Orkhon River Adventure (Twelve Days including a visit to Amarbayersgalant Khiid, Mongolia's most beautiful monastery)
This is an absolutely fascinating unusual trip. You´ll see places that only few
people have ever been to. It´s an outdoor trip and all supplies have
to be brought along in the canoe. You must be prepared to do some carrying
and dragging of the canoes at the more difficult rapids.
You might also have to walk in the river at places. Canoeing experience is
not required but physical fitness, swimming capabilities, not minding getting wet and a
readiness for adventure!!!
If you love adventure and raw nature that´s your trip.
Min.group 2 persons; Max. group 6 persons; Min.price per person: 1255$; Max.Price 1650$ - (Single room supplement 80$)
All accommodation (twin shared), internal transportation, arrival & departure transfers, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), sightseeing & environmental fees, camping equipment, dry sacks,helmets and life vests, English speaking canoeing guide,
Travel insurance, departure taxes, excess luggage fees on internal flights, items of personal nature, meals not indicated, gratuities.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY (Twelve Days)
DAY 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to a cozy hotel within easy walking distance of downtown. After a short briefing we explore the vibrant city of Ulaanbaatar, the Palace of the Last Mongolian Buddhist King followed by an hour of Folk Dance and Song performance. (L,D).
DAY-2 We start at nine o´clock from UB and arrive at Amarbayersgalant Khiid late in the afternoon. This monastery was built in Chinese style in the 18.century and is set amidst the rolling steppe. Not only is it one of only a handful of monasteries to have survived the communistic period intact it is generally regarded as the most original and beautiful. (Lonely Planet includes it in its ten must-see attractions of Mongolia). Tonight we will stay in a yurt (or ger), a round felt "tent", the dwelling of Mongolian Nomads. (B,L,D)
Day 3 After breakfast we visit the sprawling monastery and then start our drive to the set-in point. We arrive at our starting point late in the afternoon. To the east are the mountains of Bulgan where the canyon starts but isn´t yet visible and to the south the wide valley of the upper Orkhon with thousand of animals stretches before our eyes. This area has been aptly called the "Cradle of Nomad Civilization". (B,L,D)
DAY-4 We start canoeing. First the landscape is still flat but then we´re getting into the mountains of Bulgan. In the evening we´ll already be in the beginning of the canyon. (B,L,D)
DAY-5 The very heart of the canyon. Steep mountain flanks and rapids of varying degrees of difficulty. The majority is possible to negotiate but before some of them we have to get out and tow the canoe. (B,L,D)
DAY-6 We´re still in rapid territory but the going get´s easier.(B,L,D)
Day-7 A well deserved rest day. We can explore the area, go fishing or simply relax and have a quiet day.(B,L,D)
DAY-8 The worst of the rapids are over. We´re in a majestic valley with old twisted poplar trees and steep rocky mountain sides.(B,L,D)
DAY-9 Inhabited territory again, nomads grazing their flock by the river. Towards the very end we´ll see traces of a nearby Soviet ghost town – a military city of once 15 000 inhabitants with paved roads , schools and a cinema but now completely abandoned. We spent the night in the vicinity. (B,L,D)
Day 9: After breakfast we paddle another two hours until we meet our driver. The we drive back to UB (7 hours) where you check into your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Leisure day in Ulaanbaatar
This is a spare day to be spend for shopping and self-exploration. You may refer to recommendations of our team in order to make most out of it. In the evening we meet for a farewell dinner in an international restaurant. (B,D).
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B).