Journey beginning and ending at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Available: 2018-05-21 to 2018-05-25 starting from $1251 AUD
Available: 2018-05-31 to 2018-06-04 starting from $1251 AUD
In order to get a real feel for the pace and lifestyle of the local people, you need to travel as they do, using the same modes of transport as the Mongol herdsmen themselves. During this nomadic journey you will wander by foot into the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, a beautiful wilderness close to the Khentii Mountains. If you are an experienced rider, we can organise for you to ride a horse. We are equipped as a true expedition, with yak pulling the luggage and gear along on wooden carts. We bring a ger (yurt) to house our mobile restaurant unit, and you may take part in assembling this comfortable Mongol-style dwelling with our local herdsmen. Accommodation while on trek is in tents.
These trips run with a minimum of 2 passengers.
Day 1 – Upper Tuul River Valley
After breakfast we leave Ulaanbaatar for the Upper Tuul River Valley in the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area some 110 km away; a three-hour drive by bus or car. We drive one hour on tarmac road, then one hour through a beautiful steppe valley where there are many herdsmen with their livestock. The last hour we cross the ridge at Zamtiin Davaa, and, travelling through forests, we reach the Upper Tuul River Valley. Pitch camp next to the Tuul River.
Day 2 – Khan Khentii
We load our luggage onto the carts. Our first campsite is in a steppe valley, surrounded by the Hentii hills, which are covered with larch and birch forests. Herdsmen keep their livestock in the southern areas, following a lifestyle that has essentially been the same since the time of Genghis Khan.
Days 3 – 4 – Khan Khentii
We trek toward the Hentii wilderness area and soon we touch the limits of human habitation. We will use yaks to pull the traditional wooden carts on which all our equipment will be loaded and transported. Our Mongol staff will accompany us on horseback. No support vehicles will be required, nor are they practical in the area where we are to trek. The yaks will set the pace of our nomadic journey over easy terrain (max. 20 km per day). A cook who knows western and Mongolian cooking will be with us in the field. Members will be able to learn how to build a ger. This can be done very quickly if several people join in. On the final afternoon, we return to the road.
Day 5 – Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast transfer back to Ulaanbaatar (3½ hrs). In the afternoon there is free time to explore the city. Ulaanbaatar has some wonderful cultural sites to visit such as the Gandan Monastery and many small museums. Take time to enjoy the atmosphere of this town which reflects its unique history.
Guide and all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. Tents, camping equipment and all local transport. Local Medevac coverage is also included.
Any air or train tickets, imported drinks, laundry, rent of riding horse, transfers in Ulaanbaatar. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
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