Otgon at Backpacker Mongolia

Otgon's backpackers Trips

Ulaan Batar, Mongolia

Franais - Deutch

1st day

Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by your guide. He will bring us to your comfortable, centrally located hotel.

In the afternoon we will visit the Gandantegchinlen Monastery. It is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia. We will scroll through the different monasteries, observe the daily rituals of the lamas and see the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig, a 82-food high statue gilded in gold and covered with silk cloths.

In the evening enjoy a welcome diner in one of the best restaurants of Ulaanbaatar.

(Hotel, L, D)

2nd day

Today we will take the plane for Olgii, capital city of Bayan-Olgii province. It is the most western aimag of Mongolia. Our vehicles will be waiting for us at the airport.

Unlike the rest of Mongolia, which is dominated by Khalkh Mongolians, about 90% of Bayan-Olgii's population are Kazakh, almost all of them Muslims. Olgii has even its own little mosque.

From here we will drive to Achit Lake. Achit Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the province. It is on the border of Uvs and Bayan Ulgii provinces, and is an easy detour between Olgii and Ulaangom. It offers stunning sunsets and sunrises as well as good fishing. The lake is home to an astonishing array of water bird flocks.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

3rd day

Today we will head for Uureg Lake, which lies close to the Russian border and Siberia. It is a large, beautiful slightly salt-water lake surrounded by glorious mountains and some snow-capped 3000 meters plus peaks. The mouth of the valley leading into the lake is lined with nomad's summer gers. The scene is breathtaking and so are the people. We will have the opportunity to visit some families.

Before reaching the lake we will cross the Ogotor Hamar Pass from which you will have breathtaking views of the region.

We will hike the whole afternoon around the lake.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

4th day

Today our first stop on the road to Ulaangom is the Ulaan Davaa Pass, from where we will enjoy the views of the red mountains and sprawling valley floor. We will pass Ulaangom to reach the southern edge of the gigantic Uvs Lake. Uvs Lake, Mongolian largest lake (in surface) is as vast as a sea and is worth a visit to feel its immensity. The lake is 5 times saltier than the ocean. It is Mongolia's lowest point.

Beginning of the afternoon we will drive on a rough but scenic road to the twin peaks of Kharkhiraa and Turgen mountains. We will drive further into the Kharkhiraa valley. Somewhere along the Kharkhiraa River we will set up our tented camp. This river finds its sources in the Kharkhiraa Mountain and its water flows into the Uvs Lake.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

5th day

Today we will have our first non-driving day. We will relax the whole day along the river. Those who want will go hiking, other will leave for a horse riding tour. We will visit some nomad families and experience their hospitality. Those who want will have the opportunity to try the "airag" or fermented horse milk. In the evening we will be offered a typical Mongolian barbecue that will be prepared by nomads. Our guide - translator will help us to forge contact with the local population.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

6th Day

Today we will drive further south-westwards leaving the Kharkhiraa Mountain behind us. We will drive on Mongolia's worst roads to enter, one of Mongolia's least visited regions, the Great Lakes Depressions which stretch out from Uvs to Khovd aimag over about 40.000 square kilometres. The Great lake depression is a semi-arid desert region delimited westward by the Altai Mountain Range. In spring, melting snow from the Altai Mountain ends up in the depression's lakes. Being deprived of outlets to the sea, those salt lakes become giant evaporating points.

Later during the day we will reach Khyargas Lake which is famous for having the least number of mosquitoes at any time of year, and its banks are like a pleasant seashore. Will have chance to swim until dinner.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

7th day

After breakfast we will set off for Bayan Lake. It is a beautiful lake surrounded by sand dunes, and where locals claim there is good fishing. Once we have reached the lake we will camp on its shore.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

8th day

Today we will have our second non-driving day. It will be a camel riding day. Bactrian camels are the only possible means of transport in many places in this area. Those who want will experience a full day of camel riding across Uguumur Mountain. We will return to the base camp in the evening. The riding distance is 20-25km depending on the weather and circumstances.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

9th day

Our next stop will be another beautiful little desert lake also surrounded by sand dunes, Ereen Lake. On the way to the lake we will enjoy great view of the Mongol Els Sand Dunes.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

10th day

Today we will leave for Khunkher Resort and hike in the region.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

11th day

After breakfast we will set of for Altai, capital city of Altai province where we will visit the local market to stock up with food. After our short beak at the market we will go on driving to Baidrag River where we will overnight. In the evening we will have the opportunity to hike in the area.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

12th day

Today we will drive further westwards and enjoy the sunning view on the Altai Mountain Chain. At this point you can see in one-landscape view high mountain peaks, rivers surrounded by pastureland and desert.

We will overnight somewhere close to Baruun Buyan Ulaan.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

13th day

Today we will start driving in the real Gobi area. The Gobi is a desert like none other. Flat arid plains stretch for thousands of miles interrupted by the occasional lone ger or herd of goat, camel or sheep. It is the area of the cloudless blue sky and the sun beating down relentlessly on all. The Gobi Desert is the least populated area of Mongolia and despite its arid climate it supports a diverse array of bird and animal life including the legendary snow leopard, the Gobi bear and the wild mountain sheep.

In the evening we will reach Saigan Ovoo Sum. This little town is located along a small desert river (Ongiin Gol) at the entrance of a beautiful mountainous region. A little further southward along the river, next to Hoshuu Monastery we will spend the night in a ger camp.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

14th day

After the long and intensive trip of the day before, we will have one more non-driving day. We will enjoy the peace and beauty of the Delger Khangai Mountains. We will explore the ruins of Hoshuu Monastery on one side of the river and the ruins of Ongiin Monastery on the other side of the river. We will hike around in this massive series of rocky hills cut by the river.

Breakfast, dinner and supper will be taken in the ger camp, and we will spend a second night here before facing a second driving intensive day to the North.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

15th day

After a breakfast at the camp side, we will start driving towards the north. Today we will see the landscape changing dramatically from an inhospitably rocky land to the fertile grassland of central Mongolia. The number of families and cattle we will see along the road will gradually increase. Cows will slowly replace camels.

We will drive until the Orkhon Water Falls and camp close to a Nomad family.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

16th day

Today we will hike in the area of the Orkhon water falls. In the afternoon we will drive to Karakorum, also called Kharkhorin, site of the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khan. Very little is left from this legendary city. In the 16th century, Mongolia's biggest Monastery was build from the ruins of Kharkhorin.

Overnight in a ger camp

(Ger Camp, B, L, D).


Now Erdene Zuu Monastery is all that remains of what once was a huge monastery of 100 temples and about 1.000 lamas residencing there.

After breakfast we will explore the grounds of Erdene Zuu Monastery surrounded by its massive 400 m X 400 m walls. We will be guided around the 3 remaining temples: Dalai Lama, Zuu of Buddha and Lavrin Temple. We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock. In the afternoon we will hike in the area.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D).

18th Day

This morning we will set off for the foothills of the Khogno Khan Mountains. Khogno Khan Mountains is an impressive massif in the open steppes. Not far from here runs the Tasarkhai Els, a 100 km long sand dune.

After breakfast we will visit the nice little Uvgun Monastery. Those who want will have the opportunity to climb the sand dunes or to walk up the mountain and enjoy the incredible view over the plains, the sand dune and grasslands.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D).

19th day

Today we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar.

(Hotel, B, L, D)

20th day

Today we will have a full free day to stroll around in Ulaanbaatar and buy some souvenirs before heading back home. In the evening we will have assist at a folk dance and have a farewell dinner in a good restaurant.

(Hotel, B, D)

21st day

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure



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