CAMEL TREKKING IN MIDDLE GOBI
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. Click here.
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.
CAMEL TREKKING IN MIDDLE GOBI
Duration: 8 days /7 nights
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax
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 Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain
This morning we start our trip towards Middle Gobi. Check-in to local ger camp and have lunch. Trek to Zorgol Khairkhan sacred mountain. Overnight stay in ger camp. (B/L/D) 80km
Day 3 Ulaan Khairkhan Mountain
Start camel caravan tour with cart loaded tents and other things to the east through a
vast steppe, stop in 25-30km. There would be a local guide for each 2-3pax and will help the clients and take care of the camels. Overnight stay in tent. (B/L/D)
Day 4 Sum Huh Burd
Continue the trip to Sum Huh Burd (25km), a tiny beautiful island with the ruins of an ancient temple in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay in tent. (B/L/D)
Day 5 Baga Gazryn Chuluu
Continue camel caravan to Baga Gazryn Chuluu, where there are many unique rock formations, cave and mineral water spring. Overnight stay in tent. (B/L/D)
Day 6 Tsav
Ride on to Tsav (35km), unique and interesting sand formation through vast steppe, experiencing wildlife in the semi-desert. Overnight stay in tent.
Day 7 Ulaanbaatar
The clients will be picked up by 4WD vehicles from Tsav. Drive to Ulaanbaatar and check-in to 3-star hotel. 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. After performance we go for farewell dinner. Night owls may want to sample the nightlife of Ulaanbaatar! (B/L/D)
Day 8 Departure
Check-out from hotel and transfer to Chinggis Khan International Airport/Departure. (B)
Meals as listed, 3-star hotel in downtown 2pax sharing a room, accommodation in ger 2pax sharing and tent in countryside, transport to/from airport, private 4WD vehicle with experienced driver on field trip, tea coffee water during the trip, camels, local nomad guide per 2-3pax, 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.
International air ticket, visa, travel insurance, any alcoholic beverages, photo and video charges in museums and monasteries, expenses of private nature.
Note: Sum Huh Burd is an oasis in the Gobi with a small lake, which has an ancient stone fortress on it. The fortress, built during the 16-17th centuries, has 1.5m thick walls and no ceiling. Legend says any attempts to build a ceiling were interrupted by strong lightning.
It is estimated that the fortress was built with approximately 2000 tons of rock that were transported from at least 300km away. A camel transports 200kg at one time, so the fortress consumed rock carried by 10000 camels. The lake abounds its bird life.
Small Group: US$
CAMEL TREKKING IN MIDDLE GOBI