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13 day/ 12 night
Availability : 02Sep23-30Aug24
Ulaanbaatar City
Ulaanbaatar City
Min Age : 18
Max People : 8

Operated By Mongolian Ways

Tour Details

Prior to the 15th century, the ruling religion of Mongolia was that of the great blue sky – “hoh tenger”. This system of traditional beliefs and practices, known in the west as Shamanism, is based on the idea that the visible world is full of invisible forces or spirits. The shaman as intermediary between the natural and spiritual world, communicates with the spirits of water, wind, fire, trees, the moon and so on, for assistance in healing, hunting or changing the weather. The healers of the Buu, as it is known in Mongolia today, are still performing these peculiar rituals. On this special trip we will take you into this secret world, to see the healer call the spirits into his body and grant him the power to heal and see the future.

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar – Ulaanbaatar

Departure Dates

02Sep23-30Aug24

Price Includes

  • MealDrinking water Lunch (11) Breakfast (12) Dinner (12)
  • Accommodation as per program
  • Domestic flight Ulaanbaatar - Murun
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Private 4WD vehicle

Price Excludes

  • Travel expenses to/from Mongolia
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Mongolian visa
  • Excess Luggage
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar City Museum

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Depending on time of arrival, you may have a short city sight-seeing tour. Before dinner we will meet with a shaman who will give us an introduction to the origins of shamanism. Evening welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight in 4-star hotel

Meals: Dinner

Day 2Sand Dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai

Elsen Tasarkhai (Sand Dune Mini Gobi)

Marking the northern edge of the great Gobi Desert, Elsen Tasarkhai is a sand dune that stretches over 130 km north into the heart of Central Mongolia. In the early evening we will gather around the fire to experience our first shamanic ceremony, after which we can talk to the shaman, to learn about the secrets of the ancient rituals.

Accommodation: Overnight in ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 3The Hot Springs of Tsenher

Tsenkher Hot Spring

A short drive in the morning brings us to Kharkhorin. Built by order of Chinggis Khan and completed by his son Ogedei about 800 years ago, Kharkhorin, better known as Karakorum, was famed throughout Asia as the capital of the Mongol Empire. Within the walls of this spectacular city kings were chosen, laws made and the fate of the next city to be conquered were determined. You will visit the Erden Zuu monastery and then have lunch, before we continue into the region the Mongolians call the ‘paradise of the horse herders’ for its lush grasses and open valleys. We drive through thick pine forests to the Tsenher hot springs, where water flows out of the ground at 82° C, and where we can enjoy a relaxing soak.

Accommodation: Overnight in ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 4 Hiking in Tsenkher

Tsenkher Hot Spring Today we will go hiking in the pine forest surrounding the hot springs, and enjoy a picnic lunch during our hike. Free time to relax in the afternoon. You may enjoy a soak in the hot springs or to go for an easy horseback ride.

Accommodation: Overnight in ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 5Khorgo Volcano

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park Driving out of the hot springs, we pass through Tsetserleg, the provincial capital, where we will make a short visit to the local market. Continuing west, we stop next to Taikhar Chuluu – a massive rock which is connected to local mythology. The last stop of the day will be next to a good observation point for the Chuluut Canyon, and the holy “100 branch tree” which has grown nearby for hundreds of years. Finally we arrive at Horgo Volcano.

Accommodation: Overnight in a ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 6Mongolia's most beautiful routes

Jargalantyn Am Site In the morning we will go for a hike up the Khorgo volcano. After lunch, we will be driving north on one of Mongolia’s most beautiful routes, crossing high mountain passes, grasslands, and small creeks as we pass by remote villages. We finish the day next to the Jargalant Hot Springs.

Accommodation: Overnight a ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 7Mongolia’s mysterious deerstones

Khuvsgul 365 Hotel and Restaurant Murun

On this day we head north to the town of Murun, the provincial capital of Khuvsgul. A short while later we arrive at an ancient burial site featuring Mongolia’s mysterious deerstones, memorial stones representing important leaders and warriors, carved with deer motifs.

Accommodation: Overnight in a ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 8One of the world's biggest fresh water sources

Khovsgol Nuur

Leaving Murun, we visit an ancient burial site featuring Mongolia’s mysterious deerstones, memorial stones representing important leaders and warriors, carved with deer motifs. After a picnic lunch there, we continue to Lake Huvsgul. One of the world’s biggest fresh water sources, Lake Huvsgul and its amazing surroundings are home to several of Mongolia’s ethnic minorities as well as a refuge for a wide variety of wildlife. Huvsgul is truly a highlight of any trip to Mongolia. We drive north along the lake to the ger camp, arriving in time for an afternoon walk along the lakeshore.

Accommodation: Overnight in a ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 9Shamanic Ritual

Khovsgol Nuur

One of the most interesting ethnic groups living near the lake is the Tsaatan or as they are better known – ‘The Reindeer People’. A small tribe of Tsaatan consisting of about 40 families lives with its herds of reindeer in the forests around the lake. These graceful animals provide the tribe with all its basic needs – milk, transportation, meat, skins and bones and antlers used as building materials and for tools. Some of the members of this small community are traditionally very strong shaman healers, and in the evening we will join them as they perform a shamanic ritual next to the lake.

Accommodation: Overnight in a ger camp.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 10Explore the setting of Mongolia’s Blue Pearl

Khovsgol Nuur

In the morning we will take a hike up into the mountains near the lake. Lying at about 1650 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains rising above 3100 meters, the waters of Huvsgul are deep and spectacularly clear and pure. We will hike through thick pine forests carpeted with flowers and explore the setting of Mongolia’s ‘Blue Pearl’. After lunch we will drive to Murun.

Accommodation: Overnight in a local hotel.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 11Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar City Museum Today we will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. After check-in at the hotel we visit the National History Museum, which holds a permanent exhibition on the different civilizations that have inhabited the territory of Mongolia from prehistoric times to the present, including a significant display of objects from the era of the Great Mongol Empire. We will have some free time for relaxation or for exploring the city. After dinner we will visit the Zaisan Observatory to view the city at night.

Accommodation: Overnight in 4-star hotel.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 12 Exploring the Black market

Ulaanbaatar Department Store We begin the day with a few hours exploring the Black Market. This huge market contains every single item a Mongolian might need, whether they are nomads or urban apartment dwellers. Goods brought from all corners of Mongolia are here for sale. A visit to the market is a colorful experience which gives the visitor an insight to the everyday life of the people of Ulaanbaatar. After lunch we will visit the Bogd Khan Palace museum, the palace of the last Mongolian king, who was considered a living god. Free shopping time in the afternoon. Mongolia is world renowned for its fine cashmere and you will find this and many other souvenir items in the city.

Accommodation: Overnight in 4 star hotel.

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 13Departure

Buyant Ukhaa International Airport

Transfer to the airport for our departing flight.

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast

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