Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.
Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discover of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometre (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".
Walk until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.
2Each day, with a shaman, you'll discover important thematics bound to Shamanism: history, practices, and symbolism. Meditation and Shamanic ceremony.
Journey to Orkhon Valley. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadism and many breeders set their summer camp there.
Stay at breeders' from the valley. During your stay, you will discover their way of life and you will be proposed many activities, such as milking, making traditional dairy products, or rounding up the animals with a horse.
You will also attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue that you will enjoy with yours hosts.
Visit of Ulan Tsutgalaan falls, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sunray... These 16-metres (52,49 feet) falls are just magic ! They formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions;
3, 4Each day, with a shaman, you'll discover important thematics bound to Shamanism: history, practices, and symbolism. Meditation and Shamanic ceremony.
Visit of Tovkhon Monastery. Vehicles can't go until the top of Öndör Ulaan Hill and we will walk until there to discover Tovkhon Ermitage, where Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia, created the Soyombo alphabet. The monastery is located 2312 metres (1,44 mile) above the sea level and from that place we'll have a wonderful view on the whole Khangai range. We'll picnic in exceptional surroundings, facing Orkhon Valley.
Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city, until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.
Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas.
6Each day, with a shaman, you'll discover important thematics bound to Shamanism: history, practices, and symbolism. Meditation and Shamanic ceremony.
Day 8-10. Mystic stay in the surroundings of the Shambala
Ulan Bator - Sainshand
Transmongolian until Sainshand. In the train, Mongolians are the great majority of the travellers, so a "local atmosphere" is guaranteed ! For lunch, we will picnic in the train. All along the journey, we can enjoy the splendid landscapes of the Mongolian steppes. Arrival in the early evening.
Visit of Khamar Monastery. The famous Mongolian teacher and man of letters Danzanravjaa created this monastery in the 1820's. It was an important centre of the Buddhist "red sect".
North of the monastery, we will see some meditation caves.
Visit of one of the most sacred places in Buddhist belief, the Shambala, entrance in an unreal kingdom where joy and harmony prevail. This energy centre became a popular pilgrimage place in Mongolia.
Visit of a camel herders' family where we'll discover the Mongolian hospitality.
Camelback trip among the desertic landscapes of Sainshand area.
In the evening, we embark on the train that rides towards Ulan Bator. We spend the night on the train, on comfortable couchettes cabins (one cabin for four persons).s prévues à cet effet (Une cabine pour 4 personnes). Arrival the next day in the morning at the Mongolian capital.
8, 9, 10Each day, with a shaman, you'll discover important thematics bound to Shamanism: history, practices, and symbolism. Meditation and Shamanic ceremony.
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