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Gobi Desert

Express to Gobi desert

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  • DURATION :  9 days
  • GROUP SIZE : 2-10 people
  • HIGHLIGHTS : Central Mongolia, Kharakorum, Steppe, Gobi desert, Flaming clifs
  • COVERED DISTANCE : Apx:2200km
  • TRANSPORTATION : 4WD Japanese jeep or Russian mini Van 4x4 UAZ 

 

Participant 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 - 7 pax 8 - 10 pax
Price per person 1890€ 1470€ 1260€ 1190€ 980€

 

 

In this 7 day trip, you will have the chance to discover the Mongolian Gobi desert and steppe, from its fascinating history to the Gobi Desert itself, with its famous singing sand dunes. Through the Kharakorum city you will reach the great steppe into Gobi and experience the unique nomadic lifestyle for 2 days. In the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, the Khongoryn Els sand dunes are said to sing when the wind blows. The park also features the deep ice field of Yolyn Am canyon where dinosaur fossils have been found at the red "Flaming Cliffs'' of Bayanzag. This is the  perfect chance to be in touch with the wild and start your dream trip!

 

  • This trip will show you :

  •  Rocky formations sculpted by erosion
  • great steppe, valley
  • sand dunes
  • rivers and mountains
  • Gobi desert

 

 


Tour Itinerary

Day 1-7

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

 

You will land in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. At the airport, you will meet with your translator who will take you  to the city center. If your flight arrives early, you will be taken for a city tour on this day. Your luggage will be dropped at your hotel before you enjoy the city tour.

 

City tour: The National History Museum, the Chinggis Khaan Square, and lunch or dinner with your guide.  Then you will be taken to do some shopping if desired before being dropped at your hotel and then see you tomorrow!

Day 2

Ulaanbaatar to Kharakorum 380 km

This morning you will drive to the countryside. On the way, there will be a stop at a big supermarket to buy whatever you might need. After that, you and your team will drive to the Mongolian old capital city, Kharakorum. Here you will see the historical museum and Erdene Zuu monastery. Erdenezuu is one of the oldest monasteries in Mongolia. During the summer lots of people come to this famous monastery as it is a very popular place in Mongolia for travelers. Your guide will give you all the information about the history of this beautiful place. On the way , you will see the Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes and will have a chance to take photos and walk on the sand hills. Also, this place is called mini Gobi; 80 km long, 3~5 km wide, 15 ~20 meters high and long sand dunes which are called in Mongolian ‘Elsen tasarkhai’. From here you will take your first drive on the beautiful Mongolian steppe; this is a very nice place to take a break from the city . At the end of the day you will stay at a tourist camp in Kharakorum after the museum and monastery. Your lunch will be provided by a local restaurant.

Drive 380 km
                      

  • breakfast - hotel   
  • lunch - local restaurant
  • dinner - tourist camp
  • accommodation - GER 
Day 3

Kharakorum to Ongi

On this morning you will drive to the beginning of the Mongolian Gobi Desert, where the Ongi monastery can be found. It was said to be an astonishing place back in the 17th century but it was destroyed by the Machus and the Soviet at the end of the 17th century. Now we have just ruins left from this Buddhist temple , but lots of people are still coming to visit the monastery. Your guide will give you all the  fascinating information about this place. From Elsen Tasarkhai you will drive to Hujirt town where the trip usually pauses for a petrol refill. The journey then continues to the Ongi monastery. You will have  lunch somewhere on the way, cooked by your team. Then the journey will continue towards the Ongi monastery.The bank of the Ongi river is a very nice place to take a rest and here you will stay at a tourist camp. Your guide will tell you all about this place. 

280 km of drive 

  • Breakfast -tourist camp
  • Lunch -your team
  • Dinner -tourist camp
  • accommodation- GER
Day 4

Ongi to Bayanzag

This morning you will drive to the Bayanzag flaming cliffs. Bayanzag means ‘red flaming cliffs’ which is where bones and dinosaur eggs have been found. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Mongolian Gobi desert and your guide will tell you every detail about this incredible place. The highlight of this area is  the sunset watched from its cliffs; the colors and light are a breathtaking sight not to be missed!  You will stay the night at a tourist camp here.

150 km of drive 

  • Breakfast - tourist camp 
  • Lunch – picnic lunch /in the box from tourist camp/ 
  • Dinner – tourist camp 
  • Accommodation - Ger

 

Day 8-14

Day 5

Bayanzag to Hongoriin Els

Today your team will drive to the Khongoriin els which are  Mongolian’s longest Sand dunes. These are 180 km long 5-15 km wide and 300 meters high sand dunes! Here you will ride a camel and  climb on top of a sand mountain and, if you are lucky enough to do so by sunset, you will be taken away even more by its beauty. Your meal will be provided by a  tourist camp as a take away to have wherever you stop. 

130 km of drive on the bumpy road

  •  Breakfast -tourist camp 
  •  Lunch – picnic lunch /in the box from tourist camp/ 
  •  Dinner – nomad family 
  •  Accommodation - Ger
Day 6

Khongoriin Els to Yoliin am

 

On this day you will drive to the Yol valley canyon and the Dungenee canyon. These  are amazing places to hike around the canyon and be amazed by the views. Early in the morning you will leave from Khongoriin els sand dunes. On the way, you will stop at Dungenee canyon, where you will continue the journey on a small hike. Between the big canyons you will have lunch, prepared by your team. After lunch, your team will drive to the Yol canyon where you will hike into the deep of the Canyon, which takes around 2 hours. In the canyon you will have a chance to look for the Yoll bird /Gypaete vulture/. It is a kind of  Vulture which is one of Mongolian’s biggest birds. Around Dungenee and Yol canyon you will be able to see the mountain goat ibex and wild mountain sheep Argali. After the hike you will arrive at a tourist camp to spend the night. 

160 km of drive 

  • Breakfast -your team
  • Lunch -your team 
  • Dinner-tourist camp 
  • Accommodation - Ger
DAY 7

Yoliin am to Baga gazriin chuluu

 

On this day you will be taken to our last point of the Gobi desert. By now you will  have experienced the many places in the wonderful Gobi and on this last day the scenery will completely change and turn into a rocky and flat but lovely view. This is Baga  gazriin chuluu, where very interesting  rock formations can be seen. You will be taken to a very old monastery in the rock and one more cave. Here you will stay with nomads for last time in the Mongolian countryside. Lunch will be taken from the previous tourist camp and will be enjoyed surrounded by the peaceful views of the steppe.

400 km of driving 

  • Breakfast -tourist camp 
  • lunch -your team 
  • Dinner-nomad 
  • Accommodation - Ger
     
Day 8

Baga gazriin chuluu to Ulaanbaatar


On this day the driving will start early in the morning since it will be a very long journey back to Ulaanbaatar... around 250 km ! But don’t worry, on the way you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, the journey will continue to Ulaanbaatar and when you arrive in the city  we can take you shopping to the cashmere factory store, souvenir shop etc…. At 6 PM you will be able to enjoy a wonderful Mongolian traditional concert played by the Mongolian folk art band Tumen Ekh ensemble. Here you will see the Mongolian traditional singing, dancing, shamanism and khoomii, /throat singing, etc… it will be an amazing and amusing full hour. After the show you will be taken to your hotel where we can say thank you and goodbye to the team!   

 250 km of driving.

  • Breakfast  – your team
  • Lunch – local restaurant
  • Dinner - -------------
  • Accommodation-hotel
Day 9

This day is your last day in Mongolia. 

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight. Thank you for travelling with us, creating an experience you will never forget!

What is included?

Included

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • 2 nights in 3*hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water 
  • 2 night in a comfortable tourist camp with warm showers 
  • 5 night in a nomad family, in guest  ger /yurt/
  • Food during the trip
  • Chef for more than 3 travelers
  • Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian UAZ mini Van 4x4 with the driver,
  • Petrol
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Horse riding, Camel riding
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • City tour tickets
  • Equipment for meals (camping tents, tables, and chairs)
  • Equipment for horse riding (saddles, bridles etc…)

Not included

  • International flight
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra drinks /alcohol/ some special coffee etc…
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

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