DAY 1 ULAANBAATAR CITY
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 3* hotel. City tour: National History Museum, Gandan Monastery, National Mongolian traditional show concert.
DAY 2 BATTSENGEL SUM NOMADIC FAMILY
Drive to Battsengel Sum Nomadic Family. Stay at Nomadic Family from the valley. During your stay, you will discover their way of life and you will be proposed many activities, such as milking, making traditional dairy products, or rounding up the animals with a horse. You will also attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue that you will enjoy with yours hosts.
DAY 3 BAYAN UUL MOUNTAIN
Staring in horse riding.
DAY 4 TAIKHAR STONE
DAY 5 KHOID TAMIR RIVER
DAY 6-7 KHUKH LAKE
DAY 8 KHANGAIN NURUU
DAY 9 CHULUUT HOT SPRINGS
DAY 10 CHULUUT RIVER
DAY 11 TERKH TSAGAAN LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Terkh Tsagaan Lake. Visit Deer Stone, Mongolia Experts speculate that north-central Mongolian stone engravings, such as this representation of a deer, were created more than three thousand years ago. Originally thought to guide ancient people across the open steppe, a recent discovery has swayed opinion about the markers. An ancient human, with skin intact, was found buried north of Siberia. His skin bore tattoos similar to the Mongolian deer carving. Researchers now believe that these stones are grave markers and each engraving echoes a tattoo found on the person buried in the frozen earth below. I illuminated this engraving with a headlamp to enhance the mystery of these iconic stones. The artificial light brought out the detail of the beautiful lines, highlighting them against the waning light in the western sky., Khorgo Volcano. The landscape changes as quickly as we approach the Khorgo Volcano. We ride on a very black and very difficult soil, made of dry lava. The landscape is original and doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen so far. The vegetation around us is essentially made of high larches ; it formed on the lava rejected here more than 8000 years ago. In the morning we reach the Khorgo volcano where we dismount and tie our horses to make the ascent of the summit, 2210 meters (1,37 mile) above the sea level. After a few minutes of ascent, the view is already wonderful.
We can already see the white lake. Here, the region is more touristic and once we get back downhill, we can taste local fruit juices sold in small stands. Around noon, we ride again following the track at a slow pace. We go to the cave of Zaluus and visit it before reaching Terkhiin Tsaagaan Nuur, the “White Lake of the Terkh River”, located 2060 meters (1,28 mile) above the sea level. It’s the jewel of Arkhangai and one of the most beautiful lakes of the country.
DAY 12 KARAKORUM ERDENEZUU MONASTERY
Drive to Karakorum. Visit Erdenezuu Monastery. The first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, Erdene Zuu was established on the ruins of ancient Khar khorin city in 1586 by Avtai Sain khan, probably the most ancient surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The monastery located Kharkhorin soum, Uvurkhangai province. It is surrounded by fortress wall sized 420m each side, with 108 stupas. In 1792, it housed 62 temples, Mongolian lords tried to have own named temple inside of wall of monastery because it means they have high reputation.
Also in 1658, the biggest ger consists of 35 walls, 1700 long pole and could contain 200 people, was built up at the middle space of monastery wall. During the communist era this monastery nearly destroyed, nowadays it contains 3 main temples, other some smaller temples, 2 tombs which were dedicated to Avtai sain Khan and his son Tusheet khan Gombodorj and the biggest stupa in Mongolia named “Golden stupa”. The temples became museums in 1947 because Erdene Zuu was allowed to exist as a museum only; the only functioning monastery in Mongolia was Gandantegchinlen Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. However, after the fall of Communism in Mongolia in 1990, the monastery was turned over to the lamas and Erdene Zuu again became a place of worship.
Three main temples are named west zuu, middle zuu and east zuu. Zuu means respectful name of Buddha. So we can see Buddha’s different images such as past time Buddha, future time Buddha, present time Buddha, his child image, adult image, old aged image and his sapient pupils in these temples. These temples have double wall, for encapsulate warm and cool and kind of praying named “Goroo”. Today this monastery could become active monastery again and open for local believers and visitors. This is one of the places where we can learn more about religious and cultural traditions of Mongolia.
DAY 13 BACK TO THE ULAANBAATAR CITY
Drive to Ulaanbaatar. Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go shopping in the center of the city.
DAY 14 HAVE A GOOD JOURNEY AND SEE YOU SOON
Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.
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