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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.

$395 Cultural & Theme Tours

Escape to the ancient capital (Kharkhorin) 3days 2 nights tour

ItineraryDay 1: Przewalski horses and camels Stop At: Hustai National Park, UlaanbaatarAfter picking up everyone, we begin our journey and head to our first stop Khustai National park. At the park we will find the wild Przewaski’s horses that were once known to be extinct in Mongolia. The National park also serves as home to many other wild animals and plants. Have lunch at the camp. Then continue driving until we reach Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes. We will ride camels among the sand dunes, have dinner and stay overnight in mongolian ger camp. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: local lunch • Dinner: at the campAccommodation included: overnight in mongolian ger Day 2: Kharkhorin cityStop At: Kharakhorum Museum, Kharkhorin, Ovorkhangai ProvinceAfter breakfast we bid the camel herder family and continue driving towards Kharkhorin. Upon reaching the destination we will visit Kharkhorin museum to get familiar with the history of Great Mongolian Empire period. After viewing the museum and learning about the 13th century Mongolian history we will go to the camp, have lunch and take a rest for the day. Dinner at the camp.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: at camp • Lunch: at camp • Dinner: at campAccommodation included: Overnight at a ger camp Day 3: back to UlaanbaatarStop At: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin, Ovorkhangai ProvinceAfter some rest and breakfast, we will go see the Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery built at the beginning of the 16th century when Buddhism entered Mongolia and familiarize ourselves with the 16th century Mongolian history. Drive to Bileg Khan’s museum. Further drive to Ugii lake for lunch. After short rest we will head back to Ulaanbaatar city.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: at camp • Lunch: local lunch No accommodation included on this day.

$582 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)

$710 Kid Friendly

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.

$1500 Cultural & Theme Tours

Gobi tour

ItineraryDay 1: From Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, in the Middle GobiPass By: Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Small Rock Formation), Govi-Altai ProvinceBaga Gazariin Chuluu is 1751-meter high granite stone mountains in the territory of Adaatsag soum.located in the northwest of the province of Dundgovi,in the heart of the steppe, 250 km towards south of Ulaanbaatar, in the sum of Delgertsogt. At a height of 1751 metres they form a granite canyon erected in the heart of the steppe. The erosion polished the rock faces of the cliffs. Some of the lateral entries of the canyon are not very accessible, but most of them permit to enter and to make wonderful hikes in this rocky maze. You may manage to see on the rock the inscriptions written by two venerated monks who lived there in the 19th century. No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in tentDay 2: Tsagaan Suvarga( white stupa), Eagle valley (Yolyn am)Stop At: Tsagaan Suvarga, Omnogovi ProvinceThe rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga, ”white stupa”, are located in the Southeast of the sum Olziit, on the Southern border of the province of Dundgovi. These rocky formations eroded by the wind look like a ruined city if you observe them from a certain distance 85km. white stupa about 60 m high and 400 m long. Yolyn am (Eagle valley)It’s one of the natural secret of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Nat. Park and beautiful deep canyon with many rocky cliffs, has been created by many years of water erosion.The Yolyn Am (Eagle Valley), a protected site in 1965, is 62 km north west of Dalanzadgad.Very wide at the intrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. A spring 2 or 3 km long winds its way through the defile and in July, freezing into a thick corridor of ice that stretches along a considerable distance. In earlier times, the blocks of ice rarely melted, being protected from the vicious sunlight. This, however has changed in recent years, partially because of the multitudes of tourists that walk on the ice. You can still see ice here in July but it is almost completely melted by August. Following the canyon to the very end, one emerges into a beautiful wide valley. Surrounding mountains are home to argali, ibex, and many birds of prey, as well as numerous small rodents particular to the gobi. A small museum marks the entrance to the protected zone and provides information on the petrified trees, fauna and flora of the Gobi. The walk along canyon must be done on foot.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Yolyn am (Eagle valley)Overnight in tourist camp.Day 3: Day 3,4. Khongor sand dunes. camel backridingStop At: Khongoryn Els, Dalanzadgad, Omnogovi ProvinceKhongor dunes, ”Khongoriin Els”, are the most important sand mass of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Nat.Park. Its area is more than 900 square kilometres (347,49 square miles). It’s one of the largest sandy areas of Mongolia. Suddenly standing out from the plains, they are undoubtedly among the most spectacular of the country. The wind continuously blows from North towards West and the dunes can reach breathtaking heights, between 100 and 300 m at their highest points. Khongor sand dunes are more than 180 km long and can reach 27 km wide. The inhabitants name their imposing dunes ”singing dunes” due to the noise made by the wind when it moves the sand.Duration: 2 daysNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: overnight tourist camps.Day 4: Day 5. Bayanzag flaming cliff,Ongi temple in Middle Gobi.Stop At: Bayanzag Saxual Forest, Mongolia Palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews was the first to discover dinosaurs’ bones and egg. Bayanzag red sand cliffs, today better known as “flaming cliffs” due to their colours ochre and red, are located about 100 km (62,14 miles) at the northwest of Dalanzadgad. Bayanzag means “rich in saxaul”. This thorny shrub measuring approximately two meters high proliferates in the surroundings and is a good source of food for camels.,Continue driving to Saikhan Ovoo Soum in the Middle Gobi. On the way watch out ruins of 2 monasteries: Ongiin, Hoshoo - here are plenty of interesting ruins to explore. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: . stay in tentDay 5: Day6,7. visit Kharhorin ancient capital, Erdenezuu Monastery drive back Ulaanbaatar.Stop At: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin, Ovorkhangai ProvinceKharkhorin is located at the lower end of the upper valley of the Orkhon river which is included within UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon Valley cultural landscape. For short time it was the capital of the Mongol empire during Ogedei Khan. In the mid of 13-th century it was as trade center in Mongolia,and good times lasted for 40 years Until Khubilai Khan moved capital to khanbalikh(beijing).After Kharhorin was abandoned by vengeful Manchurian soldiers and destroyed in 1388s, then was badly damaged during the Stalinist purges. Erdenezuu is first buddhist Monastery in Mongolia, untill 1990 it was as a museum,then it was restored and become active again. Duration: 2 daysNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Stay in tent.

$1430 Cultural & Theme Tours

Gobi & Central Mongolia tour

ItineraryDay 1: KHUSTAI NATIONAL PARKStop At: Khustain Nuruu National Park, UlaanbaatarTour starts to Hustai National Park and see wild horses. Enjoy hiking, photographing the charming landscape in wildlife and horse ridingDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Khustai Ger Resort Day 2: KARAKORUM AND ERDENEZUUStop At: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin, Ovorkhangai ProvinceVisit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Munkh Tenger ger campDay 3: ONGI MONASTERY RUINStop At: Ongi Monastery, Saikhan-Ovoo, Dundgovi ProvinceSee the ruins of ancient monastery and visit small recovered temple. Enjoy beautiful landscape and relaxing.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at "Secred Of Ongi" ger campDay 4: BAYANZAG - FLAMING CLIFFSStop At: Flaming Cliffs, Omnogovi ProvinceThe famous site for the remains of dinosaurs which lived here 60 million years ago. Hike around the flaming cliffs, see saxaul trees and other desert vegetation.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at ger campDay 5: KHONGOR SAND DUNEStop At: Khongoryn Els, Dalanzadgad, Omnogovi ProvinceKhongor sand dune is the tallest sand dune in Mongolia. Ride on two-humped Bactrian camels, climb to the sand dune and see the sun set.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ger CampDay 6: YOLYN AMStop At: Yolyn Am, Dalanzadgad, Omnogovi ProvinceYolyn Am, or Lammergeyer’s Valley'. Enjoy hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Gobi museum.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ger campDay 7: TSAGAAN SUVARGA/ WHITE CLIFFSStop At: Tsagaan Suvarga, Omnogovi ProvinceHiking and photographing around these beautiful and colorful cliffs.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at ger campDay 8: BAGA GAZRIIN CHULUUStop At: Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Small Rock Formation), Govi-Altai ProvinceBaga Gazriin Chuluu is a range of granite hills. One of the biggest granite zones in Mongolia. Hiking, photographing and relaxing.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Ger campDay 9: RETURN TO ULAANBAATARStop At: Tumen Ekh Ensemble, UlaanbaatarGoing back to Ulaanbaatar. Make a shopping and see national dance&song performance, have a dinner in the evening. End the tourDuration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.