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7 Days / 6 Nights Itinerary (Ulaanbaatar - Senjit Hairhan - Arburd Sands - Bogd Khan Mountain - Ulaanbaatar)

Surprisingly near the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, the Gobi gradually begins to appear. We will travel south over vast steppeland before meeting our camel herdsmen. This Westerners perceive the Gobi as a desert but actually most of it is a semi desert steppe. We will trek in an area where the steppes give way to sandy subsoil and in an area where there is a 20 km long sand dune. All herdsmen lead a traditional way of life here. On this journey we use low impact traditional modes of transport. Our equipment will be carried on camel carts, in the same way nomadic herders transport their belongings, moving from one pasture to another. In this area camels are being used for this purpose. We will also carry a ger, which is the traditional felt tent that Mongols live in today. Essentially, it means that we can use the services of the local people living in the area where we travel. The herdsmen are the experts and we will be able to get a first hand experience of how to move a camp the traditional Mongolian way.



Day 01 : Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in the Mongolian capital by train or air. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 : Drive south
A.m. Drive to the south over the treeless steppes. In the afternoon we reach Senjit Hairhan, some giant rock formations visibly standing up straight from the surrounding steppe. Here we meet with the camel herdsmen. Put up camp on the steppe. Scan the ridges of the surrounding hills and rocks for Argali Sheep (Ovis ammon), the largest wild sheep in the world. All wildlife viewing requires a great portion of luck. Overnight in tents.

Day 03 - 05 : Camel trek
We will trek for a two full days across the treeless steppes meeting nomadic herdsmen families on the way. Our hosts in the area are relatives to one third of the local population. During the last day we will trek through Arburd Sands, a 20 km long sand dune. Strange enough, a good number wolves - being wary of man - have taken refuge in these dunes and can sometimes be seen. We have brought one ger (yurt) that will be our mobile restaurant. Tents, all provisions and a cook are provided. All equipment will be loaded on to camel carts. There will be one or two riding camels so that we can try some riding as well. Herdsmen will follow the carts. We will make contact with other herdsmen. We will no doubt be invited into the gers, and learn about their ancient lifestyle. Overnight in tents and the last night at Arburd Sands Ger Camp.

Day 06 : Bogd Khan Mountain
A.m. drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we will visit the Bogd Uul Biosphere Reserve and the site of the ruins of Manzhir monastery. This is the southernmost taiga of the area, and we will get up into the hills andsome nice forests. Red deer (Cervuselaphus) can usually be seen here. Back in Ulaanbaatar check into the hotel. Overnight.

Day 07 : Departure



Cost ???

Cost included :
* Twin bedded rooms in a hotel***
* Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
* Shared accommodation in tent (2pers/tent)
* Guiding and interpreting service
* All meals in countryside
* All meals in Ulaanbaatar
* Domestic flights
* Transfers by vehicle 4x4
* Local guide
* All entrance fees
* Horse, camel ride trial
* Boat rental

Cost not included :
* International airfare
* Alcoholic drinks
* International airport departure tax (US$13 per person).
* Travel Insurance
* Excess luggage (The local flights allowance to carry free luggage only 15 Kg)



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