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SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL MONGOLIA-1

Discovery of Mongolia by its capital of Ulaanbaatar, the Gobi desert and the World Heritage Orkhon valley.

A Gobi travel always leaves unforgettable memories: mirage, fascinating mountain ranges, foothills with deep gorges, oases with lush green meadows, magnificent sand dune fields at sunset, camels and cattle herders. Gobi is the cradle of dinosaur research. One can also find the rarest animals and plant life.

Arkhangai aimag: A contrast program to Gobi is a tour into the UNESCO World Heritage site – in the cultural landscape Orkhon Valley: Archaeological finds prove that the Orkhon Valley was inhabited continuously during the last 100,000 years. The Orkhon Valley is considered the cradle of the Central Asian nomads civilizations. Various ancients, including the Huns, the Uighurs and the Turkic peoples settled here since the 3rd century.

The Orkhon Valley is also home to numerous archaeological, historical and cultural sites that document the origin and development of the Central Asian and especially the Mongolian urban development. It emerged large-scale urban centers, which served as military, commercial and administrative bases of each kingdom. The most important among them was Karkhorum built by Genghis Khan and center of the vast Mongol Empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Karkhorum was the center and administrator of Silk Road trade between Europe and Asia.

In July 2004, it has been adopted by the World Heritage Committee to list as a cultural landscape Orkhon Valley in the UNESCO World Heritage.

Tour highlights:

– Capital of Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar, visiting museums and folklore
– Gobi: Yol Valley, Khongoryn Els sand dunes, Bayanzag – Saxaul forest,
– Ongi monastery
– Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape: Kharkhorum, Orkhon waterfall, Tuvkhun Monastery, Talbiun Lodge
– Visit nomadic families
– Tour guide
– Overnight in selected traditional Ger Lodges
– Full board

Activities:

Hiking, visiting nomad families and riding camels & horses.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Day of your arrival in Ulaanbaatar and sightseeing in the capital, Sukhbaatar Square and the National Historic Museum.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar –  Baga gazriin Chuluu

Today we will sail by land towards Gobi and stay in Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a granite mountain with very beautiful granite weathering (rock castles).

Day 3: Baga Gazriin Chuluu – Tsagaan Suvraga

Today we continue our journey further south towards Tsagaan Suvraga, white stupas.

Day 4: Tsagaan Suvraga -Yol Valley

Today we visit the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park which is located in the three beautiful mountain ranges.

Day 5: Gobi Mirage Lodge – Khongoryn Els sand dune

Khongoryn Els sand dunes are called by locals as Singing dunes. They are 180 km land and 15-20 meters wide. They are a part of the desert zone and claimed 2.7% of the total land area.

Day 6: Khongoryn Els – Bayanzag  

Gobi is a mecca for paleontologists. Bayanzag is one of the archaeological sites that dinosaur fossils were found.

Day 7: Bayanzag – Ongi Monastery

The road leads us today from the Gobi out in the valley of the river Ongi to Ongi monastery. At sunrise we visit the monastery.

Day 8: Ongi – Talbiun Lodge

After breakfast we head to the Upper Orkhon Valley to Ger Lodge Talbiun, located in the beautiful countryside in Khaalgan Denj of Khujirt Sum of Uvurkhangai Province.

Day 9: Talbiun camp – Tuvkhun Monastery –  Orkhon Waterfall – Talbiun Lodge

Today we drive to the monastery Tuvkhun, which lies on the mountain Tuvkhun. Get the arduous path of a horse to climb up and enjoy the magnificent views.

Day 10: Nomad Day in Talbiun Lodge

A day without a car. We stay in Talbiun Lodge and visit local nomadic families and familiarize ourselves with their everyday tasks such as mares-milking and taste the Mongolian dairy products with their traditional Mongolian milk tea.

Day 11: Talbiun Lodge –  Kharbalgasun – Kharkhorin

We drive to Karabalgasun, a town ruins dating from the 8th / 9th century, where the Mongolian-German archaeologists make excavations.

Day 12: Kharkhorum

Today we visit the Erdene Zuu monastery, which was built at the initiative of Khalkh-Prince Abtai-Khan from the rubble of the ruined capital city. It is the first major lama monastery in Mongolia, now a museum, where the findings of the German-Mongolian excavations Kharkhorum exhibited.

Day 13: Kharkhorum – Ulaanbaatar

Today you drive back to the capital. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to make the last errands.

Day 14: Departure

Transfer to the airport.

Min people:

The journey can be carried out from 2 people minimum.

Available from 20th of May until 1st September.

Our price includes:

– All airport transfers
– All accomodations
– Tour guide
– All entrance fees
– All meals

Not included:

– International flight
– Soft and alcoholic beverages
– All services not included in the program
– Personal expenses
– All kinds of insurance
– Visa

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