14 Days from$2371 p/p in USD
DeparturesJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Guided, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
Flanked by the breathtaking high mountain range of Khangai Nuruu, Zavkhan offers some of the most varied landscapes in Mongolia. Travellers will experience vast desert land, serene salt lakes and incredible sand dunes all within proximity of each other. The sharp contrast in terrain makes travelling in this area unforgettable. This part of the country is still mostly untouched by travellers. However, Zendmen Travel is proud to be one of the first operators in the world to offer adventure trips for travellers keen to explore the unmatched beauty of Zavkhan.
Safari types:Camping Safari, Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Ulaanbaatar, Hustai National Park, Kharkhorin, Zavkhan, Khorgo-Trekhiin Tsagaan Nuur, Uliastai
Wildlife:Birds, Przewalski's/Wild Horse, Red Deer, Mongolian Gazelle
Activities:Game Drive, Trekking, Hiking, Horse, Camel, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Optional Activities, Birding, Cultural Experience
Getting around:Domestic Flight, 4x4 Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Ulaanbaatar
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,371 per person
- All accommodations and meals
- Domestic air and ground transportation
- All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in the itinerary
- Bilingual guide throughout your stay
- International airfares
- Medical and trip insurance, evacuation costs
- Photography and video fees
- Tips to drivers or guides
- Items of a personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
- Other items not specifically mentioned as included
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Day by Day Overview
The contrast between ancient traditions and the dawning of a 20th-century democracy is most visible in Ulaanbaatar where traditional gers (felt tents) and Buddhist monasteries coexist with modern high-rises. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to a comfortable, centrally located hotel within walking distance of various museums and shops. Visit some of the sights in your interest before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Ulaanbaatar hotel
Embark on an overland journey through undulating hills to the west of Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival at the Hustai ger camp, check-in and visit the information centre. A short documentary would be a good start to get to know about Hustai National Park and its flora and fauna. Wildlife exploration in Hustai National Park will be one of the highlights of the trip where you will encounter the wild horse ‘Takhi’, the only wild species of the horse in the world. Takhi, the Mongolian wild horse or Przewalski’s horse, was reintroduced in the 1990s, and many wild creatures, including red deer and Mongolian gazelle, have inhabited in the national park since then. After lunch, you will drive deep into the national park and search for the wild creatures.
Overnight in Hustai ger camp
Drive to Kharkhorin in the morning with en-route stop at Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes. Elsentasarhai, an arid landscape with sand dunes and a stunning rocky mountain of Hognohaan, 1967m above sea level. Mongolia houses the largest population of Bactrian camel in the world and Elsen Tasarkhai is a place for easy camel riding. You will further explore the mystic Orhon Valley in central Mongolia, a nest of rich historical and cultural sites. The area is full of the history of the ancient statehoods of Central Asia. You will see the remarkable archaeological discoveries of the 13th century Kharkhorum, the capital city of the Mongol Empire. Witness the daily chanting of Buddhist Monks in the stunning Erdenezuu Monastery. Mongolia’s first Buddhist monastery, Erdenezuu, survived through Mongolia’s troubled past, such as the war between Oirat and Khalkha Mongols in the 17th century and Stalinist purges in the 1930s
After leisurely breakfast, you will start driving to the west. A beautiful Tsenher hot spring in the middle of alpine meadow awaits you today. Enjoy walking in the surrounding wooded mountains followed by soaking in an open-air hot spring pool while gazing glittering stars as night falls.
We are off to Zayiin Gegeen Monastery Museum in Tsetserleg, the provincial centre of Arhangai region. The monastery museum is located at the foothills of a stunning Bulgan Mountains, a strictly protected area. This was one of the historically important monasteries in Central Mongolia and worth to visit to learn the history and architectural masterpiece. Afterwards, a brief visit to a local market in Tsetserleg may broaden your horizon, and you could sample renowned local curds and yoghurt. Explore Taihar Rock, in the vast valley of Tamir River. Find out the legend of this historic monolith, where ancient scripts were drawn down the ages. You will further journey to Chuluut River, where you will spend an evening hiking along a picturesque canyon of Chuluut. Away from light pollution, this is a perfect place to spot constellations and the Milky Way.
Overnight in tented camp
You will further drive through undulating hills and vast valleys while enjoying the dramatic scenery. Another fascinating area Khorgo-Trekhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park awaits you, today. The area is famous for its beauty, particularly dormant volcano Khorgo, the largest volcanic crater in the country with a 200 m diameter and 100 m depth. You will hike along the volcanic crater before reaching The Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan. The lake has been created by a volcanic eruption and lava blockage Terkh River.
Overnight in a ger camp
Today you will pass through the Tarvagatain mountain range via Solongot pass with another dramatic view of Mongolia’s plateau. This mountainous region is dominant by yak herding nomads. After having your lunch at a local cafe at Tosontsengel village, you will head to Ider soum where you will settle down the long drive and enjoy your evening with a nomadic family.
Overnight in a ger
Today you will experience the centuries-old nomadic culture of Mongolia. The daily chores of nomads are tied around livestock animals, starting from milking the yaks in the morning and making dairy products throughout the day it requires constant labour. Livestock grazes on the open plain from sunrise to sunset and is brought to the encampment in the evening. Optional horse riding available for you to grasp the idea of nomadic man’s duty. Give your best try to making organic yoghurt, cheese, cream, butter that form a large part of the Mongolian’s summer diet.
Say farewell to your nomadic host and drive to a scenic lake, Ulaagchyn Khar. Trimmed with Bor Hyar Sand dunes, lake Ulaagchyn Khar offers some of the most varied and breathtaking landscape of Mongolia. A dramatic wooded mountain will be swapped with arid steppes and barren mountains. The area is a part of a northern corridor of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Overnight in a ger camp by the lake
Mukhart Oasis is part of the huge Mongol Els Sand Dune and is uniquely shaped to look like a dam. Hunui river runs from the foot of the dam and meanders through the sand dunes forming an oasis, which is an excellent spot for camping. The sceneries from lake Ulaagchyn Khar to Mukhart are indescribable. The varied landscapes change continuously from mountains, lakes, sand dunes, unique rock formations, plains, plateaus, and grassland. An interesting highlight on this part of the overland journey is the Senjit Had – a natural stone arch. This stone arch is located on an elevated plain where surrounding views are breath-taking, and it looks like a doorway to heaven.
Overnight in tented camp
Uliastai, a peaceful and pleasant town, is wedged in by mountains in all directions. You can view the entire city from Javhlant Tolgoi, a hilltop that sits in the northern part of the city. Uliastai also has a rich historical past. The town was home to Manchu Embassy until 1921, who used represent the colonial power of Manchu’s who controlled both Mongolia and China between the late 17th and early 20th centuries. Also, the communists used to execute their political prisoners and monks in the town during the 1930s. We will drive to Hairhan Davaa to spot holy Mt Otgontenger (4,021 m a.s.l) in the afternoon.
After leisurely having breakfast, drive to the local airport to catch your flight. Enjoy an easy evening in Ulaanbaatar city.
Mongolia’s bustling capital city, which has much to offer its visitors. You can spend your time at boutique shops, trendy restaurants, fashion shows, and folk and pop concerts. Buddhist culture has got a strong presence in Ulaanbaatar. In the evening, enjoy a folk concert by Tumen Eh Ensemble, followed by farewell dinner.
Today you will be transferred back to Ulaanbaatar International Airport for your flight back home.