Trekking by Lake Khovsgol

14 days moderate trekking by the Mongolian Blue Pearl

Trekking by Lake Khovsgol in Mongolia

Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia

  • Active Adventures
  • Trekking
  • Culture
14 Days
2 Flights
Not Child Friendly

Recommended Dates: Beginning of June to late mid-September.
You could either choose to join one of our scheduled departures, or have us arrange for you your own private departure at dates the best fits you.

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Itinerary

Known to many as one of Mongolia’s most beautiful regions, Lake Khovsgol is surrounded by high mountains reaching some 3000 meters (over 9800 feet) above sea level. To the south of the Lake lies the Khoridal-Saridag mountain range, featuring some of Mongolia’s most stunning landscapes. From wide, pebble covered river beds, surrounded by flower carpeted meadows, to narrow paths amidst thick pine forests. Our trek will lead us through mountain passes where stone made cairns have been built over the centuries to worship the mountains spirits. Join us on this special trekking and camping adventure, through some of the world’s remotest and least known trekking gems. The trek will be supported by a local team, and all our equipment will be carried throughout the trek by pack animals.

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

  • Dinner

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Depending on time of arrival, we may have a short city sight-seeing tour. Evening welcome dinner. Overnight in a 4-star hotel.

Day 2. Ulaanbaatar -> Murun – Jankhai

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we return to the airport for our morning flight to Murun, the provincial capital of Khovsgol Province. We stop for a quick visit to the Buddhist Temple at the city’s outskirt, and then at the local provincial market. Then we have a one hour drive to the village of Khatgal, the gateway to Lake Khovsgol region, and the home port of the entire Mongolian fleet. From Khatgal we take another short drive towards our first night of bush camping.

Days 3-6. Jankhai – Renchinlumbe

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

For the coming 4 days we shall be trekking north along vast river beds, across mountain passes, through thick pine forests and flourishing meadows. We head towards the village of Renchinlumbe, which lies at the edge of the Darkhad Khotgor (depression). Darkhad Khotgor is a wide valley of lakes and rivers, nestled some 1500 meters above sea level. It is at the heart of the Khoridal Saridag Mountain Range, which is the highest mountain range at the Sayan Mountains. The area is inhabited by various minorities, among them the Darkhad, Khogoid, Buriyats and Durvud. It is unlikely we shall see very much of the nomads, as the entire area is a nature reserve, so they are not allowed to graze their herds there. For 3 nights we shall be bush camping, with our entire luggage carried by horses from one bush camp to the other. On the very last leg of these 4 days we meet our cars, which take us to a simple, yet cozy guesthouse, where we enjoy our first hot shower for days.

Day 7. Renchilumbe – nomadic family

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We enjoy a morning of leisure, resting from the past 4 days of intensive trekking. After lunch at the guesthouse, we take a short hike out of the village of Renchilumbe, to a family of Mongolian herders that camp in the summer by the river bed. We arrive at our host family in the early afternoon, and spend the evening with them. There we learn about their ancient traditions and unique way of life. We pitch our tents next to the family’s dwelling, and spend the night with them.

Days 8-11. Darkhad Depression - Lake Khovsgol - Murun

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Another 4 days of trekking brings us from the Darkhad Depression to Lake Khovsgol. After a farewell breakfast with our host family, we travel up the Arsai River towards Jigliig Mountain Pass, separating the Darkhad Depression from Khovsgol Lake. From Jigliig pass we hike down the mountain range to the lake’s shores. Here we enjoy a walk along the pristine beaches of crystal blue water and blooming flowers in all colors. After last night of camping by the lake side, we meet our cars which will bring us back to Murun, where we stay the night in a local hotel, with en suite showers and toilets.

Day 12. Murun -> Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park (B,L,D)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Taking the first available flight, we return to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we meet our driver, and embark on the 1.5 hours’ drive to Gorki-Terelj National Park. The park features unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find good grazing for their animals. We will stay the night in a ger camp in the park.

Day 13. Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar (B,L,D)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we take an easy hike to the famous Turtle Rock, a symbol of wisdom and longevity to the Mongolian people. We then continue hiking to Ariabal Temple. The temple has been recently reconstructed, after the original temple had been destroyed during the communist purges of the 1930’s. A great site of tranquility, it functions today as a meditation center to Buddhist monks. After lunch we head to the Mongolian Capital, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a visit to the Zaisan Hill, for a view over the city at night. Overnight in 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 14. Departure from Ulaanbaatar

  • Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Chinggis Khan International Airport for our departure flight.

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Dates & Pricing

Trip rates valid for two confirmed travelers and above. If you are booking this trip for a party of four travelers or more, please contact us for our special rates.

[email protected] reserves the right to change tour prices and programs due to changes in flight schedule, changes in airfares, and other local circumstances.

Prices are based on twin share occupancy.

Discounted rates for groups of 4 travelers and above:
4 travelers- US$3081/ person
6 travelers- US$2607/ person
8 travelers- US$2514/ person

  • Applicable only for travel groups of 4 people or more booking their trip together.

1st June, 2017–14th June, 2017

  • $3,927 Per Person (From 2 people)
  • $370 Single Room Supplement

1st August, 2017–14th August, 2017

  • $3,927 Per Person (From 2 people)
  • $370 Single Room Supplement

Additional Information


Inclusions
  • 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar - Murun - Ulaanbaatar
  • All meals as per program (full board basis)
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bag and mattress
  • Local support team
  • Pack animals
  • All transfers
  • All entrance fees as per program

Exclusions
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry, communications, food and beverages beyond those provided)
  • Gratuties
  • Anything not clearly mentioned as included in the program

Accomodation
  • Ulaanbaatar- Chinggis Khaמ Hotel 4-star

Note: the listed hotels are tentative. Final hotel list shall be confirmed upon placing a booking and paying a deposit.


Testimonials

Nora Endres

Thank you very much for I really enjoyed Mongolia. It was a long-desired dream of mine to travel there. Everything was very well organized by you and the food was extraordinary good. Trekking in Mongolia charged my internal accumulator (soul) again.

Nora Endres, Germany

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