Exploring the Beauty Of Northern Mongolia (6n/7d)

The traditional Mongolian residence - the Ger - is used on many trips into the wilds of Mongolia

The traditional Mongolian residence – the Ger – is used on many trips into the wilds of Mongolia

Day 1:  Arrival
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, where accommodation is at a three or four star hotel. City tour including the Sukhbaatar Square and Zaisan Hill War Memorial for a full view of the city.

Day 2:  Railway journey through the northern steppes
Early morning excursion to the Gandan Monastery with its gold-plated 26m Buddha statue decorated with precious stones. Then we attend a chanting ceremony by major lamas in the Monastery and pray for a successful journey. Visit to the Natural History Museum, where we will find the biggest dinosaur skeletons in the world and get acquainted with the natural history of Northern Mongolia. Then to the Winter Palace Museum of the Bogd Khaan, the home of the last Mongolian king who resided there in the early part of this century. After dinner take an evening train to Erdenet, the second biggest city in Mongolia. Overnight on the train.

Day 3:  Jeep safari through the land of treasures
Arrival in Erdenet at eight in the morning. Short tour of the city and visit to Copper Mining Industry Historical Museum, where we will see thousands of precious stones that were found in the Northern Mongolia area. Lunch in the city and then transfer to our main camp, 60kms away through mountains and green valleys. Free time for hiking in the surrounding forest when we get to camp. Overnight at the resort.

Day 4:  Cruise down a freshwater river and visit a traditional nomad family
Morning walk to the Selenge river, the biggest freshwater river in North Mongolia, 2km in the fresh morning air. Then a cruise down the crystal waters of the river past grassy plains and forested mountains.  After an hour and a half we reach the home of a nomad family, where we will watch the traditional way of catching and saddling horses. Visitors will taste natural dairy products at the family’s home and we will have the chance to eat real Mongolian stone roast barbecue for dinner. We will stay in a Mongolian ger for the night, spending the evening by the light of a stove fire and traditional candles.

Day 5:  Conquering Northern Mongolia with the Khan’s horses
We eat traditional dairy products for breakfast and afterwards saddle our horses. As history says, Mongolian horses played an important role in the effort by our ancient kings to conquer half the world. The horseback ride takes 3-4 hours through forests, mountains and across the small rivers. In the afternoon we will have a hot sauna and a swim at the camp.

Day 5:  Be blessed by the Monks of Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Drive to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, built in 1736 by the order of the King of Qin Dynasty, also known as the Manchu period. This was the time when the Dynasty wanted to bring Mongolia into their Empire. At first they introduced the Buddhist religion into different parts of Mongolia to make the people placid and acquiescent. The Amarbayasgalant Monastery became the biggest Buddhist Centre in Northern Mongolia and was not destroyed during the communist years. There about 100 monks living in the monastery. It is 140km from the camp and we will attend a chanting ceremony by the monks. Overnight in a Mongolian ger.

Day 6: Enjoy Ancient Mongolian Folk Music
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Relax at the hotel in the afternoon. We can visit “Tourist Street” to buy souvenirs for our friends and family. In the evening we attend a Mongolian folk dance and music performance, where we will enjoy very old Mongolian long songs, performances by contortionists, throat singers, dancing and more. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Departure
Departure transfers.

Note: Grass plains, forests, mountains and crystal fresh water rivers characterize the heavenly landscapes of the north of Mongolia, where visitors can marvel at the beauty of the landscape, explore the fascinating lifestyle of nomads and visit one of the biggest Buddhist Centers remaining in Mongolia. This brand new itinerary includes a railway trip through the vast steppes, off road jeep rides, a cruise down the river and horseback riding, and will make for an unforgettable and adventurous journey through some of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia.

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