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Central Mongolia Tour

Code: CMT4D

Description

This tour is for people who want to see all the important landmarks of Central Mongolia in a relaxed phase, allowing travellers to enjoy each and every experience of Mongolia in depth. Nomadic show, spotting the last of the world’s wild horses, visiting the beautiful Terelj National park, staying with local nomads and experiencing their lifestyle, visiting the 13th century theme park, climb on top of the largest equestrian monument in the world will all be part of an unforgettable experience you will get

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION The place where you stay
DEPARTURE TIME 9am
INCLUDED
Personal vehicle Local guide
Ger accommodation Meals as per itinerary
Snacks
Entrance fee to Chinggis Khan Statue
Entrance to National Park
Camel riding
Horse riding
NOT INCLUDED
Anything which is not included in the inclusion.

 

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Itinerary

[Day 1]

Mongol Nomadic show, Khustai national park

In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up and begin the journey. Our first stop will be the Mongol Nomadic. Mongol Nomadic gives a 2 hours show that introduces and demonstrates the everyday nomadic lifestyle starting from how nomads disassemble/assemble their gers, load on their ox, camel cart and move to places looking for better grazing grounds for their livestock, the making of dried curd, yogurt and felt. Have traditional lunch after the show.

After a short break we will continue driving to the next destination Khustai National park. Khustai NP became a protected area in 1993 due to the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi or the Przewalski’s horses into Khustain Mountain range. Besides being the safe haven for the Przewalski’s horses the park is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. 44 species of mammals have been recorded, including Red deer, Mongolian gazelle, Roe deer, Wild boar, Wild sheep, Ibex, Mongolian marmots, Grey wolves. We will drive through the park, so grab binoculars and try to spot the wild creatures in their natural habitat. Dinner and stay overnight at the ger camp.

[Day 2]

Drive to Terelj national park. Turtle rock, Aryabal meditation center

From Khustai, drive to Terelj national park. Upon reaching Terelj we will have lunch and settle at our camp. Terelj National park is known for its beautiful scenery, unique rock formations one of which is the Turtle rock that we will visit. Furthermore, we will take a small hike to the Aryabal meditation temple located on a mountainside and offers breathtaking view of the park. Visit the local nomadic family, go for a horse ride. Come back to camp for dinner and rest.

[Day 3] 

Chinggis Khan Monument, 13th century, Ulaanbaatar

On this day we will visit the Chinggis Khan statue complex, the world’s tallest horseman monument . We will go inside to take some memorable photos; see the Guinness world record holding giant Mongolian boot and horsewhip. Visit the mini historical museum, get on the elevator to get on the horse’s saddle and take close-up selfies with Chinggis Khan and observe the surrounding view. Afterwards we will take the dirt road to visit the 13th century complex. There are 6 different camps all 1km apart. Each camp tries to show the unique lifestyle of Mongolia starting with the

  1. Relay-station camp
  2. Craftsman camp
  3. Educational camp
  4. Herders camp
  5. Shaman’s camp
  6. King’s palace

[Day 4] 

Back to Ulaanbaatar

This day we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. On our way back we will stop by the Zaisan hill to have a panoramic view of the city, also to commemorate the Mongolian and Soviet soldiers who took part in the Second World War. Drive back to hotel and rest.

In the evening the guide and driver will pick you up to watch the show Tumen-Ekh. Show starts at 6pm, be at the show at 5:15pm. After the show, drop off at the hotel and rest.

Tour map

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Khustai National Park 

NP became a protected area in 1993. This was due to the reintroduction of Takhi or Przewalski’s horses project into Khustain Mountain range. Besides being home for the Przewalski’s horses the park is also home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. Moreover 44 species of mammals including Red deer, Mongolian gazelle, Roe deer, Wild boar, Wild sheep, Ibex, Mongolian marmots, Grey wolves, Lynx, Pallas’ cat, Red fox, Corsac fox and Eurasian badger live in this park.

Mongol Nomadic Show

Show demonstrates traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of live stock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel, and horse carts which are the carts.

Singing a long throat song with Morin Khuur 

Urtiin duu or the Long song is one of the two main forms of Mongolian songs. Urtiin duu is believed to have originated more than 2’000 years ago and preserved until today. The song is sang at important celebrations and events. As it has distinct and honored role in Mongolian society and art, it has been inscribed on the list of the Intangible cultural heritage of humanity of the United Nations Educational, scientific and cultural organization in 2005.

Herders and guests are playing ankle-bone shooting.

The ankle bone shooting has originated thousands of years ago, however only since 2001 it became the 4th official game of Naadam festival that is held during July 11th -14th . The game is played using targets that are made from sheep or goat ankle bones, bullets that are made from an animal bone.  Ankle bone shooting is a team sport where each player gets 4 shots from a distance of 4.72cm, and the first team to score 15points becomes the winner.

Aryabala Meditation Temple (Terelj National Park) 

 

 

Ariyabal meditation temple is situated in Terelj National Park, 3 km from Turtle Rock. It is a Buddhist meditation temple built in 1810 but destroyed during the religious purge of the 1938, however restored at the beginning of 2004-07. From the temple you will see the beautiful view of the national park. During hot days it would be a nice cool place to meditate and feel the positive energy of the area.

Turtle Rock 

 

 

The Turtle Rock, or called Melkhi Khad by the locals, is an interesting rock formation that looks like a turtle. This giant rock formation is a popular spot for visitors and has its own legend.

Ger ( Yurt )

 

 

A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Modern yurts may be permanently built on a wooden platform; they may use modern materials such as steam-bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, Plexiglas dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation

Horseback ridng

 

 

Since the ancient times as illustrated on rock and cave paintings, horses were an inseparable part of Mongolian people and their lifestyle. The very first thing you have to know about Mongolian horses is that they are still half wild. Apart from few horses that are used for riding, the rest of the herd usually roams around grazing grass and spending their time free. Even the riding horses are set free in the evening. This is the main reason they have their own temper and unique character

Chinggis Khan Statue Complex 

 Chinggis Khaan statue complex- everyone including foreign and local tourists should visit this statue at least once as it is a MUST see in Mongolia. It is recognized as the world’s tallest horseman monument standing 40m tall. Inside the complex you will find mini museum of history, giant Guinness world record holding horse whip and Mongolian traditional boot.

Herder’s camp (13th century complex) 

 

 

The everyday life of herders including pastoral culture, livestock breeding, tasting various dairy products, horse training and catching using lasso pole, processing leather straps,  can be observed from this camp. You may also ride horses, yaks and camels

King’s Palace

It is the main attraction point of the XIII Century Theme Park. There are 24 tribes’ flags which symbolizes the history about the unification of 24 tribes and establishing the Great Mongolian Empire. You will learn about the statecraft of XIII Century of Mongolians. All the state affairs such as declaring laws, holding a great forum are carried out at the camp. In the King’s Palace, there will be different programs and receptions while you sit back and enjoy the traditional food, we have more choices of traditional programs on request upon reservation. One of popular choices by our guests is King’s Great Feast where you will experience and devour the traditional way of feast just like our Chinggis Khan did.

Craftsmen Camp 

The blacksmiths and craftsmen works of XIII century Mongolia is popular in the world. In the craftsmen camp you will enjoy observing the craftsmen artwork such as horse hold utensils, women’s ornaments, jewelry, arms and tools etc. Throughout the complex, pay attention to all interior and exterior decorations as they are all handmade. You will also see the handmade felt decorations, carpets and ornaments made by these talented people.

Educational Camp 

By visiting this camp you will have an opportunity to learn the unique culture of the literacy, traditional ways of educating their successors and the young. Furthermore, guests will learn the history of Mongolian scripts and have the chance of practicing Mongolian calligraphy and other scripts

Shaman’s Camp 

Shamanism or Tengerism existed in Mongolia for thousands of years and still exists today. There are several kinds of Shaman’s rituals such as worshipping 33 heavens, cairn also bonfire rituals. At this camp you can visit the different clans of shaman’s gers and have your fortune told if you wish, even if you’re a walk in guest.

Relay Station Camp 

 

 

This camp is situated at the entrance, the guards inspects costumer’s ticket in the rely station and the servants will lead and guide the tourists to the next camp.

 

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