GER to GER’s Triple Pearls of Mongolia overland packaged trip is a must! Its one of our most scenic overland expeditions that includes a balanced approach towards travel across Mongolia in a jeep and slowing down the pace to enjoy Mongolia’s nomadic cultural activities along the way. We have combined Blue Mountain Lake trekking route with nomads with the easy going terrains of White Lake and an adventurous overland 4×4 expedition to the deepest lake in Central Asia known as Lake Khuvsgul while along the way you will visit historical sites like the Ancient Capital of the Mongol Empire – the famed Karakorum. If you desire to spend your time enjoying both leisure travel with a mixture of Mongolian nomadic communities located in mountainous regions of Mongolia surrounded by lush river valleys and around some of Mongolia’s most scenic lakes then this itinerary is for you!
Day One – Overland Travel Across Central Mongolia to Mr. Batdelger’s Nomadic Ger (D – Overnight in Ger): You will travel from UB to Tsetserleg by the public bus at 8am, along the way you will see many scenic locations from the bus as it drives by vast nomadic pastures, the Ancient Capital City of the Mongol Empire Karakorum, etc. Once you arrive in Tsetserleg town around at 4pm, our local facilitator will arrange a local driver for you at bus stop that will take you to the first family Mr. Batdelger (57km). Upon arrival, his family will serve you dinner and tea before your retire for the night in your tent nearby the nomadic family.
Day Two – Hike and Trek to Mongolia’s Sumtiin Mountain Basin (B,L,D – Outdoor Camping in Mongolia): After breakfast the family will show you how to cut Mongolian curds before you and the herders will pack up Yaks to start your trek along the beautiful Tamir Valley to the base of Sumtiin Mountain. In the early days, five famous monks planted five memorial trees at the base of Sumtiin Mountain before they left their native land, which became today’s beautiful scenery of Mountain. Along the way you will have a picnic lunch and absorb much of the local cultural site that includes ancient graves, burial sites; many Khirgesuur (piles of stones marking the burial site of an ancient warrior) and many tombstones. After 15km of trekking you will reach the camping site and Mr. Batdelger will prepare and serve you a dinner before retiring to your tent for the night.
Day Three – Hiking and Trekking to Mr. Battulga, Mongolian Nomadic Family (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After having breakfast, you will trek for 12km to Mr. Battulga’s family – along the way you will have a picnic lunch. Upon arrival at Mr.Battulga’s Ger, the family will prepare and serve you dinner and hot tea to which you will overnight your tent nearby their ger.
Day Four – Hike and Trek to Mongolia’s Gangiin Bulan (B, L, D – Outdoor Camping in Mongolia): After breakfast with Battulga’s family, you will have an opportunity to learn how to make the well-known Ih Tamir White Curds or nomadic cheese before you and the nomads start packing the luggage on yak cart. Today you will trek for 25km to Gangiin Bulan, where you will be outdoor camping away from families for one night. Along the way you will be served a picnic before reaching the overnight camping site where Mr. Battulga will serve you dinner and tea.
Day Five – Hike and Trek to Mr. Byambaochir, Mongolian Nomadic Family (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After having a breakfast you will trek for 25km to Mr. Byambaochir’s family, from this point onwards the terrain becomes more challenging with small rivers to cross and some hills to pass over. As you trek to Byamba-Ochir’s home, you will be served a picnic lunch. Upon arrival Mr. Byambaochir and his family will serve you dinner and hot tea before retiring to your tent for the evening.
Day Six – Hike and Trek to Mongolia’s Mountain Blue lake (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast, you will start the trek to ‘Blue Lake’ with the nomadic guide – today you don’t need to pack the all the luggage, a day-pack is sufficient for the day as the trek will be about 26km round trip. You will be served a picnic lunch at the top of the Mountain along the edge of Blue Lake where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of this mountain lake. By evening you return to Mr. Byambaochir’s nomadic family’s ger where they will welcome you with dinner before you overnight in your tent.
Day Seven – Hike and Trek to Mr. Batbayar, Mongolian Nomadic Family (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger: After breakfast, Mr. Byambaochir and you will start packing the yak for your journey – today the terrain becomes more challenging as you have to trek over a mountain. You will served a picnic lunch as you are trekking for 27 kilometers through Jargalant Valley – upon arrival at Mr. Batbayar’s family, they will welcome you with a nomadic dinner before retiring to your tent for the evening.
Day Eight – Hike and Trek to Mongolia’s Shivertiin Mountain (B, L, D – Outdoor Camping in Mongolia): After breakfast, Mr. Batbayar will teach you how to make homemade ropes out of yak hair before you continue your 22km trek up Shivertiin Mountain. Once we leave nomadic family there will be no families along the way to our meeting point with the vehicle – on the way you will be served with a picnic lunch and tea. Upon arrival at the outdoor campsite, herder guide will prepare and serve you with a outdoor dinner and hot tea before you overnight in your tent.
Day Nine – Short Hike and Trek to Meet Rural Driver nearby at Mongolia’s Khujiriin Mountain Basin and Begin Overland Travel To Chuluut Canyon (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast we will pack up all the tents and luggage and will continue our trek with the yaks to Khujiriin mountain mouth where the vehicle is waiting for us around 7 kilometers. We say goodbye to our herders and humble yaks. Then we will drive to the long 180-kilometer overland trip towards Mr. Lhagvadondov’s where you will part-take in nomadic activities. Upon your arrival at family, you will have an opportunity to erect a traditional Mongolian dwelling known as a “Ger” with the assistant of his family members. After lunch, you can enjoy trekking along the Chuluut River Canyon and admire the natural beauty of the location before evening’s nomadic dinner and hot traditional tea followed by a well-earned rest in the nomadic families extra Ger.
Day Ten – Trek an Inactive Volcanic Mountain (B, L, D – Overnight in Family’s Extra Nomadic Ger): In the morning you can participate in the milking of the family’s livestock as well as assist in the preparation of the nomadic breakfast with the family. After breakfast, the host family will drive you to the next family Mr. Ganbat where you will begin the 10-kilometer roundtrip hiking to Khorgo Volcano; from the summit at 2100 meters above sea level there is a splendid panoramic view of the whole lake and region. As you continue your journey, you will also visit the famous Yellow Dog’s cave (a local legend stated that a compassionate monk kept a sick dog in this cave in order to protect it from being killed) and have a picnic lunch. In the evening, you will return to the family where you will have an opportunity to participate in making a traditional nomadic dinner or milking animals with the family. After dinner, you will have plenty of time to relax and even get an early nights rest in the family’s extra nomadic Ger.
Day Eleven – Visit to Mr. Battulga’s Family and Walk Along the White Lake’s Scenic Shoreline (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast, you will walk to the next nomadic family along the astonishingly beautiful White Lake; the lake is about 20 kilometers long and 16 kilometers wide, it supports Pike and other fish as well as rare birds’ species. In the afternoon you will be served a picnic lunch along the shoreline before returning to the family where you learn the basics of nomadic dairy products; how to boil milk to make “urum” a creamy spread used to eat on bread and in Mongolia teas. In the evening, you will be welcomed to a farewell dinner with hot traditional milk tea before retiring to your Ger for your last night among Mongolia’s nomads.
Day Twelve – Overland Travel to Mongolia’s Galt Hot Springs (B, L, D – Overnight at tourist camp): After breakfast, you will overland drive through the wooded slopes of Khangai Mountain Range and cross high mountain passes. Along the way, you will have a picnic lunch before arriving at Galt Hot Springs where you can relax in properly outfitted hot springs and overnight at the ger camp.
Day Thirteen – Overland Travel to Mongolia’s Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D – Overnight at tourist camp): Lake Khuvsgul is truly a highlight of any trip to Mongolia and today you head north to the crystal clear waters – it is the deepest lake in Central Asia, measured with a maximum depth of 262 meters. The reflections of larch forests and majestic Mountains around the lake are truly amazing; 96 rivers and streams feed into Khuvsgul Lake and the Egiin River exits from it. On the way we will pass through Murun, which is the capital of Khuvsgul Province before reaching the overnight destination at the ger camp located next to Khuvsgul Lake.
Day Fourteen – Horseback Riding Trip to Mongolia’s Reindeer People (B, L, D – Overnight at tourist camp): After breakfast, you will visit the nomadic family. Upon arrival at Mr. Enkhbayar’s home, his family will serve you a hot tea and dairy products. Then you will start your round trip journey (10 kilometers) to Shar Tsaram where you will have an opportunity to meet a Reindeer family. You will enjoy in the breath taking landscapes of Khuvsgul Province, which is already renown both domestically and internationally for its pristine natural beauty. You will greatly enjoy trekking along the beautiful shoreline and a picnic lunch surrounded by picturesque landscapes. In the late evening, you will return to the camp for a dinner and tea to be followed by a deep and relaxing sleep in your Ger.
Day Fifteen and Sixteen – Rural Bus to back to Ulaanbaatar (B, L): After breakfast at camp, you can make short walk along the Khuvsgul Lake and enjoy the beauty before head back to city. After lunch, you will return to Murun where you will board the public bus at 15pm or 18pm to Ulaanbaatar. Before you depart to Ulaanbaatar, you can do shopping for your snacks and drinks in Murun before wishing your driver and guide farewell.