Eastern Mongolia

Eastern Mongolia contains one of the largest – and last – undisturbed steppe ecosystems in the world, and is the core habitat of the Mongolian gazelle. There are meandering rivers, large wetland areas punctuated by beautiful lakes, swathes of multicolored wild flowers and huge herds of white-tailed gazelle. Besides the grasslands, the major feature of the region is the Khan Khentii Mountains, where was the birthplace of Genghis Khan.

Places to visit: Khan Khentii Mountain National Park, Onon Balj National Park, Deluun Boldog, Baldan Bereeven Monastery, Khukh Lake, Deer stone of Dund Jargalant.

Activities: Hiking, horse riding, nomadic culture experiencing, sightseeing, camping in the wild, fishing, bird watching, monastery visiting, photo tour.

Khan Khentii Mountain

Khan Khentii National Park is the native land of Genghis Khan and contains many important historical and cultural sites. Khan Khentii National Park is landscape of transition from Siberian taiga forest to grass steppe. Khan Khentii Mountain National Park is one of the Mongolian natural and historical treasures, declared by UNESCO as world heritage site.

Deluun Boldog

Deluun Boldog or Delun-Boldaq is a site located in Dadal, Khentii that is considered to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan. It is frequently referenced in Mongol folklore, has a sacrosanct reputation among Mongols, and is located in a rural area made up entirely of small towns and villages. A large statue of the Khan was erected for his 800th birthday in 1962. 

Baldan Breeven Monastery

The monastery of Baldan Bereeven is surrounded by four mountains each said to resemble an animal: a lion on the east; a dragon on the south; a tiger on the west; and a Garuda on the north. Each cardinal point is also guarded by a Protector Deity. The originally temple was demolished during the persecutions of the late 1930s and the Red Jamsram painting damaged or destroyed. The Jamsran rock painting in the temple now is thought by some to be the original but no one is quite sure. At its peak it was one of the three largest monasteries in Mongolia and home to 1500 lamas. It was destroyed by thugs in the 1930s and by fire in the 1970s. Now only ruins remain. 

Khukh Lake

Khukh Nuur, the blue lake with the black heart is located nearby the Tsenkher River. The lake is one of the most important places of Mongolian history: here, in 1189, Temuujin was crowned and became Genghis Khan, "the great king ocean" who unified the different nomads tribes in 1206. In the book "the Secret History of Mongols", that concentrates many chronicles about the life of Genghis Khan, the names of the places "Khukh Nuur" and Mount "Kharzurkh" are actually mentioned.