Ancient Capital of Mongolia Kharkhorum (3 days 2 nights)
Travel to Central South of Mongolia and experience the raw beauty and tradition of this remote region.
Hidden from the world for many years, it is hard to imagine that this secluded country once created the largest land empire ever known. The length of the trip can be adjusted according to your schedule.
Interested in treasures of lost civilizations? Mongolia has a great present for you. Consider visiting Kharkhorum town located in central Mongolia. In 1220, it was a flourishing capital of Genghis Khan's Mongol Empire called Karakorum.
Ogodei Khaan had built the "Tumen Amgalant" Palace, which occupied an area of 2,500 square meters. The palace was built in 1235 and it was the most beautiful part of the capital. It had a large hall with 64 columns where the khans received foreign ambassadors and guests.
Elsen Tasarhai, also known as Bayan Gobi, is a suitable place for breaking the seven-hour drive between Ulaanbaatar and Kharkhorin. Elsen Tasarhai literally means "an isolated torn-off piece of sand" and it is a small sequence of real desert in the midst of green steppes. It feels like in the Gobi Desert, and visitors can hike in the sand dunes. This stopover destination can be conveniently combined with the excursion to Khogno Khan Mountain for sightseeing of the Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins, which is only 18 km north from Elsen Tasarhai. Tourist ger camps of this area also offer several horse or camel riding options.
Khustain National Park
Your fantastic time spending in Mongolia will continue at Khustai National Park where you will see the wildlife including Takhi horses. You will arrive to your ger camp early afternoon, so visit information centre and watch brief video about Khustai National Park and reintroduction of wild horses.
Day 1: Kharkhorum
Meet your guide at guesthouse or hotel after breakfast. Travel west of Ulaanbaatar (approx. 340km) to Kharkhorum. Enjoy a picnic lunch or at a local ger camp and visiting Kharhorum Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery.
Staying overnight at local tourist ger camp or guesthouse.
Day 2: Elsen Tasarhai
After breakfast, leave Kharkhorum your journey in picturesque Elsen Tasarkhai between 3 hours, a common border between Tov, Ovorhangai and Bulgan provinces.
Day 3: Khustain National Park – Ulaanbaatar
Spend the early morning with the local family, learning about nomadic life. Finish the tour with your return to Ulaanbaatar (240km) (B) Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way you will have a chance to visit (Khustain Nuruu) Nature Reserve. Spend the afternoon searching for the horse within the national park. Finish the tour with your return to Ulaanbaatar 100km.
3 days/2 nights prices
Quotation based on solo travel: 698 USD or 612 EURO
Quotation based on 2 participants: 389 USD or 341 EURO per person
Quotation based on 3 participants: 286 USD or 250 EURO per person
Quotation based on 4 participants: 234 USD or 205 EURO per person
Quotation based on 5 participants: 203 USD or 178 EURO per person
Airport/train station pick up, drop off service, 4-wheel drive car, driver, english speaking guide (3 days), 2 night’s accommodation: 1 tourist ger camp + 1 family guest ger (sleeping gear provided), all meals, entrance to museums, national parks and monasteries.
Accommodation/meals in Ulaanbaatar City, travel/health insurance, snacks, alcohol beverages and horse and camel riding to be arranged and paid for locally.
You need to have a good level of fitness and be in excellent health to take part in this trip. It's important that you are able to hike a long distance. You also need to be able to cope with varying temperature as we will be experiencing climates from warm days to cold nights. Travel days can also be long, rough and in cramped conditions. Also if you have any special food diet, allergy etc don't forget to mention it on your application.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs are strictly forbidden on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the country, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We do not tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting us.
Our Basic type of trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional experience, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the slenderest of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?
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