Price: ( 2 Days )
The Amarbayasgalant Monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Buren-Khaan near the Iven Valley in Baruunburen. The monastery was founded by Manchu emperor Kang XI and designed to serve as the final resting place of Zanabazar, the first spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. Initial construction began in 1727 and ended in 1736. Sadly, Zanabazar's remains were transferred to another temple in 1788. The Amarbayasgalant Monastery was one of the few monasteries to partially escape destruction during the Stalinist purges of 1937. Even after this time, the buildings of the central section remained, but the monastery's artifacts were looted or hidden. With funds provided by UNESCO, the Amarbayasgalant Monastery began restoration in 1988, and some of its artifacts were commissioned in India.
Day 1. Drive to the Ancient Temple
We will leave Ulaanbaatar at 9:00 am and drive to Darkhan, the capital city of the Darkhan Uul province. We will stop briefly in Darkhan to eat lunch and visit some local attractions. From Darkhan we drive west to reach the Iven Valley and the Amarbaysgalant Monastery by the afternoon. We will visit the Amarbaysgalant Monastery and eat dinner. We will spend a night in the ger camp of a local family.
Lunch and Dinner
Day 2. Enjoy the View
We will eat breakfast in our camp and take some time to enjoy nature and some fresh air, compliments of the Iven Valley. Around 1:00 pm, we will leave the camp and drive back to Darkhan where we will eat lunch. Later we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar.
Breakfast and Lunch
Amarbayasgalant Monastery: (Mongolian: Амарбаясгалант хийд; Manchu: Urgun Elhe Sy; Chinese: 慶寧寺) Also named the "Monastery of Tranquil Felicity", the Amarbayasgalant Monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. The monastery complex is located in the Iven Valley near the Selenge River at the foot of Mount Büren-Khaan in Baruunbüren. The nearest town is Erdenet which is about 60 km southwest.
Gathering Point: In front of the Gandirs building (to the right of the State Department Store)
Distance: Approximately 360 km one-way (last 50 km of the road unpaved)
To Pack: Warm clothes, additional blankets/sleeping bags, snacks to eat between meals.