May 27 - June 8, 2018
HMSC Study Leader: Mark Van Baalen
Group Size: 9-15 guests
Pricing: To be determined
One of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, Mongolia retains its awe-inspiring natural beauty along with its well-preserved nomadic culture. Featuring magnificent natural wonders such as the Gobi Desert, as well as historical highlights such as the ruins of Karakorum, the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire, this trip offers a special opportunity to travel back in time to the land of Genghis Khan and hospitable nomads. Discover the amazing scenery, endemic wildlife, ancient history, and cultural traditions of Mongolia on this adventure-packed journey.
- Drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last remaining species of wild horse, the takhi—commonly known as Przewalski’s horse.
- Visit a local nomadic family and photograph their daily life including making of dairy products, daily chores of tending animals and work around the ger.
- Explore the dunes known as the “Singing Sands” for the remarkable low-pitched groan that is emitted when the surface is disturbed by wind.
- Meet with a representative of the Oyu Tolgoi mining project. The project manages the world’s largest untapped reserves of gold and copper and is expected to help make Mongolia one of the fastest-growing nations in the world.
Schedule by day
- May 27: Depart for Mongolia
- May 28: Arrive in Ulaabaatar / Transfer to hotel
- May 29: Ulaanbaatar
- May 30: Hustain Nuruu / Hogno Khan
- May 31: Kharakhorum
- June 1: Shankh / Kultegen / Khar Balgas
- June 2: Ongiin Monastery
- June 3: Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes
- June 4: Hongoryn Els / Three Camel Lodge
- June 5: Yol Valley National Park
- June 6: Havtsgait Valley/ Flaming Cliffs
- June 7: Ulaanbaatar
- June 8: Depart for return flights
- To be determined
- 3 nights at Shangri-La Hotel
- 3 nights at Three Camel Lodge
- 4 nights at Local Ger Camp
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