MN1 The Land of the Blue Sky TOURSEARCH TOUR
Lake Hovsgol • East Gobi • Gun Galuut Nature Reserve • Jalman Meadows
Remote, exotic, mystical Gobi Desert; Stunning Lake Hovsgol; friendly nomadic hersdspeople; Sleep in a ger!
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 15 Jun 2016||Tue 28 Jun 2016||$3790|
Optional Single Supplement: $680 (number of singles limited).
Our tour lands in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, the jumping off point for our next-day departure for the Lake Hovsgol region, a place of stunning natural beauty featuring rolling plains, mountains, and one of Asia's largest lakes. Next is the Gobi, a place of barren beauty and sparse populations of inhabitants. The Gobi makes for a truly otherworldly experience and our trip to the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve sees us exploring a surprisingly lush and green area rich in dinosaur fossils, unique rock formations and massive arrays of exotic bird- and animal- life. We also have ample opportunities to meet the peoples of Mongolia, some of the friendliest on Earth. We overnight in 'gers', traditional movable dome structures that nomads have used for generations, adding that little bit of authenticity to our expedition.
John J. (Gloucester, ON, CA)
Excellent tour Interesting for me the total impression was more than a sum of the parts. I think this was partly due to the efforts of [Tour Leader] Jonathan and Toya to let us visit local families and get a better feel for the country
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Located in the heart of Ulanbaatar midtown, modern style Narantuul Hotel features 24 individually decorated guest rooms. Every room ... a private balcony and equipped with high speed internet access, cable TV, mini bar, and IDD service.
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Jalman Meadow Ger Camp
Location: Jalman Meadows
The camp has a maximum capacity of 20 guests in double occupancy gers. The entire ger camp is fully collapsible, ... do not have shower nor WC blocks. The toilets are long drop style allowing for natural decomposition. Showers can be organized in the outdoors with hot water by portable showers and a shower tent that is provided. Solar panels and windmills generate some electricity for refrigerator and kitchen use.
Breakfast and dinner daily (at local restaurants and some hotels), and some lunches are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra accommodation through us.
Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, and any locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
The best time to travel to Mongolia is from early June through the end of September, when travellers can expect an average range in temperature from 10-26 °C (50 to 80 °F); the Gobi gets hotter, up to 35 °C. Mongolia has approximately 260 cloudless days a year, hence its reputation for endless blue skies.
The rainy season extends from mid-July to August; showers are usually brief but can be heavy. You always should bring some kind of light rain gear. Because Mongolia is located far from any oceans, the humidity is generally very low.
Transport and Travel Conditions
In the capital city and surrounding areas, we use buses and minivans as required. Outside of the capital region there are few paved roads; most roads are graded dirt tracks that are often bumpy, and dusty or muddy. In the Gobi and Hovsgol, Russian built 4x4 minivans do the job (no air-con - open windows make it perfectly comfortable). Flights via scheduled local carriers.
All efforts are made to ensure that vehicles are in excellent condition, though punctures and weather may cause delays and require patience. Nonetheless such overland expeditions provide the chance to experience the vast landscapes of Mongolia with the flexibility to stop and meet local families along the route. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are generally available at hotels/gers but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
We stay in a good 3-star hotel in Ulaanbataar. At other remote locations, we use very comfortable 'ger' camp accommodation. The camps have a maximum capacity of about 20 guests in double occupancy gers that are fully collapsible, and most have shower and WC blocks. The toilets are long drop style allowing for natural decomposition. Showers with hot water by portable showers and a shower tent provided. Personal water basins for washing are provided and water always kept topped up. A stove is placed in the middle of each ger and the staff will attend to it in order to provide warmth on cool nights. Towels are provided. Soft drinks, wine and bottled water are available for purchase from the camps. The camp can be relocated leaving no more impact on the area than a herdsman family would. Solar panels and windmills generate some electricity for refrigerator and kitchen use.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
10-16 (plus Tour Leader)
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