It is an opportunity to see the most famous attractions close to Ulaanbaatar during your short trip in Mongolia; awe-inspiring Erdenezuu Monastery, see last survival of earth’s wild horses roaming through holy hills of Hustai National Park and the most northern edge of the Gobi desert in Elsentasarkhai. Erdenezuu monastery was built on the ruins of ancient capital Karakorum in the broad valley of the Orkhon River, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site as the valley is rich in historical remains ranging from the prehistoric time to the present day. The Hustai National Park is one of few places you can see the wild horses in the wild. We also include a nomad family visit, local food tasting with nomads and short horse riding experience.
- Over 400 years old monastery Erdenezuu and its valuable items on display
- Elsentasarkhai, most northern edge of the Gobi
- Visit a nomad family to see their unique life
- 1-2 hours horse riding on the steppes
- See last survival of the earth’s wild horses
- Stay at traditional dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
- Duration: 2 nights/3 days
- Tour Grade: Easy
- Group Size: 2 to 16 PAX
- Available: All year round
Eredenezuu Monastery and Kharkhorin in the Orkhon River Valley, Hustai National Park, Elsentasarkhai (northern edge of the Gobi)
Your guide and driver meet you at your accommodation/airport/ train station and start the adventure driving to Kharkhorin via Elsentasarkhai. Elsentasarkhai is a picturesque place representing features of the Gobi desert, mountain steppes, and grasslands in a single area. On our way, we will break for a short by sand dunes. Except for enjoying natural beauty, you can ride camels through the sand dunes at the base of private payment. Next, we visit a nomad family, have local food for lunch and enjoy horse riding on steppes. Continue the driving to Kharkhorin with the views of changing landscapes and countless animals of nomads. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Kharakhorum, was a capital of Genghis Khaan's Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. After the move of the capital to Beijing, and the fall of the Empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by Manchurian soldiers in 1388.
What’s Included: ger camp, horse riding
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Erdenezuu is the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia was built using old materials of the destroyed city Kharakhorum in 1586. See some valuable religious items in the temple museum and admire its stunning architecture. Also, visit an active temple to see morning chant of the monks. Next, visit the Kharakhorum Museum displays items of ancient city Kharakhorum. Our today’s trip will continue to Hustai National Park. Visit a small museum of the national park, watch a short documentary about the wild horses and the national park. In the evening we will drive to the national park’s core zone to see the wild horses.
What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The driving takes 2-2.5 hours. Drop off at your accommodation and end of the tour
What’s Included: Breakfast
- 2 PAX 460$
- 3-5 PAX 367$
- 6-7 PAX 330$
- 8-10 PAX 290$(more attractive price for more than 10 PAX)
- For children of a family trip
- One free space for every 16 PAX
- Low season discount: 5-10%(May, September)
- Please contact us for more trip details.
- 2 nights in ger camps (Double/twin share)
- English speaking guide
- Transfer service
- 2*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
- Entry fees to the museums and national parks
- Horse riding
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Items of personal nature
- Bar Bills, Laundry, Telephone Calls
- Travel and Medical Insurance
- Visa Fee
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
- International transportation
- Optional activities and additional services
- Single supplements
This is a regular tour includes two overnight stays at ger camps in the countryside. No hard physical or challenging activities include. We will have 1-2 hours horse riding with the support of your guide and a local equestrian. People who have no previous riding experience may ride the horses gently led by the equestrian. Traveling in Mongolia always require long driving through changing landscapes and scenic views. Erdenezuu monastery is located 360 km from Ulaanbaatar. Luckily, all the driving takes place on the paved roads.
Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season and seasonal accommodation ger camps are open between 20 May and 30 September. During other shoulder months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. Even though, the tour is available with locally run small hotels and nomad family homestays if you are a keen traveler and would like to discover more about the nomadic life. For more detailed information on accommodation, please visit Mongolia Ger camps The tour has not included accommodation and sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, and we are available to arrange them upon your request.
The tour meals are included according to the itinerary. In the countryside, ger camps serve with some European and Mongolian meals. Meat is the main recipe for the meals and serves for lunch and dinner except there are some vegetables, salads and soups. There will be more meat in traditional Mongolian meals. Example menu of the meals is tea, coffee, bread, jam, butter, eggs and sausage for breakfast. There are some cookies, cheese, cereals, pancakes and more will be served at some of the ger camps for breakfast. Some salads, cream/vegetable/ Mongolian soups and main course (pasta, rice, vegetables, beef/mutton/chicken/fish near lakes/rivers), dessert and tea for lunch. Salad, main course, dessert and tea will be served for dinner. With nomads, you will try authentic Mongolian meals. Different courses of meals at once are not a way of Mongolian tradition. If you are a vegetarian or have dietary etc. please inform us in advance. We will book the meals accordingly. We will supply with 2 bottles of 0.5-liter water a day. Putting one big bottle (1.5 liters) water instead of 2 small bottles of water is available upon request.
Most of our company guides are English speaking. We also have some guides who speak German, French, Spanish and Japanese. They are all friendly, helpful and most of them were born and grown in the countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about every aspect of Mongolia and they have at least three years or more years of guiding experience. During the horse riding, local equestrian will instruct and support you.
Most of our tours were designed with four wheels driving Japanese van Mitsubishi Delica driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers. Different car types are available upon request and you may check the travel vehicle availability at Mongolia transportation.
The most suitable time to take the tour is between 20 May and 30 September. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. However, the weather in May and September could be chilly. As well as, the rural accommodation ger camps will be open during this period. The tour is available with nomad family stays in October and during off seasons when the ger camps closed. Average day temperature of summer is +28°C and the highest +38°C (June, July, August). An average daytime temperature in May and September are +23°C and highest 32°C. Expect the temperature drop 15 to 20°C down in the evening and at nights. The temperature dramatically falls if it rains. In Mongolia, the weather fluctuates a lot; hourly, daytime and at nights. You may have occasional chill wind and snow falls in May, September, and October. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check packing list of the discovery tour. The listed items are just giving you an idea, not mandatory.
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