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eej khairkhan mountain

Thank you Travel buddies team! We had a great travel. Full satisfaction!. I love the travel route. Baci Mongolia.

 

Silvia Versar, Italy

Price: US$2660 /per person/

Included in price:

 

-Meals /Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner/

-Guide

-Driver

-Cook

-Gazoline

-Accommodation in countryside in Mongolian traditional ger

-/8 nights in ger/

-Pick up and drop off services

-Sleeping bag, mattress, sheet and camping gear

-Entrance fee, museum ticket

-Gratitude to the locals

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Tour Description

This tour is best for those who will to travel to the least travelled route and very deep of the Gobi Desert which has unique formation. With this program, you will have opportunity to visit ancient capital city, experience hot spring, and hike to the high mountain and most beautiful parts of Gobi Desert. Here, Gobi Desert is unlike Sahara contains surprisingly diverse landscapes, with mountains, cliffs and grassy plains (after a good rain).Climate will be extreme from going to Khangai (forest zone), snow capped mountain, diverse Gobi and Middles Gobi.

 

18 days/ 17 nights

3700 km with car

Big Group Guaranteed Departures:

Group 1. July 29 - August 15

Group size: Min - 6 pax, Max - 15 pax

Meal code: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

Ger camp - Mongolian traditional house

Tourist camp

 

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

We will pick up from the airport or train station and you will be transferred to the hotel. After breakfast or lunch depends on the arrival time we will guide you to take city tour. City tour is including Sukhbaatar square /Chinggis Khan Statue/, National History Museum and Gandan biggest Buddhist monastery in Ulaanbaatar. We will have Mongolian traditional food for lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 2. Ruin of ancient capital Karakorum and Erdenezuu monastery /370km/

Sain baina uu (this means Hello in Mongolian) We will start our tour heading to Karakorum, the site of the 13th century Mongolian empire’s capital, founded by Chinggis Khan. Chinggis Khan established a supply base here, and his son Ogedei completed. Visit to the ruins and Erdenezuu Monastery, biggest monastery of 16th century surrounded by 400m x 400m walls build from the ruins of the ancient capital. Erdenezuu means hundred treasures and was founded in 1586 and was first Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 3. Hot spa Tsenkher /150km/

Mongolia is rich in natural hot springs that visitors should try. Tsenkher hot spring is second hottest spring 65-90°С in Mongolia. The spring contains hydro sulfuric acid and unity of silica. Let’s have been relaxing time in bathhouse in Mongolia.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 4. Legends of Khorgo - Terkh national park /250km/

In the morning we will pass by Tsetserleg town- small and well-structured. We will visit Chuluut River which flows in the gorge formed of lava of a nearby extinct volcano such as Khorgo and others. Moreover, visit Khorgo-terkh national park, which consists of Khorgo volcano and the White lake. Walk up to the crater of Extinct Khorgo volcano. Lastly, we will arrive in White Lake, created as a result of the eruption of Khorgo volcano and some other volcanoes. Hike around the lake and stay in ger.

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Accommodation: Tourist camp

 

Day 5. Visit nomadic family

After breakfast we will drive to see caves around lavas. Afterward, we will visit nomadic family to experience their life. For dinner, we will have a special food called Khorkhog. We learn how to make khorkhog and help them to make it such as collecting stones, peeling potatoes. etc Lastly we will help locals giving our prepared presents to the family as one of our purposes to traveling Mongolia.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 6. Zavkhan province - Lake Telmen /250km/

Today, we will head to Zavkhan provoince located in the west. This province occupies a transitional zone between the well watered Khangai mountain range of central Mongolia and the harsh Great Lakes Depression of western Mongolia. In between the two regions, Zavkhan has its own micro-climates and varied terrain that ranges from snowy peaks to steppe to lakes surrounded by sand dunes. The scenery is some of the most dramatic and varied in the country. Telmen Lake is a large salt lake home to migrating waterfowl. We will stay around the lake.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 7. Otgontenger sacred mountain /230km/

The highlight of the Zavkhan province is snow-capped Otgontenger Mountain, a 4021m hulk at the western edge of the Khangai Mountain range. The mountain is one of Mongolia’s most sacred mountains; the spiritual abode, the gods and an important place of pilgrimage for many Mongolians. Climbing is prohibited by government law. We will hike to the Dayan Mountain (2593m) which is the best place to view the mountain.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 8. Govi-Altai province /240km/

Today we will drive to Govi-Altai province which is the second-largest province is named after Gobi Desert and Mongol Altai Nuruu, a mountain range that virtually bisects the aimag to create a stark, rocky landscape. We will stay in the Altai town.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 9. Eej Khairkhan Nature Reserve /220km/

After breakfast we will drive to Eej Khairkhan or the Mother Mountain Natural Reserve that took more than 100 years in making is a surreal experience. The Eej Khairkhan mountain at 2,275 m is located in Gobi-Altai Aimag north of the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area. The Nature Reserve came under state protection in 1992. For centuries, the Sacred Mother mountain was revered and worshipped by the locals in their belief that the mountain blessed families with children. The nine green framed stone pools and paintings of ibex, horsemen, and archers are some of the attractions for nature lovers. The waterfall cascades from the peak of the Eej Khairkhan (2.275) meters and is famous for its beauty. The water flows through nine natural steps, each a pothole eroded in granite, 2 to 3 meters wide, rounded as 2 to 4 meters deep. We will hike to the mountain.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 10. Amarbuyant monastery /300km/

Today we will drive to Amarbuyant monastery. This monastery ruin once housed around 1000 monks until its destruction in 1937 by Stalin’s thugs. Its claim to fame is that the 13th Dalai Lama, while travelling from Lhasa to Urga in 1904, stayed here for 10 days. The extensive ruins today include temples, buildings and walls and the main temple has been partially restored.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 11. Camping nearby Oasis /250km/

After breakfast we will attend the monastery ceremony and continue trip to the oasis called Zulganai. The Zulganai river takes it’s its source from the West Mountain of Altan flows to the west 20km and dissolves into the sand. the Zulganai River has beautiful dense forest with cane and willow. There cane grows about 3 meters high even the camel wasn’t shown.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 12. Khermen Tsav /100km/

Today we will head to the famous fossil site of Khermen tsav, arguably the most spectacular canyon in the Gobi. Hermen Tsav is a canyon with beautiful oasis, 6 km in width and 15 km in length. The canyon is full of 30 meters high natural formations of cliffs, and looks like remains of ancient cities and temples, iceberg drifting on a sea, huge dinosaurs, turtles and crocodiles. As scientists defined it was an inland sea bottom some 200 million years ago. The first full skeleton of a dinosaur was found in this place. Even nowadays, there are treasure chest fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs lying on the surface of sandy land. The beauty of the cliffs is added with small grove of Gobi saxaul trees. We will camp here.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 13. Sacred Mountain Ikh Bogd /300km/

This time we will discover Great Bogd as our tour highlighted. There are three high mountain ranges in Mongolia called Altayn range, Hangayn range and Khenteyn range. Khenteyn and Hangayn range lie on central and northern Mongolia. Altayn range consists of Mongol Altayn range and Govi – Altay sub ranges with 1500 km length. Ikh Bogd Snow capped Mountain is the highest peak of Govi-Altay sub range and 3900m high above sea level. People from Government and locals worshipped the mountain building hill stone on the top. There is a Salty Lake called Orog in mountainside. Ikh Bogd sacred mountain had broken into the gorge and partially collapsed by the earthquake in 1957.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 14. Ancient rock engravings /120km/

Today, we will see the historical sight Bichigtyn Am. Bichigtiin am is home to the greatest complex of rock drawings in Asia, with approximately 1,000 petroglyphs drawn by members of the Hunnu people and other tribes of Nomadic empires on hundreds of exposed rocks dating from the 3000 BCE to the 8th century; cosmological, figurative, and cartographic motifs are featured, in some locations forming monumental hunting and ritual `scenes´. Wild sheep, ibex, deer, wolf, snow leopard many different animals are drawn on the rock. Bichigtiin am has one of the world’s greatest collections of prehistoric petro glyphs – figures carved in the rock over a period of 5,000 years and depicting themes connected with animal husbandry, navigation, war and magic.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 15. Ancient people home /230km/

In the morning we will drive to hike to the ancient people home White Cave. White Cave (Tsagaan agui) is situated in the narrow gorge. The cave once housed Stone Age people 700,000 – 800,000 years ago. It features a crystal-lined inner chamber. Scientists found out the Gobi desert in Mongolia was covered by forest. Weather was rainy and used to reach -18 celcuis as coldest in winter 730 thousand years ago based on findings from The White Cave. This crystal cave is 40 meters long. After the visit the cave we will drive to the territory of Uvurkhangai province to camp there.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 16. Secret of Ongi monastery /250km/

Today we will drive to Ongiin khiid, the unique 17th century sole monastery at the heart of the desert. Formerly Ongi was one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries where around thousand lamas used to stay and practice in Buddhism. Unfortunately, the monastery was ruined during political repression 1937-1939.The ruin of the monastery represents the spread of strong Buddhism into Mongolians under Chinese rule and political repression under socialist rule impacted by the Soviet Union in Mongolia. The vast majority of the more than 700 monasteries in Mongolia were also destroyed and around 25000 lamas killed during the political repression in Mongolia. We will hike exploring the ruin of the monastery which is located in east Shore of Ongi River.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 17. Rock climbing /200km/

We will drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu passing by small Lake Hairhan. Baga gazriin chuluu is one of the granite rock formations where large granite pinnacles and windings canyons that will make our hiking and rock climbing great for next few hours.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 18. Back to Ulaanbaatar /220km/

We will have lunch in mountainside called Zorgol Khairkhan which is granite rock formation, 1600m high above sea level and one of the beautiful mountains in the Gobi. Afterward, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city after the long adventure and classic trip. Tonight we will have Mongolia traditional concert and farewell dinner. Hope you enjoyed all about Mongolia, its people, nature and activities you made. We believe you share about this beautiful hidden gem country, Mongolia to everyone whom you meet and review your unforgettable memory with us.

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Sights: Karakorum - Tsenkher hot spring - Otgontenger sacred mountain - Eej Khairkhan Nature Reserve - Amarbuyant monastery - Zulganai oasis - Khermen Tsav - Ikh Bogd mountain - Bichigt had - White cave - Ongi monastery ruins - Mountain Natural beauty Baga Gazryn Chuluu – Zorgol khairkhan mountain

 

Transportation

Four-wheel drive vehicles are used for the entire tour along off-roads. Tracks are only asphalt near the capital.

 

Activities

Visit nomadic family to experience nomadic life through following their daily routine and becoming the member of family.

 

Accommodation

Mongolia traditional house tent called Ger is provided for the entire trip. Ger is equipped with bed. Hot shower is available.

 

Food

There are a few varieties in Mongolian food but delicious. We will serve as much as Mongolian traditional food if you enjoy also European food. Khorkhog-Mongolian barbeque contains of pieces of meat, hot stones and vegetable will be our special dish. Vegetarian food is available. You will taste all types of dairy products.

 

Contribution to the last nomads

There is a philosophy that our company, and its traveler follow. In return of nomads’ hospitality and accepting us as members of the family, we help them giving our prepared small, essential and yummy presents. A part of income comes from tourism spends for preparing these presents. Everyone who travels with us is the contributor for the last nomads. If you want to bring own gratitude for nomads, please check gifts for nomads we suggested.