Gobi & Central Mongolia Tour (7 Days)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Ride a two humped Bactrian camel in Gobi Desert (optional)
Ride a Mongolian horse to Orkhon waterfall in Orkhon valley (optional)
Visit to Kharkhorin - 13th century Mongolian capital, Erdene Zuu Monastery
and Kharkhorin Museum
Hike to see "Prezwalski" wild horses in National Park
Visit an authentic nomad family
Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger

per adult from

$2,002

NZD

Duration

7 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Indicated meals, Indicated accommodations, 4WD Japanese van, National Park fees, Sightseeing fees
    What's excluded :
    • Travel insurance, accommodations and meals in Ulaanbaatar, Optional Activities, Gratuity

  • Day 1: Travel to Tsagaan Suvarga

    Stop At: Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), Mongolia
    We travel south of UB to the Gobi desert. Our route lies across boundless arid plains and hills. Despite the seeming emptiness an occasional nomadic home or a winter shelter will come in to view and even large flocks of sheep and goats, more seldom horses and camels. Our destination is Tsagaan Suvarga, a series of massive formations of sedimentary rock, a former seabed. Its vividly distinct layers of geological eras are spectacular. Equally spectacular is the view that opens from its top: boundless desert expanses, dancing mirages and time that is standing still. Here we stay in a nearby nomad herder family with traditional, felt covered circular tents. In the evening hike to watch the Tsagaan Suvarga at blazing dusk.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Family Stay

    Day 2: Travel to Yol Canyon

    Stop At: Yolin Am Ice Field, Mongolia
    Our destination today is Yolyn Am, literally meaning the Vulture canyon, where snow and ice remains frozen until late July. At the entrance there is a museum displaying images of local wildlife as well as some petrified wood and dinosaur eggs. We take a 2-hour hike to the canyon heart and with a bit of luck spot Wild mountain goats scaling steep cliffs and Bearded vultures soaring above.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Family Stay

    Day 3: Travel to Khongor sand dunes

    Stop At: Khongoryn Els, Gobi Desert, Dalanzadgad 212503 Mongolia
    We travel west across great desert plains to Gurvan Saikhan mountain range and upon crossing it Khongoriin Els Sand dunes come in to our view. They stretch for almost 100km with the tallest dune reaching 200m from its foothill. Locals sometimes refer to them as the singing dunes due to a weird humming sound often heard on windy days. Fine sand gradually builds up on dune crests and eventually collapses triggering tremor that causes the sound. Take an excursion to the sand dunes and optionally ride a two humped Bactrian camel. We settle in a family with a view of the majestic dunes in the background.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Family Stay

    Day 4: Travel to Ongi Monastery, visit Flaming Cliffs en-route

    Stop At: Flaming Cliffs, Mongolia
    We drive to Flaming Red Cliffs, a world renowned dinosaur fossil site where in 1920-ies, in a series of expeditions Americans unearthed the first nests of dinosaur eggs, new species of dinosaurs, and the fossils of early mammals that co-existed with the early reptiles. Upon reaching the cliffs that contrastingly stand out of the infinite arid plain, we explore the cliffs on foot. The eroded sandstone can still yield dinosaur fossils especially after a torrential rain so one can still hope for a discovery. Proceed driving and head north to Central Mongolia crossing a couple of hundred kilometers of endless arid plains and sandy tracts. Only dancing mirages and huge herds of Bactrian camels come across our way. Often people call such lands as the middle of nowhere. For the night we stay nearby the Ongi monastery ruins, once a massive Buddhist monastery that service the whole of Gobi region
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Family Stay

    Day 5: Travel to Orkhon valley, Orkon waterfall

    Stop At: Orkhon Waterfall, Orkhon River Valley, Bat Ulzii Mongolia
    We travel to Orkhon river valley, a UNESCO designated cultural site, considered as the cradle of nomadic civilization which contains many ancient relics within its boundaries. It is also a home to a vast number of herding nomads whose tents and large herds of cattle, horses, sheep and goats will be a common sight. Orkhon valley is almost entirely covered with volcanic lava crust that is a result of prehistoric volcanic eruption. We visit the Orkhon waterfall which is 25 meters tall, created due to volcanic activities and earthquake around 20 thousand years ago.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Family Stay

    Day 6: Travel to Kharkhorin

    Stop At: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin 62090 Mongolia
    Kharkhorin a.k.a Karakorum – a town, the 3rd son as well as chosen successor of Genghis Khan built, is the capital of the Mongol Empire in early 13th century. Karakorum functioned as the empire’s capital for just a few decades and was eventually demolished by invading the Chinese Min Dynasty troops in late 14th century. The main attraction today is the Erdene Zuu monastery, one of the first Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia established in 16th century when Buddhism was introduced as the new religion. Later the monastery suffered almost a complete destruction during the anti-religion campaigns of 1930-ies with just a dozen of temples surviving till present. Spend some time in the peaceful premises of the monastery and take a glance at a few surviving artifacts of the old capital. And finally visit the new Karakorum museum - a fantastic collection of artifacts and of historical data that has continually been replenished by new findings and discoveries.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel

    Day 7: Travel to Ulaanbaatar, Khustai National Park en-route

    Stop At: Hustai National Park, Hustai National Park, Tov Province
    Khustai NP is where in 1993 a small number of last remaining wild horses was brought here from several European zoos and re-introduced to their historic homeland. Also known known as “Przewalski horses", Mongolian wild horses were extinct in Mongolia by 1950s. Today over 400 wild horses, all native to Mongolia, roam the park’s mountains and valleys having to withstand predators and harsh climate. A sizable population of red deer, Mongolian gazelles and wild mountain sheep has also found a refuge in the park and can be spotted with a little bit of luck. Upon arrival to the park’s guest resort we get introduced to the project followed by a lunch before embarking on a short trip to see wild horses. The national park is also home to large number of marmots which can be spotted even by the side of the road. After wildlife spotting excursion, we procceed to Ulaanbaatar and you will be taken to your accommodation.
    Duration: 16 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Mongolia Trekking

Activity ID: V-34368P13

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