• ABOUT US

    Thank you for visiting Gaya's Guesthouse Website!

     

    My name is Gaya. I have been running a small ger-guesthouse in Kharkhorin, Central Mongolia since 2003. With the help of my mother Chantsa and daughters Ganju (16) and Nomioko (12), we operate throughout the year, trying to offer a home from home for travelers passing through Kharkhorin. We have comfortable, reasonably-priced accommodation, and organize tours throughout the country. Our tours generally start from Ulaanbaatar or Kharkhorin, but we are flexible and will adapt to our guests' needs.

     

    Kharkhorin has been the center of history and nature in Central Mongolia for centuries. Due to this fact, this whole area has been appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage "Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape" since 2004. You have plenty of choices for where to go and what to do here - we hope to help you enjoy discovering it!

     

    We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kharkhorin!

     

    *We are happy to pick you up from your starting destination, whether that is the Chinggis Khaan Airport, Ulaanbaatar, the train station, the Kharkhorin bus station, or anywhere else. Just let us know if you would like this service.

    A big welcome from Gaya and the family!

    Gaya and the family at the guesthouse 

    Welcome!

  • Our New Building

    Brand new building awaits you!

    The construction of our new building has finally finished. In addition to our traditional gers, brand new rooms and a restaurant/common room are now available at Gaya's Guesthouse.

     

    Prices are as follows

    Single bed private room;$25-28 USD.

    Double bed private room; $22-25USD.

    Triple bed private room;$36-50 USD.

    The prices are subject to change according to seasonal conditions and inflation.

     

    All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi.

  • Single bed private room

    Price:  25-30USD.

     

    Double bed private room

    Price: 22-25USD.

     

     

    Triple bed private room

    Price: 36-45 USD.

    Our brand new restaurant

     

    Please have a look at "Meal" section below.

  • OUR SERVICE

    What can we do for you?

    1. Room

    We have some different types of rooms (Mongolian gers, it means). You can pay either in USD$, EURO or Mongolian Tugrig (MNT).

     

    1 night:

    Mixed Dorm Ger- US $8 person

    (6 gers accomodating 35 people in total)

     

    Triple Bed Private Ger- US $36 (3ger)

    Triple Bed Private room US $40

    Double Bed Private Ger - US $22

    (3 gers)

    Double Bed Private Room $ 25

    Single Private Ger - US $25

    Single Bed Private Room- $ 28

     

    Meal

     

     

    We offer breakfast for free. We'll be happy to cook you lunch and dinner too at below expense.

     

    Veg food is available as well. If you'd like to learn Mongolian cooking, you are most welcome to join us!

     

    Breakfast: FREE

    Lunch: 3USD

    Dinner: 3USD

     

    We sell hot and cold drinks as well.

    Facilities

     

     

    As facilities we have a common room, clean bathroom, high speed wifi and a family hand craft shop.

     

    Below service is for free:

    - Breakfast

    - Hot shower

    - Wifi

    - Pick up from / drive to the bus station

    - Book of your bus tickets back to/from UB

    - Use of kitchen facilities

    - Key deposit

     

    travel

    Travel agency

     

     

    As locals, we have a wide network of people in this region to work with. Below service is available with us:

    - Organizing day trips

    - Organizing horse riding/trekking

    - Organizing overnight tours

    - Car rental with driver

     

     

    Japanese Jeep - Prado

    More comfortable and fast for long distance tour. Can fit up to 4 people including the driver.

    Cost : $ US 110 /a day/ include fuel

     

     

     

     

    As locals, we have a wide network of people in this region to work with. Below services are available to us:

    - Organizing day trips

    - Organizing horse riding/trekking

    - Organizing overnight tours

    - Car rental with driver

     

    Korean Starex

    With room for 7 passengers and 7 pieces of luggage, this air-conditioned model van is perfect for business trip.

    Cost : $ US 100 /a day/ include fuel

     

  • Model tours

    As you wish...

    As locals, we have a wide network of people in this region to work with. Below service is available with us:

    - Organizing day trips

    - Organizing horse riding/trekking

    - Organizing overnight tours

    - Car rental with driver

     

    We can also suggest model tours in accordance with your time and budget.

    Below are some examples.

    All the tours below start from Kharkhorin.

  • EXAMPLE tour ITINERARIES

    Gobi tours

    Guests may choose to start their tours from Ulaanbaatar or Kharkhorin.

    G.Tour -1

    (5 nights 6 days)

    Baynzag, Khongor Sandunes, Yoliin Am, Tsagaan Suvarga

     

    Day 1. Drive to Tsagaan suvraga

    Day 2. Drive to Yoliin am

    Day 3. Khongoriin els

    Day 4. Bayanzag

    Day 5. Erdenedalai and Zorgol Khairkhan.

    Day 6. Back to UB.

    G.Tour -2

    (6nights 7days)

    Baynzag, Khongor Sandunes, Yoliin Am, Tsagaan Suvarga Baga Gazar

     

    Day 1. Drive to Zorgol Khairkhan and Erdene dalai

    Day 2. Drive Bayan zag (unique shaped trees and small flaming cliffs)

    Day 3. Khongor Sandunes

    Day 4. Drive to Yoliin am (unique shaped

    Day 5. Tsagaan Suvarga

    Day 6. Baga Gazar

    Day 7. Back to UB

    G.Tour -3

    (8nights 9 days )

    Gobi desert Orkhon Waterfall Ancient capital Kharkhorin Erdene Zuu temple

     

    Day 1. Baga Gazariin Chuluu (rock formations)

    Day 2.Drive to Tsagaan suvraga

    Day 3. Drive to the Yoliin am 

    Day 4.Drive to Khongor Sand Dune. Ride camel for a short time.

    Day 5. Bayanzag –Flaming Cliffs

    Day 6. Ongi Temple

    Day 7. Orkhon Waterfall

    Day 8. Drive to Kharhorin village where you will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery.

    Day 9. Back to UB

    G.Tour -4

    (9 nights 10 days )

    Gobi desert Orkhon Waterfall Kharkhorin Erdenezuu

     

    Day 1. Baga gazriin Chuluu

    Day 2. Tsagaan Suvarga- White Stupa

    Day 3. Yol Valley

    Day 4. Khongor Sand dune.

    Day 5. Khongor Sand dune. Ride a camel around the Sand Area.

    Day 6. Bayanzag- Flaming cliffs

    Day 7. Ongi temple

    Day 8. Drive to Orkhon Waterfall.

    Day 9. Kharkhorin village. You’ll visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery.

    Day 10. Back to UB

    Central Mongolia

    サブキャッチ

    C.Tour -1

    (2 nights 3 days)

    Kharkhorin Erdenezuu temple and Mini Gobi trip

     

    Day 1. Small Sand Dune ( Mini Gobi)

    Day 2. Kharkhorin

    Day 3. Back to UB

    C.Tour -2

    (3 nights 4 days)

    Terelj National Park Mini Gobi Kharkhorin

     

    Day 1. Terelj National Park

    Day 2. Mini Gobi Small Sandunes

    Day 3. Kharkhorin

    Day 4. Back to UB

    C.Tour -3

    (3 nights 4 days)

    Kharkhorin Orkhon Waterfall Mini Gobi

     

    Day 1. Kharkhorin

    Day 2. Orkhon Waterfall

    Day 3. Small Sandunes

    Day 4. Back to UB

    C.Tour -4

    (5 nights 6 days)

    Kharkhorin Erdenezuu temple, Great White Lake, Tsenkher hot spring, Mini Gobi

     

    Day 1.Mini Gobi Elsen Tasarkhai

    Day 2. Tsenkher hot spring

    Day 3. White lake

    Day 4. White lake hiking

    Day 5.Kharkhorin

    Day 6. Back To UB

    C.Tour -5

    (6 nights 7 days)

    Mini Gobi Orkhon Waterfall Thenkher hot spring White Lake Kharkhorin

     

    Day 1. Small Sandunes

    Day 2. Orkhon Waterfall

    Day 3. Tsenkher Hot Spring

    Day 4. Great White Lake

    Day 5. Relax

    Day 6. Kharkhorin Erdene Zuu Temple

    Day 7. Back to UB

    C.Tour -6

    horse riding trip to the (7nights 8 days)

    Kharkhorin Erdenezuu Tuvkhun Temple Orkhon Waterfall 8 lakes Mini Gobi

     

    Day 1. Drive to Kharkhorin Visit Erdenezuu Monastery

    Day 2. Visit Tuvkhun temple. Continue to Orkhon Waterfall

    Day 3. Start horse riding trip to the 8 lakes

    Day 4,5,6, Continue the horse riding trip around 8 lakes area.

    Day 6. Afternoon finish the horse trip. Stay Waterfall and relax day.

    Day 7. Drive to Mini Gobi. Camel riding and hiking the mountains are available. Overnight stay in a nomadic family’s ger.

    Day 8. Back to UB

    Northern Mongolia Khovsgol Trip

    N.Tour -1

    (11 nights 12 days)

    Mini Gobi, Kharkhorin Erdenezuu temple, White lake, Khuvsgul lake

     

    Day 1. Mini Gobi Small Sandunes

    Day 2. Orkhon Waterfall

    Day 3. Kharkhorin

    Day 4. Great White Lake

    Day 5. Great White Lake

    Day 6. Shine Ider

    Day 7. Murun

    Day 8. Khovsgol Lake

    Day 9. Khovsgol

    Day 10. Khutag Ondor

    Day 11. Amarbayasgalant

    Day 12. Back to Ulaanbaatar

    N.Tour -2

    (16nights 17 days)

    South Gobi, Kharkhorin Erdenezuu temple, White lake, Khuvsgul lake

     

    Day 1. Baga gazariin chuluu.

    Day 2. Tsagaan suvarga

    Day 3. Yol Valley- vulture’s mouth

    Day 4. Khongor Sand Dune

    Day 5. Bayanzag –Flaming Cliffs

    Day 6. Khongor Sand Dunes where you’ll have a camel riding

    Day 7. Ongi temple

    Day 8. Orkhon Waterfall.

    Day 9. Kharkhorin

    Day 10. White Lake

    Day 11. White Lake

    Day 12. Murun town

    Day 13. Khovsgol Lake

    Day 14. Khovsgol Lake

    Day 15. Khutagundur

    Day 16..Amarbayasgalant Monastery

    Day 17. Back to Ulaanbaatar

    N.Tour -3

    (15nights 16 days)

    Visit Tsaatan people (Reendeer) , Khuvsgul Lake, White lake Kharkhorin

     

    Day 1. Amarbayasgalant

    Day 2. Khutag- Undur

    Day 3. Murun town

    Day 4. Khuvsgul Lake

    Day 5. Khuvsgul Lake

    Day 6. Murun town continue to Tsagaan nuur village

    Day 7. Start horse trip to the Reendeer family

    Day 8. Continue horse riding to Reendeer family . Overnight stay in a tent.

    Day 9. Return to nomad family

    Day 10. Back to nomad family

    Day 11. Murun town

    Day 12. White lake

    Day 13. Tsenkher hot spring

    Day 14. Kharkhorin

    Day 15. Mini Gobi Ride a camel around the Sand Area.

    Day 16. Back to UB

  • Experience a nomad life

    Staying at a nomad family's ger, you can experience a piece of nomad life such as taking care of livestock, horse riding and milking. Fishing, swimming and walking around the ger also give you the enjoyment of nature.

     

    We can organize, for example, a one-day trip to a nomad family. You can enjoy:

    - A night stay at a nomad family ger

    - 3 meals

    - horse riding

    - tasting milk products

    The cost varies from one season to the next due to the different residential locations and weather conditions, but it covers the cost of the accommodation, 3 meals, 1-hour horse riding and transportation from/to Gaya's Guesthouse.

    Seasonal rates and distance from Kharkhorin: 

    Spring; 40 USD, 15

    Summer; 35 USD, 8km

    Autumn; 40 USD, 15km

    Winter; 45 USD, 25km

     

    *The weather and road condition may cause a suspension of the tour.

     

    The Eight Lakes

     

     

    Eight Lakes Horse riding trip

    This a wonderful way to see the beautiful Mongolian landscapes, experience the nomadic culture and stay with locals, all while traveling the Mongolian way-by horse!

     

    What to expect;

    This is a real Mongolian experience. This is not a sanitized or “catered to” trip. You will stay with Mongolian families, sometimes in a spare Ger or sometimes in the Ger with the family living there. Eating nomadic foods and drinking milk tea will be a big part of this trip. Riding the horse can vary between 3-6 hours every day, and trips typically last between 3 and 8 days. At least 3 days are needed to reach the lakes and return home. The horses are well-trained and well cared for. Even a beginner rider can make this trip. The saddles are padded and are a westernized style to ensure safety and comfort.

    The ride will take you through the wide open grassland, river fed valleys, over mountain passes and around some of the lakes in the "Naiman Nuur" National Park.

    You may also enjoy playing with local kids, milking a yak, helping herd up the goats or simply enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

    What to bring:

    • Warm sleeping bag/blanket

    • Boots to ride a horse with

    • Clothes that will get very dirty

    • Long pants (saddle sores)

    • Water bottle

    • Warm sweater/jacket

    • Rain coat

    • Bar of soap

    • Toilet paper

    • Sunscreen

    • Fork/spoon/bowl

    • Flashlight/head lamp

    • Camera

    • Batteries

    Gobi

  • Nomads

    Staying at a nomad family ger, you can experience a piece of nomad life such as taking care of livestock, horse riding and milking. Fishing, swimming and walking around the ger also give you the enjoyment of the nature.

     

    We can organize, for example, a one-day trip to a nomad family. (If you want more days it is possible) You can enjoy:

    - A night stay at a nomad family's ger

    - 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    - horse riding with mongolian guide

     

    The cost varies from a season to another due to the different residential locations and weather conditions, but it covers the cost of the accommodation, 3 meals, horse riding and transportation from/to Gaya's Guesthouse.

    Seasonal rates and distance from Kharkhorin: 

    Spring; $45USD, 18km

    Summer; $35 USD, 10km

    Autumn; $45 USD, 15km

    Winter; $55 USD, 25km

     

    As nomads spend a different life in each season, you can enjoy season-specific events such as seeing newly-born baby sheep in March sheering cashmere in spring, the yak festival and felt festival in summer.

  • Festivals in mongolia

    Tsagaan Sar- Mongolian Lunar New Year -26th of February

    Every year Mongolian people celebrate “Tsagaan Sar,” or the “White Moon” Lunar New Year, around when winter turns into spring. The exact dates of the holiday depend on the lunar calendar. This year Tsagaan Sar will start on the 26th of February. Usually, it is held during the new moon at the end of January or in February. Tsagaan Sar celebrates the end of winter and welcomes the promise of a bountiful new year. It symbolizes a healthy, wealthy life. People start their preparations for Tsagaan Sar one month before the festivities begin. Families make hundreds, and even thousands, of buuz (steamed dumplings) and bansh (small boiled dumplings). Traditionally, family and friends visit each other’s homes and exchange presents and well-wishes during Tsagaan Tsar, which lasts for 3 days, so each family makes sure to prepare enough dumplings, meat, salads, sweets, and drinks to receive all of their guests. While the food is being prepared, the home is cleaned. The gers, barns and animal yards must be as clean as possible. The women make new deels (traditional Mongolian clothes) for every member of the family.

    Though the weather is quite cold, Tsagaan Tsar is the warmest example of the famous Mongolian hospitality. No expense is spared, as this is the holiday nearest and dearest to the hearts of Mongolians. Any visitors who brave the cold and snow will be well rewarded with a holiday experience unlike any other.

    Khovsgol Ice Festival- Early March

    Every year, the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, Lake Khovsgol, completely freezes over. The annual 2-day Ice Festival is celebrated during the first weekend in March on the frozen lake outside the small town of Khatgal, at the southern border of the Siberian forest. Started to promote both national and international tourism during the off-season, the festival’s main events include ice sculpting, ice sumo, ice ankle bone shooting and horse sled races. This festival is a fun and unique way to see one of Mongolia’s most beloved national treasures.

    Eagle Festival Bayan Ulgii - September and October

    The Golden Eagle festival is a traditional annual festival held in the province of Bayan Ölgii during the first weekend of October. The Mongolian Association of falconers organizes it, and it is a celebration of the unique eagle hunting styles of western Kazakh Mongolians. It marks the beginning of the hunting season. At the festival, visitors can see the remarkable skills of the eagles and their hunting partners, as well as experience traditional Kazakh-Mongolian food, games, and culture.

    Another similar, smaller festival takes place each year in the neighboring village of Sagsai during the third weekend of September.

    Ulaanbaatar Eagle Festival – Early March

    This one-day event is arranged by the Chingisiin Khuree Tourist Ger Camp, together with the governor’s office of Bayan Ulgii Province. Eagle hunters from the Altai Mountains, the region famous for perfecting eagle hunting, travel to Ulaanbaatar to take part in the festival, which is the smaller version of the Bayan Ulgii Golden Eagle Festival held in Western Mongolia in October. Also exhibited are traditional Kazakh games and horse competitions.

    Thousand Camel Festival – Southern Gobi March 6-7

    The Thousand Camel Festival, held annually in the Gobi Desert, is a celebration of the endangered Bactrian camel and the role it plays in the lives of the Gobi’s nomads. This festival boasts events such as camel races, polo, Mongolian traditional music and dance performances, and Kazakh eagle hunting and horse-riding demonstrations.

    Nauryz - Bayan Ulgii

    Nauryz is the New Year celebration of the ethnic Kazakh Mongolians, most of whom live in Bayan Ulgii province in the far west of Mongolia. The month of March is called ‘Nauryz’ in Kazakh, and it is the time of spring and the ushering in of renewed life. The non-religious Nauryz celebrations occur during the spring equinox, on March 21st and 22nd. People believe that the more generous the festivities are, the happier the coming year will be. This is the time to settle all personal differences and debts, and people fill all the containers in their home with milk, yogurt (airan), grains, food, and fresh water to ensure good fortune, rain, and a bountiful harvest. This is the Kazakh version of Tsagaan Tsar, the Lunar New Year.

    Saikhan Yak Festival – Soutern Gobi – May 21-22

    The Southern Gobi Yak Festival is an annual event held in the beautiful mountainous Gobi region called Yoliin Am, or “Vulture’s Gorge,” in Umnugovi Province. The festival is a celebration of traditional practices of Yak breeding, and nowadays is a way to increase the Yak population of the Gobi, support local Yak herders, and increase public awareness of this lesser-known animal. Yak herders from 6 different regions in the Gobi gather to participate in games, Yak races, and beauty competitions (for the Yaks, usually). In addition, yak goods like wool, milk, dairy products, and clothes are sold.

    National Naadam In Ulaanbaatar – July 11th and 12th

    The biggest version of the Mongolian Summer Festival, called Naadam, is held in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, in the National Sports Stadium from July 11 – 13. Naadam, particularly in Ulaanbaatar, begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians. This opening ceremony is extremely popular with locals and international travelers. After the ceremony, the competitions begin. There are three main games played during Naadam: Traditional Mongolian wrestling, horse-back riding, and archery. In addition, the Mongolian game Shagai, played with sheep ankles, is featured.

    Naadam Festival- Countryside

    Mongolia has 21 provinces and 360 soums (small administrative divisions), and each hosts its own Naadam celebration. Every province decides their own festival date and, in general, so does each soum. Typically, the smaller the event, the more likely it is that the date won’t be set until a few weeks before. Soum Naadams are very different from the huge blowout in Ulaanbaatar. They are typically attended by local community members, and most of the competitors come from the surrounding towns. They tend to be more relaxed, and have a more home-town-festival feel.

    Naadam festival – Kharkhorin July 8-9

    Kharkhorin will celebrate the Naadam festival from July 8-9. Stay at Gaya’s guesthouse in Kharkhorin to experience this wonderful holiday. You can watch horse racing with 5 different ages of horses, wrestling of young people and adults, and try lots of delicious traditional foods. People flock to towns and villages during Naadam, all wearing their traditional clothes. It is great to see. There will be traditional singing, dancing, and poetry to top off all the excitement of Naadam.

    Felting and Yak festival- Orkhon Valley July 22-23

    The Yak Festival is one of the most important festivals in Mongolia. It’s held each year on the 23rd of July in the Orkhon Valley (Ulaan tsutgalan) in Bat Ulzii Soum, in Ovorhangai Province (central Mongolia), near the famous Orkhon Waterfall. Yaks have great value for nomadic herders. There will be yak racing, yak polo and a yak beauty pageant (although what makes one yak more or less beautiful than another is not always clear). Local people sell milk, felt, and wool products.

  • INFORMATION

    ACCESS

    Public buses connect Ulaanbaatar and Kharkhorin every day. It leaves the Dragon Center of Ulaanbaatar at 11:00am and 2:00 pm daily, and the return bus leaves Kharkhorin at 10:00am and 2:00pm. 

     

    The ticket price is 17,300 Mongolian Tugrik (as of Nov 2016) for one way. Tickets are sold at the same Dragon Center. You'll have to buy the return ticket in Kharkhorin but Gaya can do that for you if you ask her in advance. 

     

    You can get to the Dragon Center by a local bus or by taxi  - it is one of the biggest bus/auto stations in Mongolia. In summertime it gets very busy and being a tourists' destination tickets to Kharkhorin sell very fast. We suggest you buy your ticket the day before you departure, or if you can't do that, go to the bus station by 9am the latest to secure one.


    On your arrival into Kharkhorin, you are most welcome to come at stay at Gaya's Guesthouse! If you contact Gaya in advance, she is happy to come and collect you from the Kharkhorin bus station.

     

    Looking forward to welcoming you in Kharkhorin!

    Email: gayas.guesthouse@gmail.com
    Phone:  +976 99893809 / +976 96333809 

  • Map of Gaya's Guesthouse

  • Map of the Dragon Center in Ulaanbaatar (bus station to Kharkhorin) 

  • The Dragon Center - how it looks

    The Dragon Center - how it looks

  • Places to Visit around Kharkhorin

    There are many places worth visiting both inside and outside Kharkhorin. Since this area is appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage "Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape", both history and nature are very rich here! We will be very happy to organize day-trips and overnight tours for you. Please feel free to consult us for any inquiry. Please check our blog posts for the details of each spots, as well as the possible itineraries.

    Erdene Zuu Monastery &

    Ruin of Munkh Khaan's Great Temple

     

    Established in 1586, Erdene Zuu is the oldest and the largest existing monastery in Mongolia. Its oldest part, Gurvan Zuu, survived the Soviet-influenced vandalism that overwhelmed Mongolia during the late 1930s. You will witness that history yourself as you enter the monastery, as there is nothing left in the east half of it. It is said that there were over 80 temples and related buildings in the territory of the monastery as of the end of the 19th century, of which 15 still remains today.

    Kharkhorum Museum

    1.  

      Kharkhorin's new museum is small, but highly impressive – probably the country's best museum outside Ulaanbaatar. Everything is beautifully designed and well displayed. The building is fully air-conditioned, there are English-speaking guides available, English captions throughout and there's even free wi-fi in the small cafe (although the cafe itself is disappointing). The camera/video fee is T10,000/15,000 extra.

      The exhibits include dozens of artefacts dating from the 13th and 14th centuries which were recovered from the immediate area, plus others that were found from archaeological sites in other parts of the aimag, including prehistoric stone tools. You'll see pottery, bronzes, coins, religious statues and stone inscriptions. There's also a half-excavated kiln sunk into the museum floor. Perhaps most interesting is the scale model of ancient Karakorum, which aims to represent the city as it may have looked in the 1250s, and is based on descriptions written by the missionary William of Rubruck.

       

       

    King's Monument on a hill in the west of Kharkhorin shows the map of territory in each important period of Mongolian history. It has an incredible panorama of Orkhon river too!

    King's Monument &

    Orkhon River

    About 3km from Gaya's Guesthouse

    This large new monument, built in 2004, is on a hill overlooking Kharkhorin to the southwest. The three sides honour various empires established on the Orkhon Gol, including the Hunnu period (300–200 BC), the Turkic period (AD 600–800) and the Mongol period (13th century). There are superb panoramic views from here.

     

     

    Khushuu Tsaidam Memorial

    about 45 km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line

    takes approximately 30 mins by car

    Ugii Lake

    about 80km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line

    takes approximately 2 hours by car, depending on weather and road conditions

    Khar Balgas

    about 45km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line

    takes approximately 1.5 hours by car, depending on weather and road conditions

    Khar Bukh

    Tsenkher Hotspring

    about 120 km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line

    takes approximately 4-6 hours by car, depending on conditions of weather and road

    Tuvkhun Monastery

    about 80 km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line

    takes approximately 2 hours by car, depending on conditions of weather and road

    Orkhon Waterfall

    Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Mongolia. It is the uppermost stream of Orkhon River, which is the longest river in Mongolia flowing for 1124km (709 miles) towards Lake Baikal of Russia. Since this area is off limits to cars, nature is untouched here and beyond, meaning it is perfect for any outdoor activities such as fishing, horse-riding or trekking. In winter, the entire waterfall completely freezes and you can climb up its frozen water.

    The Orkhon Waterfall is approximately 120 km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line and takes about 4-6 hours by car, depending on weather and road conditions.

    Eight Lakes

    This is a real hidden gem of Orkhon Valley. As the name Eight Lakes tells, eight various-sized lakes are spread in one zone and they are interconnected underground. The photograph above shows the Table Lake, which is located in the farthest of all. Since the cars cannot drive into this zone, usually the only transportation to reach these lakes is horse-riding. Therefore a good experience of horse riding is required. It usually takes four days to go around the tour from and come back to the Orkhon Waterfall, staying at either in a tent or a local nomad's house. However, you'd better be flexible as to the necessary days since it might take longer due to whether/physical conditions.

    The distance to the Eight Lakes is about 180 km from Kharkhorin. It takes around 6 hours by car from Kharkhorin to the bottom of the mountains where the Eight Lakes located. 

    Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes
     

     

    Elsen Tasarkhai is a part of 80km-long Mongol Els sand dunes. It is the only desert in the central part of Mongolia and you will see many two-humped bactrian camels there, on which you can try a ride. It is located between Kharkhorin and Ulaanbaatar, about 100km from the former.

    The Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes is approximately 70km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line and takes about 1 hour by car, depending on weather and road conditions.

    Shankh Monastery

    about 22 km away from Kharkhorin in a straight line

    takes approximately 40 mins by car, depending on weather and road conditions

    Visiting/Staying with

    a Nomad Family

    Some of my best friends are nomads in the steppe near Kharkhorin. You are welcome to visit them and experience their nomadic life! You can also stay with them for how-long-ever you like. They have an extra ger that you can sleep, or if you prefer, you can also stay in the same ger with the nomads. You can try all that nomads do - horse-riding, cooking Mongolian food, taking care of the animals... - with them. Thousands stars are waiting for you!

    The distance to a nomad family varies from a season to another. In summer, it is about 7km away from Gaya's Guesthous, in Autumn, about 15 km and in spring and winter, the distance is approximately 18km.

    Horse-riding/trekking

  • Naadam festival 8-9th July

    Kharkhorin will celebrate the special Mongolian festival 'Naadam' from July 8-9. Stay at Gaya's guesthouse in Kharkhorin to experience this wonderful holiday. You can watch horse racing with 5 different ages of horses, wrestling of young people and adults, and try lots of delicious traditional foods. People flock to towns and villages during Naadam, all wearing their traditional clothes. It is great to see. There will be traditional singing, dancing, and poetry on top of all the excitement of Naadam. 

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