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This is an ideal trip for the traveler wishing to get a taste of the Gobi by seeing some of the greatest natural attractions the area has to offer. Get in touch with your inner nomad as you hike, trek, camel ride and “sand sled” through the Gobi Desert.
The word Gobi means “desert” in Mongolian. The Gobi is made up of several distinct ecological and geographic regions, based on variations in climate and topography. The Gobi is most notable in paleontology and history as part of the great Mongol Empire and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.
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.
Depending on the domestic flight departure. The driver and guide can pick you up from the airport, train station, or your accommodation to suit your requirements.
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.
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.
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.
In the morning, the driver will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you to the airport. The flight takes 1.5 hours to the South Gobi Desert. Meet the guide and driver at Dalanzadgad airport, and then visit the Gobi Desert museum and have a cup of coffee in the local cafe. Start the desert adventure at 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 overnight in a local family ger camp.
We will start driving to Khongoryn Els at 9am after breakfast. The sand 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.
Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. Sand sliding, hanging out with a local nomadic family, camel riding in the sunset will finish your day in the desert in unique style. and There will also be an opportunity to enjoy a shower and cold drinks from the bar/restaurant. Stay in a ger camp run by the local community.
After having breakfast, we will start the drive to Yoliin Am valley where you will have a hike through the gorge. 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. Overnight in a nomadic family ger, and ride a horse in the sunset.
For a morning flight the driver will take you straight to the airport from the Yoliin Am valley. If the flight is in the afternoon flight, you can take some time hiking or relaxing, and then start the drive towards Dalanzadgad to have lunch, and visit the local market. Your last day of adventure in the desert ends with fond memories of your Gobi trip still clear in your mind!
We will organize a driver to collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodation! Enjoy your next travels!