KARAKORUM & TSENKHER HOT SPRINGS TOUR
/6 DAYS/

Short description

This short excursion to the ancient capital of Karakorum will give you a new perspective on the nature of the Mongol Empire. Not much remains today of Karakorum, as it was destroyed by clan infighting and it’s materials were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery. In an empire of nomads, very few permanent structures were ever erected, and the impermanence of cities and monuments was of little significance to these warriors of the steppe. You will experience the unique setting of Karakorum, located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, and visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia.Mongolia signed the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO in February of 1992 and until recently only had one site inscribed on the World Heritage List. One of the most important suggestions for the list was the ‘Cultural Landscape of the Orkhon Valley’. Archaeological finds document continued occupation of the Orkhon Valley during the last 100,000 years. It is considered the cradle of central Asian nomadic civilizations. Different ancient people, like the Huns and the Uighur, settled here commencing in the 3rd century B.C.Tsenher is hot spring, which emerges from the ground at 85 Celsius degree. The waters of the spring contain hydrogen sulfide. This health spa offers for tourists indoor and outdoor baths.

Tour itinerary
  • Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar capital city of Mongolia
    Pick you up our driver and guide from Chinggis Khan international airport. Drive to Your hotel. Visit local outdoor market /bazaar/, Gandan Monastery and Mongolia national museum. Evening Leisure day in Ulaanbaatar city. Over night at Hotel
  • Day 2 - Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune, Khugnu Khan national park
    Drive to Mount Khugnu Khan national park. On reaching the mountain. You will arrive at a ger camp infront of this beautifully forested and rocky mountain. The 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 Elsen Tasarkha /Piece of Sand/ sand-dunes on the nearby steppe. There are also two ruined monasteries around the mountain to discover. Stay over night in ger camp.
  • Day 3 - Karakorum city & Tsenkher hot spring
    Drive to Karakorum in the morning and visit Erdenezuu monastery. Karakorum is the ancient capital of Chingis Khaan’s Mongolia. The Monastery was built in 1586 and is surrounded by a massive 400m x 400m wall. Only a few temples 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. Then continue driving to Tsenkher hot spring. Have a relaxed evening taking a hot bath in the hot spring water. Stay over night in the ger camp at Tsenkher hot spring.
  • Day 4 - Tsesterleg city, Arkhangai province
    A day trip to Tsetserleg city, the provincial centre of Arkhangai. On reaching the town you will visit the aimag museum, Zaya’s monastery, and the local market. Then drive towards north of Tsetserleg and see the legendary Taikhar rock. Return to the same ger camp at the hot spring.
  • Day 5 - Ugii lake, Khushuu Tsaidam and Karakorum city
    Drive back to Karakorum via the Orkhon Valley visiting all the historic spots along the way: Okrhonii Khar Balgas (Uigur capital), Khoshoo tsaidam (Turkish stones and remains), Chilin monastery and the remains and statues that belong to the Jujan and Hunnu periods. There is also a small lake called Lake Ogii where you can enjoy some hiking. Come to Karakorum and stay over night at the ger camp.
  • Day 6 - Khustain Nuruu national park, Ulaanbaatar city
    Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way you will have a chance to visit Khustain Nuruu (Birch mountain) Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is a mountain where wild Prejevalsky horses are being re-introduced. You can have a guided tour in the mountains and get acquanted with the horse preserving project. After that you return to Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 7 - Home sweet home
    Leave Ulaanbaatar. Our driver drop off to Chinggis Khan international airport. Thank you for visiting our country.

Essentials

Tour route
  • Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar
    Distance: n/a
    Time: n/a
  • Day 2 - Ulaanbaatar > Elsen tasarkhai
    Distance: 290km
    Time: 4 hours
  • Day 3 - Elsen tasarkhai > Karakorum
    Distance: 80km
    Time: 1 hours
  • Day 3 - Karakorum > Tsenkher hot spring
    Distance: 120km
    Time: 2 hours
  • Day 4 - Tsenkher hot spring > Tsetserleg
    Distance: 50km
    Time: 1 hours
  • Day 5 - Tsenkher hot spring > Khushuu tsaidam
    Distance: 170km
    Time: 3 hours
  • Day 5 - Khushuu tsaidam > Karakorum
    Distance: 50km
    Time: 1 hours
  • Day 6 - Karakorum > Khustai nuruu
    Distance: 300km
    Time: 4 hours
  • Day 6 - Khustai nuruu > Ulaanbaatar
    Distance: 120km
    Time: 2 hours
  • Day 7 - Home sweet home
    Distance: n/a
    Time: n/a
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