Ethnographic

Day-by-day itinerary

Day01

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), transfer to 3-star hotel. Leisure. Small presentation on the tour and meeting with guide-interpreter, ethnographer, drivers and cooks. Welcoming dinner.

Day02

Visit Gandan monastery and Migjid Janraisag temple, National History museum. After lunch meeting with Dr.Dulam, shaman researcher. Preparation to the tour.

Day03 

Drive to Amarbayasgalant Hiid, a famous monastery erected in 1727-1736 in memory of Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, 1stBogd Khan (religious and state head of Mongolia of 17th century). O/n stay in ger.

Day04

Drive towards to Hovsgol lake. On the way, visit local nomadic family. O/n stay in tents.

Day05

Transfer to Hovsgol lake, one of the world’s largest lake, big enough to be regarded as inland sea. Its water is crystal clear and fresh, and it’s the deepest lake in Central Asia with maximum depth of 262m. Local exploration by walking. O/n stay in tents.

Day06

Full day drive to Renchinlhumbe via Darhad Hotgor, a large geological depression, 100km in length between the mountains of Khoridol Saridag and Ulaan Taiga. The depression includes extensive marshes and many lakes. O/n stay in tents.

Day07-12

Visit Tsaatan, reindeer breeders to have a close look to daily life. Visit Shamans. Visit graves of Shamans. O/n stay in tents.

Day13

Drive towards to Horgo. O/n stay in tents.

Day14/15

Drive on and get to Horgo Uul, a dead volcano lies east of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur lake. The crater is 200m wide and 100m deep. Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is astonishingly beautiful lake with crystal clear fresh water. Torrents of lava issuing from Horgo volcano blocked the north and south Terkh river, so forming the dammed lake of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur at altitude of 2,060m above sea level. The lake is 16km wide and 4 to 10m deep and over 20km in length. Local exploration by walking. O/n stay in ger.

Day16

Drive to Karakorum via Tsetserleg, administrative center of Arkhangai province.

Enjoy amazingly beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers and green forests. O/n stay in ger.

Day17

Visit Erdenezuu, 1st Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and remains of Karakorum city. O/n stay in ger.

Day18 

Drive back to UB. Transfer to the hotel. Leisure or shopping opportunity. In the evening: farewell dinner with folklore show. O/n stay at hotel.

Day19 

Transfer and departure.

Service included: TWN room in hotel in Ulaanbaatar, accommodation in ger in tent (including camping equipment like tent for 2pax, sleeping bag, mattress, chair & table), full board including private chef-cook during the trip, English/German speaking throughout, accompany of ethnographer, excursions as per itinerary and entrance fees, local taxes and admission fees, drive by Russian 4×4 vans (4pax sharing a van), an extra Russian van for kitchen staff, transfers upon arr/dep with porter service.