Area: Gobi, Central and North Mongolia
Duration: 19 Nights/ 20 Days
Total distance: 3600 km
Accommodation: Ger guesthouse prepared by Nomads
- This tour is designed for those who like to challenge themselves with outdoor activities in Gobi desert, grassland and Lakes
- Your participation in this trip is helping to financially support nomadic families living in Mongolia.
Day 1. Terelj National Park
Start trip at 10:00 am driving to Terelj. It is a deservedly popular destination. At 1600 meters in altitude, the area is cool and the alpine scenery is magnificent, and there are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, horse riding, rafting, swimming (in icy water), and, for hard-core extreme sports fanatics. Most visited is the turtle rock and the dinosaur park. It
Day 2. Baga Gazariin Chuluu –Rock Formations Today we are driving to baga gazriin chuluu /rock formation/ is a 15 km long and 10 km wide stone massif, is located Middle Gobi. Over 20 kinds of medical herbs and many species of animals such as wild sheep, ibex and marmot exist here, if you have chance you might the wild animals. Surtiin am is one of many beautiful places in Baga gazriin stone massif. This is a narrow canyon with asp, birch, white whicker and elm tree, as well the ruin of a stone temple and the site of 2 yurts where monks lived and meditated since the seventieth century.
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvraga Today’s destination is White Stupa is located in MIddle Gobi. The name Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff which is eroded by natural phenomen on. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its colored layers. Tsagaan Suvarga is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. Enjoy hiking around colorful Stupa, feeling like meditation in there.
Day 4. Yol Valley /ice valley/.
Today's destination is Yolyn Am, or 'Eagle Valley'. Take a trip to Yol Am and Dungene valley - a wonderfully picturesque place with ice in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Gobi museum. These areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the "Three Beauties" peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains.
Day 5. Khongor Sand Dune.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Khongor sand dunes. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching height of 300 meters in some areas. You will be riding on camel to explore the Khongor sand dunes.
Day 6. Today, you will experience sand dune with camel riding. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will lead you safely through the sand dunes. Plus, you will have an opportunity to visit a camel herdsman's family to explore their way of life, their culture and traditions. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-colored at (dawn/ sundown).
Day 7. Ongi Monastery ruin
After breakfast, we will drive to Ongi Temple ruins which had about thousand lamas. It is a ruin of big monastery Bari Yonzon Hamba on the bank of a river. On the way, we will enjoy the vast steppe of the country.
Day 8. Kharkhorin village and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery
Kharkhorin, where you will see Erdene Zuu monastery
To After breakfast we are driving the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls.
Day 9. Drive to Orkhon water fall
Today’s destination the Orkhon Waterfall water flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley, UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall formed by combination volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago cascades down from a height 27 meters. It has many species of fish like the pike, Siberian sturgeon, taimen, asian common asp, Siberian grayling, roach etc.
Day 10. Tsenkher Hot Spring
After breakfast, continue your trip to tsenkher hot spring. It is Reflect, relax, spa, enjoy the premier nude spa retreat in Arkhangai province, enjoy a whirlpool and contemplate the mountain above you - Relax in the sun all day and swim free in a spa water pool - Tsenkher's curative mineral waters have been used for centuries as the most pure and healing in the Mongolia. Feel the 24 hour mineral water whirlpool massage the tension from your busy life at our refreshing, up scale and sensual countryside center - Sauna bliss - sun bathe natural, rest in Mongols' traditional dwelling Ger
Day 11. Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Terkh White Great White Lake
Today we are going to drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur on a very good newly built paved road until reaching destination.
It is an astonishingly beautiful lake with relatively pure fresh water. Torrents of lava issuing from the Khorgo volcano blocked the north and south Terkh rivers, so forming the dammed lake of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake at an altitude of 2060 meters above sea level. The lake supports Pike and other fish. Rare birds are found here.
After exploring the environment, you can prepare yourself for next day’s horse trip.
Day 12. Terkh White Lake (horse trip to Khorgo Volcano)
After breakfast at 10:00 am, start your horse trip to volcano with well trained local guide and your tour guide. Before riding your guide will give you clear instruction about horse riding.
KHORGO is an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level. Khorgo is rich in beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid streams, rivers, lakes, extinct volcanoes, green forests and pastures, where the long-haired yaks and horses pasture. Natural zones around Khorgo: Taiga forest, Transition between Taiga forest and grassland, Mountain Forest Steppe.
Day 13. Shine Ider village
Today we are going to drive to Shine Ider sum and overnight in a tent in the forest.
Day 14. Khowsgol lake
Known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”, Lake Khuvsgul is Mongolia's largest and deepest pure lake. Located in the northernmost province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long, 36 km wide, 262 meters (for known measurement) deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May. It's the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia. It's inhabited by nine species of fish including the Siberian grayling and lenok Lake Khuvsgul is on the important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for bird watching.
Day 15. Start horse trip around Khovsgol Lake and stay around lake
After breakfast start horse trip deeply to Khowsgl Lake.
Day 16. Hiking to Khysaa peak to see the panoramic view of Khowsgol lake
Day 17. You will take your time aroundlake, enjoying yourself and take a shower.
Day 18. Uran togoo volcano. Hiking to Urantogoo volcano
Day 19. Amarbayasgalant monastery
Drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Today’s destination is the second largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, the ‘Monastery of tranquil felicity’, is located near the Selenge River. The Manchu empire Yongzheng built the monastery between 1727 and 1737, and dedicated it to Zanabazar, Mongolia’s first Bogd Gegeen (sacred king who ruled the country by the Buddhist teachings) and a famous artist and the inventor of the vertical Mongolian script. His mummified body was moved here in 1779. Amarbayasgalant Monastery is one of the few monasteries in Mongolia to survive from the purge of the 1930’s. Restoration of this historic site began in 1975, and was completed in 1998.
The nearby Burengiin mountain range and surrounding fields of grass and wildflowers make this monastery is one of the most attractive destination in Mongolia.
Day 20. After breakfast we are driving back to UB city and have lunch on the way back.
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