Best two weeks Mongolia Trip
SELF DRIVE PRIVATE MONGOLIA TOUR FOR A FAMILY OR GROUP OF FRIENDS TO MONGOLIA
SELF DRIVE PRIVATE MONGOLIA TOUR FOR A FAMILY OR GROUP OF FRIENDS TO MONGOLIA
Escape complete and free your mind… We have the best solution for you to travel independently through Mongolia with the comfort and flexibility of a nomad, avoiding the epic crowds of tourists while enjoying the feeling of freedom in the Mongolian steppes during your Mongolia tour.
Traveling on your own with a fully equipped 4x4 will make your visit to Mongolia an adventure of a lifetime with great experiences like horse riding in the steppes, camel riding on top of the highest sand dunes of the Gobi desert, camping under a billion stars and emersing yourself in nomadic life.
Get picked up at the airport, experience the luxury of 5* hotel in Mongolia's modern capital city Ulaanbaatar, stop by the ancient capital of Genghis Khan, drive along epic tracks in the countryside and join locals and nomads for a night to lean more about their culture and land.
After a few days in the green steppes with plenty of attractions like the Orkhon waterfall this not so typical vacation package will bring you south deep in Asia's largest desert, the Gobi. In this region the nomadic culture adapted to a very unique dry weather.
Here is your travel hack!
2 airport transfers into the capital Ulaanbaatar
2 nights incl. breakfast at a 5 Star hotel in the center of Ulaanbaatar
1 day tour guide and chauffeur service in Ulaanbaatar
3 nights in hotels, ger camps and staying with nomadic family during the trip
8 Camping nights under the stars with premium camping gear during the trip
13 days rental vehicle: TOYOTA Landcruiser or UAZ Patriot including Third Party Liability Insurance
24/7 remote travel assistant for questions and assistance
Modern comfortable rooftop tent or ground tent with sleeping mats
Camping kitchen with gas stove, 4x 300ml gas canisters
Pots, pans, cookware, Dishes and cutlery
Very easy to set up and it takes you less than 2 minutes! Due to its unique design, strong winds of up to 180km/h are no problem!
Car Rental Details
Get your keys next to the hotel reception on the arrival day around 17:00. Return your keys prior 1 day before your departure at the reception before 18:00. Vehicle upgrade to a larger automatic SUV is available upon request. Please note USD$1500 (or more depending on vehicle) security deposit is required for the car hire service.
15 days, extension is available upon request
Please bring your own sleeping bags!
Meals except breakfast at the hotel nights and any consumables like water, food, beverage, fuel
Singaporeans can fly to Mongolia via Hong Kong or Seoul with Asiana, Korean Air and MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
For Koreans there are several flight choices to fly to Mongolia.
MIAT Mongolia Airlines on Saturday at 14:20 with arrival at 17:00 or 00:05 with arrival at 02:45am.
Korean Air at 08:00 with arrival at 10:40. Other connections are available with Asiana and sometimes with Jeju Air.
For the residents of Busan there are direct flights on sunday to Mongolia at 13:05 with arrival at 16:10 with MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
If you would like to make best use of your precious time you can depart on Friday night from Seoul and enjoy a full Saturday in Ulaanbaatar before heading out into the nature on Sunday.
Americans can fly directly from San Francisco to Mongolia or via Seoul, Tokyo or Beijing.
Europeans can enjoy the direct overnight flight from Frankfurt in just 8:40hrs or the flights via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and MIAT Mongolian Airlines.
This package is available for any weekday to start. The mentioned weekdays are a recommendation. Saturday flights tend to get expansive and booked out first. Therefore booking early is recommended, especially during the summer months with the Naadam Festival and many other events.
We will pick you up upon your arrival at Ulaanbaatar Airport or Ulaanbaatar Central Train Station in case you arrive with the Transsiberian Train from Beijing or Russia and drive you to the 5 Stars Hotel in the city Center of the modern city.
Start your city tour at the Sukhbaatar Square and visit the close by Choijin Lama Temple. The area is ideal for your lunch break with several good restaurants around the temple like Millies, Ayanchin (recommended for Mongolian Food), Veranda, Choijin Temple Restaurant and more restaurants and coffee shops are in the close by Shangri La mall.
Continue your afternoon with a visit to the Gandantegchinlen Monastery and Zaisan Memorial with a great view over the city.
Receive your rental car and go grocery shopping with the guide to prepare well for the trip.
Enjoy a nice dinner in one of the many modern restaurants in Ulaanbaatar.
We highly recommend these restaurants:
Ayanchin Restaurant: Best Mongolian Food
Bull Hot Pot: A fun dinner experience with hot pot
Nagomi Teppenyaki (reservation required): Best Wagyu Teppenyaki private dining experience
Hutong in Shangri La: Best Peking Duck and Chinese Food
Zen: Modern elegant Japanese Izakaya in Shangri La Mall
Jangsu: Modern elegant Korean Restaurant
Biwon: Casual Korean Restaurant on the main Square in Central Tower
(Altanbulag, Argalant, and Bayankhangai soum of Tov province)
Start your trip to the Khustain Mountains and last wild horses. Khustain National Park provides more of a wild experience through out the year. The main reason many people visit this park is to observe the Takhi (Przewalski's) horses, the last remaining wild horse species in the world. During the summer months the Takhi horse head to the ridges to escape the increasing heat. They come down into the valleys at the cooler times of day. It’s worth spending at least one night in the park, as you are most likely to see Takhi and other wildlife at dusk or dawn. However, as with all wildlife, they can prove to be elusive.
(Bulgan soum of Ovorkhangai province)
Elsen Tasarkhai is your next stop. Located 280 km west of Ulaanbaatar and 80 km east of Karakorum, this area is a small sequence of real desert in the midst of green steppes. This picturesque place gives you the first opportunity for camel trekking up on the dunes when you visit Mongolia. Drive to Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins, which is only 18 km north from Elsen Tasarkhai.
Also ride the horses and camels proposed by tourist camps of this area. Take a break for the picnic and then continue your road trip to Karakorum city. Time to head for a sleeping place. End up for the night in the tent nearby the city or experience the local hotel or a family guesthouse.
(Kharkhorin soum of Ovorkhangai province)
Karakorum was the capital city of the Mongol Empire between 1235 and 1260, and of the Northern Yuan dynasty in the 14–15th centuries. There’s a museum built on the ruins that will unfold the intriguing history of the ancient city. Also, you can visit one of the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, the Erdene Zuu Monastery which located right next to the ruins of Karakorum.
(Kharkhorin soum of Ovorkhangai province)
Also known as Ulaan Tsutgalan (Red Waterfall), Orkhon Watefall is a must see and one of the most beautiful places in central Mongolia. During the summer months many nomad families live in this rich grassland among mountains and rivers.
You will have a chance to stop and visit local people, enter the yurt of a nomad and sleep in a ger camp (in a yurt). The local culture is centuries old and also Genghis Khan chose this region for a reason to build the capital city of the largest empire in history.
The Orkhon Valley is ideal for a horse riding stop, which is for many a must do when travel to Mongolia.
(Khujirt soum of Uvurkhangai province)
Built on a hot spring, Khujirt Resort offers a relaxing experience with some medical treatment. It is located in Khujirt soum, Uvurkhangai province, 88km away from Arvaikheer and 390km away from Ulaanbaatar city. If you just want a little bit of relaxation to unwind, a pool full of hot mineral water will welcome you. You can get treated by mud with a healing property.
(Saikhan-Ovoo soum of Dundgovi province)
Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi monastery was founded in 1660. The monastery consisted of two temple complexes and the older one has various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. Meanwhile, the newer complex was built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples. The Ongi monastery also had 4 religious universities and could accommodate over 1000 monks at a time. Unfortunately, in 1930s the monastery was completely destroyed and over 200 monks were killed by the communists.
(Bulgan soum of Omnogovi province)
Bayanzag red sand cliffs, better known as “Flaming Cliffs” due to their ochre and red colors, has many sedimentary sand cliffs where numerous dinosaurs’ fossils have been found. Ride through the prehistoric giant reptiles’ home on camelback.
(Sevrei and Bayandalai soum of Omnogovi province)
Also known as the Duut Mankhan (singing dunes), Khongor Sand Dunes stretches more than 180km and dunes’ height reaches 15-30m.
You can climb to the top of the sand dunes and slide down, which will make the dunes to emit an interesting sound similar to singing. The desert view from the top of the sand dunes is amazing. Just make sure you climb up before sunrise to avoid hot sand on your toes in the Gobi desert during your Mongolia tour. Ride a camel to the sand dunes and emerge in the beauty of the Gobi.
(Dalanzadgad soum of Omnogovi province)
Named after a scavenging bird of prey, Yolyn Am (Vulture Valley) is a beautiful gorge that cuts through Zuun Saikhan mountain of The Gurvan Saikhan mountain range in Omnogovi province. A brook that flows through the gorge used be frozen on the surface all year, but due to global warming, it began to melt during summer time.
There are many spots in the gorge that sunlight does not reach, making it cold to almost a minus degree. Which then creates a cold breeze reminiscent of winter that will cool you down in the hot gobi desert.
And of course Yolyn Am, besides its picturesque landscape, is a home to the Lammergeier, an old world vulture. This type of vulture only exists in Central Asia. And these scavenging birds fly up to 1500-3000 meters height and their wingspan reaches 2.5-3 meters. They feed mostly on the carcasses of dead animals and hatch eggs usually in February. You are likely to spot them around at night or early in the morning.
(Ulziit soum of Dundgovi province)
The rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga was an old seabed with sedimentary structure shaped by millions of years of natural forces and the different colors represent different times.
You can explore Khevtee Bosoo agui (Lie and Stand Cave) or Del uul (Mane Mountain). Del uul is famous for its Bronze Age rock drawings and considered to be largest site of rock drawings in Central Asia.
(Delgertsogt soum of Dundgovi province)
Baga Gazariin Chuluu is located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgovi province. Surrounded by vast steppe, this granite filled area covers about 300 square km. The granite formation has a lot of springs and creek through its mountainous area and valleys. Also, quite a few historical findings including burial sites, stone stele and cave paintings were discovered here.
You can explore interesting spots here, such as Sudut Pass, Jargalant Cave, Eye Spring, Takhilga Canyon, Ger Rock and Xiongnu era burial site. Sudut Pass has a small but beautiful aspen forest. And there is a ruin of a temple called Lovonchambyn Monastery inside the canyon. One km away from the Sudut Pass, you can explore Jargalant Cave. The cave is 18m long and you can walk inside the half of the length but have to crawl during the other half. Now, one km to the west of the Sudut Pass, Nudnii Spring or Eye Spring can be found. The spring flows under a hole that is 50cm deep and 7cm wide. Use dipper to scoop some mineral water and wash your eyes to heal sores. Takhilga Canyon is the summit of Baga Gazariin Chuluu with its 1768m height. The canyon is a habitat to Argali sheeps and Siberian ibex. A total of 64 graves from Xiongnu era were discovered inside the canyon back in 1989. Ger Chuluu or Ger Rock contains a number of rock paintings on its wall. The most interesting painting depicts a man holding onto a hemp rope that is tethered to two Siberian ibex. This rock painting actually dates back to the late Bronze Age.
Wake up early and drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Check-in at one of the best hotels in Ulaanbaatar. Return the keys from the rental car and enjoy your last night in Mongolia with a fun dinner at "The Bull Hotpot", or Shangri-La's Huton Beijing duck, or ZEN modern Japanese Restaurant to celebrate your trip without a tour guide but full of fun, adventure and unforgettable memories from your Mongolia tour.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, we will bring you to the airport.
To avoid this feeling on the 16th day, extend your tour for a few more days! Let us know during the booking how many days you have time and we will extend this itinerary for you to make it the best of all vacation packages you ever had!
Travelling with friends on this Mongolia Tour?
You can do this tour in a group up to 20. Take your friends with you and your group will get an additional car for every 4 travelers. The standard configuration is double rooms in the hotels and up to 4 persons in a yurt (single rooms and additional yurts available upon request - subject to extra charge).
Want to see more of Mongolia?
We recommend you the following extensions:
2-3 days: Terelj National Park with a relaxing stay in a nice Lodge or 5 Star Hotel
4-7 days: Mongolia’s north and the Khuvsgul Lake
7-14 days: Mongolia’s West and the Altai Mountains to visit Eagle Hunters and hike on Mongolia's highest peaks among glaciers
$3.500 per person
$1.500 single supplement
$500 per person high season surcharge per person for tours in June to August
$1.500 vehicle upgrade to Toyota Landcruiser 79 or Prado
$900 vehicle insurance package (Loss Damage Waiver with excess amount $2.750 + Gravel Protection + Tire & Windscreen Protection + Sand & Ash Protection)
Select the vehicle of your choice from one of the following three options for your Mongolia Tour:
The Toyota Landcruiser 76 is the most popular choice for an Mongolia adventure trip. The vehicle is spacious, sturdy and fun to drive on rougher roads. From 2024 onwards the vehicle is available with either a manual or an automatic transmission option.
The Toyota Landcruiser and Toyota Landcruiser Prado are the most comfortable and very spacious vehicles to drive across the Mongolian steppe. The vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission and easy to drive.
The vehicle is equipped depending on your preference with a comfortable rooftop tent (very comfortable for 2-3 person) or a modern inflatable ground tent (very comfortable for 2-3 person). Both options are windproof and easy to set up (for most users it takes 1-2 minutes to set up). In case you are more than 2 travelers on your private Mongolia Tour, we provide you with a second tent.
Camping gear and gadgets such as a camping shower, camping chairs, table, cooking and dining items.
The final price of this 2 weeks Mongolia tour will depend on the number of participants, advance booking time (book as early as possible to avoid sky high last minute rates during the Mongolian summer season), selected vehicle model and final tour length (the tour can be adjusted to your travel dates). Please send us your details and we will get back to you quickly with the cost for this Mongolia tour.
Mongolia is ranked as one of the safest tourist destinations worldwide, even safer than Germany! While driving the car on paved and unpaved roads depends on the drivers skills it is generally save. In case of breakdowns you will receive support.
The best time to travel to Mongolia on this 2 weeks Mongolia tour is spring and autumn. End of May until end of June is a great season ahead of most Mongolia tours and with few tourists around. This time is unique as the stepped and Gobi desert recover from the cold winter with many new born animals and blooming flowers. Mid August until October is also a good time as the Gobi desert is not that hot. July and August are also possible but generally more expansive and there are many tourists travelling on Mongolian tours.
Bookings will be confirmed within 24hrs. A current valid passport as well as a valid driving license are required on the day of travel.
This booking is not refundable.