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North & Central Mongolian Explorer

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In between the giants China and Russia the fascinating country of Mongolia really is something else. This overland driving trip takes you to natural and cultural wonders in the Northern and Central Mongolia. The Asian Blue Pearl Lake Huvsgul - a home to Tsaataan the Reindeer people, hidden pristine lake Terkh and the stunning Khorgo volcano, the legendary capital city Karakorum, Khogno Khaan and Hustai National Parks. The country of glorious history, amazing culture and tradition, fascinating nature beauty and hospitable people, is wonderland in today's world.

Brief Itinerarygo to detail

Day 0: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, remainder day is free
Day 1: City sightseeing tour
Day 2-4: Ulaanbaatar- Amarbayasgalant Monastery- Bulgan- Moren
Day 5-7: Moren-Lake Huvsgul- Jargalant hot spring
Day 8-9: Jargalant- Khorgo Terkh- Tsenkher hot springs
Day 10 - 11: Karakorum- Hustai National Park Elsen Tasarkhai
Day 12: Hustai- Ulaanbaatar
Day 0: Departure

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2016-06-21 2016-07-02 12 days
2050US$ pax
2016-07-14 2016-07-25 12 days
2050US$ pax
2016-08-03 2016-08-14 12 days
2050US$ pax
2016-08-31 2016-09-10 12 days
2050US$ pax
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  • un 06, 2007. North and Central Mongolian Explorer It is almost a week that we have been at home and still I am feeling the amaizing vibrations of Mongolia. You have a stunning land, so coloured, so ..

    Mrs. Ilana Heim and Mr. Gadi Heim
  • Hi Selena Travel, I take the opportunity to repeat and underline what we already wrote on the feedback fothe end of our journey, in the beginning of august: "All of the members of the team who acco..

    Lieven Mariën, on behalf of the "Cnudde party - Hilde 9 pack

Daily Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, private transfer to hotel
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, our guide and driver will meet us at the airport and aid with check-in at the hotel.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar city tour
The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History. Welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant.Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum and the Buddha Park.  B+L

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Meet in the hotel lobby and we start our big Mongolian tour this morning and head to the north to magnificent Amarbayasgalant monastery. Stop for lunch at Darkhan town, second largest city of the country. We arrive and transfer to tourist ger camp near the renowned monastery in the late afternoon. 
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Day 3: Amarbayasgalant – Bulgan, Uran Togoo
After breakfast we visit beautiful Amarbayasgalant monastery to take part in the morning chants and meet the monks, then head to the north toward Lake Huvsgul, break our journey in picturesque Uran Togoo mountain in Bulgan province in the northern Mongolia. 
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Day 4: Bulgan – Moren, Huvsgul province – Northern Mongolia

We continue the drive through the forest mountains of northern Mongolia to Moren with picnic lunch on attractive spot. Arrive the camp and take a rest after long drive. We'll visit nomadic families at different locations. This will be the first time visit to nomad family and expereince their lifestyle on the way to Moren. 
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Day 5: Moren - Uushig Deer Stones - Lake Huvsgul
3-4 hours of driving to the north with a stop at the famous immemorial Uushig Deer stones, that dates back to the bronze age. Our journey continues to the Lake Huvsgul that is called “Mother Ocean” by the locals, enjoy hiking around the lake. We spend the night at friendly Toilogt ger camp by the lake. 
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Day 6: Leisure Day at Lake Huvsgul 
This day is spent leisurely, activities and sightseeing on Lake Huvsgul and its surroundings - admire the inspiring beauty of Lake Huvsgul on a panoramic drive to Mt.Khyasaa, visit the Tsaatans "Reindeer people" and enjoy a 2 hour kayaking. Optional horse riding, fishing etc  
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Day 7: Lake Huvsgul - Moren – Jargalant 
Today we drive a path southwards, passing Moren and continuing into the astounding Khangai Mountains. We make the five to six hour passage to the Jargalant Hot Springs, crossing the Tsagaan Burgas (White Bush) Pass on your way.We break our journey in Jargalant Hot Springs. Relax at hot springs spa. 
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Day 8: Jargalant - Khorgo Terkh National Park
A short drive today brings you into the volcanic surrounds of Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan - the 'Great White Lake'. The lake lies calmly in the arms of tall hills, its water extremely clear and lined with long sand beaches. 
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Day 9: Khorgo Terkh National Park - Tsenkher hot springs 
Breakfast and we drive to Tsenkher hot springs with with a stop in Tsetserleg town to visit the Zay Bandida monastery. Arrive in hot springs in the evening, enjoy hot bath.  Ger camp B+L+D

Day 10: Tsenkher hot springs  - Ancient Capital Karakorum
Today, we head toward to Karakorum - the ancient capital of Mongolia.
Arrive in Karakorum and we visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586. Visit the newly founded Karakorum museum to see the relics from the ancient capital of the mighty Mongol Empire. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 11: Karakorum – Hustai via Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes 
This morning we drive to the amazing khogno khan national park for 1.5 hours and visit the erdene hamba monastery ruins. Hiking on the mongol els sand dunes. Lunch. Transfer to Hustai national park and view the gorgeous takhi wild horses in the evening. 
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Day 12: Hustai national park - Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we drive back to Ulaanbaatar for 2 hours and transfer to hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy traditional folklore concert by the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner. 

Day 00: Departure
Transfer to the airport after breakfast. 

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2016-06-21 2016-07-02 12 days
2050US$ pax
2016-07-14 2016-07-25 12 days
2050US$ pax
2016-08-03 2016-08-14 12 days
2050US$ pax
2016-08-31 2016-09-10 12 days
2050US$ pax
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Single supplement charge US$300
Naadam add - on  US$350 per person


Included services 

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced drivers) – 4 tourists in 1 van
  • Airport transfers
  • Twin share at good tourist camps
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 0.5 day Camel riding fees in Elsen Tasarkhai 
  • 0.5 day Horse riding fees in Huvsgul 
  • 0.5 day kayaking fees in Huvsgul
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive North and Central Mongolia souvenir!

Not included in the Price

  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar 
  • Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).


  • For children of a family (0 – 3 years old) is 100% free of charge
  • For children of a family (4 – 12 years old) is 40% free of charge
  • Courier bringing min 3 pax
  • More attractive prices for groups of 12 and more people!
  • 1 free space for every 16 PAX


Accommodation on Selena Travel tours 
Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia has many hotels ranging from basic 1* to high-end 5*. Some international hotel chains have opened such as Kempinski, Ramada, and Best Western to name a few. Some of Selena Travel Mongolia tours do not include hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, where clients are advised to take care of their own accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Please refer to your tour program (Included services and Exclusions section) for more details. 
Your Selena Travel advisor is happy to assist you with hotel booking on your request. Below you will find some suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar:  
  • Best Western Gobi Kelso ***
  • Springs hotel ***
  • Ramada hotel ****
  • Kempinski Khan Palace ****
  • Best Western Premier *****

Outside Ulaanbaatar:
 Please take in mind that traveling in the countryside of Mongolia is often tough, a trip is conducted in remote areas where there’s no hotel and paved roads exist.

Outside of Ulaanbaatar, tourist Ger camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongols have lived in Gers since the time immemorial. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-4 beds with good bedding, and also have western style showers and WCs (mostly shared). A few Ger camps offer en-suite Gers at additional charge (please ask your Selena Travel advisor for this). Due to remoteness some tourist Ger camps may not excel in service, so travelers may not always expect high pressure showers, bubble baths or gourmet food etc. 
Food on Selena Travel tours 
During your tour in Mongolia you will be eating in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, we have a great variety in restaurants in the capital city. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps and local cafes in the small towns and villages will be the places where you will be eating. Ger restaurants often have set menu, but their food is usually very good (Ger camps provide mostly continental breakfast, lunches consist of salad, soup, main course and dessert, whilst, dinners are usually salad, main course and dessert).
During your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps (often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a chocolate bar etc). Vegetarians are well taken care of both in Ulaanbaatar restaurants and tourist Ger camps.
Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours 
When you travelling overland in a vehicle (minivan & jeep), it would be suitable if you have 20kg luggage per person (max). However, please kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 for the carry on luggage). For 1kg extra luggage you pay US$2 - 5. 


Lake Huvsgul, the second largest freshwater lake in the world after Lake Baikal in Buryatia, is popular for its pure water, awesome Alpine-like landscapes, wonderful wildlife and the different ethnic people living around it. Lake Huvsgul region is a destination in itself and an entire tour could be devoted to this specific part of Mongolia.

Khorgo-Terkh National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Mongolia with its crystal clear Terkh Lake and the Khorgo Volcano. The nature beauty is awesome here and is a great place for hiking, horse riding and relaxing. You can visit the Hell of Yellow Dog, Ice Hole and the Youth Cave that are pretty impressive!
The city of Karakorum: In 1220 great Chinghis Khaan declared it as the capital city of his vast Empire. Today there are many interesting sites left to visit; the legendary turtle rock sculptures, Buddhist stupas and the ruins of this once great city to name a few. 

Erdenezuu was the first Buddhist monastery in the Mongolian Empire. It was established in 1586. The monastery has a massive square wall, 420 meters in length each side, a total of 108 Stupas and 17 temples. Today Erdenezuu monastery still shows its glory with collections of many priceless religious objects and incredibly beautiful Mongolian arts.
Hustai National Park is the place where the wild Takhi- Przewalski horses have lived peacefully since 1993 when they were reintroduced to their native land Mongolia. Here we can view and photograph these beautiful wild horses at pasture and Red Deer, Wolf, Asian Marmot, various species of waterfawls & prey birds.  

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  • un 06, 2007. North and Central Mongolian Explorer It is almost a week that we have been at home and still I am feeling the amaizing vibrations of Mongolia. You have a stunning land, so coloured, so romantic, in spite of the so bumpy roads, I am crazy about the combinations of the varied landscapes, the open steppes, the so touchable people, the melodies and animals and flowers that were greeting us all over. Every day of the journey was like a magic for me and I know for sure that it is only the first time and I will come again. I want to thank you again for being so proffesional, I was so glad to meet you such a delicate person, I am glad that I made my travel in Mongolia with you. Keep doing what you are doing in the same devotion.

    Mrs. Ilana Heim and Mr. Gadi Heim
  • Hi Selena Travel, I take the opportunity to repeat and underline what we already wrote on the feedback fothe end of our journey, in the beginning of august: "All of the members of the team who accompanied us on our tour in Mongolia are amongst the most wonderful people we ever met: apart from being highly professional, they all became real friends, so that are Mongolian journey became a most unique and unforgettable experience. " Whatever we asked, whatever needed to be done, all team members always stood ready to do more than their best to make things go right ; their dedication was really beyond compare. "Thanks to all team members, we have had the opportunity to get a really fantastic impression of your country; Mongolia should be proud of such "ambassadors". "All 3 drivers' skills deserve a very special mention: had it not been to the exceptional ability, both in driving and in mechanics, of Sodoo, Batcha and Baska, some parts of our tour would not have been possible to make; of course, this does not detract anything from the merits of the other team members, each for his or her own part of the job.

    Lieven Mariën, on behalf of the "Cnudde party - Hilde 9 pack
  • Aug 11, 2010. Northern Mongolia customized trip Thank you Selena Travel for making our long awaited Mongolia visit an excellent, memorable trip. It has been absolutely wonderful and everything in Mongolia is great! This was one of the best travel experiences in my life and I've been to over 120 countries so far.

    Maria and Jose
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