Join YPT for a summer full of nomadic thrill as we follow the influence of the Khans in both Mongolia and one of the prettiest part of Russia, Buryatia all the way to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal on this combo tour!
The tour starts in Beijing for a 26-hour train ride to the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, or you can start the tour on day 2 in Ulan Bator. The moment we arrive we’ll jump right into the national parks nearby the capital! we will leave the city to visit both the Mount Khogno natural reserve and Terelj National Park, both famed for their wildlife and unforgettable trekking opportunities. We’ll ride camels in the dunes and horses on the steppes before heading back to Ulan Bator just in time for the festivities of Naadam. Naadam is centered around 3 main sports – horse riding, wrestling and archery. After taking in the festival, we will spend a day checking out all the highlights of the capital. It wouldn’t be a YPT tour without checking out massive Soviet monuments and political museums. From there, we will ride the train to Ulan-Ude, crossing all of Mongolia. We stop for a day in the capital of Buryatia to meet the Buryats an ethnicity of Russia which shares common ancestors with the Mongols.
We’ll then make our way out of Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia by train to Irkutsk and the stunning Lake Baikal. This section of the transsiberian railway is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful so we’ll take the day train to see it properly. Train enthusiasts will rejoice! We’ll be exploring the city of Irkutsk, Siberia’s second city after Vladivostok, and one with an amazing history and culture of St Petersburg exiles and local ethnic groups.
We’ll be spending 3 nights in and around Lake Baikal on Olkhon Island, the biggest lake island in the world, its various villages and islands, including a visit to Stalin’s ‘fish gulag’ at Peshchanaya village, and a bonfire meal and drinks with the local Shamanistic Buryat people! We’ll ride around untouched sceneries of extreme beauty on the world’s biggest lake island. Hiking on scenic coasts and climbing up the dramatic Burkhan Cape.
Naadam is the biggest event in Mongolia, attracting massive crowds. We can expect accommodations and tickets for the festival to be sold out months in advance. Don’t be left out, book now!
Friday 5th July – Beijing
Saturday 6th July – Erlian/Ulan Bator
Sunday 7th July – Train/Ulan Bator
Monday 8th July – Mount Khogno Khan Natural Reserve
Tuesday 9th July – Terelj National Park
Wednesday 10th July – Terelj National Park
Thursday 11th July – Ulan Bator
Friday 12th July – Ulan Bator
Saturday 13th of July – Ulan Bator
Sunday 14th July – Ulan Bator
Monday 15th July – Ulan Ude
Tuesday 16th July – Train/Irkutsk
Wednesday 17th July – Listvyanka
Thursday 18th July – Olkhon Island
Friday 19th July – Olkhon Island
Saturday 20th July – Olkhon Island
Sunday 21st July -Olkhon/Irkutsk
Monday 22nd July
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– Accommodation on twin share basis
– Entrance Fees
– Naadam Stadium Tickets
– All transportation to complete tour
– Local Guide throughout and cook for the last two days in Mongolia
– Horse and Camel rides
– Train tickets to complete the itinerary
– Visa fees if applicable (YPT can provide visa support for China, Mongolia and Russia)
– Single Supplement (€600)
– Banya bath house
– Transportation to Beijing
– Transportation out of Irkutsk
– Lunch/Dinner in Russia unless specified
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.