Kharkhorin, White lake and Khorgo volcano Tour, 8 Days

Tour highlights: Kharkhorin monastery, Tuvkhun monastery, Orkhon waterfall, Tsenkher hot springs, Great white lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur), Khorgo volcano, Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes and Khustai national park

DAY 1. LEAVING ULAANBAATAR FOR KHARKHORIN
After you picked up from your hostel or hotel in Ulaanbaatar, we will drive to Kharkhorin which was a capital city of Mongolia in 13th century for about 30 years, located in northwestern part of Uvurkhangai province of Mongolia. On the way to get to the Kharkhorin we will have a lunch on the open space of Mongolian countryside. We will drive forward to Kharkhorin after the lunch. One of the Mongolian most attractive monasteries Erdenezuu locates in Kharkhorin City. The Erdenezuu monastery is the most ancient survived Buddist monastery in Kharkhorin, Mongolia. The Erdenezuu monastery was built in 1585 by Abtai Sain Khan and the monastery was allowed to exist as a museum, the only functioning monastery was Gandan monastery in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. However after the fall of communism in Mongolia in 1990, the monastery was turned over the lamas and Erdenezuu again became a place of worship. Once we get there, we will accommodate in a town ger hostel. After having dinner in a hostel, we will have a free time hiking or wandering around the town. (Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 2. DRIVE TO TUVKHUN MONASTERY AND ORKHON WATERFALL
Today we will drive to Tuvkhun monastery. The creation work temple established by Undur Gegeen Zanabazar in 1654 dedicated to religious studies and art works became the foundation of today’s Tuvkhun monastery. It is located on top of a rocky mountain hill surrounded by forests elevated in 2300 meters above sea level in the territory of Bat-Ulzii soum of Uvurkhangai province. After visiting the monastery, we will drive to the Orkhon waterfall. Once we will arrive to the waterfall called Ulaan Tsutgalan /Orkhon Waterfall/, enjoy spectacular view of the waterfall and surrounding area, where we will have chance to take some beautiful photo shots of Orkhon Waterfall. The Orkhon river drops into 20 kms volcanic crack thus forming the 24 meter high waterfall of Ulaan Tsutgalan, highlight of the area. We are having dinner and stay overnight in a ger. We will stay overnight in a family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 3. DRIVE TO TSENKHER HOT SPRINGS
Today we will drive to Tsenkher hot spring after having breakfast in ger camp, a sulphur spring that emerges from the ground at a sizzing 89C. Facilities include outdoor and indoor baths, showers and accommodations. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 4. DRIVE TO WHITE LAKE AND KHORGO VOLCANO
After having breakfast at the family we stayed, we will drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (White lake) and Khorgo volcano. The Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is also known as White Lake in the Khangai Mountain range in central Mongolia with relatively pure fresh water. The lake is 16 km wide, about 4-10m deep with its deepest point at 28m and over 20kms in a length. It is flooded 61sq.km and the lake has pike and other fishes. Rare birds are found here as well. This volcanic lake was created thousands of years ago by lava flows from the nearby Khorgo Mountain volcano. Khorgo Mountain is an extinct volcano, which lies east of the White lake. This area has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997. Once we arrive to the White Lake, we will visiting nomadic family there and walk or ride a horse around the lake. We can go for fishing and swimming before the dinner. We are going to staying in a Mongolian family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 5. CLIMBING TO THE KHORGO VOLCANO
Today after breakfast, we drive to Khorgo volcano. Once we get there we will climb to a volcanic crater, the Khorgo at 2100m. From the summit there opens a splendid views over the landscape and the lake. We will ride back to the same family and stay overnight there. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 6. DRIVE TO ELSEN TASARKHAI SAND DUNES
After having breakfast, we will drive to Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes which is a semi desert typed beautiful landscape with big sand dunes. We will have our lunch on the way and will be transferred to a next family ger. We are going to have an optional camel riding before dinner. After having dinner we can hike around the sand dunes. We can possibly see the sunset brilliantly in the area. Stay overnight in a family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 7. DRIVE TO KHUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

After having breakfast at the ger camp, we will drive to Khustai National Park. This National Park locates in Tov province. The park is about 100kms from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west, a home to the world’s only naturally surviving wild horses. The Przewalski horse has been successfully reintroduced into the wild and has a light yellow coat. We can do some hiking and horseback riding around the National Park, where the Takhi wild horses graze peacefully with other wild animals. We will stay overnight in a Mongolian ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

DAY 8. DRIVING BACK ULAANBAATAR
After setting up at the family we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. When we arrive to Ulaanbaatar, we will be transferred to a hostel or hotel for tonight. (Breakfast and Lunch)

 

Number of days: 8
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Not included: your personal expenses
What to bring: rain coat and sleeping bag.
Transport: Minivan
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