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Kharkhorin, the Capital of Khans

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Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Highlights
  • Overview of the diversity of Mongolian countryside
  • Historical and cultural trip in the former Empire of Khans
  • Introduction to nomad way of life
Tour Overview

If you are planning to stay 5 days in the land of blue sky, this tour would be perfect for you. You will discover the diversity and wilderness of its wide open space. 

On first day, you will leave Ulan Bator to discover the Khustain Nuruu National Park where you cwill be able to observe Przewalski horses in their natural habitat.

After, you will drive through the steppe to reach the city of Kharkhorin. Nearby are the ruins of the former capital of Empire of Mongolia, Karakorum. This city was built by Genghis Khan in the 12th century on the shore of the Orkhon River. You will visit the monastery of Erdene Zuu with its 108 stupas.

The next day, you will drive to the Khognokhaan National park, a very special area where steppe, taiga and sand dunes meet around the sacred mountain of Khognokhaan. There you will visit a tiny Buddhist monastery. You will stayovernight in a teepee before coming back to the bustling life of the Mongolian capital.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Meeting in Ulan Bator and drive to the Khustain Nuruu National Park. Move in our yurt. Lunch. Excursion to watch Takh' (mongolian name to say "Przewalski horses"). This horse has never been successfully domesticated and is the last species of a "true" wild horse in the whole world. Overnight in yurt camp. 2- to 3-hour drive by 4x4.
  • Day 2
    Drive to Karakorum, the site of the ruins of the former capital of Genghis Khan, near the modern city of Kharkhorin. Visit of the ruins of this magnificent capital of the 12th century. Visit of the magnificent Buddhist Monastery of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century by a local Prince. Overnight in yurt camp. 4-hour drive by 4x4.
  • Day 3
    Drive to the Khognokhaan National Park. Its ecosystem is especially interesting as it combines steppe, taiga, sand dunes and amazing rock formations. Visit of Monastery of Erdene Khambiin. Horse trekking towards to sand dunes. Overnight in teepee. 2- to 3-hour drive by 4x4.
  • Day 4
    Drive back to Ulan Bator. Lunch. Transfer to hotel. Free time. Traditional Mongolian show at 6 pm with concert of throat singing and morin khuur. End of the programme. 2- to 3-hour drive by 4x4.
          Detailed description
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          Price includes
          • Transfers in Irkutsk
          • English-speaking guide
          • Accommodation as per itinerary
          • Transport as per itinerary
          • Meals
          • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
          • Administrative registration
          • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
          • Letter of invitation
          • Horse and equipment rental
          Price does not include
          • Medical insurance
          • Personal expenses and tips
          • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
          • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
          • Optional activities
          For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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