Tours Short Tours Erdene Zuu Monastery

Price: 120 USD per person per day (Budget Tour) ( 4 Days )

In the valley along the Orkhon River, Kharkhorin is protected as part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Chinggis Khaan established his supply base here, and his son Ogedei constructed a proper capital. Soon, traders, dignitaries, and skilled workers from across Asia and even Europe gathered to this powerful city. In 1388, Karakorum was destroyed by enemy soldiers. In order to preserve the history, in the 16th century, the ruins went into building the Erdene Zuu Monastery. Today Kharkhorin is one of the largest tourist destinations in Mongolia, and the starting point for travellers venturing deeper into the Khangai Mountains. The Elsen Tasarkhai dunes, the Tövkhön Monastery, and the Hujirt hot springs resort are all included on this magical tour. 

Day 1. Sand Dunes & Erdene Zuu Monastery

In the morning we will meet at your hotel and start the drive towards Kharkhorin. On the way, we will stop to see Elsen Tasarkhai, the 80-kilometer-long sand dunes surrounded by wooded hills and wide steppe. We will go camel riding and explore the area. Then we will continue our drive to Kharkhorin and visit the Erdene Zuu monastery. This famous monastery is near a stone turtle, the last remnant of ancient Karakorum.  

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Lunch and Dinner

Day 2. Tövkhön Monastery and a Waterfall

Early in the morning, we will head to the Tövkhön monastery, one of Mongolia's oldest Buddhist temples. This ancient site was established in 1648 by Zanabazar, the first spiritual head of Mongolian Buddhism. During our time here, we will take a short hike and experience the wildlife of the Khangai Mountains. From the monastery we will drive further west to reach Ulaan Tsutgalan, a famous 10-meter-wide and 20-meter-high waterfall in the Orkhon valley.

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3. Horseback Around Ulaan Tsutgalan

After breakfast, we will go on a short horseback ride around Ulaan Tsutgalan. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Kharkhorin for the night.

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4. Ancient Incriptions

We will leave Kharkhorin and drive to see the Orkhon inscriptions. In the early 8th century, two memorials were built in the honor of two great Turkic princes, Kul Tigin and his brother Bilge Khagan, written in the Old Turkic alphabet. We will also visit the ancient ruins of Khar Balgas--the capital of the Uighur Khaganate which ruled Mongolia for 100+ years during the 8th century. After this, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar and reach your hotel in the evening.

Breakfast and Lunch

Ger Camp/Nomadic Family Tour:

5 people: 475 USD per person

4 people: 555 USD per person

3 people: 675 USD per person

2 people: 900 USD per person

1 person: 1575 USD

Budget (Tent) Tour:

5 people: 420 USD per person

4 people: 500 USD per person

3 people: 625 USD per person

2 people: 845 USD per person

1 person: 1515 USD


  • Transportation and Driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Clean Drinking Water
  • Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries
  • Horseback and camel riding (as specified in the itinerary)

Not Included:

  • Personal shopping
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Additional Activities



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