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!
Pick your Mongolia to start! Start either in Beijing for a train trip through Inner-Mongolia, visiting Ordos-Kangashi, China’s most infamous ghost town and Erlian, its dinosaur border town. The more budget or time-conscious will chose Group B and start 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!
|Group A: Inner Mongolia + Republic of Mongolia + Buryatia & Baikal||July 3rd||July 24th||€2495|
|Group B Republic of Mongolia + Buryatia & Baikal||July 9th||July 24th||€1990|
Friday 3rd July – Beijing
Saturday 4th July – Ordos
Sunday 5th July – Kangbashi
Monday 6th July – Kangbashi-Hohhot
Tuesday 7th July – Hohhot
Wednesday 8th July – Erlian/Ulan Bator
Thursday 9th July – Ulan Bator
Friday 10th July – Ulan Bator
Saturday 11th July – Ulan Bator
Sunday 12th July – Ulan Bator
Monday 13th July – Mount Khogno Khan Natural Reserve
Tuesday 14th July – Terelj National Park
Wednesday 15th July – Terelj National Park
Thursday 16th July – Ulan Bator
Friday 17th July – Ulan Ude
Saturday 18th July – Train/Irkutsk
Sunday 19th July – Listvyanka
Monday 20th July – Olkhon Island
Tuesday 21st July – Olkhon Island
Wednesday 22nd July – Olkhon Island
Thursday 23rd July – Olkhon/Irkutsk
Friday 24th July
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
•All transportation from Beijing to Ulan Bator
•Accommodation on twin share basis (single supplement available)
•Naadam stadium tickets
•All transportation to complete tour
• Breakfasts & Lunches
•Dinners while camping
•YPT tour leader, local English-speaking guide and cook while camping
•Horse and camel rides
• Transportation as per itinerary
• Accommodation on twin-share basis
• YPT & local tour guides
•All breakfasts, lunches and open fire lunch in Khoboy
•Getting to Beijing
•Single supplement (not available on train, €480)
•The optional extra of Genghis Khan Mausoleum
•Getting to/from Irkutsk
•Visa fees if applicable (YPT can provide visa support for China and Russia)
•Russian letter of invitation (€25)
•Single supplement (€280)
•Banya bath house
•Getting to/from Irkutsk
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