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Rich culture and ancient temples exploration tour (17 days)

Since Buddhism was introduced in the 16th century by Tibetans the Mongolians are still practicing it today. It has had some decline and rising periods in history. During this Mongolia trip you will visit the 2 main Buddhist monasteries (Amarbayasgalant and Erdene Zuu) and temples (Tuvkhon khiid) to help you understand about Buddhism itself and its history in Mongolia. We will drive to the incredible Great Gobi’s Three Beauties of the Gobi National Park and Terelj Khan Khentii National park. This Mongolia tour allows you to visit several nomadic families to have tea which would be good chance to have an unique Mongolian cultural experience.

Tour overview
Route: Ulaanbaatar –Amarbayasgalant monastery-Ugii lake-Khorgo national park-Tsenkher hot spa-Kharkhorum-Tovkhon monastery-Ongi Cloister-Bayanzag flaming cliffs-Eagle Valley-Terelj national park- Khan Khentii-Ulaanbaatar
Region: Excursion trip Mongolia
Tour Highlights: Visit nomad family, Horse riding, Bonfire, Concert
Available season: May-October
Travel type Cultural tour

Travel Grade

Easy traveler category – Accommodation in comfortable tourist camps and 3 star or 5 star hotels, Japanese vehicle or latest Land Cruiser jeep, guided horse riding trek (if you are riding first time), guided camel riding trek (if you are riding first time) and hiking.

Moderate traveler category – Accommodation in comfortable tourist camps and 2 stars or 3 star hotels, occasionally camping in the tent, Japanese vehicle or latest Land Cruiser jeep, guided horse riding trek (if you are riding for the first time), guided camel riding trek (if you are riding first time) and trekking.

Adventure Traveler category– 2 star hotel or Guesthouse, mixed accommodation and tourist ger camping or camping in the tent, field cooked meals, steppe biking for beginners, basic rock climbing and hiking.

Extreme adventure seekers – camping, field cooked meals, mountain and steppe biking (advanced biker), horse riding trip (advanced rider with more than 5 years experience), Camel riding trek, and extreme mountain climber.


Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

At the airport in Ulaanbaatar you will be met by official representative and transport to hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 2: Drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery

After having early morning breakfast we drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery (360 km). Lunch on the way. Relax in national GER in the beautiful nature. Amarbayasgalant monastery The “Monastery of Tranquil Felicity”, once one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge River. It is one of the most impressive and beautiful monasterial sites. Built in 1727-1736 by Zana-Bazar, the First Bogd Khaan of Mongolia and prominent religious and cultural leader, it attracts both local and foreign visitors, many of them coming to marvel at its beauty. Unlike the monastery of Erdene Zuu, which is composed of an ensemble of temple halls of different styles, Amarbayasgalant shows great stylistic unity. Visit to Amarbayasgalant monastery and attend chanting ceremony and meet monks.

Overnight in GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 3: Ugii Lake

After breakfast drive to Ugii Lake about 310kms. This is a long drive. Free time in Ugii lake.

Overnight in GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 4-5: National Park “Khorgo”

Today we reach Khorgo national park its Dormant Volcano, Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake and many other attractions around the park. Afternoon arrive in Khorgo national park from its east entrance and stay in GER tourist camp. On the next day visit the attractions of Khorgo national park and visit nomad family, keeps yaks.

On next day we will visit local nomad family keeps yaks, lives beside the clear freshwater Lake Terkhiin White. After breakfast riding or hiking to Dormant volcano and Cave, Shar nohoin Tam. Hiking around and dine beside the bone fire. In the evening lay beneath the most clear sky watch stars.

Overnight in GER tourist camp /2B, 2L, 2D/

Day 6: Chuluut River and Tsenkher hot spa

Today we depart to Tsenkher hot spa. We will drive through beautiful view of valleys with nomadic people living. Arrive in Tsenkher hot spa take a shower and soak and relax in hot spa.

Overnight in GER tourist camp /B, L, D /

Day 7: Kharkhorum, Erdene Zuu

After early morning breakfast, head towards Kharkhorum ancient city/ Afternoon, arrive in Kharkhorum and Erdene Zuu monastery, Kharkhorum museum, Kings Statue on the top of the hill. Erdene Zuu monastery was built in 1586 and is surrounded by a massive 400m-x 400m wall. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the ornate temples, only a few of which remain standing after the communist purges. Mongolia´s ancient capital Kharkhorum, Chinggis Khaan´s fabled city, was founded in 1220 on the bank of ORKHON river, at the crossroads of The “Silk Road”. It was from there that the Mongol Empire was governed, until Kublai Khaan moved to Beijing.

Overnight at GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 8: Tovkhon Monastery:

After breakfast, drive to Ulaan Tsutgalan about 90km the tributary of Red river which comes from ridge of Gyatruu, falls down into Orkhon river when it’s flowing trough the canyon. It is 20m of height, 10m of width and there is a tributary noise from 3-5km away of it. Visit to Tovkhon monastery. In this monastery, Holy Saint Zanabazar were creating his masterwork such as the Green Tara and Soymbo script etc. This monastery built on peak of Shivee mountain. Overnight at GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 9: Middle Gobi, Ongi Cloister

Today we continue our journey to Middle Gobi (about 240km). Next Stop is the Ongi Cloister ruin which was founded in 1760 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South banks of the Ongi River. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples-among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. At its heyday, Ongi Cloister could accommodate over 1000 monks at a time.

Overnight in GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 10: Flaming cliffs “Bayanzag” – Dinosaur’s native land

After having nice breakfast at Ongi Secret tourist camp we head towards the Great South Gobi (250km). On the way visit the Flaming cliffs (dinosaur excavation site) known as Bayanzag. The place is an area of red cliffs, which formed from the erosion of sand and rock over many thousands of years. It also the site of several successful dinosaur excavations. And visit Moltsog Els (sand dune).

Overnight in GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 11: National Park Gobi Gurvan Saikhan

After having breakfast we drive to the beautiful Eagle Valley in Gurvan Saikhan Mountains (about 40km). The valley is about 10km long and is completely shaded from the sun in some parts due to the high cliff walls. There you can walk and taking spectacular local landscape photographs. At the opening of the valley is a Local Natural History Museum displaying interesting illustration about the Flora & fauna of the area. You will return to the GER camp in the evening and enjoy free time walking around and see the stunning Gobi sunset.

Overnight in GER tourist camp /B, L, D/

Day 12: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

In the early morning after having breakfast drive to Dalanzadgad airstrip to catch a flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival our driver and guide will pick you up and transport to hotel. Today will be a day of guided sightseeing in UB, including Chinggis square, historical museum and shopping and free time.

Overnight in 3 star Hotel /B, L, D/

Day 13: Terelj National Park

After breakfast at 8.40am drive to Terelj National Park about 98km, our last stop is Princess Lodge. On the way you will be introduced with the small town people’s living standard, herder families, pasturing livestock and Monk cave. Arrive in Princess Lodge, field lunch in the nature. Introduce with camp and its surrounding environment. Spend rest of the day enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Khan Khentii mountains. Evening programs of interest and bonfire, wine taste.

Overnight in Princess Lodge /B, L, D/

Day 14-15: Visit in the nomadic Family, Khan Khentii protected area

After having a nice breakfast at Princess Lodge tourist camp, horse riding to Princess Temple ruins. We horse riding 18-20 km through spectacular valleys and across small rivers surrounded by highly–eroded rock formations of the Khan Khentii Mountains. Cafe breaks on picnic at a site chosen for its spectacular setting. Visit the ruins of Princess Temple, was built in 1740. Return to the camp. Visit nomad family, watch their everyday life and living GER, animals taste dairy products made by nomads. Free time having Sauna and shower, traditional game. Free time

Overnight in Princess Lodge /2B, 2L, 2D / 

Day 16: Ulaanbaatar

After Breakfast return to Ulaanbaatar 98km. On arrival you can have shopping at The State Department Store. Lunch at the local famous restaurant, serving authentic traditional food. In the evening enjoy the exciting performance of “Sarni Chuluu” ensemble to see traditional folklore such as dance, song, Buddhist ritual mask dance.

Overnight in 3 star Hotel /B, L, D/

Day 17: Departure

After breakfast sum our great journey to Western Mongolia, drive to Chinggis Khaan airport for international invisible highway. /B/


Price in USD

Tour Code Tour Season Price 2018
May- October 2-4 PAX 5-9 PAX 10-14 PAX
C4: 2450 2020 1750

Tour Price include:

    • 3 overnights in 3 star Hotel
    • 13 overnights in GER tourist camp
    • English speaking guide
    • All meals are provided: stated as Bold letters below the daily program
    • Ground transportation, four wheel drive
    • Domestic flight
    • Horse riding
    • Camel riding
    • Park entrance fees, museum, concert
    • Pure water supply (1liter per day)
    • As following destinations stated in itinerary
    • Airport pick up and deliver

Tour Price exclude:

    • Travel insurance
    • Visa application fees
    • Bank transfer fee
    • Departure tax
    • Beverages, snacks
    • Personal expenses including, telephone call, internet, laundry
    • Additional services
Tour map


1 Ulaanbaatar City
2 Amarbayasgalant monastery
3 Ugii Lake
4 Great white Lake (Terkhiin Tsagaan nuur)
5 Tsenkher Hot spa
6 Kharkhorum ancient city
7 Tovkhon temple
8 Ongi Cloister
9 Bayanzag flaming cliffs
10 Gobi Gurvan Saikhan, Eagle Valley
11 Terelj national park
12 Khan Khentii protected area
Additional information

Accommodation: We choose the best partners in order to attain best outcome. Every year we personally check our partner hotels and tourist camps to ensure they are maintaining the standard of service. Depending on your preference we offer various 3 to 5 star hotels and guest houses. Tourist camps are all equipped with shower and toilet, 2 to 4 PAX per Ger and restaurants.

Meals: While your stay in Ulaanbaatar there are plenty of choices among Mongolian traditional, European, Indian and Asian cuisine restaurants. During your travel along the countryside tourist camps will serve with standard breakfast and meals of beef, rice and vegetables. If you are vegetarian or require Halal food we also able to organize your special need of food in Mongolia.

Transport: Our vehicles are prepared to travel on Mongolian road. We use variety of air-conditioned, four wheel drive vehicles and bus. The average mileage you will drive per day in Mongolian tour is 180 to 220 kilometers. Our vehicles include Land cruiser, Delica 2, Russian Van, Bus.

Guide: We arrange English, French, Russian and German speaking Mongolian guide on your Mongolian trip. Depending on the tour our special experienced guide will serve you a meal while stay in tent. Our guides always there to help you and work passionately with full of knowledge about the country and make your Mongolian travel one of your most favorite exploration around earth.

Packing List: we highly recommend you to read following article about what you should prepare before your Mongolian holiday.

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