DAY 1: TO JALMAN MEADOWS
We leave Ulaanbaatar in north easterly direction for the Upper Tuul River Valley in the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, a 3 hours (120km) drive by bus or jeep. If you arrive in the city before 10 a.m. or have arrived the day before, we first visit the Gandan Lamasery, the liveliest Buddhist monastery in all Mongolia. For the first hour of our trip we drive on a tarmac road out of the city, and then, leaving the tarmac road, we’ll follow a beautiful steppe valley, dotted with gers (yurts) and herds of livestock of local Mongolian nomads. We cross a mountain ridge at Zamtiin pass and drive up through forests until we reach the Upper Tuul River Valley. These are the winter pastures of the local Mongolian herdsmen, why most of them are not in the area in the middle of summer. This allows for a profusion of wildflowers such as edelweiss. At the Jalman Meadows Ger Camp we are met by yak carts provided by the local Mongolian nomads, onto which our luggage is loaded, and move into the comfortable gers.
DAY 2-3: KHAN KHENTII
Two full days can be used for exploring the Jalman Meadows area. Either on foot, on horseback or using the Russian catarafts or inflatable kayaks available at the ger (yurt) camp to float down Tuul river. You choose your pace of journey here, and also the modes of transport according to your preferences. The Khentii Mountains are covered with larch and birch forests and rivers flow down broad steppe valleys past wooded and alluvial meadows with broad leaf forests. The strictly protected area was established in December 1993 and covers most of the Khan Khentii wilderness, stretching all the way up to the Russian-Siberian frontier. While Mongolian herdsmen (nomads) keep their livestock in the southern areas, following a lifestyle essentially unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khaan), to the north there is only uninhabited wilderness. Although rarely seen, wolves are numerous in the area. There are also wild boars, moose, red deer, marmots and gazelle in the surrounding area. As for other activities, on hot days swimming in the river is quite refreshing. There are also mountain bikes and kayaks available at the camp. If you wish to relax we can set up a ger sauna on the riverbank or you can enjoy a good read in the library ger.
DAY 4: TO ULAANBAATAR
After breakfast we drive back to Ulaanbaatar and bring you to your hotel. See the capital city on your own. Distances are short and nearly all points of interest can by reached by foot.
DATES EX ULAANBAATAR:
01st April – 15th May
30th September – 01st November
PRICE EX ULAANBAATAR:
2 – 8 members: USD 1050 per person
Single supplement (3n): USD 900
This tour is supported by a jeep or minibus depending on the number of travelers.
For this winter trip you will stay a fully collapsible ger camp, including showers and compost toilets. The gers are each equipped with cot beds (including full linen), chairs and a table, and a wood burning stove.
A Mongolian English speaking guide will accompany the group at all times. In addition, the services of local herdsmen will be employed along with their animals.
Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having excellent cooks adept at both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips.
We can organize hotel accommodation, city tours and transfers in Ulaanbaatar.
Guide, all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. All overnights in ger camp. All local transport and entrance fees.
Beverages. Transfers and accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Air or train tickets in and out Mongolia.