Are you ready for an adventure in Selenge Province, Mongolia? Selenge is an amazing place where you can enjoy both the beauty of nature and a rich cultural history, all in one spot.
We’ve got just 24 hours to explore, soak in the history, enjoy the great outdoors, and meet some friendly locals. Are you up for this adventure?
Morning: A Taste of Tradition
Start your day early with a traditional Mongolian breakfast. Head to a local café or ger (traditional Mongolian dwelling) camp where you can savor buuz (steamed dumplings) and airag (fermented mare’s milk).
This breakfast isn’t your usual, but it’s super tasty and will keep you energized for the day ahead.
Stop 1: Amarbayasgalant Monastery
After breakfast, visit the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, often called the “Monastery of Tranquil Felicity.”
Marvel at the impressive architecture and serene atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll around the complex, and don’t forget to spin the prayer wheels for good luck.
Mid-Morning: A Scenic Drive
Hit the road towards the picturesque Orkhon Valley. As you drive, soak in the stunning landscapes—rolling hills, open grasslands, and the serene Selenge River. The trip itself is something you’ll remember forever.
Stop 2: Orkhon Waterfall
Arrive at the Orkhon Waterfall, one of Mongolia’s most famous natural wonders. Let’s take a quick hike to reach a 20-meter waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. We can have a picnic lunch there, taking in the stunning scenery.
Afternoon: Time for Adventure
After lunch, it’s time for some adventure. Go horseback riding through the valley and experience the nomadic way of life. You can even visit a local herder’s family to learn about their traditions and try some homemade dairy products.
Stop 3: Tuvkhen Monastery
In the afternoon, visit Tuvkhen Monastery, perched on a hill overlooking the Orkhon Valley. The monastery offers stunning views and a peaceful, spiritual atmosphere. You can also explore the intricate carvings and religious artifacts during your visit.
Evening: Return to Selenge
As the sun begins to set, make your way back to Selenge Province. You can choose to stay in a traditional ger camp for a truly authentic experience or opt for a more modern accommodation in the town.
Dinner: Local Delicacies
For dinner, indulge in local delicacies like khuushuur (deep-fried meat pies) or khorkhog (a hearty meat stew cooked with hot stones). Pair your meal with a glass of Mongolian vodka, or try some of the locally brewed airag.
Night: Stargazing and Storytelling
End your day by looking up at the starry Mongolian night sky. Selenge Province is perfect for stargazing because there’s hardly any light pollution. Share stories and folklore with your hosts or fellow travelers around a campfire.
Conclusion: A Day to Remember
As you lay down to rest in the serene Mongolian wilderness, you’ll cherish the memories of your 24 hours in Selenge Province. The mix of stunning nature, culture, and friendly folks will stay with you for a long time. You’ll probably find yourself wanting to come back to this amazing part of Mongolia over and over.