Kharkhorin itself might seem like a small, nondescript Soviet-built town at first glance, but if you dig a little deeper, you will discover why this area is so important and really quite fascinating in terms of Mongolian history and culture.
Situated in central Mongolia, east of the vast Orkhon Valley, Kharkhorin’s surrounding countryside is certainly beautiful – filled with wide-open plains, deserts, waterfalls – and home to interesting animals and birds. Central Mongolia is integral to most of our trips and a visit here is a great introduction to this remarkable country. You will drive over the steppe, visit national parks to see the amazing and diverse wildlife, stay with nomadic families and learn a great deal about the tremendous history here. Kharkhorin makes a great base for exploring the staggering Orkhon Valley, which is particularly incredible for both horse riding and hiking. In the town itself, you will find the ruins of the ancient town of Karakorum, the former capital of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire in the 1200s.