Travel overland from Ulaanbaatar across the fascinating plains of Mongolia.

Discover the magic of Mongolia on an overland tour through this remote country. Beginning in Ulaanbaatar, travel to Mongolia’s colourful towns, ancient ruins and stunning national parks. Learn about the conquests of Genghis Khan, bathe in effervescent hot springs and spot bountiful wildlife as you traverse this epic country's great plains. Tucked away between Russia and China, Mongolia remains one of the world’s enigmas, a true Intrepid destination with a fascinating mix of cultures and landscapes. See ancient Karakorum, quirky Ulaanbaatar and the legendary grasslands on an unforgettable overland journey through Mongolia.

Start
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Finish
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Countries
Mongolia
Themes
Overland
Code
CDOM
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
861kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Learn about Genghis Khan in Ulaanbaatar
  • Soak in sensual natural hot springs
  • Visit Mongolia’s renowned national parks
  • Camp with nomads in the Mongolian grasslands
  • Walk through the ruins of the Mongol Empire
  • Trek to remote Buddhist monasteries
  • Hike through canyons and to the top of extinct volcanoes
  • Meet the Tsaatan reindeer herders

Itinerary

Arrive in Mongolia’s bubbling capital, a great place to begin this overland adventure. Visit Ulaanbaatar’s many museums and learn about the most famous Mongolian - Genghis Khan.
Leave UB and watch as the city's gritty cityscape gradually fades and the sparse, rolling hillsides for which the country is so well known take over. Check out the crumbling ruins of Khar Bukh Balgas and learn about the various kingdoms that ruled from here during the Kitan period. Scan the waters and skies of Ogii Lake for such birdlife as Swan Geese, White Spoonbills and Dalmatian Pelicans.
Visit Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital. Wander the ruins of the old city and drop in on Mongolia’s first Buddhist monastery.
Spend time in stunning Orkhon Valley and visit nearby waterfalls. Hike to the 17th-century Tuvkhon Monastery for a spectacular view of this verdant valley.
Cross the Khangai Nuruu Mountains and be greeted by lush grasses and open valleys. Visit a nomadic family or bathe in the sensual hot springs.
Peruse the various goods and produce being hawked at Tsetserleg's local market. Visit a provincial museum housed in an ancient monastery from where the head monk used to govern. Spend a night camped in a picturesque spot along the Tamir River.
Hear the local mythology surrounding the giant rock of Taikhar Chuluu. Set off across Arkhangai Province, soaking up spectacular panoramas of vast green meadows, gently flowing rivers and rolling hills. Take in the dramatic views over Chuluut Canyon before setting up camp for another night.
Hike to the summit of Khorgo Volcano and savour astonishing views down into its deep crater and across its barren lava fields. Stop by Yellow Dog Cave en route to a night spent in a traditional ger camp.
Entering the Mongolian highlands, get a taste of the country's more dramatic landscapes along one of its most mesmerising routes. The day's travel concludes upon arrival at Zuun Lake.
Continue the journey through the rugged mountain terrain of Khuvsgul province. Become immersed in the intriguing museums, markets and monasteries of Murun.
Potter about an ancient burial site famous for the deer motifs emblazoning the memorial stones of past leaders and warriors. Arrive at Lake Khovsgol and meet some of the nomadic ethnic groups that roam this area – presuming we can track them down that is!
Embark on a day's hiking through the lush meadows, thick pine forests and resplendent wildflowers of Lake Khovgol – dubbed 'The Blue Pearl'.
Prepare for two days of driving across the central-northern steppes, savouring the endless vistas over vast empty landscapes.
Visit the Amarbayasgalant Monastery – one of the few Buddhist monastic centres to have survived the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Admire the Tibetan-influenced architecture of the temples and perhaps meet some of the monks studying there.
Complete your Mongolia Overland adventure back in colourful and quirky Ulaanbaatar.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (10 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Yurt (7 nights)

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Important notes

1. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
2. Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Mongolia Overland trips score an average of 3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Mongolia Overland , May 2015

Mongolia Overland , May 2015