Mongolia is a vast country with
spectacular natural beauty, largely
untouched by the modern world.
From the Gobi desert to snow-capped
mountains and grassy steppes where
wild horses and nomads roam, this is
one of the world’s last great wilderness
regions. Experience nomadic culture on
this tour, staying in gers and sampling
nomadic food. Each tour date coincides
with a Mongolian festival, where you can
experience lively cultural displays and
see traditional skills in action.
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Evening flight from London to Ulan Bator with
Korean Air, via Seoul. (N)
Arrive in Ulan Bator and stay at the Bayangol
Hotel for 1 night. Evening traditional music
performance and welcome dinner. (D)
Travel to Terelj National Park and take a short
walk to a Buddhist monastery, with the chance
to spot some of the 250 bird species recorded
here. Throughout the journey in the Mongolian
wilderness, accommodation will be in ger
camps. (B, L, D)
Continue south to Gazriin Chuluu, a picturesque
mountain in the granite belt of Mongolia. Take
lunch at the ger camp, then an afternoon walk
in the surrounding area. (B, L, D)
Venture into the Gobi desert and the
Gurvansaikhan National Park, home to such
rare species as the Argali sheep, snow leopards
and Siberian ibexes. Here, you will see the
striking scenery of the Flaming Cliffs, where
many dinosaur fossil discoveries have been
made. (B, L, D)
Drive to the towering sand dunes of Khongoryn
Els, which demonstrate the ‘singing’ or ‘roaring’
sands phenomenon when blown by the wind. In
the evening, visit a family of camel breeders for
an opportunity to try camel riding. (B, L, D)
Continue to the Yol valley, a steep-sided canyon
also known as Eagle or Vulture valley. Visit the
Gobi glacier en route (subject to environmental
conditions). (B, L, D)
Cross the mountains of Ikh Bogdo to Saikhan
Ovoo where the mountainside remains of the
Ongiin Khiid monastery can still be visited. The
monastery was founded in the 17th century, but
was destroyed under communist rule. Now it is
slowly being rebuilt. (B, L, D)
Established by Genghis Khan in 1220 as
the capital of the Mongolian empire, in its
heyday Karakorum was a multicultural and
cosmopolitan city filled with traders from all
over the world and surrounded by huge
walls. Little remains today, but visits to the
museum and Erdene Zuu monastery are
informative. (B, L, D)
Travel to the Gurvanbulag nomad community,
and gain an insight into the nomadic lifestyle by
watching and participating in various activities.
See the making of dairy products, herding of
animals and training of untamed horses, try the
traditional game of Shagai, and watch horses
being caught with an uurga – a traditional
wooden lasso. Optional horse riding and ox-cart
riding are available. A khorkhog, a Mongolian
barbecue of meat grilled with hot stones, and
airag, fermented mares milk, can be sampled
here. (B, L, D)
Return to Ulan Bator. Stay at the Bayangol
Hotel for 3 nights. (B, L, D)
Visit the National Sports Stadium for the festival
grand opening ceremony, with traditional music
and marching followed by wrestling and archery.
Afternoon visit to the Gandan monastery. (B, L, D)
Watch the horse racing just outside the city,
where 200 to 300 riders compete in the races
over a distance of 15-35km. Return to the
National Stadium for the final rounds of the
wrestling competition. (B, L, D)
Tour of the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, the
National Museum, and Chinggis Square, where
a display of Mongolian costumes is on show.
Late evening flight to Seoul. (B, L, D)
Early morning arrival in Seoul, where you will
have use of a room at the transit hotel. In the
afternoon, fly to London with Korean Air, arriving
later that same day. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
in Ulan Bator.
Accommodation is basic and,
with the exception of accommodation in Ulan
Bator, you will stay in gers – large, traditional
heated tents with communal bathrooms. Travelling is over long
distances in 4x4s or minivans, sometimes over
During the Golden Eagle Festival tour
in September the weather can be cold, between
5-10C in the day and dipping below 0C at night.
The itinerary featured above is for 29
June departure. The 9 July departure includes the
same content but in a different order, visiting the
Nadaam festival at the beginning of the tour.
The 24 September departure visits the Golden
Eagle festival instead of Nadaam – see ‘Festival
Departures’ box, and ask for more details.
This itinerary can
be taken privately. Prices based on travelling outside
the festival periods. For private travel during a
festival, or using alternative accommodation
standards, flight options, or to tailor this
itinerary, please call 020 7808 6786 or email
Dating from the Genghis Khan era, the Nadaam
festival is a showcase for traditional sporting
events and a celebration enjoyed throughout
Mongolia from 11 to 13 July.
At the National Stadium in Ulan Bator,
nomads compete in wrestling, archery and
horsemanship. The 29 June departure will
include the colourful opening ceremony and first
day of the festival at the end of the tour. On 9
July departure these events will be included at
the beginning of the tour.
The Golden Eagle festival is a wonderful
opportunity to see traditional local life. It is held
in Ulgii, a town in the far west of Mongolia near
the border with Kazakhstan. Kazakh eagle hunters,
known as burkitshi, compete to show off their
handling skills and their magnificent birds as they
try and catch small mammals such as hares and
foxes. Prizes are awarded for exceptional displays
of speed, agility and accuracy by the eagles, as
well as awards for the best traditional Kazakh
dress and for traditional events such as horse
racing and archery.
The Bayangol is a modern hotel, situated just a short walk away from Grand Chinggis Square in the centre of Ulan Bator and close to various cafes and shops. The Bayangol restaurant serves a mix of Mongolian and international cuisine, while the Wine House restaurant specialises in mainly European dishes with a selection of international wines and spirits. The shop in the lobby serves coffee and snacks. All rooms are equipped with high-speed internet access, cable television, air conditioning and...
The Erdene-Ukhaa Tourist Camp is located in north of Baga Gazryn Chuluu, ideally placed for an exploration of the Gobi desert. The camp is basic, but the best available in the area. Accommodation is in traditional ger tents, with separate lavatory and shower facilities and a main building with the restaurant and reception. Electricity is supplied by a generator between 7pm and...
Gobi Erdene Ger Camp is located a short distance from the sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. There are separate male and female lavatories and shower facilities for guests staying in the gers. Mongolian and European cuisine is served in the communal dining house. Accommodation is basic, but the best available in the area. Electricity is available for limited periods, typically between 18:00-23:00.
Features: 33 ger tents, traditional Mongolian games.
Room amenities: Traditional furnishings, table,...
The Gobi Ger Camp is located 50 km from Eagle Valley in Tsagaan Tolgoi, in the east of Gurvansaikhan National Park. Accommodation is basic, but the best available in the area, with large traditional heated tents with access to communal bathrooms. Electricity is available throughout the day. There is a souvenir shop on site stocked with locally made...
Located in the central region of Mongolia near the Khogno Khan Nature Reserve, the Gurvanbulag Community Ger Camp is surrounded by mountains and rolling steppe. Run by a trained team selected from local community members, this small scale ger camp is part of everyday local life, and the camp moves with them in between pastures. Staying here offers a fascinating opportunity to see, experience and learn about nomadic culture. There are five guest gers in the camp, each with two to four beds, and a larger ger for the whole group to take meals, which include fresh meat, milk and dairy products prepared by the community. All drinking water is purified and boiled. Camp facilities are basic, with composting lavatories, hygienic hand washers and shower tents fed with water heated by solar...
Air Garden Incheon Airport Transit Hotel is located on the 4th floor of the transit area of Seoul Incheon Airport. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation ideal for use during long layovers for connecting flights. There are several restaurants close to the hotel serving a variety of cuisine including Korean and Western specialities.
Transfer Procedure after getting off the aircraft
- If you have a boarding pass for the connecting flight, please proceed to the security inspection area following directional signs. Go through transfer security screening and proceed to the departure floor.
- If you do not have a boarding pass for the connecting flight, please go to the airline check-in counter to obtain a boarding pass before proceeding to the security inspection area following directional signs. Go through transfer security screening and proceed to the...
The Mongol Gobi Ger Camp offers basic accommodation and facilities, and is the best available in the area. The electricity supply is limited, and typically available between 21:00-23:00.
Features: 30 ger tents, laundry service, information centre, souvenir shop, Mongolia traditional games room.
Room amenities: Traditional furntiture, safe, table,...
Munkh Tenger Ger Camp is located close to Karakorum.
Accommodation is basic. We use the best Gers available. A ger is a large traditional heated tent with communal bathrooms. Electricity is available for limited periods throughout the...
The Secret of the Ongi Ger Camp is located 20km south of Saikhan Ovoo, next to the Ongi temple, whose architecture is reflected in some of the camps communal buildings. The on site restaurant serves locally grown vegetables and meat and dairy products sourced from local herders.
Features: 45 ger tents, restaurant, terrace, sauna, massage service, coffee shop, small art gallery, laundry.
Room amenities: Fan, table,...
The Terelj Lodge Ger Camp is located in the beautiful Terelj National Park, with superb views of the surrounding area and easy access to the park's main attractions. Accommodation is in traditional ger tents, and although basic, is the best available in the area. The lodge offers some of the better facilities to be found outside Ulan Bator, with modern showers with heated water, an open-air beer garden, a spacious restaurant with a panoramic view of the area, and a small museum housed in a ger furnished with Mongolian antique furniture and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
With an overnight stop in Seoul essential due to
flight connections on the return to London, we
recommend extending your time here to explore
the South Korean capital.
Early morning arrival in Seoul and transfer to the
Grand Ambassador Hotel for 2 nights. (N)
Full-day tour including Gyeongbok Palace, the
Folklore Museum, Namdaemun market and
Hanok Traditional Village. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
Korean Air. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
MNG2016: 14 Nights
Our tour in Mongolia was the most marvellous experience and a great adventure far exceeding expectations.Mr & Mrs. Dewing
Karakorum was set up by Chinggis Khan in 1220 as the capital of the Mongolian Empire. In...
Much of Seoul bears the distinct stamp of the 21st century - 12-lane freeways carry a...
The capital of Mongolia is a sprawling city set in a green valley fringed with mountains...