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Nomadic culture tour

Nomadic culture tour
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Tour description
Tour name: Nomadic culture tour
Start: UB-back UB
Destination: Central part of Mongolia.
Goal: to discover the nomadic animal husbandry, nomadic cultural heritage, traditional landscape, natural and historical sites at nomad's land and to experience nomadic lifestyle by visiting. Itinerary includes Amarbaysgalant Monastery, natural reserve of Uran-togoo/extinct volcano, region of Bayn-Agt/nomad land/, Ugii lake, Kharhorum/ancient capital/ and naitonal park of Hugnu Khan.
Duration: 11 days, 10 night
Price:   one person 2700$, 2 person 1771$, 3-5 person 1674$, 6-8 person 1464$

Why do we love this trip


Learn local Mongolian Culture

Discover Nomadic lifestyle

Spot Wild and Domestic animals

Visit and meet real Nomads    

Feel true silence and wild nature

Enjoy fresh and clean air


Why choose this trip?

If you would like to see nomadic way of life and explore ancient historical sites, we offer you this trip. The civilization has a 800 years of histoy. Based on a unique way of life of seasonal migration, Mongolians have developed a nomadic animal husbandry that ideally suits the extreme climatic condition and scarce vegetation which led to birth of a unique heritage.
Mongolia is rich with monuments and complex heritage sites that belong to Bronze Age culture. The main Bronze Age monuments are khirgisuurs, petroglyphs, stone sculptures such as deer stones and burial sites. We have chosen one Mongolian typical region named Bayn-Agt regarding on nomadic animal husbandry and cultural heritage sites. Thus, in order to introduce this unique culture and civilization, we made this trip. 

Day 1:   We  will meet you at airport upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar city/capital of Mongolia/ and take you to the hotel you choose. The rest of day is for you to refresh and enjoy a free day. Prepare yourself for the great days
Overnight: at the Hotel
Meals: B, L, D

Day 2: Journey to Amarbayasgalant monastery
In the morning our experienced guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel you stayed, then we'll start our wonderful trip visiting to the Gandan Monastery to have blessing. We'll drive to Amarbaysgalant Khiid.

First site- Gandan monestary
Gandan is one of the largest monastery in Mongolia and of the biggest touristic attraction. It was built in 1838 by fourth Bogd Gegeen. This is the only monastery that could survive from religious purge of 19th-century and continue its original function.
The full name is Gandantegchinlen, can be translated as 'the great place of eternal joy. Inside is main Buddha statue, 26m high and made of copper with gild gold covering. It contains inside 25 tons of medicinal herbs, 334 sutra, and two million bundles of mantras.
The original statue was destroyed in 1920 during the communist purge, and actual one was rebuilt with donation of Mongolian people as symbol of Buddhist revival in the mid 1920's.

Amarbaysgalant Khiid
The monastery is located in province of Selenge positioning in the front of Burenkhan Mountain. It is considered one of the top three Buddhist institution in Mongolia one of the few monastery in Mongolia that could survive from the purge of the 1930. Amarbaysgalant Khiid was built between 1727 and 1737 in Manchu style, by the Manchu emperor Yongzhen and dedicated to the great Mongolian Buddhist and sculptor Zanabazar, Whose mummified body was moved here in 1779.  

Overnight in yurt camp
Meals: B,L,D


Day 3: Journey to Uran-togoo
After breakfast, we leave Amarbaysgalant heading to Uran-togoo /extinct volcano/ well-known for its beauty of the appearance.
Uran Togoo 
Uran Togoo Uul is located in Khutag-Undur soum of Bulgan province 80 km from Bulgan. Uran Togoo is the most beautiful extinct volcano for its outside appearance, containing lake on it and a complete crater. Altitude is 1686m, the rim of crater 500-600m and 50-60m deep. Now it is strictly protected area.

Overnight in yurt camp
Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Journey to Bayan-Agt soum of Bulgan province

Main point of visiting this place as destination is to experience nomadic lifestyle. Besides staying in nomadic family, you will be visiting to beautiful and historical places such as another local well-known treatment spring of Tsagaan gol, Namdag cave, complex of Shiveet Ulaan,and many sites which contains our national heritages.

Mongolian nomads
From ancient human history, current nomads and style of nomadic animal husbandry of nomadic people seem to appear as result of long lasting historic developments. Pastoral animal husbandry is the first form of economic activity among a range of other economic activities conducted by mongolians. It is no doubt that in the 21st century, the nomadic animal husbandry will co-exist with all other economic activities of the vast region of high mountains, steppes, Gobi, and desert.

According to the study of animal husbandry, there are five types of nomadic people on our planet.

''Nomads of camels'' are people live in North Africa and South East Asia

''Nomads of Africa'' are people who mostly breed cattle and live South of Sahara desert

''Europe-Asia'' are people who breed sheep and cattle. They use horses and oxen for riding and transportation purposes.

''Nomads of Tibetan plateu'' are people who breed yaks. Yaks are the essence of their livelihood

''Reindeer nomads'' are the people who live in taiga and tundra of the North Asia and breed reindeers

So Mongolian nomadic herders belong to Eurasian nomads. We Mongolian's animal husbandry is different than others in terms of both combined breeding of five types of livestock in close interrelationship and development of classic nomadic animal husbandry from ancient Hunnu period.

Overnight: in nomadic family yurt
Meals: B,L,D


Day 5: Day for riding /Teegiin tasarhai/

Today we are doing full day of riding to see the beautiful landscape including best sites of this region such as sites of numberous rack carving /3000-4000/, popular treatment spring of Tsagaan gol and cave.

Rock carving
There are very few countries in the world where you can see rock carving memorials drawn by the ancient human beings. Mongolia is definitely the land of pictography.  On the territory of Mongolia, there are over 800 deer stones, thousands of rock carving and memorial sites, burial mounds dating back to 5000-3000 and bronze age.  On the rocks animals, predator, and tools. such as flying deers, ibex, goats, camel, archer, horse cart, were depicted depending on which period they were living.
The rock carving offers a unique glimps of a long-lost culture and gives an idea of ancient human existing.

Overnight: in nomadic family yurt


Day 6: Day for practicing their daily life and traditional things
Today we are going to take part in activities and experience their traditional life. Mongolian nomads have developed a national technology, the art of raising, breeding, feeding and caring livestock, obtaining products from their livestock, processing and utilizing the products and training and using horses, camels, and cattle for various work.

What we will learn includes:

The art of milking animals on steppe

Technology for dairy produciton 

Technology for processing meat

Technology for making animal harnesses

Technology for processing animal hide and skin

Method of making food based on meat and dairy production

Overnight: in nomadic family yurt

Day 7: Journey for another native family in the different region

In order to get you familiarised, we are offering you another stay in different nomad at beautiful sites.
After staying two nights in first nomadic family, we are traveling still through natural and historical places to reach another nomadic family where we will experience different things.
Mongolia has a long tradition of raising livestock in the vast territory. This is based on a system of pastoral herding consisting of five kinds of livestock. In this family, we will more concentrate on horse and camel herding tradional way.

What we learn include:
Method of
 milking of horse
Method of making fermented dairy production such as famous Mongolian drink called Airag/White beer/
Technology for making animal harnesses
Method of making traditional barbique
Traditional games

Overnight: in nomadic family yurt


Day 8: Day tour from the camp /optional riding or driving/

In the morning after breakfast, we go on driving to discover the bests of regions around. Itinerary icludes popular mineral spring Khanui, ancient historical sites of Shiveet Ulaan and Bugan chuluu.

Shiveet Ulaan and Khaltariin chuluu monuments
Mongolia is rich with monuments and complex heritage sites that belong to Bronze Age culture. The main Bronze Age monuments are khirgisuurs, petroglyphs, stone sculptures such as deer stones and burial sites.
The most exciting and elegant and valuable monument among Bronze Age complexes are deer stones. Deer stones will usually be found together with extraordinary monuments called khirgisuur, with slab burials or in some cases with petroglyphs forming a complex site.
Deer stones are unique monuments dating to the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age that are found mostly in Mongolia and in some Central Asian countries. The Bronze Age funeral practice, sacrificial ritual and ideology and animal style art, which were spread among ancient nomads, are all together represented through deer stones.
The term “deer stone” is derived from highly artistic illustrations of deer on stone. The face part contains human faces, symbol of sun and moon and earrings while stylized deer, elk – occasionally horses and ibexes – are engraved in the torso. In the lower body part there are images of weapons, belt and horse riders. 

Khanui spring
​Mineral springs are naturally occurring spring that produce water containing minerals, or other dissolved substances, that alter its taste or give it a purported therapeutic value. Salts, sulfur, compounds and gases are among the substances that can be dissolved in the spring water during its passage underground.

Every year, the popular area brings big number of inhabitants. Now there are many of a yurts camp settled near the springs and taking water and mud treatment are accessible to the travellers. The olders say that you have to drink the water to treat yourself. There are 108 separate wells, each of them has own treating function to different human organs.

Overnight: in nomdic family yurt
Meals: B,L,D


Day 9: Journey to Ugii lake
Today we are driving to Ogii lake 

Ogii lake.
Ogii lake, located in the centre of Mongolia, is one the prettiest lake of Mongolia and has 27km squire area. Average depth is 6.64m, in some parts 15.3m, coastal length is 24m. The lake makes a nice overnight stop with plenty of camping spots.  This is a wonderful place for the birdlife and also popular for fishing. It is also perfect place for horse treck and to have boat adventure. 

Overnight: in yurt camp
Meals: B,L,D


Day 10: Journey to Elsen Tasarhai via Kharhorun
 After breakfast, we leave Ugii lake for Kharhorin to visite the museum, monastery and some other sightseeing. We'll spend a morning time till lunch learning about this city through museum and city tour.
 This town contains one of Mongolian's top attraction /Erdene-zuu/ which is the oldest monastery in Mongolia and has been a regular stop on most of tour circuits. These things will take half-day.
Kharkhorun (Karakorum)
In the mid-13th century, Karakorum was a happening place. ChinggisKhaan established a supply base here and his son Ögedei ordered the construction of a proper capital, a decree that attracted traders, dignitaries and skilled workers from across Asia and even Europe.
The good times lasted around 40 years until Kublai moved the capital to Khanbalik
(later called Bĕijīng), a decision that still incites resentment among some Mongolians. Following the move to Bĕijīng and the subsequent collapse of the Mongol empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388.
Elsen Tasarhai.
Elsen Tasarhai is something of an oasis. It is located in Erdenetsogt soum in Province of Overhangai and Bulgan. It happens being crossed by the main Ulaanbaator-Kharhorin highway neighbouring with the Khogno Khan /Nature Reserve/.  These large dunes strech for some 80km and are worth stopping off at for those who are not planning to visit the much more spectacular Khongoryn Els in the Gobi Desert. This is perfect place for camel riding. 

Here you will be riding camel through the charming sandy hill passing by fresh river and green land. Traveling by camel at the Majesty of Elsen Tasarhai might make for some awesome photos. 

Overnight in yurt camp

Day 11: Back to Ulaanbaatar
Having stayed overnight at the Lake, we will drive back to UB. Driving time from Lake to UB will be majority of the day. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your journee. Lunch will be served during the driving in the afternoon.
Overnight in hotel

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