Mongolia highlights tour with Danshig Religious festival-2022

19 days from $2450

Danshig Naadam & Tsam Dance Festival is held annually dedicated to the anniversary of Holy Zanabazar – Mongolia’s first Buddhist leader starting from 6-7 August near Ulaanbaatar. The Gandan Monastery is organising the Khuree Tsam (religious ceremony with masked dancing) and chanting during the big event. Officials claim that it will be a revival of the Danshig, and even wrestlers, archers and horse trainers are given by Danshig titles (according to their achievements)

Highlights

-  Beautiful Khuvsgul Lake National Park

-  Ancient capital Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Monastery

-  Danshig religous festival

-  Gobi desert

-  Cattle herding nomad family

Key Info

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Tour Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1.

/2 Aug/ Arrive in Ulaanbaatar.

Short city tour. Gandan Monastery and the Museum of National history. 

in the hotel

Day 2-3.

/3-4 Aug/ DANSHIG NAADAM DAYS.

Danshig Naadam & Tsam Dance Festival is held annually dedicated to the anniversary of Holy Zanabazar – Mongolia’s first Buddhist leader starting from 8-9 August near Ulaanbaatar. The Gandan Monastery is organising the Khuree Tsam (religious ceremony with masked dancing) and chanting during the big event. Officials claim that it will be a revival of the Danshig, and even wrestlers, archers and horse trainers are given by Danshig titles (according to their achievements).

in the hotel

Day 4.

/5 Aug/ Drive to famous Amarbayasgalant Monastery.

Excursion through the monastery. Located at the foot of Burenkhaan mountain close to the city Erdenet, Amarbayasgalant or "monastery of tranquil felicity”, is one of the largest and most important monasteries in Mongolia. Built between 1727 and 1736 with more than 40 temples in honor of Zanabazar, the first Bogd Gegeen, it is one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped the destruction of 1937, after which only the buildings of the central section remained. The entire contents: the tankas, statues and manuscripts were looted by the Communists or hidden until more fortunate times. Restoration work began in 1988 and now Amarbayasgalant monastery shows great stylistic unity.  

in the camp

Day 5.

/6 Aug/ Pass Erdenet city and Bulgan town of Bulgan provincial center.

Heading to the Khuvsgul lake we will have overnight stop at the middle way. Opportunities of meeting local people and nomad families during this driving day.

in the tent

Day 6.

/7 Aug/ Arrive at Khuvsgul lake.

Magnificent Khuvsgul lake- itself is one of the natural wonders of the world covering area of 2.760 km2. This is land of taiga forest, crystal-clear lakes, icy streams and lush grass. 

in the camp

Day 7.

/8 Aug/ Leisure at the lake.
in the camp

Day 8.

/9 Aug/ Jargalant natural hot spring

Leave Khuvsgul Lake and Drive to Jargalant village and arrive at Jargalant natural hot spring. 

in the camp

Day 9.

/10 Aug/ Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake passing through Shine Ider village. An astonishingly beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by extinct volcanoes at an altitude of 2.060 m. The lake is 16 km wide and 10 m deep with its deepest point at 28 meters and over 20 kilometers in length. It has lovely sandy shores and enough warm water good for swimming. The area offers great adventure for visitors with its caves, mountain cliffs and Khorgo volcano creater. Explore the lake and the volcano creater. 

in the camp

Day 10.

/11 Aug/ Tsetserleg town in Arkhangai province.

Local museum with interesting exhibits and arrive at Tsenkher hot spring. 

in the camp

Day 11.

/12 Aug/ Arrive in Kharkhorin.

Ancient capital city Kharkhorin was founded in 1220 in the legendary Orkhon River Valley. It was from there that Mongol Empire governed, until Hubilai Khaan, the grandson of Chinggis Khaan, moved the city to Beijing. On the ruins of Kharkhorin, in 1586, was built Erdene Zuu Monastery which is surrounded by monumental walls with 108 stupas. The monastery is kept till nowadays and it is considered as one of the leading religious centers of Mongolia. Visit to Erdene Zuu Monastery and the local market of art crafts and antique items. 

in the camp

Day 12.

/13 Aug/ Drive to the south towards the Gobi.

Overnight stop at Ongi and Saikhan-Ovoo area of Middle Gobi province. Ongiin hiid monastery, a small mountainous area with the sites of remains of ruined old monasteries. Once the monastery has served as a midway point for Buddhist pilgrimages going to holy Tibet. 

in the camp

Day 13.

/14 Aug/ Arrive in Bayanzag or Flaming cliffs.

Place where dinosaurs findings were found in 1920s. 

in the camp

Day 14.

/15 Aug/ Khongor Sand Dunes.

The sand dunes of Khongor are known as the «singing sands » and they extend for 180 km and at some places they are 80m high.These spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongoriin gol. Walking and Sliding at the dunes. Visit camel breeding family and experience camel riding.

in the camp 1 hour

Day 15.

/16 Aug/ Yol Valley in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

Yol valley is formated by two high rock walls a big glacier on the ground kept frozen during a hot summer days. It has breathtaking dramatic scenery and without doubt is one of the beautiful places of the country. Hiking along the valley and reach up the icy glacier. Visit natural museum of localities. 

in the camp

Day 16.

/17 Aug/ Tsagaan suvarga
in the camp

Day 17.

/18 Aug/ Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Arrive in Dundgobi province at Baga Gazriin Chuluu area - this is another granite rock formation in the middle of the steppe plains. Five km away, the highest peak 1768 meters in the area; Baga Gazariin Uul mountain will take about 5 hours to climb. Leisure time for rock climbing and hiking. 

in the camp 5 hours

Day 18.

/19 Aug/ City tour

Free activities for personal exploration. Shopping. Cultural performance. Farewell dinner. 

in the hotel

Day 19.

/20 Aug/ Transfer to airport and departure.

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 pax 2980$
3-4 pax 2750$
5-8 pax 2600$
9-15 pax 2450$
 

Includes

Accommodation: Hotel****, ger camp 
Guiding and interpreting service 
Full board meals 
Transport: vehicle 4x4 or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance

Not Includes

International airfare 
Personal equipments 
Optional activity cost 
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement 
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel Insurance

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