Central Mongolia - Orkhon valley

Destination detail

central mongolia

Central Mongolia is includes the most visited areas in countryside. This region has many historical sights , natural wonders in Mongolia’s heartland, particularly in the Orkhon River Valley, known as Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, which is an encompasses an extensive area of pastureland on both banks of the Orkhon River and includes numerous archaeological remains. It was registered by UNESCO in the World Heritage List as representing evolution of nomadic pastoral traditions spanning more than two millennia. 
Another main part is Arkhangai province – has astounding scenery; wide rivers full of fish, several volcanoes and volcanic lakes, extensive forests, and pastures where yak thrive. It also boasts the stunning lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, the ruins of several ancient kingdoms.

Destination & Highlights

Kharakorum & Erdenezuu Monastery

Kharkhorin is one of the country’s major tourist destinations and historically known as Karakorum the ancient capital of Mongolia Empire, Genghis Khan. The site of Genghis Khan’s fabled city, administrative center of an enormous empire, Karakorum was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. The city flourished with wealth and culture, especially as artists and intellectuals were brought over from Europe to enhance the Eurasian capital.
The city was destroyed under war-torn in history this is a place where legends come to life. Later, materials used to build the monumental 400m walls and 108 stupas that surrounded Mongolis’s first Buddhist monastery of Erdene Zuu, built in 1586. The monastery is still active, and there are temple museums and buildings where monks live and pray. The site is not particularly beautiful, but we had a good time and it was a nice experience.
The Kharkhorin of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. The Ger camps are rather situated near Erdene-Zuu and other attractions.

Mt. Khugnu Khan National Park

This picturesque area of Khugnu Khan National Park with mountains, forests, steppes, Gobi desert and mineral water sources all in one location represents two or three different natural zones. Khugnu Khan National Park is ideal for hiking

Tuvkhun Monastery

Tuvkhun Monastery was built in 1654 by Saint Zanabazar who was a great sculptor and one of the biggest representatives of Buddhism in Mongolia. The monastery is located on the densely forested and picturesque Rocky Mountain at an elevation of 2000m above sea level.


Orkhon waterfall (also, called Ulaan Tsutgalan Waterfall) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Central Mongolia. The height of the waterfall is about 20m (65 feet). The waterfall is located in a beautiful Orkhon river valley with volcanic rocks which listed in the UNESCO

Khushuu Tsaidam Monuments

Khushuu Tsaidam Monuments to Bilge Khaan and Kul-Tegin, dated 732 AD, were found 47 km to the northwest of Karakorum, part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape UNESCO world heritage site. This collection of historical heritage includes stone monuments with runic inscriptions

Ugii Lake

Ugii Lake is located up 1337m from the ocean level and it is a pure water lake, 7.9km long, 5km wide, which is the lake, is home to many birds, fish species and the nomadic families living around the area. The lake, designated as a Ramsar Site of International Importance

Tsenkher hot springs

Tsenkher hot springs are located 30 km south of Tsetserleg city in a beautiful forested mountain valley. The +86.5"C hot spring water is supposed to have curative properties for arthritic joints and other ailments. There are well developed and equipped resorts

Khorgo-Terkh National Park

The Khorgo - Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Terkh White Lake) National Park is amazingly beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, lakes, extinct volcanoes and fantastic caves green forests and pastures, where the long haired yaks and horse thrive


You will come across sand dunes lost in the middle of a mountainous area in the central part of Mongolia. Bayan Gobi is well known and called Elsen Tasarkhai,”the sand fracture”, and extend on 80 kilometres (49,71 miles) in the South of the Khögnö Khan National Park.


Kharkhorin - is a small village and one of the country's major tourist destinations and historically known as Karakorum city. The most prominent historical site in Orkhon Valley is Kharkhorum, ancient capital of Mongol empire.


Naiman Nuur (Eight Lake) National Park is located in the province of Ovorkhangai, in the Khangai range, and it has the typical landscapes of the Mongolian high mountains with their large forests of larches. The area of Naiman Nuur, Eight lakes


Taikhar Chuluu (Taikhar Rock) is one of the tourist attractions when travelling to Arkhangai province. This big 20-metres (66 feet) high rock stands on a bank of Khoid Tamir River in Ikhtamir Soum.


Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (Terkh White Lake ) is freshwater lake,located near the Khorgo volcano crater in Tariat soum in Arkhangai province. Fresh water and volcanogenic Terkh White Lake

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