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18 days
Availability : 1 January - 31 December
Ulaanbaatar
Min Age : 6+
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, eight lakes, Tsenkher hot spring and Khuvsgul Lake. 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 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.

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.

Day 7Horseback Riding to Buurug

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.

Day 8Horse trekking

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.

Day 9Horse trekking

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. Then we back to Orkhon Valley.

Day 10Tuvkhun monastery and Tsenkher hot spa

Tuvkhun 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 mountain overlooking a hill at 2,600 meters above sea-level was an auspicious location. It was also where he developed the Soyombo script (on the Mongolian flag you can see). Several monks now reside and practice at the monastery full-time. The panoramic view of the surrounding area from the temple is breathtaking. Afterward we will head to Tsenkher hot spa.

Day 11-12Khorgo-Terkh National Park

Great White Lake is the highlight of Arkhangai province and famous for its attractive scenery.It is located in 600 km northwest of Ulaanbaatar. 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, rare herbs and many different varieties of wild berries and flowers.

Day 13-14Khuvsgul Lake

Khuvsgul Lake is 136km long and 36km wide at 1645m above the sea level. It is second largest lake in Mongolia as well as the deepest. It is well-known as the Blue pearl of Mongolia, because of its crystal clear water. Bicycling, swimming, walking, horse-riding, and hiking are the main activities there.

Day 15Uran crater

The Uran Togoo – Tulga Uul is a national protected area in the Bulgan Province, Mongolia. It is located about 60 km directly west of Bulgan city around the extinct volcanoes Uran Togoo, Tulga, Togoo, and Jalavch Uul. All four mountain names allude to their volcanic past with designations borrowed from around the fireplace. The Uran Togoo and Togoo mountains are named for their bowl shape, the Tulga mountain for its three mounds reminding of the traditional iron tripod kettle support. Uran crater is 500-600 meters wide and 50 meters deep. We will hike to the crater.

Day 16Amarbayasgalant monastery

Amarbayasgalant monastery one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge River in the Iven Valley at the foot of Buren Khan Mountain. It was built from 1727 to 1736, without the use of any nails. Amarbayasgalant was one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped destruction during the Stalinist purge of 1937, after which only the buildings of the central section remained. Today, only 28 temples remain. Restoration work began in 1988 with funds provided by UNESCO.

Day 17Terelj National park

Terelj is one of the most touristic attractions around Ulaanbaatar city. It has been the strictly protected area since 1965. It’s connected with Ulaanbaatar by a paved road. The park wildlife includes brown bears, grey wolves, foxes and over two hundred species of birds. Also the Tuul river flows through the national park. The Gorkhi-Terelj National park has many rock formations for rock climbers. We will explore Turtle rock and Ariyapala meditation center.

Day 18Genghis Khan Statue Complex and UB

The Genghis Khan Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a 40-metre (130 ft) tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul river at Tsonjin Boldog. The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. It was designed by sculptor Erdenebileg and architect Enkhjargal and established in 2008. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck, where they have a panoramic view. Inside the statue complex you will visit two different museums.

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