Away to the summer camp

From € 3,200 plus flights
12 Days
  • Tour group size: 8-14
  • Booking by appointment for tours between May and September 2020

Nomad Tour – 8-Lake Valley

Nomadic life, horse riding adventures and nature experiences – it doesn’t get more Mongolian than this. On this nomad tour, you not only share the life of a nomad family, you also accompany them as they move from one summer camp to the next – on horseback, of course. This takes three days and leads through a picturesque and natural 8-lake valley, part of the Naiman Nuur National Park.
During the move you will become familiar with the typical activities of the nomads: setting up and dismantle a yurt, taking care of yaks and making airag (fermented mare’s milk). Other natural and cultural highlights, including monasteries and museums as well as sand dunes, rocks and a drive through the famous Orkhon Valley, are also included in the tour. Overnight during the tour in yurts (during the riding tour in double yurts), and at in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar at the beginning and end of the tour.
Since outdoor activities such as horse riding and hiking are a focus of the tour, riding skills and/or good basic fitness are recommended. The tour takes place in English as this is an international group.

Well suited for

Social and cultural experiences

Animal lovers

Active people

Families

Itinerary

Day 1-2
Flight with MIAT from Berlin-Tegel or Frankfurt am Main and arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar. Welcome by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. After arrival we take a city tour and visit the Mongolian Natural History Museum, the Gandan Monastery and Zaisan Hill with a panoramic view of the city. Guests enjoy a typical welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight in hotel.

The tour begins the following day towards Elsen Tasarkhai. These long sand dunes are located in an impressive mountainous landscape. There are opportunities to hike and ride camels. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 3-4
After breakfast we continue to the 8-lake ecocamp, Uyanga sum (district). On the way, we visit the camel-shaped Shuranga rock with its old Mongolian inscriptions. Later we meet the nomad family and enjoy yak milk tea together. In the evening we prepare Shimiin arkhi (milk vodka). Overnight in a yurt camp.

The following morning, we get to know the horses and horse guides and experience the preparations for the move: dismantling and packing the yurts and fastening them on the yaks. We enjoy a group ride on Shireet Mountain with a picnic on the summit. We then hike to the shore of Lake Shireet. We set up the night camp together further north of the lake. Overnight in small double yurts.
Day 5-6
In the morning, we dismantle the yurts and hike to lakes Khuis, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya and Shanaa. In the afternoon we visit Khuis, Duruu and Bayan lakes. We have the opportunity to help the nomad children with their tasks, including training the horses, milking cows, boiling milk and making airag (fermented mare’s milk). Overnight in small double yurts.

After breakfast on our last day with the nomad family, we ride through the 8-lake valley to Tsagaan Azarga where we visit another nomad family. After lunch, we ride into the Buureg valley to meet our first nomad family. In the evening we enjoy a Khorkhog: a Mongolian barbecue on hot stones. Overnight in small double yurts.
Day 7-8
We say farewell to the nomad family, horse guides, horses and yaks and depart for Karakorum, the old capital of Mongolia. On the way we visit the largest Mongolian waterfall, Ulaan Tsutgalan, and the unique landscape of the Orkhon Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We visit Karakoram and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Overnight in a yurt camp.

Return trip to Ulaanbaatar. In the evening we enjoy a festive meal and a visit to the Tumen-Ekh theater with traditional dancing and singing, including the unique Mongolian throat singing. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9-11
After breakfast, we drive to the mountain steppes and visit a village from the 13th century with authentic costumes and dwellings from the time of the great Genghis Khan.

We return to Ulaanbaatar and overnight in the hotel. The next morning, we visit the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, which is the palace of the last emperor in Ulaanbaatar. If you wish, you can visit the “Black Market” where you can buy souvenirs. Overnight in the hotel.

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and bid farewell to our tour guide and driver.

All our tours include:

  • First-class, German-speaking tour guides from arrival in Ulaanbaatar
  • All transfers within Ulaanbaatar in a minibus or across the steppe in a robust off-road bus or car, each with experienced, local drivers
  • All meals (cooking service if you are staying in a tent) and mineral water
  • Entrance fees to sights, concerts and other performances
  • Conservation fees
  • Equipment and support for camel rides and fishing trips (horseback rides are charged extra)
  • Travel security certificate according to § 651 k BGB

Flights are usually not included, except for tours with the option “incl. scheduled flight”.
Travel insurance is not included.

Our tip: book scheduled flights with the Mongolian airline MIAT and take out Travelsafe travel cancellation insurance.​

„I am still fascinated by how quickly and skillfully our nomadic family set up and dismantled the yurts. And how well I slept in it after a long day on horseback.“
Erik (35)
Berlin

Ulan Bator

Elsen Tasarkhai

Uyanga Sum

8-Seen-Tal

Ulaan Tsutgalan

Karakorum

13. Jahrhundert Museum

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