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Khuvsgul Lake tour (Code: 008)


Khovsgol Nuur (Khuvsgul lake) is the deepest lake (up to 262m) in Central Asia, and the world's fourteenth largest source of fresh water - containing between 1% and 2% of the world's fresh water (that's 380,700 billion liters of water). Geologically speaking, Khovsgol (Khuvsgul) is the younger sibling of Lake Baikal, only 195km to the north-east, and was formed by the same tectonic forces.

It is full of fish, such as lenok and sturgeon, and the area is home to argali sheep, ibex, bear, sable and moose as well as over 200 species of birds, including the Baikal teal, barheaded goose (kheeriin galuu in Mongolian), black stork and Altai snowcock.

The region also hosts three separate, unique peoples: Darkhad, Buryat and Tsaatan. The lake is now part of the Khovsgol Nuur (Khuvsgul lake) National Park (established in 1992). Of it's 838,000 hectares, 251,000 are forest (though tree cover is starting to disappear around the lakeshore). The 188,634 hectare Khoridol Saridag Nuruu Strictly Protected Area was added to the park in 1997. An amazing 96 rivers flow into the lake, while only one river flows out - the Egiin Gol, which flows into the Selenge Gol and finally reaches Lake Baikal in Siberia.

Khovsgol Nuur (Khuvsgul lake) freezes in winter with 120cm of ice (and may not completely thaw out until early June), allowing huge trucks carrying fuel to cross from Siberia. This practice was officially prohibited in the 1980s (but still continues regardless) when it was realized that leaking oil from the trucks was polluting the lake. Around 40 trucks have fallen through the ice over the years.

The Huvsgul Lake National Park has all the elements you need for a fun-filled time – exotic, untouched nature, spectacular scenery and exhilarating activities. If you prefer calmer pursuits, there’s great fishing in the lake or wildlife to look out for. The Tsaatan tribe of nomads have grazing rights for their reindeer herds here in the park and you can meet the reindeer people on this trip.

Tour Overview

Tour Length:   12 days

Group size:      3 to 12 people

Tour cost:        US$ 1710- (including taxes)

Tour level:       Standart

Schedule 2011:  June- November (You can choose when you come and the date.)

Highlights: Ulaanbaatar city, Moltsog els, Hustai National Park, Kharakhorum- Erdenezuu, Terkhin Tsagaan nuur lake, Khorgo, Khuvsgul lake, Visit nomad families, opportunity to ride horse and much more!

  ITINERARY

Day 01 Ulaanbaatar

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and check in hotel. City tour including of Gandan Monastery, Sukhbaatar square, Zaisan hill to preview whole city and one museum with optional varieties Natural History Museum. (L+D)

Day 02 Moltsog els and Hustai National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, early in the morning will start our trip to Moltsog els and Hustai National Park. Continue drive and explore the current province natural region. We will drive to /100 km/ via Khustai Nuruu National Park, where pastures Przewalsky wild horse, which brought from Holland in framework of international project, and explore local natural beauty. Lunch in the tourist camp. The landscape composition is quite exciting that mountain, grassland covered with beautiful flowers or horse riding, where we need to rent horses from local area. Overnight in Lunoba tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 03 Kharakhorum city and Erdenezuu Monastery

After breakfast, we will drive to Erdene Zuu monastry. The Khar-Khorum – capital city of Mongolian Empire was founded in times of Chinggis Khaan - 12th century. Meanwhile, we will visit the Monastery – Erdene-Zuu, with 108 stupas and was built in 1586. Then will drive to the tourist camp. Lunch, dinner and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day04 To sit in mineral water Tsenher

After breakfast, we will drive to Tsenher soum. After to sit in mineral water Tsenher, nature landscape and wildlife by walking and can have good photo shots. Horse – exploring their lifestyle and cooking. Dinner and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 05- 06 Taikhar rock and Khorgo

After breakfast, we will drive to Tamir soum. After arrival in Taikhar rock will explorie the river, nature landscape and wildlife by walking and can have good photo shots. After, will drive to Horgo will explore and discover the Horgo extinct volcano crater, which crater deep is 200 meters, and Terkhiin tsagaan lake – good spot for bird watching and fishing. Horse – exploring their lifestyle and cooking. Dinner and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 07 Khuvsgul lake

After breakfast drive to Huvsgul aimag, Murun. We will drive to Huvsgul Lake, the deepest and purest lake in Mongolia. You have opportunity to trek to the lakeside & mountain for exploring, taking pictures, enjoying wildlife, flora & fauna of Huvsgul lake area. (B+L+D)

Day 08- 09. Horseback riding tour
After breakfast at the camp we will start horseback riding tour to Khoridal saridag National Park. Your guide, a local horseman, will accompany you, giving you the chance to discover the life and food of a nomadic family and horsemen during the tour. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)

Day 10.  Bulgan  and visit a nomad family
In the early morning, drive to Bulgan soum of Orkhon province, an area where you will experience and learn about the unique lifestyle of nomads by living and staying with them. You are welcome to taste the favorite drink of Mongolians - airag, fermented mare’s milk. You may also enjoy tea and conversations with the family, take hikes or read a book around the family Ger. (B+L+D)

Day 11 Back to Ulaanbaatar and city shopping

After breakfast, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert. Then a farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B+L+D)

Day 12 Departure

After breakfast, will be transferred from hotel to train station or airport. (B)


B- Breakfast

L- Lunch

D- Dinner

Included:

  • Twin bedded rooms in a hotel
  • Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
  • Guiding and interpreting service
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Daily supply of bottled water
  • Transfers by vehicle 4x4
  • Local guides
  • All entrance fees
  • Horse, camel, yak ride trial

Not included:

  • international airfare
  • optional activity cost
  • alcoholic drinks
  • international airport departure tax (uds13)
  • travel insurance

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Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA

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