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Come to UB and Drive GobiVisit the Gandan lamasery, possibly in time for the prayers, center for the Buddhist revival in Mongolia. The Mongols follow the Tibetan version of Lamaism, Dalai Lama being the supreme theocratical leader.We depart towards the steppes and have a picnic lunch on arrival. Pitch camp nearby some nomadic families. Here will meet the yak carts and the horses.
Driving from Steppe to GobiToday we continue our driving to south. Near small gobi village “ Bogd”, you can see snow capped high mountain,which is the end of Mongolia Altai Mountian Chain,starting from over 1000kms on far west. You have a chance to meet Mongolian real nomads on their over thousand years old national customs since Chinggis Khaan time. Overnight in tent.
To Hongoryn Els and Camel RideToday we drive few hours and reach the one of most places of Gobi. 'Hongorin Els' sand dune stretches for over 100 km, and rises to height of over 130 m. Today you will ride the desert ship, the famous 'Bactrian' double humped camel through the marvels of 'Hongorin Els'.Overnight in a ger camp
To KharkhorinToday is a long drive north, through big open steppe area. We will move from the desert steppes to Khangai Mountian. The nomads live from livestock herding. However, by international standards, it is not densely populated. Near the sands they keep Bactrian Camels.Overnight in tent.
Explore KharkhorinAfter driving few hrs /about 120kms/,we reach KharKhorum. Mongolia's ancient capital, Kharakhorum, Chinggis Khaan's fabled city, was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire governed, until Khubilai Khaan moved it to Beijing. The symbolic ruins of Kharakhorum (Harhorin), monumental walls (400 m of length) with 108 stupas, surround the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586. In 1792, it housed 62 temples and 10,000 lamas; since 1990, it has become an active monastery again. Turtles carved from the stone marked the boundaries of the complex. Nearby, Turkish monuments and rock inscriptions erected in 8-9th centuries in memory of outstanding fighters for independence. Quite a surprise for the scentists was the discovery of a burial of a Mongolian woman which dates to approximately the 14-th century where also two Egiptian masks, a wooden comb and a bronze mirror in a silk case wre found.Overnight in tent.
To Khorgo/Terkhiin Tsagaan NuurDriving westwards, you will stop next to 'Taikhar chuluu', a huge rock which related to the local mythology. The next stop of the day will be the 'Chuluut canyon' observation point, and the holy "100 branches tree" which stands next to it for hundreds of years. Khorgo Volcano is a dead volcano covered with basalt lying in the east of the Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (National Park) in Arhangai aimag. Interesting bubbles of solidified lave named “Basalt ger'. Possible a visit to yak's herders. Arhangai aimag, the northest slope of the Hangai chain, is called “the Switzerland of Mongolia” for its forests, rivers and wooded hills.Overnight in tent.
To MoronToday our route turns to north and drive to the northen side of the Hangai Mountains. Taiga is a boreal coniferous forest, comprised primarily of Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica) and Siberian Pine (Pinus sibirica).Coming to town Moron,get gasoline.Visit local Museum.Drive out of town and overnight in tent.
Horse Ride and Reindeer PeopleAfter driving about 160kms /5-6hrs/ reach village UlaanUul and meet horserangers.Known as “ The Dark Blue Pearl ”, Lake Khovsgol is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake. Located in the northernmost province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long,36 km wide, 262 metres deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May. It's the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia. It's inhabited by nine species of fish including the Siberian grayling and lenok. Fishing and sport fishing are becoming popular in the lake area. Taiga Fauna and Flora,Tsatan, practicing raindeer breeding are the main attractions for tourist. A ferryboat operates between Khatgal and Khanh, two towns on the southern and northen shores of the lake that is within the boundaries of the Khovsgol National Park. Different ethnic groups live in the area: Khalh, Darhadt, Butyat. Tsaatans are raindeer herders. Lake Khovsgol is on the important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for birdwatching.We will do 2 days horse riding towards Huvsgul Lake and Hordil Sardag(highest mountain of the area) and 2 days horse riding back to UlaanUul,where we started.All these days we will stay in tent.
Drive back to MoronAfter driving 5-6 hrs by mostly open remote and mountain areas,come to Moron.Overnoight in gercamp.
Fly to UBAt the morning you will take the flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival and after check-in the hotel
Explore UBToday we will do city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery,Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar.See Zanabazar Museum, Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant. The winter Palace, Buda Big Statue on the Hill, Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time)Typical folkloric Mongol performance ( songs and dances) , at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional), Overnight in 3* hotel.
Transfer to Chinggis AirportAfter breakfast,transfer to Chinggis Airport and depart UB.
|Some recommendations||Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September.Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night.So be prepared for all weather conditions.|
|What to bring||Binoculars,sunscreen,a hat,gloves,long underware for travel in the high mountains,comfortable footware,lip balm,sanitary hand wipes,sunglasses,prescription medications,(if needed),rain gear,flashlight.|
|Staff||A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times.A cook will follow, with an assistant.In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals.The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.|
|Meals||Our cook will prepare the meals.We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips.There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips.For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.|
|Price||USD 1960 per person (min 2 members)|
2-18 (Discounts available for groups.)
|Includes||English speaking guide and all meals. All overnights in hotel and tents, camping equipments, all local transport and flight,all Border and National park permits.|
Drinks, laundry and renting of riding horses.Visa fee.
|Dates||2013. from midJune untill midSeptember|
Single tent/ger supplement is USD 30 per night.