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Trekking Info

Trekking characteristics:

  • Trip Type: Moderate
  • Pack horse or pack camels
  • No vehicle support possible
  • With/without local flight
  • Arid desert trekking
  • Salt Lake trekking
  • Sand dune trekking
  • No fishing

Trekking dates:

  • Departure any time
  • From May until October

Duration:

  • 16 days tour
  • Can be customized
  • 6 to 8 days trekking
  • 6 optional days
  • Can be combined with another trek

Group size:

  • Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum 12 people

Accommodation:

  • Tented camps
  • Ger Camp
  • Family Stay

Meals:

  • With cook and food
  • Western and Mongolian food
  • Self cooking possible

Price Includes:

  • Transport within Mongolia
  • Full pension in the countryside
  • Accommodation as described in the tour description
  • All support staff including driver, translator, camp assistants
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • National park fee entrances
  • Road taxes
  • Pack horses and/or camels
  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel

Price Excludes:

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Medical and trip insurance
  • Evacuation costs
  • Excess baggage charges, local flights are limited to 10 kg.
  • Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • City touring
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Items of personal nature
  • Fishing equipment
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included

 

 

 

Zavkhan & Mongol Els Sand Dunes Trekking

Short Trek Description

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

DAY 2: TOSONTSENGEL SOUM AND TELMEN LAKE

DAY 3: KHOLBOO NUUR LAKE

DAY 4: BAYANNUUR VILLAGE

DAY 5: BAYANNUUR RIVER

DAY 6 AND 7: BAYANNUUR LAKE

DAY 8: DESERT TREK

DAY 9: BOR KHAIRIIN ELSE SAND DUNES

DAY 10: KHUNGIIN RIVER

DAY 11: ZAVKHANMANDEL VILLAGE

DAY 12: SOURCES OF KHUNGIIN RIVER

DAY 13: ULIASTAI

DAY 14: FLIGHT BACK TO ULAANBAATAR

DAY 15: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

DAY 16: DEPARTURE

OTHER OPTION: ONE OR TWO WAYS DRIVING BETWEEN BOR KHAIRIIN ELSE SAND DUNES AND ULAANBAATAR

Map

Zavkhan Mongol Else Sand Dune trekking

Detailed Trek Description

Zavkhan aimag is situated in the western part of Mongolia.

On the North it borders with the Russian Federation.

The eastern edge of Zavkhan aimag is the western flank of the Khangai Nuruu, the second highest mountain range in Mongolia, and a spectacular area of forests and lakes, dotted with snow-clad peaks, white-water streams and hot and cold springs.

The southern and western parts of Zavkhan, usually ignored by visitors and Mongolians because of poor roads and transport, is a sharp contrast - a land of vast deserts, salt lakes and sand dunes where rain falls once or twice a year.

Otgontenger Uul is the highest peak of the Khangai Nuruu range and Mongolia's 5th highest mountain. Its peak is at 4020 meters above the sea level. Otgontenger is the only mountain of the Khangai range that is capped with a glacier.

Otgontenger is one of the worshipped mountains of Mongolia. Worshipping began during Khunnu times by the first governing state of Mongolia, and this tradition continues to the present day. Historically, this mountain was initially protected in 1818. The peak and its environs have been protected since 1992 to converse the high mountain ecosystem. The south face of Otgon Tenger Uul is the biggest granite wall in Mongolia.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by our guide. He will bring us to our comfortable, centrally located hotel.

In the afternoon we will stroll around Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the Natural and the Historical Museums.

We will stop at the Gandantegchinlen Monastery. It is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia. We will scroll through the different monasteries and see the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig, an 82-food high statue gilded in gold and covered with silk cloths.

(Hotel)

DAY 2: TOSONTSENGEL SOUM AND TELMEN LAKE

Today we will take the plane for Tosontsengel sum, located in Zavhan province. After 1.5 hours of flying we will reach the airport of Tosontsengel sum where our guides and vehicles will be waiting for us. After a short visit of this little countryside town we will drive to Telmen Lake.

Telmen Lake is a beautiful lake which hosts abundant birdlife. The lake lies near the boundary between the forest-steppe and steppe ecosystems. You will find different kinds of landscape around the lake such as sand dunes, beautiful mountains, green forest and several rivers and other lakes.

Lake Telmen, a closed lake basin, is slightly salty (about 4g per liter salinity).

Here you can see the rare desert flower "zambaga". We will enjoy some hiking and relaxing near the lake

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 3: KHOLBOO NUUR LAKE

We will have a long day driving to reach at the end of the day Holboo Nuur Lake. Today we will pass small towns such as Nomreg, Tudevteyand Santmargats. We will overnight close to the Kholboo Lake.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 4: BAYANNUUR VILLAGE

Passing Bayannuur village by jeep, we will reach or host family. Here we will get the camels that will carry all our gears. We will enjoy en evening with our host family.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 5: BAYANNUUR RIVER

After a good breakfast at our host family, we will load our gears on our pack camels and set of for our trek. Our first step will be to reach Bayannuur River where we will set our camp for the night. We might pass by a small salt lake (if it rained enough).

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 6 AND 7: BAYANNUUR LAKE

Today we will reach Bayannuur Lake and trek for two consecutive days along the lake.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 8: DESERT TREK

We will leave Bayannuur Lake behind us to trek to our sand dune crossing pass. It will take us a full day to reach that point. We will camp at the feet of the sand dunes and get ready for the big crossing.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 9: BOR KHAIRIIN ELSE SAND DUNES

Today we will trek through the Bor Khairiin Else Sand Dunes. We will cross this 15 km wide sand dune to end the day along a small river running south of the sand dune. We will set camp between the sand dune and the Khungiin River.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 10: KHUNGIIN RIVER

For the next two days we will trek stream upwards along the Khungiin River.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 11: ZAVKHANMANDEL VILLAGE

At the end of the second day we will reach Zavkhanmandel Village. Here we will leave the pack camels behind us and load everything back into our vehicles.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 12: SOURCES OF KHUNGIIN RIVER

We will drive to the sources of the Khungiin River.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 13: ULIASTAI

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

(Hotel, B, D)

DAY 14: FLIGHT BACK TO ULAANBAATAR

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

(Hotel, B, D)

DAY 15: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

We will have a full free day to stroll around in Ulaanbaatar and buy some souvenirs before heading back home.

(Hotel, B, D)

DAY 16: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure

OTHER OPTION: ONE OR TWO WAYS DRIVING BETWEEN BOR KHAIRIIN ELSE SAND DUNES AND ULAANBAATAR

You could take the 8 days trip to drive one way between Ulaanbaatar and west Mongolia. You will discover a variety of landscapes on the way. It's a great option for people who have more time in Mongolia.

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