Known as the “Blue Pearl” of the Mongolia, Lake Khövsgöl and mountains that surround it form the basis for this popular national park, a major destination for both Mongolian and international tourists. Lake Khövsgöl was formed around 7 million years ago by the same tectonic forces.
This lake is sacred to all Mongols and water is incredibly crystal clean and located in the northernmost province with 36 km wide, 262 m deep and 136 km long and as well as the world’s 14th-largest source of fresh water – it contains between 1% and 2% of the world’s fresh water.
The region hosts three separate, unique peoples: Darkhad, Buriat, Uriankhai and Tsaatan (aka Dukha). Shamanism, rather than Buddhism, is the religion of choice in these parts.
On the road, you get a wonderful variety of landscapes, green vast plains dotted with gers, sand dunes, dormant volcanoes and basaltic land. Do not miss the visits to historical and cultural sites, among the largest in the country.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to your hotel. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Chinggis Khan monument on the Chinggis Khan square and the Museum of National History. In the evening, you will enjoy a Mongolian folk Music and Dance Performance. Then welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant.
After blessing around the “ovoo” we start our big tour. Heading north and discovery of the first landscapes of steppes. Visit the magnificent Amarbayasgalant monastery or the “Monastery of Tranquil Felicity”, architectural treasure of the eighteenth century with chinese influences.
Road through the typical landscapes of the Bulgan province, rich in rivers, forest steppes, fertile pastures and many cattle. Ability to climb up to the crater, the peak over 1686 m form a circle-shaped ridge about 500 – 600 m in diameter. A surprise awaits you!
Last step before joining the Lake Khovsgol. Progression in the heart of the beautiful valley of the Selenge river valley, whose banks are covered with sparse forest.
Campfire beside the Selenge river.
Today after breakfast drive to Moron, capital of Khovsgol province and transition to market. The famous Lake Khovsgol finally presents to you on arrival at the village of Khatgal. Its crystal clear water is so pure that you can drink it. The reflections of the snowy peaks stand out on the lake and offer beautiful colors.
Arrive the camp and take a rest after long drive. Horse riding on the beach, between forests of pine and larch trees, in the middle of herds of yaks and sheep. At the edge of the lagoons are constructed wooden huts where lives farmers in the region.
Two days’ journey to reach Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan, or the “Lake White”. The trail winds through the hilly and mountainous landscapes covered in coniferous forests. The volcanic field will meeting you in the Arkhangai province, which is one of the most beautiful province in Mongolia. Crossing high passes and stopping for photography as you wish. Visit the nomadic families to see their lifestyle and witness their hospitality.
Today we visit the lake and go up the Khorgo volcano. Wonderful views of the lake with 20 km long, which was formed by dam of lava flows from volcanic eruption many millennia ago. Observation of endemic plants growing on basaltic plateaus. Also, you can visit the Hell of Yellow Dog, Ice Hole and the Youth Cave that are pretty impressive!
Drive to Tsetserleg. This capital of the Arkhangai province whose name means “Garden”, is one of the greenest and attractive cities. View of the city from a surrounding mountain. Visit the beautiful monastery museum Zaya Gegeen. Visit and walking in local market. Continue to the hot springs of Tsenkher. After having a rest you can hike along the surrounding forested mountain and in the evening enjoy taking a hot spring bath.
Tsenkher hot spring – Tovkhon Monastery – The Orkhon valley
You get to the heart of the typical Mongolia: green plains dotted with gers smoking, flocks, nomads mounted on their sturdy little horses. The Orkhon valley is one of the most populated Mongolia, because this region has fertile soil. Visit the buddhist hermitage Tovkhon, nestled on the wooded foothills of the Khangai. This lovely monastery was built by Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia. Walking through a beautiful forest.
In the evening arrive and visit the famous waterfalls of Ulaan Tsutgalan with 24 meters.
Drive to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of Mongolian Empire. This capital was built as far back as the 8th century, and was the city with the name “Takhil Shivee”. In 1220 Chinghis Khan declared it as the capital city of his Empire. Karakorum was destroyed a century later by the Ming troops. It remains today the remains. Visit the Erdene–Zuu, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. This architectural gem surrounded by 108 stupas dates from the sixteenth century and is built on the ruins of the former imperial capital.
Arrive in Elsen Tasarkhai or “Little Gobi”, erected in the middle of the plains. You can have an optional camel riding on the sand dunes. This site protects a mixed ecosystem characteristic of the meeting of the steppe with the desert.
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. You will have an opportunity to shop at cashmere and souvenir shops.
Farewell dinner with your interpreter and driver in a Mongolian restaurant.
Transfer to the airport.