Southern - Central Northern mongolia

Mongolian Natural Tour

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Mongolian takhi wild horses native to the grassy steppes had vanished from the wild in the 1970s, but as a result of various breeding programs, they slowly reappeared in their old stomping grounds, including their original home: the Khustain Nuruu national park of Mongolia. Mongolian takhi (officially named Przewalski’s horse after the Russian explorer who first spotted it), may be the world’s last truly wild horse. While most “wild” horses around the globe are domesticated horses gone feral, the Przewalski’s horse was never domesticated. Up until the 18th century, these short stocky horses freely roamed the steppes of Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Russian Siberia. But then the numbers started dwindling. In 1967, mongolian  last herd of takhi was spotted and in 1969, the last individual horse. They were declared “extinct in the wild,” which remained the status quo for nearly 30 years. There were only 13 surviving mongolian  takhi horses, kept in different zoos around the world. They were bred carefully, and the population slowly increased to more than 1,500 at which point they were reintroduced into the wild. The downside of this method is that the genetic pool of all the existing horses is limited. One of the places where the reintroduction took place in 1992 was the horse’s native habitat of Khustain Nuruu or Hustai National Park of Mongolia. A year later the park, which stretches across 50,000 hectares, was declared as a Specially Protected Area in Mongolia.

Type:

Classic tours

Highlights:

Ulaanbaatar

Tsagaan Suvarga(Rock Formation)

Dalanzadgad

Valley Yoliin Am

Khongor Els Sand Dunes

Bayanzag

Ruins Ongiin Temple

Kharkhorin (Ancient capital)

Erdene Zuu Monastery

Turkish Monument Museum

Ugii Lake

Khustain National Park( Wild Horse)

Adventure level:

Medium

Transportation:

Jeep japanese (Land Cruiser 80)+ Experienced drivers

Distance:

2460km

Map & Destinations
Selenge Arkhangai Uvurkhangai South Gobi provinces Selenge Arkhangai Uvurkhangai South Gobi provinces
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel in the city centre. After lunch, we will start the city tour including Gandan Monastery, Chinggis Khaan square and surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council. Then we will drive to Zaisan Hill, which provides wide view of the Ulaanbaatar then we will visit Museum of National history with an excellent exhibitions such as Stone and Bronze Age, Turkic and Mongol Empire, rise of Buddhism and communist regime. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga (Rock Formation)

The rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga, ”white stupa”, are located in the southeast of the Ulziit sum, on the southern border of the province of Dundgobi. These rocky formations eroded by the wind look like a ruined city when observes from a certain distance of 85km. The rock formations are about 60m high and 400m long. Overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Drive to Dalanzadgad and Valley Yoliin Am

After breakfast at the camp, we will drive to the direction of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park in the South Gobi province. We will visit Yoll valley, is the narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. We will hike or ride a horse to the canyon from the parking for 3-4km. Overnight at the camp on the mountain.

Day 4: Drive to Khongor Els sand Dune

After breakfast at the camp, we will visit Yoll valley, is the narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. We will hike or ride a horse to the canyon from the parking for 3-4km. We will have picnic lunch on the Dunegnee canyon. We will arrive at the Khongor sand dunes in the afternoon. Khongoriin Els dunes stretch for 180 kms, as wide as 7-20km. The dunes lie on the northern part of Servei and Zuulun mountain. The sound of masses of wind-blown sand can be heard from the long distance. Overnight at the camp.

Day 5: Drive to Ongi Temple

After breakfast at the camp, we will drive to Bayanzag, a famous Flaming Cliffs named after by Roy Andrews Chapman, a modern day Indiana Jones. He was 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. After lunch at Bayanzag we will drive to the Ruins of Ongi Monastery, which was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temple complexes on the north and south banks of the Ongi River. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples-among them one of the largest temples in all Mongolia. Overnight at the camp.

Day 6: Drive to Kharkhorin-ancient capital

After breakfast we will drive to Kharkhorin; an ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and 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. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 7: Drive to Ugii Lake

After breakfast, we will depart for the  the Ugii Lake is a famous for its bird life.About 150 types of aquatic birds gather at Lake Ugii including scarce bird like a cape barren goose, a spoonbill. Ugii Lake is also renowned for its fishing such as a perch, a Luce. It is 7 km long and 5 km wide. 50-80 tons fishes are caught annually. The lake is 1337 m above sea level and at the deepest part it reaches up to 15m. Overnight in camp tourist near the lake.

Day 8: Drive to Khustai National Park ( Wild Horse)

After breakfast, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar via Hustai National Park. Lunch at the Park. The park lies in the edge of southern Khentii mountain range and it is the place where you can see wild horse called Takhi known as Przewalski horse to the world. The wild horses survive in nature by themselves because they have been reintroduced successfully to their homeland after 40 years of extinction. Currently, the number of Takhi has already reached more than 340. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day 9: Drive to back Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day 10: Departure to the International Airport.
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