2011 August 4 - 11 - Photo Tour of Mongolia with
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Join me and Meli on a Photo
Tour of exotic Mongolia!
This is a trip that Meli has
been running for two decades.
Dates: Aug 4 - 11 plus optional side trip to
visit the wild horses - Only $4512 (side trip - $550
nights stay in a 4-star Eidelweiss
hotel in Ulaanbaatar
Daily meals in choice fine
restaurants in Ulaanbaatar
nights in accommodation in gers In
Gobi, Altai and Huvsgul with
All sightseeing as per itinerary and
Entrance fees including museums,
national parks and concert
Private deluxe coach transport in
Russian made 4WD UAZ Purgon mini van
in Gobi, Altai and Huvsgul
English speaking guide service
throughout the journey
Domestic return flight to
Dalanzadgad, center of South Gobi
Domestic return flight to Murun,
center of Huvsgul province
Domestic one way flight to Ulgii
Domestic one way flight from Khovd
Horse Back riding at the lake
The tips at the hotel and
Day 01 Ulaan Baator
You will be picked up from the airport
with MELITOUR SIGN. The tour members
will be arriving today from different
destinations. We will meet in the the
lobby of the hotel at 04:30 PM for a
Fly to GOBI 11:15 flight 1.5 hour flight
Dalanzadgad Air port/ half an hour drive
to the Camp. Check in the camp. After
Lunch drive 1.5 hours to Eagle Valley of
Yolyn Am Valley . A small natural
history museum and the shops of the
desert people .2 our walk into the
depths of the valley. We will be
surrounded with the animals of the
valley. Whistling mice busy visiting
each others holes in the ground, wild
goats at the peaks of the hills. Eagles
flying above the sheep herds looking for
a feast. the shepherds of the valley let
you know that you are not just in any
beautiful gorge in the world but in
Mongolia. Back to the camp at Tovshin.
Enjoy sitting around the camp fire
listening to the stories of Gobi.
Day 03 Gobi desert Bayanzag - The
After an early breakfast leave the camp
at 07:30 for a long pleasant day at the
GOBI desert. Our destination is not as
important as what we feel and see in the
endlessness of this vast Desert. We will
stop at the Sand Dunes and the red
sandstone cliffs at the canyon of
Bayanzag where the fossil bed of
dinosaur bones discovered in the
beginning of the 20th Century. Drive to
"the only forest" of midget trees for
picnic lunch. Visit Gers and families on
route. We will see lots of free roaming
Camels. If we are lucky we will see
Gazelles. Camel Herders Family. Camel
Back riding. One of the best ways to
experience the Gobi is from the back of
a camel. They are very easy to ride.
Today we will also see herds of yaks.
Back to the same camp. Showers are
available. The temperature at the desert
will be cool in the morning and in the
late afternoon - in mid day it can get
to will be around 80–90 Degrees F.
At 11 am From Dalanzadgad fly back to
Ulaan Baator. Arrive in Ulaan Baator in
time for lunch. Mongolian Artists have
excellent talent for paper cutting. We
will meet several artists at at the
Children's Park to find more about this
craft. sitting comfortable on the grass
in the shade of huge linden trees we
will cut our own little magic forms out
of black paper trying to understand the
tricks of this very old Mongolia art.
Later in the afternoon a sculptor will
have us at his work shop to show us the
traditional forms of ceramic use for the
Budhist temples. Afternoon Paper Cutter
Artist and Ceramic Sculptor. Overnight
in Ulaan Batoor.
08:00 am flight out of Ulaan Baator to
Olgii on the Altay Moutains. This is a 3
hour flight with one stop for fueling in
the middle. Bayan Olgii nestles among
the towering snow-capped peaks of the
Altay mountains. The population consists
of mainly Turkish Kazaks. Meli (our
guide) speaks their language. Besides
natural beauty, the archaeological sites
offer incredible unique evidence of the
past: the deer-stones, balbal (the
Turkish Stone figures) and petrogliphs.
But the most impressive memory of the
day will be meeting the EAGLE HUNTERS.
This is the most beautiful camp they
have in Mongolia from our experiences of
the camps. The only camp where the
shower room has a little sauna built
120 Km jeep drive to Khovd . In Mongolia
this distance will normally take 4-5
hours. With our interest in photography
and the wealth of its photo ops with the
nomads and mountains and the
aerchaeological sites, we will be on the
road the whole day. Khovd has a varied
demographic structure with different
ethnic groups of the Mongolians.
Overnight at ger camp which has the best
cook for excellent meals. Showers are
available but not too reliable.
Day 07 Khoved
Free time in the morning for people to
catch up with their journal in this
spectacular land. Early lunch at 11;45.
Leave the camp for Khovd city 20 minutes
away from the Camp we are staying at.
This town has an interesting "Black
Market" that serves all the nomads in
the vicinity of several hundred miles.
Visit the market for excellent shots of
work a day in Mongolia. In the afternoon
visit local museum and the Budhist
temple which stays open only for few
hours a day. Visit the families.
Overnight at the same Camp.
Day 08 Khoved
Drive 60 miles to the largest Cave of
Mongolia to see remains of Paleolithic
Tsenkheriin Agui caves. Similar Caves in
other parts of the world (France) are
not accessible for preservation
concerns. So this will be a very rare
opportunity to look into the lives of
the oldest peoples of our planet. On the
way back to Khovd we will be at the
western shore of the lake KHAR us Nuur
Lake. (Black Water Lake) Pelicans bird
Overnight at the same camp.
Day 09 Ulaan Baator
Fly back to Ulaan Baator at 08:30 AM.
Arrive the capital at lunch time. The
lunch will be at the hotel. Generally
this afternoon is the time when every
one catches up with laundry and a short
visit to the department store for
changing money or visiting the 5th floor
which has excellent souvenirs.
Some groups like to take the opportunity
of visiting a FOOT REFLEXOLOGY place to
get ready for the next part of our tour.
Manicure and pedicure has been popular
among the female tour members as well.
Dinner at a very popular restaurant.
Overnight at Edelweiss hotel.
Day 10 Ulaan Baator
We will start the day after breakfast
with a visit to the largest Monastery of
Ulaan Baator which survived the
Communist destruction. Gundan Monastery.
After lunch we will visit the school for
contortionists and learn about what it
means to the Mongolian Families to have
their little sons and daughters learn
how to have full command over their
bodies- bones and muscles. some tour
memers take time in the afternoon to go
shopping or more museum or art gallery
hopping. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 11 Khuvs Gul
Fly to Murun 1.5 hours flight from Ulaan
Baator. Deepest Lake in Mongolai with 90
Rivers flow into it. Only one river goes
out: crystal clear waters make fishing
very much fun we will be able to see the
fish we catch. If we are lucky we might
be able to eat the fish we catch. 4-5
hours Drive to the ger camp by the lake.
There are hot showers and Sauna. We will
enjoy the nature in strict nature
reserve around the lake while we are
driving to see the caves paintings on
the west shore of the lake Hiking around
the lake, horse back riding or boat ride
will be offered as activities.
Day 12 Khuvs Gul
More of untouched nature of Mongolia.
Bird watching by the lake . We will get
a chance to visit the Shamans today.
Overnight at the same camp.
Day 13 2008
Drive to Saridag to see the animals
under protection. Fly back to Ulaan
Baator at around 1.00 pm. Arrive in
Ulaan Baator Late afternoon. Farewell
Day 14 Ulaan Baator
The tour will be over. Transfer to the
Air port is included.
Add on Optional Tour to visit
the Przewalsi wild horses - the world's last
remaining truley wild horses!
Day 1 - Tues Aug. 2nd
Drive to Karakorum situated 385 kms to the west from
Ulaanbaatar. Have picnic lunch on the way. After
arriving in Karakorum late afternoon, visit the
nomadic family and experience nomadic culture and
hospitality. Dinner and overnight in gers, Mongolian
Day 2 Wed Aug 3rd
After breakfast check out from tourist camp and have
a morning visit to Erdenezuu, the first Buddhist
monastery in Mongolia. Transfer to Bayangobi area,
which is 2 hours drive from Karakorum to the
direction of Ulaanbaatar, where you will have lunch
in one of the ger camps. After lunch enjoy short
sightseeing at Bayangobi sand dunes and Hugnukhaan
mountain. Continue driving to Hustain Nuruu natural
reserve. Overnight in ger camp at the reserve, where
Przewalsi horses – the last true wild horse of the
world are being raised in semi-wilderness.
Day 3 Thurs Aug 4th
After having breakfast at the ger camp, transfer to
the sight where the wild horse are grazing to
observe and take photos. Come back for the camp for
lunch and enjoy a watching a documentary about the
flora and fauna of the natural reserve. After lunch
leave the natural reserve arrive in Ulaanbaatar
after 2 hours drive.