Reindeer tribes-We will touch your heart
Day 1. Khustai National Park-Khugnu Khan Natural Reserve
Today we will drive to Khustai National Park. Khustai was established in 2003. Unique wild horse – Takhi reintroduction project at Khustai National Park started in 1.
Keep drive to Elsen tasarkhai /Khugnu Khan Nature Reserve Area/ which are mountains, forests, steppes, Gobi desert and mineral water sources all in one location represents three different natural zones. Around area is nice place to hiking, climbing. You will visit to older family to explore the nomadic lifestyle and to have talking with nomads about their life and tradition. We will ride a camel to sand dunes. After dinner you have a chance to play Mongolian traditional game by ankle bones with nomads. Stay in nomadic family. /B,L,D/
Day 2. Kharakhorum
Drive to Kharakhorum, site of the 13th century capital of Mongol Empire, visit the the impressive monastery, named “Erdene Zuu” by Mongolian and local museum where see the Great Mongol Empire, Stone Age, Bronze Age. The monastery was erected from the ruins of the legendary city of Kharakhorum. Visit small history museum.
Day 3.Tsenkher hot spring
After breakfast drive to Tsenkher hot spring. It is one of the biggest Mongolia’s hot springs,has a temperature of 86 degree with flow rate and high alkalinity and relatively high amounts of fluoride. The hot spring is mostly used for relaxing and resorting your health.
Day4. Khorgo Terkhiin tsagaan nuur National Park
Early morning drive to Khorgo Terkhiin tsagaan nuur National Park. Extinct volcanic craters, pine-clad lava fields and the occasional herd of grazing yaks, the Great White Lake, as it’s known in English, is the natural highlight of Arkhangai province. Today you will have plenty of opportunities for hiking to magnificent volcanic area of Khorgiin Togoo.
Day 5. Shine Ider small town
Drive to Shine Ider small town.
Day 6. Murun
Drive to Murun. Stay in local guesthouse. Get permission
Day 7. Tsagaan Nuur Small town
Drive to Tsagaan Nuur. We will stay in a valley surrounded by mountains, the fields ted with sheep, yak, horses. Local families will invite you into their homes, engage in conversation with us, and allow us to take photos of them. Meet local horse.
Day 8, 9, 10. Horseback riding – Tsaatan “Reindeer Herders, Shaman”
Today we will start horseback riding to Tsaatan “reindeer Herders“ to Taiga forest. Enjoy horseback riding and the surrounding natural beauty. Mongolia is called “Land of Blue Sky” because the sky clear most time during the year and is the sunniest country in the world. In the evening, the stars are quite bright and the view at night is spectacular even with the naked eye with the stars appearing so close you can reach up and touch them.
We will visit the Tsaatan - Reindeer Herders, Shaman. One of the 20 ethnic groups in Mongolia is the Darkhad people or Tsaatan know as Reindeer Herders. They live in tepees near Khuvsgul Lake and in the taiga forest of the remote northern area of Khuvsgul Province. They herd reindeer for their existence and use reindeer for many purposes: transport, meat, milk, skins for clothes, blood-horns for traditional medicine and other uses. People in Khuvsgul most commonly practice shamanism and some of the most powerful shaman live in this area. There you may visit a Tsaatan or Reindeer herder’s family and explore their special way of the life or meet a shaman. (Tsaatan family, Tepees)
Day 11. Tsagaan Nuur small town
Horse riding to Tsagaan Nuur. Meet with driver
Day 12, 13. Khuvsgul lake
In the morning drive to Khuvsgul Lake. It is 136 kilometers long and 36 kilometers wide, 265 m deep and at 1.645 meters above sea level. 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. Well known as the Blue pearl of Mongolia because of its crystal clear water, 99 springs and rivers flow into the lake and just one river flows out of the Khuvsgul which is Eg River. Also the lake surrounded by alpine mountains, which are covered with thick taiga. Explore flora and fauna. You will ride horse along shore of the lake. On the way we will visit Tsaatan family, breed reindeers. Some families bring their reindeer to the shore of Khuvsgul lake each summer, to partake in the tourist in industry.
Day 14. Uran Togoo Extinct Volcano
Drive to the Uran Togoo extinct volcano and its surrounding area has been protected as a “Natural Monument” since 1965 and covers 58 square km. Uran extinct volcano is at an elevation of 1,686 meters above sea level. On the top is of the extinct volcano is a crater, 500-600 meters wide and 50 meters deep, with a small “crater lake” of about 20 meters in diameter.
Day 15. Amart Monastery
Drive to the Amart Monastery, the most intact architectural complex in Mongolia. It was built between 1727 and 1736 by Manchurian King Enkh-Amgalan and is dedicated to Saint Zanabazar, Mongolia’s first Buddhist saint. Amart was one of the greatest Buddhist pilgrimage centers where between the 17th and 19th Centuries about one thousand lamas lived, chanted and studied. The monastery was extensively restored several times with the help of UNESCO. These days, about 50 monks live in the monastery, compared to over 2000 monks in 1930s. Amart has been protected since 1943 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Day 16 Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar
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