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Trekking Info

Trekking characteristics:

  • Trip Type: Easy
  • Pack horse or pack camels
  • Vehicle support possible
  • Without local flight
  • Open plain trekking
  • Lake & forest trekking
  • Fishing possible

Trekking dates:

  • Departure any time
  • From May until October

Duration:

  • 14 days tour
  • Can be customized
  • 5 to 7 days trekking
  • 4 optional days
  • Can be combined with another trek

Group size:

  • Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum 12 people

Accommodation:

  • Tented camps
  • Ger Camp
  • Family Stay

Meals:

  • With cook and food
  • Western and Mongolian food
  • Self cooking possible

Price Includes:

  • Transport within Mongolia
  • Full pension in the countryside
  • Accommodation as described in the tour description
  • All support staff including driver, translator, camp assistants
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • National park fee entrances
  • Road taxes
  • Pack horses and/or camels
  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel

Price Excludes:

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Medical and trip insurance
  • Evacuation costs
  • Excess baggage charges, local flights are limited to 10 kg.
  • Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • City touring
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Items of personal nature
  • Fishing equipment
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included

 

 

 

White Lake Trekking

Short Trek Description

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

DAY 2: KHARKHORIN

DAY 3: TSETSERLEG

DAY 4: FORST TREKKING

DAY 5: TERKHIIN TSAGAAN LAKE

DAY 6: KHORGO UUL VOLCANO

DAY 7: RELAXING AND SWIMMING

DAY 8 AND 9: MAN-STONE

DAY 10: DARKHAN MOUNTAIN

DAY 11: OGIIN LAKE

DAY 12: DRIVE BACK TO ULAANBAATAR

DAY 13: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

OPTIONAL DAY: PRZEWALSKI'S HORSE AT HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

OPTIONAL DAY: KHOGNO KHAN MOUNTAINS

OPTIONAL DAY: TOVKHON MONASTERY AND ORKHON WATER FALLS

OPTIONAL DAY: TSENGER HOTWATER SPRINGS AND BATHS

Map

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur White Lake trekking

Detailed Trek Description

Arkhangai Province in Central Mongolia is a beautiful part of the country and has some exciting geographical features and a lot of nomadic families living the traditional lifestyle. It is an area suitable for easy to moderate hiking, there are few steep slopes to climb and for the most part we can walk on rough jeep tracks.

The White Lake and its surrounding area were influenced by volcanic activity thousands of years ago creating some dramatic sights.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by your guide. He will bring us to your comfortable, centrally located hotel.

In the afternoon we will stroll around Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the Natural and the Historical Museums.

We will stop at the Gandantegchinlen Monastery. It is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia. We will scroll through the different monasteries and see the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig, an 82-food high statue gilded in gold and covered with silk cloths.

(Hotel)

DAY 2: KHARKHORIN

In the morning we will drive to Kharkhorin (also called Karakorin), site of the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khan. Today, very little is left from this legendary city. In the 16th century, Mongolia's biggest Monastery was build from the ruins of Kharkhorin. Now Erdenee Zuu Monastery is all that remains of what once was a huge monastery of 100 temples and about 1.000 lamas residencing there.

We will explore the grounds of Erdene Zuu Monastery. We will be guided around the 3 remaining temples: Dalai Lama, Zuu of Buddha and Lavrin Temple. We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock.

After having visited the area we will set off further westwards in the direction of Tsetserleg.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 3: TSETSERLEG

Today we will get up early for our longest driving day. We will pass through Tsetserleg, capital city of Arkhangai province, and reach end of the afternoon the region of the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (the White Lake).

We will meet or wrangler family.

(Family Stay, B, L, D)

DAY 4: FORST TREKKING

This morning we start a six-day trek. Our first day will be a trek through beautiful forest and canyon.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 5: TERKHIIN TSAGAAN LAKE

Today we will reach Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The White Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of the country. It is surrounded by extinct and craterous volcanoes, and was formed by lava flows from a volcanic eruption many millennia ago. As a result of the volcano eruptions the landscape is covered with black volcanic rocks.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 6: KHORGO UUL VOLCANO

We will climb the Khorgo Uul Volcano (2960 meters) and discover the area around the volcano.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 7: RELAXING AND SWIMMING

Spend one day at the lake, relaxing and swimming.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 8 AND 9: MAN-STONE

We will have 2 more trekking days to reach the ancient Man-Stone.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 10: DARKHAN MOUNTAIN

Today we will visit a cave in the Darkhan Mountain.

In the evening we will stop at a nomad family and experience their warm hospitality. For dinner we will be offered a typical Mongolian barbeque that will be prepared by them. Those who want will have the opportunity to try the "airag" or fermented horse milk. Our guide - translator will help us to forge contact with the local population.

Tonight we will share the gers with the family.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 11: OGIIN LAKE

Out trek being finished we will head back to Ulaanbaatar.

In the evening we will reach Ogiin Lake, a small but beautiful lake.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 12: DRIVE BACK TO ULAANBAATAR

We will have another long driving day to reach Ulaanbaatar.

DAY 13: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

Today we will have free day to explore further the town and to shop for souvenirs.

For our last evening we will have a fare well dinner at one of the city's best restaurant.

(Hotel, B, D)

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure

OPTIONAL DAY: PRZEWALSKI'S HORSE AT HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

Przewalski's Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii, also known as the Takhi horses) is a rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse native to the steppes of central Asia. The Takhi became extinct in the middle of the 20th century. They then could only be found in the zoos. Special breeding programs increased their numbers. At one time extinct in the wild, it has been reintroduced to its native habitat in Mongolia at the Khustai Nuruu National Park, Takhin Tal Nature Reserve and Khomiin Tal. Khustai Nuruu National Park was declared reserve status (category III) for over 50,000 hectares of the Khustai Nuruu area in 1993 but after significant scientific field researches into the area it was upgraded to a national park in 1998. Khustai Nuruu National Park is located about 100 km southwest from Ulaanbaatar. It protects today Mongolian's Takhi wild horses. Today there are about 150 Takhi horses in Khustai. After arrival at the camp of the Khustai Nuruu National Park we will meet the staff of the park and be introduced to the project. In the afternoon we will explore the beauties of the Park by jeep, on food or on horseback.

OPTIONAL DAY: KHOGNO KHAN MOUNTAINS

We will drive to the foothills of the Khogno Khan Mountains (also written as Khungnu Khaan). It is an impressive massif of Paleozoic granite and magma rocks in the open steppes. We will visit the nice little Uvgun Monastery and the ruins of the old monastery. Those who want will have the opportunity to climb the sand dunes or to walk up the mountain and enjoy the incredible view over the plains, the sand dune and grasslands.

Not far from here runs the Tasarkhai Els (also named Mongol Els, Elsiin Tasarkhai), a 100 km long sand dune. Here you can ride a camel.

OPTIONAL DAY: TOVKHON MONASTERY AND ORKHON WATER FALLS

Our next stop will be at Tuvhon Monastery, established during the 1650’s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. The monastery’s wooden buildings are integrated with a natural system of caves perched hear a hilltop, from which you have beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and the surrounding pine forests. On the top of the cliff, a pile of stones to worship a god of this mountain forms a hill. It is called Ovoo.

In the Quaternary era a volcano erupted near the beginning of the Tsagaan Azarga or White Stallion River and the lava flowed down the Orkhon valley forming the 10 meter thick layer of basaltic rocks. The basaltic layer was crosscut by the Orkhon River continuously and the canyon was formed as a result.

At the beginning of this canyon lays the 20 meters high, 10 meter wide waterfall. The most adventures of you will climb down the canyon and swim the lake located at the food of the waterfall.

OPTIONAL DAY: TSENGER HOTWATER SPRINGS AND BATHS

This morning we will driving westward in the direction of Khangai Mountains. On average, the Khangai mountains are 2500-3000 M above the sea level and are composed of mainly granite, intrusive chert and sandstone belonging to Paleozoic era. The Khangai Mountains is about 800 km long, ranging from Zavkhan province territory to Tuv province. They function as the continental divide of the world water system.

The green mountainsides and the network of smaller and larger rivers offer excellent pastureland for the herds of horses, yaks and cows.

In the afternoon we will reach Tsenkher hot spring resort. This resort has a large open-air pool at its customer's disposal. The hot water of the pool flows continuously in from the hot water spring. At the spring, the temperature of the water is over 80 � C. A complex pipelines system regulates the water temperature. Some will spend hours sitting in the pool talking to their friends while staring at the stars or scanning the nightly nature around them.

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