The central Mongolian region is popular for its incredible natural beauty like the spectacular mountain range of Khangai, dense forests, flower covered valleys, freshwater rivers & lakes, waterfall, hotspring, extinct volcano, the beautiful sand dunes of Mongol Els and its exquisite Buddhist temples: Erdenezuu, Tuvkhun and Aglag Buteel Buddhist monasteries.This wonderful tour gives you opportunities to enjoy visiting most of the exciting natural & historical sites of central Mongolia, relaxing in beautiful nature, seeing wildlife, riding camels near the sand dunes, experiencing the nomadic lifestyle, watching a cultural show, riding horses by the Eight Lakes Natural Reserve in Khangai mountain range. Join us for the Central Mongolian Highlights Tour and be sure it will be your unforgettable holiday of a lifetime in Mongolia.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar-Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes.
After breakfast we will drive west to beautiful Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes. On the way we will visit the Khustai NP. Khustai National Park is located in Altanbulag Sum, Tuv Province. Khustai has 506 square km area and was established in 1993. The park protects the wild horse “Takhi”, also known as Przewalski’s wild horse in the world, and a bio-diversity of other rare wild animals and plants. The quantity of various ecosystems within the park assures an abundance of wildlife. We will visit a small museum of the Takhi and learn about the park and wild horse Takhi. Watch a short documentary film about Khustai National Park, Przewalski’s wild horse and Takhi re-introduction project.
Continue driving to the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes. The Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes is one of the most picturesque places of Mongolia and is part of the 80 km long Mongol Els Sand Dunes. This place is a wonderful combination of pretty sand dunes, majestic granite mountains, grassy green land, a clear fresh spring and a tiny lake. Indeed, here you can enjoy seeing the combination of Gobi and Khangai Natural Zones. We will visit local nomadic family, ride a two-humped camel, walking and climbing on the sand dunes. (Ger camp/ L, D)
Day 2. Karakorum “Ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire of the Genghis Khan”, Erdenezuu monastery
Today we will drive to the Karakorum “Ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire of the Genghis Khan”. Karakorum (Kharkhorin) was the capital of Great Mongolian Empire of Chinggis Khan in the 13-14th Centuries. Visit one of Mongolia’s two largest monasteries, “Erdenezuu”, Museum of Karakorum and surrounding sites of Karakorum: the Great Khan’s monument, the legendary Turtle of Karakorum and the Phallic Rock statue. Erdenezuu Monastery has a complex of 108 stupas and over 10 temples that contain rich displays of Mongolian Buddhism. The Erdenezuu Monastery and ruins of Karakorum were registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. (Ger camp/B, L, D)
Day 3. Ulaan Tsutgalan “Water fall”
Today we will visit to the Ulaan Tsutgalan “Water fall”. Ulaan Tsutgalan “Water fall” is on Ulaan River which flows through basalt rocks formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes around 20000 years ago. Ulaan Tsutgalan Waterfall cascades from a height of 20 meters and is naturally most impressive after heavy rain but disappears in dry seasons. (Ger camp/B, L, D)
Day 4. Horseback riding to Eight Lakes Natural Reserve.
After breakfast we will start our 3 days horseback trip to the pretty small lake “Khuis” of the spectacular Eight Lakes Natural Reserve in Khangain Nuruu Mountain Range. Khangain Nuruu is the second highest mountain range in Mongolia. The area is well-watered, covered with abundant forests, lovely meadows and plenty of fresh streams. Enjoy a full day of horseback riding. (Horseback riding/ Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 5. Eight Lakes Natural Reserve.
Today we will continue horseback riding to the Eight Lakes Natural Reserve. “Khuisiin Naiman Nuur” Eight Lakes in English. The lake of Naiman Nuur lies at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level and this area has been protected since 1992. Red deer, wild Argali sheep, Siberian ibex, musk deer, wild boar, duck and other birds have been sighted here. There are nine freshwater lakes, notably Shireet, Bugat, Khaliut, Khaya, Khuis, Shanaa, Duruu, Baga and Shanaga, last one being pretty small. The surrounding mountains have a forest belt some 300-400 meters wide while there are no trees at the tops. The reflections of larch forests and majestic mountains on the lake water are amazing. (Horseback riding/Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 6. Back to the Waterfall.
After breakfast we will continue horseback riding back to the Water fall. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 7. Tuvkhun Monastery.
Today we will visit beautiful Tuvkhun Monastery. Tuvkhun Monastery is located on the top of 2312 meter high Undur Shireet Mountain and was established by the first Mongolian Buddhist saint, Zanabazar, in 1654. Zanabazar lived, worked and meditated here for 30 years. There are 14 small temples, a hermit’s caves, several pilgrimage sites as well as Zanabazar’s boot imprint on a rock. Enjoy the spectacular view of the natural surroundings from the top of Undur Shireet Mountain. (Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 8. Tsenkher Hot Spring.
In the morning we will drive to Tsenkher Hot Spring in Arkhangai Province. Thenkher Hot Spring water contains a blend of the most useful minerals for the human body. Mongolians say its water is a pleasant treatment for stress, nervous disorders and rheumatism. Then enjoy walking to the beginning of the mineral spring and having hot mineral water bath. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 9. Khorgo - Terkh National Park.
Drive to beautiful Khorgo-Terkh National Park. On the way we will pass through the town of Tsetserleg, the center of Arkhangai Province. Continue driving along the amazing canyon of Chuluut River and Khangai Zone. Arrive in the camp, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 10. Visit the spots in Khorgo Terkh National Park.
Today we will visit the attractions of the park: the Khorgo extinct volcano, the Yellow Dog’s Hell, the Ice Cave and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. Khorgo - Terkh National Park has been protected since 1965 and covers an area of 773 square km. Khorgo Mountain was an active volcano just 8000 years ago and Khorgo is covered with basalt. Red deer, Siberian deer, wild boar, reddish and black ducks are found in the park. During the summer, great cormorants commonly nest at Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The lake is beautiful with crystal clear fresh water and supports pike & other fish. Torrents of lava is suing from the Khorgo Volcano dammed the Terkh River in the north and south forming the lake and is at an altitude of 2060 meters above sea level. Enjoy walking and bird watching by the lake shore. (Ger camp/ B, L, D)
Day 11. Ugii Lake.
Early in the morning we will drive east to Ugii Lake. The lake covers 25 square km and is rich in perch and pike. Crane, duck and other species migrate to this area beginning in May. Swan, geese, white spoonbill, Dalmatian pelican and others have also been sighted. Enjoy bird watching and walking by the lake shore. (Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 12. Aglag Buteel Buddhist monastery.
Today we will drive Aglag Buteel Buddhist monastery. The Aglag Buteel Buddhist monastery is 100 km to North West of Ulaanbaatar, at the front of Dalyn Khavtsal Mountain. Created by Buddhist artist and lama G.Purevbat to practice meditation, to educate and create books. Buddhism is widely practiced religion in Mongolia and has being revived since the 1990’s after the collapse of communism. As people’s religious freedom return, a number of Buddhist monasteries have newly been established. Mongolia’s renowned Buddhist lama and artist Purevbat has initiated one-the Aglag Buteel monastery. Purevbat has being constructed the monastery to the south of Garid (Garuda) Uul, a stunning mountain with larch forest. Granite rocks have been carved as statues of Buddhist tradition, each signifies a particular symbolic meaning. Enjoy walking tour around the monastery and explore its rich heritage.(Tents/ B, L, D)
Day 13. Ulaanbaatar city
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. When we arrive in Ulaanbaatar city you can visit shopping at a cashmere factory outlet store if you want. We truly hope this would be the most amazing trip to meet nice and hospital local nomad people and be in beautiful wild nature and become memorable and unforgettable tour for your life.(B, L)
Itinerary: Central Mongolian tour
Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
Activities: camel and horse riding and hiking
Group Size: min 1-2, max 6 (big groups are available)
Included in the price:
• Experienced driver and 4WD minivan with fuel
• English speaking tour guide /cook
• Accommodation during the trip
• Cook for during the trip
• Entrance fees for museums & protected areas
• All meals (B.L.D)
• We provide 1.5 liter of mineral water per person, daily
• Horse and camel riding /optional/
Excluded in the price:
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal items
• Extra and optional activities’ cost
• Travel insurance
• International airfare