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Kharkhorin is also within striking distance of a number of worthwhile sights – the stunning lakes of Naiman Nuur, Orkhon Khürkhree waterfall, the secluded hilltop monastery, Tövkhön Khiid, the sand dunes known as Mongol Els, and the magnificently stark rocky nature reserve, Khögnö Khan Uul – making this the best place to base yourself for a tour of Övörkhangai aimag.

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$1120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Road Trip to Gobi Desert plus Kharkhorin (Big Loop)

ROUTE: UB-Baga Gazriin Chuluu-Tsagaan Suvarga-Yolyn Am (Ice Valley)-Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune-Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs-Ongiin Khiid-Kharkhorin-Hustai-UB.WHAT TO EXPECTSleeping overnight in yurt or gerTravelers are expected to pay driver’s food, and accommodation4-5 hours of offroad driving everydayWHAT TO BRINGBuy some chocolates, candies or school items to giveaway to childrenBring own sleeping bag DRAFT ITINERARYDay 1. Start driving to Baga Gazriin Chuluu stone massif. The highest one is 15 km long and 10 km wide granite stone-mountain elevated at 1768m above sea level. Check in to a ger camp nearby. Dinner at the ger camp. Hiking, trekking in the stone-mountain is possible. Stay overnight at ger. Day 2. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Tsagaan Suvarga via Mandalgobi city. Lunch at a restaurant of Mandalgobi city. Watch Tsagaan Suvarga, massive earth formation eroded in wind and rainwater which was once bottom of sea. Check in to local guesthouse run by local nomadic family. Dinner at local family. Sleep in ger. Day 3. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Dalanzadgad city. Stop at local cafe of Dalanzadgad for lunch. Continue driving to Yolyn Am ice valley. Hiking trekking at the mountain. Horse riding is available here. Check in to a ger camp run by locals. Dinner at the ger camp. Sleep in ger. Day 4. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune via Bayandalai village. Reach Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune and check in to a local guesthouse run by local nomadic family. Camel riding to the sand dune is available. Climbing to the top of the sand dune. Return to guesthouse. Dinner at guesthouse. Sleep in ger. Day 5. Breakfast at guesthouse. Start driving to Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs via Bulgan village. Lunch along the way in Bulgan village cafe. Watch Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs. Check in to ger camp. Dinner at ger camp. Sleep in ger. Day 6. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to the ruin of Ongiin Khiid. Visit Buddhist monastery site, built in 1760, but was destroyed by communists in 1937. Check in to local ger camp. Dinner at the ger camp. Sleep in ger. Day 7. Breakfast at the camp. Start driving to Kharkhorin via Khujirt village. Lunch at a local cafe in Khujirt village. Continue driving to Kharkhorin. Reach Kharkhorin by late afternoon. Visit Erdenezuu Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple built in 1585, using the leftover material of Karakorum city. Visit local Karakorum museum, and archeological site. Check in to a local guesthouse. Dinner at the guesthouse. Sleep in ger. Day 8. Breakfast at the guesthouse. Start driving to Ulaanbaatar. Visit to Hustai National Park, where you can watch last wild horse on the globe in the wild. Reach Ulaanbaatar by late afternoon. Lunch at the local cafe along the way.

$537 Cultural & Theme Tours

All Mongolia in 4 days

Day 1 Pick up from the hotel and drive Khustai National park, where animals roam freely in their protected natural habitat. The national park also serves as the home to the once extinct Przewalski horses, gazelle, red deer and many other animals. After seeing the wild horses we continue driving to Elsen tasarkhai, which literally translates into “piece of desert”, desert that stretches for 80km. Before sunset we will go riding camels among the dunes and enjoy the beautiful sunset view. Dinner and overnight at tourist ger camp in Elsen Tasarkhai.Day 2 After breakfast, we leave the camels and dunes to travel further towards Tsenkher hot spring camp. We will drive through a beautiful refreshing green pine forest area, through mountains and over small rivers to reach the thermal hot spring. On this day, we will ride horses, visit local nomadic family. You may also enjoy short hikes in the area and relax in the natural thermal waters. Stay overnight at a ger camp. Day 3 Our next destination - the ancient capital of Great Mongol Empire, Kharkhorin town. We will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the oldest Buddhist temple built in 1585,followed by a visit to Kharkhorum museum. The museum holds artifacts belonging to Stone Age, Bronze Age; findings from the four empires that once roamed the surrounding Orkhon Valley, including artifacts found from the Great Mongol Empire era. In the evening enjoy mini folk concert including throat singing, long and short songs, hoomei singing and performance of a contortionist at the camp. Dinner and stay overnight at the camp (B+L+D) Day 4 In the morning, we head back to Ulaanbaatar city. On our way, we make a short stop at the Empire Walls, that illustrates the maps of the three greatest empires that existed on Mongolian land, Xiongnu empire, Great Mongol Empire and Turgik empire. The hill also offers a spectacular view of winding Orkhon river basin and the panoramic view of Kharkhorin town. Drive back to hotel (B+L)

$319 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Kharkhorin Central Mongolia Tour

We will be leaving the city at 9:00 am drive to central Mongolia. It is important for us to explore as much greatest historic and true nomadic lifestyle outside the city we can within the short period of time.Day 1: Go to Kharkhorin - the ancient capital of Mongolian Empire was destroyed by invading Chinese forces in the 15th century. We will have a lunch stop in the middle of the distance which is 370 km between UB - Kharkhorin. There will be overnight staying in Kharkhorin.Day 2: Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery - the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. You can see the turtle rock guarding the walls of the lost city.  Also, visit the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple - complex or Erdene Zuu. Erdene Zuu is surrounded by a brick wall with 108 stupas. Although most of the monastery buildings were destroyed during the communist repression of 1937 yet major buildings survived. Visit a horse ranger’s family. Coming back to UB will be made in the evening.We truly hope this would be the most amazing trip to meet nice and hospitable local nomad people and explore the beautiful wild nature and make it a memorable one.

$470 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Best 6 Days Tour in Central Mongolia

Day 1: We will pick you up from your Ulaanbaatar hotel- drive to Khustai National Park - lunch time - search and explore wild horses in Khustai national park - drive to back to Khustai tourist camp - horseback riding - drive to Semi-Gobi /150 km/ - visit to nomadic family and enjoy their daily life and taste organic dairy products - dinner - overnight in the nomadic familyNational Park Khustai where re-introduction of the wild takhi horses (Przhevalsky's horses) has taken place since 1992. Takhi is last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century.Day 2: After breakfast - drive to Kharakhorin /95 km/ - ride 2 humped camels - lunch - drive to Kharakhorin /270 km/ - visit to nomadic family and enjoy their daily life and taste organic dairy products - lunch - overnight in the local ger guesthouse in Kharkhorin, Erdene Zuu.Elsen Tasarkhai Sands is smaller sand dunes, several km long, continuously lies in the lowland of Khugnu Khan Mountain. Sand dunes represents landscape, climate & ecology of Gobi Desert, in this region.  Day 3:After breakfast in Karakorum /360 km/ - we'll go to the Museum and Karakorum Open Museum and more - after lunch time  we drive to Orkhon- overnight in the local ger.Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. In the history, the city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapsing of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan Min state’s invaders sacked the city and massacred its inhabitants in 1388 and ruined it.Day 4:After breakfast in Orkhon Valley - Waterfall - we'll go to the Tuvkhun Temple, a historic temple on top of a mountain.  HEre, you can hike 3-4 km or take a horse trekking to the top with the horseman and your tour guide.  Tonight, we come to the Kharakhorin and have dinner.The excellent location of Tuvkhun temple is short distance of 70 kms from Kharkhorin. If you visit to Kharkhorin, it is recommended to explore the Tuvkhun temple in impressive beautiful mountainous area. Zanabazar, who was the first leader of Buddhism, located the place. It was built in 1653, believers who gathered in Erdene Zuu monastery decided to built a special Monastery for Zanabazar. Day 5:After breakfast in Karakorum /360 km/ - we'll go to the Uugii Lake.Ugii Lake attracts travelers, tourists and nature researchers from Mongolia as well as from foreign countries.  More than 150 types rare species of birds dwelling in Ugii lake.Day 6:After lunch we will drive back to the Ulaanbaatar city and then drop you off at your hotel.

$445 Private & Custom Tours

Central Mongolia Tour 3 Days

Get picked up from designated location, visit super market and depart Ulaanbaatar. After 2 hours on the road visit Khustai National park to see the Takhi or the wild horses, here you can spot Red Deers especially during months of Oct-Apr. After lunch at the park depart to Elsen Tasarkhai for family visit and stay overnight. Elsen tasarkhai is a small gobi for those who can not visit the real gobi. On day 2 camel ride is scheduled after breakfast and depart to city of Kharkhorin, visit the Erdenezuu Monastery, have lunch at Kharkhorin and hike up to the Kings Tower overlooking city of Kharkhorin. Arrive back at Elsen tasarkhai and stay overnight with the family. On day 3 relax after breakfast and depart to UB and arrive in around 5pmFollowing is included in the pricing-Entry to the parks-Entry fee to Erdenezuu Monastery-Daily drinking water-Hotel pickup/drop-off -4WD vehicle with fuel/petrol-Driver/Guide-2 hours camel ride

$850 Private & Custom Tours


DAY1.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 resting around the town. ( Lunch and Dinner) DAY2.LEAVING ULAANBAATAR FOR ELSEN TASARKHAI SAND DUNES This morning after having breakfast at the family,we will drive to Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes. This is a Gobi-typed desert and a picturesque landscape. Mountains, forests, steppe and sand dunes can be all found in one location in here. We will have lunch on the way. There is an opportunity for a camelback riding through the sand dunes. We will stay overnight in a Mongolian family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) DAY3.DRIVING TO TERELJ NATIONAL PARK This morning after breakfast, we will drive to a nomadic family in Terelj National via passing by Ulaanbaatar. Terelj National Park is one of the national parks of Mongolia. It is connected with Ulaanbaatar by a paved road. The park also has a Buddhist monastery that is open to visitors. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds and you will have a chance to see a lot of animals such as yaks, sheep, goats and horses hanging out around this National park. The Tuul River flows through the park. The park has interesting formatted rocks, and includes two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock and the Old Man Reading a Book. Once we got to the National Park we will have lunch with the host family. Wander around the National Park and do some horseback riding through the National Park. Stay overnight in a ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) DAY4. DRIVING BACK ULAANBAATAR+HORSEBACK RIDING+ CHINGGIS STATUE After setting up at the family we will have horseback riding with local guides. After lunch ,will drive  to Chinggis statue. When we arrive to Ulaanbaatar, we will be transferred to a hostel or hotel for tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)