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JEEP SAFARI TO ARKHANGAI

Arkhangai has astounding scenery: wide rivers full of fish, several volcanoes and volcanic lakes, extensive forests, and pastures where yak thrive. It also boasts the stunning lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, the ruins of several ancient kingdoms and probably the nicest aimag capital in the country. The ethnic groups are the Khalkh and the Oold.

Arkhangai aimag is situated in the central part of the Khangai mountain range and its territory comprises mountains, steppe and plains. The average altitude of the aimag is 7,920 feet (2,414m) above sea level. The highest point is Kharalagtai peak clad in eternal snow at 11,611 feet (3,539m) above sea level, while the lowest point is the area of the confluence of the Orkhon and the Tamir rivers at 4,232 feet (1,290m) above sea level. Soil is mainly scattered grey and black soil of mountain meadows and forests. Over 70 percent of the territory of the aimag is pasture land, almost 2% with hay fields, about 1% with sown area, and 15% of the territory is covered with deciduous and coniferous forest. There are ibex, wild sheep, snow leopards, lynx, musk stags, bears in the mountains, and marmots, susliks, foxes in the steppe. Several peaks rest under eternal snow throughout the four seasons such as Suvraga, Noyon, and Khan-Undur, Khanui, Khunui. Orkhon, Chuluut, South and North Tamir rivers gush from high Khangai mountain range and the Ugii, and Terkh fresh water lakes. These rivers and lakes teem with taimen, grayling, scale, and perch. There are many springs such as the Khadat, Mukhar Khujirt, Bora tal, Tsagaan somon, Beikh, and many beautiful places like Khorgo and Taikhar Chuluu Rock. Around 1,700 species of flora can be found in the territory of the province of which 20% are medical herbs. Rare species include roseroot, pheasant eye, and sausserea involucrata. Arkhangai aimag is rich in historic places. There have been many finds from the Old Stone Age in the basin of Orkhon, Tamir, Chuluut rivers, inscriptions of the Bilge Khan and Kul-Tegena at Tsaidam monuments in the Taikhar Chuluu and the Khashaat somon. Impressive are the ruins of the ancient capital city of the Uighur Khanate in Khotont somon. The agriculture sector dominates the economic activities of the aimag. There are about 45 square miles of arable land, used for growing cereal, potatoes, and other kinds of vegetables. Local farmers harvest over 20,000 tons of grain annually.

Much of Arkhangai, which means 'north Khangai', is on the northern slope of the spectacular Khangai Nuruu mountain range. These are the second highest mountains in Mongolia and are protected by the Khangai Nuruu, Noyon Khangai and Tarvagatain Nuruu national parks. The range is well watered, so expect lovely forests, meadows and plenty of streams to quench your thirst, but it also floods, so expect muddy roads and even snowfalls in the summer.

Another drawback is that the aimag, particularly along the road between Tsetserleg and Ulaanbaatar, is notoriously bad for flies in summer - take repellent or you will live to regret it. If the flies make your life a misery, you can always indulge in fermented mare's milk, airag (Arkhangai is renowned for the quality of it's airag).

One jeep road runs in an east-west direction through the aimag between Ulaanbaatar and Tosontsengel in Zavkhan aimag via Tsetserleg; another from Karakorum joins at Tsenkher. From the roads in Arkhangai look out for small rock formations. These are ancient gravesites, which may even predate Chinggis Khan.
 



 

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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 Chinggis Khan International airport of Ulaanbaatar, our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to 3-star hotel. At the welcoming lunch we will give you detailed trip briefing and in the afternoon we go on half-day city tour - visit Sukhbaatar Square and Museum of National History, then Zaisan Hill and Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum. (L/D)

DAY 2  Ulaanbaatar - Elsen Tasarkhai
Today we start the tour towards Elsen Tasarkhai - border of three natural zones: steppe mountain and desert. After lunch we will visit the ruins of Hugnu Khan monastery, hike on the Mongol Els sand dunes. Optional camel ride at sand dunes. Visit nomadic family, horseback riding in the evening. Stay with nomadic family ger. (B/L/D).

DAY 3  Elsen Tasarkhai - Karakorum
Today we head toward Karakorum – the ancient capital of Mongolia and visit legendary Monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586. Monument for Mongol Empire (hiking), visit the newly founded Karakorum museum to see the relics from the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. Drive to Turkish Historical site - Kultegen Inscription. Overnight in ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 4  Karakorum – Tsenkher Hot Spa
This morning we will drive to Arkhangai and via Tsenkher village we go to Tsenkher Hot Spa. Today is optional horse riding and hiking day and in the evening enjoy hot spa. Overnight in ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 5  Tsenkher Hot Spa – Horgo and Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Lake
Today we continue our trip to Horgo and Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur - the “Great White Lake”. The lake lies calmly in the arms of tall hills, its water extremely clear and lined with long sand beaches. Visit Horgo volcano and lake in the afternoon. Overnight in ger camp. (B/L/D)

DAY 6  Horgo and Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur Lake – Tsenkher Nomad family
After breakfast we drive to Tsetserleg. In town we will visit Zaya Gegeenii Khiid, local market and have lunch in town. After lunch we drive to Taikhar Rock - a large rock stands out in the middle of a plain in Mongolia. The Taikhar chuluu is covered with inscriptions dating back as far as Turkic rule in Mongolia. Those inscriptions were followed by more in the Mongol language, then Tibetan, and even more modern graffiti. After this site we drive to Tsenkher village and stay overnight at local nomad family (B/L/D).

DAY 7  Tsenkher Nomad family – Ugii Nuur Lake
Today we continue our trip to the lake Ugii Nuur - a wonderful place for birdlife - cranes and ducks, to name just a few species, migrate to the area around late April. Ugii lake is also renowned for its fishing. Ugii is a lake, 1,387m above sea level in Ugii Nuur County in Arkhangai Province. It covers 25sq km, and is rich in Perch and Pike. Swan Goose, White Spoonbill and Dalmatian Pelican have been recorded. Overnight in ger camp. (B/L/D)

DAY 8  Ugii Nuur Lake – Hustai Nuruu National Park
Drive to Hustai Nuruu National park. Visit local Information Center and watch documentary film about the park. Driving and hiking to see wild horses of Przjevalski in the evening. O/n in ger camp. (B/L/D).

DAY 9  Hustai Nuruu National Park - Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to 3-star hotel for hot shower and rest. After lunch we go on half-day city tour – Gandan Monastery where 26m high gilded statue of the Buddha, Zanabazar Fine Art Museum. Then we go for optional souvenir and cashmere shopping. Enjoy evening cultural show – Tumen Ekh National Folklore group. Farewell dinner. Transfer to Chinggis Khan International Airport/Departure. (B/D).

SERVICE INCLUDES
Meals as listed, 3-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar, half day hotel on Day 9, accommodation in ger 2pax sharing basis, transport to/from airport, experienced driver with private 4WD vehicle on field trip, tea coffee and water during the trip, transport in Ulaanbaatar on city tours, English speaking guide, horseback and camel riding for 1-2 hours in countryside on Day 2, 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, 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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