Along this budget trekking trip, you will trek in Mongolia with a geographical gem – Tsenkher Hot Springs… This trip combines a bit of overland, light trekking, cultural immersion and homestay with nomadic families, with a wonderful opportunity to just soak-up in the natural hot spring pools nestled in a lushly filled mountain valley.
Day One – Arrive in Tsetserleg and light trek to nomadic family (D – Overnight in Ger): You will travel from UB to Tsetserleg by the public bus at 0800, 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 1600-1700, our host family will meet you at the rural bus station and you will begin a short 14-kilometer walking trip to his home. Upon arrival at Mr. Galbadrah’s family, you will be served a nomadic dinner and milk tea before retiring for the evening.
Day Two – Light Trek to Hot springs (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): After breakfast, you will begin the 16 kilometer light trek towards Arkhangai Province’s famed Tsenher Hot Springs; this region is commonly referred to as the ‘horse breeders’ paradise’ with its rich pastures and abundant river valleys. Some travelers and locals like compare Arhangai Province as its own Switzerland with its amazingly beautiful mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, and green forests. Upon arrival at ger camp, you will enjoy the natural bounties of Tsenher Hot Springs where you can soak in the heat controlled hot spring waters; as the source temp flows out of the ground at 82° C.
Day Three – Learn the basics of nomadic dairy products (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): In the morning time, you can also enjoy a hot spring-bath and enjoy the natural surroundings of the location before lunch. After the noon-meal, the nomadic herder will pick you up from the camp and you will begin the 7-kilometer light trek towards Mrs. Narantungalag’s family – she is a talented woman that makes a variety of nomadic dairy products. Today, if they are making dairy products – this may be you lucky day when you can learn the basics of how to make nomadic dairy products including the boiling milk that is used towards dried curds, cheeses, yogurts etc., with her guidance. In the evening, you will be invited for hot nomadic dinner and traditional milk tea before retiring for the evening.
Day Four – Light trek to next nomadic family (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast with family members, you will continue your light trek for 29 kilometers to the next nomadic family. On the way, we will pass by Mr. Galbadrah’s winter pasture and have a picnic lunch. Winter season is Mongolia is quite long and it lasts about 7 months. Usually nomadic families stay closer to each other during winter in order to help each other through the difficult winter conditions. Upon arrival at Mr. Galbadrah’s family again, you will have a dinner before sleeping in families’ extra Ger.
Day Five – Light trek to Tsetserleg and depart to UB City (B): After breakfast, our host will guide you on a 14 kilometer trek back to Tsetserleg where you will take the 1400 public bus to Ulaanbaatar.