Tours Classic Tours Central Mongolia

Price: 95 USD per person per day (Budget Tour) ( 5 Days )

Central Mongolia is made up of the most vegetated land in all of Mongolia, including the Khangai Mountains. With rivers running through each crevice, these fertile mountains are home to various plant and animal life. The wildlife found here includes elk, Siberian roe deer, wolf, fox, wild boar, ibex, lynx, and the occasional brown bear. In addition, countless ancient burial sites and fortress ruins are scattered across this montainous area.

 

Day 1. Sand Dunes  to Ancient Monastery

We will leave Ulaanbaatar in the morning and drive to Elsen Tasarkhai. This area features 80 kilometer-long sand dunes surrounded by woody hills and wide steppe. We will trek along the dunes before driving further to the city of Kharkhorin. This is where the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire used to be located. In Kharkhorin, we will visit the oldest existing Mongolian monastery, Erdene Zuu, and the only remnant of the ancient Mongolian capital: a stone turtle lying nearby.

Stay overnight in a ger camp. Lunch and Dinner

Day 2. Tuvkhun Monstery and Waterfall 

In the morning, we will leave Kharkhorin and drive to one of Mongolia's oldest Buddhist monasteries, the Tuvkhun Monastery. This set of temples was established in 1648 by Zanabazar, the first spiritual head of Mongolian Buddhism. From the monastery, we will drive further to Ulaan Tsutgalan, a famous 10 meter wide and 20 meter high waterfall in the middle of the Orkhon Valley.

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

Day 3. Taikhar Rock at Tsetserleg

From the Orkhon Valley, we will drive to Tsetserleg, the capital of the Arkhangai province. Although a tiny town, Tsetserleg has a lot to offer its visitors: the Zaya Monastery, the Museum of Arhangai Aimag, Taikhar Rock, and more. These attractions exhibit traditional clothing, handmade artifacts, sculptures, ancient weapons, and religious relics. When visiting the mysterious Taikhar Rock just on the outskirts of Tsetserleg, we may have a chance to see locals doing religious rituals at the base. With steep slats of granite climbing 25 meters high, this massive rock sticks out from its grassy surroundings in the basin of the Tamir River. Because of its puzzling origin and location, locals worship the rock as a deity. 

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

Day 4. Pure Water Lake

Early in the morning we will drive east towards the banks of Ugii Lake, an 8 kilometer long pure water lake about 70 kilometers from Kharkhorin. We will spend the whole day on the banks of the lake. You will have the chance to go fishing, boating, or even horseback riding.

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

Day 5. Khoshuu Tsaidam and Khar Balgas

After breakfast we will visit two very important historical sites: the Turkic monuments of Khoshuu Tsaidam and the Uyghur ruins of Khar Balgas. Later, we will drive to Kharkhorin then back to Ulaanbaatar. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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

Included:

  • Transportation and Driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Clean Drinking Water
  • National Park and Monastery entrance fees
  • Horseback riding

Not Included:

  • Personal shopping
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Additional Activities

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