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The Highlights of Central Mongolia tour

at Terelj national park | The highlights of Central Mongolia tour


Tour grade: Easy

From: US$ 950

Style: Traveller

  • Authentic Nomadic family experiences 
  • Two-humped Bactrian camel ride 
  • Attending a Nomadic show & an enchanting traditional art performance! 
  • UNESCO’s world heritage sites: Orkhon valley 
  • Explore Karakorum, the historic capital of the formidable Mongol Empire
  • Taste authentic Mongolian cuisine & explore many more wonders!
  • Tour Status: Active

*Active: This tour is currently open for new bookings and will be guaranteed to proceed once it reaches the minimum number of participants.

*Guaranteed: This departure is open for new bookings, and it is confirmed to proceed without needing to reach the minimum number of passengers required. 

Tour Overview

Mongolia has many beautiful National Parks and most of them located around the capital city Ulaanbaatar. For example, Terelj National Park is located 80km to the east from Ulaanbaatar, Hustai National Park is located 100 km to the west of Ulaanbaatar, Giant Genghis Monument is located on the east as well and Hustai National Park is located 100km to the west from the Ulaanbaatar. These National parks tours are giving you great chance to feel Mongolian beautiful nature and nomadic lifestyle just within 3 days and by very competitive price. Go ahead & feel Mongolian wilderness and beauty in short time.

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Melkhii Khad at Terelj national Park
Giant Genghis Statue
Ariyabal temple in Terelj National Park
Nomadic family in Central Mongolia

Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Bayan Gobi Sand Dune

You will meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby at 9 AM and drive to Elsen tasarkhai (Bayan gobi) through the steppe, arrive at the stunning sand dunes and extend about 80 km., streams, and picturesque mountains. Upon arrival we will greet our host nomadic family which is a great way to learn more about nomadic lifestyle and people of Mongolia. Enjoy hiking around and 1 hour of camel riding by the sand dune areas. In the evening, learn to make Mongolian traditional meal ‘’Buuz’’ with the family and enjoy some conversation with them.


Accommodation: Nomadic Family




Day 2:


Breakfast and we will see the morning chores of a nomadic family then we drive to the ancient capital Karakorum. We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586 and will visit the Museum of Karakorum which gives a good introduction to Central Mongolia, its’ history and the UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon river valley. After lunch at a local restaurant we will visit the Erdenesiin Khuree newly established calligraphy art gallery (if you wish to attend a calligraphy workshop, fee is paid on the spot by the clients). Then you will be transferred to the camp. Dinner and overnight.


Accommodation: Ger camp





Day 3:

Hustai National Park

This morning we will drive to Hustai National park - one of the most popular national parks of Mongolia. Upon arrival, check into the ger camp, and then we will see the wonderful Takhi wild horses, aka Przewalski Horses, (the last remaining wild horses on earth) and other wildlife in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, enjoy watching nomadic show. We will take part in the everyday life of a traditional Mongolian family. Witness the breeding of five kinds of livestock and their travel from one place to another using the ox, yak, camel, and horse carts. See how dairy products are made and be able to taste some. Watch a demonstration of milking yaks and mare, fastening and milking of sheep and goats, as well as felt tanning.


Accommodation: Ger camp





Day 4:

Terelj National Park

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Terelj National Park, another delightful destination near the capital. On the way, we will stop at the Giant Genghis statue complex and explore its surroundings. 

Terelj National park is a popular weekend getaway destination for many international and domestic travelers alike for its beautiful landscape. Enjoy a visit to Meditation Temple and Turtle rock.


Accommodation: Ger camp






Day 5:


In the morning, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar after breakfast. Upon arrival, You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter-high gilded statue of the Buddha. Short visit to Ger district near Gandan where you will see part of rural lifestyle. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the square and the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Chinggis Khan's empire-building. Lunch at the local restaurant. Visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia, and Zaisan Memorial located on a pretty hill south of the city for a panoramic view of the nomadic capital. Then you will be dropped off at your hotel.  Service ends. 


Accommodation: Hotel booked by clients




Date & Price

Tour Dates:

May 19  - May 23

*If the listed group dates don't align with your plans, click "Customize this tour" or make a private booking. Our travel advisors will respond promptly to accommodate your preferred dates

Tour Price:

Pax 2-3 US$ 1200 per person
Pax 4-5 US$ 950 per person
Pax 6 US$ 850 per person
Pax 7 US$ 800 per person
Pax 8 US$ 750 per person
Single Supplement US$ 150 per person






Included in the price

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers (Saloon car+ Experienced driver) 
  • Single ger at ger camps (standard gers) – 3 night
  • Shared ger during nomadic family stay – 1 night
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner) 
  • 1 hour camel riding fee at Bayan Gobi Sand Dune
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
Not included in the price
  • Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax 
  • Travel insurance & 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).
  • Optional activities (fishing, kayaking, horse riding and camel riding etc.)

Tour Background

Accommodation info on your Mongolia tours 

Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, offers a variety of hotels ranging from basic guesthouses to high-end 5* hotel.

Some of our Mongolia tours do not include the hotel stays in Ulaanbaatar in the tour package, where clients can choose a hotel that suits their needs and budget. Please make sure to check your tour program`s Inclusions and Exclusions section to confirm if your hotel stay is included in the package.

If you wish us to book your hotel for you, your travel consultant will be happy to recommend and book an ideal hotel for you. 


Here are hotels that are recommended by us:  

  • Springs hotel (3*)
  • Holiday Inn (4*)
  • Best Western Premier (5*)
  • Shangri-La Hotel (5*)


Outside Ulaanbaatar: Outside of Ulaanbaatar where there are no hotels, tourist Ger (yurt) camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongolians have lived in Gers for thousands of years. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-3 beds with good bedding (1 Ger equals 1 hotel room), and also offer well-maintained public western style showers and WCs on their grounds. Some Ger camps offer en-suite bathroom facilities at additional charge, please ask your Selena Travel advisor for further details when booking your Mongolia tour. 


Food on Selena Travel tours 

In the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, a great variety of restaurants can be found and you will be eating at some of the best restaurants of Ulaanbaatar on your Mongolia tour while in the capital. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps, local cafes in the small towns and sometimes nomadic families will be the places where you will be eating most of your meal. Ger restaurants often offer set continental breakfasts, set menu lunches and dinners consisting of salad or soup, main course and dessert.

 While on the tour, 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 small dessert, while hitting the road. Most of the food restrictions and allergies such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and many others, can be accommodated with easy on your Mongolia adventure.


 Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours 

If you are on an overland only tour across Mongolia, the recommended weight of your luggage is 20kg per person (max). However, kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 kg for the carry on luggage). It is possible to purchase extra luggage space which costs US$2 - 5 per 1kg.


Terelj National Park. Terelj National park is one of the most popular national parks in Mongolia. Terelj is just 60km from Ulaanbaatar in the east and features stunning granite mountains and flowery endless grassy green meadows. This picturesque National Park is a part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. It is a great place for hiking and trekking, even you can do rock climbing here at its natural steep granite walls. Open during year and is only two-hour drive from Ulaanbaatar. One of the most important attraction is up there Gunjiin Svm. It is surrounded by forests and not far from the river which is named Baruun Bayan gol. It is built in 1740 by Efu Dondovdorj to commemorate the death of his Manchurian wife Amarlangui.

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 are able to see and photograph these beautiful wild horses at pasture and Red Deer, Wolf, Asian Marmot, various species of waterfawls and prey birds etc., as well.

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Tour Reviews

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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.

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