GOBI DESERT AND CENTRAL MONGOLIA TOUR


Explore NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MONGOLIA

TOUR DURATION: 13D/12N
AVAILABLE: 1/MAY-10/OCT
TOUR GRADE: EASY
Highlights of the tour

  • Explore South Gobi and Central Mongolia
  • Learn nomadic life
  • Chances to take photography
  • Mongolian traditional concert
  • Mongolian traditional BBQ
  • Camel and horse riding 

TOUR INTRODUCTION 
There's no fences on this vast land, horsemen and animals roam free in Mongolia! We will visit National Parks, the ancient capital at Karakorum, ErdeneZuu monastery, Great White lake and Orkhon valley. By the second part of the trip, we will visit the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert:  explore the lofty sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, the glacial canyon of Yolyn Am, the red cliffs of Bayanzag, where the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur fossils are found and Tsagaan Suvarga (White stupa). We will have the chance to visit nomadic families,  Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, horse and camel riding and guided walking – there are also endless opportunities for photography. Now come and take this wonderful trip and visit the Gobi and the Central Mongolia with us  with us! 


Day by day itineraries


Day1. Arrive in Mongolia and city tour in Ulaanbaatar (Abbreviation: UB) (D)
We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After some rest at the hotel we will visit to the National History museum and see Mongolian traditional show at 6 o’clock. After dinner, we will transfer you to the hotel. Stay in hotel***


Day2. Terelj and Khustai National park (B/L/D)

We will drive to Terelj National park. On the way to NP, we will visit  Chingis Khaan Equestrian statue that is the highest one in the world. In National park we will make small hiking to the temple and see the Turtle rock.  After lunch we will drive to Khustai NP. The park lies in the foothills of southern Khentii mountain range and it is the place where you can see wild horse called Takhi known as Przewalski horse to the world. The wild horses survive in nature by themselves because they have been reintroduced successfully to their homeland after 40 years of extinction. Currently, the number of Takhi has already reached more than 300. Visit to local museum. Overnight in ger camp (about 250 kms)


Day3.  Kharkhorin and Erdenezuu monastery (B/L/D)

​​​​​​​In the morning, we will drive to the Karakorum, the site of the ancient capital of the Great Mongolian Empire. The city served as the Mongolian capital for only 40 years (until when Khubilai Khaan moved it to what is now Beijing). Most of the city was later destroyed by Chinese soldiers during the second half of 14th century. And the remnants of the city were used to build the ErdeneZuu Monastery in the 16th century. Upon arrival in Karakorum the first and most obvious landmark is the massive walls of the Erdenezuu Monastery, which was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. After lunch at local restaurant, we take cultural tour at Erdenezuu Monastery. It was built in 1586 by the initiative AbtaiSain Khan, on the spot where Kharkhorin had been. The monastery is surrounded by 400x400 m stonewalls with 108 stupas. The stone columns, blocks and sculptures excavated from the ruins of the city show that various building materials were used in the construction of this monastery. At its height, the ErdeneZuu monastery had up to 62 temples, 500 other buildings and gers with about 1000 lamas inside the walls. Now the monastery displays the best of Buddhist architecture and many of religious art works. We will firstly visit this monastery museum, which houses the best of Buddhist architecture and religious art works. Overnight in ger camp (about 290 kms)


Day4. Khorgo, Volcanic mountain and Great White lake (BLD) 

​​​​​​​Travel beside the Chuluut River which has carved a deep canyon into the basalt rocks. This canyon is famous for its rich fishing grounds. Arrive at Khorgo Volcano that is an extinct volcano, covered with basalt and lays to the east of Lake Terkhiin. It is an astonishingly beautiful lake formed by a dam of lava flowing from a volcanic eruption many millennia ago. It is possible to see interesting bubbles of solidified lave named “Basalt ger’. The northern most slope of the Hangai mountain chain, in the Arhangai Province. Overnight in ger camp (About 290kms)


Day5. Tsenkher Hot spring (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will drive to Tsenkher hot spring.Tsenkher, 98oC hot spring,It is possible to have bath in the spring that is very useful for health. Bath would be 40oC.  
Overnight in ger camp  (about 200 kms)


Day6.  Orkhon Valley and Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall (B/L/D)

​​​​​​​Today we will drive to Orkhon valley, registered as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2005, this Orkhon River valley is known as the cradle of the Mongolian civilization holding many of Mongolia’s ancient monuments lie within its basin. There is Orkhon waterfall also called UlaanTsutgalan, formed by a series of volcanic eruptions about 20.000 years ago. It cascades from the height of 22 metres and is 10m wide. We will visit to nomadic family and get experienced there and make horse riding for an hour.  Overnight in ger camp (about 150 kms)


Day7. Ongi temple ruins (B/L/D)

We will drive to Ongi temple. Ongiin Khiid is known as complex of ruins of two monasteries called Barlim Khiid and Khutagt Khiid. There is not much left to see, but there are plenty of interesting ruins to explore and one of the monasteries is rebuilt recently. Overnight in ger camp (about 300 kms)


Day8. Bayanzag or Flaming cliffs and walking around (B/L/D) 
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Visit to the Bayanzag area. Known as a Flaming Cliffs "Cradle of Dinosaurs" this is where the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever discovered was found in 1922. A site famous for the remains of dinosaur that lived here 60 million years ago. You can walk around where dinosaurs once roamed and see saxaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. Overnight in ger camp (about 150 kms)


Day9. Khongor sand dunes and hiking to the top of sand dunes (B/L/D)

Today we will drive to Khongor sand dunes. At 28 m in height the giant sand dunes stretch lengthwise some 180 kms. Sometimes the area is only several hundred meters wide but can grow to 7-20 kms.  We will hike to the top of the sand dunes. We will try camel riding along the Khongor sand dunes etc. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them.  Overnight in ger camp 
(about 150 kms)


Day10. Yol valley and small hiking through the canyon (B/L/D)

​​​​​​​In the morning we will drive to Yol Valley (Vulture Canyan). The Vulture Canyon, which nestles between the beautiful peaks of Gurvansaikhan of the Three Beauties. After arrival at the canyon, we will take 2-hour hike through the canyon and maybe able to see parts of a glacier left over from the winter months. On our way in/out of the park we can visit the local Natural History Museum where dinosaur eggs and bones, petrified trees and a snow leopard are on display. Overnight in ger (about 180 kms)


Day11. Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga (B/L/D)

​​​​​​​Today we will drive to Tsagaan Suvarga. The scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit soum of Dundgobi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over  thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure.  Overnight in ger camp (about 250 kms)


Day12. Drive to UB (B/L)

After breakfast we will drive to UB. Transfer to the hotel. We will do some shopping. Stay in hotel*** (about 410 kms)


Day13. Departure (B)

Transfer to the airport for your departure


THANKS FOR JOINING US




Inclusion 
All transportation listened in the itinerary
Twin share accommodation: hotel*** and in ger camps 
Three meals per day
Services of English speaking guide
All taxes and entrance fees to the protected areas
Sightseeing cost
All transfers between airport and hotel
Horse and camel riding cost

Exclusion

International transportation
Travel and medical insurance
Alcoholic drinks
Tip
Meals in UB