Tour highlights: Ancient capital Kharakhorin, Orkhon valley, Tovkhon temple, Great white lake, Khorgo volcano, Lake Ugii, Mount Khogno Khaan Nature Reserve, Khustai national park
We’ll drive to Mongolian ancient capital, Kharakhorin, Chinggis Khaan's fabled city, was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon Valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire was governed until Kubilai Khan moved it to Beijing. It served as the capital for 40 years. Following the move, and the subsequent collapse of the Mongolian empire, Karakorum was abandoned. Whatever was left was used to help build the glorious Erdene Zuu monastery in the 16th century. Nearby, Turkish monuments and rock inscriptions erected in 8-9th centuries in memory of outstanding fighters for independence. We’ll visit “Erdenezuu” temple museum and “Kharkhorin” museum which was opened just a couple of years ago. The museum displayed a lot of things from the archeological dig. We’ll stay in a family ger.
We’ll drive to Waterfall, which is great place for taking photos and go hiking through the gorge and Orkhon valley. We’ll stay in a family ger.
We’ll drive to Tovkhon temple and go hiking. We’ll have open door lunch. And then we’ll drive to Tsenkher Hot spring. You’ll be able relax taking natural hot bath in the hot spring water. Stay at ger camp at Tsenkher hot spring.
We’ll drive to Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano. Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National park was established to protect the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of fauna and flora. The area has extinct volcanoes, many beautiful lakes, a great number of animals and birds, and is definitely one of the best natural tourist attractions. Khorgo is a unique natural complex (2240 m), National Park surrounded by the Khangai Mountains, which is 3000 meters above the sea level. In the craters some of them are very tiny crystal- clears lakes. The Khorgo crater, situated at an altitude of 2.210 meters with a diameter of 20 meters and depth of 70 to 80 meters, is the most stunning. We’ll stay in a family ger.
We’ll go hiking to the Khorgo Volcano for a day. We’ll stay in a family ger.
We’ll drive to the Lake Ugii where you can enjoy some hiking. Also Ugii lake is a for its fishing and bird watching. On the way, we’ll take a break at an interesting huge rock called “Taikhar” in the steppe. We’ll stay in a ger camp.
We'll to drive to Mount Khogno Khaan Nature Reserve in the afternoon. On reaching the mountain after a couple of hours you will arrive at a nomadic family ger in front of this beautifully forested rocky mountain. The mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You'll be able to go hiking around the area or to the small sand dunes nearby called " Elsen tasarkhai". Spend the night in a family ger.
We’ll drive to the Khustai National Park, located on the north side of the Tuul River, about a two-hour drive west of Ulaanbaatar. Although located in the central grasslands, Khustai means “with birch” because birch trees and aspen groves are plentiful in the area. It is a hilly terrain, with the Tuul River forming the southern boundary. The national park was originally set up in 1993 as a nature reserve for the first reintroduction of the Przewalski’s Horse (Equus przewalskii) into Mongolia. Today the Khustai Trust runs the park, funded mainly by tourism funds. Finally, we’ll drive back to Ulaanbaatar after lunch break.