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Mongolian Amarbayasgalant Monastery is the place of a bright spirits, religious intelligence and admiration of local architectures. Officially, Amarbayasgalant monastery was the retreat place of the “Dalai Lamas” of the Mongols, the Bogd Khaan Javtsundamba. Mongolian Amarbayasgalant Monastery is located on the Iven River valley of Burenkhan Mountain in Selenge province of Mongolia. Mongolian  monastery was established by an 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. Mongolian  monastery was being restored by UNESCO from 1975 until it reopened in 1990.      

Type:

Classic tours

Highlights:

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Urantogoo Volcano

Khuvsgul Lake via Murun province

Tsaatan family

Zuun Nuur Lake via Jargal Jiguur

Khorgo Volcano via Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Tsenkher hot spring

Kharkhorin

Ongiin Temple

Khongor Sand Dunes via Bayanzag

Yoliin Am valley

Tsagaan Suvarga,

Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Adventure level:

Hard

Transportation:

Jeep japanese (Land Cruiser 80)+ Experienced drivers

Distance:

3300 km

Map & Destinations
Selenge Arkhangai Uvurkhangai South Gobi provinces Selenge Arkhangai Uvurkhangai South Gobi provinces
Itinerary
Day1: 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.

Day2: Drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery

We will visit Amarbayasgalant monastery in the afternoon. Amarbayasgalant is the Monastery of Tranquil Felicity, once one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge River. It was built between 1727 and 1736 by Zanabazar, the first Bogd Khaan Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious and cultural; leader. Unlike other monasteries Amarbayasgalant shows great class of style. The overall design is Chinese despite some Mongolian and Tibetan influence. Amarbayasgalant monastery is a 2 storey building that covers an area of 87 hectares. Overnight at the camp.

Day3: Depart to the Uran Togoo Volcano

We will drive to Uran togoo volcano. It is located about 60 km directly west of Bulgan city around the extinct volcanoes Uran Togoo, Tulga, Togoo, and Jalavch Uul. All four mountain names allude to their volcanic past with designations borrowed from around the fireplace. The Uran Togoo and Togoo mountains are named for their bowl shape, the Tulga mountain for its three mounds reminding of the traditional iron tripod kettle support. Jalavch ist a term for a small pot. Overnight in the camp tourist near volcano.

Day4: Drive to the Khuvsgul Lake via Murun province

After breakfast we will drive to Murun, a capital of Khuvsgul province and will have lunch there. We will drive to Khuvsgul lake, the second largest freshwater lake in the Central Asia depth of 262m. This lake is fed by ninety six rivers and streams but only Egiin River flows out from the lake, joining the Selenge River and Lake Baikal. Khuvsgul lake is inhabited by nine species of fish, while the nearby taiga forest, forest steppe, mountains and the lake provide habitat for 68 species of mammals, including argali, ibex, elk, reindeer, musk deer and brown bear as well as 244 species of birds and 750 species of plants. The lake is surrounded by mountains with thick pine forests and lush meadows. Overnight at the ger camp.

Day5: Drive to the Tsaatan family

In the morning we will hike in the mountain to have a better look of the crystal blue lake. We will ride horses around the shore and boating on the lake. In the afternoon, we will drive to the north to visit Reindeer village where we can experience Tsaatan - reindeer breeders’ unique life, traditional tent dwelling “Urts” and herds of reindeers. Return to the ger camp and overnight in the ger.

Day6: Drive to the Zuun Nuur Lake via Jargal Jiguur

 After breakfast, we will drive  another hot spring spot to Zuun lake. This is a large lake and the scenic highlight of the region. There is good camping here or you can stay at the Dalai Van ger camp, on the southern side of the lake. Around 30km south of Shine-Ider, right on the main road, is an area of standing stones and graves. A further 8km brings you to a scenic pass and the historic Gelenkhuugiin Suvraga, an old stupa built in 1890 by local hero Khainzan Gelenkhuu. Overnight at ger camp.

Day7: Drive to the Khorgo Volcano via Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

After breakfast, we will drive  Khorgo Volcano Khorgo Mountain is a dormant volcano which lies on the east of the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The Khorgo crater, situated at an altitude of 2.210 meters with a diameter of 20 meters and depth of 70 to 80 meters, is the most interesting at all. The Khorgo volcano is covered with basalt. The northern slope is covered with Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica). It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered fauna and flora. There is no lake in this crater, but clouds of steam jet out it is crevices forming ice moulds in winter, which from a distance look like large flocks of sheep scattered on the mountain. Near the crater there are dozens of small caverns with stalactites hanging from their ceiling and walls. About 8000 years ago volcanic lava flooded the valleys nearby which are covered today with small forests of Siberian larch and a great variety of berries and flowers. In the woods there are lots of deer, wild goat and other animals, as well as various kinds of birds such as Red Deer, Siberian Deer, Wild Boar, Ruddy Shelduck and Duck. in the late afternoon. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day8: Drive to Tsenkher hot spring

In the morning we will drive to Tsenkher hot spring, a sulphur spring that emerges from the ground at 85 Celsius degree, were outfitted for visitors in 1996. The facility includes outdoor and indoor baths, showers and accommodations. We will take a long soak in the therapeutic waters. It is the perfect way of relaxing after a day's adventure in the jeep, or on saddle. This is the area of Mongolia where you may see the most gers and horse breeders and you will have the chance to visit a family and try the national drink airag, which is made from fermented mare’s milk.Overnight in the ger.

Day9: Drive to the Kharkhorin

We will drive to the  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 at the ger camp.

Day10: Drive to the Ongiin Temple

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.

Day11: Drive to Khongor Sand Dunes via Bayanzag

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 Khongor Sand Dunes. Overnight at the camp tourist.

Day12: Drive to the Yoliin Am valley

After breakfast at the camp, we will drive to  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. Overnight at the camp tourist.

Day13: Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga, formation cliffs

After breakfast, drive through Mandalgobi town to Tsagaan Suvarga on the good paved road. We will have a lunch in the ger camp. After  lunch we will hike to White Stupa. Overnight in the camp. Tsagaan suvarga, 90degree of straight, consists of many colors of clay deposits. This is 65 km south west of Ulziit sum, Dundgovi province. Tsagaan suvarga is big escarpment with 200m height and 400m long. In ancient time there was a big sea in a Khevtee and Bosoo valleys of Tsagaan Suvarga. After dried up the sea this area became area with many glacis and escarpments, covered by many different sedimentary deposits. There is a cave with two doors called Khevtee and Bosoo which is home of many bats.

Day14: Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu

After breakfast we will drive through Zorgol Khairkhan mountain and Davstai Lake to Baga gazriin chuluu. After picnic lunch on the road we will visit Baga gazriin chuluu. Baga Gazariin Chuluu is 1751-meter high granite stone mountains in the territory of Adaatsag soum, Dundgobi province, is another place with unique scenery that many tourists compare with lunar scenes. The mountain contains remains of old temples. They are not only rich in minerals, crystals but also eyes spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. Overnight at the camp.

Day15: Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will visit Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the palace known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 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, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students is the main attraction of this Palace. After lunch, we will visit cashmere outlet factory and state department store for souvenir shopping. Traditional folklore performance in the evening. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day16: Transfer to the International Airport
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