Destination: Gobi Desert and Central Mongolia
-Climbing to the top of the dunes during the sunset gives you amazing panoramic view of desert
-Travel to the Flaming Cliffs, where legendary explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs
-Hike through Yoliin Am Valley, home to unusual rock formations and rich bird and plant life
-Spend 2-4 hours a day camel trekking
-Visit Kharakhorum, site of the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire, and explore Erdene Zuu, Mongolia’s largest monastery
-Stay in nomadic family
Guesthouse or hotel 2 nights
Nomadic family staying 4 nights
Tourist camp 2 nights
Camping 2 nights (in summer)
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar city
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.
Day 2 Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Early morning drive to Baga gazriin chuluu. A picturesque mountain is one of tourist attraction in Mongolia. It is located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgovi province. The 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, vultures, hawks and eagle. On the way we will stop for a lunch at Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain. Then we will keep drive to the first campsite of our trip. Also you can see 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 and south gobi provinces. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its colored layers. Tsagaan Suvarga (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.
Day 4 Yoliin Am Valley
Drive to Yoliin Am /Vulture Valley/, which is a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. 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/. On the way will pass Dalanzadgad which is capital of Umnugobi province. We will explore Yoliin Am. You will visit local museum at the entrance of the National Park which exhibits a collection of minerals, dinosaur eggs, bones and stuffed animals. After the museum, to drive about 10kms to get to the car parking where we leave our car there. We will explore and walk a head to the ice gorge and stream for a several kilometers. We will see glacier until end of the July. It is wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. We will get back to our car and drive to nomadic family.
Day 5 Khongor sand dunes
Today we will drive sand dunes called Khongor. It is one of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia and 180 km long, 400 m high, 20 km wide. The shifting dunes surrounded by higher mountains and bordered lush green vegetation. Local people also named “Singing dune” When the wind blows over the dunes it makes strange sound like high pitched tone of an air plane. Climbing to the top of the dunes during the sunset gives you amazing panoramic view of desert.
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 Flaming Cliffs
Today we will drive to Bayan Zag. It means “rich in saxaul shrubs” is more common known as the Flaming Cliffs. The sheer vastness of the desert is awe inspiring. We plan to visit the spot where the first dinosaur eggs were discovered in world. Preserved by the arid terrain, the Mongol culture of today is still mainly pastoral and we will visit herdsmen, a group of two or three families, their gers pitched on the prairie.
Day 8 Ongi Monastery
After having breakfast, we will head to Saikhan Ovoo which is a small town of Middle Gobi province. On the way we will stop for ruins of temple. 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. The monastery was re-opened in 1990.
Day 9 Kharakhorum
Drive to Kharakhorum, site of the 13th century capital of Mongol Empire, visit the the impressive monastery, named “Erdene Zuu” by Mongolian and local museum where see the Great Mongol Empire, Stone Age, Bronze Age. The monastery was erected from the ruins of the legendary city of Kharakhorum.
Day 10 Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we will stop for Hogno Han Mountains, located at the stunning confluence of steppe, desert and forest.
Day 11 Departure
After breakfast, transfer to train station or airport for departure.
Extension to Great Gobi desert
Extension to pristine and blue pearl Lake Huvsgul in the Northern Mongolia
Extension to Native land of Great king Chinggis
Extension to Central Mongolia
Accommodation during the trip
Driver + 4WD vehicle + Petrol
English Speaking guide
Three meals (B,L,D)
Bottled water supply for 1.5 l pp for every day
Entrance fees for National Parks and Museums
Optional activity costs