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14 Days/13 Nights
Availability : April-November
Ulaanbaatar
Gobi Desert-Central Mongolia

14 Day Gobi Desert & Central Mongolia

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Tour Overview:

This trip encompasses the many stunning highlights of the world- famous Gobi Desert and the lush, green surroundings of Central Mongolia. Driving south from Ulaanbaatar, you will pass through the Middle and Southern regions of the desert, allowing you to experience the vastness of this special landscape. Among the rolling sand dunes and hills, activities include riding two humped Bactrian camels through the desert, visiting a Nomadic family, as well as enjoying the spectacular sunrises and sunsets that are on offer each day Included is a trip to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, known for its iconic sand dunes, ice canyon, flaming cliffs, lime stone formations, as well as many geological & archeological sites.

After wandering around Gobi, we will then head north to Central Mongolia. Here you will enjoy spectacular and lush greenery, swimming in freshwater Great White lake and waterfalls, as well as many famous cultural sites. Highlights include the ancient capital Khar Khorin, the Erdenezuu monastery, as well as visiting Khustai National Park to catch a glimpse of the Mongolian wild horses.

Highlights:

  • Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, known for its iconic sand dunes, ice canyon, flaming cliffs, lime stone formations, as well as many geological & archeological sites.
  • Camel Riding through the Khongor Sand Dunes
  • Highlights include the ancient capital Khar Khorin, the Erdenezuu monastery
  • Horse riding at Great White Lake
  • Cultural experiences
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries
  • Hiking

Accommodation:

As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially, and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travelers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. It is therefore our preference to stay with these families if they have an extra Ger. As well as directly supporting local herders, you can experience this rich traditional way of life first hand.

Transport:

  • Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other, ideal for adventure seeking traveler’s (max 6 people)
  • Japanese Van: Family type van with comfortable seats and air conditioning (max 4 people)
  • Land Cruiser: Comfortable speedy ride with air conditioning (max 2 people)

Departure Time & Place:

Tour departure times can be flexible, however, 8 am on the morning of departure is recommended. The driver and guide can pick you up from the airport, train station, or your accommodation to suit your requirements.

Tour Price Per Person:

  • 1-person US$ 3390 per person
  • 2-people US$ 1960 per person
  • 3-people US$ 1400 per person
  • 4-people US$ 1190 per person
  • 5-people US$ 1050 per person
  • 6-people US$ 890 per person

Price Included:

  • Transport (Tour Distance covered - 2500 km)
  • Tour Guide
  • Accommodation at family run guesthouse and nomadic family Gers
  • 3 Meals a day (Breakfast-13 Lunch-14 Dinner-13)
  • Entrance Fees/Local Taxes
  • Horse & camel riding 2 hours each
  • Mineral water/Tea/coffee

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Any other personal expenses or additional services

Meals during the tour:

Most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for food will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en-route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads or local restaurants. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our GUIDE will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements can be catered for but need to be specified prior to arrival.

Some recommendations:

Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 14-20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.

What to bring:

Sleeping bag (we can provide sleeping bag, if your luggage is full), sleeping bag liner, sunscreen, a hat, long underwear, shorts, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight.

Itinerary:

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu

After an early 7:30am breakfast, the tour begins at 8am with the drive to first destination in the Middle Gobi province. Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a range of granite hills surrounded by the desert. It is believed Chinggis Khaan grazed his horses here. These hills are a good place for scrambling and hiking. We stay in a nomadic family ger camp.

Day 2. Tsagaan Suvarga

Today’s drive will be on the paved road. After packing up the camp site, will be driving to Tsagaan Suvarga – a formation about 30 meters tall and 100 meters long and shaped very strangely, as a result of wind and water erosion over thousands of years. From a distance, it can be mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city. Lunch will be in the town of Mandalgovi city.

Day 3. Yoliin Am Valley

Today we will be entering South Gobi Desert – Umnugovi province. After having breakfast, we will start the drive to Dalanzadgad city where you can have a shower, and guide will restock supplies with some fresh food. Lunch will be in a local restaurant, and we then continue to Yoliin Am (“vultures mouth”), which is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park in Southern Mongolia. Yoliin Am is notable for a deep ice field. This ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter and is several kilometers long and can sometimes remain frozen throughout the summer. Camping and supper will in the Valley.

Day 4. Khongoryn Els

Driving on this day can be adventurous, because the road is unpaved. We will start driving at 8am after breakfast. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the gorgeous canyon, and then continue to the last destination of the day. Khongoryn Els.

These dunes are the largest accumulation of sand in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by the Khongoryn Gol river, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.

Stay in a ger camp run by the local community, including a shower.

Day 5. Khongoryn Els

Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. You will spend the day camel riding for the day, hiking, sand sliding or hanging out with a local nomadic family. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy a shower and cold drinks from the bar/restaurant as well as a night safari tour, where we will see some of the local wildlife.

Day 6. Bayanzag

Your destination on this day will be the aptly named “Flaming Cliffs”. The adventure across the vast desert landscape will continue, this time across what was a prehistoric sea bed. The flaming cliffs are a dream for fossil hunters. They were named by American adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews who found the first fossils here in 1920. The Bayanzag area is great for hiking and hunting for fossils. Stay in a family ger camp.

Day 7. Arvaikheer (Capital of Ovorkhangai)

Early morning start at 7am after breakfast. A day to take stock in this unique city, with free time to explore the market, museum, as well as enjoy a beer while reflecting on the desert experiences. Lunch and dinner will be in a restaurant in the town, while accommodation will be in a local guesthouse.

Day 8. Ulaantsutgalan Waterfalls

Be ready for a refreshing swim in the waterfalls. ‘Red Flows’ is the English translation for this river. The area was formed by volcanic activity that dates back 20,000 years. This location is amazing for trekking, fishing, relaxing, and indulging your inner photographer if the weather is right for the day. Accomodation will be in a family guesthouse.

Day 9. Khar Khorin- Tuvhun Monastery

After breakfast, we begin the 130km drive to the next destination of Khar Khorin, the local town that was once the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, Khar Khorin museum, as well as some of the rock monuments in the town. Lunch in a local café. After big day of exploring the town and its incredible history, enjoy dinner at a local family home.

Day 10. Tsenher Hot Springs

This easy day starts at 9am. Start driving to Arkhangai province to relax in the hot springs. There are a mixture of outdoor and indoor pools, with men and women bathing separately. Warning: during rainy season access to the hot springs may not be possible if the river is flooded. Instead of the hot springs, you may just stay in the mountains or with a family camping near the river.  Entrance to the Hot Spring is included but additional service such as pools and spa are extra.

Day 11. Great White lake

The day starts with the drive to Tsetserleg town, where the guide will buy fresh food for the upcoming days. Visit Arkhangai Museum, and have lunch in the Fairfield Cafe run by the local community. Then continue to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, a  volcanic lake ringed by stark rocky mountains. On the way we will take you to Chuluut River and the Khorgo Volcano. There are many natural highlights to explore in this area.  Accommodation will be at a family ger camp.

Day 12. Great White Lake

You can wander along the shoreline or hike up into the volcanic mountains for amazing views. Have a relaxing day to yourself. Washing and laundry services might be available at one of the camps – please ask your guide for the details of extra services. Stay at a family ger camp.

Day 13. Ogii Lake

Start driving to Ogii Lake. Picnic lunch on the road. Prepared by guide. Today’s drive continues only 70km. Ogii Lake is a freshwater lake 1,387 meters above sea level and covers an area of 27 square km. The lake abounds in various types of fish and birds, which creates incredible natural beauty. Have a walk around do swimming. And boat hire available. Charged hourly will cost extra, not included on this tour price. Dinner by lake. Stay in the local family ger camp.

Day 14. Hustai National Park-Ulaanbaatar

After last hearty breakfast the 9am. Start driving to Ulaanbaatar. On the way to capital city, we will visit Khar Bukhiin Balgas, a fortress that was inhabited by the Kitan Dynasty from 917 to 1120. We will then visit  Hustai National Park. The park is home to the successfully reintroduced Przewalski or “Takhi” Horse. There are some of the last truly wild horses in the world. Enjoying a picnic lunch on the way and one last day in the wild. Then return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories.

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