- Opportunity to see the last surviving populations of wild horses in the world “Prejewalski's horse” in Khustai National Park
- Visit to Kharkhorin, where ancient capital city of Mongol Empire existed in 12th century
- Explore Erdene Zuu monastery, very first Buddist Monastery of the country
- Visit Gobi Desert and explore dinosaur fossils in Flaming Cliff, climb Sand Dunes and hike in
- Volture Valley- spectacular landscape & lifestyle of the Gobi;
- Enjoy an idyllic landscape of thick evergreen forests, crystal-clear streams and lakes
- Drive through 13th century village near Ulaanbaatar city & experience the life of Chinggis Khaan’s time
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Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and meet at the airport for transfer to a 4 Star hotel. After lunch in Modern Nomads restaurant, tour begins at Chinggis Khaan square, situated in the heart of the city with views of the Parliament building, the Mayor’s House, Opera House, Cultural Palace and many other modern buildings. We continue our trip to visit the Gandan Monastery. This is Mongolia’s largest and most important center of buddism, which was built in 1838. The highlight is the magnificent Migjid Janraisig Temple. Hundreds of images of the Buddha line the walls of the temple, and the centerpiece is an awe- inspiring statue of Migjid Janraisig. The 26-meter high sculpture is made of dazzling copper covered with gold. Inside the hollow statue are 334 sutras, 27 tons of medicinal herbs and over 2 million bundles of mantras. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a Mongolian traditional concert. A welcome dinner will be held at the Peace Pub. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.
After breakfast, we drive to explore the Khustai National Park (96km, 1.15min), world famous for the successful reintroduction of the Przewalski horse. In addition to these wild horses, roaming freely in their land of origin again, the park and surrounding area have much to offer lovers of nature and exemplifies the culture of our country. After lunch we visit herder’s family to experience local people’s daily life. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.
In the morning we drive to Kharkhorin (363km, 4h), Mongolia’s ancient capital founded in 1220 in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the historic Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire governed until Khubilai Khaan moved the capital to Beijing. The symbolic ruins of Kharakhorin include monumental walls (400 m of length) with 108 stupas, and surround the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586. In 1792, it housed 62 temples and 10,000 lamas. In 1220, Chinggis Khaan decided to build the capital city of his vast Mongolian empire at Karakhorin. Building was completed by his son, Ogedai Khaan, after Chinggis' death, but Karakhorin served as the capital for only 40 years before Khubilai Khaan moved it to what is now Beijing. Following the move, and the subsequent collapse of the Mongolian empire, Kharkhorin was abandoned and then later destroyed by hordes of Manchurian soldiers. Whatever was left was used to help build the Erdene Zuu monastery in the 16th century, which itself was badly destroyed during the Stalinist purges. The modern town of Kharkhorin was built on the same spot.On the way, we enjoy Elsentasarhai, marvelous oasis with sand dunes, vegetation, lake and birds, located close to Kharkhorin. Upon arrival we have lunch at the Munkh Tenger ger camp. After lunch, visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.
Travel to Tuvkhun Monastery, one of most beautiful monasteries situated on a forested rocky mountain, on the boarder of Uvurhangai and Arhangai provinces. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar chose this place to build a monastery in 1648, when he was 14 years old. The construction of the monastery started in 1651. He made his famous creations in the monastery. In 1688, the soldiers of the Oirad nation destroyed the monastery. In 1773, the monastery was rebuilt. In 1992, it was taken under state protection and the government donated 68.4 million tugriks to restore the monastery. Today, there are special formations of rocks which are called womb and cradle, and held to symbolize rebirth. There are 4 temples and 2 stupas at the location. You have the opportunity to trek 2 km to the monastery. A picnic lunch will be prepared. After lunch, we visit a nomadic family to experience local people’s daily life. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.
We drive back to Ulaanbaatar. After lunch, we visit Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. The complex was built between 1893 and 1903 and named, “The Temple of Developing Wisdom” and dedicated to the 8th Bogd King Javzandamba, the head of the Mongolian religion. On April 1, 1926, after Bogd Khaan’s death due to illness in 1924, a state museum office was created and it was decided to transmit the remaining property of the Bogd Khaan to public museum ownership. It was converted to a museum building, displaying objects of historical and artistic value, religious idols, the royal collection of stuffed animals, and other items which had been owned or used by the Bogd Khaan. Now the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum consist of seven Summer Prayer temples and the Winter Palace, which was built in the European style. Afterwards, we ascend the 200 steps to the top of Zaisan Monument to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the four sacred mountains that surround it- Bayanzurkh, Chingeltei, SonginokhairKhaan and Bogd Khaan. Have dinner at restaurant.
After breakfast, we leave Ulaanbaatar and fly to Dalanzadgad, capital of Umnugobi province (565km, 1.20h). After landing we visit center of the city. Then transfer to the Dream Gobi ger lodge located 60km from Dalanzadgad (40min by bus). Have lunch at the lodge restaurant. After lunch, we watch a short movie about Bayanzag. Bayanzag is more commonly known as the Flaming Cliffs, a name penned by the paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews. First excavated in 1922, it is renowned worldwide for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area. After watching the movie we drive to the Molzog els Sand Dunes (30km, 40min). Take photos, walk, or go on a camel ride through the sand dunes and enjoy the Mongolian Gobi Desert. We continue our trip to the Bayanzag. Here we enjoy a bit of light trekking among the Flaming Cliffs. Dinner and overnight spent at the Dream Gobi ger lodge.
After breakfast we drive to the Khongoriin els, sand dunes. /150 km from the lodge/ We enjoy here the biggest sand dunes in Mongolia. Picnic lunch. Late afternoon we drive back to the "Dream Gobi" lodge. Dinner and overnight at the ger lodge.
We explore Yol Valley (68km). We travel across the Gobi Desert to the Gurvan SaiKhan Mountains and enter this deep gorge in the Mongolian National Park. We will hike here amid impressive mountain scenery and learn about this area’s endemic plant and wildlife, including the valley’s namesake, the Lammergeier vulture. One of the valley’s most striking sights is glacial ice that extends six miles down the gorge in the winter, some of which often lingers through September or even year-round. Picnic lunch. The remainder of the day free for leisure. Dinner and overnight at the ger lodge.
After breakfast we drive to Dalanzadgad to take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Today’s destination is Terelj National Park, a nature reserve set in a deep valley between forested hillsides, granite boulders, and mountain streams. Transfer to the Dream Terelj camp located 50km from Ulaanbaatar. After lunch, we enjoy the Terelj National Park, Turtle Rock and Aryabal Monastry, a scenic meditation temple (13km, 20min). Dinner and overnight at the Dream Terelj ger lodge.
Begin with a visit to a remarkable monument, a grand statue of Chinggis Khaan astride his horse (50km, 40min). The statue stands 131 feet tall atop a 33 foot high coliseum. Built at the site where legend holds, Chinggis Khaan found a golden whip that inspired his future conquests. It is said to be the world’s largest equestrian statue. Afterwards, we continue our trip to the 13th Century National Park (37km, 40min). The park is a re-creation of life in the kingdom during the 13th century. Visitors can enjoy annual celebrations, customs, and traditional craft work. Here the guests can dine with Khaans and Queens, visit the residence of lords, learn to write in Mongolian script, and play a horse headed fiddle. Enjoy traditional Mongolian food at the village. Late afternoon, we drive back to the Dream Terelj lodge (87km, 2h) for dinner. Overnight at the ger lodge.
After breakfast, we drive to the Nalaikh city. We visit the Sain Nomun Monastery, where local monks will be waiting to show us how to practice meditation. After trying a few meditative techniques, we’ll bid farewell to the monks and delve into Nalaikh’s modern mining culture. Mining opportunities in this small city attracted a community of Kazakhs in the 1950s, and today, Kazakhs still represent a quarter of the population. Although Nalaikh’s mines were closed decades ago, many of them are still excavated (often illegally) by Kazakhs. Today, we’ll enjoy traditional Mongolian cuisine during a Home- Hosted Lunch with a local Kazakh family, giving us the chance to glimpse into the daily lives of our gracious hosts. After lunch we’ll drive to Ulaanbaatar. We have time to shopping in the State Department Store. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Peace Pub. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.
After breakfast, we drive to the airport for International departure.
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- Guiding and interpreting service
- All transportation as listed in the itinerary
- Accommodation hotel and camp
- All meals as listed in the itinerary
- 0,5l*3 bottled water per day
- Domestic flights
- All entrance fees
- Horse, camel and reindeer ride trial
- Boat rental
- Visa support invitation letter
Not included in the services
- International Airfaire + Tax
- Travel Insurance and visa fees
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
- Excess baggage charges
- Single room supplement
- Tips for your guides and drivers
- Optional activities