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     KARAKORUM ADVENTURE TOUR

      Living, visiting and touring in Mongolia is all about freedom. Standing at the doorway of your ger, your tent, your lodge early in the morning, scanning the scenery spread out before you, mountain lakes and endless evergreen forests; open steppe dotted with herds of gazelle, welcome you to a new world of experience. Breathe deeply the fresh air of freedom. What surprising adventure the new day will bring is entirely your choice.

     Mongolian adventures and activities are dictated by the landscape. The forests and pristine lakes in the northern and north-eastern parts of the country offer wonderful fishing, birding, rafting and hiking adventures. The country offer wildlife watch, flower and night-sky-watch. But everywhere in the country one can find all kinds of nomadic adventures and activities and enjoy the liberating and breathtaking view of big sky and vast landscape.

      Our partner NGO the "National Nature Wildlife Conservation Society" works since 2013 on a Joint Project to establish the "Mongolian Nature and Wildlife Photography and Filming Archive". Therefore we make donations from travel Revenue showing Social Responsibility.

     We are glad to announce that by choosing our Agency you will contribute to the Protection and Conservation of the Mongolian Nature and Wildlife for future Generations, raise awareness and improve Education.

Day 1. Arrival in UB, City tour 
Day 2. Drive to Khustai National Park – Lunch, Kharkhorin & ErdeneZuu Monastery

Day 3. Kharkhorin, ErdeneZuu Monastery and Kultegin Monument
Day 4. Tuvkhun Monastery – Overnight at UlaanTsutgalan waterfall
Day 5. Ulaantsutgalan waterfall. After lunch Trekking & Horse riding day
Day 6. Trekking & Horse riding days/ Trekking towards to Khuisiin Naiman Nuur
Day 7. Day at Khuisiin Naiman nuur

Day 8. Day at Khuisiin Naiman Nuur. Visit Nomadic family
Day 9. Drive to Khugnu Khan Mountain/Khugnu-Tarni National Park, Camel Riding
Day 10. Ulaanbaatar. Dinner

Day 11. TsonjinBoldog – Mongolian Folklore concert in Ulaanbaatar
Day 12. Airport & Departure 

Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. City tour.

Check in at the hotel. Unpacking and getting rested. After lunch, visit the Natural History Museum and Gandantegchinlen Monastery. Back to the Hotel.

Day 2. Drive to Khustai National Park – Lunch, Kharkhorin & Erdene Zuu Monastery

Hike two three hours at Khustai National Park (HNP) and watch wild horse. The Hustai National Park is a Specially Protected Area since 1993. The HNP extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe. The park is about 100 km west from the capital city Ulaanbaatar.

The HNP covers 50,600 ha land and is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. There are 44 species of mammals have, 217 species of birds, 16 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians, and 385 species of insects have been recorded. In 2002, the Man and the Biosphere Reserves organization of UNESCO certified the HNP as a member of the world biosphere network of natural reserves. The HNPT was enrolled as a member of IUCN in 2007.

Then drive to Kharkhorin, ErdeneZuu Monastery and overnight at the Ger camp.

Day 3. Kharkhorin, ErdeneZuu Monastery and Kul Tigin Monument

Kharkhorin is located at the lower end of the upper valley of the Orkhon River which is included within UNESCO's World Heritage Site Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. The location marks the easternmost foothills of the Khangai Mountains, where they meet the rolling steppe of central Mongolia.

Nearby are the ruins of the ancient town of Karakorum (also known as Kharkhorum or Qara Qorum) which, for a short time, served as the capital of the Mongol Empire under Ogedei Khan. Another Kharkhorin landmark isErdene Zuu monastery and its famous phallic rock. 

The Erdene Zuu Monastery is probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Approximately 2 km north-east from the center of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the ancient city of Karakorum.

Abtai Sain Khan, ruler of the Khalkh Mongols and grandfather of Zanabazar, the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, ordered construction of the Erdene Zuu monastery in 1585 after his meeting with the 3rd Dalai Lama and the declaration of Tibetan Buddhism as the state religion of Mongolia. Stones from the nearby ruins of the ancient Mongol capital of Karakorum were used in its construction. Planners attempted to create a surrounding wall that resembled a Tibetan Buddhist rosary featuring 108 stupas. The monastery's temple walls were painted, and the Chinese-style roof covered with green tiles.

The monastery was damaged in 1688 during one of the many wars between Dzungars and Khalkh Mongols. Locals dismantled the wooden fortifications of the abandoned monastery. It was rebuilt in the 18th century and by 1872 had a full 62 temples and housed up to 1000 monks.

Then drive to Kul Tigin monument. Kul Tigin  was a general of the Second Turkic Kaganate. He was a second son of Ilterish Shad and the younger brother of Bilge Kagan.

In 731 Kul Tigin  fell ill and died. A stele in memory of Kul Tigin, which included inscriptions in both the Turkic and Chinese, was erected at his memorial complex at the present site of Khoshoo-Tsaidam.

Back to the camp.

Day 4. Tuvkhun Monastery – Overnight at UlaanTsutgalan waterfall

Drive to Tuvkhun Monastery. The first reincarnation in Mongolian Buddhism, Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, chose this area as a place for meditation because of its uniqueness in 1648 when he was just 10 years old. He ordered the construction of a small, stone house on a 30 meter tall rock hill. In that house he created his sculptures and paintings. This place was forgotten about during the war, but was restored in 1773 as Tuvkhun monastery.

Drive to UlaanTsutgalan and overnight at Ger camp.

Day 5. Ulaantsutgalan waterfall. After lunch Trekking & Horse riding day

Horse riding day. The Orkhon Waterfall flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley, UNESCO World Heritage site. The cascades run down from a height of 27 meters. 

Day 6. Trekking & Horse riding days/ Trekking towards to Khuisiin Naiman Nuur   

Drive to Khuisiin Naiman Nuur and ger camp. Khuisiin Naiman Nuur is a beautiful lake which was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago,it covers 11,500 hectares around the lake. Naiman Nuur with its exceptional natural composition is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the middle part of the Khangai Mountain. These lakes with fresh water are interconnected by ground water channels such as Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo, Bayan-Uul (are called Khuisiin Naiman Nuur. These lakes are located 500m to 3km from each other. 

Day 7. Day at Khuisiin Naiman nuur

Horse riding day and watch lakes.

Day 8. Day at Khuisiin Naiman Nuur. Visit Nomadic family

Free day. Visit nomadic family.

Day 9. Drive to Khugnu Khan Mountain/Khugnu-Tarni National Park, Camel Riding

Camel riding day and ger camp. Khogno Khan Mountain is a 470 sq km nature reserve, in Gurvanbulag sum of the Bulgan province, and is one of the legendary mountains in the history of Mongolia. Here are the remains of the "Khogno Tarni" monastery in the Khogno Khan Mountain, which was built in the 17th century. The mountain is rich in flora and fauna and was the venue for many historical events. The area is a beautiful combination of sand, steppe and mountains. 

Day 10. Ulaanbaatar. Dinner

Back to Ulaanbaatar. Hotel , shopping and dinner.

Day 11. TsonjinBoldog – Mongolian Folklore concert in Ulaanbaatar

Drive to the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a 40 metre tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog (54 km east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar), where he according to legend, found a golden whip. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. It is on top of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, a visitor centre, with 36 columns representing the 36 khans from Genghis to Ligdan Khan. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck of the horse,from where they can have a panoramic view. The main statue area will be surrounded by 200 Ger,  yurt camps, designed and arranged like the pattern of the horse brand marks that were used by the 13th century Mongol tribes. The attached museum has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia, which show everyday utensils, belt buckles, knives, sacred animals, etc. and a second exhibition on the Great Khan period in the 13 and 14th centuries which has ancient tools, goldsmith subjects and some Nestorian crosses and rosaries. Next to the museum there is a tourist and a recreational center. 

Before dinner we will watch traditional Folklore concert. Hotel

Day 12. Airport & Departure 

Drive to airport and help during check in at Airline.

  

 

 

Tour starting:

 

 

 Start in Ulaanbaatar from the 1st Jun to the 25th Sep and everyday during 2016

 Tour price:  

  Person number

2-3

4-6

7-up

  Per person

2520$

2420$

2220$

 

 

    Services included in the cost:

 

    Services not included in the cost:

    Accommodation: Hotel, ger camp, tented camp

    International airfare

    Guiding and interpreting service

    Personal equipments

    Full board meals

    Optional activity cost, excess baggage charges

    Transport: vehicle 4x4 or minivan

    Sleeping bag

    Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks

    Single room supplement

    Museums and cultural performance

    Alcoholic drinks

    Horses and Camping equipments

    Travel Insurance

 

     An advantage of this trip is that you can travel through different zones while enjoying the vast open spaces with multiple natural contrasts within several days. It will approximately take 4-7 hours driving from one destination to the next. If requested we will stop on the way and you will be granted enough time for photographs or just a small pause. 4WD vehicles, mostly Russian minivans or Japanese jeeps will be used to take us through the infinite steps. Normally, 2-3 people will be in one jeep with their luggage. 7 people fit in the minivan with their luggage. Self-evidently all of our vehicles are insured and well prepared for the long trip. In the case of any damages on the vehicle, our drivers will prove their excellent mechanical knowledge, based on many years of experience, and do the repairs.

    Overnight we will be staying in tourist camps. It is nice to stay in said camps after hours on the gravel “highways” of the countryside. Most of the tourist camps are equipped with the Mongolian traditional dwelling “Ger” for the guest’s accommodation. The ger is a very convenient dwelling since it is simple to build and easy to dismantle as well. The dome-shaped housing is constructed with a wooden skeleton a felt cover and fabric on the outside. The Gers are heated by a stove and furnished with traditional wooden beds (with full sized mattresses 137x190cm) or hotel standard size beds with clean sheets, comforters, pillows and blankets. Normally, two to three beds are in one Ger. If the client prefers to stay alone in a Ger, there will be additional charges. The camp provides a restaurant/bar, toilets like you know from home and washing facilities such as a shower. The numbers of low-impact eco Ger camps are increasing. Since 2014 many Camp owners started to turn their camps into environmentally friendly concepts. We prefer cooperating with Ger camps that follow these core responsibilities and are able to provide the best services for our clients.

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