Mongolia: an empire built on horseback galloped across two continents, leaving behind the names Genghis and Kublai Khan. Travellers are invited to follow their lead on this tour from MIR Corporation, using the horsepower of modern vehicles to cover incredible distances across the heart of Mongolia. Highlights include: exploring Hustai Nuruu National Park; visiting the UNESCO listed Erdene Zhu monastery; discovering the Flaming Cliffs and the Yol Am Canyon in the Gobi Desert; and encountering the nomads who call this formidable environment home. The 14-day tour culminates at the extraordinary Naadam Festival, where the ancient skills of that nomadic army are preserved. Slated for 30 June – 14 July 2017, this journey starts at $7695 per person.
Begin in Ulaanbaatar, where the centuries-old Buddhist heritage is still vital. Tour some of the city’s treasures before flying north to alpine Lake Hovsgol, sacred to Mongolians. Sleep in traditional gers, and explore the summer pastureland of reindeer and yak on foot and horseback.
Return to UlaanBaatar before setting off overland to Kara Korum, the site of Genghis Khan’s all-but-vanished capital city. On the drive out to the former capital, stop at Hustai Nuruu National Park, home to the Przewalski horse, the last remaining species of truly wild horse in the world, and sleep in a ger in the mountains of Khogna Khan. Visit the splendid UNESCO listed Erdene Zhu monastery, built with stones salvaged from the ruins of Kara Korum.
Continue on an adventurous overland route through the Mongolian outback to the Gobi, stopping en route at lost monasteries and remote ger camps. During the epic journey, discover the Flaming Cliffs and the green Yol Am Canyon, and climb the sand dunes at Moltsog Els. Along the way, encounter the nomads who call this formidable environment home.
Fly back to UlaanBaatar. Experience the pageantry of the fascinating Naadam Festival, a celebration of Mongolia’s ageless traditions, and finish with a remarkable performance of Mongolian throat singing.