A stay in Arkhangai with nomads to discover daily activities of the breeders in this land of nomadism. Each season has its special features for a unique travel.
A stay prepared and organized with AVSF and the cooperative Ar Arvidjin Delgerekh, respecting the habits for a fair and sustainable tourism.
Day 1. Arrival in Ulan Bator and visit of the city
Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.
Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.
Day 2. On the way to Mini-Gobi
Ulan Bator - Khogno Khan
Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometre (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".
Pony trek until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.
Visit of the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.
Day 4 - 5. Making deels with your host family
During our stay, we participate in many nomadic activities : making dairy products and making the deel, the Mongolian traditional cloth.
Day 8 - 9. Putting up the yurt
Once arrived at Lhagvadondov's home, we'll participate in putting up the yurt where we'll sleep during our stay.
Road to Khorgo – Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Natural Park that is located 2060 metres (1,28 mile) above the sea level. This lake, called "the great white lake", and its whole volcanic surroundings, are the emblematic area of the province of Arkhangai. The waters of the lake are full of fish and it's possible to fish if you wish.
Hiking along the banks of the lake. We go towards Southeast where Khorgo Volcano reaches its highest point at 2240 metres (1,39 mile). (Easy) ascent of the volcano. From the top, we enjoy a splendid view on the lake and the surrounding hills. Nearby the volcano, stunning lava flows form an original landscape never seen up to now.
Day 10 - 11. Among yaks breeders in Khangai
Tariat - Khangai - Myagmar family
We drive towards the sum of Khangai in the extreme Northwest of the province of Arkhangai, in the mountains of Khangai.
We arrive at Myagmar's home, a yaks breeder belonging to the Ar Arvijin Delgerekh cooperative .
Life with the nomads and discovery of the activities bound to yacks breeding. We'll participate in making dairy products, we'll attend the making of a Mongolian barbecue and we'll enjoy it for dinner.
Day 12. Among nomads in Arkhangai
Khangai - Myagmar family - Ondor Ulaan
We join the host family living in Öndör Ulaan. We make a small break near Kharkhorin.
Day 13. Visit of Kharkhorin, the former capital
Ondor Ulaan - Kharkhorin
Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city, until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.
Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas.
Day 14. Back to Ulan Bator
Kharkhorin - Ulan Bator
Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment.
Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments.
Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.
Day 15. Have a nice journey and see you soon !
Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.