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Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia

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Lake Hovsgol Extension

Exploring Mongolia’s “Dark Blue Pearl”

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2355  
Length: 5 days
Arrive: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Depart: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Lodging: 3 nights comfortable ger tents, 1 night hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Light hiking; optional kayaking and horseback riding

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for US citizens visiting Mongolia. If you are traveling via China, a Chinese visa is required and must be obtained in advance.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Mystical Lake Hovsgol (“Blue Water Lake”), sacred to Mongolians, is 85 miles long, ringed by 9,000-foot peaks, pristine larch forests, and wildflower filled meadows. Home to traditional nomad families and their herds, the lake is a sublime place to enjoy nature walks and cultural interactions. Hovsgol lies at the southern end of the Baikal Rift zone and is a sister to Baikal in Siberia.

(Note: This itinerary is for a pre-trip extension; call us for details regarding a post-trip extension.)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon, explore Zaisan Memorial, built by the former Soviet Union to commemorate the fallen soldiers of World War II. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar...LD

Day 2
To Lake Hovsgol

Fly to Muron, the capital of northernmost Hovsgol Province, near the Russian border, and transfer overland to crystal-clear Lake Hovsgol, passing through a huge taiga forest of Siberian larch and pine interspersed with immense steppe. Overnight in a traditional two-person lakeside ger modeled after the traditional tents of nomadic herders and adapted for modern comfort....BLD

Days 3-4
Lake Hovsgol

Surrounded by 9,000-foot peaks in an untouched setting of forest, mountains, and meadows where wildflowers abound, sacred Lake Hovsgol is known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl.” Enjoy family visits with local nomadic people, a hike up to a hilltop viewpoint over the lake, and optional kayaking and horseback excursions in this beautiful setting. Overnights in ger camp...BLD

Day 5

Return to Muron for the afternoon flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon, transfer to the hotel and join your group on Day 1 of the regular trip. Overnight at hotel...B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2016
$2355 per person, double occupancy (2-4 members)
$2155 per person, double occupancy (5 or more members)
Solo Traveler: $2935
Single supplement: $460
Internal airfare: $435 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Ulaanbaatar Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 5 (1 night), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Ulaanbaatar Hotel has an ideal location within walking distance of the city’s great museums, restaurants, and shopping. Although ...
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Mongolian Ger Camps

Mongolian Ger Camps

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Mongolia

Gers are the traditional yurt-like tents used by Mongolian nomads for centuries, and these simple fixed camps are specially built and ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.