Dharma Tour Mongolia

This tour not only covers some of the most spectacular and iconic locations of Mongolia but also will offer insight into the Buddhist tradition of Mongolia that has and still plays a firm hand in the development of Mongolian culture and landscape. 

Route:

Ulaanbaatar - Sainshand - Khamar Monastery - Arkhangai aimag - TSenher Hot Spring - Tovkhon Monastery - Erdene Zuu Monastery

Duration:

10 nights / 11 days 

Price From:

US$ 1954

Region:

Southern and Central Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Khamar Monastery - Tsenher Hot Spring - Tovkhon Monastery - Erdene Zuu Monastery

This tour not only covers some of the most spectacular and iconic locations of Mongolia but also will offer insight into the Buddhist tradition of Mongolia that has and still plays a firm hand in the development of Mongolian culture and landscape.

  • Day 1. Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
  • Day 2. Travel to Sainshand (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. Khamar Monastery (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Visit the Wish-fulfilling mountain of Danzanravjaa (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Day in Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Ulaanbaatar / Arkhangai Aimag 510km (B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Zayiin Huree / Tsehner Hot Spring 30km (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Ovorkhangai: Tovkhon Monastery 170 km (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Ovorkhangai: Erdene Zuu Monastery 95km (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Return to Ulaanbaatar 380km (B/L/D)
  • Day 11. Departure  (B)

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

There are 36 active Buddhists monasteries in today from all four of the prominent Tibetan Buddhist Schools: the Gelug (Yellow), Nyingma (red), Karma Kagyu and Sakya. There is also a newly founded Bon movement as well as Shamanic centres.

  •  Visit Complex:
    Belonging to the Gelug tradition, was founded in 1809 under the order of the fifth Jebzundampa. It was then, and still is one of the most important monasteries in Mongolia. During socialism the monastery was partially destroyed, but was one of the few monasteries to escape complete destruction. Since then, it has been restored to its present glory. Now it is home to 150 monks and is extremely active with prayers and ceremonies every morning that is open to the public. It also houses the remade statue of Megjid Janraisig which was first commissioned by the 8th Jebzundampa and was rebuilt in 1996 from gilded copper with 334 sutras, 2 million bundles of mantras stored in its hollow.
  • Arrive early at the monastery for the morning prayers and ceremonies.
  • Visit the temples and surrounding areas.
  • Tour will include accounts of the monastery’s history, detailed description and background of the images, statues and notable items within and around the monastery.
  • Information about the projects currently being carried out at Gandan
  • Opportunity to meet the Hamba Lama and high ranking lamas living in the monastery with time for questions and answers.
  • Lunch in the centre of town
  • Tour of Dashichoilin Monastery and tour of Bogd Khan Winter Palace museum.
  • Concert at State Music and Dance Academic Ensemble.

Overnight stay in a hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 2 Travel to Sainshand

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning train to
  • Transfer from Sainshand to camp

Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp (B/L/D)

Day 3 Khamar Monastery

  • Optional early morning meditation and yoga
  • Breakfast in ger camp
  • Visit the Dakini's Breasts, the sacred Ovoo worship site of Khamar Monastery.
  • Visit Khamar Monastery:
    Situated in the middle of the Gobi, Khamar Monastery is one of the monasteries that could be considered representative of the non-sectarian ideal being both Nyingma and Karma. Established by the site of Khamar mountain by the 5th Noyon Khutugtu Luvsan Danzan Ravjaa in 1820. Legend goes that Noyon Khutugtu chose the site by shooting an arrow and if the arrow landed on a water source then it was suitable. Indeed, there is a deep spring at the site to this day. The site is also said to rest on an energy line linked to the nearby Shambala Land.
  • Visit the healing sands: the hot sand is supposed to have healing abilities if people bury themselves in it for even 10 minutes.
  • Lunch at the Ger Camp
  • Visit Shambala Land and Danzanravjaa's Tantric Meditation Caves:
    This volcanic red rock plain in the middle of the Gobi is believed to be the centre of all energy on earth and have centuries of myths and legends associated with them. The Tibetan state oracle, the Nechung oracle visits the site every year since his first visit in 2003 due to the energy of the place.
  • You will get the chance see how offerings are made and respects paid according to the traditional ritual practice
  • Optional Lead meditation in the middle of the energy circle.
  • Visit the 108 meditation caves formed amongst the volcanic site
  • Short camel ride
  • Dinner at the ger camp

Optional evening meditation or time to relax.  (B/L/D)

Day 4 Visit the Wish-fulfilling mountain of Danzanravjaa

  • Optional early morning meditation and gentle yoga
  • Breakfast in a ger camp
  • Visit Bayanzurkh Mountain
    The most famous Gobi mountain associated with religious beliefs and rituals. Known also as Khan Bayanzurkh, Wish-fulfilling Mountain, Relic mountain, Black Mountain, wish-fulfilling Jewel Mountain.
  • Activity: hiking and mountain ritual
  •  Lunch at the ger camp
  • Time to prepare for journey back to Sainshand
  • Transfer to Sainshand
  • Visit Museum in Sainshand
  • Dinner

Overnight train back to Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)

Day 5 Day in Ulaanbaatar

  • Arrive back to Ulaanbaatar early in the morning
  • Breakfast
  • Visit :
    A wonderful example of architecture and history in the middle of Ulaanbaatar city centre. It was the home of the Choijin Lama Luvsan Haidav, the oracle brother of the Bogd Khan. It dates to 1904 and is one the few places to have survived the communist destructions. Today it is a museum and is filled with some of the finest examples of Buddhist art. Detailed guided tour of temple including information about the history and relevance of the temple and the artefacts within
  • Lunch
  • Visit .

Transfer to hotel, pack for Arkhangai aimag departure, enjoy the free evening. (B/L/D)

Day 6 Ulaanbaatar / Arkhangai Aimag 510km

  • Optional early morning meditation and yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Journey to Tsetserleg
  • Lunch at Lake Ogii

Transfer to hostel in Tsetserleg and dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 7 Zayiin Huree / Tsehner Hot Spring 30km

  • Optional early morning meditation and yoga
  • Breakfast in Hostel / camp
  • Visit Zayiin Huree
    Zayiin Huree: Situated in the middle of one of the most beautiful landscapes of Mongolia, Arkhangai Aimag, Zayiin Huree is one of the most important and largest monastic villages of its time. Was established by Zaya Pandita upon his return from his 19 year study in Tibet. Today this monastery does not house monks, but marks the centre of the cultural heritage of Arkhangai Aimag. The temples which survived the communist period has now been transformed into a museum displaying the history of the monastery and surrounding areas. The mummified remains of the first Khalkha Zaya Gegeen is kept in a stupa inside the monastery today.
  • Tour with historical information
  • Chance to talk to the Curator of Museum
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to Tsenher Hot Spring
  • Horse riding
  • Dinner at Ger Camp

Relax and pack for the next day. (B/L/D)

Day 8 Ovorkhangai: Tovkhon Monastery 170 km

  • Optional early morning meditation and yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Journey to Ovorhangai and settle in to Ger Camp
  • Time to Relax
  • Drive to :
    Tovkhon Monastery: One of the oldest and most iconic monasteries in Mongolia established in 1648 by the 14 year old Jebzundampa Zanabazar. One of the 10 stone monasteries from the 17th century. A magnificent building in a wonderful setting. From the high ledge on which the monastery is situated one can enjoy a view of the forest, mountains and the rolling hills. It is located on the border of and in central Mongolia. The monastery site is 2600 meters above sea level at Shireet Ulaan Uul mountain. This monastery was the personal residing place of Zanabazar for 30 years.
  • Horseback up to Tovkhon monastery.
  • Detailed information and talk about its history and significance.

Chance to talk to the abbot. (B/L/D)

Day 9 Ovorkhangai: Erdene Zuu Monastery 95km

  • Optional early morning meditation and yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Drive to
    Erdene Zuu Monastery: This world heritage site is the oldest surviving monastery in Mongolia. Belongs to the Gelug tradition and is located in Ovorkhangai Aimag about 2km from . Commissioned by the grandfather of the first Jebzundamba Khutuktu Zanabazar in 1585 following the declaration of Tibetan Buddhism as the state religion of Mongolia. Stones from the ruin of Karakorum were used in its construction. The site is encircled by 108 stupas.
  • Detailed tour of monastery
  • Chance to overlook prayers and ceremonies
  • Chance to talk to the Abbot or a high ranking monk of the monastery
  • Lunch
  • Dinner at Ger Camp

Pack for journey back to Ulaanbaatar. (B/L/D)

Day 10 Return to Ulaanbaatar 380km

  • Optional early Morning meditation and yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Drive back to Ulaanbaatar
  • Lunch on the way
  • Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar do souvenir shopping at Cashmere store and the State  Department Store.

Farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

Day 11 Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport or train station for your international departure.

Tour available dates:

01 June – 15 October

Tour package price

2 pax:                              2848 USD per person

3-5 pax:                            2498 USD per person

Include:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English speaking guide at all times.
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps.
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur driven 4WD jeep, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person

 Exclude:

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes of arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc...)
  • Optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc…

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

 

  • backpack or soft bag
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • hiking boots/shoes
  • rain jacket with hood
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightweight trousers
  • shorts
  • warm hat
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • spare glasses
  • insect repellent
  • plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • wet tissues
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number