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Region: North Mongolia
Interesting Sites: Selenge River, Amarbayasgalant monastery - the second most important monastery and the most intact architectural complex in Mongolia.
Available: June 01 - September 30
Length of Tour: 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, where accommodation is at a three or four star hotel. City tour including the Sukhbaatar Square and Zaisan Hill War Memorial for a full view of the city.

Day 2
Early morning excursion to the Gandan Monastery with its gold-plated 26m Buddha statue decorated with precious stones. Then we attend a chanting ceremony by major lamas in the Monastery and pray for a successful journey. Visit to the Natural History Museum, where we will find the biggest dinosaur skeletons in the world and get acquainted with the natural history of Northern Mongolia. Then to the Winter Palace Museum of the Bogd Khaan, the home of the last Mongolian king who resided there in the early part of this century. After dinner take an evening train to Erdenet, the second biggest city in Mongolia. Overnight on the train.

Day 3
Arrival in Erdenet at eight in the morning. Short tour of the city and visit to Copper Mining Industry Historical museum, where we will see thousands of precious stones that were found in the Northern Mongolia area. Lunch in the city and then transfer to our main camp, 60kms away through mountains and green valleys. Free time for hiking in the surrounding forest when get to camp. Overnight at the resort.

Day 4
Morning walk to the Selenge river, the biggest freshwater river in the Northern Mongolia, 2km in the fresh morning air. Then a cruise down the crystal waters of the river past grassy plains and forested mountains. After an hour and a half we reach the home of a nomad; family, where we will watch the traditional way of catching and saddling horses. Visitors will taste natural diary products at the family's home and we will have the chance to eat real Mongolian stone roast barbecue for dinner. We will stay in a Mongolian ger for the night, spending the evening by the light of a stove fire and traditional candles.

Day 5
We eat traditional diary products for breakfast and afterwards saddle our horses. As history says, Mongolian horses played an important role in the effort by our ancient kings to conquer half the world. The horseback ride takes 3-4 hours through forests, mountains and across the small rivers. In the afternoon we will have a hot sauna and a swim at the camp.

Day 6
Drive to the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, built in 1736 by the order of the King of Qin Dynasty, also known as the Manchu period. This was the time when the Dynasty wanted to bring Mongolia into their Empire. At first they introduced the Buddhist religion into different parts of Mongolia to make the people placid and acquiescent. The Amarbayasgalant Monastery became the biggest Buddhist Center in Northern Mongolia and was not destroyed during the communist years. There about 100 monks living in the monastery. It is 140km from the camp and we will attend a chanting1 ceremony by the monks. Overnight in a Mongolian ger.

Day 7
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Relax at the hotel in the afternoon. We can visit Art and Souvenir shops to buy souvenirs for our friends and family. In the evening we attend a Mongolian folk dance and music performance, where we will enjoy very old Mongolian long songs, performances by contortionists, throat singers, dancing and more. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8
Departure transfers.