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DISCOVER WESTERN AND CENTRAL MONGOLIA TOUR   

     The Altai Mountains offer a unique opportunity for the physically fit, adventurous, culturally curious, and lovers of unspoiled natural beauty to enjoy the experience of venturing into the lands where, for thousands of years, a handful of people have lived in close harmony with nature, herding their livestock, untouched by the modern world. They extend both warmth and hospitality which makes the foreign traveler feel welcome.

       The Altai Mountain Range is located in one of the most beautiful, pristine and remote parts of the world, stretching across the very center of Central Asia between China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia, and standing at the junction of several natural zones and cultures. Few foreigners ever venture to this corner of the world. Those that do, see a variety of stunning high mountain landscapes and immense open spaces, all framed by snow covered peaks. 

      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. Kharkhorin & ErdeneZuu Monastery

Day 3. Tsetserleg town

Day 4-5. Khorgo-Terkh National Park. Khorgo Volcano, Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Day 6. Solongot and Zagastai Mountain Passes

Day 7. Naadam Festival in Uliastai town

Day 8. Ereen Lake

Day 9-10. Durgun & Khar-Us lakes

Day 11. Khovd town

Day 12. Tsambagarav Mountain National Park

Day 13. Tolbo Lake

Day 14. Ulgii town - visit Kazakh family and mosque

Day 15. Flight to UB – Free day in UB

Day 16. Drive to Tsonjin Boldog – Visit Terelj National Park

Day 17. Airport & Departure

Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

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. Kharkhorin & ErdeneZuu Monastery

Drive to ancient capital Kharkhorin. 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. Ger Camp.

Day 3. Tsetserleg town

sDrive to Tsetserleg town. Visit nomad family. We can see how to live nomad family. Overnight  at Nomad family.

Day 4-5. Khorgo-Terkh National Park. Khorgo Volcano, Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Drive to Khorgo Terkh National Park. Academics have proven that Khorgo was a volcano that erupted twice 9 million years ago and became dormant. Khorgo volcano, 2240 meters above sea level, is the youngest of all the volcanoes in the country. Its pre-historic lava flowed 100 km to the east of the mountain, and to the Suman and Chuluut rivers. The crater slopes at about 50 degrees, its depth is about 100 meters, and its diameter is 300-400 meters. Inside the crater you may see large stones, the size of tables and chairs. Between the trapped stones of the Khorgo mountain, small cedar trees are growing with plenty of cedar nuts and berries. There are caves too. Three dormant volcanoes Bosgo, Khyar, and Suga are located 20 km from the Khorgo mountain. The Bosgo crater has a crack on its northwest side, and has a lake at its bottom. A rare type of diamond was found near a clay mountain in the area of Khorgo. Ger camp.

Natural Heritage of Humanity

Trekking to Terkhiin tsagaan nuur by horse. Locals say some visitors who came to the eastern shore of this lake gasp, “look at that huge white lake!” and so it was named Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (“huge white lake”). A small island in the lake is inhabited by birds that build their nests and lay their eggs. Black geese and seagulls dive at depths of up to 5 meters to catch pike. In 2011, CNN named Terkhiin Tsagaan lake as one of the world’s best tourist destinations. The lake is surrounded by the Khangai mountain range and more than 10 rivers, including the Terkh, pour into the lake while Suman river flows out. Ger camp.

Day 6. Solongot and Zagastai Mountain Passes

Drive to Solongot and Zagastai Mountain Passes. These are very famous difficult mountain passes in Mongolia. We stay here at nomadic family and watch how to live nomadic family.

Day 7. Naadam Festival in Uliastai town

Drive to Uliastai town. We ca see how to celebrate local family Naadam Festival. Uliastai is one of the oldest settlements in Mongolia, and has long been an important center of caravan trade even into the 20th century. It was connected by camel caravan routes with Urga (now Ulaanbaatar) in the east, Khovd in the west, Barkol and other points in Xinjiang in the southwest, and Hohhot in the southeast.

The city was founded as a military garrison by the Manchus in 1733 during the Qing rule of Mongolia. Uliastai was the de facto capital of Outer Mongolia, as the Qing Amban, the Governor General, located its office in Uliastai to keep eye on the Khalkh Mongols to the east and the Oirad Mongols west of the Khangai mountains. At its peak, the fortress held up to 3500 soldiers and was surrounded by a Chinese trading quarter, or Maimaicheng.

In March 1755, a Qing dynasty army departed from Uliastai as the vanguard in the Qianlong Emperor's final push against the Dzungar Khanate to the south west.  Overnight at hotel and horse riding.

Day 8. Ereen Lake

Drive to Ereen Lake. The Ereen Lake emersed in a surrounding off high sand dunes. It is a clear water lake with various fish types in it. Close to the lake grow brushwood and birch trees on the isles which are in the river of Zavkhan. The area also grows thundra roses and seabuckthorn in quantity. Ger camp.

Day 9-10. Durgun & Khar-Us lakes

Drive to Durgun and Khar us Lakes. Dorgon Lake is a saltwater lake in Khovd, Mongolia. It is part of the Great Lakes Depression, being one of the remnants of a prehistoric lake. It has a salinity of 4%.

Khar-Us Lake is a lake in western Mongolia in the Great Lakes Depression. It is the upper one in a system of the interconnected lakes: Khar-Us, Khar, Dörgön, Airag and Khyargas.

Its area value (1,852 km²) includes the island Agbash (or Ak-Bashi, white head) area (274 km²), so the water surface area is 1,578 km² only. 

Some sources are using different Khar-Us Lake Lake statistics values are Surface area is 1,496.6 km, Average depth is 2.1 m.

Primary inflow is the Khovd River, which creates a large river delta.

Day 11. Khovd town

Drive to Khovd town. Relaxing day before hard trekking in Tsambagarav Mountain National Park.

Day 12. Tsambagarav Mountain National Park

Drive to Tsambagarav Mountain National Park. Tsambagarav is a mountain between Khovd Province and Bayan-Olgii Province in western Mongolia, it is a mountain of the Altai Mountains range. It has two peaks, its highest peak "Tsast Uul" has an elevation of 4,193 metres (13,757 ft) and another same named peak "Tsambagarav". The mountain is the stand-alone eternally snow-capped mountain of the Mongol Altai and the regional sacred mountain in Mongolia. We will trekking full day and see the most beautiful nature. Overnight at Tented base camp.

Day 13. Tolbo Lake

Drive to Tolbo Lake. The Tolbo is a large saline lake, it is located in the district, just north of the sum center. The lake was the stage of the “Battle of Tolbo Lake” in 1921 during the Russian Civil War where Bolsheviks and Mongolian allies defeated an army of White Russians. Ger camp.

Day 14. Ulgii town - visit Kazakh family and mosque

Drive to Ulgii Town. Visit Kazakh family and mosque, how they to live. Hotel.

Day 15. Flight to UB – Free day in UB

Back to Ulaanbaatar. Hotel, shopping and dinner. Before dinner we will watch traditional Folklore concert. Hotel

Day 16. Drive to TsonjinBoldog – Visit Terelj National Park

Drive to Terelj National Park via Tsonjinboldog. The Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a 40 metre (131 ft 3 in) tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog(54 km (33.55 mi) 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, itself is 10 metres (32 ft 10 in) tall, 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,[3] 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, which covers 212 ha (523.86 ac).

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the national parks of Mongolia. The Terelj tourist zone has a number of "tourist camps". The Terelj settlement is located in the valley of the Terelj River (Terelj Gol), approximately 66 km from the Ulaanbaatar city center. 

Attractions include Khagiin Khar Lake, a 20m deep glacial lake 80 km upstream from the tourist camps, and Yestii Hot Water Springs, natural hot springs 18 km further upstream. The park also has a Buddhist monastery that are open to visitors. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The Tuul River flows through the park.

The park has many rock formations for rock climbers, and includes two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock (Mongolian: Melkhii Khad) and the Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock). Back to Ulaanbaatar and hotel.

Day 17. 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

3400$

3200$

3000$

 

 

 

  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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