Amarbayasgalant Monastery

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6 Days / 5 Nights
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On this homestay tour, we will have the opportunity to stay with a nomadic family. We will learn about 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 grow to love as we stay with them.


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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
Alcoholic drinks
Activities not mentioned in the itinerary


Experience the Amarbayarsgalant Monastery in Darkhan
Explore Jaran Khashir Pyramid, Buddhist monasteries, centers, and temples
Hike and ride horseback through villages
Visit real monks
Spend four nights in a traditional Mongolian ger

Distance: 800 km from Ulaanbaatar round-trip

*Tour may be customized to accommodate individual needs or desires.



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 Animals
After breakfast we will learn how to herd sheep and goats into a pasture with the family. We will have a short chance to enjoy the countryside as we guide the sheep and goats to and from an open field.

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 nutrient 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 tarag" or "liver yogurt". 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 and left to harden.

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 to explore Suvraga and again after we return.

When we return, we will stay overnight 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 before thanking our host family and returning to  Ulaanbaatar.

Breakfast and Lunch.

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