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16 Day Sacred Mountain Adventure Yoga Tour Holiday in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Breathtaking Mongolia Yoga Tour Holiday

Explore the breath-taking, snow-capped Altai Mountains. You can scale picturesque glaciers, marvel at ancient rock paintings, and soak in endless grasslands, vistas, and lakes on horseback. Immerse yourself in this sacred mountain, and one of the most fascinating nomadic cultures while you still can. No photo, documentary, or book can beat experiencing the real Mongolia. If you want a real adventure off the beaten track, this is the journey for you!

Meet the instructors

Selenge
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Nomadic Eagle hunter’s family visit
  • Pranayama, meditation, and interactive workshops
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour and horseback riding excursions
  • All ground transportation for the tour
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Daily specific meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Chinggis Khaan International Airport
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Accommodation

During this trip, you will stay at various accommodations including twin or four shared ger camps, Kazak family with eagles, and hotels in a twin share room. You will be provided camping gears when camping in a tent. Single person tent is also provided. In Ulaanbaatar city, SteppeYoga provides comfortable, clean, and centrally located three to four-star hotels (twin share). If you would like to upgrade, please check the availability with them.

In the countryside, SteppeYoga will be using three different kinds of accommodation during the tour. Mongolia is still the third world country, so please do not expect a luxury service. During the trip, you will mainly use nature toilet. Tourist camp has a nice flash toilet. However, nomad family and camping use nature toilet. A shower will most likely be available once in every two or three days. Sometimes, you camp near a river where you can shower, but you cannot use soaps inside the river.

You will have a camping shower facility so you may use every day. However, from the experience, travelers get used to showering less while in nature.

Where will you be sleeping?

Ulaanbaatar hotel

When in Ulaanbaatar , the accommodation is a comfortable well facilitated hotel in central Ulaanbaatar. Rooms provided in the tour cost are same sex twin shares, so you may be sharing a room with a fellow adventurer. Upgrade to a private room is available for an additional fee. Please mention when booking.

Tourist ger camp

A traditional style of hotel in the country. Ger camps usually consist of 10 to 20 comfortable Gers (aka Yurt, traditional style home) containing 2 to 4 beds in each Ger. They often have Ger restaurants and souvenir shops or some entertainment spaces. Most camps are equipped with toilets and showers facilities.

Guest ger

Guest ger camps are more basic than ger camps. Normally there are two to 10 gers and are operated by nomads who are used to serving tourists for many years. Facilities are usually basic. They may have a shower and modern toilet facilities but sometimes this is not the case. However, it is a great way to support local small businesses and sustainability.

Camping

This is one of the best ways to experience Mongolia. Here, you can set up your tent anywhere you want. You will mainly use nature toilet when camping. SteppeYoga provides

camping shower tents so you can wash. You will camp by the lakes and rivers where you can swim and refresh yourself.

Program

Join SteppeYoga as you horseback ride towards Mongolia’s highest mountain with camels carrying your gear. You will see eagles, so revered in Mongolian culture for their vision, wisdom, and strength. You can get up close and hold these eagles, watch them soar through the mountains and open plains, and be awestruck by their ability to reach incredible heights. You will be welcomed into the home of a Kazak family, share dinner with them, laugh and play games, and take this rare opportunity to learn about their culture.

The last few days of the tour, you will visit stunning Terelj National Park, only 70 kilometers away from Ulaanbaatar city to reflect upon and integrate your wild western Mongolia adventure. During this holiday, you will nourish your body and mind with daily yoga and meditation practice in nature’s breathtaking yoga studio, the Steppe lands. Through this transformational journey, you will return home with unforgettable memories, an inner peace, a greater resilience, and a lasting connection with nature and yourself.

Re-wild yourself

Whatever comes up on this journey, you will be held, guided, and given the opportunity to open up and be your authentic self. Letting go, laughing, rediscovering your truth, connecting to your inner child, dancing under the moonlight, and releasing any shame or fears will be welcomed on this journey. Selenge will invite you to re-wild yourself, release the energy and expectations of the city, and replace it with your connection to the earth.

You will have space and an opportunity to re-birth your spirit and allow what emerges to flow freely into the elements around you. Selenge will guide you into stepping into your most empowered self by sharing her daily rituals and practice. This experience will be hugely transformative and enjoyable. The Mongolian nature and culture offer something exquisite and totally unique to anything else.

Highlights of the journey

  • Attend Mongolia’s traditional festival, Naadam, in a small village (circumstances permitting)
  • Camp by alpine lakes and a glacier
  • Find petroglyphs and Turkic stones
  • Gather around the bonfire and exchange stories with your friendly fellow travelers
  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this unknown wonderland
  • Learn yoga asana, pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation, giving you the tools to take them home and create a sustainable lifelong practice
  • Load your gear on camels like the nomadic locals and trek towards the Tavan Bogd mountain
  • Meet Kazak and Khalkh nomads, learn about their life, play traditional games with the locals, and party with them
  • Participate in a Tuvan Shamanic ceremony (circumstances permitting)
  • Participate in evening interactive self-development workshops on the philosophy of yoga, resilience in a harsh environment, yogic breath
  • Participate in unique culinary experiences such as Khorkhog (Mongolian barbecue), fermented mare’s milk, dried curd, and Mongolian cheese
  • Practice yoga asana every day in nature to bring you peace and vitality
  • See and hold eagles
  • Trek and hike in Mongolia’s highest mountain
  • Witness a throat singer performance

Itinerary

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Welcome to Mongolia! This is the official first day of the tour. SteppeYoga picks you up from your hotel at 10:00 a.m. and takes you on a tour of Ulaanbaatar city. You will visit the National Museum of Mongolia and Chinggis Khan Main Square. You can also pick up essential supplies for the trip if needed. In the evening, join the welcome lunch at a traditional Mongolian restaurant and get to know your host and fellow travellers.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 2: 13th century Chinggis (Genghis) Khan Historical Camp

Today, you will explore the ancient Mongolian lifestyle. The 13th century Chinggis Khan Historical Camp is a large countryside “living” museum. On the way, you will visit the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex, the world’s largest statue of a rider on a horse. There, you will practice yoga to absorb this historical land and the historical man’s energy.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3: Arrive Ulgii Town and Naadam Festival

Meet in your Ulaanbaatar hotel and fly to Ulgii, the capital of the BayanUlgii Province. On arrival, a local driver will take you to your ger (yurt) camp (12 kilometers) but before heading off, you will get a chance to see Ulgii town. In Ulgii town, there are many signs written in Arabic as well as handcrafts, architecture, and mosques similar to those in Central Asia. Depending on the schedule, you might visit a museum where you will learn about about the Kazak Mongolian minority. In the evening, you will have your official opening ceremony!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Shiveet Khairkhan Sacred Mountain and White River

Start the day with morning yoga (yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation). After your body and mind are well nourished through yoga, head out on your wild west drive. Once past Tsengel village, you will not see towns and villages for a few days.

The Shiveet Khairhan sacred mountain area is home for the Tuva (one of smallest ethnic groups in Mongolia) nomadic people as also this area you can find biggest petrolgyphs and stone monuments from the period of the Huns (approximately 200 B.C.). The Huns were the reason the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi built the Great Wall of China. Also, if you are lucky, you might see an ibex (a native wild sheep). After that, you willtake a two day horse riding trip!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Altai “Five Gods” Mountains: Horse Ride to Base Camp

Start the morning with a yoga practice with magnificent mountain views before you pack your horses for a full day of horse trekking. Your luggage will be transferred to camels and you'll start the horse trek along the Tsagaan (white) river to the Potanine glacier. Tsagaan gol is a unique river and is named for the milky white waters that flow from glaciers during the summer melt. Three hours into the horse journey will bring you to the Potanine glacier, 2900 metres above sea level in the centre of the park.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Altai Mountains: Malchin Peak Climb

Today is the big day! Weather permitting, you will experience an exciting hike up to Malchin Peak of the Altai Tavan Bogd “Five Gods” Sacred Mountain range. This will be approximately an eight hour round trip, ascending the additional 1150 meters from the base camp, with horse riding on the return (optional).

Enjoy an early morning short meditation. Walking along glaciers is stunning; you can play in snow that stays all year around and witness some breathtaking views of the valley and the snowcovered Tavan Bogd sacred mountains. If you don’t fancy the climb, then you can relax at base camp.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Altai Mountains: Base Camp Rest Day

A full day of rest and relaxation in the mountains. You will have a nourishing meditation and possibly a little yoga session.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Horse Ride to Shiveet Khairhan Mountains

Today is similar to day 4 in reverse! You will horse ride back through the wonderful mountains back to the Horse ride to Shiveet Khairhan mountains and white rivers area.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Khoton and Khurgan Lakes

A day of scenic driving. After morning yoga, the drivers will take you to Biluut Togloi valley where you will camp near the gorgeous Khoton Lake. The lakeshore makes it perfect for camping. This area is great place to see herds of goats and yaks peacefully grazing. We will pass the neighbouring Khurgan Lake (20 kilometers away), which is a dream landmark for fishermen.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Khoton Lakes

A relaxing day by the lake, take the day at your own pace with optional yoga, an interactive workshop, bonfire and dancing under the stars.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Turgen Waterfall

The Turgen Waterfall is one of Selenge’s favourite places in Mongolia, the waterfall surrounded by snow caped mountains is pristine and is truly fairy tale like. After morning yoga, you will drive to the waterfall area. After lunch nearby in a beautiful valley, you will hike three kilometers to the Turgen mountain range and reach the gorgeous Baga Turgen (37 meters) waterfall; where you can swim and enjoy the delightful waterfalls and landscape.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Turgen Waterfall

Rest day taken at your own pace. You can optionally do some hiking through the mountains, or head back to the Turgen waterfall. You may also visit a nomadic Kazak family.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Kazak Eagle Hunter Family

After the morning yoga and meditation, you will visit an eagle hunter’s family and get acquainted with the rich Kazak culture, history, and lifestyle. The Kazaks are a Turkic people ethnically tied to the Uighur people of western China and Mongolians. Their yurts are different from Khalh Mongolian yurts as they are larger and decorated with embroidered colourful hangings, canopies, and curtains over the beds.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 14: Back to Ulgii Town

After wonderful adventure of trekking, horse riding, driving, and journeying together through this majestic part of the world, it is time to head back to civilization via Ulgii town. On the way, you will visit a little Islamic temple in a small settlement. Once you are in Ulgii town, you may have a chance to do some souvenir shopping.

Tonight you will celebrate the end of the western Mongolia journey with a ceremonial dinner.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 15: Flight Back to Ulaanbaatar and Farewell Dinner

This morning, you will hold a ritual giving gratitude to the land and then transfer to the airport and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. This is your goodbye evening together as a group with a traditional performance followed by dinner. The Mongolian traditional song and dance ensemble performance includes throat singing, horse fiddle, and contortion performances (modern day yoga).

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 16: Departure

This is a free day, with no organized activities. Enjoy a day at your own pace, if you’d like to discover more of UB Steppe Yoga can advise (in advance) about shopping visits, museum, tours, and taxi ride back to the airport.

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will visit Ulaanbaatar city, Gandan Monastery, national museum of Mongolia, Chinggis Khan Main Square, Ulgii museum, Biluut Togloi valley drive, Turgen Waterfall, Baga Turgen waterfall, an eagle hunter’s family, Dayan Lake, the stone statue with human shape, a little an Islamic temple, Terelj National Park, the Aryabal Buddhist meditation centẻ temple, and the Chinggis Khaan statue complex.

You will take a wild west drive, a horse trekking along the Tsagaan (white) river to the Potanin glacier, a trek to Malchin Peak of the Tavan Bogd Sacred Mountain, a horseback riding to a Tuva family, and a hike to the Turgen mountain range.

Instructors

Selenge Baatartsogt

Retreat location

The holiday will take place in Mongolia.

Food

You will be served 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 12 dinners included in the price. Mongolians love meat and dairy products. Mutton for summer and beef for winter is very common. Most of the meat and dairy is straight from the farm, so it is very healthy and usually organic while not all fruit and vegetables are available everywhere in the country because of tourism and a growing awareness in healthy diets have led to a greater range of foods available.

Nowadays, Ulaanbaatar has plenty of choices for food and SteppeYoga can cater for whatever your dietary requirements are. Healthy vegetarian dishes are normally served throughout the trip. However, people with very specific dietary requirements may find it difficult to travel. Please contact in advance to check if dietary restrictions are possible. Drinks wise since vodka and fermented mares milk is popular in Mongolia and SteppeYoga will be sampling both on your travels.

The Steppe Yoga team are committed support your health as a whole throughout your travel. We cater for vegetarian and as well meat diets. All meals are freshly cooked the local tour chef every day and it’s healthy nourishing food to keep up your energy! While travelling though remote areas, it’s sometimes hard to eat ultra healthy as you might in towns and cities, but Steppe Yoga strives to provide as healthy food as possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Airport pickup and transport to hotel
  • All internal transportation to and from pick up / drop off in Ulaanbaatar
  • Internal domestic flights to and from Western Mongolia (Ulgii)
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Camping gear (private tents provided)
  • Native speaking tour guide, fluent in English and Mongolian
  • Assistant tour guide
  • Tour chef
  • Daily meals
  • Drinking water
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Yoga mats (feel free to bring your own)
  • Interactive workshops
  • 4 day horseback riding adventure (you can hike instead, if you like)
  • National parks / museum / temples entrance fees
  • Traditional song and dance ensemble performance
  • Satellite telephone (emergency use only)
  • Medical kit

What's not included

  • Airport departure transportation
  • International flights / transport to Mongolia
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa costs
  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. SteppeYoga will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

Airport: Chinggis Khaan International Airport Airport transfer included: Chinggis Khaan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Arrival: Friday July 10, 2020
Departure: Saturday July 25, 2020

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