Trip Dates: June 10 – 25, 2017
Amazing Mongolian Adventure  with one of the foremost Mongolia Experts, Dr. Chris Atwood, as your personal guide.
We invite you to join us on this exclusive adventure to discover Mongolia with Dr. Christopher Atwood from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, one of the leading international Mongolia experts. 

With a focus on history, nomadic heritage, flora and fauna and geography, this is one of our most comprehensive quests for discovering Mongolia. During this adventure you will examine ancient burial sites, historical landmarks, Buddhist monasteries, nomadic families and archaeological sites with Dr. Atwood and other experts providing their unique perspectives and leading discussions. We will also have the opportunity to fish, trek and ride horse and camels while enjoying meeting local nomads. This ambitious off-the-beaten-path quest will take us through some of the most diverse ecosystems of Mongolia.

 The trip begins with a flight north to the Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia’s “mother ocean” which contains world’s 1% fresh water source. The lake is considered the headwaters of Lake Baikal lin Siberia and is one of the oldest lakes in the world. You will explore the natural beauty of this region, see the wild flora and Fauna and learn about the fragile ecology and environmental challenges.  

The journey then continues to the 13th century Mongolian capital site of Kharakhorum in Orhon Valley, where you will learn about Mongolia's history and contributions that have impacted Asia and the West.  The group will get to experience herder life from local mongols struggling to preserve their traditional lifestyle.

From here we travel south to the Gobi desert, seeing the stark beauty of this amazing landscape. Here you will encounter Camel herders, carving out a living in this arid region.  The trip culminates with a visit to the flaming cliffs, home of countless dinosaur remains and nests that now populate the worlds museums.  
Trip Outline
June 10 - Arrival
Arrive in Mongolia, visit Sukhbaatar Square, Zaisan Hill and the orientation dinner.

June 11 - Explore Ulaanbaatar
City tour, Gandan Monastery, the National History Museum, Zanabazar Historical Art Museum and other sights. 

June 12-14 Lake Hovsgol National Park
Fly out and spend three days a magnificient lake Hovsgol, southern border of the Siberian larch forest. Enjoy horseback riding, nature treks, water sports.

June 15 Murun & Lake Erhel
Spend the morning bIrd watching in lake Erhel sanctuary, explore the regional capital of Murun before flying to UB for the next leg of the trek

June 16 Hustain Nuruu National Park
Leave early in the morning to drive to Hustai National Park and see amazing wildlife, including the rate Takhi or Preswalski wild horses, brought back from extinction.

June 17 Kharakhorum - The Ancient Capital
Explore the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire, visit the national museum and archeological sites.

June 18- Erdenezuu and Tovkhon Monasteries
Morning visit to Erdenezuu Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Mongolia. Next visit Tovkon Monastery, founded by Zanabazar and home of spectacular mountain views.

June 19 - Nomadic Family Visit
Start the morning with a visit to a nomadic horse herding family, learning about traditional lifestyles. Along the way stop at the ruins of Ongi Monastery, key stop on the ancient Silk Road.

June 20 Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes
Spend the day climbing some of the largest sand dunes in the world, visiting camel herders and riding camels in the desert.

June 21 Havtsgait Petroglyphs
Explore the ancient bronze age site with amazing petroglyphs and mountains vistas.

June 22 Flaming Cliffs & Dinosaurs
Spend the morning hiking in the yol valley, home of some amazing wildlife, including the giant vultures. Spend the afternoon dinosaur hunting along the Flaming Cliffs.

June 23 - - UB Cultural performance
Return to Ulaanbaatar for some last minute shopping. In the evening participate in a traditional music and dance performance and a farewell dinner

June 25 – Return
Farewell breakfast and departure
This program is jointly provided by the ACMS and Mongolia Quest.
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