Nomadic Life of Mongolia (Adventure)

NOMADIC LIFE OF MONGOLIA BEST OF14 DAYS TOUR

 

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Introduction

Mongolia is one of the last nomadic countries in the world. Since the Hunnu Empire

The nomadic way of lifestyle is still practiced today in the rural areas of the country.

Nomads follow a seasonal routine raising and breeding the five kinds of animals– goat, sheep, cattle (including yaks), camel and horse migrating from place to place following the most favorable pastures and campsites.

Reindeers are bred by the Tsaatan people who live high up in the mountains of Khövsgöl lake bordering with Siberia of Russia. A Horse is not only a prized possession of a Mongol but means of living and survival.

The horse is what defines the nomadic culture where any herder can ride as well as she or she can walk. The small horses with big chests and short legs despite their size are incredibly resistant. They live all year round in semi-wild herds, gathered only for the draft and the capture. They are partially watched over by herdsmen to defend only against the wolves in winter.

Airag or the fermented mare’s mils is praised for it’s a benefit for health and the digestive system. Some airag from certain areas are more famous than the others depending on the grazing grounds and the skill of the maker. Airag holds the cultural and social value in Mongolia as wine in France.

Yaks and cows bring meat, leather, and milk used for making a variety of dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and aaruul or dried curds that constitute. The main diet of nomads during the summer months. Aaruul, cheese balls of different shapes and sizes dried on the roof of the ger, is used year around.

Sheep is the most common livestock used for meat, a basic staple of nomad’s diet. The skin and wool are used for clothing and making felt to insulate the gers.

Goats are raised for their valuable cashmere (goat’s down), the highest quality cashmere in the world.

In Gobi regions, the two-humped Bactrian camels are used for meat, milk, and wool as well as for riding and transportation.

Nomads devote their day tending to their livestock watching over, milking, shearing, or combing to produce felt and felt clothes, cheese, and other milk dairy products. Herders use uurga or lasso like a pole to catch horses for taming or milking.

 

Duration:                             14  Days, 13 Nights

Accommodation:                 Family ger camp, Town ger hostel, Camping possible

Number of people:              2-6 people / 6+

Transportation:                   Russian van or jeep

  

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 - Gorkhi Terelj NP

Meet in the Ulaanbaatar and drive to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, that is one of the beautiful national parks of Mongolia. Terelj National Park is the third largest protected area in Mongolia. The park has a Buddhist monastery that is open to visitors. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The Tuul River flows through the park. The park has many rock formations for rock climbers and includes two famous formations named for things they resemble.

Day 2 - White Stupa ( Tsagaan Suvarga )

The scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit soum of Dundgovi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. The cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure.

Day 3 - Visit Yolyn Am (Eagle Valley)

Early morning, drive to Yolyn Am (also called Eagle valley) – a wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Yolyn Am is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of southern Mongolia. The valley is named after the Lammergeier, which is called Yol in Mongolian. The Lammergeier is an OldWorld vulture, hence the name is often translated to Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles. The valley is located within “Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.”

Day 4 - Khongor sand dunes

After breakfast, you will be driven to Khongor sand dunes. Khongor dunes, “Khongoriin Els”, are the most important sand mass of Gobi Gurvan Saïkhan National Park. Its area is more than 900 square kilometres (347,49 square miles).

Day 5 - Bayanzag-Flamming cliff (land of Dinosaurs) and Ongi Temple

After breakfast, we will drive to Ongi Temple. It is located in Saihan-Ovoo soum of Dundgovi province. One of the biggest monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South banks of the river Ongi. At its heyday, Ongi monastery grounds housed around 30 temples, 4 big Buddhism universities and over 1000 monks at a time. On the way to Ongli Temple we visit The Flaming Cliffs site, also known as Bayanzag is a region of the Gobi Desert in the Ömnögovi Province of Mongolia, in which important fossil finds have been made. It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs.

 Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals. It is illegal to remove fossils from the area without appropriate permits.

Day 6 - Kharkhorum "Erdenezuu Monastery"

Now you will know about our culture and history. Erdene-Zuu is the oldest buddist Monastery in Mongolia. The history of Erdene Zuu is a mix of invasions, religious purges, political shifts, and outright murder. Damaged and dismantled in 1688 during a conflict between Dzungars (a confederation of Mongolian tribes) and Khalkha Mongols (historically ruled by the Khans), what remained of the monastery was reassembled in the 18th century. Again, in 1939, the order suffered a blow at the hands of Khorloogiin balsan, the Communist leader of Mongolia, who ordered the destruction of scores of temples and the slaughter of thousands of monks throughout the country. All that remained of Erdene Zuu were three temples and a small order, with nearly one hundred structures destroyed and an estimated one thousand members either murdered or imprisoned.

Day 7 - Arkhangai province, taikhar rock+Tamir valley

Drive to Arkhangai province. Take a city tour of Arkhangai province and visit local museum. Tour to Tamir valley will be quite exciting with exploration of attractive landscape composition of mountain, forest, grassland and rivers. Enjoy hiking and photographing. Overnight in tourist camp near legendary Taikhar rock.

Day 8 - Horgo + Terkhiin tsagaan lake

“Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (Terkh White Lake ) is freshwater lake,located near the Khorgo volcano crater in Tariat soum in Arkhangai province. Fresh water and volcanogenic Terkh White Lake, is 16 km long from west to east and 6km wide from north to south. Khorgo dormant volcano, Terkhiin Tsagaan river and Khuduu river have been protected as a National Park since 1995. This lake was created as a result of a 4050 cm thick basaltic blockage of Terkhiin River, following the eruption of Khorgo volcano and some other volcanoes.”

Day 9 - Shine Ider Soum

Shine-Ider (Mongolian: Шинэ-Идэр) is a sum of Khövsgöl aimag

Day 10 and 11 - Khuvsgul lake

Khuvgul Lake, freshest and deepest lake in Central Asia, is positioned in a North South direction with an oval shape. Its length is 133.4 km from north to south while widest is 39.5 km from west to east. This lake has a volume of 380 km3 and it is second in Asia and 14th largest in the world. Khuvsgul Lake contains 93.6 % of total surface fresh water of Mongolia and 1% of world fresh water. Khuvsgul Lake is surrounded by beautiful high mountains of the Khoridol Saridag and Bayan Mountain Ranges, along the west shore. Many mountain rivers flow into this lake including 17 rivers flowing during the whole year. Flat-topped mountains with sloping mountainsides, covered by forests, lie on the east shore of the lake and those mountains are sources of 29 rivers flowing into Khuvsgul Lake.

Day 12 - Unit sum-Uran togoo volcane

Uran togoo is an extinct volcano in the western side of Uran-Togoo Tulga Uul Natural Monument in Bulgan province, 80 km west of Bulgan town. Uran means “Artistic”, Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman.

Day 13- Amart Monastery

Amart Monastery, whose name means “monastery of the quiet felicity”, is located near the Selenge River, at the foot of Mount Burenkhan. It’s one of the three largest monasteries of Mongolia. The Manchu emperor Enkh Amgalan Khan built the monastery in the 18th century, in memory of the first Bogd Gegeen, Zanabazar, in order to keep and preserve his mortal remains. The construction began in 1727 and completed in 1737. 1200 langs (= 3730 kilograms or 8223 pounds) of silver coming from the state coffers were used to build this sumptuous monastery.

Day 14 - Back to Ulaanbaatar

Today your trip ends in Ulaanbaatar after unforgettable days in the Mongolia.

 

Number of days: 14
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Transport: Minivan
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