This trip is one of the most attractive trips we offer for our customers. During this trip, you will experience the unique culture of Reindeer people/Tsaatan Nomads in Taiga forest at Northern Mongolia and Khuvsgul lake. Also, will sightseeing around beauty highlights of Central Mongolia.
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Tour price per person: (per person per day)
6 pax 70USD per person
5 pax 75USD per person
4 pax 80USD per person
3 pax 85USD per person
2 pax 95USD per person
On Today, we will drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery, which is the second largest monastery in Mongolia, is located in the beautiful Iven Gol river valley on the foot of Burenkhaan mountain in Baruunburen town of Selenge province. This is one of the few monasteries in Mongolia, which survived mostly intact the purges of the 1930s. The beauty, decorations and construction of the monastery have made it one of the most magnificent architectural monuments in Mongolia. 1990 was the time when the circumstances came for Amarbayasgalant to be restored. Communism had fallen and the people were eager to revive their religious tradition. Amarbayasgalant was reestablished now and nowadays stands strong on its remarkable construction, as on its 300 years of history. We will stay overnight at Mongolian traditional accommodation ger/yurt for tonight. (Lunch and Dinner)
After breakfast, we will have a long drive to the Murun townin Northern Mongolia. We will stay in a Local town ger hostel for night. Accommodation: Local Town Hostel/Guesthouse Meals: BF, L, D
After breakfast, we will drive to our horse local guide’s family nearby Tsagaan Nuur village. We will likely see local herders gers, yaks, goats, cows, sheep and horses living in the mountains and hills on the way. We will cross several rivers and streams and reach the Darkhad valley in the evening. The valley is named after the Darkhad tribe that has lived in the valley for centuries. The Darkhad people are very closely related to Khalkh Mongols, the main tribe of Mongolia, but they do speak their own dialect and have their own customs. We will eat lunch on the road. Stay overnight at traditional ger/yurt. Accommodation: Mongolian ger/yurt Meals: BF, L, D
After breakfast, we will get ready for our horse trek through the Taiga region. A local family will have prepared horses for us. We will travel exclusively on horseback, as the reindeer herders camp cannot be reached by car, and will use pack horses to carry our luggage. The trek will take us through the thick forests and mountains of the Taiga, which is a distinct ecological zone separate from the typical steppe. Upon our arrival we will rest in a reindeer herder family. We will have dinner and spend time with the family that night.
Accommodation: Tsaatan Yurt Meals: BF, L, D
We will begin learning about the lifestyle of the reindeer people right at sunrise. After breakfast we will see how they milk reindeer. These reindeer people have lived in this region, fishing, hunting, gathering fruit and herding reindeer for many years. They practice shamanism and worship the mountain Savdag (spirit). We will observe their lifestyle and take in the beauty of the Taiga Mountains and the lake nestled in the midst of the mountains. We will also learn about the handmade goods that allow the reindeer people to maintain their culture and lifestyle and to prepare their children receive an education in this unique environment. Accommodation: Tsaatan yurt Meals: BF, L, D
After breakfast, we will ride our horses back to the our local horse guide’s family where we left our van and driver. We will stay at another night and learn more about the Darkhad people. Accommodation: Mongolian ger/yurt Meals: BF, L, D
Another day of driving, will finally bring us to the Lake Khuvsgul, the right place to enjoy the well deserved rest after several days of driving. The Lake Khuvsgul located in the northwest of Mongolia near the border to Russia. It is about 1100m above the sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. It is the second most freshwater lake in Asia. The town of Khatgal village is at the southern end of the Lake. The lake is surrounded by several mountain ranges.
The surface of the lake freezes over completely in winter and the ice festival organized annually in early February which becoming quite attractive event in winter tourism in Mongolia.
Once we get to the lake we have free time to wander around the lake and hiking around the lake. You may as well as laze around by the vast blue expanse of the lake.
If you want to hiking around the mountains, you will see the brilliant view of the lake. In the evening we will have free time for taking photos. We will stay overnight in a Mongolian traditional local family ger camp for 2 nights. Accommodation: Local Guesthouse ger/yurt Meals: BF, L, D
We will do a full day of driving to the Shine ider village of Khuvsgul province. Further north our route lies through the wooded slopes of Khangai Mountain range and we will see beautiful landscapes of Mongolia. Having lunch in a open nature and sleeping overnight in a Mongolian family ger. Accommodation: Local Ger Camp Meals: BF, L, D
After having breakfast at the family ger 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 around the lake.
CLIMBING TO THE 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 are going to staying in a Mongolian local family ger camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
We drive to Tsenkher hot spring, a sulphur spring that emerges from the ground at a sizzing 89C. Facilities include outdoor and indoor baths, showers and accommodations.
Accommodation: Tourist ger camp Meals: BF, L, D
This morning after breakfast, we will drive to the Orkhon waterfall. In the afternoon, 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 at local ger camp. Accommodation: Local ger camp or Tent
Meals: BF, L, D
On today, we will drive to the 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. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
This morning after having breakfast at the local town ger hostel,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 traditional family ger camp. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
After setting up at the ger camp, 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)
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