Marco Polo's Footpprint

Tour description

Tour name: Marco Polo's Footprint
Start: UB-back UB
Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
Destination: Central & Northern parts of Mongolia
Goal: Explore the natural wonders of Mongolia and the nomadic lifestyle on the open steppe
Group size: Min-2, Max-12
Price: 2 pax - US $2993, 3-5 pax - US $2252, 6-8 pax - US $1956, 9-12 pax -  US $1859 per pax
Single supplement: US $650 


Why do we love this trip?

  • Learn unique Mongolian Culture
  • Discover Nomadic lifestyle
  • Spot Wild and Domestic animals
  • Visit and meet real Nomads
  • Feel real silence and wild nature
  • Enjoy fresh and clean air

Mongolia is a quite big county -It is important to appreciate the landscape for its vastness.  Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination where travelers can see the tradition of the past still practiced today by hardy nomads dwelling on the country's vast steppe and deserts. 

If you're feeling adventurous, you can choose this amazing tour. This itinerary is for those who have time and the desire to really experience the country. 
Through this trip you will be amazed by some of the Mongolian highlights, for example, the Blue Pearl of Lake Khovsgol which is the land of thick forest, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, rugged mountains, endless taiga, and then the vast steppes of central Mongolia which is the heartland, loaded with both historical sites and natural beauty, with plenty of places to horse trek in forested mountains, camp by pretty lakes or soak in hot spring.

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Detailed tour itinerary

Our guide will meet you at airport upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar city/capital of Mongolia/ and take you to the hotel you stay. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Prepare yourself; on the most of days of this tour, we'll spend a several hours on the road. Note: the camera with full battery, torch, and other stuffs/suitable clothing for horse/camel riding/.

Overnight in Hotel
Meals included

A experienced guide will collect you from your accomodation in the early morning. After cheking you into your casas, we will start our amazing trip with Winter Palace Museum which was once residence of Mongolia's eighth Living Buddha, last king,Jebtzun Damba Hutagt lived for 20 years before we head to national park. So then we will go up to Zaisan Monument Hill that was constructed  to commemorate Russian and Mongolian Soldiers from various wars. Here you will have fantastic view of whole city. So then it is time to leave UB  for the Sand Dune of Elsen Tasarhai where you will be riding camel. Then it is time to visit Nomad. 

Overnight  in Ger camp

After breakfast, we will go on our trip driving to Kharkhorin/ancient capital of Mongolian empire/ where we will be visiting the museum, monastery and some other sightseeing. This town contains one of Mongolian's top attraction /Erdene-zuu/ which is the oldest monastery in Mongolia and has been a regular stop on most of tour circuits. These things will take half-day.
Kharkhorin (Karakorum)
In the mid-13th century, Karakorum was a happening place. Chinggis Khaan established a supply base here and his son Ogedei ordered the construction of a proper capital, a decree that attracted traders, dignitaries and skilled workers from across Asia and even Europe.The good times lasted around 40 years until Kublai moved the capital to Khanbalik
(later called Beijing), a decision that still incites resentment among some Mongolians. Following the move to Beijing and the subsequent\ collapse of the Mongol empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388.Whatever was left of Karakorum was used to help build, in the 16th century,  ErdeneZuu monastery, which itself was badly damaged during the Stalinist purges.The rather nondescript Soviet-built town of  Kharkhorin was built a couple of kilometres away from ErdeneZuuKhiid, and there is little of interest in the town itself. After all this things, we carry on our trip heading to the impressive Orkhon Khurhree for the night in the traditional Ger 

Overnight in Ger camp
meals: B,L,D

After breakfast, we'll drive down to Hot Spring.

Tsenher Hot Spring 

This Hot Spring is situated between forested hills. It is getting really a popular among Mongolians and locals, and detour from the main road. There are ger camps running hot spring pools to which hot spring is pumped through the pipes from the spring source. The nature around the Spring is magnificent.

Overnight in Ger camp

After breakfast, we'll drive to Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur and Khorgiin Togoo.
Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur
The great white lake is located in the Tariat soum in Arhangai province, historically it was created by volcanic eruption. This is absolutely must visit place. The area of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is belonged to the natonal park. Now the lake, birdlife and surrounding mountains are protected. The fresh-water lake Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur is around 16km east to west and 4km to 6km wide, north to south. Altitude is 2060m from the sea level. The lake is supported by ten rivers whose biggest one is Terhiin gol. The lake is excellent for swimming and fishing but should get permit. It is also pretty place to go horse riding and hike around.
Khorgo mountain
Khorgo Uul is an extinct volcano with 200m-tall. Located 180km from province of Tsetserleg neighbouring with Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur. Altitude is 2210m from sea level. The crater of extingt volcano is 200m, 70-80m deep, 30-36 degree slope. It was become Strictly Protected Area in 1965. This volcano and its surrounding lava field dominates the area to the east of the lake. It makes a great hiking tour from the bottom to the crater. There is the best view of region at the top of volcano. And it is possible to descend down to the bottom and walk around the rim of the crater. 

Overnight in Ger camp

This is a leisure day day of this trip. Start day a scenic stroll through the lake. Today you'll have the option to have horse riding to the extinct volcano or walking tour for hiking. We'll spend afternoon exploring the area and foresty lava field.

Accommodation in Ger camp
Meals: B,L,D


Having stayed two days in the White Lake National Park, we will head to the Shine Ider for the Hovsgol Lake. Today we have a long day of driving. Experience the best of the countryside on this over 6-hour drive.

Overnight in a Ger
Meals: B,L,D


After beakfast, we go on our interesting trip to the Blue Pearl Khovsgol lake /one of the highlight of this trip/ passing by province of Murun. On the way, we'll explore an optional sight Uushgiin Ovor which is a Bronze Age Sight containing 14 upright carved deer stones. located 20km west of Murun.
Khovsgol Nuur/Lake Khovsgol/.
Khovsgol Nuur is located 101km from Murun province. The Hovsgol Nuur is amazing pure lake which streches 136km deep into the Siberian taiga. Khovsgol Nuur is the deepest lake in Mongolia as well as the world's 14th largest source of fresh water. Altitude is 1645m above sea level . The lake has 2760 square km, 136 km long, 262m deep. Historicaly the stunning lake was formed 7 million years ago. 

Overnight in Ger camp

Today you'll enjoy a free day taking advantage of the range of activities and explore the best Khovsgol has to offer the best of own on this full day. Activity travels available include trekking, climbing, bird watching, horse riding, rafting and fishing.
For the good view of the Lake, climb up nearby hill.

Overnight in Ger camp

Today we leave Khovsgol lake heading to Uran Togoo.
Uran Togoo 
Uran Togoo Uul is located in Khutag-Undur soum of Bulgan province 80 km from Bulgan. Uran Togoo is the most beautiful extinct volcano of its outside appearance, containing a lake on it and a complete crater. The altitude is 1686m, and the rim of the crater is 500-600m and  50-60m deep. Now It is a strictly protected area.

Overnight in a Local hotel in Bulgan province

After having breakfast, we'll drive to Amarbaysgalant Khiid.
Amarbaysgalant Khiid
The monastery is located in province of Selenge positioning in the front of Burenkhan mountain. It is considered on of the top three Buddhist institution in Mongolia one of the few monastery in Mongolia that could survive from the purge of the 1930. Amarbaysgalant Khiid was built between 1727 and 1737 in Manchu style, by the Manchu emperor Yongzhen and dedicated to the great Mongolian Buddhist and sculptor Zanabazar, Whose mummified body was moved here in 1779.  

Overnight in yurt camp

Having stayed overnight at the monastery, we will drive back to UB leaving Amarbaysgalant. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your journee. Lunch will be served during the driving in the afternoon. This day is for return to homeland and shopping for cashmere and souvenirs

Stay in hotel

We will take you to the airport. Check your items when you're leaving the hotel. Good luck for your next trip.

Meals: Breakfast

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