Great White Lake or Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur
Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park is located in Arkhanghai aimag about 575 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar. There are plenty of ger camps located around the lake (ger on a raised platform, restroom with hot showers) or more. That’s one of the lovely things about the countryside in Mongolia.
This Park has something for every traveler. The lake is good for swimming (most recommend in the afternoon once the water has warmed up a bit), fishing, and boating. It was unseasonably cool enjoy an hour and a half long horseback ride–there are plenty of opportunities to ride horses or hike up into the mountains. Sites surrounding the lake worthy of exploration include the Khorgo volcanic crater (2210 m tall, 200 m wide, and 100 m deep) and a host of caves here and there. Tsetserleg, you can certainly stock up there on supplies. The only complaint about the Park is there are, sometimes, flies and mosquitos–so it doesn’t hurt to carry bug repellent!
If you are looking for a place to kick back and recharge–Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is the place to go! Inspired by the views over the lake from the mountains around it. Watching weather roll in over the lake is especially beautiful, and sunsets are almost always stunning in this country! If the wildflowers are blooming, even better!
You will be accommodated for six nights in three to four-star hotels and six nights in established ger camps. A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these extremely remote regions of central Asia will not be what you are accustomed to. All accommodations are on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone, Enduro Expedition will pair you up with another solo traveler. The ger camps are pre-erected traditional carpet floored and felt-lined tents that are very large, each one with a log fire as the centerpiece. Each tent has a number of beds with mattresses, pillows, and linen.
You will be picked up from the airport and checked-in to hotel9 (unless you have selected a different hotel during the booking) In the afternoon all riders will meet our team and receive a safety briefing for the tour, followed by a 1-2 hour test ride. We will host a welcome dinner in the city center.
We are heading out early morning. You will get a glimpse of what its like to ride enduro bike in the endless Mongolian steppe. We will ride to the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes where you will sleep in our tents, next to a warming bonfire and BBQ.
During the morning we will enjoy riding in the sand dunes. We will continue our tour to the next destination, the Orkhon River Valley via Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongol empire. The Orkhon valley landscape will blow your mind. We will continue to the ger camp (Talibun), located next to a scenic canyon of Orkhon river. If you like fly fishing/spinning, its time!
We start heading towards the Orkhon Waterfall, one of the most beautiful places in Mongolia. After reaching the waterfall (50km ride), we will have our lunch right next to. In the afternoon we will continue our trip to Tsenkher hot spring, where you can relax your muscles in a hot spa and open air hot ‘swimming pool’ at Khangai resort camp.
One of the most beautiful parts of the tour as you will pass by the enormous Chuluut river canyon and the ancient volcano called Khorgo. Our destination is on the shore of the beautiful lake Terkh, also called White Lake, where we will enjoy the service of Maikhan Tolgoi tour camp, its one of the nicest camps in entire Mongolia with an unbeatable location. Of course you can go and take a cooling swim in the lake too!
We will start heading towards Ugii lake by crossing the seemingly endless steppe. Ugii lake is a freshwater lake famous for fishing and birdlife. Enjoy the rest of the day swimming, relaxing by the lake and a nice BBQ dinner under a carpet of stars. We will sleep in our tents.
The tour will continue heading to the Khustai National Park, the place where the successful reintroduction Przewalski’s horse happened.
Time to get back to Ulaanbaatar. When we return to the city, we will have a short break and shower time. Whoever want to go cashmere shopping, we will make sure to arrange it. During the evening we take you to Ulaanbaatar’s best hot pot the restaurant for a farewell dinner. Whoever has the energy to continue is welcome to enjoy the city’s nightlife, we will show you the best places in town.
Departure day, we will take you to the airport. Have a great flight and we hope to see you again during one of our other trips.