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12 day Stunning Gobi and Central Mongolia with local naadam festival

12 day Stunning Gobi and Central Mongolia with local naadam festival
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Tour name:        12 Day Stunning Gobi and central Mongolia with local naadam festival

Start:                  UB-back UB

Destination:      Southern an Central part of  Mongolia

Goal:                  to get a taste of some of the Mongolian's Gobi's highlights and Hot spring Tsenher

Duration:           12 days, 11 nights
 

 

 

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


Mongolia is a quite big county - It is important to appreciate the landscape for its vastness. Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination where travellers can see the tradition of the past still practiced today by hardy nomads dwelling on the country's vast steppe and deserts. 
 

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 most days of trip, you'll spend several hours driving through diverse landscape.


Overnight: at the Hotel
Meals: B, L, D

Day 1: 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 has been an 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 diver’s landscape will keep you awake and lovely lunch at Sacred Beautiful Mountain Zorgol will knock your sock off.

Day 2: 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 canyons. 
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

 

Day-3: after breakfast, we depart for the Tsagaan Suvarga /white Stupa / which is absolutely one of best sights in Mongolia. 

Tsagaan Suvarga
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: 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 stretches for 180km going from north-west to south-east. The most width part is 27km on the north-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 sandy summit 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
Meals: B,L,D

 

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 stretches for 180km going from north-west to south-east. The most width part is 27km on the north-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 sandy summit 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
Meals: B,L,D

Day 6: This morning we head to Bayan zag /rich saxual/
Bayan zag
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
Meals: B,L,D

Day 7: After breakfast we drive to the next destination which is the Saikhanovoo and Ongi temple in middle Gobi


Ongi Monastery
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 sight worthy 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 Ongi Gol River. 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 Khorloogiin Choibalsan, 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
Meals: B,L,D

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 until Russian border where it joins with the Selenge Murun/Bigger river/. It stretches 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. 
Tovhon Monastery
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 center 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. 
Kharhorin
In the mid-13th century, Karakorum was a happening place. Chinggis Khan 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, 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 kilometers away from ErdeneZuuKhiid, and there is little of interest in the town itself 
Overnight: at the Ger
Meals: B,L,D

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 drive 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 a Ger Camp

Day-12:  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.

 

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