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Day 1. Start the trip via Elsentasarkhai to Kharkhorin.
Elsentasarkai is a unique place features Gobi desert, mountain steppe and
high mountains in an area. Arrive at Kharkhorin. Drive up hills with turtle stone
and monument and see wide-open valley of the Orkhon River from up. In
Kharkhorin, on the ruins of ancient city Kharkorum, Mongolian first and the
largest monastery Erdenezuu was built using old materials of the destroyed
city. The guests are always amazed by stunning architecture of the monastery
and its valuable religious items. Some temples of the monastery have over
400 year’s history. Visit the monastery.
Day 2. Drive to Tsenkher hot spa
Drive to Tsenkher hot spa The Tsenkher hot spa tourist camp is located in the
middle of forested mountains. There you can get relaxed in hot spa pool. Hike
to the beginning of the hot spring.
Day 3.-4. Drive to KhorgoTerhiinTsagaan National Park
From today you will see big change of the the landscapes. The Khorgo
volcano is the last extinct volcano became extinct 8000-6000 years ago.
There you may picture how the eruption was when you see huge basalt
covered areas. The beautiful TerkhiinTsagaanlake was formed after the two
Terk rivers blocked by lava of the volcanoes. Climb the volcano and explore
its beautiful surrounding. Visit a yak herding nomad family to experience and
explore their life.
Day 5. Drive to Otgontenger Mountain
Peak of snow-capped Mt. Otgontenger is 4031 m above sea level. It is the
highest peak of Khangai mountain range. Today we will drive through eye
capturing beautiful nature to the Otgon tourist camp located on the southern
foothill of the snowcapped mountain.
Day 6. Short driving to BadarHundaga lake, relax and enjoy nature
BadarHundaga is a beautiful small lake lies just below the permanent snow
cover of the Otgontenger mountain. The mountain has been worshipped since
1779 and protected since 1992. Short driving to BadarKhundagalake. Soft
hiking in search for saussurea in the surrounding area and see deity of
Ochirvaani Buddha. A day horse riding tour to the lake is available on your
Day 7. Drive to Tarvagatai National Park.
Tarvagatai National Park is located 78 km northeast from Uliastai town and 23
km from Idersoum in Zavhan province. We will have overnight break at the
beautiful national park. Within the national park, there is a beautiful Nogoon
Lake surrounded by forested mountains. “Nogoon” means “green”. The lake
always looks green. You can imagine how clean the lake is when you see
fishes in the lake water. Accommodation: tourist camp located on the shore of
Day 8. Drive to Angirt Lake
Angirt is a beautiful small lake located on the junction of the Gobi desert and
forest steppe. On the south of the lake, there is a sand mountain neighboring
seven small sand dunes in its east. Charming magnolia flower grows on the
top the two sand dunes. Angirtlake is home to water birds.
Day 9. Drive to deer stones
The deer stone spread widely in Central Asia. There are 600 of them found in
Central Asia. 500 of them are found in Mongolia territory. Deer stones are the
first monuments of ancient man. The earliest of it belongs to XIII-IX centuries
BC while most of them belong to the Bronze Age. The sun, the moon, belt,
knife and deer jumping up sky are carved fantastically on repaired standing
stones. The deer stones we will see today are famous in central Asia as those
are the best kept and the most clear carved ones.
Day 10-11. Drive to Khuvsgul Lake
Drive to the Khuvsgullake. Khuvsgul is the second largest fresh water lake
after famous Russian Baikal in the world. The lake is stuck in Siberian taiga
and formed by volcanic activity. It is 136 km long, 35 m wide and 262 m deep
at its deepest. The lake lies at 1645 m above sea level surrounded by
forested mountains. We will arrive at the lake by lunch time. After lunch, you
can enjoy nature and explore its surrounding as you wish.
Day 12. Drive to UranTogoo extinct volcano.
The volcano was extinguished 800,000 years ago. Northern slope of it is
covered with trees. The volcano has small lake in its inside. Today we will
have overnight break near the volcano.
Day 13. Drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Our driving lead us through Bulgan town and Erdenet, the second large city
after Ulaanbaatar. In Erdenet, we will pass by Erdenet copper mine.
Amarbayasgalant Monastery is a place of bright spirits, religious intelligence
and admiration of local architectures. Officially, Amarbayasgalant monastery
was the retreat place of the "Dalai Lamas" of the Mongolia, the
BogdKhaanJavtsundamba. It is located in the beautiful valley of the Iven River
at the foot of Burenkhan Mountain in Selenge province. The monastery was
established by order of the Manju Emperor Enkh-Amgalan, to cherish and
give a respect to Mongolian first BogdKhaanUndurGegeenZanabazar. A huge
numbers of rare religious relics, books, sutras, thangkas and deity of Buddhas
have been kept in the monastery. The monastery is admired by its stunning
architecture even though some of its temples were destroyed during the
1930s socialist purge. The monastery is special as it was built wood interlock
method without using a single nail. Visit the monastery.
Day 14. Drive to Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar.
West-Northern Mongolian Tour