Horseback Riding Around Tuvkhun Monastery
Tuvkhun monastery. High in the mountains marking the north side of the Orkhon Valley sits this recently rebuilt monastery. (GPS: N47°00.711’, E102°16.005’) Zanabazar founded the site in 1653 and lived worked and meditated here for 30 years. Several pilgrimage sites have grown up around the temple and hermit’s caves, including one that is said to be Zanabazar’s boot imprint. Tuvkhun Monastery, in 1653, believers who gathered in Erdene Zuu Monastery decided to build a special Monastery for Zanabazar. Following this decision the Monastery Tuvkhun was built at Shireet Ulaan, the most beautiful scenery in Khangai Mountains. We will continue riding along the river until reach our overnight camping spot on the river's shores.
Tuvkhen monastery is located in the densely forested and picturesque mountain Shivee at an elevation of 2000m above sea level. Tuvkhen monastery consists of a stupa, prayer wheels and 14 temples and orginally had about 20 lamas.A meditation site associated with Erdene Zuu, during the late Mongol period the Tuvkhun monastery has two caves to the weat and north-west directions.
The first temple of Tuvkhen monastery was built in 1654. Researchers have determined that this first temple was the meditational studio of Under Gegeen Zanabazar.Tuvkhen monastery was restored in 1760 and 1786. One undamaged temple (temple-studio) and foundations of buildings, wooden floors, ruins of some temples were protected by the province in 1971 and by the State in 1994. A restoration design for the undamaed temple-studio was made.
This special tour gives us the opportunity to discover Mongolia in one of the most fascinating ways, .... by horse. You can reach places and see things that you don't normally do, as well as discovering the beautiful National Park Khangai in which we stay and sightseeing in the enchanted valleys that we go through. Enjoy horseback riding with us as much as we enjoy sharing our country with you.
Length: 6 days
Area: Central Mongolia
Potential dates and weather condition: from June to September
Distance: 900 KM
Day1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar - Karakorum. 350 km.
We will pick you up from your hotel. After breakfast, we will head out to the west out of UB. En route, will pass rolling hills and vast plains in central Mongolia. On arrival, stay at tourist camp ‘Khognokhaan’. After lunch, we will travel to historical mountain Khognokhaan where an Oirat‘s western Mongolian senseless military ruler gelded some lamas (Buddhist monks) during Mongolian tribes’ internal war in the 17th century. This rocky mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You will be free to do whatever you wish in the afternoon, but you could go hiking in the mountains or ride to the "Piece of Sand" sand-dunes on the nearby steppe. There are also two ruined monasteries around the mountain to discover. Surroundings’ nature scenery is wide-open steppe with rolling hills in the background.
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia where today there is a small local township. On arrival you will notice the first and most obvious landmark which is the massive wall of monastery Erdenezuu. The monastery was built in 1586 by a well-known Mongolian king called Abtai Sain Khaan, and is surrounded by a vast 400m wall. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the ornate temples, only a few of which remain standing after the communist purges. In previous times the grounds held over 60 temples with 10,000 monks using them for their daily worship. After lunch, continue the drive to valley of Orkhon River where our horses are waiting for our first ride in the valley.
Day2. Horseback riding. 25-30 km (riding).
We depart on our horses in the morning and head towards the Mountain Range Tukhvun which lies in the River Orkhon valley. We ride along the old car tracks and until we reach some of the private winter shelter of nomadic families; one of which we will visit. We find a delightful place to rest and relax while we enjoy the gorgeous views of the Khangai mountains.
Day3. Horseback riding. 25-30 km (riding).
Today will be a gentle riding day. In the afternoon you will have time to stay and relax in a real nomadic family, hike, or do one of the many fascinating activities possible in this area. Then we ride through the Mongolian forest to the top of the mountain where a stunning view overlooking the open country valley awaits you.
Day4. Horseback riding. 25-30 km (riding).
Today we go early in the morning to Tuvkhun Monastery. This is the most secret and famous monastery in Central Asia, noted for its artifacts and handicrafts and the Buddhism culture. We spend about couple hour here, to enable you to climb on the Tuvkhun Mountain or just walk around trying to get some interesting photographs of the nature. After we have enjoyed the monastery and its surrounding beautiful nature with the locals, we will depart to get on our horses and start another.
Day5. Horseback riding. 25-30 km (riding).
Today we are going to pass through attractive group of nomadic families where we can see the Mongolian people wearing their traditional costumes. We will enjoy unforgettable sights of the Central Mongolian mountains and extinct volcanoes reminds, together with discovering the black coniferous forests.
Day6. Drive to Ulaanbaatar and International Departure. 350 km.
After breakfast, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar city. After arrive there we will be transferred in the accommodation.
We offer 2 options for the price. Please carefully check what is include and what is not include in the prices!
STANDARD (tourist ger camp) ARRANGEMENT
Leave All Matters With Us! First one is standard arrangement and you will stay in 3 or 4 star tourist hotels in urban area and tourist camp in rural area and will be served 3 meals in a day and use Japanese Jeep etc.
950 USD p.p (based on 2pax)
780 USD p.p (based on 3pax)
700 USD p.p (based on 4pax)
650 USD p.p (based on 5pax)
620 USD p.p (based on 6pax) Up from 6pax please see our group service
Single Supplement: 40 usd
Included: 4 nights in tourist ger camp, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: RT domestic fight, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance
BUDGET (Backpacker) ARRANGEMENT
Save Your Money In Easy and Happy Way! About budget arrangement, it is good way to save your money. You will stay in local guest house or hostels and you will arrange your food yourself and will use Japanese minivan for driving. But you will see same things just like standard arrangement.
560 USD p.p (based on 2pax)
470 USD p.p (based on 3pax)
430 USD p.p (based on 4pax)
400 USD p.p (based on 5pax)
385 USD p.p (based on 6pax) Up from 6pax please see our group service
Included: 3 nights in local ger guesthouse, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: RT domestic flight, food service, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance
Child Policy: 0 - 3 years old baby free of charge, 4 - 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
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- Above prices are changeable by changing components (kind of services) of the itinerary!