Gun-Galuut is a marvellous combination of open steppes, steppe hills, lovely lakes and amazing landscape. We have protected the Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve as its home for the endangered wild mountain sheep Argali and some other rare species of birds. The beautiful wild sheep Argali inhabit the stunning mountains of Baits and Berkh with other wild animals. The herds have more than 80 Argali and give a big chance for the nature lovers to view these fantastic animals from the closest distance and take photos.
We involve the locals to the conservation process by encouraging their alternative income from responsible tourism like renting horse, yak and camels to tourists; offer their handcrafts and their ger for home stay. Proceeds from this tour go directly to the Argali Sheep conservation activities in Mongolia.
Meet in the morning, drive out of the town to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve for 2 hours with a stop at Giant Genghis Monument and transfer to Steppe Nomads ger camp. Then hike/ optional horse ride/ drive to the mountain Baits. See the wild sheep and other wild animals including marmot, steppe fox, ground squirrel and many more (If lucky, wolf…). View the famous White Napped Crane. Ger camp L+D
Gun – Galuut Nature Reserve
Today we trek to the small lakes nearby for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Enjoy the serene beauty of wildlife and nature. We’ll ride a horse for 2 hours, today. The reserve is a great protected paradise - a marvellous combination of pristine waterfronts situated amongst majestic mountains with unique wildlife, beautiful native flowers and lovely lakes with rare water birds. Ger camp B+L+D
Gun-Galuut- Hustai National Park
This morning, we drive toward to Hustai National Park. On the way, visit to nomadic family, experience their lifestyle and arrive at Hustai, see the wild Przewalski horse – Takhi and hiking around, rest at the ger camp. Ger camp B+L+D
Hustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to UB. Transfer to your hotel/accommodation. B
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.
DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS BRIEF INFO
Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve was founded in 2003 in order to protect the endangered wildlife Argali sheep and to preserve the delicate eco-system of the Kherlen River Basin while developing environment-friendly and community-based tourism in this area. The reserve area is 15000 hectares.
The Nature Reserve is truly the marvellous combination of high mountains, colourful flowers, pretty lakes, rivers and wetland waters with full of waterbirds including some rare and endangered species.
Beautiful Lakes Ikh-Gun and Ayaga are the homes to migrating waterbirds including some endangered rare species such as: White-naped Crane, Black Stork, Whooper Swan, Common Heron, Chinese Pond Heron. And you can also see Common Crane, Bar Headed Goose, Swan Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, White-headed Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Common Teal, Garganey, Mandarin Duck, Northern Shoveler and several species of Gulls as well. And there is plenty of viewing of prey birds such as various types of Falcon, Eagle, Kite, Osprey, Buzzard, Hawk and Vulture.
Aug 10, 2012. Gobi & Karakorum Explorer tour
Our recent "The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer" tour with you was excellent, everything exceeded our expectations! It was a super trip in our lives and we loved our Mongolia holiday so much. Our guide Joe was kind, well organised, accurate and informative, polite and caring and always provided us with timely information. And our driver Jack is super, very friendly, professional and always on time.
We are wild travellers, having been to many places in the world - but Mongolia is still truly unspoiled and uncontaminated. Selena Travel's services were perfect right from the very first email. We would like to thank Selena Travel, our guide and our driver for having made this Mongolia experience a truly beautiful one with so many wonderful memories.
Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia
Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.