Tours Homestay Tours Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Price: ( 6 Days )

On this homestay tour, we will have the opportunity to stay with a nomadic family. We will learn about the nomadic life through hands-on experiences: herding animals (horses, cows, goats or sheep), cooking traditional meals, and fetching water. The host family is located in the same city as the Amarbayasgalant monastery. This monastery is home to more than 40 monks, some of them just 8 years old.

Host Family: A local family has been kind enough to host the trip. The head of the household is Otgonbat. His summer ger camp is located in front of the Amarbayasgalant monastery just off the banks of the Even River. He has two traditional Mongolian gers--one for his family and one for guests. He has a beautiful wife and two children who you will get to know as we stay with them.

Day 1. To Darkhan

We will leave Ulaanbaatar in the morning and drive to the city of Darkhan. There we will eat lunch and take a short sightseeing tour. Next we will drive towards Iven Valley where the Amarbaysgalant Monastery resides. We will be met by our host family and stay overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger.

Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 2. Amarbaysgalant Monastery

After breakfast, we will visit the monastery and meet monks. For lunch, we will go to Otgonbat's home, where his mother will treat us to a traditional nomadic meal with tea. After lunch, we will go trekking near the Jaran Khashir pyramid. Back at the host family's ger, we will have a dinner with Otgonbat's family and stay overnight in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 3. Herd and Milk the Flocks

After breakfast we will learn to herd sheep and goats into a pasture with the family. We will have a short chance to enjoy the countryside, and then we will herd the sheep and goats back home. After lunch, we will have the chance to herd some more. Later in the day, we will get to milk some of the animals. We will continue to stay overnight in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day 4. Make Tarag and Aaruul

After breakfast, we will learn to make tarag (home-made Mongolian yogurt. Tarag is a staple in traditional Mongolian cuisine. It is somewhat liquidy, but is not considered a drink because of its high nutritious content. For this reason, Mongolians say "eat" tarag, not "drink" tarag. Tarag is usually made of sheep or cow's milk. When made with sheep milk it becomes thicker and is compared to a liver, so it’s called "elgen" or "liver tarag". You will then learn to make aaruul. Aaruul is made from milk curds, sugar, and wild berries. The mixture is then cut into different shapes and patterns 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 5. Catch a Horse

Early in the morning we will have breakfast. Then we will go out and find the horses we will ride for the day. We will then ride horseback to the valley of Suvraga. The ride will be about 20 km round-trip. We will have some free time while at Suvraga and after we return to explore. When we return, we will stay again in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day 6. Return to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we will have one last chance to explore the area. Then we will thank our host family and travel back to Ulaanbaatar.

Breakfast and Lunch

Included:

  • Stay with a nomadic family
  • Traditional Mongolian ger accommodations
  • Nomadic meals
  • Cultural activities such as milking animals, making dairy products, and herding
  • Clean, boiled water
  • Continuous guide
  • Driver and travel

Not included:

  • Personal shopping
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Highlights:

• Visit Amarbayarsgalant Monastery in Darkhan

• Explore Jaran Khashir Pyramid, Buddhist monasteries, centers, and temples

• Hike and horseback ride through villages

• Visit real monks

• Stay in a traditional Mongolian ger (4 different nights)

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Distance: 800 km from Ulaanbaatar round-trip

Accommodations: Traditional Mongolian ger

Tour may be customized to accommodate individual needs or desires.

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