A spiritual Journey to Mongolia

to Nomads (No-Man) land
8-26 July 2016

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Mongolia is one of the most fascinated placed on earth. Vast and endless space, amazing sceneries, beautiful people who still maintain their authentic nomad life, with the influence of the Buddhist culture which arrived to Mongolia from India and Tibet.

This is a spiritual journey which give a deep and unique experience. During the journey we will explore the land in all level, we will combine meditation and working with the energetic and spiritual levels of the places, with the knowledge and guiding of Shmuel which leads spiritual journey for 22 years, each one of the participants will pass through a personal initiation and internal process, to have holistic experience of Mongolia in a deep level.

The Orkhon and Darkhad valleys (Central and North Mongolia) are considered one of the Mongolia’s auspicious places or the sacred cradle to the nomadic people and their animals. Until today their lifestyle has changed little – they still herd their sheep with horses and camels, protect them against the misfortune of the harsh weather and wolves

This tour, a quick glimpse on the Mongolian culture and tradition beneficially combines travel marvels in the open wide wild nature and famous historical sites over Central and North Mongolia.

First, we explore in the Khustai NP and Khugne Khan Nature reserve, popular sightseeing attraction of Mongolia. Wander through vast steppes and forested mountains and pay a visit to central Mongolian nomad people.

Our next stop is famous Erdenezuu Monastery, the largest functioning monastery in the countryside and is slowly and lovingly being restored to its former glory after many years of abandonment and neglect during socialism era. The Monastery is situated at where the ancient capital of Mongolia Karakorum located. It was here that Chinggis Khaan assembled his mighty cavalry to conquer half of the known world.

Then we head to the Khangai Mountains to trek and climb the Holy Mountain – The Suvarga Khairkhan.  The surrounding areas of the trekking area comprise higher mountains, dense larch forest and crystal clear rivers.

On our further journeys, we will visit extinct volcanic crater in Khorgo – Terkhiin Tsagaan National Park, ancient deer stone site and Mongolia’s most scenic area – the Huvsgel Lake, and appreciate the beautiesand the magic of this place. Here it will be possible to find local Shaman and learned from their knowledge and spirit.  During the tour we also visit the very local people, reindeer people who live in deep and remote corners of the thick taiga forest to learn their secrets of survival in the wild.

 

Shmuel Shaul explore and teach the Shamanic Knowledge. He combines the wisdom of the Kabbalah, with the ancient Egyptian the South American knowledge, and develop a unique approach of encounter the multidimensional reality in 4 levels. Together with Isabella Bodino from Italy he open ILA – the international love Academy where he integrates the shamanic knowledge with love and sexual encounter. He leads Spiritual journeys and work with the intelligence of nature for 22 years. He also works at E.O.L radio in Israel.

 

Program

Day 1. – Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in UB. Our first stop will be the newly renovated Sukhbaatar Square. This is right in the center of UB and is named after the revolutionary hero of 1921, Damdiny Sukhbaatar, who declared Mongolian independence from China. Another interesting place to stop is the National History Museum on the edge of the square. There will also be chances to change money, visit the post office and explore UB further. We will then go to our hotel

 

Day 2. – Start of the Expedition. Hustai N/P

This morning we shall start our trekking expedition. First we drive to reach the Khustai National Park, which is famous for the wild Takhi horses, a species which have to be brought back from the brink of extinction. Wild horses, also named after the Russian explorer Przewalsky, had become extinct in 1970’s. They were recently re-introduced to their historic homeland from those survived in various European zoos. Later drive to reach famous natural reserve Khogno Khan, the “Piece of Sand”, locally known as “Little Gobi, the unique natural appearance – sand dunes among mountains. Here, we will enjoy the late afternoon relaxing or exploring the area, which includes nearby sand dunes or the Hidden Temple up in the mountains. Overnight in Ghers with showers.

 

Day 3. – Cultural tour of Karakorum

In the morning, we reach the Karakorum – the imperial capital site. Upon arrival in Karakorum the first and most obvious landmark is the massive walls of the Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.  Leaving only symbolic ruins now a days, the Karakorum city played strategic role in the past. European missioners – William de Rubruk and Marco Polo visited Karakorum in 13th century and described its glory. The city served as the Mongolian capital for only 40 years. Most of the city was later destroyed by Chinese Min state soldiers in the second half of 14th century. And the remnants of the city were later being used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery in the 16th century.

By the evening we will have reached the hot spring Spa. This is another beautiful spot set amidst mountains covered by larch forests and valley’s carpeted in flowers. Here you will be able to enjoy softening restorative waters of the hot spring and stay in warm comfortable traditional ger accommodations.

 

Day 4. – Start of the trek

Today we will stretch out our legs as we start our 5-day trek climbing over “Rashaany” Pass. We will walk guided and supported by horsemen. It is therefore possible for you to leave behind heavier items and walk with merely a day-sack.

After taking a break at the top of Rashaany Pass, we will descend into a narrow valley full of mostly yellow flowers, monk’s hat and many other species.

The terrain then widens into a hat-bottomed valley surrounded by gentle hills. In this spectacular scenery we will make our camp. Nearby is a hot spring where it is possible to do some washing. The spring is also used by locals who believe in its healing qualities. The water is very soothing for tired feet. App 5 hours. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 5. – Trek to the Holy Mountain

Today’s trek takes us to the start point of the climb to the Holy Mountain. The walk will take us through lush meadow and forest. The ground also begins to steepen slightly as we head towards the mountain and might get through the muddy spot.

Walkers will be astounded by the variety of flora and fauna to be found in this area. Apart from the many wild flowers deer, wild boar, wolves and foxes abound. Today is an easy to moderate day. App. 5.5 hours. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 6. – Arrival at the Holy Mountain

Today the trekking becomes more challenging. We will leave our vehicles behind and load luggage onto pack-horses. This morning, we start with a slow climb in the forest and eventually to advance to the top of the left wing of the Holy Mountain.  After lunch on the top of the Left wing, we continue our trek to the small, picturesque colored lake nestled in the side of the Holy Mountain or Suvarga Hairkhan.

The first part of the path is covered in quite dense vegetation, however as you climb you will have to cross fields of loose rocks and grassland dotted with boulders.

We will camp on the western lower slope of the mountain. Visitors should take care to show respect for this area, which is worshipped by local people who climb to its summit to pay homage every year. App. 6 hours. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 7. – Ascent/Rest

In the chick of the early morning any men in the party will be able to make the strenuous climb to the top, 3180m above sea level. Unfortunately, local custom dictates that no woman can walk to the summit.  It would be very much appreciated, if visitors would respect this local custom.

Those males who do make this final ascent will be rewarded with exhilarating views. While they ascend the rest of the group can relax and recuperate from walks during last few days. Once we have all met up for a coffee break, again we all will take the last climb of the trek.

After crossing the source of the mighty Orkhon River we will climb out of the valley. At this last summit you will be able to enjoy spectacular views and a well-deserved lunch.  In the afternoon we will wend our way down a pretty valley crossing a fast running crystal spring several times.

By the evening we will have set up in a glorious spot next to a river shore that you can have an invigorating wash!  App to the top and lunch site 4 hr. and without 1.5 hr. After lunch 4 hours easy walk Overnight in tents..

 

Day 8. – Final trekking day

Today as we stroll down widening valley you may be lucky to spot some ice, which is still frozen in the shadows. As usual you will be surrounded by gorgeous scenery and you will pass many Gers along the way. After completing several river crossings we shall meet up with the vehicles again near the Three Bridges of the Tamir River.

After dinner we will sit around the campfire, sing with local horsemen to celebrate our success.

 

Day 9. Tsetserleg town to Great White Lake

Today we will go to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (Great White Water) national Park. Enjoy the scenic and dramatic area dominated by the Terkhiin White Lake and the extinct Horgo volcano crater that’s elevated 2060m above sea level. The unique natural complex of Khorgo mountain /2240m/ and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake /28 square m/ appeared as a result of volcanic eruptions some 20,000 of years ago. The area has extinct volcanoes, many beautiful lakes, a great number of animals and birds, and is definitely one of the best natural tourist attractions. An interesting sight is the so-called “Basalt Ger” on the south, a bubble of solidified lava with a broken piece making a natural door. Some stone Gers are 1.7 meters tall. Several more volcanoes are nearby. The volcanic crater of the Togoo Uul is 94 m deep, 200 m wide and has an internal slope of 70o. The northern slope is covered with Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica), you may take a short hike to the Khorgo Volcanic Crater. We will camp by the lake. Overnight in Ghers.

 

Day 10 – Zuun Lake

This morning, we depart from the National Park to reach Zuun Lake. Driving along one of the most beautiful area of Mongolia, we will cross the high mountain passes, vast grasslands and small creeks and remote villages, until we reach the lake Zuun. Located at about 2000 meters above sea level, it can be very cold (below 13 degrees) at night, even during the summer. It is a saltwater lake and is so exclusive that it is not even marked on Google Maps! Overnight in tents.

 

Day 11 – Khuvsgel Lake

Today we carry on our drives arrive at Muren, a provincial capital of Khuvsgel – the only gateway to the Khuvsgel Lake National park.  The lake is one of the main tourist attractions of Mongolia and is the deepest lake in Central Asia to more than 1645 meters above sea level.

The Mongols refer to the lake as “Mother”, and not only is home to many species of fish, but the lake itself is worth 3% of the world’s fresh water. The lake is surrounded by dozens of mountains, pine forests and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses. Being a very touristy area we’ll try to set up camp in the east of the lake. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 12 – Khuvsgel Lake

Today we will be on the shores of Lake Khovsgol. We will walk to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the lake and see its rich shores of flora and fauna. Here you can simply relax, swim or hike. We meet a local shaman and those who want we will be able to do a ceremony with him. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 13 – Khuvsgel Lake

Another day for rest and walking in this magic lake.  We can still admire the beautiful nature that surrounds us. Those who want to walk will do a trek with a local guide in area, we will do meditations and we will enjoy the contact with this magnificent land. Overnight in tents.

 

 

Day 14 – Uran Togo

On this day we head towards Uran Togo. Uran Togo is an extinct volcano in the western part of Uran Uul chain. This mountain is the 4th highest mountain in the Bulgan province and located about 60 km west of Bulgan city. Uran means “artistic”, the Mongols have called it so because of the crater edges are one of many examples that can be found in nature similar to the creation of a craftsman. Overnight in Gher with showers.

 

Day 15 – Amarbayasgalant monastery

Today we head to the most beautiful monastery of Mongolia, Amarbayasgalant. The monastery was built in 1736 by the Emperor Enkh – Amgalan Khan of the Manchu dynasty, as a retreat for the first spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. It was partly destroyed during the Stalin period, Overnight in Gher with showers.

 

Day 16 – Agla Monastery

Today we head to the Monastery Agla, a modern center of meditation and very interesting and unique place. The carved stones found in his garden, are the work of students and teachers of the Buddhist center. Overnight in Ghers

 

Day 17 – Return to Ulan Bator

Today we head to Ulan Bator where we arrive at around mid-day. In the afternoon we will have free time for shopping and in the evening we will go to a traditional concert. Overnight at the Hotel Nine.

 

Day 18

Departure to your home

 

Price:

  • For at least 10 passenger: 2900 Euro
  • For 12 Passengers: 2750 Euro
  • For 13 Passengers: 2720 Euro
  • For 14 Passengers: 2680 Euro
  • For 15 passengers and above: 2650 euro

 

Price include:

  • All transportation
  • Hotel in Ulan Bator, Ghers or tents in the rest of the journey
  • Meals
  • Trekking staff
  • All sight seeing

 

Price does not include:

  • 90 Euro for tips
  • All other thing that are not include in the program
  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • The Shamanic ceremony

 

For more information and registration

Please contact:

For Italian nationality: ila4levels@gmail.com

For all others nationalities: ila.love.academy@gmail.com

 

May all sentient beings be happy

 

 

 

 

 

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