18 Day Full Adventure of Jeep trip, including Great Gobi to Blue Pearl Khovsgol
Tour name: 18 Day Full Adventure of Jeep trip
Start: UB-back UB
Duration: 18 days, 17 night:
Destination: Southern, Central & Northern 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
If you're feeling adventurous, you can choose this amazing tour. This itinerary is for those who have time and the desire to really experience the country.
Through this trip you will be amazed by the mongolian highlights, for exemple: Great gobi desert with colossal sand dune, and ice filled canyons. and then the vast steppes of central Mongolia which is the heartland, loaded with both historical sites and natural beauty, with plenty of place to horse trek in forested mountains, camp by pretty lakes or soak in hot spring. so then most exciting site as Khovsgol which is the land of thick forest, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, rugged mountains, endless taiga and of course Hovsgol Lake itself.
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 fatigue and enjoy a free day. Prepare yourself, on most days of trip, you'll spend several hours driving through diverse landscape.
Overnight: at the Hotel
Meals: B, L, D
Day 1 -Ulaanbaatar. A experienced guide will collect you from your accomodation in the early morning.Then we will head to Terelj National Park located 75 km on the side, on the way you will explore Ovoo-the pile of sacred stones, according to the local legend, espirit of nature dwells in the heaped Rocks which was set for god of nature and blue sky. Terelj National Park is Mongolian's best known national park for good reason, it was created in 1965, popular among the Mongolians for its magnificent granite rocky hills, rock formation especielly Turtle Rock and the green forests.On the way to park you will visit to Biggest Equestrian Statue in the world /Chingis Khaan/, and Meditation Monastery.
Stay overnight in nomadic family experiencing nomads's everyday life, milk production and livestock in the pasture.
Day 2: After breakfast you will start your wonderful trip in Mongolia, early in the morning we drive to South Gobi. First stop will be Baga Gazriin Chuluu-located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgovi province.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
There will be seen a granite stone-mountains whose tallest one is elevated at 1768m above sea level. And you will visit Bolor Cave, see eye treatment spa, ruins of ancient temple and other sightseeing. The landscape and rock formation are sacred to the locals. It's pretty spiritual place. In the n19th-century two important monks lived here and they had left some script and drawing as mark of their passage. There have been a open theatre of national long song of Mongolia. There exists a rich family of plants many wild animals. On the way you will not be bored, a divers landscape will keep you awake and lovely lunch at Sacred Beautiful Mountain Zorgol will knock your sock off.
Day-3: 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 4: 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 5: This day we drive to Khongor sand dune.
Khongor sand dune
After having a 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 massive mountains. 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: 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 7: 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 Nomad Ger
Day-8: Today we'll drive to Orkhon Water-fall
Orkhon Khurhree /Waterfall/
Orkhon valley is one of the top sights in central Mongolia. Orkhon river flows untill Russien border where it joins with the Selenge Murun/Bigger river/. It streches 1,120km. Orkhon Khurhree is located in the popular Orkhon Valley, better-known for its past rich history. Around three hours drive from Khujirt. Orkhon Valley had been formed by volcanic eruption. It is 22m deep.
About 250m downstream from waterfall.
Scenic monastery is situated at the top of hill being hidden by a pine forest in Khangai Mountain. Monastery had been used as a major pilgrimage centre for Mongolians. The monastery was destroyed in 1937 and rebuilt with public funds in in the early 1990s.
We'll head to Hot Spring for night and stay in a nomad Ger.
Day-9: Wake up early to have a optional horse ride or walking tour to Water-fall. We've got another early start today. We drive to Kharhorin City . On the way you'll explore the magical place Tovhon khiid/temple/ which was founded in 1653 by Zanabazar.
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, the enormous monastery, 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
Overnight: at the Ger
Day-10: After breakfast, we carry on our tour following the road Kharhorin and Arhangai. We drive all way down to Hot Spring.
Tsenher Hot Spring
This Hot Spring is situated between forested hills. It is getting really a popular among Mongolians and locals, and detour from the main road. There are ger camps running hot spring pools to which hot spring is pumped through the pipes from the spring source. The nature around the Spring is magnificent.
Overnight in a Ger Camp.
Day-11: Today we are driving to white lake and extinct volcano
Day-4: After breakfast, we'll drive to Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur and Khorgiin Togoo.
Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur
The great white lake is located in the Tariat soum in Arhangai province, historically it was created by volcanic eruption. This is absolutely must visit place. The area of Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur is belonged to the natonal park. Now the lake, birdlife and surrounding mountains are protected. The fresh-water lake Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur is around 16km, east to west and 4km to 6km wide, north to south. Altitude is 2060m from the sea level. The lake is supported by ten rivers whose biggest one is Terhiin gol. The lake is excellent for swimming and fishing but should get permit. It is also pretty place to go horse riding and hike around.
Khorgo Uul is an extinct volcano with 200m-tall. Located 180km from province of Tsetserleg neighbouring with Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur. Altitude is 2210m from sea level. The crater of extingt volcano is 200m, 70-80m deep, 30-36 degree slope. It was become Strictly Protected Area in 1965. This volcano and its surrounding lava field dominates the area to the east of the lake. It makes a great hiking tour from the bottom to the crater. There is the best view of region at the top of volcano. And it is possible to descend down to the bottom and walk around the rim of the crater.
Overnight in a Nomad Ger.
Day-12: This is a leisure day day of this trip. Start day a scenic stroll through the lake. Today you'll have the option to have horse riding to the extinct volcano or walking tour for hiking. We'll spend afternoon exploring the area and foresty lava field.
Overnight in a Nomad Ger.
Day-13: Having stayed two days in the White Lake National Park, we will head to the Shine Ider for the Hovsgol Lake. Today we have a long day of driving. Experience the best of the countryside on this over 6-hour drive.
After beakfast, we go on our interesting trip to the Blue Pearl Khovsgol Nuur /one of the highlight of this trip/ passing by province of Murun. On the way, we'll explore an optional sight Uushgiin Ovor which is a Bronze Age Sight containing 14 upright carved deer stones. located 20km west of Murun.
Khovsgol Nuur/Lake Khovsgol/.
Khovsgol Nuur is located 101km from Murun province. The Hovsgol Nuur is amazing pure lake which streches 136km deep into the Siberian taiga. Khosgol Nuur is the deepest lake in Mongolia as well as the world's 14th largest source of fresh water. Altitude is 1645m above sea level . The lake has 2760 square km, 133.4km long, 262m deep. Historicaly the stunning lake was formed 7 million years ago.
Overnight in the Ger Camp.
Day-15: today you'll enjoy a free day taking advantage of the range of activities and explore the best Khovsgol has to offer the best of own on this full day. Activity travels available include trekking, climbing, bird watching, horse riding, rafting and fishing.
For the good view of the Lake, climb up nearbyhill.
Day-16: Today we leave Khosgol lake heading to 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 complet crater. Altitude is 1686m , the rim of crater 500-600m and 50-60m deep. Now It is strictly protected area.
Overnight in a Ger Camp or Tent
Day-17: After having breakfast, we'll drive to Amarbaysgalant Khiid.
The monastery is located in province of Selenge positioning in the front of Burenkhan mountain. It is considered on 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 Ger camp.
Day-18: Having stayed overnight at the Monastery, we will drive back to UB leaving Amarbaysgalant. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your journee. Lunch will be served during the driving in the afternoon. This day is for return to homeland and shopping for cashmere and souvenirs.
Stay in the hotel.
Day-18: Having stayed overnight at the monastery, we will drive back to UB leaving Amarbaysgalant. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your journee. Lunch will be served during the driving in the afternoon. This day is for return to homeland and shopping for cashmere and souvenirs
Stay in the hotel