Tour name:Crossing Mongolia
Tour lengths:14 days / 13 nights
Availability:May 15 – September 15
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Category:Classic tour,

Amarbayasgalant Monastery is the place of a bright spirits, religious intelligence and admiration of local architectures. It is located in the striking looking valley of Iven River on the foot of majestic Burenkhan Mountain in Selenge province. The monastery was established by order of Manju Emperor Enkh-Amgalan to cherish and give a respect to Mongol’s first Bogd Khaan Undur Gegeen Zanabazar. Its stunning architecture is traditional with Tibetan style of temple building, curved roofs, mystical gargoyles, mandarin inscriptions and imperial colors. 3730 kg of silver from the state were used to build a magnificently styled place for Buddha practicing.

Brief itinerary

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Day 3. Bulgan province
Day 4. Ugii Lake
Day 5. Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery
Day 6. Tsenkher hot spring
Day 7. Orkhon Waterfall
Day 8. Ruins of the Ongi Monastery
Day 9. Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs
Day 10. Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes
Day 11. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Day 12. Ulaanbaatar
Day 13. Ulaanbaatar
Day 14.International departures

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar

Our team will meet you at the “Chinggis Khan” international airport and transfer to the hotel in the city. After rest, we will start our city tour starting from the Sukhbaatar square. This square is a spirit of the capital and famous for its surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council.  Then we will visit Zaisan Hill that provides wide open view of the Ulaanbaatar. Visit in the Museum of Natural History which is well-known for its precious findings Dinosaur eggs and bones. We will end our day with traditional performance of folk songs, throat singing, horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and arty contortion. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2. Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Afterbreakfast, we will drive to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery - the Monastery of Tranquil Felicity, once one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge River. It is one of the most impressive and startling place and was built between 1727 and 1736 by Zanabazar, the first Bogd Khaan Undur Gegeen, a religious and cultural; leader. Amarbayasgalant monastery is a 2 storey building that covers an area of 87 hectares. In the early 1900s, the 8000 monks were practiced Buddhist philosophy, astrology and medicine. In 1937, all high ranked monks and religious leaders and intellectuals were executed and holy monastery Amarbayasgalant was abandoned for 50 years. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 3. Bulgan province

We will drive to Bulgan province. The most of the province is green with thick forests and magnificent pastureland. Arid steppe lands dominate the southern part of the province. Agriculture is facilitated by the presence of fertile soils, wide valleys and low mountains and gentle slopes. Bulgan province is famous for its horsemanship and taste of Mongolian traditional drink airag – fermented mare’s milk. We experience everyday life of horse breeder’s family and taste the airag. Overnight in a ger camp.

Day 4. Ugii Lake

After breakfast, we will drive to Ugii Lake that is located at the edge of Bulgan province. This amazing lake has 27km sq with average depth 7m. Delicate sand, whetstone coast and soft wave offer fantastic opportunity for bird watching, boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing and sunbathin. Overnight in the ger camp near the lake.

Day 5. Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery

After breakfast, we  will drive to the Turkish stone site of Khushuu Tsaidam. Khushuu Tsaidam has four memorial complexes including those erected in honor of Bilge Khan, a famous leader of Turkic Empire (d.734) and Kul Tegin, a general of Turkish army (d. 731). These memorials are the most important known archeological remains of the Turkic Empire which extende across Central Asia in the 6-8 centuries AD.  We will drive to the Shankh Monastery, the oldest monastery in Mongolia, founded in 1647 by Zanabazar, a revered sculptor, politician, religious teacher, diplomat and living Buddha, who became Mongolia’s first Bogd Khaan. Overnight in the ger camp in Kharkhorin.

Day 6. Tsenkher hot spring

We will visit Kharkhorin; an ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, an Erdenezuu Monastery. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon river in 1220. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful looking white walls with 108 stupas. We will drive to the Tsenkher hot spring, a sulphur spring that emerges from the ground at 85 Celsius degree, were outfitted for visitors in 1996. Overnight in the ger.

Day 7. Orkhon Waterfall

We will drive to the land of Mongolian ancient khans and aristocrats: Orkhon river and its valley, the valley contains mystery of Mongolian history. In the afternoon we will visit the picturesque Orkhon waterfall which is situated in the Orkhon river, that flows an 1120km; the longest river in Mongolia. The local name of the waterfall is Ulaan Tsutgalan and the height is 24m, waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20 000 years ago. The water level of the waterfall depends on the rainfall. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 8. Ruins of the Ongi Monastery

After breakfast, we will start our ride to Khujirt resort which is situated on the bank of Khujirt river at 1758m above the sea level. The Khujirt resort is famous for its therapeutic magic for kidneys, joints and various traumas among Mongolians. The temperature varies from +40 to 55 degrees Celsius. We will drive to the direction of the ruins of Ongiin Khiid Monastery. We will visit the ruins of the monastery and small local ger museum. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 9. Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs

We will drive to Bayanzag known as a Flamming Cliffs to the world. Through the journey we will see the dramatic changes of steppe landscape to the arid desert including camel herds and herding families. In the afternoon we will arrive in the ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag formed 60-70 million years ago, famous as Flamming Cliifs named by Roy Andrew Chapman, an American explorer who visited Mongolia in 1920s. The striking red Bayanzag cliffs have dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones all over the place and neighbored by bushy Saxual tree forests. We do trekking around surrounding areas and overnight in the ger camp.

Day 10. Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes

We will drive to the Khongor els sand dunes. In the afternoon we will see marvelous Khongoriin Els dunes that stretch for an extraordinary 180 kms as wide as 7-20km. The dunes lie on the northern part of beautifully formed mountain range Servei and Zuulun. The sound of masses of wind-blown sand can be heard from the long distance. This sound is so melodic so 200m high sand dunes called as “Singing Dunes”. There is an oasis called Khongor river with stunning greenery in the summer.  We will have an opportunity to ride two humped Bacterian camel named by locals “Prince of Gobi” and see camel breeder’s every day life. Overnight at the ger camp.

Day 11. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

We will drive to the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park where we will see incredible “Yol Valley”. The valley is the unusual narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The sheer rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has stunning green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. During the summer rainfall water runs from the top of the walls forming waterfalls. We can trek along the canyon and may have an opportunity to glimpse rarely found wild sheep Argali, mountain goat Ibex and Yol Lammergeier. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 12. Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. Relaxing dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 13. Ulaanbaatar

We will visit Gandan Monastery a heart of Mongolian yellow head Buddhism and to see the outstanding and impressive 24m golden plated statue of Buddha; Megjid Janraiseg. This monastery is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia with 500 monks. We will visit Choijin Lama Museum. This monastery was built in 1908 for the Choijin Lama, Luvsankhaidav, the state oracle and younger brother of the eighth Bogd Gegeen. The temple is now a museum preserving the elaborately decorated interiors and containing a rich collection of other Mongolian Buddhist sculpture and painting. Shopping opportunities in the cashmere factory outlet and state department store. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 14.International departures

International departures