16 day Great Gobi and Eastern Mongolia including Chingis Khaan's homeland
Tour name: The Great Gobi and Eastern Mongolia including Chingis Khaan's Birthplace
Start: Ub back UB
Duration: 16 day and 15 night
Destination: Southern, Central & Eastern part of Mongolia
Goal: Explore the naturel wonders of Mongolia and nomadic lifestyle on open steppe
Group size: Min 1, max 21
Why do we love this trip
Mongolia is a quite big county -It is important to appreciate the landscape for it's vastness. Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination where travellers can see the tradition of the past still practised today by hardy nomads dwelling on the country's vast steppe and deserts.
Day Zero: 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 get rid of fatique and enjoy a free day. Prepare yourself, on these three days of trip, you do not need much things but the camera with full battery, torch, and other stuffs/suitable clothing for horse/camel riding/.
Overnight: at the confortable hotel
Day 1 -Ulaanbaatar. A experienced guide will collect you from your accomodation in the early morning. After cheking you into your casas, we will start our amazing trip with Winter Palace Museum which was once residence of Mongolia's eighth Living Buddha, last king, Jebtzun Damba Hutagt lived for 20 years before we head to national park. So then we will go up to Zaisan Monument Hill that was constructed to commemorate Russian and Mongolian Soldiers from various wars. Here you will have fantastic view of whole city. So then it is time to leave UB for the Sand Dune of Elsen Tasarhai where you will be riding camel. Then it is time to visite Nomad.
Overnight in traditional mongolian Ger next to nomadic family.
Day-2: After breakfast, we will go on our trip driving to Kharhorin/ancient capital/ where we will be visiting the museum, monastery and some other sightseeing. 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.
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.
Whatever was left of Karakorum was used to help build, in the 16th century, ErdeneZuu monastery, which itself was badly damaged during the Stalinist purges.
The rather nondescript Soviet-built town of Kharkhorin was built a couple of kilometres away from ErdeneZuuKhiid, and there is little of interest in the town itself.
After all this things, we carry on our trip heading to the impressive Orkhon Khurhree for the night in the traditional Ger
Day 3: After breakfast we drive to the next destination which is the Saikhanovoo and Ongi temple in middle Gobi
This small mountainous area along the river /Ongiin gol/ which is the tenth longest river of Mongolia with an overall length of 435 km. This temple makes a pleasant place to break a trip after long drive from Baynzag.
OngiinKhiid is a sightworthy monastery on Ongiriver about 18 km from SaikhanOvoo. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, it was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temples complexes on the North and South of the OngiGolriver. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples - among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. It was completely destroyed in 1939 under KhorloogiinChoibalsan, the then president and leader of the Communist Party of Mongolia. Over 200 monks were killed, and many surviving monks were imprisoned or forced to join the Communist controlled army. A large number of ruins including a tall stupa can be seen on the river and on the surrounding hills. In the 1990s, it was decided to rebuild the monastery. At present (2011), 13 monks live in the monastery.
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 4: This morning we head to Bayan zag /rich saxual/
Bayanzag, which means ‘rich in saxaul shrubs’, is more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’, a name penned by the paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews. First excavated in 1922, it is best-known worldwide for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area, which you can see in museums around the world. Even if you are not a ‘dienophile’, the beauty of the surrounding landscape is a good reason to visit. It’s a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness. Bayanzag is around 90km from Dalanzadgad. Stay overnight may in the tent if the weather is fine
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 5: This day we drive to Khongor sand dune.
Khongor sand dune
After having breakfast, we will be heading to the Khongor Sand Dunes-situated around 120 km from Yoliin Am. Often called as the singing dunes and surrounded with mountains. This grand sand dune streches for 180km going from nord-west to south-east. The most width part is 27km on the nord-west section.The site is amazing. Khongor Sand Dunes are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Reaching to the top of sand hill will be exhausting and around 40 minutes to one hour. but the views of the desert from the sundy summet are breathtaking. The sand dunes are a great place for riding camel so we take camel ride there. May stay overnight in the tent if weather is fine.
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 6: After the breakfast we've got another early start today leaving the Baga gazriin chuluu around at 7 am.
Yoliin am /Yol valley/
Yoliin Am is located 45km from province of Dalanzadgad. Altitude is 2800m from sea level. This is one of the best places to encounter wild animals and wander through the majestic canyons. This is the deep and narrow canyon in the Gobi GurvanSaikhan /Gobi three beauty / mountains. In the narrowest valley is named after Lammergeyer, which is called Yol in Mongolian. The Lammergeyer is old world Vulture. In there you can see 1-1.5m tick ice in the middle of gorges where it barely gets sunshine during summer time and the sky looks pretty narrow line between canoyns.
Overnight: at the Ger
Day-7: after breakfast, we depart for the Tsagaan Suvarga /white Stupa/ which is absolutely one of best sights in Mongolia.
Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit Soum, in the Dundgobi province. Tsagaan suvarga is the stunning and legendary cliffs formed by deposits of sediment from millions of years. This cliff indicates different times by its colored layers containing 10 million years history. The stunning scenery makes awesome photos and chance to explore the area through the gorges and canyons.
It makes you feel like you are in the time of Giant dinosaur.
Overnight in a Nomad ger
Day-8: In the morning, we'll drive to the Zagiin Us Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve Zagyn Us was created in 1996s to protect natural beauty of Zag /saxual tree/ including 2736 km square. In this park exists many wild animals such as wild camel, gobi bear, black-tailed gazelle and lizard.
The park makes good place for birdlife watching and treking.
Overnight in a tent
Day-9: In the morning , we'll carry on our trip heading to Hamariin Khiid/temple/.
The monastery is located 45km in the Saishand of Dornogobi province. It was founded by 19th century great poet, playwriter Danzanrabjaa in 1820. At its peak, it consisted of 4 big instutition, over 80 big seperate temples, stupas and had 500 monks. Danzanravjaa made his disciples gathered in middle of colorful hills near to the this monastery to create the Shambala land. And they made a meditation land creating wooden stupas, a door and a heap of stones. So this place is known as the Shambala Land and one of the holiest place.
Overnight in ger camp
Day-10: After having breakfast, we'll drive to Tsonjiin Chuluu – rocks located 160 km from Sainshand town. The rocks are composed of six-sided basalt pillars of volcanic origin standing on the steppe and making itself one of the wonders of south Gobi province. From distance it appears pretty like man-made creation.
Overniight in nomad ger.
Day-11: This morning we'll drive to Undurkhaan city. Here we'll make some city sightseeing tour
Overnight in ger camp
Day-12: Today we'll drive to the Uglugchiin Wall, Rashaan had.
The fourtheen-five kilometre southwest of Batshireet is Uglugch Wall-located at the base of Daichiin Mountain. The wall made of stones /2.5-3km high, 2,5-4m height/, streches 3km long being seemed it had two doors on the two side.The archeologists claim that Uglugchiin Wall can be a burial place of great Mongolian figures, such as Chingis Khaan or Khubilai.
This is well-known area in Kentii for having its number of rock painting, inscription which dates back to from the new stone age to the 16th century. They depict the image of human, animals, stamps, scripts and writing of old time.
Overnight in a nomad family
Day-13: Today we are going to visit Baraivun Monastery.
The Baraivun monastery
This monastery was first built in 1700 in the depression of the Bereeven Mountain. This monastery is made of granite stones. At its peak it was one of the three largest monasteries in Mongolia and home to 500 lamas.Later it was destroyed in communist purges in the 1930s. It has now been mostly restored the main temple splendid dragon motif on ceilliing was renovated in 2010. Today there are monks practicing daily and able to give blessing over you.
Overnight in Ger camp
Day-14: After having breakfast, we set off to the Burkhan Khaldun Mountain.
Burkhan Khaldun is located in Umnudelger soum of Khentii province with altitude of 2361m. Burkhan Khaldun is one of the sites mooted as the burial place of Chingis Khaan, and Mongolian's holiest mountain. From the time of Chingis khaan, this mountain had been greatly worshiped by Mongols. The mountain is belonged to the Strictly protected area of Khan Khentii created in 1992. It is also the birthplace of one of his most successful generals,
Overnight in Ger Camp
Day-15: Today we'll head to the Khar Zurhnii Blue Pearl
Khar Zurhnii Blue Pearl
This lake is located about 35km northwest off Tsenhermandal, off the Ulaanbaatar-Chingis Khot road. The lake is situated in the chest of the Mountain called Black Heart, consisting of two small fresh lakes. Altitude is 1675m. It was at this lake that Chingis Khan proclaimed first himself Khan/emperor/ of Mongol tribe.
Overnight in Ger or Tent
Day-16: After breakfast, we'll leave the lake back UB. On the way we visit to the Giant Chingis Khaan Statue.
Chingis Khaan Statue Complex
The Giant Equestrian Statue is located 54km away from Ulaanbaator in Erdene soum of Tuv province. The complex was constructed in 2006 and completed in 2008. The statue is 40m high including the base. The round shaped is 10m high. It includes museums, exhibition hall, restaurants, bar, meeting hall and souvenir shops.