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KHUVSGUL LAKE - KARAKORUM TOUR 

        This Tour will take you from the Capital of Mongolia with its 400 years worth of History through the northern parts and central Mongolia where you can be a witness of the natural and historical wonders this country has to offer.  Different destinations like Hot natural Spas, great Monasteries, extinct Volcanoes and untreated natural Lakes are some of the Sights you will be visiting on your journey. This Tour has plenty to offer for everyone, from History to Wildlife and Nature. 

         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 Amarbayasgalant monastery 

Day 3. Drive to Khuvsgul lake. On the way visit UranTogoo extinct volcano

Day 4. Relaxing day at Khuvsgul lake

Day 5. Horse riding and visit Reindeer family

Day 6. Drive to Shine Ider – Jargalant Hot spa

Day 7. Drive to KhorgoTerkh National Park 

Day 8. Visit Khorgo extinct volcano and visit magma caves

Day 9. Drive towards the Tsenkher Hot spa area 

Day 10. Full day rest at Tsenkher hot spa area

Day 11. Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape - Kharkorin/ ErdeneZuu Monastery 

Day 12. Back in Ulaanbaatar via Khugnu-Tarni National Park 

Day 13. Airport and 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 Amarbayasgalant monastery

Amarbayasgalant is one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery was established and funded by order of Manchu emperor Kang Xi or Enkh-Amgalan Khan to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar (1635–1723), the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, or spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism for the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia. According to tradition, while searching for an appropriate site to build the monastery, the exploratory group came across two young boys, Amur and Bayasqulangtu, playing on the steppe. They were inspired to build the monastery on that very spot and to name it after the two children, Amur-Bayasqulangtu. Construction took place between 1727 and 1736 and Zanabazar's remains were transferred to a newly created temple in 1788. Amarbayasgalant shows great stylistic unity. The overriding style is Chinese, with some Mongol and Tibetan influence. Originally consisting of over 40 temples, the monastery was laid out in a symmetrical pattern, with the main buildings succeeding one another along a North-South axis, while the secondary buildings are laid out on parallel sides. Ger camp.

Day 3. Drive to Khuvsgul lake

On the way visit UranTogoo extinct volcano On the way from Khutag-Undur soum of Bulgan province to Khuvsgul lake, there is an extinct volcano Uran Togoo. As the crater is cracked on the northeast, south, and northwest sides it resembles a trivet. The volcano was active 20 to 25 thousand years ago. A legend says that food, which comes from an area behind Uran Togoo mountain, is particularly delicious as God dropped holy water there. The legend also claims that fermented mare’s milk from front of the mountain is delicious because God dropped milk there. Inside the Uran Togoo crater there is a 1.5 meter deep lake. Soil around the lake is nutrients rich so you will see dense forests with larch, aspen, poplar, and birch. Many medicinal plants, such as wild onion, thistle, tulip, roseroot, cumin, and astragal grow there. Mongolia is part of the Amur river basin that contains more than 300 rivers and 26 large lakes. The seemingly boundless Khuvsgul lake, which Mongolians call 'Mother Sea', has a secret trail that you can walk along. The lake is 2 million years old and makes up 0.4 percent of the world’s fresh water reserve. Its deepest point is 262 meters. During sunset, the lake looks like a clear mirror. When the sun rises the lake sparkles like the colors of the rainbow. Khuvsgul is the deepest and largest fresh water lake in Mongolia. Drive to Khuvsgul lake and ger camp.

Day 4. Relaxing day at Khuvsgul lake

Mongolia is part of the Amur river basin that contains more than 300 rivers and 26 large lakes. The seemingly boundless Khuvsgul lake, which Mongolians call 'Mother Sea', has a secret trail that you can walk along. The lake is 2 million years old and makes up 0.4 percent of the world’s fresh water reserve. Its deepest point is 262 meters. During sunset, the lake looks like a clear mirror. When the sun rises the lake sparkles like the colors of the rainbow. Khuvsgul is the deepest and largest fresh water lake in Mongolia. Relaxing day, rent a boat.

Day 5. Horse riding and visit Reindeer family

Horse riding and visit Reindeer family. An interesting ethnic group lives in the northern boundary of Mongolia, in the basin of the Tengis, Sharga and Shishged rivers and in the mountains of the Jams and Ulaan taiga. They are the Tsaatan people, or reindeer herders. They have unique traditions and lifestyle. They live far away from civilization and the progress of the modern world, herding their reindeer in deep forests, where it’s 27 degrees celsius in summer and -55 to -60 degrees celsius in winter. Reindeer herders move 50 to 70 km between their spring and autumn camps. They originated from Uighurs, who lived in the great Tagna and Soyon taiga. Over the generations, they created this nomadic lifestyle. Uighurs, or tsaatan people, carry the genes of the ancient Mongolian Uighur Kingdom. One of the authentic heritages of their culture is the urts, their traditional dwelling. There are some set rules and traditions of how and where to build them. They are mostly made of larch wood, covered by reindeer skin and bark.

Day 6. Drive to Shine Ider – Jargalant Hot spa Drive to Jargalant Hot spa

Beautiful forests of larch trees and thermal springs. Pinnacles of granites at 2260 m above sea level at the top of Tarvagatai Mountains offer excellent view of endlessness over the mountain range. Our journey will take us to Muren, a provincial town on the northern shore of the River Delger at an altitude 1283 m above sea level. After check-in at the hotel, we will drive 25 km west to Uushigiin Ovor for the ancient burial site with deer steles which date back 3000 years ago. Overnight stay at tourist ger camp.

Day 7. Drive to KhorgoTerkh National Park Drive to Khorgo Terkh National Park. Ger camp

Day 8. Visit Khorgo extinct volcano and visit magma caves

Khorgo an extinct volcanic field in the Tariat district in the Arkhangai Province ofMongolia. It is located on the northern slopes of the Khangai Mountains. The Khorgo lies east of the lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur and together they are the core of the Khorgo Terkh National Park. A notable geological feature are solidified lava bubbles.

Day 9. Drive towards the Tsenkher Hot spa area Drive to Tsenkher Hot spa

Mineral and hot springs have been an important part of Mongolian traditional medicine. There are springs that heal and others for relaxation. The Tsenkher hot springs are located in the Arkhangai province at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level. By the time you count to one, the spa effuses 10 liters of water. The water comes from deep reaching up to 90 degrees Celsius. Ger camp.

Day 10. Full day rest at Tsenkher hot spa area Relaxing day

Day 11. Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape - Kharkorin/ ErdeneZuu Monastery Drive to ancient city 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.

Day 12. Back in Ulaanbaatar via Khugnu-Tarni National Park Back in Ulaanbaatar via Khugnu Tarni National Park

Khugnu 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 "Khugnu Tarni" monastery in the Khugnu 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 13. 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

2700$

2600$

2450$

 

 

  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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