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12 days
Availability : 1 January - 31 December
Ulaanbaatar
Min Age : 2+
Overview

One of the most popular tourist routes in Mongolia is Gobi which is the biggest desert in the world. It consists of mostly low hills and wide steppes. The Gobi is famous for its rich of dinosaur fossils, one of the remaining undiscovered areas and home many endangered animals such as wild ass, snow leopard and Gobi bear (Mazaalai).Even you will see the ice in the gorge in summer. Mongolian Gobi is a great combination of high mountains, sand dunes, vast steppes and spectacular valleys. This tour offers you to enjoy Mongolian beautiful Gobi, Orkhon valley and Tsenkher hot spring. Relaxing wild nature, exploring nomadic lifestyle, hiking in the big valley, camel riding and horse riding are the main activities.

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar 

Departure Time

In the morning

Price Includes

  • Private English speaking guide and driver
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation at the ger camps
  • All entrance fees of all national parks
  • Bottled drinking water (unlimited)
  • Road and toll fees
  • Petrol and fuel
  • Visa support invitation letter
  • All meals (B+L+D)
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar (if requested with additional charge)

Price Excludes

  • Daily personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees etc.
  • Tips for your driver and guide (discretionary)
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa)

The scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit soum of Dundgovi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. The cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure.It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times.

Day 2Yol Valley and Three beauties of Gobi

Yol valley is situated in east north part of Zuun Saikhan Mountain. This area has been main attraction of tourists for many decades. Very wide at the entrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. In spring two or three kilometers long winds its way through the defile and in July, freezing into a thick corridor of ice that stretches along a considerable distance. Also you will see the “Mukhar shivert” canyon where you will see the frozen waterfall. That stands there for whole year around.

Day 3Khongor sand dunes

Khongor Sand Dunes are the largest and most spectacular sand dunes situated in Sevrei soum. Also known as the “singing dunes”, they are up to 800 m high, 20 km wide and about 100 km long. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongor, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.

Day 4Bayanzag or Flaming Cliffs

Flaming cliffs are located in the province of Umnugobi (“South Gobi”). Its name means “rich in saxaul”, an endangered Central Asian tree 2 to 9 m high, whose roots are precious to protect soil from erosion.Significant paleontological discoveries have been made there, especially by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews in 1920: fossilized dinosaur eggs and specimens of Velociraptor. Its nickname of “Flaming Cliffs” is due to the orange-red rock the mountain is made of.

Day 5Ongi Monastery

Ongi monastery is the ruin of a big monastery on the bank of the Ongiin River. Ongi monastery has 28 temples and other buildings on the south slope of the Rocky Mountain like Balsa country and stupas which are not broken. Ongi monastery had about 1000 lamas and it was destroyed during the Stalinist purges in 1930s.The ruins of Ongi Temple are found in Saikhan Ovoo soum of Dundgobi (Middle Gobi) province.

Day 6Orkhon Valley and Ulaantsutgalan waterfall

Orkhon Valley is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Central Mongolia. It is formed by the unique combination of volcanic eruption and earthquake. The height of waterfall is 22m. The waterfall is located in beautiful Orkhon river valley with volcanic rocks which listed in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES for its historical value related to Great Mongolian Empir . There is opportunity to experience nomadic way of life, their culture and traditions. Next day we will ride horses around Orkhon Valley and see deer stone monument.

Day 7-8Horseback Riding for two days in Orkhon Valley

When we have a horseback riding we will discover Orkhon valley which is a historically significant place for Mongolians. Orkhon valley has many historical items such as deer stone monuments, rock paintings and volcanic rocks.

Day 9Tuvkhun Monastery

Tövkhön Monastery was first established in 1648 by the 14-year-old Zanabazar, the first Javzandamba Khutagt, the spiritual head of Mongolian Buddhism when he determined that the location on the Shireet Ulaan Uul mountain overlooking a hill at 2,600 meters above sea-level was an auspicious location. The first physical structures were built upon his return from studying in Tibet in 1655. Restored in 1773, the monastery suffered severe damage during the Stalinist purges of the late 1930s as Mongolia’s communist regime sought to destroy the Buddhist Church in the country. Restoration of the monastery was completed in 1997. The panoramic view of the surrounding area from the temple is breathtaking.

Day 10Tsenkher Hot Spring

The 86℃ hot spring water is supposed to have curative properties for arthritic joints and other ailments. Also spring is kept in high pressure under the ground flow rate is high, 10 litres per second. The water has mineral content and containing everything from simple calcium, sodium to sulphuric. The hot spring helps you to keep your skin softly and naturally. During the daytime you can have sunbath and when it gets dark you can enjoy the starts while you are sitting in the hot spring.

Day 11Kharakhorum

Karakorum was one of the most important cities in the history of the Silk Road. Although founded by Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum’s development as capital of the Mongol Empire occurred in the 1230s under his son Ugudei. The Mongols had a profound impact on the history of trade across Central Asia, as their vast empire connected east and west. We will explore the highlights of the city and visit Erdene-Zuu monastery.

Day 12Khugnu Tarna National park and Ulaanbaatar

Khugnu Khan natural reserve covers 46,990 hectares of land and located in Rashaant soum of Bulgan province. The park is a splendid mountain and situated at the border of three provinces. In the natural reserve, there are extraordinary sand dunes about 80 kilometers. The scenery is spectacular combination of desert, picturesque mountain, river and green grassland. There are two different monasteries and we will hike around and then we will head back to Ulaanbaatar.

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