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Travel diary: One week central Mongolia travel

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

Tour preparation:

First of all, we ordered all the camps. The next we bought our foods. We planned to cook Mongolian and European food.

  • Tour guide: Boloroo and Nomio

  • Photo and video by Nomio

  • Tour driver: Dunia

  • The number of tourists: 4

Tour information:

We travelled around Central Mongolia for six nigh, seven days. During the tour, we visited four provinces of Central Mongolia that includes Tov, Bulgan, Arkhangai and Ovorkhangai.

Day 1: Terelj national park

Six days central Mongolia tour began from Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia. We met each other in the morning at our Enza Tours LLC’s office. Our first destination was Chinggis Khan Statue and Giant statue of Great Mongolian king Chinggis with the horse.

Tsonjin boldog

Moreover, there are Mongolian ancient historical big Mongolian traditional boots, big horsewhip in the sculpture. We were standing on a giant horse’s head while we were taking some selfies.

Then we went to our next destination that Terelj national park. Mongolian Terelj national park has incredible nature. The environment of the park was beautiful.

In there, we saw and climbed a big turtle stone. The next we went to our first camp and ate lunch. After lunch, we visited Aryabal monastery. Our camp located near Aryabal monastery, so we walked to the monastery.

The Aryabal monastery is one of the Mongolian ancient Buddhist monasteries. There we walked on the paradise bridge and visited the monastery. There are many kinds of Buddhist god draws in the monastery and side of flat rock of the Mountain.

After that, we came back to our camp and rest. After dinner, we play one kind of Mongolian card. It was funny.

In the end, we sang our national songs to each other. The weather was very lovely, sometimes sunny and sometimes rainy. We slept in the modern Mongolian yurt.

Day 2: Sand dunes – Elsen Tasarkhai

Second day at 08:00 am we had Mongolian breakfast. Then we drive to the Sand Dunes and Khogno khan mountain.

Nomadic yurt

The dunes located the south side of the Khugnu khan mountain. We went Mongolian continuously valley to our destination on paved road. After lunch, we rode a camel for 1 hour.

The second day we met real Mongolian nomadic life, and we stayed overnight with a nomadic family. They live top of the mountain where you can see dunes and Khogno Khaan mountain. Moreover, they have five kinds of a domestic animal which are camel, horse, sheep, goat and cows. When we arrived at the nomadic family, housewife welcomed us.

First, she gave Mongolian milk tea to us. Then grandfather gave snuff tobacco to us. It is one kind of Mongolian tradition that welcomed the visit. If your first-time smell stuff tobacco, you will sneeze.

Moreover, we ate some types of Mongolian dairy food, e.g., are “Aaruul”, Mongolian cheese-“Byaslag”, milk cream – “Urum”. Before we sleep, we saw how to settle sheep, goat and cows. They lived top of the mountain.

At the end of the second day, we saw the sunset, and it was romantic. Before sleep, we played anklebone of sheep that is from some thousand years ago, and we still play this traditional Mongolian game.

real nomadic yurt

Anklebone can perform a variety of games. We played horse racing and knucklebone shooting. Mongolian yurt is very comfortable and warm.

Bor grandpa and Yandag Grandma's family

Day 3: Ulaantsutgalan waterfall

In the morning, we woke up at 5 am because of how to milk a cow, and we watched the sunrise. After breakfast, we watch how to collect and milking a horse. Mongolian said it is so lucky that watch collect and milking a horse. Mongolian choose a perfect lunar day to milk a horse.

Orkhon Water fall

The process is so hard and exciting that collect and milking a horse. It needs a whole day. We had to go, so we just watched the entire process. Then we visited the dunes.

Also, we climbed sandhills. On top of the sandhill, nature was so attractive than any other places in central Mongolia.

cool picture from dune

After that, we moved our next destination Ulaantsutgalan waterfall.

We ate our lunch beside the river — the “Ulaantsutgalan” waterfall located Mongolian protected area Orkhon valley. There are many beautiful objects and animals in that area. Moreover, we reached the next camp. You can shower that camp.

Then we visited Ulaantsutlagan waterfall from camp. Ulaantsutgalan and Orkhon river is the most exciting place for the people who love to study volcanic eruption.

Some rivers join before the waterfall, and it looks like the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, rivers flow together, but the colour of streams don’t mix each other. If you are love for hiking, this is your place to enjoy. When we come back, we ate our dinner.

Finally, we shared a lot of different things from our society to each other. After midnight we were watching the stars and milky way. Annually thousands of tourist visit this places because of stars, milky way and obviously waterfall.

Day 4: Tsenkher hot springs

After breakfast, we drove to our next destination, the “Tsenkher” hot spring. On the way to Tsenkher hot spring, we encountered one local naadam festival.

Local naadam festival

We all agree to watch that local naadam festival because there you can meet real, local people and to see how they celebrate their celebration as well as wrestling, horse racing and arrow shooting. Additionally, we played bingo, ate “Khuushuur” (fried dumplings) and watch horse racing. It was a fantastic time for our tourists.

Playing ankle bone game

During our tour, we were happy about the weather and entertainment.

After that, we had our lunch in a wild valley. However, we were happy for nature and a little bit scared of the flies because people don’t live there. So, our driver burned horse and cow poop called argal and homool.

Dinner time - traditional Russian food

Mongolians burn argal and homool to frustrate fly. It smells like kind of flora and grass. This technique used during the Mongolian invasion to make smoke for attack and it is very new and exciting for tourists.

When we arrived at our camp, we entered the hot spring spa. It took our tiredness away.

Day 5: “Terkhiin tsagaan nuur” - white lake

The fifth day we went to Terkh white lake. Terkh white lake is one of the big Mongolian lakes, and it is pure water. Next to the white lake, there Khorgo the dead volcano. The view from the Volcano is impressive even for locals.

Khorgo volcano

In the afternoon we ate our lunch besides Chuluut river. Before we arrived at the camp, we rode a horse. Mongolian horses are shorter than European horses.

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However, they very strong and fast. When we camped, we made “Khuushuur” altogether. As I mentioned before “Khuushuur” is one of the unique Mongolian cuisines and after the local Naadam, we loved this food. Making and frying the dumpling was an excellent time to know each other and share food culture.

In the end, we stayed overnight in the traditional Mongolian yurt. There we played another game and having some fun.

Day 6: Khorgo volcano and Kharkhorum ancient city

Terkiin tsagaan nuur - white lake

In the early morning, we walked lakeshore and where we had some pictures. The next we visited “Yellow dog hell” cave and little ice cave.

Khorgo volcano

After that, we went to Khorgo volcano and climbed the top of the Khorgo volcano. There is a dedicated step, so it is easier to climb. Moreover, there are many kinds of souvenirs in souvenir shops from locals.

In the end, we arrived at our camp and stayed in a Mongolian yurt. It was unfortunate because this is our last night. In the Mongolian yurt, it was comfortable, and you can be very calm with fire sounds.

Day 7: Khustai National Park and Come back Ulan Bator

In the morning, we visited the Erdenezuu monastery and Kharkhorum museum. Once we reach there, we visited the “Erdenezuu” monastery to discover tombs, a temple, and a real Buddhist temple. In Erdenezuu, monastery’s temples relate Mongolian 3 significant generations.

Moreover, there are many Buddhist gods picture in temples.

Temple of Buddha

Also, we buy a unique souvenir for our family that written name by Mongolian script in outside Erdenezuu monastery. Moreover, we visited Kharkhorum museum. There are many artefacts and exhibits which relate Great Mongolia Empire in the museum.


Erdenezuu monastery is the place to learn the Buddhist lifestyle of Monks and some Buddhist arts; even you can find some explanation of afterlife from the ancient paintings.

After that, we drove to our tours last destination “Khustai national park”. “Khustai national park” is one of the Mongolian protected areas. There are many rare animals live in there.

Especially Mongolian wild horse, or it is known as Przewalski's horse is only live in Mongolian Khustai National park.

Also, within the park 55 kind mammals, 223 kind birds, two amphibian, four reptiles, 15 fish, over 500 insect species and some kinds of rare plants, flowers and exhibits. People said it is too hard to see a wild horse.

However, we were lucky; we saw wild horses very near. Then we come back, Ulaanbaatar. Since the journey began, we had much fun, and it was a fantastic time with other people from different continents.

Moreover, many thanks to our driver, Dunia is professional, and he knows everything about the way and some story. The entire trip we were travelling in a comfortable vehicle.

We (Nomio, Dunia and Boloroo) will miss you all guys @Max, Liza, Michael and Fanny

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