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HARVARD ALUMNI ASSOCIATION


2013

MONGOLIA




“We have traveled extensively all over the world and found this to be one of our most enjoyable trips.”

–Bob & Mary Woodruff on “Mongolia: Land of the Blue Sky”, May 2011


MONGOLIA: LAND OF THE BLUE SKY


OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO LAKE HOVSGOL


still retains its natural beauty of diverse landscapes and habitats relatively intact along


inspiring, and out in the open countryside all sense of urgency seems to dissipate up

into the famous Mongolian blue sky.




incredible scenery, diverse wildlife, ancient history, and traditional culture of Mongolia

on this adventure-packed journey.




through Mongolia’s distinct landscapes, from the mountains, forests, and meadows of




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HAA STUDY LEADER

“Professor (Mark) Elliott was a good choice-an exceptionally


out to be a most pleasant travelling companion-always easy

to talk to and discuss with, exceptionally good as lecturer.

He and his lectures added important value to the trip.”


MARK ELLIOTT

Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History

Professor Elliott is primarily a historian of the late imperial period, especially the Qing

(1636-1911) and is among the few historians in the United States trained in the use of

Manchu-language sources, upon which his first book, The Manchu Way (Stanford,

2001), is largely based. He is at work on a new book examining the connections

between the Manchu empire and modern China. Professor Elliott’s teaching interests

focus on the long relationship between the Chinese heartland and the peoples living in

the territories of the steppe frontier. He has taught courses on the Silk Road and on

the “conquest” dynasties of China, including the Mongol Yuan dynasty, and is an

experienced tour leader, including having led the HAA tour to Mongolia in 2011.

WHY TRAVEL WITH HAA?







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SCHEDULE BY DAY


Depart USA / Arrive Mongolia

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Ramada

Hotel (meals aloft)


Ulaanbaatar

Begin the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the seat of

Buddhism in Mongolia.

Next, visit the National History Museum for an excellent

overview of Mongolia’s history and culture and the Natural

History Museum, showcasing the spectacular fossils found

in the Gobi desert. In the evening, a senior U.S Embassy

ocial will give a brief introduction of Mongolia’s current

political aairs and on U.S-Mongolia relations. Ramada

Hotel (B, L, D)


Hustain Nuruu/Hogno Khan

Drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last

remaining species of wild horse, the takhi - commonly

known as Przewalski’s horse. Twenty-five years after

becoming extinct in the wild, the takhi was reintroduced to

the Mongolian steppe. Next, drive to the Hogno Han

Mountains, located at the stunning confluence of three

geographical zones (steppe, desert, and forest). Ger

Camp (B, L, D)


Kharakhorum

Travel to Kharakhorum, a site of the 13th-century capital of

the Mongol Empire. Ger Camp (B, L, D)

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Shankh and Kultegen

Visit Shankh Monastery and Khoshoo Tsaidam or

monuments of Turkik King Bilge and his brother general

Kultegen (685-731 AD). Ger Camp (B, L, D)


Ongiin Monastery

Drive to Ongiin Hiid and explore the ruins of this

17th-century temple. Still known as the “Pearl of the Great

Desert,” Ongiyn Hiid was one of the largest monasteries in

Mongolia until its destruction during the communist

purges in 1939. Ger Camp (B, L, D)


Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes

Today continue your drive to the South Gobi. For the next

three days, explore the stunning landscape of the Gobi,

habitat for Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep,

goitered gazelle, golden eagles, saker falcons, jerboas -

similar to kangaroo rats - and many endemic reptiles. Drive

to the towering dunes of Hongoryn Els, which run 60 miles

alongside the Gobi Altai Mountain range. Reaching

upwards of 600 feet, these are the most magnificent sand

dunes in the Gobi. Overnight in gers. Ger Camp (B, L, D)


Hongoryn Els/ Three Camel Lodge

In the morning explore the dunes known as the “Singing

Sands” for the remarkable low-pitched groan that is

emitted when the surface is disturbed by wind. Those who

are interested will have the opportunity to visit a camel-


herding family and explore the area on the back of a

Bactrian camel. Drive back to the Three Camel Lodge.

Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D)


Yol Valley

Explore Yol Valley National Park. A hike through the valley

allows you to discover habitat for indigenous vulture-like

lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks and Argali

mountain sheep. Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D)


Havsgait Valley/ Flaming Clis

In the morning drive to the Havtsgait Valley, site of ancient

rock drawings left by early Gobi settlers. Visit the

legendary “Flaming Clis” where in 1922, Dr. Roy Chapman

An-drews found the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world

had ever seen. Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D)


Oyu Tolgoi Mining Site

Early this morning, start your drive southeast to Oyu

Tolgoi. This mining project is managing the world’s largest

untapped reserves of gold and copper and is expected to

make Mongolia one of the fastest growing nations in the

world. Known in Mongolia as the “Turquoise Hill”, the mine

is going to begin its operations starting in the summer of

2012. After touring the mine site and the neighboring

Tsogttsetsii village, overnight in the guest quarter. Oyu

Tolgoi Mining Local Hotel (B, L, D)


Ulaanbaatar

Fly to Ulaanbaatar and visit Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum.

The afternoon is free for last-minute sightseeing and

shopping. In the evening enjoy a performance featuring

tradi-tional Mongolian dancers and khoomi throat singers.

Ramada Hotel (B, L, D)


Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

DETAILS

GROUP SIZE: up to 15 guests

PRICING: $ 6,795 per person double occupancy

$ 1,000 Single Supplement

HIGHLIGHTS

:: Attend lectures by HAA Study Leader, Mark Elliott,

Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian

History

:: Visit Hustain Nuruu National Park, home of the last

remaining species of wild horse

:: Travel to Kharakhorum, site of ancient monasteries

:: Explore the surprisingly varied landscape of the

legendary Gobi Desert

:: Attend exclusive meetings with U.S Embassy and

local Mongolian organizations to learn more Mongolia’s

current economic and political aairs

:: Visit to Mongolia’s mining site, Oyu Tolgoi

OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO LAKE

HOVSGOL

If you would like to extend your visit to Mongolia, there

is an optional post-trip extension to Lake Hovsgol.

Legendary for its beauty, Lake Hovsgol is Mongolia’s

largest lake by water volume, extending 85 miles in

length and 18 miles in width, and is fed by over 90

streams and rivers. Known as Mongolia’s “dark blue

pearl,” Hovsgol remains untouched by industry and is

situated among the most pristine forests, mountains

and meadows in the world. Bird life and wildflowers

abound, and will have ample time to discover the lake’s

secrets during this extension. Activities include wildlife

viewing, hiking, and horseback riding.


Ulaanbaatar to traditional nomadic gers -dome-shaped tents constructed of latticed walls, covered




GENERAL INFORMATION

TOUR COST INCLUSIONS: Accommodations and meals as specified in the

itinerary; all land transportation and domestic flights within Mongolia;

$50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance; all lectures, exclusive

meetings, entrance fees and excursions as noted in the itinerary; guide

services; all airport transfers; baggage handling, gratuities to local guides

and drivers; bottled water throughout; pre-departure information packages.

TOUR COST EXCLUSIONS: International airfare; passport and visa fees;

meals not specified in the itinerary; travel insurance; medical expenses;

excess baggage charges; food and beverages not included in the itinerary;

items of a personal nature, including laundry and telephone calls; other

items not specifically mentioned as included.

RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS, & FINAL PAYMENT: To reserve a space on this

program, a $1,000 deposit is required per person. Please either call us at

800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806 or fill out and mail or fax the registration

form found in the back of this brochure. Reservations are acknowledged in

order of receipt until the maximum enrollment has been reached. Payment

terms will be sent to you with your reservation confirmation from our part-

ner tour operator.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: All cancellations must be made in writing

to the Harvard Alumni Association. Cancellation charges are based on the

number of days from the date we receive and refunds for cancellations

are subject to the following per person charges: 90 days or more: $500;

89-60 days: 50% of tour price; 59-30 days: 75% of tour price; 29-0 days:

no refund; after trip departs: no refund. In addition, any unrecoverable

charges or fees imposed by suppliers or vendors on advance payments will

be assessed.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions at http://alumni.harvard.edu/

haa/travel/trips/mongolia-2013.

CHANGES IN ITINERARY AND COSTS: The itinerary is subject to change at

the discretion of HAA Travels and the tour operator. Deviations from the

scheduled itinerary are at the expense of the individual. All prices quoted

are based on prevailing fuel prices, airfare and currency exchange rates in

eect at the time of brochure printing and are subject to change. While

the tour operator will do everything possible to maintain the published trip

price, it may be necessary to institute a surcharge.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation

insurance. An application for insurance will be provided by the HAA upon

confirmation.

RESPONSIBILITY: Certain other provisions apply regarding limitations of

liability and rights of HAA and the tour operator. The statement of respon-

sibility is available at http://alumni.harvard.edu/haa/travel/trips/mongolia-

2013. If you are not able to access the Internet, please call HAA Travels at

800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806.

DISCLAIMER: Every eort has been made to ensure the accuracy of infor-

mation presented in this publication. HAA Travels nor the tour operator is

responsible for errors in or damages resulting from use of the information

contained herein. Information contained in this brochure is subject to

change.

QUESTIONS: Please call HAA Travels at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806,

email: haatravels@harvard.edu.

PHOTOS BY:

M. Anand, Y. Badral, B. Balik, U. Buyannemekh, D. Gereltuv, R. Mc Fadden

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with your deposit of $1,000 per person.

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