Khuvsgul tour

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Day1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. After lunch take a half-day city tour including a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. and an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel.  (L+D)

Day2. Visit the site of Ancient Monastery Amarbaysgalant

Start country trip to Selenge aimag, Amarbayasgalant Monastery. It was dedicated for Mongolian first religious head Zanabazar. Amarbayasgalant, one of the most well known and largest monasteries of Mongolia, is located in the beautiful Iven Gol River valley on the foot of Burenkhan mountain in Baruunburen som of Selenge province. Visitors especially enjoy the magnificent art and architectural construction. Arrival the area you will stay in front of Ger nearby local nomads. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day3. Drive to Bulgan soum and visit nomad family

In the early morning, drive to Bulgan soum of Orkhon province, an area where you will experience and learn unique lifestyle of nomads by living and staying with them. Visit the nomad family. You are free to taste the favorite drink of Mongolians – airag, fermented mare’s milk. You may also enjoy tea and conversations with the family, take hikes or read a book around the family Ger. That would probably be the best experience to challenge you with exotic nomadic life in very rustic condition for a while. In the evening you will be filled with a lesson on “Shagai”, traditional game. Play game of “Horse racing” by “Shagai” with family members and compete them. Overnight with the nomad family. (B+L+D)

Day4. Whole day in stay with nomads

Start your morning with nomadic breakfast, includes traditional dairy products such as Aaruul-curdled milk dried in outside by the sun, Suutei tsai-salty milk tea, Boortsog- homemade butter biscuits fried in oil and so on. While staying here you will have plenty of possibilities to explore nomad way of life as talking with people, learning and sharing their culture and customs, and involve their daily works. Experience the milking cows, goats and sheep. The hostess of the family will show and teach you how to produce tasty and nutritious dairy products of “aaruul” and “byaslag”, a Mongolian cheese and blend traditional vodka called “Shimiin arkhi”. No doubt, you’ll be invited to try that vodka. Optional horse riding trip is available according to request. Overnight with the nomad family. (B+L+D)

Day5. Horse based nomadic culture

After having breakfast you will learn how to tie halter and hobble for a horse by leather strap, and to saddle Mongolian horse for ride. There is a chance to join a ride with a horseman to look for his horses in the wild pasture and to bring them home. Non riders can walk with a herdsman to pasture and see the way of breeding sheep. Also you will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “Uurga” – a traditional wooden lasso. You can ride horse, walk around or read a book, all are possible to do. For lunch you will enjoy “Khorkhog”, is real Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones. If you bring hot stones it will be good for relax also health. Farewell lunch with nomads. Overnight in the ger of nomad family. (B+L+D)

Day6. Drive to Huvsgul National Park & Trekking, boating

In the early morning, we will drive to Huvsgul Lake, the deepest and purest lake in Mongolia. You have opportunity to trek to the lakeside & mountain for exploring, taking pictures, enjoying wildlife, flora & fauna of Huvsgul lake area. Then you have a chance to bike, boating. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day7. Free relaxing, visit Tsaatan family

After breakfast, near Huvsgul Lake are found the Tsaatan ethnic people. These enigmatic people herd reindeer not only for their antlers, a lucrative medicinal material, but as well for their milk and meat. If you want to ride a reindeer here’s your chance! Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day8. Flight to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

Today you will be driven back to capital of the Huvsgul province, Murun with your guide for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. If you desire you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before attending a performance of national folklore. Farewell dinner in Mongolian Barbeque restaurant and overnight in the hotel. (B)

Day9. Departure back Mongolia

After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

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