Design your own Winter Adventure with dog sledding and camel riding
If you’re going to visit Mongolia in winter, you should at least do it with style! This tour gives you the chance to try a dog sledding expedition and visit sand dunes to ride camels. It’s a dream winter itinerary!
DURATION: Minimum 5 days, 4 nights
HIGHLIGHTS: Drive your own dog sled team, climb on sand dunes and ride a bactrian camel, experience the warm hospitality of nomadic families.
From December – February 2020
This 6 day Dog sledding and Desert adventure and cultural tour is a must join! Dog sledding in the beautiful Terelj National Park is an unforgettable experience where you will drive your own dogsled powered by a team of our friendly, handsome Huskies. These dogs live to pull. Our experienced mushers accompany you to provide complete training, help out as needed and point out signs of scenic interest. Enjoy the cultural and historical side of Mongolia as you visit the ancient site of Kharkhorin and explore the thriving Buddhist monastery. Hike in the mountains and find hidden treasures in the Khugno Khan and Khustai National Parks.
Day 1: Drive to Terelj. Full day dog sledding.
Day 2: Half day dog sledding. Half day horse trekking.
Day 3: Drive to Hustai National Park to see Przewalski’s Horses. Visit Elsen Tasarkhai and ride Bactrian Camels.
Day 4: Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Monastery day trip.
Day 5: Khugno Khan Mountain hike. Return to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 1 – Drive to Terelj National park. Meet your dogsled team and mushers to start your dog sledding expedition. The morning will allow you to get used to the sledge, on an easy path, till you are used to your team. Many nomads live in this valley, but still the area remains very wild and beautiful. Fauna is diversified and the silence intensified by low temperatures creates an unreal atmosphere. Sled till the evening, when we will stay overnight in a ger next to a local herder and his family. Experience the life of Mongolian Nomads and learn to make traditional meal such as Buuz (steamed dumplings).
Day 2 – After breakfast dog sled towards Tsonjin Boldog between Gorki-Terelj Park and Khan-Khentii National Park. The river calms down and divides itself in many small streams. After lunch you will say goodbye to your dog sled team. Now it’s time to mount up and ride horses over this mountainous and forested terrain to arrive at our camp in the late afternoon. You can visit the impressive Chinggis Khaan Statue complex, a 40m tall equestrian statue dominating the landscape and stay overnight in a comfortable ger camp, with cozy ger, electricity and western facilities.
Day 3 – Drive West towards Hustai National Park. At Hustai, head on into the protected zone and start the safari to the mountain where the Przewalski’s Horse can be found. You can also visit the information centre before entering the park to learn about the amazing history of these horses which were once extinct in the wild. Take a short hike to get closer to these ancient wild animals for photo opportunities.
Continue driving to Elsen Tasarkhai and the Bayangobi (meaning rich desert) area. Explore the 80km long sand dunes and beautiful surrounding area. Meet our friends, a camel herding family and mount up for your camel ride across the sand dunes. In the evening make dinner with your host family and learn how to make some traditional Mongolian food. Overnight in a ger next to a Nomadic family.
Day 4 – Visit Kharkhorin, the ancient capital city of the Mongol Empire. Although the city no longer remains, it is the site of Mongolia’s largest working Monastery, Erdene Zuu. Spend time exploring the monastery and visit the museum to find out about the ancient city. Visit the Three Empires Monument to see the spectacular Orkhon valley. Drive back to your host family for the night. Tonight you may like to try some star gazing.
Day 5 – After breakfast continue to the Khogno Khan Protected Zone and climb up to the monastery ruins hidden in the majestic Khogno Khan Mountains. Hike in the mountains through the unique juniper shrubs and search for wildlife such as steppe eagle and deer. Begin the drive back east to Ulaanbaatar, perhaps stopping on the way to visit a nomadic family for a cup of milk tea. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon. In the evening you may wish to see a highly recommended traditional song and dance show or visit the State Department Store for a spot of souvenir shopping.
Hotel bookings and arrangements for airport transfers can be made as part of this tour.
- English speaking guide / musher.
- Private 4×4 vehicle with driver and fuel.
- Equipment rental, including cold weather gear (boots/coat).
- Accommodation with nomadic families and one night in a ger camp.
- Meals throughout (not including in Ulaanbaatar)
- Activities as mentioned in itinerary.
- Entrance fees and taxes.
- Drinking water
Add on your hotel in Ulaanbaatar and transfers for your international travel.
To be announced for the 2019/202 season, please contact us for a personal quote.
For larger groups please contact us.
These prices are a guide-line only and change based on time of year and your personal tour design. We design all our tours specifically for our guests and their budget, so please contact us for your own personal quote.
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Stay for longer and try a multiple day dog sled expedition. We can do up to 6 full days of dog sledding through the beautiful Mongolian countryside. Or try a longer horse trek in the wild and wonderful mountains and forests.