Welcome to Arkhangai

Most travellers make stops at the Tsenkher Hot Springs and Tsetserleg before heading off to Tariat for Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake). From the White Lake there are trails north to Khövsgöl aimag. With a few extra days up your sleeve you could dangle a fishing line at Ögii Nuur and check out the historic Turkic-era stone monuments of Kul-Tegin.

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Ice Festival Mongolia 2019

ItineraryDay 1: Amarbayasgalant MonasteryPass By: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Amar Hiyd, Selenge ProvinceDay 1. (Feb 28) Amarbayasgalant monasteryWe will pick up from your hotel at 08:00 in the morning. Start your journey to Amarbayasgalant monastery, one of most beautiful monasteries in Mongolia. It was build between 1726 and 1736 and dedicated to Undur Gegeen Zanabazar and built by Manchu style. Stay in local familyMeals included: • Dinner: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: Stay in local familyDay 2: Khatgal small townStop At: Lake Hovsgol National Park, Khatgal, Khovsgol ProvinceIn the morning drive to Erdenet which is the second biggest city in Mongolia. Keep drive to Khatgal small townDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Dinner: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: local campDay 3: Khuvsgul Lake Ice FestivalStop At: Lake Hovsgol National Park, Khatgal, Khovsgol ProvinceIn the morning drive to Khuvsgul Lake. Enjoy the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Ice Festival. Today will mark the beginning of the first round of the Ice Marathon. Visitors can enjoy competition of horse sledge for 12 kms, driven by local nomads and traditional ice game. We will watch Ice carving competition, Ice sumo wrestling, Ankle bone shooting, Bonfire, Mongolian traditional folk music concert and shamanic ritualDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: At local familyDay 4: Khuvsgul Lake Ice FestivalStop At: Lake Hovsgol National Park, Khatgal, Khovsgol ProvinceIce Marathon 2 kms short distanced competition will take today. Ice sumo wrestling, dog and horse sledding, horse riding, visit to a nomadic family, and many other activities are available for you. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: At local familyDay 5: Shine iderStop At: Jargalantyn Am Site, Hanuy, Arkhangai ProvinceDrive to Shine Ider small town.Duration: 16 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Terhiin Tsagaan NuurStop At: Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park, Khorgo, Arkhangai ProvinceKhorgo Terkhiin tsagaan nuur National ParkEarly 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.Duration: 1 day 7 hours 55 minutesMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: in nomadic familyDay 7: Terkhiin Tsagaan NuurStop At: Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park, Khorgo, Arkhangai ProvinceHiking and horse ridingDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: Local campDay 8: kharakhorumStop At: Kharakhorum Museum, Kharkhorin, Ovorkhangai ProvinceIn the morning drive to Kharakorum which was ancient capital of Mongolian Empire in 13th century. In 1220 Genghis Khan chose to move his capital from Khentii to Karakorum. Though the city was not completed until after his death it was, for a time, the political, economic and cultural center of the vast Mongol Empire, housing great palaces, mosques, churches and monasteries representing many of the world’s religions. We will visit the largest monastery, named “Erdene Zuu” by Mongolian and local museum where see the Great Mongol Empire, Stone Age, Bronze Age. Also we will see phallic and turtle rocks.Duration: 17 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: Local GuesthouseDay 9: Elsen TasarhaiStop At: Hustai National Park, UlaanbaatarDrive 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. After dinner you have a chance to play Mongolian traditional game by ankle bones with nomads.Duration: 15 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals /B,L,D/Accommodation included: nomadic familyDay 10: Hustai National Park-UlaanbaatarStop At: Hustai National Park, UlaanbaatarKhustai National Park and UlaanbaatarToday we will drive to Khustai National Park. Khustai was established in 2003. Unique wild horse – Takhi reintroduction project at Khustai National Park started in 1992. Keep drive to Ulaanbaatar.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: /B,L,/No accommodation included on this day.

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Naadam Festival Mongolia

Wander the land that gave the world Genghis Khan and experience the rich pageantry and intense competitions of the legendary Naadam Festival. Witness giants wrestle, archers hit impossible targets, and horses race across grasslands to glory. Travel the region’s steppes and sand dunes to uncover storied Buddhist monasteries and cultural treasures on this unique adventure. Overnight in gers with local families for extraordinary cultural experiences you won’t soon forget.

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Nomadic Mongolia

Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles, and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.

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Discover Mongolia

Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; and drop by the home of a welcoming camel-herding family for an afternoon you'll always remember. Embrace your inner nomad in this timeless place.

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