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A Jaunt into Mongolia's Past: Karakorum & Erdenezuu

4 days / 3 nights
Price Per Person
Heritage, UNESCO

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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  • Great Outdoors: Marvel at the Mongol Els sand dunes of Högnö Khan Mountain, a unique rock formation in the middle of Mongolian steppe.
  • Spirituality: The Erdenezuu Hiid Monastery (Hundred Treasures Monastery) is the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in the country, founded in 1586.
  • Accommodation: Live like nomadic herdsmen by staying in cozy Mongolian ger tents, replete with modern conveniences such as ensuite Western-style bathrooms, heaters and air-conditioning.


Day 1


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.

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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 camp 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.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2


Wake up this morning and breathe in deeply the fresh mountain air that surrounds you. Today you’ll make your way to the Monastery of Erdene Zuu. This beautiful site was built in the 16th century and features a long wall of stupas reaching out across the tundra. Next, visit the city of Khar Balgas, the ancient capital of the Uyghur Empire, founded by a group of nomadic tribes. Very little of the original fortifications remain, but as part of the larger Orkhon Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins offer a glimpse into Mongolian history and the location’s significance in the evolution of nomadic societies. 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


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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