Along this Mongolia budget trip you will visit Lake Khuvsgul Region which is one of Mongolia’s geographic gems and a highlight travel destination that should be visited; horseback riding, trekking, cultural homestay. Sapphire freshwater lake, emerald forests and remarkably beautiful Mountain scenery dominate its picturesque landscapes. Ger to Ger is offering you a unique opportunity to explore nomadic lifestyle and participate within daily routines of nomadic families within the region. You will spend your days traveling by horseback, ox carts as well as some light trekking between nomadic camps. In your free time you will have plenty of time to prepare traditional foods and drinks, assist families in herding and milking of their animals. All these wonderful travel experiences will take place in a region with one of the most pristine ecological backdrops.
Day One and Two – Scenic overland bus ride to Khuvsgul Province (L, D – Camping Overnight in Tent): Prepare yourself for a long scenic bus ride across diverse geographic landscapes i.e. steppes, mountains, rivers, etc. The local bus will depart at 1800 from Ulaanbaatar City to Murun – the destination town. In order to make good time, the journey will be non-stop (2 drivers) so do bring a headrest (will be bumpy trip at times) and something to cover your eyes as you will need the rest along the way. You will arrive in Murun the next morning around at 0900. Upon your arrival, our local facilitator Mrs. Nyamdavaa will greet you at the bus station and you will have a chance to refresh and have lunch before departing on the route. Soon after you will depart to the first nomadic family (120 kilometers), upon arrival at Mrs. Narmandah’s family, her sons will prepare and serve you a nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea. Keep in mind that stargazing in Khuvsgul region is brilliant activity after dinner – depending on the weather, you may just want to go out and enjoy this opportunity.
Day Three – Experience nomadic daily lifestyle (B, L, D – Camping Overnight in Tent): After breakfast, you will have a chance to learn a little about nomadic lifestyle for the day. In the evening the host family will welcome you a hot nomadic dinner and tea to be followed by a deep and relaxing sleep in your tent.
Day Four – Overland travel by ox cart to the next nomadic family (B, L, D – Camping Overnight in Tent): After your breakfast, you will start your 10 kilometer overland trip by ox cart to next nomadic family where upon you arrival you will be welcomed a nomadic lunch and traditional milk tea. Afterwards, you will have more opportunities to observe/learn more about nomadic lifestyle before the evening dinner with the family.
Day Five – Horseback riding to Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D – Camping Overnight in Tent): After breakfast, you will start the 25 kilometer horseback riding trip around Lake Khuvsgul area; recorded as the deepest lake in Central Asia with a maximum depth reaching 262 meters. Lake Khuvsgul is crystal clear and the reflections of larch forests and majestic Mountains are amazing – you will greatly enjoy trekking along the beautiful shoreline and the picnic lunch surrounded by picturesque landscapes. In the evening time, you will return to the family and have a dinner before retiring for the night.
Day Six and Seven – Depart back to Ulaanbaatar (B, L): Shortly after your morning breakfast with family, the rural driver will arrive and take you to Murun (125 kilometers) where you can catch the 1800 Ulaanbaatar bus; you will have chance to have a lunch at the local guesthouse.