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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, eight lakes and Tsenkher hot spring. Relaxing wild nature, exploring nomadic lifestyle, hiking in the big valley, camel riding and horse riding are the main activities.
In the morning
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.
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.
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 240 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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to we start our horse riding we need to pack our stuff on the horse them we begin our horse riding from Ulaantsutgalan waterfall and ride horses until the entrance of eight lakes. We’ll follow our path across the steppes scattered with edelweiss, then we’ll ride along the forests of larches and pine trees, before stopping for the night at Buurug, on the edge of the forest.
We start our horse trekking from Buurug and we will explore Duruu, Bayan and Khuis lakes. Once we ride over the Shuvuun Shil Mountain the scenery changes a lot. The green infinite steppes give way to much more diversified landscapes forests of larches and pines, wild roses and wild flowers, junipers, gooseberries, and wild onions.
Today we will ride horses among the Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Haya and Khuis lakes. The Shireet is the biggest and deepest lake among the eight lakes. Only it has fish as well. All these eight lakes were formed by the volcanic eruption so you are able to see huge pile of pumice everywhere.
Today we ride back to Orkhon Valley. On the way we will see deer stone monuments.
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.
Great White Lake is the highlight of Arkhangai province and famous for its attractive scenery. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered flora and fauna. It’s surrounded by the Khangai Mountain Range, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. The most area of the National park is covered by poplar and peach forest, where grow wild berries and rare herbs. There are lots of wild animals such as deer, ibex and others, as well as various kinds of birds. Around the Great White Lake we will hike and explore the unique natural formation.
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 to Erdene-Zuu monastery.
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 to them.
After breakfast we will head back Ulaanbaatar