The Amarbayasgalant Monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Buren-Khaan near the Iven Valley in Baruunburen.
The monastery was founded by the Manchu emperor Kang XI and was designed to serve as the final resting place of Zanabazar, the first spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. Its construction began in 1727 and ended in 1736. The Amarbayasgalant Monastery was one of the few monasteries to partially escape destruction during the Stalinist purges of 1937. Although the buildings of the central section survived, most of the monastery’s artifacts were looted or hidden. With funds provided by UNESCO, the Amarbayasgalant Monastery began restoration in 1988, Zanabazar’s remains were transferred to a different temple, and some of its artifacts were commissioned in India.
We will leave Ulaanbaatar at 9:00 am and drive to Darkhan, the capital city of the Darkhan Uul province.
We will stop briefly in Darkhan to eat lunch and visit some local attractions. From Darkhan we will drive west to reach the Iven Valley and the Amarbaysgalant Monastery by the afternoon. We will visit the Amarbaysgalant Monastery and eat dinner.
We will spend a night in the ger camp of a local family. Lunch and dinner.
After breakfast, we will visit the monastery and meet monks. For lunch, we will go back to the nomadic family. After lunch, we will go trekking near the Jaran Khashir stupa and Naranbulag mineral springs.
Back at the host family’s ger, we will have a dinner with Otgonbat’s family and stay overnight in a ger.
Stay overnight: host Ger
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We will eat breakfast in our camp and take some time to enjoy nature and some fresh air, compliments of the Iven Valley.
Around 1:00 pm, we will leave the camp and drive back to Darkhan where we will eat lunch. Our trip will end in Ulaanbaatar.
Breakfast and lunch.