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Trekking through Orkhon Valley & Suvarga Khairkhan mountain tour

Ayan Travel - 14 days

  • Trekking through Orkhon Valley & Suvarga Khairkhan mountain tour
  • 14 days / 13 nights
  • Max. group: 12 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Overview

> Visit the legendary Orkhon Valley
> Enjoy the Kharkhorin site and Tuvkhun temple
> Go Trekking in wild areas of Suvarga Khairkhan mountain (3.179 m)
> Get to know the Elsen tasarkhai & Khugnu-Tarni National Park
> Visit Orkhon waterfall

This is a very convenient itinerary for those looking for an easy trek. This trek takes place in the heart of Mongolia, in Arkhangai province, a symbol of Mongolian identity, with its peaceful green meadows, rolling hills and valleys dotted with wildflowers.

Since the area presents a great environment for animal husbandry, you’ll have the opportunity to meet nomads and be invited to their families. Parallel, some few days of the tour will be spent in complete isolation from human contact, in the beautiful Suvarga khairkhan mountain. During the trek, we will occasionally have visit interesting museums and historical sites of Orkhon valley, including Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Monastery site, which are an important part of Mongolian history. You will also enjoy the magnificent Orkhon waterfall, freshwater rivers, and lovely sandy area of Elsen Tasarhai. On the 13th day, you will head back to Ulaanbaatar, leaving the beautiful Arkhangai province behind, but the memories of this wonderful trek will stay with you for a long time.

Route

What's the plan?

DAY 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
City sightseeing with visits to the National History Museum and Gandan monastery. Short briefing on the upcoming tour and welcome dinner.

Accommodation: in the hotel
Meals: D

DAY 2: Ugii Lake in Orkhon valley
Early in the morning, the drivers will meet you at the doors of your hotel. They will load our luggage and start our tour towards Ugii Lake, the biggest lake of central Mongolia, settled in the legendary Orkhon valley. Half-day is spent at the camp, getting ready for the next 7 days of trekking.

Accommodation: in the camp
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 3: Orkhon Bridge
We will start our trek along the northern shore of the lake while exploring the lake and its abundant birdlife. We will then cross the Orkhon Bridge and have an outdoor lunch. After lunch, we will continue our trip and set the camp near Tsetserleg town - the center of Arkhangai province.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 2 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 4: Tsetserleg town
In Tsetserleg town we will visit the local museum. We will drive to the south through the beautiful grass valley, which then turns into a forest, mountainous area.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 3 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 5-7: Suvarga Khairkhan peak
During the next few days, we will trek up the mountains towards Suvarga Khairkhan peak, 3.179 m. The trek leads us through several passes and forests of larches at the foot of this sacred mountain. We will leave our vehicle behind, and further horses and camels will support our team. The area is wild and has abundant wildlife including wolfs, foxes, bears and deer. We will hear them at night in the forest, and if we are lucky, we can see the wild animals during our trek.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 5 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAYS 8-9: Teel River
Walking down to the Teel River, at 1800 m, we trek through beautiful surrounding areas occasionally meeting herders and horsemen, visiting hospitable nomadic families. We will have the chance to taste home-made milk products.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 3 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 10: Orkhon waterfall
We will now trek along Orkhon valley until we reach the magnificent Orkhon waterfall. After a while, we will visit Tuvkhun temple, settled on the Shiveet Mountain top. This is the place where Zanabazar, the head, and founder of Mongolian Buddhism, created his famous artworks, such as the national script “soyombo”, in the XVI century. Now, the temple has been accepted as a “world heritage site” by the UNESCO. We can see the symbolic rock formations, stone script, and caves in the surroundings.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 4 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 11: Erdene Zuu monastery in Kharkhorin
Today we arrive in Kharkhorin - the ancient capital and one of the important sites of Mongolian history and culture. From here, the Chinggis Khaan and his sons ruled the Great Mongolian Empire during the XIII century. It was also a trade center through which the legendary Silk Road passed, the main commerce network of Whole Eurasia. Visit to Erdene Zuu monastery, built on the ruins of Kharkhorin city.

Accommodation: in the camp
Walking time: 4 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 12: Elsen Tasarkhai
Drive to Elsen Tasarkhai – the northern point of the Mongolian desert, with lovely sand dunes. From here, we walk towards Uvgun temple, settled in the magnificent Khogno khan mountain.

Accommodation: in the tent
Walking time: 4 hours
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 13: City tour
Driving back to Ulaanbaatar. Here you will have time to relax in the hotel. National folk and dance concert in the evening. Farewell dinner in a restaurant.

Accommodation: in the hotel
Meals: B/L/D

DAY 14: Departure
Today our services end.

Meals: B

Included

Included:

√ Transport
During the trek, all necessary transportation will be in a 4WD vehicle or in a minivan.

√ Guide
You will be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking guide at all times.

√ Meals
The trek includes full board meals during the trek. These will provide you with the energy necessary to complete each stage of this trek.

√ Fees
The admission fees to the national park and protected areas and all activity fees, such as museums and cultural activities, are included in the price.

√ Accommodation
Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. On your first and last night, you will spend the night in a 3/4-star hotel. You will also spend 2 nights at a Ger camp. The remaining nights you will spend in tented camping sites.

√ Camping gear
You will spend 8 nights during the trek in camping sites. Except for sleeping bags, all other trekking equipment is included. You can rent a sleeping bag at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

√ Luggage Transfer
During the trek, the trekking company will take care of your luggage (up to 85L). You will only have to carry a day bag with your personal items.

√ Horses
You will dome some parts of the trek on horseback. Horse instructors will join the group for safety reasons.

Excluded:

× International Airfare
Flights to and from Mongolia are not included. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN), have a look at their website.

× Visa application & fees
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Mongolia. This should be organized by yourself. You can find a list of visa-free countries here http://www.consul.mn/eng/02visae.php.

× Tipping
The tip is not included in the price of the trek. Tipping is optional, but if you had a good time, try to be generous with those who made it happen.

× Single room supplement
During the trek, you will share accommodation. If you want to stay in single rooms, you can request it at an extra cost.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.

× Personal Expenses
All personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, laundry, souvenir, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are not included, you will have to bring your own.

× Excess baggage charges
Your bag can be up to 85L. If you have extra luggage, it will have an extra cost.

× Optional activities
Optional activities that may be available during the trek are not included in the price.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best season

The weather in Mongolia is definitely one of its most curious features: it is so far inland that no sea tempers its climate. Moreover, Mongolia has 3 distinctive regions: the south, with the Gobi Desert, The North-west with its mountain ranges, and the center.

Mongolia is popularly known as “The Land of the Blue Sky” because it has an average of 230-260 annual days of sunshine. Despite the sunshine, temperatures in Mongolia can get really low, especially in winter (December-February), with temperatures of -30° C.

When is the best time to visit Mongolia? Well, summer and beginning of autumn are the seasons most recommended, that is, between June and September. During these months, temperatures range between 15°C and 30°C. Spring and late Autumn are not bad options neither, but bring a thicker jacket, because temperatures at night get down to -8°C.

Despite the low temperatures, remember to bring with your sunglasses and sunscreen, it is not called “the land of the Blue Sky” for nothing.

What should I bring for my nomad family visit?

It is polite to leave some form of gift with the host to repay them for their hospitality. In general, money does not make a good gift, so leave something personal like postcards from your country, Polaroid photographs and sweets are all thoughtful tokens. It is, however, impolite to take photographs without asking. Many Mongolians dislike tourists taking photographs of them or their children without warning. However, they are usually delighted if you do take their photograph, provided you will then send copies back to them.

How do I get the visa for Mongolia?

You need a visa upon arrival if you are traveling to Mongolia from a country that has no Mongolian consulate or embassy, you can pick up a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Ulaanbaatar. You’ll need 108,000 tugrugs (45 USD) and two passport photos – you should also have a pre-approval letter from an organization or company in Mongolia. In case of booking a tour with us, we will help you to get a visa support letter and further assistance.

Tipping

Tipping is not that common in Mongolia. However, it is common to tip guides and drivers. How much to tip is never clear, but we advise to tip your guide and driver some 2-5 USD per day of trek. If you got a good service and had a good time thanks to their work, show them your gratitude. Be generous, it will be much appreciated.

Packing List

Packing List

When trekking, packing the right equipment is essential. You need to always be ready for the unexpected. We asked our trekking partners in Mongolia to see what they recommend you to pack for your adventure and these are their recommendations:

- Trekking shoes
- Warm clothing
- Windproof and waterproof Jacket
- Small towel
- Camera
- Hat or bandana
- Sunglasses
- Toiletries
- Sunblock/lotion
- Lip Balm
- Insect repellent
- Sandals (optional)
- Passport copies
- ATM/credit cards
- Emergency cash
- Pen

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. On your first and last night, you will spend the night in a 3/4-star hotel. You will also spend 2 nights at a Ger camp. The remaining nights you will spend in tented camping sites.

In Ulaanbaatar, we provide accommodation in 3/4 star hotels on comfortable double rooms, with breakfast. While in the countryside, we arrange a tourist camp, tented camp, or herder- nomad family stay. Tourist camps offer hotel-style Mongolian gers for sharing 3-4, persons per ger.

Outside Ulaanbaatar the best comfortable option is to stay in tourist ger camps. These have been set up in the most popular places to cater for travelers. These traditional gers have brightly colored furniture and wood-burning stoves in the center. Usually, each ger has three or four beds, and the camp provides clean sheets and blankets. The Ger camps also have a separate washing block that contains western style flushing toilets and shower rooms. All camps have a restaurant where they serve Mongolian and European food. The gers are a really enjoyable and authentic form of accommodation, warm in the winter, and cool in summer.

We will provide you with all the camping equipment necessary during the days in the mountain. Sleeping bags are not included. You can rent a sleeping bag at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

Ayan Travel

Ayan Travel

Ayan Travel - the team of local travel experts organizing discovery & adventure-oriented tours for groups and individuals. We offer programs that take you to the best landscapes and must-see attractions of Mongolia and always try to provide a chance to get to know authentic nomadic life, meet real people and try the adventure activities that Mongolia has to offer proudly.

Adventure is in our spirit. We operate “Adventures in Mongolia”. Imagine immersing yourself, traveling through rugged mountains, feeling freedom on rolling steppes, wandering through wild Taiga forests, discovering dinosaur territory, the mysterious Gobi Desert, paddling on waters, encountering with wild mammals and facing one of the coldest winters on earth, with adventure guides who will enjoy with you. This is what we stand for and what we do for adventurers!

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the outmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

How To Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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