MONGOLIA

ALTAI MOUNTAINS AND GOBI DESERT

NATURE & CULTURE - Group or INDIVIDUAL

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-N3

DATE

In Planning

DURATION

15 D. - 13 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

PAX

8 - 15

MONGOLIA - ALTAI MOUNTAINS AND GOBI DESERT

NATURE & CULTURE

INTRODUKTION

Our trip to Mongolia is a special expedition in the footsteps of the nomads. It consists of off-road vehicle tours through the fantastic landscapes of Mongolia in the Altai Mountains and the Gobi Desert. Since long distances have to be bridged in Mongolia, three other domestic flights are on the programme in addition to the international flight via Moscow to Ulan Bator. In Ulan Bator we visit the famous Bogd Khan Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Gandan Monastery. After a flight to Khovd with the goal of the Gurwan Cave with stone age drawings, another highlight of the trip will be a visit to the larynx singers (Chandmani Sum) in Manchan. The off-road vehicle tour continues through the great Altai Mountains to the Gobi Sharga with its impressive Gobi landscape. On this tour you will sleep in tents. A domestic flight via Ulan Bator takes you to Dalanzangad in southern Mongolia. Our second off-road vehicle tour into the Gobi desert begins there. Here we experience the unique Hongorin Els desert landscape, the Saxaul Forest and the Bearded Vulture Gorge, as well as the world-famous Erdene Dzuu monastery in the former capital of Genghis Khan. On this tour you will spend the night in traditional Mongolian yurts. We end the adventure trip with a farewell dinner in Ulan Bator. During our tour with an off-road vehicle, we will be guided by a local Mongolian tour guide and a German travel companion. Luggage, tents and food are transported in our off-road vehicles. We set up our tent camp in the beautiful mountain landscape on the banks of crystal clear rivers or streams. This type of overnight stay is unique and typical of the country. On our trip we get to know the people of Mongolia in their typical round tents, the yurts and learn a lot about their life, customs and traditions.

ITINERARY

Reception at Berlin Airport by our tour guide. Midday departure to Ulan Bator with a stopover in Moscow.

Arrival in Ulan Bator early in the morning. Welcome by our Mongolian interpreter and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon a city tour takes us to the famous Gandan monastery, which is one of the major Buddhist centres in Mongolia. A dinosaur exhibition with exhibits from the Gobi desert awaits us in the capital’s natural history museum. A visit to the folk ensemble is planned for the evening.
Dinner and overnight in a 3 * hotel in Ulan Bator

After breakfast flight to Khovd (approx. 3 hours). Today’s destination is the Gurwan Tsencher cave (120km), which is approx. 20 meters high and impressively spacious. Inside there are numerous Stone Age drawings of ibexes, ostriches and birds. There are also graves of the Huns near the cave.
Overnight in tents

Today our bus trip takes us to Chandmani Sum (approx. 130 km). On the way we take a lunch break at the foot of the 3,800m high, glacier-covered Jargalant mountain. Arrival in Manchan in the evening at the famous Chandmani Sum larynx singers.
Overnight at the local hotel

On this day we enjoy one of the cultural highlights of the trip. In Manchan in the middle of the Altai highlands we experience the art of local larynx chants and get to know the culture of the Chandmani Sum.
Overnight at the local hotel

We say goodbye to Manchan and its inhabitants and our journey leads through the Shargiin on the way to the city of Altai in the center of Gobi-Altai Aiak. Gobi Scharga is a 120 m long and 90 km wide depression with a typical Gobi landscape. In the middle there is a large lake, where the small Saxaul forest is also nearby. Here we spend the night in tents and enjoy the untouched freedom and vastness of the Altai landscape.
Overnight in the tents

Today’s destination is the city of Altai. Our today’s distance will be 130 km today until we arrive at our local hotel in the evening.
Overnight at the local hotel

A short domestic flight takes you back to Ulan Bator. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Ulan Bator

The destination of today’s flight is the city of Dalanzangad in the Gobi desert. Here, too, Mongolian drivers await us with their Russian off-road vehicles. Together with them we visit the Bearded Vulture Gorge Yoliin Am on the way. The journey continues to the Hongorin Els sand dune area. In the evening we reach the yurt camp, where we spend the night in typical Mongolian felt tents. Today’s stage is 240 km.
Overnight in the typical Mongolian felt tents

Today we visit the Saxual Forest and the Red Corner, a well-known dinosaur excavation site.
Overnight in a yurt camp

The goal of the day is the Ongi Monastery, near which we stop for the night in a yurt camp after a total daily distance of approx. 160 km.
Overnight in a yurt camp

The journey continues north. Today we cover a distance of 240 km and will arrive in the afternoon in Karakoram, the former capital of Geng Khan.
Overnight in a typical yurt camp

In the morning we visit the Erdene Dsuu Monastery, one of the first Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia built in the 16th century. In the afternoon we continue on the asphalt road to the Hustai Nuruu National Park (approx. 250 km). There is time for a short hike and observation of the Przewalski wild horse herds. That evening we spend the last time in the typical Mongolian yurts.
Overnight in a yurt camp

After breakfast we set off for the last leg of our journey. 110 km separate us from the capital Ulan Bator, which we reach in the early afternoon. The afternoon is available to us for a city tour and shopping. We will end the day comfortably with a farewell dinner.
Overnight in a local hotel

Return flight from Ulan Bator – Germany

Your Tour Guide:
Regina Gärtner

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR COST

Tour date:
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(Complete tour without international flights on request)

Tour Price:
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INCLUDED

 International flight with MIAT Airlines, Berlin – Moscow – Ulan Bator – Moscow – Berlin
 3 domestic flights Mongolia (including all airport taxes)
✓ Luggage transport (international flight 20 kg and hand luggage)
✓ Bus trips as described in the itinerary, including transfers
 6 nights / full board in the hotel; 2 nights HB in 2-person tents; 5 nights / full board in yurt / yurt camp
✓ Visits and admissions according to the tour programme
 Experienced tour guide, interpreter for the group (cook in the 1st week)
Information material

NOT INCLUDED

● Visa fees (approx. € 110, -)
Tips and personal expenses
Rail & Fly Ticket (on request)
Connecting flights Germany / Austria / Switzerland to / from Berlin (surcharge from 150 euros
Excess baggage fees (domestic flights Mongolia
possible fuel increase

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.
Most of the roads in Mongolia are slopes and only accessible with OFF Road vehicles. Asphalt roads can only be found in the immediate vicinity of Ulan Bator. The slopes challenge people and equipment. Every travel participant should be prepared for the fact that the distances on the slopes are covered much more slowly than we are used to in Germany.
This trip is the right place for everyone who would like to get to know the country and its people in small groups with a lot of initiative. A supporting programme is offered, but there is enough space for independent activities. An experienced English travel companion and helper in many situations is on this trip and gives interesting tips and suggestions for your own activities.
The most important prerequisites for the success of our trip are team spirit, tolerance, the willingness to improvise and a good dose of humour. On the way we will often try to bring the travel wishes and ideas of the participants under “one hat”, which requires commitment and consideration from everyone.
An empirical value for the amount of luggage can best be expressed using the weight. 14-16 kg is a good guideline. We recommend only taking small travel bags and backpacks without a carrying frame (made of hard-wearing and robust material) with you. Please do without suitcases! A small daypack is required for hiking. It is necessary to bring an insulating mat and sleeping bag with you.
Extreme continental climate. Dry, cold winters and short warm to hot summers. The number of sunny days per year is 220-260 days. The months of July and August are often the months with short but heavy rain showers. During our 15-day trip, there can be an average of 1-2 short rain showers. It can then happen that the slopes sink into the mud and traveling becomes a real adventure. During these months it gets very warm during the day (30 – 35 degrees), at night it often cools down extremely (0 to -5 degrees).

EQUIPMENTS

 Binoculars and spotting scope if available, small torch light (red)
Walking shoes for the tours
● Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
● Rain cover / jacket
● Sun protection
● Daypack
● Folding stool (if needed)

(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

● We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
● The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

●  20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
  Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
All citizens require visa for the visit to Mongolia. The passport only needs to be valid for six months beyond the return date. Children need their own passport with a photo. Contact the Mongolian embassy in your respective Country / City.

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MONGOLIA - NATURE & CULTURE - GROUP / INDUVIDUAL

ALTAI MOUNTAINS AND GOBI DESERT

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-N3

DATE

In Planning

DURATION

15 D. - 13 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

PAX

8 - 15

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MONGOLIA - ALTAI MOUNTAINS AND GOBI DESERT

Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room