Land of Chinggis



Welcome to homeland of Chinggis Khaan 

It’s an unforgettable journey to Chinggis Khan’s native land. It stands to the east of the country, in Khentii province famous for the rich historical and religious sites, including the reputed burial ground of Chinggis Khaan, the man who created the largest empire the world has ever seen. Chinggis Khaan had his humble beginnings as a small boy called Temujin, living on the banks of the Onon River in the area of Khentii. Temujin spent his days in Khentii herding, riding, and looking after his family. He worshipped Tenger, the blue sky and ruler of heaven. Today Chinggis is known as unifier of the tribes of Mongolia and hero of the Mongolian people. Myths about the great man are plentiful among the local people. We will explore this historical land, the wilderness area of the Khan Khentii Mountains on foot, horseback, and by jeep.

Khan Khentii National Park covers 1.2 million hectares of rugged mountain scenery, forests, wetlands and alpine tundra in the north of Mongolia. The Onon and Kherlen rivers flow through its borders and it is on the southern edge of Siberia’s taiga forest. Rare mammals including the endangered musk deer, and moose, brown bear, wolf, fox, roe, and elk roam in the forests. Historians come to study the ancient burial grounds and Turkish stone engravings. It is an uninhabited wilderness area accessible only on foot or horseback. It is supposed that Chinggis Khaan is buried in Burkhan Khaldun Mountain – most Mongolians surmise from legend that this is the place where his body lies. However, despite numerous international projects searching for the remains of his body it is yet to be found. The mountain is, however, the peak that Chinggis Khaan came to worship.

On the way back to Ulaanbaatar we will spend a day in Terelj National Park. You can do hiking and horse riding through the wonderful green hills dotted with colorful wild flowers and surrounded by Rocky Mountains with interesting rock formations. At the camp you will be offered to taste traditional barbeque Khorhog, large chunks of meat and vegetables ‘pressure cooked’ using hot rocks. When you cross little passages of the hills and mountains during you tour, all your team should get out the car and make respectful ceremony for the “Ovoo” which stands at the tops of hills. Ovoo is the site of worship, which is nearby. Ovoos generally consist of piles of rocks and other offerings to the gods such as blue silk and money. To worship you place your offering on the Ovoo and walk clockwise around it three times. According to the ancient saying, if you do this ceremony you will be lucky and reliable by “Lhus”, Nature God.




Day 1. Arriving in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to hotel. City tour. Visit to Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace Museum. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2. Driving to the Baganuur. The drive is approximately 200km and will take about 8 hours. Continuing into the Khentii Mountain Range, we will reach the soum of Mongonmort in the late afternoon. Situated in the town are the headquarters of Khan Khentii National Park. We will meet the park rangers who will give us a brief introduction to the National Park. Overnight in tent.

Day 3. Continue driving to the foothills of Burkhan Khaldun Mountain, about 60km. We will camp near the foot of the mountain and visit the ‘ovoo,’ the site of worship, which is nearby. Ovoos generally consist of piles of rocks and other offerings to the gods such as blue silk, money, and food. To worship you place your offering on the ovoo and walk clockwise around it three times. Overnight in tent.

Day 4. Driving to Khoh Nuur. This is a small lake surrounded by forested mountains. It is famous as the site of the historical event in the 13th century when Temujin was granted the title of Chinggis Khan. Overnight in tent.

Day 5. Continue driving until we reach a place recently discovered and named as a possible burial place of Chinggis Khan. In the summer of 2001 and 2002 a joint American-Mongolian expedition conducted research in the hope of discovering the burial site of the Mongolian royal family of the XIIIth century. We will visit Baldanbereeven Monastery en route. Overnight in tent.

Day 6.  Day of rest at the burial site, exploring the area. ToDay we will also visit Oglogchiin Wall. Overnight in tent.

Day 7.  Driving to Terelj National Park. Overnight in tent on the shores of Kherlen River.

Day 8. Today we will reach the ger camp at Terelj National Park. There will be horses available each day, and every afternoon there will be organized horseback trips with guides. The ger camp is near the home of the guides, so you can observe their everyDay activities. In the morning you can hike in the surrounding areas or ride a short distance. All meals will be at the ger camp. We will have the traditional meal ‘khorkhog,’ which is mutton cooked slowly in a huge, metal urn with vegetables, water, and hot rocks from a flaming fire. The meat becomes soft and tasty and the water turns into a thick meaty broth. Overnight in camp.

Day 9. Driving back to Ulaanbaatar. Shopping. Evening cultural performance. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10.  Transfer to Airport. Depart from Ulaanbaatar.


Services included in the cost:

Accommodation: Hotel***,* ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: vehicle 4x4 or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Camping equipments

Services not included in the cost:

International airfare
Personal equipments
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
Alcoholic drinks
Sleeping bag
Travel Insurance