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Khovsgol tour

Lake Kuvsgul, cradled in the forested mountains of northern Mongolia, is known locally as Mongolia’s dark blue pearl. The lake is surrounded by several peaks near 3000m high, and to the west, there is the Darkhadyn Khotgor depression with plentiful forests and lakes. Mongolia's largest fresh water lake Khovsgol  is 125 km long and plunges to over 260 m and contains 1% of the world’s fresh water. In this region, around Tsagaan Nuur, live the fascinating Tsaatan whose lives revolve around the domesticated reindeer.  Its geological origins, flora and fauna are similar to those of its neighbor, Lake Baikal. Over 100 rivers and streams flow into the lake, but only one river flows out. There is an abundance of rare wildlife in and around the lake including several fish species and big horn sheep, called Argali. The Khuvsgul area is home to diverse ethnic groups including the Khalkhas, Buriats and the Tsaatan reindeer people who migrate between Khuvsgul and Buryatia each year.

 

Mongolia Tours

Terelj and Princess temple

1090 USD

Terelj, about 90 km north-east of Ulaanbaatar, is a deservedly popular destination. At 1600m, the area is cool and the alpine scenery is magnificent, and there are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, horse riding and, and for skiing in the depths of winter. 

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Gunjiin Sum Princess temple

Surrounded by magnificent forests, not far from the lovely Baruun Bayan Gol, the Princess Temple was built in 1740 by Efu Dondovdorj to commemorate the death of his Manchurian wife. Once part of a huge monastery containing about 70sq meters blue walls, five other temples and a tower, Princess temple is one of the very few-if not the only- Manchurian-influenced temple in Mongolia to survive over the centuries. Unlike most other monasteries and temples in Mongolia, Princess temple was not destroyed during the Stalinist purges, but just fell into ruin from neglect, vandalism and theft. Only the main temple, and some of the walls of the monastery, is remained. Although you wouldn’t know it, extensive restoration has been carried out-and is still being carried out-which gives you some idea of how damaged it must have been. Princess temple has many fascinating tales of love and loss of war and peace surrounding it. The King gave his 6th daughter princess to the influential khalkha Prince Dondovdorj as a gift in 1697. But that movement was a secret policy of the Manchu King through his daughter. But the Princess respected and followed Mongolian custom which is known “One should obey all rules of the country where he or she lives" so she did, she loved Mongolians and her husband and she took great care of Mongolia.  If you want to know more about this love story, just book a trip Princess temple!

 

Day Date Activity Accomodation Meal
Day 1   Arrive to Ulaanbaatar, introductory city tour Hotel L,D
Day 2   Drive to Terelj National Park, accomodation at UB-2 hotel Hotel B,L,D
Day 3   Hiking to Princess Camp Ger camp B,L,D
Day 4   Day trip to Princess Temple Ger camp B,L,D
Day 5   Hiking around UB-2 hotel Hotel B,L,D
Day 6   Drive to Ulaanbaatar, cultural show Hotel B,L,D
Day 7   Depart   B


Hotel nights - 4
Tourist standart ger camp nights - 2

Price includes:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 4 star hotel in UB
  • Trained English-speaking guide
  • 4 WD transport
  • National Park fee and Cultural sight entrance fee
  • Tourist ger camp accommodation fee in countryside
  • Three meals per day
  • Mineral water 1.5l per day

Price excludes:

  • Mongolian visa charge
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Items of personal nature, drinks, excess baggage charges and hotel extra services
  • Horse/camel/yak rental as required
  • Tips and gratuities