand monks.
Bases of the buildings were built on mini-cliffs. Buildings were the true art of sculptures. It was devastated by the Soviet purges of the 1930s. Only a few traces remain in the mini-museum. Here you can see the remnants of the artistic walls equipment, and reconstructed Ongi Monastery.

Activities: Flaming cliffs hike, Ongi monastery ruins exploration, swimming in Ongy river
Accommodation: Gobi Energy - “Tourist camp”

Day 5.
Ongi monastery to Kharkhorin town (Karakorum) via Shankh monastery

Distance: 300 km
Main attractions: Khangai mountains, Shankh Monastery, Orkhon river valley

Kharkhorin (Karakorum):
Located in Kharkhorin soum, Uvurkhangai province. Founded by Chinggis Khaan in 1200, became Mongol empire’s capital in 1220 by Ugudei Khaan son of Chinggis Khaan. Every religion in the world existed together for centuries in the Karakorum. Historically and archaeologically important place in the world. Kharkhorin is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here is the famous Erdenezuu the Buddhist monastery is open to the public. Surrounding 108 stupas creates one magnificent big fence, inside there are 3 remaining ancient monastery buildings which are now a big Buddhist museum. Museum staffs are famous for their good education on the details of the exhibits. West side of the museum actual working monastery is open to the public. Famous Karakorum’s Turtle rock and Phallic rock are located around Erdenezuu monastery.

Activities: Shankh Monastery visit,
Accommodation: “Tourist Camp” by the Orkhon river

Day 6.
Kharkhorin to Tsenkher Hot Springs

Distance: 120 km
Main attractions:  Erdene zuu monastery, Karakorum Turtle rock, Hot Springs

Tsenkher Hot Springs:
Tsenkher soum of Arkhangai province. The second hottest hot springs, used by Mongolians for it's medical and health purposes. 1860 m above sea level underneath the mountain full of forest area, it pumps 10 liters in 1 second. Scientists believed it formed in the 4th-period era. It doesn't get mixed with soil water and evaporates 86 gradus hot.
It contains hydrosulfuric acid and silica combination. It's used to treat having rheumatism, neuralgia, cramp, rheumatics, and pulpous injuries.

Activities: Erdene zuu monastery museum, hiking on Bulgan mountain, swimming in pool, (massage)
Accommodation: Shiveet Mankhan - “Tourist camp”

​​​​​​Day 7.
Tsenkher Hot Springs to Khorgo Terkhi National Park via Tsetserleg town, Taikhar Rock, Chuluut river

Distance: 200 km
Main attractions: Chuluut river, Khorgo volcano, Tsagaan Nuur (White Lake),

Tsetserleg town:
Is the capital of Arkhangai province. North side of the town, there is the famous Bulgan mountain, with Zaya Bandida- one of the 4 state’s saint’s monastery which is now a Museum of Arkhangai just next to it the Zaya Bandida’s actual working monastery is open to the public. At the Bulgan mountain there is a big Buddha statue and throughout the mountain, there are numbers of drawings of gods it is a good place to climb the ferocious mountain.

Taikhar rock:
On a bank of Khoid Tamir River in Ikhtamir Soum, Arkhangai province. Taikhar rock is 18 m high cliff of granite. Which has a lot of myths and challenges to be found. Over 150 inscriptions in various scripts including Turkic, Uyghur, Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu, and Chinese were engraved on the rock. The surrounding area is all about the beautiful scenery.

Chuluut canyon:
Chuluut canyon is located in Tariat and Undur-Ulaan soum’s area, Arkhangai province. Surrounded by huge canyon depth reaches 200m from the river at some point. On the bank of the river, there is a famous Mother tree which is a local worshipping tree.

Khorgo volcano:
Khorgo volcano crater is 200 m wide and 80 m deep situated at an altitude of 2,210 metres a.s.l. Erupted around 8,000 years ago. Near the crater, there are dozens of small caverns with stalactites hanging from their ceiling and walls. Because of the volcanic eruption, interesting Ger shaped caves formed. One of them is a deep ground cave with ice inside, which is called "Yellow dog's hell". The ice is at present even on the hottest summer days. Some of 13 stone shelters reach 1.7 m high. Plenty to see and explore.

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (White Lake):
As known as the White Lake is located in Tariat soum, Arkhangai province. Very beautiful lake with a variety of birds, nomadic families and sand beaches this is the most heavenly place that you can visit in the world. Khorgo Terkhi national park is considered one of the Mongolian Seven Wonders. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Terkhiin Tsagaan is 16 km long. 6 km wide, 20m deep and 61 sq km of pure water lake.

Activities: Khorgo volcano trekking, Swimming in White Lake, (horse riding)
Accommodation: Ikh Khorgo “Tourist camp” by the lake

Day 8.
Khorgo Terkhi National Park to Jankhai beach - Khuvsgul lake

Distance: 330 km
Main attractions: Orookh pass, Zuulun pass, Murun city, Khatgal village

Murun city:
Murun is the capital of Khuvsgul province.
We will stop in the city and collect some foods and snacks.

Khuvsgul lake:
This lake is very clean and pure, you can even drink from it. Khuvsgul lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the Russian border, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1,645 m. a.s.l., 136 km long and 262 m deep, Mongolia’s deepest lake. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and holds almost 70% of Mongolia's fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh-water in the world. Mongolians call lake Khuvsgul the Ocean Mother.
We will come to the place where lake Khuvsgul’s southern edge Hatgal village.

Activities: Beautiful sceneries, Murun city
Accommodation: Nature’s door - “Tourist camp”

Day 9.
Khuvsgul lake

Distance: 20 km
Main attractions: Tsaatan people village

Jankhai is the best beach of Lake Khuvsgul. Today we will travel in and around lake Khuvsgul.

Activities: Boat trips, Horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, (Shaman counsel)
Accommodation: Nature’s door - “Tourist camp”

Day 10.
Jankhai beach(Khuvsgul lake) to Uran Togoo volcano

Distance: 300 km
Main attractions: Ikh Uul mountain, Uran Togoo volcano

Uran Togoo:
The area is situated in the Khutag-Öndör district of Bulgan Province. A smaller area was initially protected in 1965 Again in 1995, it was designated as a Natural Monument with an area of 5,800 hectares. The peak over 1686 m, form a circle-shaped ridge about 500 m across that contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. The Uran and surrounding others are considered to be the remnant of an extinct stratovolcano which formed between about 20-25 thousand years ago.
Also, Uran's highest point provides unobstructed, panoramic views of the volcanic field, distant blue mountains, and valleys filled by sheep herd like threw pearls on the green carpet. Uran Volcano also offers visitors excellent opportunities for observing and understanding volcanic formation. The large volcanic field surrounding the monument contains recognizable volcanoes such as Tulga, means "Tripod", Jalavch - "pot", Togoo - "cauldron" which are located 12 km south of the Uran mountain.

Activities: Hiking
Accommodation: “Camping” by the Nomadic family

Day 11.
Uran Togoo to Ulaanbaatar city

Distance: 400 km
Main attractions: Road to Ulaanbaatar

Activities: Beautiful sceneries, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12.

Distance: 20 km
Activities: Hotel to Chinggis Khaan International Airport


Price includes:
All meals B L D for 11 days.
4WD SUV or Minivan
English speaking guide at all times
12 nights accommodation
2 nights at “4-star” hotel
6 nights at handpicked tourist camps
4 nights camping
National park and Attraction complex tickets according to the itinerary
Farewell dinner
Visa invitation letter, if required
Included all taxes

Not included in the Price:
International flights & visa fee
Travel & medical insurance
Daily personal expenses


  1. Ulan Bator
  2. MN
  3. Dalanzadgad
  4. Yolin Am Ice Field
  5. Khongoryn els
  6. Flaming Cliffs
  7. Saikhan-Ovoo
  8. Kharkhorin
  9. Altan-Ovoo
  10. Tsetserleg
  11. Jargalant
  12. Khorgo Mountain
  13. Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake
  14. Murun
  15. Khuvsgul Lake
  16. Uran Togoo & Tulga
  17. Ulaanbaatar