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Availability : 1 January - 31 December
Ulaanbaatar
Min Age : 2+
Overview

One of the most beautiful places in Mongolia is Khuvsgul Lake. Khuvsgul is the deepest and freshest lake. Also northern Mongolia is called Mongolian Switzerland because it is completely covered by green forest. The lake is more than 2 million years old and was formed by the earthquake. This tour offers you to cover part of central, northern Mongolia and Khuvsgul Lake. 

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar

Departure Time

In the morning

Price Includes

  • Private English speaking guide and driver
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation at the ger camps
  • All entrance fees of all national parks
  • Bottled drinking water (unlimited)
  • Road and toll fees
  • Petrol and fuel
  • Visa support invitation letter
  • All meals (B+L+D)
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar (if requested with additional charge)

Price Excludes

  • Daily personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees etc.
  • Tips for your driver and guide (discretionary)
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Amarbayasgalant monastery

Amarbayasgalant monastery one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge River. It was built from 1727 to 1736, without the use of any nails. The monastery was established and founded by order of ManchuYongzheng Emperor (and completed under his successor the Qianlong Emperor) to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar (1635–1723). Many of the monks were executed by the country’s Communist regime and the monastery’s artifacts, including thangkas, statues, and manuscripts were looted, although some were hidden until more fortunate times. Today, only 28 temples remain. Restoration work began in 1988 with funds provided by UNESCO.

Day 2Uran crater

The Uran Togoo – Tulga Uul is a national protected area in the Bulgan Province, Mongolia. It is located about 60 km directly west of Bulgan city around the extinct volcanoes Uran Togoo, Tulga, Togoo, and Jalavch Uul. All four mountain names allude to their volcanic past with designations borrowed from around the fireplace. Uran crater is 500-600 meters wide and 50 meters deep. We will hike to the crater.

Day 3-4Khuvsgul Lake

Khuvsgul Lake is 136km long and 36km wide at 1645m above the sea level. It is second largest lake in Mongolia as well as the deepest. It is well-known as the Blue pearl of Mongolia, because of its crystal clear water. Bicycling, swimming, walking, horse-riding, and hiking are the main activities there.

Day 5Uushgiin Uvur deer stone monuments and Shine Ider Village

Uushgiin Uvur is located on southeastern sunny side of rock Uushig mountain 17km west from Murun. You can find tombs, rectangular burials and 14 deer stones in a single area at the same time. This memorial contains the most clearly depicted deer stone in Mongolia. These deer stones were aligned from north to south in a single column.. A deer, an arch, a shield, a horse, a knife, the moon, the sun and a mirror figured belt were engraved on the stones. These oblong-shaped stone monuments are 1,5-4,8m high, 0,4-1m wide and 20-50m thick. Total of 109 deer figures as well as some human figures were carved on 14 stones. After we have visited this place, we will have lunch in Murun and head to Shine Ider village. In the wild nature, we will camp.

Day 6-7Khorgo-Terkh National Park

Great White Lake is the highlight of Arkhangai province and famous for its attractive scenery.It is located in 600 km northwest of Ulaanbaatar. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered flora and fauna. It’s surrounded by the Khangai Mountain Range, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. The most area of the National park is covered by poplar and peach forest, where grow wild berries, rare herbs and many different varieties of wild berries and flowers. There are lots of wild animals such as deer, ibex and others, as well as various kinds of birds. Around the Great White Lake we will hike and explore the unique natural formation.
Khorgo Volcanic Crater
Khorgo volcano crater is situated at an altitude of 2210 m, 200 m wide and 100 m deep. Near the crater there are dozens of small caverns with stalactites hanging from their ceiling and walls. Because of volcanic eruption, the nature has very unique formation. One of them was deep ground cave with ice inside, which is called “Yellow dog’s hell”. Next to the Yellow dog’s hell there is an icy cave. The ice is left even in the hottest summer of the some years. Some of 13 stone shelters reach 1.7 m high, are formed with the lava flow.
Great White lake
Another highlight in this National Park is Great White Lake. This scenic freshwater lake is around 16km long, east to west, and around 4km to 6km wide, north to south. On average, it is about 20 meters deep, and 61 square kilometers in this area. The Lake is extremely beautiful with rich species of fish and birds. It is one of the nicest places for bird watching. According to legend, this lake was formed when an elderly couple forgot to cap a well after fetching water. The valley was flooded until a local hero shot a nearby mountain top with his sword the shorn top covered the well and became an island in the lake. Approximately 180km north-west of Tsetserleg, The lake,20 km long, was formed when volcanic lava dammed the Suman River cutting a large gorge through the basalt. . White lake is a great spot for bird watching! On the 19th day, we will visit some caves and craters.

Day 8Tsenkher Hot Spring

Tsenkher hot spring is located 30km south from Tsesterleg city in a beautiful forested mountain valley. The 86℃ hot spring water is supposed to have curative properties for arthritic joints and other ailments. Also spring is kept in high pressure under the ground flow rate is high, 10 litres per second. The water has mineral content and containing everything from simple calcium, sodium to sulphuric. The hot spring helps you to keep your skin softly and naturally. During the daytime you can have sunbath and when it gets dark you can enjoy the starts while you are sitting in the hot spring.

Day 9Kharakhorum

Karakorum was one of the most important cities in the history of the Silk Road. Although founded by Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum’s development as capital of the Mongol Empire occurred in the 1230s under his son Ugudei. The Mongols had a profound impact on the history of trade across Central Asia, as their vast empire connected east and west. We will explore all the highlights of the city.

Day 10Khugnu Tarna Natural Reserve

Khugnu Khan natural reserve covers 46,990 hectares of land and located in Rashaant soum of Bulgan province. The park is a splendid mountain and situated at the border of three provinces. In the natural reserve, there are extraordinary sand dunes about 80 kilometers. The scenery is spectacular combination of desert, picturesque mountain, river and green grassland. There are two monasteries in this national park.

Day 11Hustai National Park

Hustai National Park is one of the well known and prestigious special protected areas in Mongolia. According to the resolution by Mongolian Government, Hustai National Park Trust (hereinafter referred to as Hustai Center) is dealing the management of the Hustai National Park contracting with the Ministry of Nature and Environment. Hustai Center is operating to conserve ecosystems, biodiversity of the park and historical stone monuments, build up takhi population in the wildlife. Unique wild horse – Takhi reintroduction project at Hustai National Park started in 1992. As the successful implementation of the project today there are over 363 takhi in the park and we will see them.

Day 12Back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast we will head back to Ulaanbaatar

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