UB + Northern trail 8 days

BLUE PEARL OF MONGOLIA

UB + Northern Trail
The Blue Pearl of Mongolia

Duration:
8 days
Available:
Group or Individual
Price:
$899

code: WT-02

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UB + Northern Trail 8 days

The Northern part of the country is one of the most beatiful, with over 200 pristine blue lakes, lush forests and its many mysterious inhabitants, the Tsataan reindeer breeders. Besides extinct vulcanoes, also one of the most spectaculour monasteries of Mongolia lies close to the border with Siberia, but also Shamanism is still practised by many people in this region.

  • Snow capped mountains
  • Dark blue lakes
  • Reindeers and their herders
  • Amarbayasgalant monastery
  • Horse riding
  • Scenery around extinct vulcanoe
  • Herds of yaks, horses, sheep & goats
  • Forests of the Taiga

Programme

Start & Finish in UB.
We fly to Muron in the North and explore the Northern regio while we drive back to the capital

DAY 1: CITYTOUR ULAANBAATAR

  • Sukhbaatar Square
  • National History Museum
  • Lunch
  • Ganden Monastery
  • Cashmere factory

Start in the morning, we first walk around on Sukhbaatar Square, we can see lots of Mongolian people here with old and new buildings as backdrop, In the National History Museum we get an overview of the history of Mongolia, from the earliest Huns to modern Mongolia! After lunch we visit Ganden monastery, if we are lucky we can hear the monks chanting. A visit to a factory gives us an idea about the Cashmere production.

day 1

DAY 2: UB – MURON - KHOVSGOL

  • Flight to Muron city
  • Visit local bazar
  • Drive to Khosgol Lake
  • Deer stones

Khovsgol lake is surrounded by majestic mountains covered with thick pine and larch forests where the unique wildlife of the region flourishes. There is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the lifestyle and traditions of reindeer breeders who live in the nearby mountain forests. The lake area is ideal for kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, trekking, birding and photography.

Deer stones: deer-decorated stones, some of the most beautiful and mysterious can be found in this area.

day 2

DAY 3: KHOVSGOL

  • Hiking to Tsatan camp
  • Lunch at the ger camp
  • Optional horse riding
  • Kayaking or boat trip on the lake

Darkhad Basin lies 50 km west of Lake Khovsgol. There are over 200 lakes in the area, the largest of which is Lake Tsagaan. The lake is surrounded by high mountains covered with forest and extensive marshland, which are an ideal environment for reindeer breeding. Most of the Tsaatan minority, or the reindeer breeders, live in this region. Their lifestyle and traditions are of special interest as they are very isolated in their remote and difficult to reach homeland. Shamanism, the worship of nature, is the main religion of the reindeer breeders.

day 3

DAY 4: KHOVSGOL

  • Visit Shaman family
  • Discover the Shaman traditions
  • Dinner and stay overnight

People in Khuvsgul most commonly practice shamanism and some of the most powerful shaman live in this area. The shamanism rituals is based on the view that besides the visible world the shaman interacts with many other worlds or universes, and that contacting the spirits is an imporant part of shamans’ work. Every day, month, and year shamans constantly do their work with poetic invocation, music, dance, and creative arts. Today northern Mongolian groups Darkhad, Tsaatan, Hotgoit, and Buryat ethnic group’s shamans still maintain the ancient shamanic traditions.

day 4

DAY 5: URANTOGOO NATIONAL PARK

  • Urantogoo volcanic mountain
  • Climb to the top
  • Explore surroundings

National park's main highlight is Uran Uul extinct volcano is located on the half way point between the two major travel destinations-the Khuvsgul Lake and Amarbayasgalant Monastery. The crater of Uran Uul volcano is about 600 meters in diameter and 50 meters in depth and has small lake at the bottom of it.

day 5

DAY 6: AMARBAYASGALANT ANCIENT MONASTERY

  • Visit Amarbayasgalant
  • Explore the area
  • Dinner and stay overnight

The Monastery is one of the four leading important monasteries of Mongolia. The construction of the monastery temples, towers and other buildings, completed in 1737, represents the creative work and great craftsmanship of that period of time. The style of the monastery is predominantly Chinese, but with strong influences of Tibetan and Mongolian art. The monastery is one of only few monasteries that survived the religious purges of the 1930s thanks to its remote location, nevertheless 10 of the 37 temples were completely destroyed. The restoration of the monastery has recently almost been completed with the aid and assistance of UNESCO."

day 6

DAY 7: AGLAG BUTEELIIN KHIID

  • Drive to Aglag buteeliin khiid
  • Explore the area optional climbing
  • Visit Monastery
  • Dinner and stay overnight with nomads

day 7

DAY 8: BACK TO ULAANBAATAR

Start in the morning, we drive back to UB on the paved road, arrival in the early afternoon

day 8

Practicals

Included:

1. English speaking guide and driver
2. All relevant transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
3. Accommodation at the best tourist Ger camps based on 2 people sharing 1 room (twin beds)
4. All meals as specified in the itinerary: B-breakfast, L-lunch and D-dinner
5. All entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
6. Bottled mineral water (0.5*2 per person)
7. Credit card bank charges 4% for deposit & balance payment
8. All government, visa invitation letter

NOT INCLUDED:

1. International Airfare or Train tickets to enter or leave Mongolia
2. Mongolia entry visa fees
3. Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
4. Daily personal expenses
5. Travel insurance (trip, medical and personal)

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