By choosing this tour, you will be able to get the first-hand experience of how to be a Mongolian nomad. Spending a whole day and a night with a nomadic family, helping them with their daily chores, riding horses, eating traditional food and creating connections with the locals. The second part of the tour will allow you to explore the beauty of Terelj national park, hike up to Aryabal meditation temple, visit Turtle rock. Moreover, visiting the largest Equestrian Statue the Chinggis Khan statue complex standing 40m tall in open valley. Inside the complex you will find mini museum of history, giant Guinness world record holding horse whip, Mongolian traditional boot and souvenir shops.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||The place where you stay|
Hotel pick up at 9am, make a quick stop at supermarket for personal supplies and ingredients for cooking, and then reach the nomadic family after a short drive. Here we will get involved in the daily activities of the family, also using the ingredients we bought will help them to make boortsog. Lunch at the nomadic family. Go for horse riding, explore the area with them around 3 hours. Upon coming back, you may relax or get involved with the daily activities, play games and help them to milk the cows, feed their birds and preparing dinner.
[ Driving distance – 70 km , Driving duration – 1.5 hours, Meals – Lunch + Dinner ]
After having traditional Mongolian breakfast comprised of freshly made boortsog (dough) by you, urum, aaruul, eezgii (dairy products) and other homemade produces we leave the nomadic family and travel into the Terelj national park. Our first stop will be at Turtle rock, a giant rock shaped exactly like a turtle and has a spooky legend to it. Second stop is at Aryabal meditation temple that is situated in a place that offers a picturesque view of the beautiful scenic national park, where you can take relax and meditate in quietness. Next stop will be Chinggis Khan Statue complex where you will have lunch inside the biggest equestrian statue. Inside you can take memorable photos of the Guinness world record holding giant Mongolian boot made of cow leather, giant whip, and go into the mini museum of history, get on to the elevator and reach the top of the horses head and observe the surrounding. After refreshing view we will get back on our ride and journey back to the city.
[ Driving distance – 100 km , Driving duration – 2 hours, Meals – Breakfast + Lunch ]
Terelj National Park is one of the most visited and interesting national parks of Mongolia. It is connected with Ulaanbaatar city by 70km paved road. Terelj National park is known for its beautiful scenery, unique rock formations one of which is the Turtle rock, temples including Aryabal meditation temple also the remaining of Princess temple. Interesting activities possible at the National park include horse riding, camel riding, hiking, trekking, kayaking, flower and bird watching.
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
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.
World’s largest Mongolian boot holding world Guinness record since 2009
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.