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Driving distance to Middle Gobi Province area about 250-280km and 6-8 hours. Middle Gobi area is the semi desert and semi-mountainous area. The area covers a lot of distinguished landscapes with interesting stories and legends such as majestic rocky hill, picturesque oasis, sand dunes, red cliffs, white cliffs, caves. Also this place is the main significant place, where Mongolian historical and cultural heritage is kept among the local people very well. The place is very famous for singers, who sing Mongolian national long songs, people hospitality, temple ruins and rock inscriptions.

Zorgol Khairkhan mountain is located in the distance of 180km south east from Ulaanbaatar. This granite rock high mountain is the sacred one and worshipped by local people every year. According to Mongolian tradition local people refuse to call this mountain name, when they are close to this mountain. It has some springs, and holy peaks, where only men are allowed to reach there. The mountain is very rich with medical plants and mystical stories. There is the beautiful small lake called Khagiin next to the mountain in the east. Local people call it as the Princess lake and it is the main drinking water for the local herds of animals.

There is Ar burd sand dunes in the 3km of east from Zorgol Mountain. This is the small sand dunes with 2-5km width and length and it is located in vast semi-steppe area. The sand dunes are edged by green grasslands and some trees in the south part. Baga Gazriin Chuluu and Ikh Gazriin Chuluu - 2 rocky mountains in middle Gobi area, consequently, they are considered as brothers mountains. Baga Gazriin Chuluunii Uul means Small land rocky mountain, and it is elevated at 1768 m above see level, contains a lot of beautiful and unusual view and formation of rocks. The granite rock small mountain is the house for some endangered species of wild animals and for historical places. By the mid of 1750 one Buddhist lama, who was qualified in tantric sect of Buddhism, used to live in this mountain and did meditation in its lovely gorge, that is full of wildflowers and planting birch trees. Also there are some small caves that became the shelter for the Mongolian resistors, who acted against Manju dectature before 1900.

Also this mountain was one of the Mongolian historical places against Manju. In 1690’s Mongolian central and western joint army traveled to this place and had a battle against Manju army, who occupied main China and then conquered to Mongolia. As a result of the battle, still today some arrows and archery details and weapons are found in rocks and there are some of the square shaped burial mounds of the military soldiers, who were killed in that battle. There is one small hole, which is full of rain water and it is used for curing eyes decease. Moreover, There is a few of the rock paintings in some rocks depicting the wild goats and animals. In this mountain if you are lucky, you can see the wild sheep and some gazelles and wolves.

Tsagaan Suvraga name is translated like White Stupa, which is given by local people to this impressive and legendary cliff. This 40 meter high white cliff is located in the vast steppe neighboring to another red cliff in west and grassland hills in the north. The cliff was formed approximately 10 millions years ago and it indicates the different colored layers of the soil dated to different times: whitish, gray, yellowish and purple. These colors prove and tell that many millions years ago this place was covered by water and it was big sea. In modern time local people are very keen on the strange formation of this cliff and they have guessing how it was formed and they are still looking for the other part of the cliff. In ancient time the primitive people used this place as hunting place such as making herd of gazelles felling from the cliff edge. By 1990’s Mongolian famous compositor Mr.Jantsannorov visited to this cliff and he has great impression from the colorful view of the cliff and he composed his famous symphony White Stupa. If you are interested, please, listen to this symphony.

Gallery of Rock paintings in Del Mountain is located in the border of middle gobi and south gobi desert area. Nearly by 40km long lasting Del mountain is look like a giant dinosaur’s back in the far distance. The rock is resembling like some put it in exact lines and orders and then it was broken into parallel thin slices, some looks like books with many opening pages. Del Mountain is called the natural gallery of rock paintings dated to 3-5B.C. It is housing around 3000 pcs of rock paintings, which is divided into 6 main “galleries’ parts. The paintings are depicting wild animals such as wild goats, deers, yaks, horses, mammoths, lions, wolves, but also person figures, who is hunting, leading the cart, walking, riding horse, having sex and mor. Also this mountain is keeping some numbers of ancient burial mounds.

Hevtee Bosoo Cave - the name of this cave is translated into English like Cave for standing and laying. It is around 60 meters long and white colored mud formation cave. In some part it has enough big space for a person to stand and walk free and in some part very tight and narrow pass, where only single person can walk through as lying on the ground. Inside of the cave there is no ice, no water and no crystal, but there some bats are housing inside. It is not allowed to people to enter into this cave during the rain.

Sum Khokh Burd oasis is the most luxury oasis in Gobi area. The oasis comprises the small lake, where birds are crowded, and reed covered small forest. There is a tiny island in the middle of the lake. In XVI-XVII centuries a Tibetian lord started to build a big castle with rocks. He was arrested before the castle was not covered with the roof. Although later local people built a roof on the castle several times, the roof was broken down in the thunderstorm. Also there are 40 m long fortress and un-khown building ruins.

Tsogt Prince’s rock inscription, the descendant of Chinggis khan, was not only the high-educated one and very talented man on poem and translation, but he was the best politic man and military leader. He translated many books and established 7 big temples with help of his mother. In the autumn of 1621 during hunting time, he was deeply touched and told 7 stanzas /28 lines/ poem by his heart. After 4 years- in 1625 his soldier carved the poem on the rock. Besides the rock inscription, the rock has numerous rock paintings dated to III-IV B.C.

Ugtaal Sangiin Dalai Temple is located in Erdenedalai village of Middle Gobi Province. When Tibetan Dalai lama III visited to Mongolia at the first time, Mongolian Buddhist religious leader meet Dalai lama in this place called “Ugtaal”. For this meeting's significance and for an honor of Dalai Lama, Mongolians built a temple in this place. The temple was one of the biggest temples in Mongolia and it kept a lot of valuable books. The temple was destroyed down by purge's period-1935-1940 and then restored again after 1990.

Ongi Monastery Ruins are found in Saikhan Ovoo soum of Middle Gobi province. It used to be a big Buddhist monastery compound built by Bari Yonzon Khamba Lamaist bishop at the Ongi river, a river that takes source from the Khangai Mountain range. The monastery was built on a steep rocky slope of a mountain in a Nepalese architectural fashion and used to house over a thousand of Buddhist monks. Unfortunately, the Ongi Temple had the same fate of destruction during the communist purges of 1930s as other 700 Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. In present time local people initaite a project to restore the monastery and rebuild the main temples in that place.
 



 

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Duration: 9 days /8 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
      Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at the Chinggis Khan International Airport of Ulaanbaatar, transfer and check-in to 3-star hotel in downtown. Welcoming lunch and tour briefing by our guide. Afternoon city tour – The Zaisan memorial was constructed in memory of fallen soldiers and makes an ideal point to start our tour with its panoramic views of the city. Next stop is Sukhbaatar Square, the town's central square named after the people's revolutionary hero. Last sightseen is National History Museum. No tour of Ulaanbaatar is complete without a visit to the landmark State Department Store Ikh Delguur - or Great Shop - here we can stock up on last minute provisions before starting the next day's journey. (L/D)

Day 2      Baga Gazryn Chuluu
We start our trip to beautiful Baga Gazariin Chuluu local protected area. Visit some spots in Baga Gazariin Chuluu: a temple ruin used by Buddhist monks, a hole with Holy Water for the eyes and a small cave. Walk over pretty rocky granite hills to admire the natural beauty in Middle Gobi. Elevation is 1760m above sea level, and is famous for its unique rock formations and beautiful natural environment. (B/L/D, Bayanbulag Ger Camp) 262km

Day 3      Tsagaan Suvarga
Today we continue driving to one of Mongolia’s great natural beauties, Tsagaan Suvarga – “White Stupas”. These colorful about 100m long cliffs were part of an ancient sea bottom millions of years ago. From distance it looks like shrines and city structures, thus named White Shrines. Nowadays it is a natural wonder with fantastic color combinations. Walk through Tsagaan Suvarga and enjoy the beautiful wide views. (B/L/D, Gobi Suvraga Ger Camp) 240km

Day 4      Ongi Monastery
In the late afternoon we will reach Ongi and discover. It is the ruin of a big monastery on the bank of the Ongiin River. This monastery has 28 temples and other buildings on the south slope of the Rocky Mountain like Balsa country and stupas which are not broken. This monastery had about 1000 lamas and it was destroyed during the Stalinist purges in 1930s.The ruins of Ongi Temple are found in Saikhan Ovoo soum of Dundgobi (Middle Gobi) province. It used to be a big Buddhist monastery compound built by Bari Yonzon Khamba Lamaist bishop at the Ongi river, a river that takes source from the Khangai Mountain range in Ovorkhangai Aimag (Province) and flows into the Ulaan Nuur Lake of Gobi. The monastery was built on a steep rocky slope of a mountain in a Nepalese architectural fashion and used to house over a thousand of Buddhist monks. Unfortunately, the Ongi Temple had the same fate of destruction during the communist purges of 1930s as other 700 Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. Overnight at beautiful Ongiin Nuuts ger camp. (B/L/D, GC) km

Day 5      Karakorum
Today we drive to Karakorum via Arvaikheer – capital town of Ovorkhangai province. Have lunch in local restaurant and visit local fleet market. Then we continue on road and reach Karakorum in the evening. Karakorum (Kharkhorin) was the capital of Great Mongolian Empire of Chinggis Khan in the 13-14th Centuries. In the late afternoon we visit Karakorum Museum and explore the ruins of the ancient capital. Overnight at Munkh Tenger Ger Camp (B/L/D) 280km

Day 6      Mongol Els
Mornings are a special time to visit Erdene Zuu monastery and this morning we may have the chance to witness monks chanting. Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) monastery was the largest Monastery in Mongolia, built in 1586 under the direction of Abtai Khan on the ruins of the ancient capital. Much of the monastery was destroyed during Stalin's purges of the 1930's, but an impressive wall with 108 stupas and a number of temples still remain.
Then we continue to the Mongol Els or 'Little Gobi Desert' is a unique belt of sand dunes, mountains and steppe called Bayangobi. Picnic lunch on the way. Start short trip to Hugnu Khan Mountain to visit Ovgonii temple. Then proceed to Hugnu Tarni Sand dune and beautiful small lake. Arrive at ger camp and have dinner. Overnight at Hoyor Zagal Ger Camp (B/L/D,) 115km

Day 7      Hustai Nuruu National Park
Drive to Hustai Nuruu National Park - The Natural Preserve covers 506km2 and has been protected since 1993 to conserve biodiversity and facilitate the re-introduction to the wild of Takhi, Przewalski’s Wild Horse. We will visit the Project Information Centre and take a guided hike to see the wild horses. Overnight at Hustai ger camp. (B/L/D) 225km

Day 8      Ulaanbaatar
This morning we leave friendly Hustai Nuruu National Park and arrive in Ulaanbaatar by lunch time and check-in to 3-star hotel. This afternoon is free for last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping - cashmere, leather goods and traditional handicrafts are all good options. This evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian song and dance performed by the world famous Tumen Ekh dance Ensemble. The most interesting performances are the throat singers, contortionists and Tsam dancers. Khoomii or throat singing is a musical art delivered with the help of a guttural voice and specific way of breathing. Night owls may want to sample the nightlife of Ulaanbaatar! (B/D) 100km

Day 9     Departure
This morning check out from hotel and transfer to Chinggis Khan International Airport/Departure. (B)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Meals as listed, 3-star hotel in downtown 2pax sharing a room, accommodation in ger 2pax sharing in countryside, transport to/from airport, private 4WD vehicle with experienced driver on field trip, tea coffee water during the trip, transport in Ulaanbaatar on city tours, English speaking guide, excursions as per itinerary (Museums and Monasteries) and entrance fees, evening cultural show by Tumen Ekh Folklore Ensemble, local taxes and admission fees.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
International air ticket, visa, travel insurance, any alcoholic beverages, photo and video charges in museums and monasteries, expenses of private nature.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

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