We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
TripAdvisor
Ulaanbaatar
Post
Inbox
Search

Journey to the roots of nomadic culture and beautiful nature in Mongolia 9N/10D

Save
Share
Select Date and Travelers
From
$1,218.00
(Price varies by group size)
Date
2 travelers
Overview
What to Expect
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
Our rep meets the guests and transfers to the hotel. Hotel check-in.
The rest of the day is on guests' disposal either for sightseeing or restaurants or others.
Overnight at the hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: A 3-star hotel

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Khishig Undur village

Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
In the morning, the guide-interpreter meets the guests at the hotel and transfer to “Narantuul” biggest black market to take a local long-distance taxi.
Start a journey heading west to Khishig Undur village, Bulgan province. It is 290kms and takes about 4-5hrs drive. Take lunch at a roadside ger restaurant on the way.
Member of the 1st host family will be waiting for the guests to pick up and drive 8kms north.
Arrive at the 1st host family, the family of Mr.Bulgan. Guests will be accommodated in a nomadic ger set up for the guests.
Mr.Bulgan’s family has been growing hundreds of sheep, goats, cow and horses for about 20 years and a prominent family in the village.
They are fully engaged with receiving baby animals, combing down cashmere wool from hundreds of goats in the spring, in the summer, they shear 100s of sheep, hold horses to milking their mares (milking mares start after 1 June) & making (brewing) fermented milk a kind of wine, milking cows by hand to get milk and make such dairy products as “orom”-thick film of fat got after heating up the raw milk in pot, yoghurt, cheese and dry yoghurt and etc. Except shearing sheep wool, all other daily works done in autumn the same as in summer time. Another traditional and nomadic brew made of milk is a kind of mild vodka distilled any time. In autumn, every nomadic family goes to grasslands to mow hay in big quantity for winter feeding the animals. It occurs in August and beginning of September. Thus, everything that nomads consume in their daily life is only eco, as the water the animals drink, the grass they feed, the environment they live in, are all-natural, no fertilizers, no contamination and no pollution.
This is how Mongolian nomads live in full harmony with mother nature.
Thus, we are bringing up a rare opportunity to enjoy this tour while studying, exploring and even engaging in the nomadic lifestyle, which stays in full harmony with the mother nature.
Overnight in guests ger.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At the hotel
• Lunch: At the ger restaurant on the way.
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a ger

Day 3: Mr. Bulgan’s family

Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
The host family will teach the guests how to milk cow, mare (milking mares start after 1 June) and look after sheep & goat herds. Also, the hostess of the family will teach the guests how to make dairy products and the guests can enjoy tasting freshly made products made by themselves.
Overnight in guests ger.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a ger

Day 4: Horseback riding to Orkhon river

Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
Today is the day of another entertainment. Enjoy horse riding, travel about 25kms for 2-3hrs through the countryside where the guests will meet only local nomads. No tourists. The river is longest in Mongolia, blocked with tremendous cliffs from 2 sides and edged with beautiful nature.
Visit a local nomadic family and take lunch together with them.
After arriving at the river, set up a tent right on the bank. Walk or go on horseback along the river.
In the evening, set bonfire and cook dinner by themselves and enjoy. Rest in the tent.
Horses will be taken care of by the horse guide guy.

Duration: 20 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: with a local nomadic family
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a tent

Day 5: Orkhon river-Bulgan’s family

Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
The horse guide will bring “orom”, “boortsog” and hot milk tea from a family, which is nearest and the guests enjoy a simple breakfast.
Pack the tent and ride back to Bulgan’s family.
After arrival, take lunch.
Afternoon, the guests can do things as accompanying the host during marmot hunting or going after horse herds or churn mare’s milk (milking mares start after 1 June) held in 200 l cylinder tank for 1-2hrs, which is the way of fermenting and making tasty fermented mare’s milk (milking mares start after 1 June).
Overnight in guests ger.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a ger

Day 6: Change 1st host family to the next family

Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
Today, another nomadic family, Mr.Enkhbat’s family will come to Bulgan’s family to pick the guests up. The 2nd family will come with horses and guests will move there while doing horseback riding again. It’s about 5kms, easy and short ride, goes through beautiful nature.
Build up a tent close to the family ger and guests will overnight in tent next 2 days.
The hostess of the new family will cook and host with delicious Mongolian food-“buuz” for lunch.
Guests will be given a chance to learn how to make “buuz” and further delicacies on spot.
Guests can do what they wish like helping the family in taking care of animals or walking around or help the hostess while she is milking mares.
The hostess of this family likes to make hand-woven accessories like hats, stockings, and colorful embroideries.
Enkhbat’s family grows also hundreds of sheep, goats, cow and horses like Bulgan’s family and well respected by locals.
They are nomads in generations.

Duration: 20 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a tent

Day 7: Horse riding to forest mountain

Stop At: Bulgan Province, Bulgan Province
If the guests took a tour to Orkhon river while staying with Bulgan’s family, today the tour will take them to “Zalaat” mountain range on horseback.
The mountain is covered with birch tree forest and willow, just less than an hour ride west to get there. After about another hour riding up the mountain, the riders will get on the top of it. It opens really stunning and breathtaking view of the surroundings.
Have box lunch in the beautiful nature.
Afternoon, after coming back to the family, the horse riding ends.
For dinner, the guests will be introduced to how “khuushuur” is made. This is another delicious food of ours, which everyone loves. Taste and smell! This food is prepared for rare guests.
The dinner will be a farewell party hosted by the family and the neighbors may be invited. Drinking mare’s fermented milk (milking mares start after 1 June), singing and cheering up.
The guests will have a chance to learn games and funs that nomads enjoy.

Duration: 20 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a tent

Day 8: Khishig Undur village – Ulaanbaatar

Stop At: Khugnu Tarna, Mongolia
Thus, 7 days with nomads finishes today.
Mr.Enkhbat’s family will take the guests to the village center, guests get on a local long-distance car taxi, a comfortable one, bye, bye and start drive towards Ulaanbaatar.
At about 55kms, a rep of Khankhar-Uul tourist resort will be waiting for the guests and change taxi to next car.
Before heading south to Khankhar-Uul resort, stop at remnants of an ancient fortress dating back to 6th century of our era-a period of Kidan dynasty, predecessors of Turkic dynasty.
Continue driving for 55kms and arrive at the resort.
After lunch, a tour by a private car to Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes. 12kms, one way. Thus, the guests find themselves in the part of Gobi desert. Take some walking through sand dunes on barefoot and try short camelback riding.
Back to the resort.
After dinner, rest in a traditional ger, in nature’s calm.
Overnight at the resort in a comfortable ger.

Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: In a ger at the camp

Day 9: Khognokhan mountain-Ulaanbaatar

Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, transfer by car to Rashaant village to take a long distance bus to Ulaanbaatar.
It heads east 270kms and takes about 5hrs drive.
Transfer from long distance bus terminal to the hotel and check-in.
The rest of the day is on guests own arrangement in Ulaanbaatar.
Overnight at hotel.

Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: A 3-star hotel

Day 10: Departure transfer and back home

Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
Departure transfer and back home
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from the train station. If the new airport opens that expected in 2020, a minimal surcharge may apply.

Airports

  • Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
10 days
Inclusions
  • 9x Breakfast
  • 7x Dinner
  • 7x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Private transportation
  • 2 nights 3 star hotel in a twin bed room with breakfast
  • 5 nights at nomadic families
  • 1 night at Orkhon river in tent
  • 1 nights at tourist resort in Khognokhan mountain
  • Guide-interpreter except Ulaanbaatar
  • All meals except Ulaanbaatar
  • Horse riding equipment
  • Horse riding 3 days
  • Camel riding 1 hour
  • Local transportations
  • Arrival and departure transfers by a private car
Exclusions
  • International airplane and train ticket
  • If the new airport opens in 2020, a minimal surcharge may apply.
  • The museums and monasteries admission fees.
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Reviews

Key Details
  • Ulaanbaatar Bulgan Province
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Free Cancellation up to 4 days in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:+1 855 275 5071