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Day 1. The Kharkhorin city , ancient capital of Mongolia
Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolian Empire, was built in 1235 by Ugudei khaan who was the successor of Chingis Khaan. The old capital was almost completely destroyed in 1377. But in 1585, Avtai Sain Khaan of Mongolia built the biggest Buddhist monastery near the site of the old capital in 1586. The monastery, Erdenezuu, is kept in good shape until today. The crafts and paintings stored in the monastery are "a must see " masterpiece of work. Visit the monastery and explore more about the historical city. Overnight in Khugnu Khan Reserve.
Day 2. Orkhon Valley and Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall
Drive to Orkhon valley. Orkhon valley is a historically significant place whose river flows an incredible 1120km before it joins to Selenge river. The valley is famous for its Red waterfall. Ulaantsutgalan or Red waterfall was formed by unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20000 years ago.. Trekking to the waterfall. Stay in a ger camp nearby the waterfall. Relax and have fun exploring the silent yet beautiful nature.
Day 3-6. Start horseback riding tour
After having breakfast , we will pack our staff on luggage horse and ride to Khuis Lake, which is the one in other 8 lakes. During these days, you will see great landscapes , beautiful lakes and one of the wildest and unspoiled travel destinations of Mongolia. The Shireet lake is biggest lake one of the other lakes, perfect for photo-shooting and camping overnight. We highly recommend this area for our customers who want to experience adventurous horseback riding. You will stay in family to family. ( Breakfast, lunch and Dinner). Also you will see the daily lifestyle of real nomadic family.
Day 7. Nomadic Family and Guchin Us place
Today we will visit a true nomadic family. The purpose of the stay at a local family is to experience the true culture of Mongolian nomads. You will see how they herd animals, make dairy products, and traditional clothes. You are welcome to play traditional games, have Mongolian supper and interact with the nomads and ask any question you have. Overnight in a ger.
Day 8-9. Khongor sand dunes
Drive to the sand dunes of Khongor. Camel riding along the dunes.The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the sand-dunes. Visit to Nomads Family. Interaction with local nomads.
After dinner , hiking to the dunes to see the panoramic view from the top. The dunes extend for 185 kilometers and include dunes that can reach 240 meters in height.
Day 10 Flaming Cliffs and Bayanzag
Drive to Flaming Cliffs which is Neolithic site where the large dinosaurs' skeletons on show in Natural History Museum were found. In the west, it is better known as the Flaming Cliffs so named explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. He also discovered petrified forests remain of mammals and in particular the skeleton of hornless rhinoceros, the largest known mammal in the world. Short trekking in Bayanzag.
Day 11 . Yol Valley and Three beauties of Gobi
Yol , named after a vulture , is a deep and narrow gorge in the sub range of the famous mountain "The three beauties of Gobi". Short trekking through the gorge. The valley is beautiful with impressive canyons, green land and little pond. Wild and rare animals such as ibex, wild sheep, fox , antelopes, snow leopards are seen sometimes. Horse-riding is optional as well. Overnight in a ger camp nearby the gorge.
Day 12. White stupa or Tsagaan Suvarga
This is a colorful limestone rock in Ulziit sum, a local administration unit. The rock is about 30 meters tall and shaped uniquely because of natural erosion caused by wind and water. Locals have long venerated this mountain (have so much fear and) respect for it that they refrain from saying its real name. They call it "Tsagaan Khairkhan" the "White Darling" instead when they are at this place. Overnight in a ger.
Day 13. Driving back to UB.
Accommodation: nomadic family ger, tourist camp, camping (tent)
Karakorum-Eight lakes-Gobi Tour