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EXPLORING GOBI DESSERT

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore all the real and authentic nomadic culture
  • Home stay  with real nomadic family and taste organic dairy products, local foods and drinks
  • Make dairy products by yourself
  • Be part of daily nomadic life /herding live stocks, milking cows and mares, make dairy products …etc/
  • Baga Gazryn Chuluu, ancient shamanic site surrounded by impressive granitic relieves
  • Tsonjin Boldog, the biggest statue of Chinggis Khaan

PLACES TO VISIT:

ULAANBAATAR – GOBI DESERT (Mt.BAGA GAZRYN CHULUU-TSAGAAN SUVARGA-YOL VALLEY-KHONGOR SAND DUNE-BAYAN ZAG) – ONGI MONASTERY – ORKHON VALLEY – ORKHON WATERFALL – KHARKHORIN – ULAANBAATAR

DURATION: 12 days / 11 nights

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 4 pax (minimum) - 18 pax (maximum)

Itinerary

The trip will provide you an amazing opportunity to experience from Mongolian Gobi desert to Mountains with fresh water lakes and rivers. The trip is an unique introduction of the Nomadic lifestyle, While the Gobi Desert might be one of the world’s least populated places, you will feel peaceful nomads and their lifestyle fit around the natural backdrop. During the trip you will visit the most famous attractions in that areas, including natural beauties, cultural sightseeing, remarkable event spots etc...

Arrival at Chinggis Khan international airport. Meet your guide and a driver. Transfer to downtown and check in to hotel and Overnight
After breakfast drive to Mt.Baga Gazryn Chuluu NP. Arrival at Mt. Baga Gazryn Chuluu and after lunch you’ll enjoy its’ impressive granitic relieves surrounded by steppe. You can see eye treatment spa, ancient rock paintings, old monastery ruins, wild animals, and steppe nomads. Lodge at the ger camp. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast. Departure south to the Gobi. Stop in the Mandalgobi, provincial center. Arrival and accommodate in ger camp near by Tsaagan Tsuvarga. Tsagaan Suvarga (white stupa) is a beautiful part of the gobi desert, it was an old seabed sedimentary structure created by millions years. Possibility of a short hike to the cliffs from where you can enjoy a stunning view of the formations, which take colors from white to yellow to pink to dark red during sunrise and sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at the ger camp.
Breakfast. Departure early in the morning for the excursion to the Yolyn Am Valley. Situated in the Gobi Gurvan saikhan National Park, you’ll walk along this narrow valley with rocky cliffs. If lucky, you will watch ibex (wild goats), vultures, eagles and marmots in this area. After lunch, drive to Sand Dunes of Khongoryn Els, crossing wild places with extraordinary landscapes of exotic gobi desert. In the late afternoon arrival and accommodation in the ger camp nearby sand dunes. Dinner and overnight stay at the ger camp.
Breakfast. At the dunes of Khongoryn Els, we will visit Khongor River, a beautiful oasis with green grass contrasted with gold sand and overlooking blue rocky mountains in distance which when combined, give your breathtaking natural beauty. You will have opportunities to attend several different activities there. Such as: hiking on the dunes, camel riding, also motorcycle renting is available.
Breakfast. In the afternoon arrival at Bayanzag and trek on “Flaming Cliffs” where the American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews found, in 1922, the first dinosaur fossils of Mongolia and the first dinosaur egg in the world. You will walk along and through the hills, searching for dinosaur bones. Youʼll stay here until sunset to admire the rocks going redder and redder, as if they were on fire. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight stay at ger camp.
After Breakfast departure for Ongi monastery. In the afternoon arrival at Ongi on a bank of Ongi river. Visit of the ruins of this big monastic complex that hosted more than 2.000 monks and that was destroyed by the Soviets in 1939. Dinner and overnight stay at ger camp.
Breakfast. Today the trip leads towards Northwest and the dry and dusty landscape turns into green scenery. In the afternoon arrival in river Orkhon Valley, the Sacred Valley of Chinggis Khaan (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Lodge at a ger camp close to the river canyons. Dinner and overnight stay
Breakfast. Drive across the sacred Valley to Orkhon Waterfalls and, if you like, short trek into the Orkhon canyons. The afternoon is dedicated to attend how the local people manage their livestock and their lives. Possible horse riding in surrounding area: you will go with a Mongol wrangler around in the forest or plains… Orkhon Valley it’s very nice. You will ride in silent places and look at wild animals… no roars… and you can experience as the Mongols travel! Late afternoon back to the ger camp. Dinner and overnight stay
Breakfast. Driving along wild and amazing valleys, you’ll reach Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan. Lodge at a ger camp. Dinner & Overnight stay
Breakfast. The morning is dedicated to Kharkhorin. The ancient capital, known in the past as Kharkhorin, was entirely destroyed by Chinese in the 14th century, but upon its ashes, in 1586, was built one of the most important monastery of the country: Erdene Zuu with its white walls, its 108 stupas, its temples. Visit of the Ethnographic Museum (hosts a wonderful collection of ancient Buddhist relics), the local market and Turtle rock. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.
International departure in Day 11 or 12

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional guide service at all times
  • All Hotels in Ulaanbaatar based on twin/double occupancy and comfortable ger camps outside of city
  • Air conditioned tour bus/coach and fuel
  • Experienced driver
  • All mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Museums and cultural performance tickets
  • All sightseeing and National park’s entrance fees
  • Horse and camel riding (1 hour)
  • Nomad family visit
  • 2 bottles of complimentary water per person per day and some snacks

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights and trains
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Hotel early check in and check-out charges
  • Few unmentioned meals
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Camera fees
  • snacks
  • soft and alcoholic drinks
  • some additional activity fees