The land of Chingis Khan from Altai Mountains to Gobi Desert, vast emptiness links land and sky. The nomads understand the land and its environment from daily experience and from traditional wisdom passed down through thousands of years. It’s a rare opportunity to explore the long-line of nomadic country in twenty first century.
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, tourism hotel
Departure by 4×4 Land Cruiser to the southern region to reach the Baga Gazriin chuluu in the middle of the dusty plains. The road is still asphalted but 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, tent
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, tent
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, tent
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”
Some are up to 200 meters high. The dunes cover an area of approximately twenty kilometers wide and more than a hundred kilometres long! It is intense to climb to the tops of the sand dunes. With much effort, you can overcome such a sandhill. The reward is an incredibly beautiful view of the desert. FB, tent
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, tent
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 Orkhon Valley. The 121,967-ha Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape encompasses an extensive area of pastureland on both banks of the Orkhon River and includes numerous archaeological remains dating back to the 6th century. This valley is considered as a paradise for the yak herders and has been designated as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2004. FB, geolodge “Ursa Major”
Hikking through a conifer forest to reach the monastery located on the heights of the Orkhon Valley. Tovkhon Khiid Monastery lies at 2.300m. It was built in 1654, and had 14 temples. It was in this monastery that Zanabazar created the Soyombo alphabet to write Mongolian. It can also be used to write Tibetan and Sanskrit. A special character of the script, the Soyombo symbol, became a national symbol of Mongolia, and has appeared on the national flag since 1921, and on the Emblem of Mongolia since 1960, as well as money, stamps, etc. FB, tent
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. We’ll drive to Orkhon waterfall, one of the best sights in central Mongolia. The waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcano eruptions and earthquakes. The fall is naturally most impressive after heavy rain. FB, tent
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, tent
We are heading to the natural reserve of Khustain National Park, known for its famous Przewalski horses, called takhi in Mongolian, small “prehistoric” horses, they have paintings that go back more than 15 000 years and can be found in the Lascaux caves!These horses disappeared naturally in the 1960s, and were reintroduced to Mongolia through zoos from different countries. Since the arrival of the twenty horses in 1992, the population has increased to almost 300! Our host family settles at the heart of this protected area during the summer time. We will stay there with them for two days. FB, ger camp “Khustai Nuruu”
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.
After having a breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive you to the Chinggis Khaan international airport 2 hours before your departure.