Easy: All nights in hotels or lodges, with any challenging physical activities optional. Easy walks, and comfortable driving distances over paved or moderate dirt roads.
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Day 2. Ulaanbaatar/Lake Huvsgul (B,L,D)
One of the highlights of the trip is Lake Huvsgul . We will take a flight to Murun, the provincial capital of Huvsgul Province. One of the world's biggest fresh water sources, Lake Huvsgul and its amazing surroundings are home to several of Mongolia’s ethnic minorities as well as a refuge for a wide variety of wildlife. Huvsgul is truly a highlight of any trip to Mongolia. After landing in Murun we drive to Hatgal, a small town on the edge of the lake, then north along the lake’s edge to the ger camp, arriving in time for an afternoon walk along the lakeshore. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 3. Lake Huvsgul – Tsaatan, the Reindeer People (B,L,D)
One of the most interesting ethnic groups living near the lake is the Tsaatan or as they are better known – ‘The Reindeer People’. A small tribe of Tsaatan consisting of about 40 families lives with its herds of reindeer in the forests around the lake. These graceful animals provide the tribe with all its basic needs - milk, transportation, meat, skins and bones and antlers used as building materials and for tools. A s there are very few Tsaatan left and this is a mobile population, we will go look for them by foot and by horse. We cannot guarantee that we meet them, but the scenery of the area is well worth the exploration time! Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 4. Huvsgul/ Murun (B,L,D)
In the morning we will take a hike around the forests and meadows near the lake. Lying at about 1650 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains rising above 3100 meters, the waters of Huvsgul are deep and spectacularly clear and pure. We will hike through thick pine forests carpeted with flowers and explore the setting of Mongolia’s ‘Blue Pearl’. After lunch we will drive to Murun. Overnight in a local hotel.
Day 5. Murun/ Ulaanbaatar/ Gun Galuut (B,L,D)
Today we will take the first available flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we will drive to Gun Galuut national park, The park offers great opportunities to observe rare wildlife. Lying at the shores of Ikh Gun Lake, home to many species of waterfowl, and next to Baits Mountain, natural habitat to the nearly extinct Mountain Sheep, there are great chances to observe some of Mongolia’s most impressive wildlife. The Kherlen River is situated only minutes away from the camp, and you can participate in optional easy kayaking. Overnight in ger camp.
Day 6. Gun Galuut/ Terelj National Park (B,L,D)
Today we will drive from Gun Galuut to Gorhi-Terelj National Park. The park features unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find good grazing for their animals. We will visit nomadic families and take the opportunity to learn about their unique way of life. After lunch we take an easy horseback ride across the mountains to the Terelj River and back to the ger camp. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 7. Terelj National Park/ Ulaanbaatar (B,L,D)
In the morning we will go rafting or kayaking down the Terelj river, after which we will have a traditional BBQ lunch on the river bank. In the afternoon we drive back to Ulaanbaatar, and after checking-in to the hotel, we visit the Natural History museum, where skeletons of some of the biggest dinosaurs in the world are displayed. These skeletons were excavated in the Gobi Desert by the expedition team of Roy Chapman Andrews in the 1920. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner together at a restaurant. Overnight in 4* hotel
Day 8. Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.