13 nomadic life experience home-stay tour in central part of Mgl
Tour name: 13 Day Central Mongolia and Life experience tour
Start: UB-back UB
Destinatoin: Central and Northern part of Mongolia
Goal: to get a taste of nomadic lifestyle spending several days with nomadic family. on the way, visiting through the top other cities of Mongolia
Duration: 13 days, 12 night
Why do we love this trip
Day 0: 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 the most of days of this tour, we'll spend a several hours on the road. Note: the camera with full battery, torch, and other stuffs/suitable clothing for horse/camel riding/.
Overnight: at the confortable hotel
Day-1: 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.
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 Ger camp.
Day-2: After breakfast, we leave Amarbaysgalant heading to Uran-togoo /extinct volcano/ well-known for its beauty of the appearance.
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 a Ger Camp or Tent
Day-3: In the morning after breakfast, we'll head to the destination where we'll be practicing nomadic life and experiencing civilization at the nomad land.
Mongolian nomads, their origins and native land
In the first volume of the History of Mongolian People's Republic, the main historical writing of Mongolia, it is mentioned that in ancient historical writing about existence of a number of tribes of nomadic pastoralist in central Asia dates back to 3000 BC or Neolithic age. In fact, Central Mongolia is the native land of Mongolian Nomadism as the heart of origin of ancient human beings and animals.
Mongolians chose nomadic pastoralism and developed pastoral animal husbandry in association with specific natural and geographical features of the vast rangelands of Mongolia. Forebears of current herder people were breeding livestock of five types adapting to the natural and climatic condition of Central Mongolia. In others words native livestock population of five types, including horses, cattle, camels sheep, and goats were being raised and bred in harmony one another and nomadic animal husbandry relied only on natural rangelands. Our herders have created specific skills and knowledge for raising livestock on pasture only for all year around in certain regions of our country.
The true founders of Mongolian script, books, writings, histories, religion, folk literature, musical instrument and three games of man are Mongolian herders.
As compared to other nation worldwide, Mongolian nomads and herder greatly differ in their physical characteristics, biology, physiological energy, and physiological equilibrium as they have unique senses that enable them to be more connected to the environment, specific factors of virgin nature and severe continental climate of Central Mongolia.
They can distinguish signs expressed by animals, rangelands and vegetation’s and it is said that they have a special physical connections with blue sky and mother earth.
The most important quality of foodstuffs consumed by Mongolian nomads is nutritional food with higher fat content and caloric values. They have their own specific traditional methods for slaughtering animals, cutting their carcass, making jerky, and many other meals from viscera and others. Meals from dairy products are a kind of the traditional food and they used to consume almost all year around.
Stay overnight in Nomads ger
Day-4,5,6,7,8,9,10: On these days you will experience nomadic life, civilization and animal husbandry according to the schedules and programmers
Learn about things such as:
Animal husbandry, including prenatal care and birthing
Things you will do on these days, such as:
stay over night tent or Nomads ger
Day-12: After having breakfast, we carry on our trip to the Else-tasarhai visiting through Kharhorin.Kharkhorin
In the mid-13th century, Karakorum was a happening place. Chinggis Khaan established a supply base here and his son Ogedei 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 Beijing), a decision that still incites resentment among some Mongolians. Following the move to Beijing 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 kilometers away from Erdene Zuu Khiid, and there is little of interest in the town itself.
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 neighboring with the Khogno Khan /Nature Reserve/. These large dunes stretch 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 a traditional Ger
Day-13: Having stayed overnight at the Elsen-tasarhai, 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 journey. Lunch will be served during the driving in the afternoon.