Mongolia Overland Overview

Travel to Mongolia and visit Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s eccentric capital. Then embark on an overland trip to Mongolia’s best attractions, visiting the Orkhon Valley, Karakorum and more.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Finish:

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 19
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (10 nts), Hotel (3 nts), Yurt (7 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Amarbayasgalant - Monastery, Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery, Karakorum - Old City ruins, Mongolia - Khar Bukh Balgas ruins, Ogii Lake - Kultigen Monument, Orkhon Valley - Hiking, Orkhon Valley - Tuvkhon Monastery, Tsenkher - Hot Springs, Ulaanbaatar - Black Market, Ulaanbaatar - Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar - National History Museum

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    861kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    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. Local Partner: 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.

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    CAD $2,010
    AUD $2,050
    EUR €1,500
    GBP £1,225
    NZD $2,430
    ZAR R18,635
    CHF FR1,755
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    CAD $2,733*
    AUD $2,801*
    EUR €2,022*
    GBP £1,675*
    NZD $3,321*
    ZAR R25,477*
    CHF FR2,399*
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    NZD $158
    ZAR R1,213
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Mongolia Overland Summary

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Days 1-2 Ulaanbaatar

This surprising city combines tradition with modern day in a Soviet-style framework. Ulaanbaatar may look grey, but the city's inherent spirit and its colourful people make this a city to remember.

Day 3 Ogii Lake

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.

Day 4 Karakorum

Built by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, the ancient capital of Karakorum houses Mongolia's first Buddhist centre and impressive ruins.

Days 5-6 Orkhon Valley

Because the Orkhon Valley was of strategic and divine importance to the Turks, it is now full of fascinating ruins, some dating back to the 8th century.

Days 7-8 Tsenkher Hot Springs

Tsenkher is renowned for its delightful hot springs and is set amongst remote yet beautiful open scenery.

Day 9 Tamir River

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.

Day 10 Chuluut 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.

Day 11 Khorgo Volcano

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.

Day 12 Zuun Lake

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.

Day 13 Murun

Continue the journey through the rugged mountain terrain of Khuvsgul province. Become immersed in the intriguing museums, markets and monasteries of Murun.

Days 14-15 Lake Khovsgol

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!

Day 16 Murun

Embark on a day's hiking through the lush meadows, thick pine forests and resplendent wildflowers of Lake Khovgol – dubbed 'The Blue Pearl'.

Days 17-18 Selenge River & Bulgan

Prepare for two days of driving across the central-northern steppes, savouring the endless vistas over vast empty landscapes.

Day 19 Amarbayasgalant Monastery

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.

Days 20-21 Ulaanbaatar

Called UB by locals, the endearing Ulaanbaatar is surrounded by green hills and is a curious mix of Soviet buildings and ger districts.
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    • CDOM
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,965
      CAD $2,010
      AUD $2,050
      EUR €1,500
      GBP £1,225
      NZD $2,430
      ZAR R18,635
      CHF FR1,755
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $680
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,645*
      CAD $2,733*
      AUD $2,801*
      EUR €2,022*
      GBP £1,675*
      NZD $3,321*
      ZAR R25,477*
      CHF FR2,399*
      *
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.