Mongolia 2014

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Baga Gazrin Chuluu

I arrived at Chinggis Khaan International Airport at 10:05 AM on Octobre 9nd. I was expecting to reach the city centre by bus, but have decided to accept the offer of a taxi driver. About 30 minutes later, I was greeting Mrs. Doljmaa, the owner and manager of the Sun Path Guest House, where I had booked one night. She had a tour for the Gobi the following day. As I had 21 days at my disposal, and wanted to visit many places, I have found 8 days too much time to spend in the Gobi. I was thinking, by first, to take a local bus to Mörön to allow me to reach the Switzerland of Mongolia, Hövsgöl lake area. Next day morning, Dolmjaa surprised me with a 9 days tour including the Gobi and Central Mongolia. 

MY ITINERARY

Nine Days Tour - Sun Path. I travelled along with a German guy I met in Sun Path Guesthouse. Our tour included everything, namely lunch, dinner, accommodation, sleeping bag, water, one hour camel ride, one day horse ride, entrance fees to the parks and monuments, transportation and driver & guide services. We slept in gers and had dinner with nomadic hosts. 

Day 1. After the breakfast at the Guesthouse, we drove to Baga Gazrin Chuluu.

Tsagaan Suvarga
On the way, we had a lunch in Gurvan Gobi. Our Ger was a few km from Baga Gazrin Chuluu.

Day 2. After travelling in a good road, we had a lunch in Mandagovi. About 16:00 we crossed land and soon reached Tsagaan Suvarga. Our dinner was warmly served by a family living not far from this place.

Day 3. At 09:00 we drove towards Dalanzadgad, where we took a shower and had a lunch in a restaurant. About 16:00 we were visiting the canyon Yolyn Am. Close by, a family received us and served us a dinner.

Day 4. We drove towards Bayandalay, where we stopped for a while to buy food to eat on the way to Khongoryn Sand Dune.

Khongorin Sand Dune
After climbing the spectacular dune, it was time to move to our accommodation, where we had our dinner.

Day 5. After one hour camel ride, and a lunch in Bulgan, an ugly village, we visited Flaming Cfiff. Then, we drove to a place near the Ongii Monastery ruins to slept

Day 6. We walked to these ruins and visited them. Then we moved to Orhon Valley, to spent 2 nights, passing by a cross road for a lunch and Hurjit for shopping.

Day 7. We visited both Small & Red Waterfalls.

Orhon Valley

Day 8. Tovhon Monastery was visited and then we moved to Harhorin for lunch and to visit Erdene Zuu Monastery. I sleptin this city.

Day 9. I could visit Harhorin. While I was waiting for the bus to Tsetserleg, a Mongolian friend gave me a lift to his home city. I ended up as a guest at the Ger the family used to rent. 

Day 10. I spent the day visiting this Garden City. I ate at Erdene Zaan.

Tariat (White Lake)
At 07:00 PM, I took the local bus to Tariat, where i arrived at 11:15 PM.

Day 11. Tariat is the entry point to visit White Lake. I made a trekking to this lake going there by the road, 10 km long, and returning back to village by the trail. 6 km long. When in Tariat, I used to eat in guanz near the Gas Station.

Day 12. To travel from Tariat to Hatgal via Mörön is a challenge, as there is no public transportation. The possibilities are: 1) to travel back to Ulaanbaatar, or 2) to travel to Jargalant, the nearest city of Hövsgöl Province, with public connection to Mörön.

Around Jargalant

The first option was a waste of time; the second one was good, but without public connection. Then, I went to the street in the morning to take a lift to Jargalant.

Day 13. I arrived at Jargalant about 02:30 PM. It was easy to find the minibuses going to Mörön, but they would depart only at 19:00. As I was hungry, I just went to a guanz to have a lunch and to think about the situation. Then, a man in a car told me he was going to Mörön. I began to negociate a ride with him, but soon someone noticed me he was a taxi driver. I became confused with the fare, 50.000 MNT, a little more than the double price of the public transportation. As I was alone to travel by minibus, the driver has decided to not leave to Mörön. By other hand, I was affraid to travel alone by night. Finally, I have decided to stay in Jargalant, another challenge. 

Day 14. I went to the street very early to try a lift to Mörön. One of the drivers of the minibus noticed me he was moving a ger to Mörön.

Hatgal
I understood this message only when I arrived at the family's ger. I spent a night in Mörön.

Day 15. I knew the minibus to Hatgal was leaving in the evening from the black market. Then, I had time to visit Mörön, including some guanz in the market, before reaching Hatgal, the entry point to the Hövsgöl Lake

Day 16. The kind lady at MS Guesthouse advised me to make a trekking to the eastern shore of the lake and to think about a horse ride. I crossed the bridge and went to see Hatgal from the other side. On the way, I was invited by a local to have a cup of milk tea. Mongolians are genuinely friendly. Soon, I discovered my favourite place to have lunch in Hatgal.

HÖVSGÖL LAKE
The only option for dinner was at the guesthouse.

Day 17. I accepted to take 2 days horse ride. At 11:30 we, I along with my horse guide, left the gusethouse to explore the western shore of the lake. At Gurt we were warmly received by a family to spend the night.

Day 18. I awoke up very early and went out to look for the sunrise. I went as far as a lagoon. Returning back home, I had a great Mongolian breakfast. We left the place around 10:00 AM and arrived at Hatgal around 02:00 PM. On the way, we passed, firstly, up near the lake and then approched it.

Day 19. Should I stay one more day in Hatgal? I was indecise, but liked to meet two foreigners in the guesthouse: a French girl dressed with a deel and a young guy from Hong Kong. I decided to say this day.

Day 20.

Gurt
 It was time to return to Ulaanbaatar. I had, unfortunately, no more time to spend in Mongolia. The minibus came to pick up us to Mörön. The bus from Mörön to Ulaanbaatar should leave at 14:00, but we still had time to have a lunch in a guanz in the black market. At 15:00 the bus was leaving to the capital. On the way we had a dinner.

Day 21. We arrived at Dragon bus station at 04:30 AM. We were 5 looking for a taxi. The fun driver drove us to the Golden Gobi Guesthouse, where we were received with smiles and a breakfast.
After sleeping a few hours, my camera have found Suhbaatar Square dressed for the 375 years of the birthday of the city. Then I moved to the black market, where I bought some souvenirs and had a lunch in one guanz.

Ulaanbaatar
Before making the Walking Tour of the Lonely Planet, I had the pleasure to meet Enkhbaatar Tudev. I couldn't leave the country without visiting Sunpath Guesthouse to greet Mrs. Doljmaa, a person I liked very much to know and I am very gratefull for the excellent tour I made with her travel agency. Finally I went to the supermarket to spend the remaining tögrögs.

Day 22. About 07:30 I took the bus to the airport. Just before leaving the country, it began snowing. I was, in fact, very lucky with the weather!

shavy says:
Good itinerary for Mongolia, this country is on my list
Posted on: Feb 28, 2017
avieira67 says:
Thanks a lot!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2017
simsing says:
Congrats on the featured blog!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2017
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Baga Gazrin Chuluu
Baga Gazrin Chuluu
Tsagaan Suvarga
Tsagaan Suvarga
Khongorin Sand Dune
Khongorin Sand Dune
Orhon Valley
Orhon Valley
Tariat (White Lake)
Tariat (White Lake)
Around Jargalant
Around Jargalant
Hatgal
Hatgal
HÖVSGÖL LAKE
HÖVSGÖL LAKE
Gurt
Gurt
Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar
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