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Many people think that Mongolia is the only nomadic country. But, we did have State, capital city and trade center. Karakorum was the ancient capital of Mongol Empire and main destination of the famous Silk Road. This tour will give you a new perspective on the nature of the Mongol Empire. Not much remains today of Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and its materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery. In an empire of nomads, very few permanent structures were ever erected, and the impermanence of cities and monuments was of little significance to these warriors of the steppe. You will experience the unique setting of Karakorum, located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, and visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia.
Chinggis Khaan Monument
Khushuu Tsaidam Monument
ancient capital Karakorum
tombs and rock drawings artifacts from the Bronze Age
Asian wild horses
horse and camel riding
nomadic culture experiencing
real Mongolian barbecue Khorkhog
In the morning, our guide & driver pick you up from your accommodation and start our tour directly driving to Chinggis Khaan Monument. This statue, showing Chinggis Khaan (1162-1227) with a golden whip in his right hand gazing into the distance, has been erected at the Tsonjin Boldog site connected to many historic events in the territory of Erdene soum in Tov aimag, 54 km from Ulaanbaatar. The haughty and yet honorable statue is surrounded by 36 columns representing 36 Mongolian Khaans. The entire edifice is covered in 250 tons of steel. You will visit there museum of 13th century Great Mongol Empire and Bronze Age museum. After lunch at Tsonjin Boldog, we will drive to 13th Century Complex Park - tourist camp, where you will find yourself in an environment showing the 13th century tribal system. The visit to the park will evoke the true spirit and time of Chinggis Khaan and will give you an opportunity to experience the authentic feeling of this historically famous period. Overnight in Ger camp.
Travel to Hustai National Park, site of re-introduction scheme of Przewalski’s horse, by Mongolian’s called Tahki. It became extinct in the wild in the 1960’s, and since 1992 has been successfully re - introduced to Hustai and other parts of Mongolia, from zoos around the world. Arrive at the Hustai National Park, visit Takhi's small museum and continue our way to Nomad family, which they live just outside National Park. Arrive at nomad family, meet the family members, and you will be welcomed to traditional way of greeting followed by lunch. After lunch, we will visit to Ungut Monument - the largest complex of ancient burial mounds, the "man stone" and other stone figures dating from the 6th - 7th century Turkish period in Mongolia. Then rest of the day you will spend to learn and to experience nomad people’s daily lifestyle and duties, including milking cows and sheeps, bringing the herds from pasture, producing dairy products, helping & cooking Mongolian respected dish Khorkhog with help of hostess etc. In the evening, drive back to National park to see Wild Horses-Takhi while they coming down from mountain to drink water. Overnight in Nomad family Ger.
Khushuu Tsaidam Memoral Complex is a Turkic inscribed monument of Turkic Empire. The inscription was written by the grandson of Kultegin and devoted to the Bilge Khan of Turkic Empire and his brother Kultegin in 732. Bilge Khan's stele, well khown Orkhon Inscription is 3,3 m high, 1,3 m wide and has 68 rows of inscription. Bilge Khan, who was the latest King of Turkic Empire, ruled its country for 19 years. These memorials were recognized as a "Cultural landscape" of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1996, although they had been destroyed much throughout its history of over thousand years. Continue travel to Karakorum, the ruins of the former capital city of Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. The establishment was founded by Chinggis Khan in 1220 and completed by his successors. In 1380, soldiers of the Min dynasty destroyed the city. In 1586, the building of Mongolia's first and largest monastery started. It was built using material from the destroyed city. The monastery had 62 temples and housed over 1000 monks. Sadly, in the 1930's communist purge, some of the temples were destroyed. However, the monastery continues to rank as the largest of Mongolia. We will visit to Kharkhorin museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery Complex. Overnight in Ger camp.
Today we will drive to Orkhon valley, registered as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2005, this Orkhon River valley is known as the cradle of the Mongolian civilization holding many of Mongolia’s ancient monuments lie within its basin. Our first stop will be legendary Tuvkhun monastery, in Khangai Mountains. Tuvkhun Monastery, one of most beautiful monastery complex, situated on a forested rocky mountain called Shireet Ulaan, which elevated in 2300 meters above sea level. It was a meditation center and creation house of famous sculptor Zanabazar, who is Mongolia’s first Bogd (living Buddha), a leader of the Mongol state and Mongolian Buddhism in 17th century. Visit the legendary monastery and hear the stories related to the Saint Zanabazar, explore the beautiful surroundings and enjoy some leisure times. Continue travel to Orkhon Waterfall and over 25 m high Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Mongolia and one of the most attractive destinations in Orkhon river valley. The surrounding areas of the waterfall were formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years (possibly Quaternary period). Flows of Orkhon River created a 130 km long canyon through the lava plateau. Enjoy the scenery of wilderness and visit to the nomadic families to see their lifestyle and witness their hospitality. Overnight in Ger camp.
Travel to Khogno Khan Nature Reserve, magnificent place with mountains, steppes, Gobi-type desert and mineral water sources all in one location. Visit to Uvgun monastery or Erdene Khamba khiid, which was built in 17th century, nowadays there is only ruins apart from one small operating temple for visitors. If you go further more 1,5 km there are main ruins of temple hidden deep into the splendid Rocky Mountains and this small journey offers true wilderness of natural beauty. Tour will continue, visiting to extraordinary sand dunes Elsen Tasarkhai which represents mini Gobi at Khangai Mountain range and extends about 80 km. Camel riding through the Golden sand dunes is fun and we will do that with support of camel man. Dinner and free time. Overnight in Ger camp.
Today we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Lunch will be at local cuisine on the road. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, and you will be transferred to your accommodation. End of the tour.
4 Nights in Tourist Ger camps (twin share)
1 Night in Nomad family guest Ger
4 WD Vehicle in the countryside
Airport transfers for arrival / departure
Meals as listed (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Sightseeing and Entrance fees according to the itinerary
English speaking guide
Daily water supply
Camel and Horse riding fees
Visa support invitation letter where applicable
Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar
International airfare / train tickets+ tax
Travel insurance / Visa fees
Items for personal use
Tips for staffs
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