Khangai Trekking

Tour name:Khangai Trekking
Tour lengths:15 days / 14 nights
Availability:June 1 – September 1
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The geography of Mongolia is characterized by great diversity. The country is divided into six basic nature zones differing in climate, landscape, soil, flora and fauna. The Khangai landscapes bear the marks of ancient volcanic processes: lava flows, conical hills and hot mineral springs. The vegetation of the Khangai is richer and more varied than that of the Altai.

Brief itinerary

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. Bayangobi/Kharkhorin
Day 3. Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery
Day 4. Tsenkher hot spring
Day 5. Orkhon Waterfall
Day 6. Butuun River/Uurtyn Tokhoi
Day 7. Naiman Nuur Lake
Day 8. Bugat Lake
Day 9. Shireet Lake
Day 10. Bayangyn Pass
Day 11. Orkhon Waterfall
Day 12. Tuvkhun Monastery
Day 13. Bayangobi
Day 14. Ulaanbaatar
Day 15. 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. Bayangobi/Kharkhorin

After breakfast, we will drive to Bayangobi, a unique combination of Gobi sand dunes, forests and rocky mountains. We will have an opportunity to hike in the small sand dunes and ride a camel. Overnight in the ger in Kharkhorin.

Day 3. Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery

We will visit Kharkhorin, the ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and Erdenezuu Monastery, main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, Kharkhorin was established in the valley of the Orkhon river in 1220. It was the capital city of the Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan, moved the capital to Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty. Erdenezuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, a descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful white walls with 108 stupas. For centuries it was a spiritual and intellectual centre of Mongolia. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 4. Tsenkher hot spring

We will drive to Tsenkher hot springs, sulphur springs that emerge from the ground at 85 degrees Celsius. Facilities include outdoor and indoor baths, showers, and accommodations. In the afternoon, we will visit Zayan Gegeen Monastery, founded in the 17th century, housed over 1000 monks before its closing in 1930s. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 5. Orkhon Waterfall

We will drive to Orkhon river and Ulaan tsutgalan waterfall which has a height of 24m. The 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. There will be hiking opportunities to the bottom of the gorge.  Overnight in the tent.

Day 6. Butuun River/Uurtyn Tokhoi

Today, we will start our trekking. We will meet our mobile kitchen, horses and cattle to carry our luggage, and our local guide.  Approximate trekking distance will be 18-22km or 5 hours per day. We will visit Uurtiin Tokhoi, a cold spring with carbonic gas, which lies at the sheer sided canyon of the Orkhon River. Overnight in tent.

Day 7. Naiman Nuur Lake

We will continue our trekking through the high mountains of Khangai Range. We will see beautiful canyons formed from earthquakes. There are eight majestic alpine lakes located at 2200m above sea level and surrounded by magnificent high mountains covered by larch forests. Overnight in tent.

Day 8. Bugat Lake

Today, we will trek to the Bugat Lake. The area is extremely remote and you can enjoy total wilderness and sense of pure nature without any human trace. Approximate trekking distance will be 15-18km. Overnight in tent.

Day 9. Shireet Lake

We will be hiking through forests and grassland with boulders. The Shireet Lake is a fresh water lake and is the biggest in the area. We will settle our tented camp on the long stretching island of the lake. Overnight in tent.

Day 10. Bayangyn Pass

Wewill continue tohike to the Bayangyn Pass. This pass is located on the range of Khangai mountain with a breathtaking view. We will observe unique wildlife and wonderful alpine flowers. Overnight in tent.

Day 11. Orkhon Waterfall

Today, we will continue hiking to Orkhon Waterfalls where we will meet our drivers and vehicles again. Overnight in tent near the waterfall.

Day 12. Tuvkhun Monastery

We will drive to Tuvkhun Monastery. The first Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar built this monastery in 1651 for his meditation. The monastery is located at the altitude of more than 2000m, surrounded by mountain larch forests. On the back of this temple there is cave called the “Mother’s cave.” Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 13. Bayangobi

We will drive to the Bayangobi. There are opportunities to hike in the small sand dunes and ride a camel.  In the afternoon, we will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree which is 20 kms drive from our ger camp. The monastery is located in the majestic Khugnu Khaan mountains. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious leader, philosopher, artist and sculptor; founded the Uvgun and Zaluu temples. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 14. Ulaanbaatar

We will drive back to Ulaanbaatar and visit Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the palace known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 and dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of Lamaist religion and last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, deity statues made by Zanabazar and his students and the main attraction of this Palace. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 15. International departures

International departures.