Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mongolia, a place where time stood still for many centuries. Mongolia is a place of wild beauty, defined by its free spirit. Even amidst modern development, the nomadic lifestyle prevails. Here, you will find traditional felt and canvas tents, or gers, juxtaposed against the rising skyline in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Explore a place where Buddhism was once silenced, but has returned with vigor. Journey across the country to historic and sacred sites and temples as Robert Thurman, one of the world’s preeminent Buddhist scholars, guides you through meditation sessions and provides insight into the history and renewal of Buddhism in this fascinating land.
Jalsa Urusbshurow, Founder and CEO of Nomadic Expeditions, will join Robert Thurman on this special journey.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar | Gandan Monastery
Explore ancient traditions and new 21st Century democracies as you explore UB. Gandam Monastery is one of the few that escaped destruction during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s.
Day 3-4 Hogno Han Mountains | Ovgon Khiid
Head to the foothills of Hogno Han Mountains and explore the sand dunes while visiting nomadic horse-breeding families. Following day you will hike up to Ovgon Hiid Monastery, one of the oldest temples in Mongolia.
Day 5-7 Kharakhorum | Erdene Zuu Monastery | Tuvkhum Monastery | Ongyn Khiid
Drive off towards Kharakhorum to explore Erdene Zuu Monastery, that is reputedly constructed from the ruins of Kublai Khan’s once-great capital. Next explore the site of the 17th century Tuvkhun Monastery, home to Zanabazar’s art school and workshop.
Day 8-11 South Gobi | Three Camel Lodge
Spend the next four days exploring the stunning Gobi Desert, Yol Valley and the legendary Flaming Cliffs as well as experiencing the Naadam Festival.
Day 12 Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar to end your fascinating spiritual and cultural awakening in Mongolia.