Otgon tenger

Otgon Tenger Uul is the highest peak of the Khanaai Nuruu range. Its height is today considered to be 3905m, but in some older topographic maps the hight is marked with 4021m. Othgon Tenger is the only mountain of the Khangaii range that is capped with a glacier. The south face of Otgon Tenger Uul is the biggest granite wall in Mongolia.
Otgon Tenger Uul is one of three most sacred mountains in Mongolia; Khan Khentii Uul, and Bogd Khan Uul are the other two. Otgon Tenger, Khan Khentii, and Bogd Khan are actually state-worshipped mountains in Mongolia. Worshipping at these mountains began during Khunnu times by the first governing state of Mongolia, and this tradition continues to the present day. Chingis Khan (Genghis Khan) first identified these three mountains as sacred mountains in the thirteenth century, and they were worshipped by his empire. Khentii Khan is the birthplace of Chingis Khan, and history says that Genghis Khan’s funeral procession travelled from Tangad state to Otgon Tenger holy mountain.

Activity:- Horse Trekking in area of Otgon Tenger Mountain, Visiting the springs and mineral waters,Visiting Nomadic Family,Horseback Riding and Hiking and photographing.

FULL ITINERARY

Duration: 13 days

Total distance: approx. 2610 kms.

Group size: 4-12 = $1898

DAY 1 -City Tour. On arrival at Genghis Khan International airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to the 4# hotel in Ulaanbaatar. In the afternoon, City Tour starts through Gandan Monastery, Mongolian National Museum and Natural History Museum.

Gandan Monastery, Mongolia’s most revered religious site-home more than 100 Buddhist monks with beautiful chapels, courtyards and a giant 75-foot gold gilded Buddha statue. Natural History Museum that showcases the spectacular fossils found in the Gobi desert. National Museum of Mongolian History and culture that has rich collection of stone and Bronze Age artifacts, costumes, sacred relics and items related to the nomadic life such as hunting and fishing tools. Overnight in the hotel \B,L,D\.

DAY 2 –Early in the morning drive to   Hustai Nature Reserve to see the Przewalski wild horses, re-introduced back into the wild in their native homeland. Visit the local information center for learn about the history of the last pure wild horses and the history of the area. In the evening you have chance to go horse riding. Overnight in a ger camp. \B,L,D\.

Day 3The Elsen Tasarkhai \an isolated torn-off piece of sand \ is a part of the Mongol Els Sand Dunes, that continues 80 km long 5 km wide. The nature in this area is really spectacular and great for relaxing and located in Burd soum in Uvurkhangai Aimag (Province) 280 km west of Ulaanbaatar. The area is surrounded by sand dunes, hills covered with rare bushes and a small forest near a river. Together this presents a unique combination of Mongolian mountains, forests and Gobi-type landscape in one location. The area is populated by the Maral stag (elk), wolves, deer and fox. During the trip, you will also have opportunities to visit a local nomadic family, to ride two-humped Bactrian camel, walk on sand dunes, experience staying in a traditional Mongolian dwelling, the ger, and walk and relax in beautifully serene nature. Overnight in a ger camp. \B,L,D\.

Day 4 The Khuisiin Naiman Nuur National Monument is located in the Central Mongolian Khangai mountain range and represents a typical high mountain area of Mongolia with max. The area of Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes), which was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago and 3,163 metres above sea level Khuisiin Naiman Nuur (Navel Eight Lakes) is located on over 2,400 metre above sea level. The lakes are named Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo and Bayan-Uul.

Day 5 Khuis Lake. Horse ride to the first Lake Huis in the famous area of Naiman Nuur –a valley locked by the outside world through mountains with eight small underground connected lakes which were created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago and 3,163 metres above sea level Khuisiin Naiman Nuur (Navel Eight Lakes) is located on over 2,400 meter above sea level. Stay overnight at ger camp /B+L+D/

Day 6 – Drive to  Bayankhongor province. It is located in the southwest of the country and, at 116,000 square kilometers, it is one of the largest aimags. The Bayankhongor aimag includes very diverse geographic areas. It is typically divided into three areas: the mountainous and wooded Khangai in the north, the central steppe region, and the arid Gobi Desert in the south. Bayankhongor contains two mountain ranges, the Khangai Mountains in the north and the Gobi Altai. We will visit the History and Ethnographic Museum contains exhibits of traditional nomadic life such as information on weddings, ger life, and traditional clothes and the Museum of Natural History contains various mineral specimens from the aimag such as marble and volcanic rock, as well as various mounted endemic animals. The highlights of the museum are the complete skeleton of a Tarbosaurus  dinosaur and a 130-million-year-old fossil of a turtle discovered in the Bugiin Tsav (Bugiin Ravine) in the Gobi Desert.  You are in mood of visiting Monastery. We will. Stay overnight in hotel. /B+L+D/

Day 7 Onkh Hairkhan. On the way to Onkh Khairkhan we will pass by Bumbugur, Buu-Tsagaan of Bayankhongor aimag and Delger soums of Gobi-Altai aimag. We will stop there to admire geographical formation of the Khairkhan and take a walk around for photograph. Then we will continuously drive to Gobialtai province.  Stay overnight at a hotel. /B+L+D/

Day 8  Drive to Eej Khairkhan. Hiking through the Eej Khairkhan Nature Reserve that took more than 100 years in making is a surreal experience. Eej Khairkhan Mountain at 2,275 m is located between Tsogt and Altai sums of Gobi-Altai province north of the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area.
This area was protected in 1992 as a Nature Reserve and in 1995, it was included in the category “Cultural and Historical Sites” thus preserving 22,475 hectares under Parliament Resolution No. 26. For centuries, Eej Khairkhan Mountain was reserved and worshipped by the locals in their belief that mountain blessed families with children. The nine green-framed stone pots, which are set aside the deep rocky strip near the solitary mountain, cut off the Gobi Middle Mountains, on the western side of Eej Khairkhan Mountain very much attract the interests of nature lovers and conservators. When the first pot is filled up, it creates a little waterfall by spilling its excess water to the next pot through the stone threshold, which is 40-50 cm long. Stay overnight at ger camp. /B+L+D/

Day 9 – Drive to Uliastai town of Zavkhan province. Have lunch in town then drive 100 km to Otgontenger khairkhan. “Youngest sky” is the highest peak in the Khangai Mountains in Mongolia. Its summit is currently calculated to reach an elevation of 4,008 meters above mean sea level (some earlier topographic maps record a maximum elevation of 4,021 m). The mountain is located in Zavkhan Province and is the only peak in the Khangai range that is capped with a permanent glacier. The south face of Mount Otgontenger is the most extensive granite wall in Mongolia. Stay overnight at hotel in Uliasati soum. /B+L+D/

Day 10 – Drive 67 km to Tosontsengel soum. Stay there for lunch then drive to Terkhiin tsagaan nuur. This national park is the highlight of Arkhangai province and famous for its attractive scenery. It is situated in 580 km northwest of Ulaanbaatar. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered flora and fauna. It’s surrounded by the Khangai Mountains, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. The most area of the National park is covered by poplar and peach forest, where grow wild berries, rare herbs and great variety of berries and flowers. There are lots of animals such as deer, wild goat and other animals, as well as various kinds of birds. Terkhiin Tsagaan  is 16 kilometers wide, 20 kilometers in length 20 meters in depth, and 61 square kilometers in this area. The Lake is extremely beautiful with fresh water and rich species of fish and birds. Stay overnight at ger camp. /B+L+D/
Day 11
Karakorum –  Erdenezuu monastery. Drive to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls.. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D).

Day 12 -Back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. Free and Relax time to prepare for the next morning’s flight back to your home country. You might do cashmere and souvenir shopping in the afternoon.

Day 13. After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport.