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» Steppe nomad tour /day-16/

Steppe nomad tour /day-16/

Steppe nomad tour /day-16/
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Tour description
Tour name: Steppe nomad tour
Start:  UB-back UB
Destinatoin:  Central and Northern part of Mongolia
Duration:  16 days, 15 night
Price: 1 person $4100, 2 persons 2699$, 3-5 persons 2399$,  6-8 persons 2080$
Goal:  Learn about things such as:

  • Making dairy products/cheese, yoghurt, cream, vodka, white beer/
  • How nomads exist 
  • Method of grazing animals on open pasture
  • How to set up traditional ger
  • Milking animals
  • Transport means of migration
  • Actual animal care or treating of animals 

Why do we love this trip

  • Learn unique Mongolian Culture
  • Discover Nomadic lifstyle
  • Spot Wild and Domestic animals
  • Visit and meet real Nomads    
  • Feel true silence and wild nature
  • Enjoy fresh and clean air

    If you would like travel by horse for several days in some of silent and peaceful region, we offer you this mixture trip. You will travel through the land which has been newly discovered for tourism and meet hospitable nomads.
    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. 

    The trip, we offering you, will give a good chance to experience their tradition, culture. way of life and hospitality. Despite the warm welcome you will receive, there are several things to explore within central part of Mongolia. For example; spectacular countryside, vast steppes, rugged mountains, clear lake, and abundant wildlife and livestock.

Day 0: Meeting day
We will meet you at airport upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar city/capital of Mongolia/ and take you to the hotel you stay. 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: Journey to Amarbaysgalant
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-2: Journey to Urantogoo
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-3: Journey to Nomad
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.

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


Day-4: Riding to Khanui .  
In the morning, we start pack everything in the car and horses. We begin riding from the camp on the steppe. You've got good and gentle horse with russian soft saddle.
Khanui mineral spring wells
Khanui spring is located in soum of Bayan-Agt in the Bulgan province. There are listed 108 mineral spring wells, each of them has their own treating function. Every year it attracts domestic tourists from neighbouring big cities.

Mineral springs are naturally occurring springs 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.
Mineral spas are resorts that have developed around mineral springs, where (often wealthy) patrons would repair to “take the waters” — meaning that they would drink (see hydrotherapy and water cure) or bathe in (see balneotherapy) the mineral water. 

Overnight in tent



Day-5 Ride to Shiveet Ulaan
After breakfast we will discover the mineral spring and then head to the Shiveet-Ulaan via Haltar dear stone. 
Deer stones 
Deer stones are ancient megaliths carved with symbols found largely in Siberia and Mongolia. Reindeer are depicted as flying through the air, rather than merely running on land. The name comes from their carved depictions of flying deer. There are many theories to the reasons behind their existence and the people who made them. These stones are fairly detailed and more elegant in their depiction methods. They usually feature a belted warrior with a stylized flying reindeer on his torso. This type of stone is most prominent in southern Siberia and northern Mongolia. This concentration suggests that these stones were the origin of the deer stone tradition, and further types both simplified and elaborated on these.
Shiveet Ulaan
This anceint complex is located on the top of hill 30km in the southern part of Bayn-agt soum. This ancient tomb dates back 5 to 7 centuries dedicating to Turkish's king. There are number of historical findings such as stone with writting and marks, human stone, lion stone, and sheep so on. it will be open musuem soon

Overnight in tent
Meals: B,L,D


Day-6: Ride to Sharga lake via Stone of Tsagaan olom.
Today we are riding to the fresh lake Sharga nuur. On the way to lake we will discover one ancient stone named Tsagaan Olom

Overnight in nomadic family
Meals: B,L,D


Day-7 Ride to Tsegeen lake
Today we are riding to Tsegeen lake which is the main water resource for locals. Here you will live as closely as possible to the nomads. 
Overnight in nomadic family 
Meals: B,L,D


Day-8 Ride to Baligiin Eh
Today we are heading to the more beautiful nomadic land named Baligiin eh.

Overnight in nomadic family
Meals: B,L,D

Day-9. Driving to Khuvsgul lake

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.

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 yurt camp

Day-10: Free day 
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.

Overnight in yurt camp


Day-11: Drive  to Shine-ider

Having stayed two days in the Huvsgul Lake, we will head to the Shine Ider. Today we have a long day of driving. Experience the best of the countryside on this over 6-hour drive.

Overnight in yurt camp
Meals: B,L,D


Day-12: Drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan lake
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
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 yurt camp


Day-13: Leisure day
 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 yurt camp


Day-14: Drive to Tsenkher
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 yurt camp
Meals: B,L,D

Day-15: Journey to Kharhorin
In the moring we drive to Kharhorin city 

 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.
Kharkhorin (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.
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 Erdene-ZuuKhiid, 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 /Water-fall/ for the night in the traditional nomad's Ger.

Overnight in yurt camp
Meals: B,L,D

Day-16: Back to Ulaanbaatar
Today we are driving back to Ulaanbator via Eslen Tasarhai
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 Hotel
Meals: B,L,D

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