Along the pathway of the Ancient Empire your overland trip will take your towards Karakorum and then onwards to the famed Tsenher Hot Springs. On this rich adventure you will explore the homeland of Mongolia’s nomads, your travels will include Khadagt Khoshuu—a special place of worship for local herders, the Manduhai Queen Monument, the beautiful Swan Lake, and a landscape of sand dunes. You will visit nomadic families and have the opportunity to ride a camel cart, ox cart, or even go horseback riding with a nomad guide in the Khogno Khaan National Park. In addition to experiencing nomadic lifestyle, you are going to have plenty of time to greatly enjoy the more relaxing aspects of Mongolia before returning to Ulaanbaatar City.
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Overland Trip Across Central Mongolia towards Khogan Khan National Park for Bactrian Camel and Horseback Riding to Locally Respected Khadagt Khoshuu Site (B,L,D – Overnight in extra Mongolian Nomadic Ger – Cultural Home Stay)
In the morning you will depart from Ulaanbaatar 08am and travel by public bus Rashaant village for 280kms, along the way you will see many scenic locations from the bus as it drives by vast nomadic pastures. Upon arrival a rural vehicle will take you to the Mr. Byambatogtoh’s family (first family), they will prepare and greet you with an afternoon lunch. Afterwards Mr. Byambatogtoh and/or his sons will guide you to the locally worshiped site of Khadagt Khoshuu that is 10.5kms away. When you arrive, you will dismount from your camels or horses and either observe or even participate with the herders’ local customs that honor the site. In the early evening you will return to the family’s ger where you will be welcomed with dinner before retiring to the family’s extra ger to rest and sleep for the night.
Camel and Horseback Riding Trip to Next Nomadic Family then Travel by Ox Cart to Bugdiin Ovoo (B,L,D – Overnight in extra Mongolian Nomadic Ger – Cultural Home Stay)
After breakfast, you will travel by for 10 kilometers by camel and/or horseback to the next family where upon arrival Mr. Otgonbayar and his family will serve you a nomadic lunch and tea. Afterwards they will prepare an Ox cart that you will travel by for 12ms to visit the locally honored and highly respected Bugdiin Ovoo which translates as “All People’s Ovoo”. Generally, an Ovoo worship ceremony originates from the Mongolian people’s deep traditional respect and historical connection to nature. An Ovoo is a pyramid shaped collection of stones, bones, woods and silk scarves that is often established on the top of the hill, mountain or site of sacred significance.
It is customary when visiting an Ovoo to walk around it three times in a devotional state and make your wishes – afterwards you return to the family where you will be welcomed with dinner before overnight in the families extra ger.
Horseback Riding Trip to Northern Gobi Desert‘s Mongol Desert Sand Dunes for some Trekking at the Locally Famous Desert Oasis known as Swan Lake (B,L,D – Overnight in extra Mongolian Nomadic Ger – Cultural Home Stay)
After breakfast, you will continue your trip by horseback for 6kms to next family where you will be greeted by Mr. Idertsogt and his family with an afternoon nomadic lunch and tea. After your meal and some rest, you will have an afternoon horseback ride to the beautifully scenic Swan Lake that is located at the base of the Mongol Desert Sand Dunes. This roundtrip is generally a 6km horseback ride – Swan Lake is both a pristine example of the beauty of co-existence of extremes (desert and water) as well as vibrantly intoxicating home to Swan Couples that are testimonies to strength, tolerance and passion. Later you will return to the family where you will be warmly invited to enjoy your evening dinner before returning to the family’s extra Ger for rest and sleep.
Horseback Ride Trip to Mongolia’s Queen Manduhai Location followed by Overland Travel to Ancient Karakorum (B,L,D – Overnight at Mongolian Ger Camp)
In the early morning you can participate with the family with the daily nomadic chores that include milking of livestock before your breakfast. Afterwards, Mr. Idertsogt will guide you by horseback to the location of the monument that was constructed for the featured film about Queen Manduhai (5km round trip). In the afternoon, you will return to the family where they will prepare and serve you with a farewell lunch and tea. This afternoon you will travel overland to the Ancient Capital City of the Mongol Empire known as Kharakorum where you can spend time walking through the ruins as well as visit the Erdenezuu monastery that is located within its fortress walls before retiring to a nearby ger camp. Kharakorum was established in 1220 and flourished both as Mongol Empire’s Capital for 32 years as well as Mongolia’s Capital for 140 years and Erdenezuu Monastery is Mongolia’s first Buddhist Monastery established by Abtai Sain Khan in 1585.
Overland Trip Across Central Mongolia to Ahangai Province’s Tsenher Hot Springs for Relaxation (B,L,D – Overnight in Mongolian Ger Camp)
After breakfast, you will travel overland to Arkhangai Province which is commonly referred to as the ‘horse breeders’ paradise’ as its pastures are geographically rich in vast green fields and clear river valleys. Some travelers and locals refer to Arhangai Province as to be comparative with Switzerland with its amazingly beautiful mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, and green forests. Today you will enjoy the natural bounties of Tsenher Hot Springs where the hot spring water flows out of the ground at 82° C and overnight at the ger camp.
Travel Overland to Rashaant to Return by Rural Bus to Ulaanbaatar (B, L): After breakfast, you will travel overland back to Rashaant village where along the way you will stop by a nomadic family for lunch before boarding the bus back to Ulaanbaatar that departs around 5pm.