Experience Mongolia’s Oldest Monastery

You will experience history with a trip to Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery in Mongolia.

Explore Our Religious Culture

Wonder at the beautiful Tuvhun monastery complex, a gorgeous site to take in our culture.

Take in Beautiful Sights

A breathtaking sight is Orkhon Waterfall, a great place for photographs and to relax!

Visit with Nomadic Family

Join one of our many nomad families and learn about their daily life and culture.

View Amazing Rock Formations

On our trip to Bogd Khan national park, you will see many interesting rock formations.

8 Days
Starts from: 1299 USD
Group size : 4-12 people

Schedule 2019 & 2020

jul 12 jul 19 aug 06 aug 13
sep 03 sep 10

Buddhism was declared Mongolia's national religion in the 13th century and has been widespread since the 1600s. By 1900, there were 583 monasteries and temples and a trip around some of them can be considered the perfect introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

Among the wonderful monasteries on this tour is Erdene Zuu, built in the 1580s on the site of the ancient imperial capital. One of the oldest monasteries in Mongolia, in its prime there were 10,000 lamas in residence and nearly 60 temples. By the end of the Stalinist purges in the 1930s, however, all but 4 of these temples had been destroyed. You will see the lamas chanting and receive Buddhist empowerments as well as having the opportunity to view the temple's museum complex.

Why choose this tour

  • Experience Mongolia’s Oldest Monastery
  • Take in Beautiful Sights
  • Explore Our Religious Culture
  • Visit with Nomadic Family
  • View Amazing Rock Formations

Full itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and City tour

After arriving in Ulaanbaatar, You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to the hotel. City sightseeing tour including a visit Gandan Monastery with its huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. See the monks chanting, spin some prayer wheels and view the intricately embroidered thanks. In the afternoon visit Bogd Khan Palace, which is a series of beautiful traditional buildings, where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

Day 2

​Erdene-Zuu, the oldest Monastery

After breakfast, continue driving to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. On the way, we will enjoy beautifully changing landscape from semi desert Gobi into forest steppe. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Day 3

​Orkhon Waterfall and Shankh monastery

Today make a trip to the Orkhon Waterfall situated in the valley Orkhon river. Water falls from height of 20 meters and the width of the stream at the point where forms the spectacular waterfall is 10 meters. The road to the waterfall is not easily accessible, owing to rocky surface of the area along the Orkhon river. On the way we visit Shankh monastery Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D)

Day 4

​Tuvhun monastery complex

After breakfast trip to Tuvhun which is one of most beautiful monastery complex, situated on a forested rocky mountain. Then we will drive to Khugnu khan Mountain natural reserve. Visit to a unique combination of Mongolian mountains, forest and Gobi-type in one location. The small monastery Uvgun (Old temple) will be quite interesting spot - by walking or horse riding. Overnight in tourist Ger camp. Full board. (B+L+D)

Day 5

​Relax and nomad family

Today we will visit a local horsemen family. Free horseback trial. There we have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Play national games and overnight in tourist camp.(B+L+D)

Day 6

​Bogd khan National park

Tour continue to Bogd khan National park – sacred mountains and rock carvings, over 300 plant varieties, animals such as deer, boar, fox, hare, wolf, squirrel, eagles and woodpeckers, plus a deer farm. Visit the Manzhir Khid 18th century monastery in the southern reserve. Overnight in tourist Ger camp. (B+L+D)

Manzushir temple

Bogd Khan Mountain

Day 7

​Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

Drive back from the camp to Ulaanbaatar. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)

Day 8

​Departure back Mongolia

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

B - Breakfast L - Dinner D - Dinner

Services included in the price

Shared accommodation in the hotel
Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
Guiding and interpreting service
All meals as listed in the itinerary
Daily supply of bottled water
Transfers by vehicle 4x4
Local guides
All entrance fees
Horse ride trial

Rider Requirements

Riders must be 10 and over - under 65 years of age (unless prior approval), weight limit is 220 pounds, and no pregnant rider; we screen for any health conditions that might be affected by the 10,000 ft. elevation (heart, lungs, elevation sickness, sun etc.

Services not included in the price

International airfare

Personal equipments

Optional activity cost

Excess baggage charges

Single room supplement

Alcoholic drinks

Travel Insurance
Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.

All prices are USD per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements are only available at hotels.

Single gers cannot be guaranteed. If a suitable roommate is not available, a single supplement fee ($70) will be invoiced.

Tour information

​The best time to make this trip:

May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.


Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.


In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.


We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.


An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

Personal things to bring with you:

Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.