Day 1. To Kharkhorin
A stone tortoise (an ironic symbol of eternity.) is all that remains of the once great palace. Visit Erdene Zuu, the first monastery in the country. The compound walls ornamented by 108 stupas enclose both the working lamasery and the museum.
The latrine Sum is a Tibetan style temple and is a great place to sit and listen to the monks at prayer and watch the locals receive a blessing. The museum houses some of the country’s most impressive Buddhist treasures.
Day 2. To Orkhon Waterfall
Orkhon Khurkhree-Waterfall with a unique combination of volcanic eruption and earthquakes about 20000 years ago. Enjoy the view of nomads with yaks, sheep, goat, and horses through Orkhon valley.
Day 4. To Naiman Nuur ( Eight Lakes)
Which was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago and is now part of the 11.500 hectares Khuisiin Naiman Lake Natural Reserve in Uvurkhahgai province? The lakes are 70 km south-west of Orkhon Waterfall
Day 5. Free day to explore the area
Enjoy riding horses and visiting YAG breeding nomads.
Day 6. Drive to Ongiin Khiid Ruins in Dundgovi province
To Ongiin Monastery. Once an important monastery and home to several hundred monks was destroyed by communists in the 1930s.Today one of the temples has been rebuilt and it is a working monastery once more. Visitors are welcome to join the monks for the morning service and look around the small ger museum.
Day 7. To Bayanzag
Day 8. Drive to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
If you are quiet and lucky you will see ibex, Argali sheep and even wolves on the steep cliffs above. As the sun rises and heats the ground Pallas Pikas emerge out of their holes and lammergeyers and other birds take to the skies.
Day 9. To Khongoriin els /Khongor sand dunes/
It is the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as the ‘singing dunes’, they are up to 800 m high, 20 km wide and about 100 km long. Top of the dunes can be climbed and the views of the desert from the top are indescribable.
Day 10. Free day in the desert to explore surroundings, enjoy camel riding and visiting camel breeding families.
Day 11. Drive to Ulaan Suvarga in Dundgobi province
An area might be described as “ badlands or a painted desert”. The eerie, eroded landscape was at one time beneath the sea and is rich in marine fossils and clamshells. Many flights take place to Egypt, You have to fill Egyptian Visa before You fly here.
Day 12. Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Granite rock formation in the middle of the dusty plains. In the 19 century, two revered monks lived here in gears – remnants of their rock drawings can be found in the area. The rocks are worshipped by locals who sometimes make pilgrimages here. There is a legend that says Chingis Khaan stayed there and once he kept his horses for battles in the big caves there.
Day 13. Free day to explore the area
Fantastic views from the top of the rocks. The highest peak in the area is Baga Gazriin Uul 1768 m. The mineral water springs and unique combination of rocks make it a great spot to camp.
Day 14. Drive to Ulaanbaatar