Felt is the basic material, has value as gold for the existence of nomads. Making felt is the know-how, inherited from generation to generation.
Our agency initiated to organize the festival of Golden Felt in order to create an event and exchange the methods of work. Let’s stay here to enjoy the festival in the creative and friendly atmosphere making a felt altogether.
Arrival at the Chinggis Khaan international airport in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Our guide-interpreter and driver will welcome you at the airport and lead you to the city journey. The city has plenty to offer. The guests visit the Gandan Monastery, a historical and spiritual place in the city. Then you will visit the National History Museum and the Genghis Khan Square in front of the Mongolian Parliament to introduce the general knowledge and information about the Mongolian history and culture. FB, tourist hotel « White House »
Today, some kind of Gobi desert awaits us! After our settlement at the Sweet Gobi eco-geolodges camp, we freely set off to the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai, one of the most picturesque places of Mongolia, where you can see a wonderful combination of pretty sand dunes, majestic granite mountains, grassy green land, a clear fresh spring and a tiny lake. Also enjoy riding a two-humped camel, walking and climbing on the sand dunes. FB, good rest in DOUBLE, SINGLE or TWIN ger at « Sweet Gobi »
Continue to cultural highlight place of Mongolia – Kharakorum was the capital of the Mongol Empire at the time of Chinggis Khaan (1162-1227). Now it is a small town in the middle of the grasslands. There are some scanty remains of the city scattered to see. Most stones of the old buildings were later used to build the nearby Erdene Zuu Monastery. Erdene Zuu means’ hundred treasures. The building dates from 1586 and is subject to the political winds many ups and downs known. Once the complex consisted of more than a hundred temples. Part of the monastery is since 1990 active again and pressure restored. It is one of the cultural highlights in Mongolia. The complex is fully fenced and every fifteen meters there are stupas, 108 in total, into the wall. FB, good rest in DOUBLE, SINGLE or TWIN ger at « URSA MAJOR »
Continue to the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape sprawls along the banks of the Orkhon River in Central Mongolia, inscribed by UNESCO in the World Heritage List as representing evolution of nomadic pastoral traditions spanning more than two millennia. Participating the Opening Ceremony of Felt Festival, has been gathering the craftsmen of Uvurkhangai region for 4 years. You’ll enjoy the demonstration of felt manufacture and other animations in this day. Then get back to the camp Ursa Major Observation of star by MEADE LX-200, the most powerful telescope in Mongolia. FB, good rest in DOUBLE, SINGLE or TWIN ger at « URSA MAJOR »
Directly move to the Bat-Ulziit to participate the Yak Festival ! This event gathers the families from all over the region and it’s common to attend the Local Naadam with wrestling, horse racing and archery ! There are several animations such as selection of the most beautiful yak . You may also have the chance to watch an yak polo! FB, good rest in DOUBLE, SINGLE or TWIN ger at « URSA MAJOR »
The journey continues in direction of the ruins of Ongi. In the century, Ongii Khiid was one of the largest monastery in Mongolia but It was destroyed in 1939. Early in the afternoon, the guests arrive at the ruins. They can spend the day exploring the ruins of Ongi, its small museum and the nature around. FB, ger camp « Secret of Ongi »
Departure for the Bayanzag, also called the Flaming Cliffs (Flaming Rocks). This is a region, in the Gobi Desert, where fossils have been found. American palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews gave this region its name after he visited it in 1920. The area has become famous as the first site of dinosaur eggs. Other discoveries have been made in the area such as the remains of a velociraptor. The rocks, which give a glowing orange colour, like its name suggests. FB, ger camp « Gobitour »
The guests continue the journey to the national park of Khongoryn with its spectacular sand dunes like Duut Mankhan, called the singing dune. The dunes extending up to the foot of the high Altai Mountains range, lie about 180 kilometres from Dalanzadgad. It is at a distance of 130 kilometres along the desert tracks to Bogd in Uvurkhangai in the north, and 215 kilometres to Bayanlig on the northwest in Bayankhongor. Travel through the desert is either by camel rides or by cars with drivers who are knowledgeable about the desert. FB, ger camp « Gobi discovery-2 »
The guests reach the Gurvan Saikhan National Park where they will spend the coming days through some singular places. The park hosts more than 200 bird species and they can found more than 600 different plant species. There are gazelles, gerbils and even snow leopards. After visiting the small museum of Yolyn Am, guests make a nice stroll through the Vultures valley which end by a chasm. If the participants are lucky they will see one of the huge vultures which name the valley. FB, ger camp « Juulchin Gobi 1 »
The journey continues to Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) located in Ulziit Soum, Dundgobi province. The name is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff which is eroded by natural phenomenon. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its coloured layers. Tsagaan Suvarga is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. The journey continues to Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) located in Ulziit Soum, Dundgobi province. The name is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff which is eroded by natural phenomenon. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its coloured layers. Tsagaan Suvarga is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. FB, ger camp « Tsagaan suvraga »
Departure by 4×4 Land Cruiser to the northern region to reach the Baga Gazriin chuluu in the middle of the dusty plains. The road is not all asphalted and full of potholes. The view is very nice: an undulating landscape with many horses, cows, sheep and goats grazing in the hekloze landscape, sometimes corralled by a horseman with a lasso on a long stick in his hand. FB, ger camp « Baga gazriin chuluu »
We’ll have breakfast in the café after arrival in UB and take you to the hotel. After taking a rest and in your hotel, we’ll go for shopping to the State department store, the largest shopping mall in Mongolia, a leftover of the Soviet occupation. You can find cashmere and leather, whatever you want to give for souvenir, present and gift. Folklore show Concert of traditional music and contortionists. Presentation of the Traditional Mongolian instrument Morin Khuur, old two-string adorned with a carved horse’s head. Overtone singing performance previously only used by shamans to enter into communication with the spirits. FB, tourist hotel « White House »
Transfer hôtel / aéroport international « GENGIS KHAN » Temps de route : 30 minutes