Orkhon River - The Magic Tour 11 days
We called this tour the “magic” tour because it shows all the different sides of this most famous of Mongolia's rivers. There are some rapids, not too easy but also not so dangerous that you have to get out of the canoe. There are wide valleys, but also steep canyon walls where the river rushes through. You will in fact experience every one of the major landscapes of central Mongolia. This is an outdoors tip meaning that there´s no car following the river and we´re bringing all supplies with us in the canoe. It´s also a fishing paradise as most of the river has never seen a fisherman No canoeing experience needed and no special fitness. Moderate fitness and some swimming capabilities suffice.
Min.group 2 persons; Max. group 10 persons; Min.price per person: 855$; Max.Price 1290$ - (Single room supplement 80$)
All accommodation (twin shared) in a tent unless otherwise stated, internal transportation, arrival & departure transfers, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), sightseeing & environmental fees, camping equipment, dry sacks, 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 11 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: After driving for 7 hours we arrive in a small town by the Orkhon river, where we will pitch our tents for the night right beside the river. (B,L,D)
Day 3: We set in and we´re getting into a breathtaking mountainous landscape.(B,L,D)
Day 4: Yet more of mountainous scenery but in between a wide valley with some rapids.(B,L,D)
Day 5: Rapidly changing landscape with stunning rock faces and wide valleys with huge herds of animals. Eagle and vulture territory.(B,L,D)
Day 6: A well deserved rest day. You may climb the nearby mountains, go fishing or for a swim and simply enjoy the day. (B,L,D)
Day 7: First mountains then several hours a wide valley and then, towards the evening, yet more mountains soaring over the horizon. (B,L,D)
Day 8: We canoe between the mountains and towards the evening we pitch our tents at the start of a wide valley. (B,L,D)
Day 9 After breakfast we canoe for another two hours until we arrive at the place where the driver is waiting for us. Now we drive back to UB. (7 hours). There you check into your cozy hotel and after a hot shower we will meet for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 10 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 the most out of it. (B)
Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your flight home (B)
* Add one more day canoeing (pick up will be a bit further down the river)
* Add one day on the way back to visit Amarbayarsgalant Khiid the most beautiful and least visited of Mongolia's big monasteries.