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Home and Monastery stay

A very special way to discover the lifestyle and traditions of the Mongols is to stay a few days with nomadic families. Accompanied by a translator, for a short while you will become a nomadic family member. Grazing the herds, riding horses and eating the local cuisine are just a small part of the whole experience. We can also make special arrangements for you to stay in a Buddhist monastery; learn more about Buddhism, understand how the lams of this Tibetan philosophy dedicate themselves to spiritual awareness, and take time to relax. Home and monastery stays can be arranged for you as stand alone trips or added to another trip of your choice.

per adult from

$2,432

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Duration

11 days

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • 10x Dinner
    • 9x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • Accommodation as per program
    • Drinking water
    • Private 4WD vehicle
    • Local English speaking guide
    • All entrance fees as per program
    What's excluded :
    • Travel expenses to/from Mongolia
    • Travel Insurance
    • Mongolian visa
    • Excess Luggage

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

    Pass By: Ulaanbaatar City Museum, Peace Avenue, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
    Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital city. We meet our guide at the airport, and head to the city center. The short drive passes through the shanty town inhabited by those who were once nomads, but have neglected their traditional lifestyle in the hope of finding a little fortune in the city, which not too long ago has seen some rapid development. The urban landscape quickly changes into expansive shopping malls and brand new residential complexes, shifting again to the scenes of the city center, where modern high-rises are quickly built amidst soviet-era buildings. After checking into our hotel, and if time permits, we will have an orientation tour of the city center through the central square. Right at the heart of the square we see the figure of D. Sukhbaatar, one of the heroes of the communist revolution of 1920’s, boldly raising his arm towards the statue of Chinggis Khan, the nation’s forefather whose name wasn’t allowed to be mentioned during the 70 year communist reign. We then visit the National History Museum, which holds a permanent exhibition on the different civilizations that have inhabited the territory of Mongolia from prehistoric times to the present. This exhibition includes a significant display of objects from the era of the Great Mongol Empire. From here we take a short walk to the drama theater where we attend an impressive folk concert, featuring some traditional Mongolian art forms. After a welcome dinner, we drive back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 4-star hotel

    Day 2: Drive to Amarbaysgalant Monastery

    Pass By: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Дархан 1, Дархан, Mongolia
    Meeting our guide and drive at the hotel, we will embark on a drive to north. In the late afternoon we arrive at Amarbayasgalant monastery. Built between 1727 and 1736 by the Manchu Emperor Enkh Amgalan, Amarbayasgalant is among the largest monasteries in Mongolia to have survived the purges of the 1930’s. With about 60 monks living and studying there, the monastery functions today as one of Mongolia’s central religious institutes, and consists of 29 different temples, all built in the classic Tibetan style.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a ger camp.

    Day 3: Diving into the secrets of Buddhism

    Pass By: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Amar Hiyd Mongolia
    For the coming two days, we shall spend our time with the monks at the monastery, getting some insight into Buddhism and monastic life. In between the teachings, we would take the time to explore the beauty of surrounding.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in ger camp.


    Day 4: Exploring the Amarbayasgalant area

    Pass By: Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Amar Hiyd Mongolia
    Today we will explore the surrounding beauty of Amarbaysgalant monastery. It will also be an interesting instance as the local pilgrims gather from nearby towns to pray at the monastery.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in ger camp

    Day 5: Driving to Ugii lake

    Pass By: Ogii Lake, Mongolia
    We leave Amarbayasgalant monastery and continue our journey south as we arrive at Khar Bukh Balgas. Built during the Kitan Period, at about 1000 AD, this was a part of a chain of fortresses that were used to govern and control the northern region and borders of the Khitan (Kidan) State. Upon arrival to the site, we will explore the ruins, and learn about the various kingdoms that dominated Mongolia at that era. In the afternoon we arrive at the shores of Ugii Lake, where many nomadic families spend the summer.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in ger camp.

    Day 6: Tsenkher Hot Springs

    Pass By: Tsenkher Hot Spring, Tsenkher, Tsetserleg 65190 Mongolia
    Leaving the lake’s shores, we drive to Kultigen monument. The massive stone tomb was built in honor of a Turkic prince and warrior killed in a battle that took place not far away. The stone is engraved in both Chinese and Runic scripts. From here we continue to Khar Balgas. Built at about 744 AD, Ordu Baliq has flourished as the capital of the Uyghur Empire until 840 AD, when it was destroyed by the Yenisei Kyrgyz. Though not much is left to date, this city has spread over 25 sq. km, and ruled an area that spread over the majority of now days Mongolia, the Chinese Xingjian Province, and Manchuria, at total of 5,500,000 sq. km. Late in the afternoon we reach the region the Mongolians call the ‘paradise of the horse herders’ for its lush grasses and open valleys. We drive through thick pine forests to the Tsenkher hot springs, where water flows out of the ground at 82 C, and where we can enjoy a relaxing soak.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in ger camp.

    Day 7: Getting to meet our host family

    Pass By: Red Waterfall, Mongolia
    We leave the hot springs, and drive through thick pine forests to the Red Waterfall, at the foot of the Khangai Nuruu mountain range, where many nomadic families break camp for the summer, grazing their herds in the fertile vast grassland of Orkhon valley. UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, the valley has served as the center of several kingdoms and empires that ruled much of Central Asia for centuries. The UNESCO committee states: “Collectively the remains in the site reflect the symbiotic links between nomadic, pastoral societies and their administrative and religious centres, and the importance of the Orkhon valley in the history of central Asia.” (UNESCO website). Late in the afternoon we arrive at the camp of our host family. We will make an introduction with the family members over traditional dinner, and then set for the night in a local ger nestled by the family’s ger, which will make our home for the coming 2 nights.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight with a nomadic family.

    Day 8: Nomads for a day

    Pass By: Orkhon Valley, Mongolia
    Today we will take an active part in the daily life of our host family, joining them as they graze their herds, milk the animals, produce dairy products and carry out any number of other day to day chores. We may arrive as the family is making felt for their ger covering, or gathering fuel for winter, or engaged in some other special project, in which case extra hands are always very welcome. We will join the family for very traditional meals, and after dinner together we again go to our ger for the night.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight with a nomadic family.

    Day 9: Ancient capital of the Mongol Empire

    Pass By: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin 62090 Mongolia
    Driving north along the Orkhon River, we will visit one of Mongolia’s most impressive monasteries, where we take a 2.5 hours hike. Located at the top of a high hill with a view of endless pine forests, Tuvkhun Monastery was established during the 1650’s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. Fleeing the Manchu Emperor, the Zanabazar built a monastery in this hidden place, using a natural system of caves and adding small wooden buildings. In the afternoon we keep on driving up the river to Kharkhorin.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in ger camp.

    Day 10: Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

    Pass By: Gobi, Industrial Street 3rd khoroo, Khan-Uul District, Ulaanbaatar 110000 Mongolia
    Built by Chinggis Khan about 800 years ago, Kharkhorin – better known as Karakorum – was famed throughout Asia as the capital of the Mongol Empire. Within the walls of this spectacular city, kings were chosen, laws were made and the fate of the next city to be conquered was determined. We will visit the ruins of the old city, the Erdene Zuu monastery, and other historical monuments in the area. After lunch we head back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in 4-star hotel

    Day 11: Departure

    Pass By: Ulaanbaatar International Airport, UNAP Rd, Mongolia
    After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to the airport for our international departing flight.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Departure
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up all travelers at Chinggis Khaan International AirportAirports
    • Buyant Uhaa Airport, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/7/2020 - 11/10/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

4

Organised by Mongolian Ways

Activity ID: V-160188P3

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