GOBI KHUVSGUL TOUR

Destination:Southern and central, Northern Mongolia 

 

The Mongolia is one of the untouched, unique cultural and mysterious place on earth.

The incredible land is home to takhi-wild horse,Argali-Wild sheep, Snowleopard, Mazaalai-Desert bear and so on.

From this tour, you can enjoy two humped Bactrian camel riding, which is registered in World Red Book and experience nomadic lifestyle in the Gobi desert.

Recommended activities:

visit to national parks(Terelj, khustai, Khuvsgul, gobi gurvan saikhan)explore to Gobi desert, visit to nomadic family and  feeling to nomadic lifestyle,Tasting mongolian traditional cuisine, watching the wild lives and stars at night, hiking ,riding horse and camel, visiting to temples,sleep in traditional ger,climb the largest sand dunes, visit the biggest horse statue complex of Chingis khaan. 

DURATION :14 DAYS 

Day by day itinerary 

Day1 

Pick up at your hotel.

we will drive to Terelj national park .

Firstly we will visit to Chingis khaan statue complex. 

Then we will visit to turtle rock and ariyabal meditation temple. 

At terelj national park we will ride horses. 

Located 55km northeast of Ulaanbaatar, this popular national park is characterised by picturesque alpine scenery. It offers great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, swimming (in icy-cold water), rafting and horse riding. For hard-core extreme-sports fanatics, there's skiing and dog-sledding in the depths of winter. The southern section caters to tourists, so it's hardly pristine (and a bit crowded with ger camps), but hikers and horse riders can easily get away from the hustle and bustle by trekking further north into the park.

Stay overnight at ger camp 

day2:

Early morning  Drive to tsagaan suvarga (white stupa).

TSAGAAN SUVARGA

Tsagaan suvarga, 90degree of straight, consists of many colors of clay deposits. This is 65 km south west of Ulziit sum, Dundgovi province. Tsagaan suvarga is big escarpment with 200m h and 400m long. In ancient time there was a big sea in a Khevtee and Bosoo valleys of Tsagaan Suvarga. After dried up the sea this area became area with many glacis and escarpments, covered by many different sedimentary deposits. There is a cave with two doors called Khevtee and Bosoo which is home of many bats.Stay overnight at nomadic family ger 

day3

after breakfast we will drive to yoliin am vulture valley. 

Yolyn Am (Mongolian: Ёлын Ам, LammergeierValley) 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 Old World vulture, hence the name is often translated to Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles.

 The area, as part of the Gobi Desert, sees little precipitation. However, Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field. The ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter, and is several kilometers long. In past years it remained year round, but the modern ice field tends to disappear by September.

Stay overnight at tourist camp 

day4

This day will drive to Khongor sand dunes. 

The Khongor Sand Dunes is sand, which occupies about 3% of the total area of Umnugobi province. The sand dune is 10-195 meters high from bottom to top. Sometimes because of the wind the sand makes sounds like music. In 2010 representing it’s province it became ‘The 9 Wonders of Mongolia

Today we will ride camel and climb to sand dune. 

Stay overnight at ger camp 

day5

After breakfast we will drive to bayanzag flaming cliffs 

Bayanzag is one of the most famous palaeontological sites in the world. Roy Chapman Andrews' team discovered the world's first nest of dinosaur eggs here in 1922 and unearthed remains of more than 100 dinosaurs.

Chapman Andrews nicknamed the area "The Flaming Cliffs" after the red sandstone buttes and cliffs that glow at sunset, accentuating the surreally beautiful and dramatic features of the valley of the dinosaurs.

Stay overnight at tourist camp 

day6

Today we will drive to ongi monastery 

Ongi Monastery
Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi monastery was founded in 1760~1810 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South banks of the Ong river. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples-among them one of the largest temples in all Mongolia. The Ongi monastery grounds also 4 Buddhist universities and could accommodate over one thousand monks at a time. During the 1930’s communism spread throughout Mongolia. As part of their ideological campaign and rise to power, communists arrested most monks around Mongolia. In 1939 Ongi monastery was completely destroyed over 200 monks were killed and many surviving monks were imprisoned pr forced to join the communist controlled army.
Other monks were escaped certain death by becoming farmers and common workers. The water from the river was re-routed to support local mine, which were run by the Communist government. When the river dried out, Local communities were forced to leave surrounding areas of monastery. With the departure of both monks and locals, ongi monastery seemed destined to disappear. However, democratization of Mongolia in 1990, three monks returned to Ongi monastery whre they had begun their Buddhist education as young children some 60 years prior. These monks started laying new foundation upon the old ruins, with a vision to restore Ongi monastery and revitalize Buddhiam in Mongolia. Around the Ongi monastery there are some tourist camps.

Stay overnight at the ger camp 

Day7

This day we will drive to khar khorin. 

Visit to erdene zuu monastery. 

KHARKHORIN, ERDENE-ZUU
Kharkhorin - In 1220 Chinggis Khaan established the capital of Mongolian empire on the fertile plains along the Orkhon River. This is called Kharkhorin, 373 km from Ulaanbaatar city. Kharkhorin is located at the lower end of the upper valley of the Orkhon River, which is part if the World Heritage Site Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. The location marks the eastern foothills of the Khangai Mountains. Kharkhorin town population is 8,977 (2003), city area is 20.5 km2.

Kharkhorin was a busy spindled city with high civilization built by the best artists and masters of antiquity. But it was completely destroyed in the fierce battles of the internecine war. Quite surprise for the scientists was the discovery of a burial of Mongolian women which dates to approximately the 14th century were also two Egyptian masks, a wooden comb and bronze mirror in a case were found-shows ancient relationship between the nations. The foundations of Karakorum's buildings are all underground and little has been excavated, so you need lots of imagination when contemplating the grandness of it all. The plain was littered with bricks, ruined walls and pillars until the mid-16th century. The stone, blocks and other building materials from ruins of Kharkhorin were used in the construction of this monastery.

Erdene Zuu Khiid - The first Buddhist monastery called Erdene-Zuu was built on ruins of Kharkhorin. It was built in 1586 at the initiative of Avtai khan, most influential Prince of that time in MongoliaThe monastery occupies an area surrounded by a stone wall with 108 stupas lining on it. The Erdene-Zuu monastery preserves marvelous works of Mongolian artists, painters, cutters, sculptors, embroiders and craftsman of the XVII-XIX centuries. It had between 60 and 100 temples, about 300 gers inside the walls and, at its peak, up to 1000 monks in residence. Erdene zuu Monastery was destroyed by communists in 1930s during the political purge. Suprisingly, many Buddha images and statues, tsam masks and thangkas were saved by locals. The monastery was closed until 1965 and reintroduced as a museum to public. After democratic revolution in 1990, religious freedom was restored and monastery became active again.

The monastery is enclosed in an immense walled compound surrounded by 108 stupas. The three temples in the compound, which were not destroyed in the 1930s, are dedicated to the three stages of Buddha's life: childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Dalai Lama Temple was built in 1675 to commemorate the visit by Abtai Khaan's son, Altan, to the Dalai Lama in Tibet. The temple accommodates statue of Zanabazar and some fine 17th-century thangkas depicting the Dalai Lamas and various protector deities.

Stone Turtles - Outside the monastery walls, there are two stone turtles. Four of these sculptures once marked the boundaries of ancient Karakorum, acting as guards of the city. The turtles originally had an inscribed stone stele mounted vertically on their back. Next to the Turtle Rock you can see an area of raised earth surrounded by a wire fence. This was the alleged site of Uguudei Khaan's palace, who was third son of Chinggis Khaan

Continue drive to tsenkher hot spring

Stay overnight at the tourist camp 

Day8 

after breakfast we will drive to taikhar rock. 

Continue drive to khorgo valcano and terkhiin tsagaan lake. 

Terkhiin tsagaan natural park
Khorgo – Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Natural Park includes two jewels of Mongolia: Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur and the extinct volcano Khorgo.

Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, ”White Lake of the Terkh River”, is located 2060 metres (1,28 miles) above the sea level. It’s the jewel of Arkhangai and one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The eruption of Khorgo Volcano explains the presence of the lake. Besides, it’s surrounded by other extinct volcanoes. It extends on 16 kilometres (9,94 miles) long and 4 to 10 kilometres (2,49 – 6,21 miles) wide. It covers an area of 61 square kilometres (23,55 square miles), its average depth is 20 metres (65,62 feet). We can find many pikes and many other species of fish. The lake remains frozen a big part of the year. This area is still wild, you may see chitals, marsh deer, wild boars, ducks or great cormorants.

In the Khorgo – Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Natural Park, we can also see and make the ascent of Khorgo Volcano that is an extinct volcano reaching its highest point at 2240 metres (1,39 mile), located East from Terkhiin Tsagaan. This easy 16-kilometres (9,94 miles) hike will lead you to the summit of this extinct volcano covered with basalt that was active 8000 years ago. Its crater measures 200 metres (656,17 feet) in diameter and 70 to 80 metres (229,66 – 262,47 feet) in depth, and it is surrounded with small copses of trees. It has been protected since 1965.

Around Khorgo Volcano, there is a remarkable area, made of solidified lava bubbles; the locals name this place ”the basalt yurts”.

Stay overnight at the tourist camp 

Day9 

today we drive to murun sity. 

Mörön is the administrative center of Khövsgöl Aimag in northern Mongolia. Before 1933, Khatgal had been the Aimag capital. Although a poorly developed town, Mörön has a hospital, a museum, a theatre, a post office, several schools and kindergartens, like any other provincial capitals of Mongolia.

Stay overnight at the tourist camp 

Day10 

after breakfast we will drive to khatgal village next to Khuvsgul lake. 

Boat tour around the lake. 

Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the border to Russia, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1,645 m above sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, and holds almost 70% of Mongolia's fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. Its watershed is relatively small, and it only has small tributaries. It gets drained at the south end by the Egiin Gol, which connects to the Selenge and ultimately into Lake Baikal. In between, the water travels a distance of more than 1,000 km, and a h difference of 1,169 m, although the line-of-sight distance is only about 200 km. Its location in northern Mongolia helps form the southern border of the great Siberian taiga forest, of which the dominant tree is the Siberian Larch. The lake is surrounded by several mountain ranges. The highest mountain is the Burenkhaan / Munkh Saridag (3,492 m), which has its peak north of the lake exactly on the Russian-Mongolian border. The surface of the lake freezes over completely in winter. It's inhabited by species of fish including the Siberian grayling, sturgeon and lenok and the area is rich with various species of flora and fauna. And the area is home to argali sheep, ibex, bear, sable, moose and wolves. The region hosts three separate, unique peoples: Darkhad, Buriat and Tsaatan. Shamanism, rather than Buddhism, is the religion of choice in these parts.

Stay overnight at the tourist camp. 

Day11 

Today we stay around to Khuvsgul lake. 

Visit to tsaatan family. 

The Dukha, are a small Tuvan Turkic community of reindeer herders living in northern Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. The name Tsaatan, which means ‘those who have reindeer’ in the Mongolian language, were originally Tuvinian reindeer herders

Stay overnight at tourist camp 

Day12 

drive to erdenet sity 

Erdenet city
Situated in Orkhon province, approximately 375 km from Ulaanbaatar, Erdenet is Mongolia’s third largest city. The city was established in 1975 in order to exploit the large copper ore deposit in the vicinity of the current conurbation. Erdenet currently lays claim to the largest per capita GRDP in Mongolia, at US$ 6,400, as a result of the operations of the Erdenet Mining Corporation’s activities. Once established, Erdenet became the capital of Orkhon province.
The province itself is home to around 89,000 inhabitants and is one of only three provinces (not including the capital city) to have experienced positive net migration over the past decade.

Day13 

after breakfast we will drive to amarbaysgant monastery .

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. The emperor personally wrote in four languages (Mongolian, Tibetan, Manchu, and Chinese) a message symbolizing his protection and his control. This was written on a sign suspended in the entrance of the main temple. It’s one of the rare monasteries that have partly avoided the destruction of 1937 by the Soviets. The buildings of the main part were spared and the thangkas, the statues, and the manuscripts were looted. All the lamas in charge of the place were executed and the monastery has been neglected for 50 years. Since 1998, the lamas have been restoring the monastery and new statues have been ordered in New Delhi, India.

This monastery shows a real archaeological unity. The style is generally Chinese, with Mongolian and Tibetan influences. The place is symmetrical and the main buildings follow each other along a North-South axis; the other buildings are located on parallel lateral axis.

Today you can see 28 constructions, notably a two-storeyed temple covering an area of 32 square metres (344 square feet) and open for the ceremonies. This remarkable 300-years old construction proudly stands.

Continue drive to khustai national park 

Stay overnight at the tourist camp. 

day14

after breakfast we will watch wild animals at the national park. Wild animals are very active in the morning. 

Khustai national park
Khustain Nuruu National Park, whose name means ”the range of silver birches”, is located 90 kilometres (56 miles) Southwest from the capital, 1843 metres (1,1 mile) above the sea level in the sum of Altanbulag. It’s lined by Avdar Mountain in its Western part.

When this natural reserve was created in 1992, it covered an area of 506 square kilometres (195 square miles). Then, in 1998, it became a national park covering an area of 500 square kilometres (193 square miles), with the aim to reinsert the Przewalski’s horse, ”takhi” and to protect the ecosystem of the forest steppe, extremely threatened by the overexploitation of the land. It houses 459 species of plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of mosses, 33 species of mushrooms, and 44 species of mammals live in this area, such as the red deer, Mongolian gazelle, roe deer, grey wolf, lynx, red fox. We can also see in the park 217 species of birds, such as the golden eagle, bearded vulture, great bustard, whooper swan, black stork and partridge. The reserve is composed at the same time of desert zones and of mountainous zones.

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. 

Dinner 

 

Price: 1850$

1-2 person 1850$ 3-4 people 1800$ 4-5 people 1750$

5 More people 1700$

price includes:

English or Korean speaking guide 

Driver with car 

Accommodation during the trip 

Meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Special dinner (Mongolian barbecue steamed with hot stones)

Entrance fees 

Horse and camel riding with local guide 

Mineral Water per day 2 bottle 

 

price not including:

 International flight tickets 

Accommodation cost at Ulaanbaatar 

Personal expenses 

Alcohol drinks 

Tips

Optional activities and additional costs 

Travel and medical insurance 

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Number of days: 14
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
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