MONGOLIA Adventure Tour 20/06 – 31/07 2020
Mongolia is a country full of diverse and beautiful landscapes, from mountains and vast steppes to huge freshwater lakes and deserts. If you’re an adventurer or adrenaline enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place. Our trip to Mongolia offers a journey full of great views, mysterious places and meetings with the descendants of Genghis Khan. During our trip you will travel by car, on horseback and on a camel. You will meet real nomads, including real shamans, listen to the traditional music of descendants of Genghis Khan, and sleep in Mongolian yurts. You will indulge in reflection in Buddhist temples, look at the starlit sky at night, admire wild steppe horses or browse in the crystal-clear waters of the lakes there. There is also time for swimming in hot springs – real relaxation for the body and senses. In other words, you’ll experience unspoiled nature and discover places where life has not changed for hundreds of years.
The route will lead us from high mountains with eternal snow to the sands of the Gobi desert. During our expedition we will reach all the most important places in Mongolia. Altai Mountains, for millennia inhabited by Kazakhs and their eagles with whom they hunt hares and foxes. Kazakh boys start learning to hunt very early, building strength that in the future will allow them to keep a heavy bird.
Another attraction that we will see are the great lakes compared to Baikal. Sacred places of Tibetan lamas and Mongolian shamanism. Ruins of historic strongholds and settlements.
With a bit of luck, we’ll see a place where, according to the latest research, the grave of Genghis Khan can be hidden from the world for centuries. Legend has it that hundreds of horses were rushed for several months at the site of Khan’s grave so that there was no trace of burial. After all, all people who participated in the funeral and people who had contact with them were killed. And so to this day 100% certainty is nowhere this great leader rested. Recent studies indicate a certain place but it is closely guarded by the tribe living in the area who must agree to enter this area.
Like Mongolian nomads, we will traverse the endless steppe and enter the volcanic crater. We will visit the famous Naadam summer festival where up to 1000 horses race in the surrounding meadows. And finally, of course, the famous Gobi desert. Gobi is not only a “big sand mountain” but also a place of occurrence of very rare and often endemic representatives of fauna and flora. And so, for example, Gobi is one of the few places in the world where the last bactrian camels live in the wild.
You can also meet Gobi bears – Mazaalai, this is a variation of the blue Tibetan bear. The population of these very rare and mysterious animals is estimated at only about 50 individuals …..
Snow Leopards are another unique representative of the gobian fauna – a quarter of the world’s population of this cat lives in Gobi. And of course dinosaurs, that’s where eggs and other dinosaur fossils were found. Over a month of great adventure awaits us, full of beautiful landscapes and mysterious places.
The tour duration does not include travel from EU border to Mongolia. Journey from EU border to Mongolian / Russian border will take about 5-7 days.
Acomodation TypeCamps Tents
Tour StyleOwn cars
Tour Difficulty Level
Group SizeMin. 3 - Max. 6 cars
The length of the planned route is about 20,000 km. Apart from the sections leading through Russia, the main part of the route runs gravel & unpaved roads and asphalt in very poor condition. Therefore, before leaving, make sure that the vehicle is ready for a difficult and long journey.
- green card – additional car insurance
- International driving license
- authorization to use the car in the case of company cars, leasing cars, etc.
- additional medical expenses insurance
- valid passport
- Russian visa
- Mongolian visa, 30-day tourist visa
For information on passport and visa regulations, please contact us, we work with a travel agency that arranges visa formalities.
MIN. NUMBER OF CARS – 3
MAX. NUMBER OF CARS – 6
The condition of registering the application and participation in the expedition is the payment of a non-returnable symbolic deposit * 100 EUR up to 7 days from the date of application. The deposit is returned if the expedition is canceled by the organizer.
- guarantees of fun
- rest from everyday hustle and bustle
- 4×4 unforgettable adventure
- route preparation
- the presence 24/7 of an experienced representative of East Adventure 4×4
- package of photos from the trip for each participant
- souvenir gadgets.
- bad humor
- fuel costs,
- entrance costs to parks, museums, etc.
- accommodation costs at campsites or in pensions and hotels.
Lake Bayan Nur, Lake Khyargas Nur and the sand dunes of Bor Khyarin Els
We will use this day to rest in the beautiful Basin of the Great Lakes. In the afternoon we will reach the Khyargas lake. What is characterized there is no mosquitoes, even during the season. It will be another driving day surrounded by mountain and steppe landscapes – we will reach the least visited corner of Mongolia – the Great Lakes Basin, with the most powerful sand dunes in all of Mongolia. We will enter one of the dunes, measuring about 300 m in height, to enjoy the view of the entire Great Lakes Basin. Accommodation in tents
Telmen Nuur Lake
We continue the journey east. In the late afternoon we will reach Lake Telmen. The area is full of varied landscapes, including: sand dunes, beautiful mountains, green forests, and small streams. For those willing a short walk around the area. Overnight in tents.
Beautifully situated among the mountains, Lake Khovsgol called the Baikal sister is the deepest lake of Mongolia – 260m. On its shores we will look for a wild beach where we will set up our camp and spend the night in tents.
Zyyn Nuur Lake
On this day, we will have a difficult journey through the high passes. We enter the taiga zone. We sleep at the lake Zuun Nuur located at an altitude of over 2000 m. Overnight in tents.
Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur and Khorgo volcano
One of the great places is Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur – the Great White Lake located in the central part of the country inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is one of the most beautiful corners of Mongolia. This forgotten land is a treat for lovers of nature and the exotic. Overnight in yurts or on your own tent.
Uran Togoo Mountain and Volcano
A day trip to one of the oldest extinct volcanoes in Mongolia. From above, there is a beautiful view of the surroundings. Overnight in a tent.
That day we will reach Ulan Bator and spend time exploring the capital of Mongolia, where almost half of the country’s population lives. We will see min. Genghis Khan Square – the central point of the city, Parliament building, Gandan Monastery – the country’s most important religious center, the winter palace of the last Mongol Khan Bogd-Khan. Overnight stay at a hotel.
We will spend the day passing through the vast highlands north to the Onon Balj National Park in the hills of Chentej. A short walking tour of the picturesque, forested area. This area is considered by the Mongols as the birthplace of Temudgin – the future Genghis Khan. We will stop at the place of Dadal, we will see a huge stone that supposedly stands in the place where Genghis Khan was born. Overnight accommodation in a tourist class hotel.
Zorgol Khairkhan mountain
That day we will reach Khairkhan Zorgol. This is the sacred mountain of Mongolia. Around the mountain there are burial places of ancient Mongolian soldiers. According to the shaman’s custom, it is forbidden to pronounce the names of the holy mountains when visiting them. Overnight in tents.
Bolor Cave, Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), Gobii Desert
On this day we get Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) – an amazing rock cliff, 100m wide and 30 meters high. For thousands of years, the wind has carved its unusual shape. We reach the famous Gobi desert. Overnight in tents.
We continue our journey through the Gobi desert. We pass through the Gurvaincaikan Park. The name can be translated as Three Gobi Beauties. Tree Beautys are three rock formations with amazing forms. Within the park there is also a gorge, – Yolyn Am, or the Vulture Gorge. Even in the middle of summer in Yolyn Am you can see the ground covered in ice and snow. The walls of the ravine rise so steeply that they do not allow sunlight, in the middle of the day it is dusk, despite the sun shining over their heads and the
Khongoryn Sand Dunes
The journey continues through the desert to the Khongoryn dunes. In the afternoon, sand dunes contrasting with the blackness of the surrounding rocks begin to emerge from the landscape cut by numerous canyons. The dunes called singing sands are a special place. They rise in places at approximately 800 m a.s.l. and reach a width of up to 12 km. The blowing wind makes them take on different shapes and seem to be a living organism, the more so because the dunes are often heard singing, then a sound like a prolonged whistling sound is heard, which gives many travelers shivers on their backs. Overnight in tents.
Bayanzag - Home of Dino and Flaming cliffs
We’re still driving through the Gobi desert. Bayanzag – the famous house of dinosaurs – the place where the largest fossils of dinosaur skeletons were discovered. We will see amazing red flaming cliffs called flaming cliffs. Overnight in tents.
We continue to drive through the Gobi desert. Transfer to the Khogno Khan National Park, famous for its several-kilometer sand dune ranges. Overnight in tents.
Erdene Khanbiin Monastery, Park 8 lakes, Red Waterfall Orkhon Valley
On this day, we slowly say goodbye to the Gobi Desert and return to the steppe. After breakfast, we head to Karakorum – the former capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. The road leads through a wide steppe. Visiting the Erdene Khanbiin monastery complex. Overnight in tents.
Journey to the Altai Mountains
Continuing the journey towards the Altai Mountains we will visit min. The Orkhon Waterfall – A waterfall of red flows. Overnight in tents.
Altai Tavan Bogd
On this day, our goal is Altai Tavan Bogd National Park one of the most pristine places in the world. Located in western Mongolia, In the Altai Tavn Bogd Park are five of the highest peaks of Mongolia. We will discover beautiful landscapes from glaciers to mountain lakes, but also many mysterious sites and archaeological sites. Overnight in tents.
Shiveet Khairkhan, Base Camp Malchen Peak
We continue the journey through the Altai Mountains. We will reach one of the most important mountains. If we are lucky we will spend the night in a high-mountein camp.
At the end of our adventure with Mongolia, we will see breathtaking Bronze Age petroglyphs
Journey to the Altai National Par in Russia
We set off to the Mongolian-Russian border. After crossing the border, we head towards the Altai National Park. Overnight in tents.
Day 21 and 22
Altai National Park in Russia
We visit the Russian part of Altai. Accommodation in tents.
End of our Tour
We finish the expedition and back to home. (5-7 days)
Bearing in mind the safety of event participants, East Adventure reserves the right to change the program and route of the trip resulting from weather events, security problems, withdrawal of permits. In such cases, East Adventure will make the necessary route changes. The tour duration does not include travel from EU to Mongolia. Journey from Latvia/Russia border to Mongolian / Russian border will take about 5-7 days. The program below applies only to stay in Mongolia and does not include days spent on rest.
- roof tent or any other type
- sleeping bags (recommended thermal comfort min. 0 C)
- tourist stove & fuel
- kitchen dishes
- tourist chairs and table.
- technical water canister min. 20l
- we recommend taking a well-stocked first aid kit and a supply of necessary medicines.
Camping accommodation in tents “in the wild”. Occasionally yurts or home-stays will be available
The participants prepare their own meals. We recommend doing basic grocery shopping, such as cans, ready meals, coffee, tea, etc., before leaving. During the trip, there may be problems shopping along the route. We plan several meals in local restaurants so that everyone has the opportunity to get acquainted with the local cuisine. It is a good idea to take EUR/US dollars with you and exchange them for local currency. Alternatively, you can use ATMs. Small shops and gas stations do not always accept payments in euros, much less by card.
- 2 x 20L fuel canister
- AT tires
- off-road equipment: straps, shackles.
- CB radio
LIST OF SPARE PARTS
- oils for engine, gearbox, diff’s and transferbox
- set of basic tools
- 2 fire extinguishers
- set of bulbs
- a reflective vest
- spare keys
- brake pads front / rear