China Mongolia Tibet by Intrepid Travel

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mongolia mongolia original 15 days ex ulaan baatar itinerary day 1 ulaan baatar nomads on horseback classic soviet architecture and a wealth of museums palaces and monasteries provide a perfect introduction to mongolia day 2 plus local payment us$200 physical culture shock amarbayasgalant monastery drive through vast grasslands to the tranquil and remote palace for god s meditation enjoy your first night in a ger camp at the foot of the burenkhan mountains days 3-4 selenge river immerse yourself in the beautiful surrounds of the picturesque selenge river get active on a hike to the 13th century volcanic crater at pot mountain home to the elusive marmot days 5-6 lake khovsgol possibly mongolia s most beautiful destination lake khovsgol is surrounded by rolling grasslands fir forests and meadows teeming with wildflowers days 7-9 terkhiin tsagaan lake climb the dormant volcanic peaks for spectacular views of the surreal landscape and enjoy a traditional mongolian barbecue days 10-11 tsenher hot springs embrace the remote untouched beauty of the region and relax in tsenher hot springs day 12 karakorum genghis khan built karakorum as his capital explore the ruins of this ancient city and visit the impressive erdenezuu monastery birthplace of mongolian buddhism day 13 khogno khan the rugged khogno khan mountains rise from the vast steppe littered with wandering livestock hike the hills or revel in the nomadic atmosphere on a camel ride.days 14-15 ulaan baatar return to the capital via roadside shrines and ger communes photography competition 2006 ger mongolia jeanette pohlman accommodation hotels 2 nts homestay 2 nts mongolian gers multishare 10 nts transport 4wd walking camel group size max 12 meals 13 breakfasts 13 lunches 12 dinners budget allow us$30 for meals not included departs selected sat notes there are special departures of this trip to coincide with the nadaam festival in 2007 departure dates are 28 june and 10 july traveller rating 4.64 out of 5 2007 start 12 may 26 may 09 jun 16 jun 28 jun finish 26 may 09 jun 23 jun 30 jun 12 jul 10 jul 21 jul 28 jul 04 aug 11 aug 18 aug 24 jul 04 aug 11 aug 18 aug 25 aug 01 sep 2008 17 may 07 jun 21 jun 28 jun 31 may 21 jun 05 jul 12 jul · explore the palaces and monasteries of ulaan baatar · camp in traditional ger tents · see genghis khan s karakorum capital · soak up the beauty of lake khovsgol · experience stunning wilderness trip code csf trans-tibetan express independent 8 days ex beijing departs daily subject to availability itinerary days 1-2 beijing explore the highlights of this fascinating city the forbidden city has seen 24 emperors from the ming and qing dynasties rule from within its impressive walls days 3-4 beijing to lhasa train the new qinghai-tibet physical culture shock railway is the highest in the world climbing from 2,829m above sea level at golmud to 3,641m at lhasa much of the track is built on permafrost and the highest point is in the tanggula pass just over 5,000m above sea level along the way sit back and relax in your 4-berth compartment and watch the dramatic scenery of the tibetan plateau pass by because of the altitude cabins are pressurised days 5-7 lhasa lhasa is the spiritual and political heart of tibet visit the awe-inspiring potala palace perched on red hill overlooking the town this massive structure dominates the landscape with grace and dignity a true wonder of the architectural world also visit the revered jokhang temple where prostrating pilgrims circle day and night some of them traversing the extremes of the country by foot to celebrate their beliefs walk the holy barkhor circuit with devout tibetan buddhists and enjoy a free day to further immerse yourself in the grandeur of this great city day 8 beijing today you return to beijing by plane accommodation tourist class hotel 5 nts overnight train 2 nts transport private car taxi train plane group size max 12 meals 5 breakfasts budget allow us$150 for meals not included departs departs daily subject to availability notes 1 on day 8 you can fly to kathmandu instead of beijing flights run apr-oct only trip must start on a tue thu or sat if flying to kathmandu 2 round trip airport to hotel transfers are included please advise flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure traveller rating not applicable as this is a new itinerary trip code · explore beijing · travel to lhasa on the trans-tibetan express · experience the sights of lhasa tibet a pilgrim taps me on the shoulder indicating to turn around there draped on the hillside is a large sakyamuni buddha thangka upon which devotees are throwing khatas an offering to their beloved god katherine burt group specialist photography competition 2006 meeting local school kids tibet holly melauson fat 70