If you only have time for a short visit to Mongolia and want to fit in the most important and well-known sites, you must visit Kharkhorin and the Gobi Desert. Make day trips to see beautiful and unusual sights in the region, and probably get a chance to ride horses and camels.
After the city was destroyed by invading Manchurians a huge Buddhist monastery was built in the valley. During the Stalinist era of the last century many of the temples were destroyed, but the monastery is again active and at present has about 40 monks of all ages. During the trip you will see mountain, steppe and desert landscapes, as well as experiencing the nomadic lifestyle of the people.
First take an overland journey to Kharkhorin in Central Mongolia, then fly down south to the Gobi Desert
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and go to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
By jeep to 'Khogno Khan' mountain, arriving mid afternoon. Take a short hike over the Khogno Khan pass to visit a tiny temple on the other side. Overnight ger camp.
Drive to Kharkhorin and visit the magnificent 'Erdene Zuu' monastery. Afternoon horse riding or hiking in the Orkhon valley. Overnight ger camp.
By jeep to 'Elsen Tasarkhai' an area of big sand dunes and desert vegetation. Overnight ger camp.
Return by jeep to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight hotel 'Continental'.
Fly to South Gobi. Transfer to ger camp in the desert. Afternoon ride 'Camels' and visit a nomadic family. Overnight ger camp.
By jeep up into the mountains of the Gurvansaikhan (“Three Beautiful Mountains”) National Park. Walk in 'Yolyn Am', the vulture's mouth canyon and visit the little natural history museum. Overnight ger camp.
By jeep to 'Bayanzag' and the Flaming Cliffs, a rocky silent place where many dinosaur remains and dinosaur eggs have been found (even recently). Overnight ger camp.
Return to Ulaanbaatar. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight hotel.
NOTE: Price depends on how many people are in the group.
Khogno Khan mountain
Erdene Zuu monastery
Vulture's Mouth Canyon
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Traditional Ger Camps
Internal Flight to Gobi Desert
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