Archaeology Tour in the Orkhon Valley (11 days)


Route Archaeology

Trip to the Gobi desert and into the Orkhon valley to see the archaeological excavations of the Mongolian-German Karakorum Expedition.

Day 1: Departure
Departure from Europe to Ulaanbaatar/Chinggis Khan Airport.

Day 2: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Morning arrival at Chinggis Khan Airport in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to the hotel, after breakfast short break, city tour including Gandan Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolia. After lunch we will visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Flight to Gobi, Nature Park of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan
Morning transfer to airport for a short flight to Gobi, short drive to the Nature Park Gobi Gurvan Saikhan to walk in Vultures Gorge “Yoliin Am”, visit to the Gobi Museum, after picnic we will drive northward to reach Bayanzag, where the first discoveries of dinosaur fossils have been made. In the late afternoon, after reaching our ger camp, walk to the “Flaming Cliffs” with colorful view of Gobi landscape.

Day 4: Temple ruins of Ongi
Today we will continue our journey northward to Gobi River Ongiin Gol, afternoon we will visit memorial museum of temple ruins of Ongi, which was destroyed by communist regime in 1930s, stay overnight at ger camp “History of Ongiin Gol“ with old style luxury gers.

Day 5: Kharkhorin
Morning drive northward to reach Kharkhorin, in the afternoon visiting the monastery Erdene Zuu (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the excavation of the Mongolian-German Karakorum Expedition, in the evening we have folklore event and stay overnight at ger camp. Reference for two nights.

Turtle at Harhorin

Day 6: “Orkhon Valley – Karabalgasun”
Day trip heads to Kharbalgas, visit the ruins of the Uighur capital (745 – 840), Project “Orkhon Valley – Karabalgasun” of the Mongolian-German Karakorum expedition.

Khar Balgas

Day 7: Turkish memorial site of Khushuu Zaidam
Trip to Khushuu Tsaidam, Turkish memorial site for the prince Kul Tegin and his brother Bilge Khan (7th century). Continue our drive to the lake Ugii Nuur. Stay overnight in ger camp with wonderful view of the lake Ugii.

Day 8: Khar Bukhiin Balgas
Today we will drive towards east in direction of Ulaanbaatar. On the way stop at the ruins of Khar Bukhiin Balgas, monastery ruins from the 17th century, built on the wall of the Kidan period (10th century), stay overnight in ger camp close to the ruins.

Day 9: Nature Park Khustain Nuruu
Continue our tour south to reach world famous nature park Khustain Nuruu, well known through the project of reintroduction of Przewalski horses, one of ancient wild horses named by Mongolians “Takhi“, visiting water place of Takhis and tombs of Turkish Empire of 7th century, night in extra ger managed by local nomads.

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar
Morning to Ulaanbaatar, in the afternoon we will have time for shopping and sightseeing in the city, in the evening farewell dinner with folklore, stay overnight in hotel.

Day 11: Departure
In the early morning transfer to airport and departure.