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Treasures of Mongolia - 12 days/11 nights

Ulaan Baatar - Gobi Desert - Lake Huvsgul – Terelj National Park

See the highlights of Mongolia including the Gobi Desert, Lake Huvsgul, and Terelj National Park. Incredible sand dunes, fossil hunting, reindeer people, beautiful mountain lakes, rafting and horseback riding are all elements in this tour. 

Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, dropoffs, and daily excursions.  
Choose Your Own dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
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Trip Highlights

  • Two nights at the Three Camel’s Lodge
  • Fossil Hunting in the Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs
  • The Gobi Desert
  • Mongolia's nomadic reindeer people
  • Horseback Riding
  • Raft trip down the Tuul River


Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a city tour including a visit to the National History Museum and take an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. In the evening enjoy a music and folk dance performance. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 2: Ulaan Baatar to the Gobi Desert
In the morning, fly to the South Gobi desert. Visit the stunning Yol Valley (Lammergeir Valley) National Park for hiking and opportunities to photograph the gorge, the Gobi Glacier and the diverse local wildlife. Overnight in Three Camel Lodge.
Day 3: Gobi Desert: Hongoriin Els (200 km)
Drive to Hongoriin Els Sand Dunes, also known as the Singing Sands for the noise the sand makes in high winds. Spend the day exploring the dunes and enjoy a camel riding expedition. Overnight in camp.
Day 4: Gobi Desert, Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs
In the morning drive back to Three Camel Lodge. After lunch at the camp, continue your journey to the archeological gem Bayanzag flaming cliffs. In Bayan Zag, explore the Cemetery of Dinosaurs where the world’s best preserved skeletons of giant dinosaurs and their petrified eggs were excavated. Overnight in camp.
Day 5: Gobi Desert to Ulaan Baatar
After breakfast at the camp transfer to the local airport for return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Have lunch in one of the surprisingly varied restaurants of the city. In the afternoon, visit the Natural History Museum of Mongolia, which holds the largest collection of dinosaur findings from Mongolia. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: Ulaan Baatar to Huvsgul Lake

Fly to the stunning Huvsgul Nuur Lake and National Park surrounded by mountain peaks and evergreen forest. After lunch, search for swan, osprey, snipe, thrush and various other birds on a walk along the shore. Overnight in camp.
Day 7: Huvsgul Lake
Meet with nomads in a traditional ger to learn about their unique lifestyle and visit the home of a local shaman. Take an optional horse-back ride around the lake and return home for a fresh fish dinner at the ger camp. Overnight in camp.

Day 8: Huvsgul Lake to Ulaanbaatar
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. After check in at the hotel and lunch, visit Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts to view the best collection of medieval Buddhist art works of Mongolia including famous gilded cast Tara sculptures by Zanabazar, the first Mongolian Buddhist ruler and outstanding artist. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 9: Terelj National Park
This morning transfer to Terelj National Park, a stunningly picturesque valley in the vicinity of Ulaanbaatar. After 1.5 hours drive you arrive at Terelj Lodge. After settling in gers and having lunch, explore a traditionally furnished ger “museum,” try some of the local mare’s milk or yak cheese, and enjoy a demonstration and training class for the traditional Mongolian sport of archery. Overnight in camp.
Day 10: Terelj National Park
After breakfast, take an hour long horse ride excursion to the Tuul River. At the river, climb aboard rafts and enjoy a 3 hour mellow journey downstream, enjoying vistas of lush meadows and grazing lands. Stop and enjoy a picnic lunch half way into your excursion. After rafting, transfer back to the camp. Overnight in camp. 
Day 11: Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast at the camp. Transfer to Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city and shop in Mongolia’s famous cashmere shops. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the Chinggis Khaan International airport for departure.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Packages Include

  • Private airport transfers
  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • All meals outside of Ulaanbaatar
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Domestic flights UB-Gobi-UB, UB-Murun-UB

Our Packages Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Expenses of a personal nature

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.

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