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Mongolia - Land of Genghis Khan

16 days from £3900 per person

One of the world’s least–populated countries, this itinerary represents a wonderful opportunity to spend time in the wilderness of Eastern Mongolia — one of lesser visited parts of this under–explored country. A unique destination, Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar is reached by air from Beijing and is best visited from May to September. The East Gobi was once the homeland of Genghis Khan and this journey traverses the wild grasslands, forests and meadows where the great khan was born and raised. Travel within Mongolia is by train and 4x4 with custom tented ger accommodation throughout — a fascinating introduction to this beautiful land.

Route: Beijing – Ulaanbaatar – Ikh Nart – Gun Galuut – Toson Hulstai – Ölziyt Hairhan – Öglögchiin Wall Ulaanbaatar – Beijing

Itinerary Highlights

Founded in 1639, Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is located in a valley on the Tuul River. The city is the cultural, industrial and commercial centre of the country.

The Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve is a protected area in the East Gobi Province. The rare Argali sheep can be found on the dry grassland and semi-desert steppe.

The beautiful region of Olziyt Hairhan, home to the Halh, Dadal and Buryat people, is alleged to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan. Excellent hiking and birding is possible in this rocky landscape.

Itinerary: Mongolia - Land of Genghis Khan

Fly with British Airways non-stop to Beijing. (N)
Arrive into Beijing and proceed by car to your accommodation located close to the Forbidden City. (N)
Accommodation in Beijing: Xinqiao Novotel Hotel (or similar)
This morning you will be met and transferred back to Beijing Airport in good time to catch your onward flight to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. (B)
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar: A central hotel
After breakfast, leave Ulaanbaatar for the full day train ride to East Gobi (Dornogobi) Province. Follow the Trans-Mongolian Railway line in the direction of China through a gradually changing landscape of treeless steppe grassland to the drier Gobi plains. Disembark at Shiveegobi and continue by 4x4 to the Red Rock Valley of Ikh Nart. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Ikh Nart: Red Rock Ger Camp (or similar)
Today explore this dramatic, rocky Gobi landscape and view the many species that live here. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including Argali Sheep, the world's largest wild sheep, Siberian Ibex, wolves and lynx, Asiatic Wild Ass and the Mongolian Gazelle. Ikh Nart is also known for its population of Cinereous Vultures – the largest vulture of Eurasia. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Ikh Nart: Red Rock Ger Camp (or similar)
This morning leave Ikh Nart and drive north to the Herlen River, making use of the few tarmac roads present in Mongolia. From here continue onto Gun Galuut Nature Reserve. This afternoon, enjoy birding around the surrounding small lakes and marshlands which are home to the rare Whitenaped Cranes and Swan Geese. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Gun Galuut: Tented accommodation
Today continue east into Hentii Province passing the small capital of Öndörhaan and traversing the classic grasslands that are so characteristic of the Eastern Steppes into Dornod—Mongolia's easternmost province. The herding communities become scarcer and more isolated as you drive through Toson Hulstai Nature Reserve to the campsite which will be your base for the next two nights. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Toson Hulstai: Tented accommodation 
Today explore a region famous for its immense Gazelle herds. Although sometimes elusive, it is not uncommon to encounter herds of ten thousand or more. There will also be time for hiking and birding. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Toson Hulstai: Tented accommodation 
This morning drive north towards the Onon River, a tributary of the mighty Amur River crossing back into Hentii Province where the scenery changes from the undulating grasslands to small ridge mountains of birch forest—traditionally the start of Siberia. Continue onto the dramatic rocky landscapes of sacred Ölziyt Hairhan and your campsite which will be your base for the next three nights. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Ölziyt Hairhan: Tented accommodation 
Over the next two days hike and explore this beautiful area—homeland of the Halh, Dadal and Buryat communities and, it is alleged, the birthplace of Genghis Khan. Fishing can also be arranged. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Ölziyt Hairhan: Tented accommodation 
Today drive west through Bayan-Adraga and Binder until the Almsgivers, Öglögchiin, Wall which borders the large Khen Khentii Special Protected Area, a forested wilderness three times the size of Yellowstone. Continue onto the Campsite for your two night stay. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Öglögchiin Wall: Tented accommodation 
Located within the Batshireet community, Öglögchiin Wall is an archaeological wall (more than two metres wide and three metres high as its highest) which skirts through the forests for more than 3kms towards Mount Daichin. It is also here that archaeological expeditions have searched for the grave of Genghis Khan – unfortunately with little success. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Öglögchiin Wall: Tented accommodation 
Today leave Öglögchiin and return by car to Ulaanbaatar. (B/L)
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar: A central hotel 
This morning it is an early start to transfer to Ulaanbaatar Airport in good time to catch your onward flight to Beijing. (B)
Accommodation in Beijing: Xinqiao Novotel Hotel (or similar)
Today transfer back to Beijing Airport to catch your British Airways flight home to London Heathrow Terminal Five. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Train travel as specified
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with an accompanying English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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