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Mongolia Landscape
MONGOLIA

ANCIENT TRADITIONS

For restless people, there’s a land where no one settles. Seamlessly explore this storied realm of nomadic adventure, ancient culture, and otherworldly beauty. Whether exploring the must-see sites of the capital of Ulaanbaatar, camel trekking across seas of dunes, or discovering fossils at the iconic Flaming Cliffs—you will connect deeply with one of the wildest places on Earth. Staying in luxuriously appointed traditional gers and meeting eminently hospitable local people—you will come to know more than a place, but a timeless way of life.

2023 Land Price
From $7,295.00 per person based on double occupancy

Internal Airfare
Starts from $380 per person (subject to change)

  • Ground transportation in Mongolia as described in the itinerary;
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure;
  • All accommodations based on double or twin occupancy (hotel rooms and gers);
  • Meals as noted in itinerary;
  • All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in itinerary;
  • Extensive pre-departure Travel Guide, reading list, important information about your trip, and luggage tags;
  • Bilingual Nomadic Expeditions guide throughout your stay
  • International airfare;
  • Passport and visa fees;
  • Comprehensive medical and trip insurance;
  • Excess baggage charges;
  • Photography and video fees;
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and local staff;
  • Items of a personal nature, including alcoholic beverages laundry and telephone calls.
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Welcome to Ulaanbaatar

Days 1 & 2

The contrast between ancient traditions and a 21st-century democracy is most visible in Ulaanbaatar, where traditional gers and Buddhist monasteries sit side by side with modern highrises. Upon arrival at the airport you are welcomed by your private guide and transferred to a centrally located hotel within walking distance of various museums and shops.
Begin the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. Woven through Mongolia’s nomadic culture is a rich Tibetan Buddhist tradition in which ancient shamanist practices are still evident. Although Buddhist monasteries were either destroyed or converted into museums during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, Gandan Monastery continued to operate as a showpiece for government officials. However, in spite of the government’s efforts to suppress Buddhism and other religious beliefs, Mongolia’s spirituality persisted and a significant resurgence of Buddhism began in 1990 when Mongolia became a democracy. Monasteries across the country are again opening their doors to worshippers, and the few lamas who survived the purges are training a new generation. Next, explore the National History Museum with a local Historian for an excellent overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. The newly remodeled museum displays traditional implements of daily nomadic life, including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, historical costumes of Mongolia’s minority tribes, sacred religious relics, and agricultural, fishing, and hunting equipment. After lunch, visit Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. Named in honor of Zanabazar, the renowned 17th century artist and politician, who was also the first Buddhist leader of Mongolia, the museum contains one of the best collections of Buddhist art and artifacts in the world, including many of Zanabazar’s original works. Enjoy a performance featuring traditional Mongolian dancers and khoomi throat singers followed by a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.
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GORKHI TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

Days 3 & 4

After breakfast, drive to nearby Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (2 hours). Comprised of the southern Khentii mountain range, this mountain, forest, steppe region provides habitat for a variety of bird and plant life.

In the afternoon, embark on a hike towards the Aryabal Monastery. A hike up along a steep road, leads to a wooden suspended bridge called “The Bridge that leads to wisdom”. After crossing the bridge, you trek up 108 steps to finally arrive at the temple. Along the way, the path is lined with signboards displaying Buddha’s teachings. The monastery is special for its spectacular views of the surrounding valley.

After breakfast, depart for Ulaanbaatar. En route, visit the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue in Tsonjin Boldog. The massive statue made of 250 tons of gleaming stainless steel will take your breath away. Once inside the two-story base of the statue, visitors can see a replica of Chinggis Khan’s legendary golden whip and also take an elevator to a deck on the horse’s head and marvel at the surrounding area overlooking the beautiful Mongolian steppes.

Return to Ulaanbaatar and in the afternoon visit the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs to explore dinosaur fossils artifacts and some real paleontological gems. The museum displays openly mounted skeletons of original fossils and is truly a rare sight to behold. Continue on to the paleontology laboratory where you will join a paleontologist for a behind-the-scenes tour of a local laboratory and examine the latest batch of dinosaur fossils excavated from the field.

GOBI / YOL VALLEY

Day 5

Set off in the morning across the vast steppe to the Gobi (1.5 hours). Contrary to the sameness that the word ‘desert’ suggests, the Gobi is a fascinating and diverse region, and includes the sites of some of the most important paleontological discoveries of the 20th century.

Upon arrival, drive to Yol Valley National Park (45 minutes), cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. An ancient river carved this surprisingly green valley, and its remnant streams create ice formations at the base of the valley that sometimes persist as late as July. A hike through the valley leads to the habitat of indigenous vulture-like Lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks, and Argali mountain sheep.

After your exploration of Yol Valley, drive to the award winning Three Camel Lodge (1.5 hours) located at Bulagtai Mountain on the edge of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The lodge offers a wide variety of activities to travelers from archery, biking, nature walks, cooking class, reading a book on Mongolia to watching a documentary about nomadic culture, and from learning traditional Mongolian games to enjoying a relaxing massage.

The Three Camel Lodge has partnered with The Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project to breed, train and place this native breed of dogs with qualified herder host families. Bankhar dogs play a critical role—safeguarding the livestock of Mongolian herding families from predator species such as snow leopards and wolves. Today we visit with one of the families who had adopted
one of the Bankhar dogs.

HAVTSGAIT VALLEY / MOLTSOG ELS

Day 6

In the morning, drive to the Havtsgait Valley, site of ancient rock drawings left by early Gobi settlers for more than 5,000-7,000 years ago. Hundreds of petroglyphs adorn rocks scattered on the top of the mountain. In the late afternoon, drive to Moltsog Els, one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. Explore the sand dunes on foot or on back of a Bactrian camel.
HORSEBACK RIDING / FLAMING CLIFFS

Day 7

Spend the morning on horseback and explore the area surrounding the lodge.

In the late afternoon, travel to the legendary “Flaming Cliffs” It was here, in 1922, that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world has ever seen.

MONGOLIAN ART / FAREWELL DINNER

Days 8 & 9

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Ulaanbaatar (1.5 hours). On arrival, explore Mongolian Art Gallery or an art gallery exhibit of young Mongolian upcoming artists. Spend the afternoon at leisure or explore the city’s shops, art galleries and museums. Enjoy farewell dinner at a fine local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

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This Mongolia itinerary has been developed by Nomadic Expeditions, the leading operator of sustainable luxury travel in Mongolia.

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UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

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UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

LEARN MORE
UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

LEARN MORE