Hiking in the wild flowers (14 days)

 Duration: 14 days/13 nights                                             

Tour grade: Easy                                              

Covering distance:                                               

Group size: 2-20

 


Places tio visit: Mongol Els - Kharkhorin - Tsenkher Hot Spring - Orkhon Waterfall - 8 lakes area - Ogii lake - Khustai National Park 
Highlights: Nomadic family visit, Sand dunes, Camel riding, Horse riding, Hiking in the fresh air, Famous 8 lakes area, The most important monastery of Mongolia, Orkhon valley, Orkhon waterfall, Hot spring, National park of wild horses, Ogii lake.

ITINENARY:

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and meet our guide and driver. Transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon city tour in Ulaanbaatar city: visit Sukhbaatar Square, Chinggis Khaan’s monument, Natural History Museum, and visit Zaisan Memorial for Panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at hotel.


Day 2.  Ulaanbaatar – Mongol Els                                                                                                                                                                   In the morning, we will Ulaanbaatar for  the Mongol Els in Khugnu Khaan Natural Reserve. It will take about 280 km on asphalt road. Soon after leaving the city, we will see wild nature of the countryside with many animals on green grass and wild big birds in clear blue sky. After few hours, we will reach the nomad community. We will have conversation with the members of the family, get to know about Mongolian nomadic culture from the real nomads. In the late afternoon, we will go for camel riding to the Mongol Sand Dune massive lies. In the evening, we can take a walk to the sand dune and seeing sun setting from there is always breathtaking. Stay overnight in community ger camp. BLD.

 


Day 3.Trekking to Uvgun Temple Ruin                                                                                                                                                                 After having breakfast in the nature, we will drive shortly to a monastery.  On the base of the Mount Khugnu Khaan, there are ruins of temples.  These temples are as well-known among the history of Mongolian Buddhist Monasteries and Monks as a name Erdenekhamba Khiid. First, we will visit an active small temple  and start our hiking to the ruins of the Uvgun monastery. The half of the road to get there will be rocky, challenging, but the rest will be easy and comfortable to walk.  The hiking will take about 2 hours.  After having lunch at the bottom of the mountain, we will walk to the Ger camp. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD.


Day 4. Drive to Kharkhorin                                                                                                                                                                             In the morning we will drive for 80 km to the Kharkhorin was the capital city of Great Mongolia Empire in thirteenth century. All around this stronghold, craftsmen's and traders' quarters and other houses were gradually built, until, by about 1230, the area had taken on the appearance of a town. On the ruin of the city, the Erdenezuu monastery was established in 16th century which is was the biggest buddist monastery during that time. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 20th century by the communist purge. However, the monastery was restored again and is surrounded by 108 stupas. We will visit the monk’s ceremony which starts at 11:00 am and see 2 museums where you can have good knowledge of how the city was like in ancient time and about Mongolian Buddism.  In the late afternoon, we can visit shortly to the local black market. Stay overnight in the Ger camp. BLD.


Day 5. Travel to Tsenkher hot spring                                                                                                                                                            In the morning, we will leave the ancient city for natural hot spa spring Tsenkher. The nature will become more deeply forested and we will get where we left the city for. Tsenkher is a natural hot spring that flows from the ground, through the seasons, at a temperature of 85 Celsius. The spring is located in central Mongolia in a mountainous region, at 1,860 meters above the sea level. The spring is beneficial for health and there is a natural spa on-site which is ideal for the travel-tired. There are also plenty of walking opportunities in the surrounding forest. You will like the wild flowers and high green grasses. Stay overnight in Ger camp.BLD.


 Day 6. Tuvkhun monastery –Orkhon valley                                                                                                                                              Early in the morning, we will drive to a monastery was built in 1654 by Saint Zanabazar who was a great sculptor and one of the biggest representative of Buddhism in Mongolia. It is located on a rocky mountain hill surrounded by forests elevated in 2300 meters above sea level. In 1651, the first religious statesman Zanabazar built a small stony building. When we get to the bottom of the mountain, we will hike to the mystical temple located on the top of the mountain. It will take about 3 -4 hours on 2 sides. The path goes through the trees and colorful wild flowers, smell of which will make your lungs more cleanJ. After coming down from the mountain, we will drive for about 2 hours to the Orkhon valley. Stay overnight in Ger camp.


Day 7. Hiking to the Orkhon waterfall and horseback riding                                                                                                                           After breakfast , we will walk for about 1 km to the Waterfall Orkhon. After a heavy rain the magnificent seasonal Orkhon waterfall is one of the best sights in the Central Mongolia. About 250m downstream from the waterfall, you can climb down to the bottom of the gorge; it is 22m deep and dotted with pine trees. The Orkhon river, longest river in Mongolia, begins at the state worshipped mountain Suvraga Khairkhan in the Khangai range. The drainage basin of the river is 132835sq km. We can take a rest there at the bottom while listening to the waterfall stream. After that, we will visit yak herding family and ride horse for 1-2 hours in the valley. Stay overnight in the Ger Camp. BLD.

Day 8. Hiking to 8 lakes area                                                                                       Today we will start our hiking through the 8 lakes area. The area is mountainous and untouched. We will hike sometimes in the forest and most of the times on beautiful steppe. We will cross the river with horses. We will see some of the lakes and It will take about 12-15 km. Stay overnight in the tented camping. It will take about 12-15 km. BLD.


Day 9 Hiking to the biggest lake of the area                                                             After breakfast, we will hike to the biggest lake of the area, Shireet. This lake is so beautiful and breathtaking. Today’s hiking will take about 12-15 km. On the way, we can have break for resting many times and take photos. Stay overnight in the gers. BLD.

 


Day 10. Hiking along the lake and come back to Ger Camp                                                                                                                      Today we will walk along the lake Shireet for about 12 km. In the late afternoon, we will come back to our ger camp. Our cook will be waiting for us with Mongolian barbeque. Farewell dinner with the horsemen. Stay overnight in the Ger Camp. BLD    


Day 11.  Drive to Ogii lake                                                                                                                                                                     After having a good night in the Orkhon valley, we will drive for about 150km to Ogii lake. The lake is one of the biggest lakes in Mongolia and located in Arkhangai province. It has 25.7 km squire area, average depth is 6.64m, in some sections 15.3 m and coastal length is 24.7 km. It is quite stunning place for birdwatching, fishing and swimming. There are 150 sorts of extremely rare and rare species birds of passage come to settle down on the "Ogii" lake. We can walk along the lake. Stay overnight in the Ger Camp. BLD.

 


Day 12. Travel to Khustai National Park                                                                                                                                                        After morning short walk, we will drive to Khustai National Park for about 300 km on the asphalt road.  On the way, we will stop by an ancient ruin of a Palace dated back to 8th century. It will be interesting to walk in the ruined wall while imagining how it was like in the ancient time. Then travel continually to the National Park which is a fine example of the wide river valleys separated by hilly terrain that characterize forest steppe. There are dozens of wild animals such as wolves, deer, and Przewalski horse which was reintroduced in 1990 with a cooperation of the Foundation Reserves for the Przewalski Horse and the support of Dutch Government. In the evening, we will see the wild horses when they come down from the mountain to drink from water. It will be amazing to see the wild animals in the nature. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD.  


Day 13. Khustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar city                                                                                                                                                                                                               After taking morning walk shortly in the national park, we will head back to Ulaanbaatar city. There will be shopping time after lunch in Ulaanbaatar and Farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. BLD.

Day 14. Transfer to airport / trainstation.