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Departure Dates: May 23, 2014 - August 27, 2015
Departs from: Ulaanbaatar
Overview: Discover the magic of Mongolia on an overland tour through this remote country. Beginning in Ulaanbaatar, travel to Mongolia’s colourful towns, ancient ruins and stunning national parks. Learn about the conquests of Genghis Khan, bathe in effervescent hot springs and spot bountiful wildlife as you traverse this epic country's great plains. Tucked away between Russia and China, Mongolia remains one of the world’s enigmas, a true Intrepid destination with a fascinating mix of cultures and landscapes. See ancient Karakorum, quirky Ulaanbaatar and the legendary grasslands on an unforgettable overland journey through Mongolia.
This surprising city combines tradition with modern day in a Soviet-style framework. Ulaanbaatar may look grey, but the city's inherent spirit and its colourful people make this a city to remember.
Leave UB and watch as the city's gritty cityscape gradually fades and the sparse, rolling hillsides for which the country is so well known take over. Check out the crumbling ruins of Khar Bukh Balgas and learn about the various kingdoms that ruled from here during the Kitan period. Scan the waters and skies of Ogii Lake for such birdlife as Swan Geese, White Spoonbills and Dalmatian Pelicans.
Built by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, the ancient capital of Karakorum houses Mongolia's first Buddhist centre and impressive ruins.
Because the Orkhon Valley was of strategic and divine importance to the Turks, it is now full of fascinating ruins, some dating back to the 8th century.
Tsenkher Hot Springs
Tsenkher is renowned for its delightful hot springs and is set amongst remote yet beautiful open scenery.
Peruse the various goods and produce being hawked at Tsetserleg's local market. Visit a provincial museum housed in an ancient monastery from where the head monk used to govern. Spend a night camped in a picturesque spot along the Tamir River.
Hear the local mythology surrounding the giant rock of Taikhar Chuluu. Set off across Arkhangai Province, soaking up spectacular panoramas of vast green meadows, gently flowing rivers and rolling hills. Take in the dramatic views over Chuluut Canyon before setting up camp for another night.
Hike to the summit of Khorgo Volcano and savour astonishing views down into its deep crater and across its barren lava fields. Stop by Yellow Dog Cave en route to a night spent in a traditional ger camp.
Entering the Mongolian highlands, get a taste of the country's more dramatic landscapes along one of its most mesmerising routes. The day's travel concludes upon arrival at Zuun Lake.
Continue the journey through the rugged mountain terrain of Khuvsgul province. Become immersed in the intriguing museums, markets and monasteries of Murun.
Potter about an ancient burial site famous for the deer motifs emblazoning the memorial stones of past leaders and warriors. Arrive at Lake Khovsgol and meet some of the nomadic ethnic groups that roam this area "" presuming we can track them down that is!
Embark on a day's hiking through the lush meadows, thick pine forests and resplendent wildflowers of Lake Khovgol "" dubbed 'The Blue Pearl'.
Selenge River & Bulgan
Prepare for two days of driving across the central-northern steppes, savouring the endless vistas over vast empty landscapes.
Visit the Amarbayasgalant Monastery "" one of the few Buddhist monastic centres to have survived the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Admire the Tibetan-influenced architecture of the temples and perhaps meet some of the monks studying there.
Called UB by locals, the endearing Ulaanbaatar is surrounded by green hills and is a curious mix of Soviet buildings and ger districts.
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