Time Travel to Ancient Capital of Mongolia Kharkhorum

5 days 4 nights to Central South of Mongolia

Planning a tour out in a country side, but aren’t sure what to do?

To help make your trip planning just a little easier, we’ve put together a tour itinerary to Central South of Mongolia to help you make the most of your five days in Mongolia.

Overview

Kharkhorum

Admire majestic landscapes of the steppes, river valleys and rolling hills during the drive to Kharkhoriin, ancient Capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. The city was the capital city of the Empire until Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, moved the capital status to Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty. Explore the beautifully preserved and oldest surviving Buddhist Monastery at Erdenezuu and admire the large collection of Buddhist paintings and Mongolian and Tibetan artifacts. Overnight stay at Kharkhoriin Munkhsuuren Ger camp.

Orkhon Valley

The Orkhon Waterfall flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley. The waterfall formed by combination volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago cascades down from a height of 27 meters. The Orkhon, longest river in Mongolia, begins at the state worshiped mountain Suvraga Khairkhan in the Khangai mountain range. Families will offer horse riding. Overnight at Nomadic family.

Khugnu Khan- Khustain National Park

Elsen Tasarhai, also known as Bayan Gobi, is a suitable place for breaking the seven-hour drive between Ulaanbaatar and Kharkhorin. Its name literally means an isolated torn-off piece of sand and with its sand dunes, it is the closest place to Ulaanbaatar for visitors to get the feel of the Gobi Desert. This stopover can be combined with a trip to Khogno Khan Mountain for sightseeing of the Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins, which is only 18 km to the north. Families nearby offer several camel riding options. Overnight stay with a Nomadic family.

Khustain Nuruu National Park – Ulaanbaatar

Khustain Nuruu National Park’s main feature is the Takhi, the last remaining species of wild horse anywhere in the world. Also known as the Przewalski’s horse, they became endangered under pressure from poaching, overgrazing, and development in their breeding territory. Khustai is also a haven for many species of wild birds.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar – Kharkhorum (L, D)

Leave UB and watch as the city’s gritty cityscape gradually fades and the sparse, rolling hillsides for which the country is so well known take over. Visit Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital. Wander the ruins of the old city and drop in on Mongolia’s first Buddhist monastery called Erdene Zuu.

Day 2 Orkhon Valley (B, L, D)

Leave Kharkhorum drive to Orkhon Valley Spend time in stunning Orkhon Valley and visit nearby waterfalls. Hike to the 17th-century Tuvkhon Monastery for a spectacular view of this verdant valley. Overnight in traditional Mongolian gers.

Day 3 Tsetserleg Hot Springs (B, L, D)

After the breakfast drive a little over 2 hours to Tsenkher Hot Springs. If you are feeling a little bruised or achy from your travels, bouncing over Mongolian roads, an hour or two in the springs is all you need to revitalize. Overnight stay at Duut tourist camp.

Day 4 Elsen Tasarkhai (B, L, D)

Drive to Khogno Khan Natural Reserve and visit the remains of Khogno Tarnyd Khiid, a small Buddhist monastery tucked away in a well protected, horseshoe shaped valley. Hike up the hillside to see the small Uvguun temple. Along the way visit a local family and taste Aaruul (dried curd), Suutei tsai (salty milk tea), and Boortsog (a doughnut like biscuit). Overnight in traditional Mongolian gers.

Day 5 Khustai – Ulaanbaatar (B, L)

After an early breakfast followed by the drive to Khustai National Par. In the afternoon drive out to the rolling hills to see the Takhi. Complete your Mongolian Overland adventure back in colourful and quirky Ulaanbaatar.

 

Inclusions

  • Transfer
  • Driver
  • Guide/ cook
  • Accommodations
  • Meals

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Entrance to museums and temples
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control
  • Camel and Horse riding

Accommodation arrangements

  • Kharkhorum – Hotel
  • Orkhon Valley – Family stay
  • Tsenkher Hot Springs – Tourist Camp
  • Elsen Tasarkhai – Family stay

Price

Price per person 1 Person
2 Person
3 Person
4 Person
USD $ 800.00 per person $ 467.00 per person $ 356.00 per person $ 300.00 per person


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Physical rating

You need to have a good level of fitness and be in excellent health to take part in this trip. It’s important that you are able to hike a long distance.

You also need to be able to cope with varying temperature as we will be experiencing climates from warm days to cold nights. Travel days can also be long, rough and in cramped conditions.

Meal arrangements

While travelling with us you’ll experience a vast array of Mongolian traditional food. Your guide will be able to explain about food. In most places you will be eating meals provided by Nomadic family.

Those with special dietary requirements may request for a guide who has cooking skills. Vegetarian lacto-ovo options (while limited) can be offered for all included meals, provided we are notified at time of booking.

Itinerary changes

If you have any queries, please feel free to contacts us. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

All personal insurance is the sole responsibility of the individual traveler. We shall not bear any responsibility for any personal insurance-related matters arisen from participation on this tour.

Traveler shall bear full responsibility for engaging in hazardous and risky activities, including and not limited to horse riding, cycling and swimming. We shall not bear responsibility for any personal injures or damages and/or loss of traveler’s belongings resulting from these activities.

We will do the best of it is ability to provide a vehicle in a good working order along with a professional driver and guide. However, we do not accept any liability for vehicle related injuries or fatalities to the travelers occurring in the course of the tour.

Mongolia experiences extremes of weather, from +35C in summer to -40C in winter. Even in summer, evenings can be cold because of the altitude and weather conditions can change without warning. There are long distances between settlements. Take appropriate provisions, including warm clothing, food and water if you are travelling outside main urban areas.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is required for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

A couple of rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting us.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Style

Our Basic style trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?