This 6 day Dog sledding and Desert adventure and cultural tour is a must join! Dog sledding in the beautiful Terelj National Park is an unforgettable experience where you will drive your own dogsled powered by a team of our friendly, handsome Huskies. These dogs live to pull. Our experienced mushers accompany you to provide complete training, help out as needed and point out signs of scenic interest. Enjoy the cultural and historical side of Mongolia as you visit the ancient site of Kharkhorin and explore the thriving Buddhist monastery. Hike in the mountains and find hidden treasures in the Khugno Khan and Khustai National Parks.
- Drive your own team of eager huskies through the Mongolian taiga and steppe in the Terelj and Khan Khentii National Parks
- Experience the warm hospitality of nomadic families and learn about the unique Mongolian culture
- Climb on sand dunes and ride the Mongolian bactrian camel
- Hike to hidden monastery ruins in the wildlife rich Khugno khan mountains
- Take a safari into Hustai National Park to find the world’s last wild horses
To be confirmed for winter 2018 / 19
*Available as a private tour from December till mid-March
PROGRAM: Dog Sledding and Desert Adventure
Day 1 – Airport or train station pick up. Overnight in guesthouse in Ulaanbaatar. Upgrades available.
Day 2 – Drive to Terelj National park. Meet your dogsled team and mushers to start your dog sledding expedition. The morning will allow you to get used to the sledge, on an easy path, till you are used to your team. Many nomads live in this valley, but still the area remains very wild and beautiful. Fauna is diversified and the silence intensified by low temperatures creates an unreal atmosphere. Sled till the evening, when we will stay overnight in a ger next to a local herder and his family. Experience the life of Mongolian Nomads and learn to make traditional meal such as Buuz (steamed dumplings).
Day 3 – After breakfast dog sled towards Tsonjin Boldog between Gorki-Terelj Park and Khan-Khentii National Park. The river calms down and divides itself in many small streams. After lunch you will say goodbye to your dog sled team. Now it’s time to mount up and ride horses over this mountainous and forested terrain to arrive at our camp in the late afternoon. You can visit the impressive Chinggis Khaan Statue complex, a 40m tall equestrian statue dominating the landscape and stay overnight in a comfortable ger camp, with cozy ger, electricity and western facilities.
Day 4 – Drive West towards Khustai National Park. At Khustai, head on into the protected zone and start the safari to the mountain where the Przewalski’s Horse can be found. You can also visit the information centre before entering the park to learn about the history of the horses. Take a short hike to get closer to these ancient wild animals for photo opportunities.
Continue driving to Elsen Taserkhai and the Bayangobi (meaning rich desert) area. Explore the 80km long sand dunes and beautiful surrounding area. Meet our friends, a camel herding family and mount up for your 1 hour camel ride across the sand dunes. In the evening make you dinner with your host family and learn how to make some traditional Mongolian food. Overnight in a ger next to a Nomadic family, shared gers.
Day 5 – Visit Kharkhorin, the ancient capital city of the Mongol Empire. Although the city no longer remains, it is the site of Mongolia’s largest working Monastery, Erdene Zuu. Spend time exploring the monastery and visit the museum to find out about the ancient city. Visit the Three Empires Monument to see the spectacular Orkhon valley. Drive back to your host family for the night. Tonight you may like to try some star gazing.
Day 6 – After breakfast continue to the Khogno Khan National Park and climb up to the monastery ruins hidden in the majestic Khugnu Khaan Mountains. Hike in the mountains through the unique juniper shrubs and search for wildlife such as steppe eagle and deer. Begin the drive back east to Ulaanbaatar, perhaps stopping on the way to visit a nomadic family for a cup of milk tea. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon and transfer to your guesthouse. In the evening you may wish to see a highly recommended traditional song and dance show or visit the State Department Store for a spot of souvenir shopping. Overnight in guesthouse in Ulaanbaatar. Upgrade available.
Day 7 – Transfer to your international flight / train.
OUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES:
English speaking guide and musher, dog sled package including instruction and equipment rental, private vehicle and fuel, horse riding, camel riding, accommodation as per itinerary, meals as per itinerary, all entrance fees and taxes, drinking water.
1560 USD per person
Minimum number of people to operate tour = 2
Please contact Bold and Anna to get the full itinerary or to make modifications to meet your needs.
Don’t forget there are other activities to add on too, if you like. Check out our activity page for ideas!