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Mini Gobi and Horse Riding Tour in Mongolia

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Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Stop At: Gandantegchenling Monastery, 1,5 KM North West of the Central Square, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
The place is the biggest Buddhist center in Mongolia. You'll visit the main and surrounding temples as you take photos. You'll also get to know the incredible history and amazing mythological stories depicted in the ancient art form. It is the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia. The first temple of the monastery was built in 1809 and moved to the present location in 1838. Over the next century, the monastery grew to include nine institutes, a library and housed around 5000 monks. Gandan became an important center for learning and practicing Buddha’s teachings in Mongolia.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mongolian Statehood History Museum, Chinggis Square-6 State Palace, Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
The National History Museum, formerly named “Museum of the Revolution”, opened in 1991. It has important collections of nomadic or sacred art, the craft industry, and domestic and technical objects (used for breeding, for example), and is a very good introduction to the history of Mongolia from Prehistory to nowadays. Among the 15.000 museum pieces, we can notably see some carpets and silk objects dating back from the Huns period, and some leather boots belonging to a Mongolian soldier of this period.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Dream or Hotel Nine - 2-star/ 3-star hotel.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar - Bayan Gobi Desert - We meet equestrian guides for the upcoming 3 days of horse riding in the sand dunes.

Stop At: Khugnu Tarna, Mongolia
We will meet our equestrian guides for the upcoming 3 days of horse riding in the sand dunes and steppes.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 3: Horseback Riding in the Bayan Gobi Desert (4 hours on horseback)

Stop At: Khugnu Tarna, Mongolia
Riding through the area is an exceptionally amazing experience. Riding through the sand dunes is a completely different experience.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in tents

Day 4: Horseback Riding in the Bayan Gobi Desert (4 hours on horseback) You can ride a camel and we recommend it.

Stop At: Khugnu Tarna, Mongolia
This place has a beautiful view where all 3 different landscapes join here: 2 mountain ranges and a Gobi Desert.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in tents

Day 5: Horseback Riding in the Bayan Gobi Desert (4 hours on horseback)

Stop At: Erdene Khamba Monastery, Mongolia
The Ovgon Khiid monastery is located in the mountains of Khogno-Khan 257 km away from Ulaanbaatar, o¬n the way to Arvaykheer, Uvurkhangai province. 173 km away from Arvaykheer and about 75 km away from Kharkhorin. It is impossible to drive right up to the impressive ruins of the monastery situated at the altitude of 1532 meters.

The only way there is to walk from the functioning monastery Khogno-Tarni Khiid, which stands lower o¬n the hill. You can reach the lower standing monastery by car,

Stone stairs along the steep slope will lead you to the temple. These and many other monasteries were destroyed during Stalin’s purge. In the 1980s newly rebuilt.

From the functioning monastery, the trail through the valley and a birch wood will take you up to well-preserved ruins of the Buddhist monastery Ovgon-Khiid.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight at the yurt camp (single beds, 4 to 5 persons per yurt, showers in a separate building).

Day 6: Bayan Gobi Desert – Horse riding in the Orkhon Valley

Stop At: Orkhon Valley, Mongolia
e will travel by our 4x4 to the Orkhon Valley, World Heritage Site in Mongolia (4-5 hours on road).

We visit a nomadic family as well as our equestrian guides and horses, our companions for the upcoming 5 days of travel.

You can experience the real Mongolian nomadic family and their everyday life.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Night in a yurt beside a nomadic family. (4-5 persons per yurt)

Day 7: The Orkhon Valley Horse Riding Tour

Stop At: Orkhon Valley, Mongolia
We are now in an area covered with forests and mountains. After being in a Gobi area, this landscape change is one superb thing to see.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in tents.

Day 8: The Orkhon Valley Horse Riding Tour

Stop At: Orkhon Waterfall, Orkhon River Valley, Bat Ulzii Mongolia
Orkhon Falls or ”Orkhonii Khürkhree”, white waves flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by sunrays… These 16-meters (52,5 feet) high and 5-meters (16 feet) wide waterfalls are just magic.

Orkhon waterfalls formed 20.000 years ago after a unique combination of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In the heart of summer, their flow is very important, but they can dry up during spring. It’s the Ulaan Tsutgalaan River, ”Red Confluence”, which forms these falls by flowing into the Orkhon River.

From the camp of the families living in the surroundings, they can be an ideal hike along the river or a ride among the steppes.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in tents.

Day 9: The Orkhon Valley Horse Riding Tour

Stop At: Tovkhon xiid, Khotont, Mongolia
Tuvkhun Monastery, one of Mongolia’s oldest Buddhist monasteries, is located on the border of Övörkhangai Province and Arkhangai Province in central Mongolia, approximately 47 kilometers southwest of Kharkhorin.

Tövkhön Monastery was first established in 1648 by the 14-year-old Zanabazar, the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu and spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism for the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia. He determined that the location on the Shireet Ulaan Uul mountain overlooking a hill at 2,600 meters above sea-level was an auspicious location. The first physical structures were built upon his return from studying in Tibet in 1653. Zanabazar, who was a gifted sculptor, painter, and musician, used the monastery, originally called Bayasgalant Aglag Oron (Happy Secluded Place), as his personal retreat over the course of 30 years. While there created many of his most famous works. It was also where he developed the Soyombo script.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in tents.

Day 10: The Orkhon Valley Horse Riding Tour

Stop At: Orkhon Valley, Mongolia
Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape sprawls along the banks of the Orkhon River in Central Mongolia, some 320 km west from the capital Ulaanbaatar. It was inscribed by UNESCO in the World Heritage List as representing the evolution of nomadic pastoral traditions spanning more than two millennia.

Horse Riding in Orkhon Valley is one of the best experiences you can get.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in tents.

Day 11: Orkhon Valley - Kharkhorin old capital city of Mongolia.

Stop At: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin 62090 Mongolia
The Erdene Zuu Monastery is probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Located in Övörkhangai Province, approximately 2 km north-east from the center of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the ancient city of Karakorum, it is part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site. The monastery is affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Abtai Sain Khan ordered the construction of the Erdene Zuu monastery in 1585 after his meeting with the 3rd Dalai Lama and the declaration of Tibetan Buddhism as the state religion of Mongolia. Stones from the nearby ruins of the ancient Mongol capital of Karakorum were used in its construction.[4] Planners attempted to create a surrounding wall that resembled a Tibetan Buddhist rosary featuring 108 stupas (108 being a sacred number in Buddhism), but this objective was probably never achieved. The monastery's temple walls were painted, and the Chinese-style roof covered with green tiles.

The monastery was damaged in 1688 during one of the many wars between Dzungars and Khalkha Mongols. Locals dismantled the wooden fortifications of the abandoned monastery. It was rebuilt in the 18th century and by 1872 had a full 62 temples and housed up to 1000 monks.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Dinner and stay overnight at the yurt camp (single beds, 4 to 5 persons per yurt, showers in a separate building).

Day 12: Kharkhorin – Ulaanbaatar

Stop At: Tumen Ekh Ensemble, National Amusement Park, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
Tumen Ekh is the name of a revered traditional long song that opens ceremonies and festivals. Tumen Ekh means ‘leader of ten thousand’. Tumen Ekh is the title bestowed upon the fastest racehorse in Mongolia, a symbol of power and speed.

Tumen Ekh is also the name of Mongolia’s best folk song and dance ensemble.

The Tumen Ekh ensemble was founded in 1989 and has gone on to win awards across the world. The ensemble’s goal is to present a rare selection of ancient Mongolian performing arts and culture to local and international audiences, particularly younger generations.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Dream or Hotel Nine - 2-star/ 3-star hotel.

Day 13: Ulaanbaatar

Pass By: Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Chinggis Khaan International Airport
Departure Time
12:00 AM
Duration
13 days
Inclusions
  • 12x Breakfast
  • 11x Dinner
  • 11x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 12 nights
  • Horse and camel riding
  • 4×4 with driver
  • Nomadic equestrian guides
  • A cook per group over 4 persons
  • Entry/Admission - Mongolian Statehood History Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Erdene Khamba Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Tovkhon xiid
  • Entry/Admission - Erdene Zuu Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Tumen Ekh Ensemble
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • International flights
  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Drinks: tea and coffee (except water)
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • Travel insurance
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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