Surfing on the Moon: Khermen Tsav (Kingdom of Dinosaurs)

Surfing on the Moon: Khermen Tsav (Kingdom of Dinosaurs)

15 Nights / 16 Days

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Nation’s Capital - Ulaanbaatar
Day 2
Middle Gobi
Day 3
Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs
Day 4
South Gobi/Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Day 5
South Gobi/Khongoriin Els sand dunes
Day 6
Zuulun/Sevree/Nemegt Mountains
Day 7
Khermen Tsav/Kingdom of Dinosaurs
Day 8
Ikh Bogd Mountain
Day 9
Shargaljuut hot spring/Bayankhongor
Day10
Khangai region/ Khujirt hot spring
Day11
Orkhon Waterfall/Kharkhorin
Day12
Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery
Day13
Bayangobi/Ruins of Uvgun Monastery
Day14
Hustai National Park/ Ulaanbaatar
Day15
Ulaanbaatar
Day16
Departure
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Code: P/00150

Type: Adventure Tours

Total Disance: 3400

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Season: All

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Day 1
Nation’s Capital - Ulaanbaatar

You will be picked up by a professional Juulchin World Tours team at the “Chinggis Khan” international airport and transfer to the one of the best quality hotels in the downtown of Ulaanbaatar. After loosen up from your flight, we start our first day roaming excursion around Ulaanbaatar, the nation’s capital starting from Sukhbaatar square. This square is the spirit of the capital and famous for its surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council. Our next move is Zaisan Hill; the hill provides wide open view of Ulaanbaatar. In the evening we will witness fascinating performance of traditional folk songs, throat singing, beautiful melody of horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and arty contortion. Peaceful overnight in the hotel.

Day 2
Middle Gobi

After early morning breakfast we depart to the direction of Middle Gobi. On the way we will experience an authentic look of nomadism in the steppe; meeting horde of sheep, cattle and horse plus the locals who’s herding them. Picnic lunch on the stunning silent steppe. We continue our adventurous drive to the Baga Gazriin Chuluu. This 1750m high basalt and granite rock formation is beautifully located in the middle of nowhere. This rock mountain contains ruins of Buddhist meditation temple that belonged to the 17th century. We enjoy some scenic photo opportunities and continue drive to the Sum Huh Burd.

Day 3
Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs

A relaxed breakfast at the camp and start surfing to the Bayanzag known as a Flamming Cliffs to the world. Through the journey we witness the dramatic changes of green steppe landscape to the arid desert including camel herds and herding families. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in the ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag formed 60-70 million years ago, famous as Flamming Cliffs named by Roy Andrew Chapman, an American explorer who visited Mongolia in 1920s. The striking red Bayanzag cliffs have dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones all over the place and neighbored by bushy Saxual tree forests.

Day 4
South Gobi/Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

After peaceful late morning wake up and breakfast we drive to the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park where we will enjoy incredible “Yol Valley”. In the afternoon we will explore the valley. The valley is the unusual narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The sheer rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has stunning green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. We can trek along the canyon and may have an opportunity to glimpse rarely found wild sheep Argali, mountain goat Ibex and Yol Lammergeier. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 5
South Gobi/Khongoriin Els sand dunes

After stunning sights of beautiful sunrise in the Gobi and breakfast we continue our passage to the enormous sand dunes Khongoriin Els. The ride is through amazing desert scenery with plain, stony and sandy landscape; arid land vegetation, countless interesting rock structure and herds of speedy wild antelopes across the land of desert. We will reach the dunes in the afternoon. Here we spot marvelous Khongoriin Els dunes that stretch for an extraordinary 180 kms, sometimes as wide as 7-20km. The dunes lie on the northern part of beautifully formed mountain range Servei and Zuulun. The sound of masses of wind-blown sand can be heard from the long distance. This sound is so melodic so 200m high sand dunes called as “Singing Dunes” or “Sand that sings”.

Day 6
Zuulun/Sevree/Nemegt Mountains

Today we start to drive through the Khongoriin Els dunes, a soft ribbon of sand that lies in front of the grandiose looking Servei and Zuulun mountain.  Our journey passes by nomads’ village Servei and drive to the direction of Khermen Tsav. Picnic lunch. Our afternoon ride will show us wide-eyed tour including nowhere to be found desert panorama, arid land vegetation and wild antelopes. We drive to the west where the place out of civilization is. Overnight the in the tent.

Day 7
Khermen Tsav/Kingdom of Dinosaurs

Today is the day to discover the Khermen Tsav- highlight of our trip. On the way, we spot unbelievable desert scenery like moon surface and Naran daats, small spring on the top of the hill and have a picnic lunch near the oasis of Zulganai surrounded by green Saxual bushy trees.  In the afternoon we arrive in the Khermen Tsav so called Kingdom of Dinosaurs an alluring reddish looking canyon found deep in the spirits of desert that stretches for 15-20 km. 65-250 million years ago Khermen Tsav was a ocean bed. After dried out, millions of years wind and water erosion formed this majestic looking canyon with moon surface shapes and many precious findings of Dinosaurs’ eggs, bones and fossils.  The reddish colors in the sunset brings you feel like you are on the moon. Trekking along the canyon and feel the spirits and you may have a chance to see naturally found Dinosaurs fossils on the surface. Overnight in a tent in the canyon.

Day 8
Ikh Bogd Mountain

After sunny breakfast near the canyon we start driving to the direction of north. Today we explore lost part of the liveless desert; arid land plants, empty open universe and changing landscape from desert to steppe. More travel to the north we see camel breeders’ and sheep herdsmen families. Picnic lunch on the steppe. We drive towards to the striking and tough looking legendry Ikh Bogd (Great Holy) Mountain with a height of 3957m at 1200m above the sea level. Tiny sand dunes are located in the neighboring areas. Then we drive through the waterless Orog lake with beautiful surrounding. Overnight in a tent on the bank of Tuin river.

Day 9
Shargaljuut hot spring/Bayankhongor

Breakfast in the open air we start driving to the province capital Bayankhongor, today is the day to explore exquisite looking green mountains, meadows and valleys with many hordes of yaks, sheep, cattle, horses and most importantly people who’s herding them. Picnic lunch in the valley. In the afternoon, we arrive Shargaljuut , the large mineral hot springs that is located 65km from the Bayankhongor town on the bank of Shargaljuut river (2000m). Shargaljuut hot spring has more than 300 mineral water spots with a temperature of +45 to 96 degrees Celsius. Overnight in tent near the hot spring.

Day10
Khangai region/ Khujirt hot spring

After calm breakfast we start heading to the dazzling Khangai mountain range in the north east. Smooth driving through the steppe landscape with thousands of years of story telling tombstone and graveyards. Picnic lunch on the way to the Khujirt village. In the afternoon we visit Khujirt resort which is situated on the bank of Khujirt river at 1758m above the sea level. The Khujirt resort is famous for its therapeutic magic for kidneys, joints and various traumas among Mongolians. The temperature varies from +40 to 55 degrees Celsius. There is a wonderful story about deer that related to the magic water. Relax in the ger camp after tenting.

Day11
Orkhon Waterfall/Kharkhorin

We start to discover a land of Mongolian ancient khans and aristocrats: Orkhon river and its valley that contains mystery of Mongolian history. On the way we see pleasing Khangai mountain scenery with many gorgeous Alpine wild flowers and pine tree forests. Furthermore, we witness hundreds of horses, yaks and cattle herds which peacefully graze in the green meadows between the mountains and the nomads. Lunch in the ger camp near the water fall. In the afternoon we visit the picturesque Orkhon waterfall which is situated in the Orkhon river, that flows 1120km; the longest river in Mongolia. The local name of the waterfall is Ulaan Tsutgalan and the height is 24m, waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20 000 years ago. The water level of the waterfall depends on the rainfall. Late afternoon driving to Kharkhorin. Overnight in the camp.

Day12
Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery

After breakfast we have a full busy day excursion around Kharkhorin; an ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, Erdenezuu Monastery. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon river in 1220. It was one of the stop points of legendary Silk Road for 140 years. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. We witness the almost 800 years old worshipping Turtle Rock near the temple. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day13
Bayangobi/Ruins of Uvgun Monastery

After late morning breakfast, we start to drive to the Bayangobi. It is an unique place with many different forms of natural landscape; combination of a Gobi sand dunes, forests and rocky mountains. Opportunities to hike in the small sand dunes and riding a camel. Lunch in the ger camp. In the afternoon we visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree which is 20 kms drive from the camp. The monastery is located in the majestic looking Khugnu Khaan mountain. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day14
Hustai National Park/ Ulaanbaatar

Early morning breakfast we start our day trip to the Hustai National Park. On the way we explore forest steppe and steppe landscape with cool temperature and many wild birds and flowers. Arrive in the camp and lunch there. The park lies in the foothills of southern Khentii mountain range and it is the place where you can see wild horse called Takhi known as Przewalski horse to the world. The wild horses survive in nature by themselves because they have been reintroduced successfully to their homeland after 40 years of extinction. Currently, the number of Takhi has already reached more than 170. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar-the nations’ capital. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day15
Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we start our last but unforgettable touring day from the Gandan Monastery a heart of Mongolian yellow head Buddhism. We will experience the sense of Buddhism in Mongolia and see the outstanding and impressive 24m golden plated statue of Buddha; Megjid Janraiseg. This monastery is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia with 500 monks. Then we head to the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the palace known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of lamaist religion and last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students is the main attraction of this Palace. After lunch, the rest of day is for you with last minute shopping and scanning the city. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day16
Departure

We end up our unforgettable journeys by transferring to the “Chinggis Khaan” International Airport with professional Juulchin World Tours Team. 

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Code: P/00150

Type: Adventure Tours

Total Disance: 3400

Activities:
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Season: All

Provinces:

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