Mongolian Golden Circuit Tour: Through the Monasteries and Lakes

15 days from $1950

Explore Mongolia with full of beautiful nature and historical sites. This tour covers north and central Mongolia.

Monasteries: Gandan Monastery, Amarbayasgalant monastery, Zayiin Gegeen monastery, Erdene Zuu monastery, Tuvkhun monastery 

Buddhism took firm root and adopted as the official religion of Mongolia in the second half of the 16th century. Tibetan lamas came in large numbers to organize the systematic translation of religious literature into Mongolian, and this in turn greatly encouraged the growth of literacy amongst Mongols and the flourishing of Mongol culture. 

Lakes: Everyone knows that Mongolia is the country of blue sky, steppes, deserts, nomads, and horses. But did you know that the lakes are also the top travel destinations in Mongolia? Photographer, traveler Batzaya Choijiljav took several photo trips to Mongolia’s some of the most scenic lakes. You can enjoy vibrant blue water contrasting with sand dunes, amazing aerial views, cool winter captures along with its surrounding areas, such as nomadic lifestyle and people.


  •  Buddhist monasteries - Gandan, Amarbayasgalant, Erdene Zuu, and Tuvkhun
  •  Khuvsgul Lake National Park
  •  Historical Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongol empire
  •  Khorgo - Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park
  •  Lake Ugii

Key Info

Physical level: Moderate Physical level: Moderate
Overlanding & Discovering Overlanding & Discovering

Tour Itinerary


Day 1.

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Transfer to the hotel and relax. City tour including the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, which represents Mongolian Culture starting from the Stone Age to the 21st century, and Buddhism, Sukhbaatar Square (also known as Chingis Khaan Square). Welcome dinner and a short briefing on the upcoming tour. (L/D)

in the hotel

Day 2.

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Leave early in the morning to Amarbayasgalant Monastery – one of the the largest monastery of Mongolia, built in 17th century in the memory of the Bogdo Lama Zanabazar- head of Mongolian Buddhist religion. Located in the northern province Selenge, the Monastery lies in beautiful surroundings good for walking. Lunch at a road-side restaurant on the way (B/L/D)

in the camp

Days 3-5.

Lake Khovsgol National Park

Head to Lake Khovsgol National Park. Pass through Erdenet city / Mongolia's 3d largest city famous for its huge copper mine/ and Bulgan province. Late on the 4th day, we will arrive at the magnificent lake Khovsgol - one of the natural wonders of the world covering an area of 2760 km2. It is a land of taiga forest, crystal-clear lakes, icy streams, and lush grass.

Take a boat ride to Khusliin Khad (Wishing Rock) and hike up to the top of the mountain to have a wonderful panoramic view of the lake and national park. Walking along with the lakeshore and swimming are nice activities to enjoy. (B/L/D)


in the camp 3 hours

Day 6.

Shine-Ider village

Our trip turns to the south towards Khorgo - Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park. Take an overnight stop at Shine-Ider village on the way. (B/L/D)

in the camp

Days 7-8.

Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park

Arrive in Terkhiin Tsagaan lake - a beautiful freshwater lake surrounded by extinct volcanoes at an altitude of 2.060 meters above the sea level. Explore the lake and its vicinity areas. Hike to Khorgo Uul volcano (2.965m) from the northeast shore of the lake. Visit caves on the way. (B/L/D)

in the camp 3-4 hours

Day 9.

Zayan Gegeen Monastery

Drive to Tsetserleg, the central town of Arkhangai province. Visit the Zayan Gegeen Monastery and local Museum in the town. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 10.

Tuvkhun Monastery

Drive towards the “Orkhon valley cultural landscape” as inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. Next 3 days we will navigate within this historical landscape having a visit to its famous sites as Tuvkhun monastery, Kharkhorin Erdene Zuu, and lake Ugii.

Hike up to Tuvkhun temple settled on the Shiveet mountain top. This is the place where Zanabazar, the head and founder of Mongolian Buddhism, was creating his famous artworks such as the national script “soyombo” in the XVI century. Now, the temple has accepted as “the world's precious heritage” by UNESCO. We can see the symbolic rock formations, stone script, and caves in the surroundings. (B/L/D)

in the camp 3-4 hours

Day 11.

Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharkhorin

Drive to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of Mongolia at the time of the Mongol Empire. There’s almost nothing left from this great capital of the world, but in 1586, under the rule of King Avtai Sain, the Erdene-Zuu Monastery was built at the site of the ruins of ancient Kharkhorin. The Erdene-Zuu – means Hundred of Treasures was again destroyed during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, but there are still various Buddhist statues, works of art, religious instruments, and even Tsam religious dance masks at the monastery. There are an amazing 108 stupas surrounding the monastery. (B/L/D)

in the camp

Day 12.

Lake Ugii

Head to Lake Ugii, which is a wonderful place to have to relax after long driving. The lake has an abundant birdlife of more than 150 bird species. Bird watching, fishing is parts of the available entertainment. We will visit a local family, exploring their nomadic lifestyle and livestock farming. Getting the first experience of a Mongolian ger. (B/L/D)

in the camp

Day 13.

Back to Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Lunch at a road-side restaurant on the way. Transfer to hotel and have free time for relaxing or personal activity. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 14.

City Tour

Visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan and the Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum. Go up to the top of the Zaisan Memorial to have a panoramic view of the whole city. Farewell dinner together. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 15.

Departure Day

Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 PAX 2550$
3-4 pax 2350$
5-8 PAX 2200$
9-12 PAX 2050$
13-15 PAX 1950$


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

Not Includes

International airfare 
Personal equipment
Optional activity cost 
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement 
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel Insurance
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc


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