Die Geheime Geschichte der Mongolen

Sightsee and shop in Ulaanbaatar before heading into Khentii Province, the homeland of Chinggis Khaan, the Mongolian founder and ruler of one of the world’s greatest ever empires – explore this wilderness on foot, horseback, and by jeep, eat food fit for an Emperor, and visit historical and religious sites, including the reputed burial ground of Chinggis Khaan himself.

This itinerary brings together the joint findings of Mongolian and American scientists and the history of Chinggis Khaan, the man who created one of the biggest empires the world has ever seen. Chinggis Khaan had his humble beginnings as a small boy called Temuujin, living on the banks of the Onon River in the area of Mongolia known as Khentii. Temuujin 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 amongst the local people. We will explore his homeland, and the wilderness area of the Khan Khentii Mountains.

The 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 deer, 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. Riding here is not for the faint hearted. It is challenging, remote, and wild.

It has been said that Chinggis Khaan is buried in Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and most Mongolians surmise from this 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.

Day 1

Baganuur – Khentii Mountain range – Kherlen River

Today we will set off into the countryside in our vehicles. The drive is approximately 200km and will take about 6 hours. We will head northeast out of Ulaanbaatar and pass through the large town of Baganuur. 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. Our campsite will be about an hour’s drive from the town, on the banks of the Kherlen River.


Day 2

Burkhan Khaldun Mountain

Today we will continue driving for about 60km to the foothills of Burkhan Khaldun. We will camp near the foot of the mountain and visit an ‘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.


Day 3

Relaxation – optional hiking – visit nomad families

A day of rest at the camp at the foothill of the mountain. You can choose to hike in the mountain, and there will also be the opportunity to visit local nomadic families. Meals and overnight stay at the previous night’s camp.


Day 4

Lake Khokh 

Today we will get back in the vehicles and drive to Lake Khokh. This is a small lake surrounded by forested mountains. It is famous as the site of the historical event in the 13th century when Temuujin was granted the title of Chinggis Khaan. We will camp by the lake.


Day 5

Baldanbereeven Monastery – visit possible burial site of Chinggis Khaan

Today we continue driving until we reach a place recently discovered and named as a possible burial place of Chinggis Khaan. 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. We will stay overnight at the ger camp.


Day 6

Explore the burial site – Oglogchiin Wall

We will have a day of rest at the burial site, exploring the area. Today we will also visit Oglogchiin Wall, which is about 10km from our camp. We will have meals and spend the night at the previous night’s camp.


Day 7

Drive towards Terelj – camp on Kherlen River bank – 130km

Today we will drive towards Terelj. On the way we will camp on the shores of the Kherlen River.


Days 8-9

Riding in Terelj National Park – traditional Mongolian dinner – 180km

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. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner with our drivers and horsemen. 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.


Day 10

Return to Ulaanbaatar

Today we head back to Ulaanbaatar. It is about a 2½ hour drive and on arrival you will be taken to your hotel.

Reisecode und Reisetermin:
NCA-013, 24 Juli-2 Aug, 2012

Preis pro Person in einer Gruppe von 9 Personen:
USD1.686

Einzelzimmerzuschlag: USD50
Die Preise beinhalten folgendes:

2 Inlandsflüge, Transport innerhalb der Mongolei, Unterbringung in Zelten während der Reise, 3 Mahlzeiten pro Tag, einen deutsch- oder englischsprachigen Reiseführer, Transfers, Kamel- sowie Pferdereiten, Firmenpersonal inklusive der Fahrer, Pferde- und Kamelmänner, sowie das Personal in den Camps.


Im Preis nicht enthalten:

internationaler Transport, Reiseversicherung, Visas, Ausreisegebühr, alkoholische Getränke, persönliche Artikel.

Der Klient ist während seines Aufenthaltes in der Mongolei selbst dafür verantwortlich, eine abgeschlossene Reise- und Krankenversicherung zu besitzen.


Bitte beachten Sie folgendes:

Auf Nachfrage kann eine Einzelunterbringung auf dem Land gegen einen Aufpreis ermöglicht werden. Falls eine Einzelunterbringung in den Gercamps nicht gegeben war, wird der Betrag anhand derer Übernachtungen berechnet und Ihnen zurück erstattet. Nomads ist nicht für Überbuchungen verantwortlich zu machen, solang die Firma anhand hinreichender Unterlagen beweisen kann, dass dies der Fehler einer anderen Firma war.

Sollten unberechenbare Umstände sowie Quarantäneverhängungen, Änderungen des hiesigen Flug- oder Zugplanes eine Änderung der Reise bedeuten, werden wir Ihren Reisevermittler kontaktieren und eine equivalente Route vorschlagen. Erneut, Nomads kann nicht die Verantwortung fuer die nationale Flug- oder die Eisenbahngesellschaft übernehmen.. Der Reisende ist selbst dafür verantwortlich, gültige Reisedokumente, sowie einen gültigen Reisepass, Visum und Passfotos, zu besitzen.

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