Destination: Gobi desert, Central and Northern Mongolia
Highlights: Gandan monastery, National Museum of Mongolian History, Baga gazriin chuluu mountain, Tsagaan suvraga picturesque, ”Three beauty mountains” National Park, Khongor sand dunes and Flaming cliffs, Ongi monastery, Orkhon valley, Tsenkher hot spa, White lake, Khuvsgul National Park, Uran togoo Natural Reserve, Amarbayasgalant monastery.
Guesthouse or hotel 2 nights
Nomadic family staying 11 nights
Tourist camp 3 nights
Camping 3 nights (in summer)
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. We will pick up from the airport and transferred to hotel. Defending on an arrival time, you can enjoy a short city orientation tour or take a city tour to Gandan monastery where is one of Mongolia’s most important monasteries, and also one of its biggest tourist attractions. We will visit to National Museum of Mongolian History. Exhibits of the museum show the history and culture of Mongols from ages as early as the Stone Age and up to the modern day.
Day2. Baga gazriin chuluu
Early morning drive to Baga gazriin chuluu. It is located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgobi province and surrounded by plain. The highest one is 15 km long and 10 km wide granite stone-mountain elevated at 1768m above sea level. There are also over 20 kinds of medical herbs like burnet, many kinds of world rare animals like marmot, ibex and mountain sheep. Also you can see rock images, petroglyphs, burial mounds and ruin of temple.
Day 3. Tsagaan suvraga
After breakfast drive to Tsagaan suvraga(White Stupa). The name is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff which is eroded by natural phenomenon. It is located junction of middle gobi and south gobi provinces. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its colored layers. Tsagaan Suvraga(White Stupa)is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. Mongolia people found fossilized con shell print of sea plans from here.
Day4. Three beauty mountains National Park
Drive to”Three beauty mountains” National Park. We will pass Dalanzadgad which is capital of Umnugobi province. The mountains are most easterly points of the Altai mountain complex and the highest peak is 2815 meter above sea level. A number of rare plants and animals are found in the park, including the elusive snow leopard, wild goat/ibex/, wild sheep/argali/. We will explore Yoliin Am (Vulture Valley). You will visit local musuem and walk to end of valley. It is wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons.
Day 5. Khongor sand dunes
In the morning drive to “Khongor” sand dunes. The shifting dunes is 180 km long, 400 m height, 20 km wide. The dunes surrounded by higher mountains and bordered lush green vegetation. Local people named “Singing dune” When the wind blows over the dunes it makes strange sound like high pitched tone of an air plane.
Day 6. Khongor sand dunes
After breakfast, you will visit nomadic family. You will ride a camel three hours to sand dunes. Have shower. Optional you can see sun set on the sand dunes.
Day 7. Bayan Zag
In the morning drive to Bayan Zag. It means “rich in saxaul shrubs” is more common known as the Flaming Cliffs. It was formed 60-70 million years ago. The area is most famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Flaming Cliffs was discovered in 1922 by the explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in Mongolia.
Day 8. Ongi monastery
Early morning drive to Ongiin Khiid/monastery/. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, it was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temples complexes on the North and South of the Ongi Gol river. It was completely destroyed in 1939. Over 200 monks were killed, and many surviving monks were imprisoned or forced to join the Communist regime. Drive to Saikhan Ovoo small town.
Day 9. Orkhon valley
In the morning drive to Orkhon valley. We will see Red waterfall and Mongolian the longest river which is named Orkhon by Mongolia. The waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20,000 years ago. The waterfall cascades from an impressive height of 20 meters and its width is 10 meters.
Day 10. Orkhon valley
Free day. After breakfast visit a yak herder’s family. Learn about their unique lifestyle and culture. There is an opportunity to ride a horse, fish, and hike.
Day 11. Tsenkher hot spring
After breakfast drive to Tsenkher hot spring. It is one of the biggest Mongolia’s hot springs, has a temperature of 86 degree with flow rate and high alkalinity and relatively high amounts of fluoride. The hot spring is mostly used for relaxing and resorting your health.
Day 12. Khorgo Terkhiin tsagaan nuur National Park
Early morning drive to Khorgo Terkhiin tsagaan nuur National Park. On the way we will see Chuluut gorge. Extinct volcanic craters, pine-clad lava fields and the occasional herd of grazing yaks, the Great White Lake, as it’s known in English, is the natural highlight of Arkhangai province.
Day 13. Khorgo Terkhiin tsagaan nuur National Park
There is an opportunity to hiking and fishing.
Day 14. Shine Ider small town
Head to Shine Ider small town.
Day 15. Khuvsgul lake
Drive to Khuvsgul lake. It is 136 kilometers long and 36 kilometers wide, 265 m deep and at 1.645 meters above sea level. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, and holds almost 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. Well known as the Blue pearl of Mongolia because of its crystal clear water, 99 springs and rivers flow into the lake and just one river flows out of the Khuvsgul which is Eg river. Also the lake surrounded by alpine mountains, which are covered with thick taiga.
Day 16. Khuvsgul lake
Explore flora and fauna. You will ride horse along shore of the lake. On the way we will visit Tsaatan family, breed reindeers. Some families bring their reindeer to the shore of Khuvsgul lake each summer, to partake in the tourist in industry.
Day 17. Khutag Undur small town
Head to Uran Togoo uul, dead volcano in Bulgan province of Mongolia. It is located about 60 km directly west of Bulgan city. Then we will drive to Khutag Undur small town.
Day 18. Amarbayasgalant monastery
After breakfast start your journey to Amarbayasgalant monastery, one of most beautiful monasteries in Mongolia. It was build between 1726 and 1736. It is dedicated to Undur Gegeen Zanabazar and built by Manchu style.
Day 19. Ulaanbaatar
Drive to Ulaanbaatar city.
Day 20. Departure from Mongolia.