DAY 1: TO ARBURD SANDS
In the morning, we pick you up at your hotel. We drive south across the treeless steppe for some two to three hours to Arburd Sands. We arrive at the camp before lunch. In the afternoon, we visit some nomadic families in the vicinity of our camp.
DAY 2: ZORGOL HAIRKHAN MOUNTAINS
We drive 35 km across the steppe to the Zorgol Hairkhan Mountains, emerging almost vertically out of the middle of the steppe. En route we will find some secluded petroglyphs of extraordinary quality. We will explore the area and perhaps have a chance to spot the rare and elusive Argali Sheep, the largest wild mountain sheep in the world. There is also a chance to see Siberian Ibex on the ridges, though we need some luck to see them. Zorgol Hairkhan is a sacred mountain, already mentioned in the Secret History of the Mongols, the oldest surviving literary work in Mongolian language. There are many traces of holy sites here, such as caves and springs, where local people make offerings.
DAY 3: ARBURD SANDS
Today we explore the immediate surroundings of Arburd Sands. We may hike or use camels or horses to ride through the middle of the sand dunes which extend for 20 km. Strangely enough, a good number of Wolves – being wary of man – have taken refuge in the sand dunes and can sometimes be seen. We will most likely meet some herdsmen and will no doubt be invited into their gers and learn about their ancient lifestyle.
DAY 4: TO ULAANBAATAR
After breakfast, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Check into your hotel and explore the city on your own. Distances are short and nearly all points of interest can be reached by foot.
DATES EX ULAANBAATAR:
Daily mid May to end of September.
PRICE EX ULAANBAATAR:
2 – 12 members: USD 700 per person
Single supplement (3n): USD 120
Additional night: USD 180
Children: 0-2 years free. 3-12 years 25-50%.
Group discounts available on request for 4 persons or more.
This tour is supported by a private jeep or minibus (depending on the number of travelers) to and from Arburd Sands Ger Camp.
An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany you at all times. The camp staff consists of an English speaking camp manager, a cook and several local employees. Additionally the services of local herdsmen can be employed to provide riding horses or transport animals.
Meals are served in the restaurant ger three times per day. Breakfasts are buffet style. Lunches and dinners consist of 2-3 course set meals. In the restaurant ger you will find a good selection of wines. Tea and coffee are available all day long. If you go on day hikes or excursions our cooks will prepare packed lunches for you.
We can organize hotel accommodation, city tours and transfers in Ulaanbaatar.
All meals outside Ulaanbaatar. All overnights in double occupancy gers. All local transfers. All activities in the camp.
Transfers and accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.