Discover Mongolia by its capital Ulaanbaatar, breathtaking nature of World Heritage Orkhon Valley, sand dune – Elsen Tasarkhai and ancient capital city of Mongol Empire Kharakhorum city and different national parks.
This tour takes place in Orkhon Valley. We hope that this trip will be unforgettable and adventurous for you.
Arkhangai and Uvurkhangai Aimag’s (provinces) are located in the center of Mongolia. Elsen tasarkhai is a unique sight seeing, a desert surrounded by mountain scenery. The Uvurkhangai province includes the world cultural heritage Orkhon Valley and numerous archaeological remains of the nomads. And the place of the ancient capital Chinggis Khan – Kharakhorin – the center of the largest kingdom in the world has ever known.
Central Mongolia: Here is the UNESCO world cultural heritage – Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape: Archaeological discoveries show that the Orkhon Valley has been continuously inhabited during the last 100,000 years. The Orkhon Valley is considered the cradle of Central Asian nomadic civilizations. Various peoples of antiquity, including the Huns, the Uighurs and the Turks, settled here since the 3rd century BC.
In Orkhon Valley large urban centers were established, serving as military, commercial and administrative bases of the respective empire. The most important among them was Karakorum, the capital and center of the vast Mongol empire in the 13th and 14th century, built in 1220 under Gengis Khan. From Kharakhorum the entire empire was governed during this time, and the Silk Road trade between Europe and Asia was controlled. The Orkhon Valley also houses numerous archaeological, historical and cultural sites that document the origin and development of Central Asian, and especially Mongolian, urban development.
In July 2004, the Welterbe committee decided to include the cultural landscape of the Orkhon Valley in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Our Price Includes
- 2 way Transfer to the Airport/Translation
- 4 overnights in Ger Lodges (twin/double bed)
- Entrance fees and taxes of National Parks, museums and tourist attractions according to the program, travel permits
- 2 overnight in hotel
- Car with driver (jeep or minivan)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch as snack, dinner) except alcoholic drinks
- Farewell dinner hosted by A Star Mongolia
- International flight tickets
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses
- Any activities not mentioned in our program
- Personal travel and cancellation insurance
- Everything not mentioned as inclusive
Morning arrival in Ulaanbaatar, pick-up from our guide at the airport/train station, transfer to the hotel, refreshment, afternoon walk through Genghis Khaan Square, visit of the National Historical Museum, dinner.
Dinner in UB
Daytime view of Ulaanbaatar
Night view of Ulaanbaatar
At the camp you will see “Mongolian nomads” show which demonstrates traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts. Also Mongolian ger is made of by traditional making and all furniture pots and clothing are antiques reflecting the feature and manner of Central Khalkhs in the beginning of 20th century.
Stay in Sweet gobi Lodge
distance (~280 km)
After Lunch we start our trip to the Sweet Gobi eco camp (Sanddune, Elsen tasarkhai).
After breakfast we will drive to Talbiun Lodge. The lodge is located at the beautiful scenario of Khaalgan Denj, Khujirt sum of the Uvurkhangai province, the heartland of ancient nomads. We will settle in our ger lodge and have a lunch. There we visit local nomadic families and familiarize ourselves with their everyday activities like Jack and / or mares, and taste the Mongolian milk products with their traditional Mongolian milk tea and other products like Urum, Aaruul (dried curd etc.).
Stay in Talbiun Lodge
distance (~150 km)
Talbiun restaurant and interior of ger
Today we visit Tuvkhun Monastery and Orkhon waterfall by making quick stops at Uurtiin tokhoi and Temeen Chuluu.
B/L as snack/D
Stay in Talbiun Lodge
distance (~120 km)
Tuvkhun Monastery: It was built in 1654 by Saint Zanabazar, one of the biggest representative of Buddhism in Mongolia. He chose this particular place to build the one of the most beautiful monastery when he was 14 years old.The steep cliffs are about 20 m high and has 14 small temples. The complex has been protected by the state since 1998 and was registered by the UNESCO as “The world heritage site” in 1996. It is situated on a forested rocky mountain at the border of Uvurkhangai and Arkhangai Provinces. The monastery was destroyed once in 1688 and was restored in 1773.
Uurtiin tokhoi. Mongolian for “Eternal Elbow”, this is a steep cliff bordering a right angled bend of Orkhon River. Located at 1630 meter above sea level and originally named Khuurtiin Tokhoi, the cliff offers a marvelous view over Orkhon Valley.
Orkhon waterfall The remarkable waterfall lies in the significant Orkhon Valley and it was formed some 20000 years ago from earthquakes and volcanic eruption. Orkhon is the longest river in Mongolia and Ulaan Tsutgalan is the biggest at a height of 26 metres.
After breakfast at the lodge we drive to Kharakhorum, the capital city of ancient Great Mongol Empire. The city was established in 1220. Kharakhorumn was the capital of Mongolia for 140 years and the capital of the Mongol Empire for 32 years. The Erdenezuu monastery and the ruins of Kharakhorum were registered by UNESCO as world heritage in 1996. Major tourist attractions include Erdenezuu monastery, newly built Kharakhorum museum, open museum and mosaic map of Chinggis Khaan.
B/L as snack/D
Stay in ger lodge
distance (~100 km)
Erdene zuu monastery
Today we drive back to the capital Ulaanbaatar and check into a hotel. After refreshing from the trip we will have a folk concert and dinner hosted by A Star Mongolia in local restaurant.
B/L as snack/D
distance (~380 km)
Gobi Cashmere factory store
Tumen ekh folk concert
We hope you had a great trip and wish you safe journey.