Camel riding in Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur National Park - 9 days

DAY 1: Flight to Uliastai

DAY 2: Camel riding at Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur National Park

DAY 3: Camel riding continues at Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur Lake

DAY 4: Camel riding to Mukhart Oasis

DAY 5: Camel riding to Senjit Rock

DAY 6: Camel riding to Tovkhosh Mountain

DAY 7: Camel riding towards Black Lake

DAY 8: Camel riding back to the Ger camp

DAY 9: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

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Camel at Altai Mountains

Detailed description

Flight to Uliastai

We have an early flight to Uliastai, Zavkhan province. The Zavkhan province (aimag) occupies a transitional zone between the fertile green Khangai mountain range of Central Mongolia and the harsh Great Lakes Depression of the west. Located between two distinctive regions, Zavkhan has its own climate characteristic and a varied terrain that ranges from snow peaks to steppes and to lakes surrounded by sand dunes. The two hours of flight lands in the very beautiful “Donoi valley airport” in the morning. Our local transportation picks you up there and drive to the Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur shores. We will meet our camel breeding family in the afternoon. Overnight will be in a Ger camp.

(Ger camp B, L, D)

Off-Road Drive Mongolia

Camel riding at Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur National Park

We will start the camel riding around the lake and along the enormous sand dunes. The lake occupies a dale in the Khangai Mountains to the East from the Great Lakes Depression. It is located to west side around 1000 km from Ulaanbaatar capital city. The freshwater lake is surrounded by huge sand dunes in the north and mountain hills in the southern shore. Our camel guide will take us in the right path to show all beautiful places during our journey. We will as well learn about two humped Bactrian camels and how to take care of them such as watering, preparing saddles as nomads do in their daily life. Overnight will be tented camping at the shore of the lake.

(Tented B, L, D)

Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur Mongolia
Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur

Camel riding continues at Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur Lake

We will continue riding the camel further north of lake, where mass of sand dunes blowing slowly with the wind. We do several short stops to enjoy the scenery and absorb the picturesque moments. The area is a cold semi-desert. A number of rare water birds have been noted at the site including the endangered White-headed duck, the vulnerable Great bustard and vulnerable White-throated bush chat.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Camel riding to Mukhart Oasis

We are exploring the uniqueness of Mongolia, a mixture of desert, grassland and great lake. Several sites of the sand dunes harbour small or big rivers. The most interesting one is Mukhart River arises beneath the sand dunes and flows throughout the desert and finally join Zavkhan River. There is an option to climb dunes and hike around the river.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

River In Dune

Camel riding to Senjit Rock

Today we will ride to Senjit Rock, the stone gate that has a shape of granite rocky arch located on a top of hill. In ancient times the rock used to be solid but the strong wind carved the gate into today’s formation over millions of years. The size of the gate is 6m in width, 3.5m in height and a nature beauty of the area.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Senjit Rock Mongolia

Camel riding to Tovkhosh Mountain

Tovkhosh Mountain is located in the west south side of Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur National Park, also considered natural beauty of Zavkhan Province due to its scenic formation. In the afternoon we will set up our campsite and overnight here.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Desert Adventure in Western Mongolia
Camp at Dune

Camel riding towards Black Lake

Today we start go back to the camp. Our camel guide will find shortcut because we have already passed quite long distance from the camp site. The journey back to the lake will be semi-desert plain with green bushes and granite rocky mountain hills.

(Tented camp B, L, D)

Camel riding back to the Ger camp

Our last day of the camel riding will end once we arrive at the camp. The camel guide prepares the animals for way back home. In the evening we will take some rest. Depending on next day flight time we might head to Zavkhan province tonight.

(Ger Camp B, L, D)

Camel Caravan in Dune

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

It is time for us to leave the beautiful place and take a flight back to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.

(B, L)

Dune Oasis Mongolia
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