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A Jaunt into Mongolia's Past: Karakorum and Erdenezuu

Explore the historical sites of Mongolia as you journey into Övörhangai province and visit Karakorum and Erdenezuu on this fascinating 4-day itinerary. Picturesque countryside and stunning monasteries are all a part of this authentic Mongolian experience, as you journey through the ancient capital of the Mongol empire, Karakorum, and the monolithic monastery built from its remains, Erdenezuu. You’ll gain insight into Mongolian culture and history as you interact with locals, and sleep in traditional Mongolian ger tents.

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  • Gaze at the Mongol Els sand dunes of Högnö Khan Mountain area
  • Take in the picturesque lakes and rock formations of the Mongolian countryside
  • Visit the Erdenezuu Hiid monastery; one of the most fascinating sites of Mongolia
  • Learn about local traditions and culture through interactions with nomadic herdsmen
 
Starting at
$350
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Högnö Khan Mountain

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s beloved capital. You’ll be greeted and transferred to a private vehicle, which will escort you on a scenic drive to the Högnö Khan Mountain area. Take in the Mongol Els sand dunes and a small lake with local wildlife such as herons and ducks. Settle in at your ger camp at Högnö Khan Mountain and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Day 2
Högnö Khan Mountain

Wake up this morning and breathe in deeply the fresh mountain air that surrounds you. Today you will visit the Högnö Khan Mountain and the small Erdene Khombo monastery within it. The monastery is now being restored, hopefully to mirror its one-time splendour. See the progress for yourself. Explore the fascinating countryside where many nomadic herdsmen call home.

Day 3

After a restful night’s sleep, you’ll embark on a full day excursion to Harhorin, a two-hour drive away. Explore the temples of Erdenezuu monastery - it once held 400 within its walls, but that number has dwindled down to three. Witness the prayers performed by the monks, and see why this is considered one of the most fascinating sites of Mongolia.

Day 4
Departure

Your short journey has come to an end today - you’ll return to Ulaanbaatar by car, where you may check in to your hotel or you may choose to be transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route.

 

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KARAKORUM
Ger Camp

Ger Camp

The traditional nomadic Mongolian ger tents have en-suite western-style bathrooms, king size or twin beds, wooden furniture, heaters and air-conditioning. Although the resort is rather basic, there are various facilities including a restaurant serving local and international dishes, a bar and karaoke room, a sauna, Japanese style communal baths, a laundry service and massage is also available. At the camp there is an alternative option of eight hotel rooms with private bathrooms.

If you wish to stay in more refined accommodation than what’s available, Remote Lands can arrange for a luxury ger camp to be set up for your trip.
 
 
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