Khamar Monastery & Energy center
Tours - Short Tours
3 Days / 2 Nights
Khamar Monastery, sacred to the Red Hat sect, was founded in 1820. Its founder, Danzanravjaa, chose the site believing that the surrounding area radiated with a spiritual energy fostered by the Gobi Desert.
Danzanravjaa was an educator, poet, and harsh critic of Mongolian society. He founded the monastery in the desert to serve as a model of a more enlightened society. Containing a public library, museum, and poetry recital hall, the monastery encouraged deep engagement of the community. It was also home to Mongolia's first ever professional public theatre.
Unfortunately during the communist purges in 1937, lamas were driven out of the monastery as the original building burned to the ground. Many of the lamas were executed; others were spared if they would renounce their religious positions. The Khamar Monastery was re-established in the 1990s with the support of local religious communities. Currently, two small ceremonial temples and several religious monuments have been reconstructed, with more than ten lamas now in residence.
Ger Camp/Nomadic Family Tour:
6 people: 261 USD per person/per day
5 people: 268 USD per person/per day
4 people: 278 USD per person/per day
3 people: 295 USD per person/per day
2 people: 330 USD per person/per day
1 person: 434 USD-perday
Budget (Tent) Tour:
5 people: 94 USD per person/per day
4 people: 105 USD per person/per day
3 people: 115 USD per person/per day
2 people: 145 USD per person/per day
1 person: 195 USD per person/per day
Transportation and driver
English speaking guide
Clean drinking water
Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries
Perfect introduction to Mongolia for first time visitors
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get up close to native wildlife
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The Eastern Gobi
In the morning, we will meet at your hotel and drive towards the Dornogobi province, where the Khamar Monastery is located. On the way, we will watch the Mongolian countryside change from forested steppe to barren desert.
We will stop briefly in the capital, Sainshand, and visit some local attractions.
Stay overnight in a ger camp. Lunch and dinner.
Rising early the next morning, we will travel to nearby sand dunes and watch the sunrise. Next we will visit the Khamar Monastery, and spend some time exploring the area. North of the monastery lies a series of caves where monks have exercised and meditated in isolation, some for up to 100 days at a time. This practice hardened their bodies and bones while allegedly expanding their physical and spiritual powers.
Fossilized dinosaur bones, petrified wood, and other ancient remains are also widespread in the area. In the afternoon, we will have the option to go camel riding.
Stay overnight in a local ger camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
In the morning, we will pack up and head back to Ulaanbaatar. You will then be dropped off at your hotel.
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