Imagine yourself in the middle of the Gobi desert, wearing sunglasses and riding two humped Bactrian camel, and heading to the sand dunes… If this make you feel good, this is the right page to learn more about what you can experience in the Mongolian Gobi desert.
This tour features all the top attractions of the Gobi, across Mongolian three Gobi provinces. You will cruise to the attractions by a suitable vehicle according to the number of travelers.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Best dates: From middle of May – middle of September
Total driving distance: 2140 km
Price from: Please contact us for quote
From the day you start off to the Gobi desert, humble but bright life of the countrysidewill soak you in and you’ll get the feeling what is it like to roam through the vast steppe where nomadic herders peacefully live by grazing their livestock freely in the pastureland.
Attractions are mostly unique natural formations, such as Baga Gazryn Chuluu – Rock formations, Yoliin am – The Vulture Valley, enchanting Khongor singing sand dunes, Bayanzag – sax wood forest, and LakeUgii. These pristine nature formations are retaining their original shapes and forms regardless to the millennia passing by, with help of nomadic culture where human and nature lives in complete harmony. Other attractions are Ongyn Khiid – Ongy Monastery and symbolic ruins of Karakorum city where you will also visit Erdene Zuu Monastery to see and experience the local culture. In the “Tsenkher” natural hot spring, you can bathe an relieve your stress at the so-called miraculous meditation water.
Day 1. Arrival
Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, your preferred language speaking guide will warmly welcome you, and check-in to your preferred hotel (*** to *****) for the overnight rest. According to the schedule of arrival, lunch and dinner at a local restaurant, also half day city tour is available.
Day 2. Middle Gobi (220 km)
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby after buffet breakfast. Today you begin your journey heading to Baga Gazryn Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks in the Middle Gobi province. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Lunch is on the way. Have a dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga (200 km)
From Baga Gazryn Chuluu, further drive to magnificent Tsagaan Suvarga and enjoy the wondrous sight there. Stay overnight at the camp. (B/L/D)
Day 4.Yoliin am– Vulture Valley (275km)
Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties of the Gobi National Park. Spend the day on an excursion to Yoliin Am (Vulture Valley) for hiking and stunning photograph opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 5. Khongor sand dunes (200 km)
After breakfast drive to Khongor sand dunes, known as Singing Dunes. A good climb up to the sand dunes will be challenging, but will reward you with a breath taking panoramic view. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day6. Bayanzag (150km)
Drive to the world famous Flaming Cliffs and Bayanzag (forest of the Gobi). Discover the area of the first paleontological finding in Mongolia by following footsteps of American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. Visit a nomadic camel herder family and experience the authentic hospitality of nomads, and also enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 7.Ongyn Khiid (150km)
After breakfast drive to north heading Ongyn Khiid. Visit the ruins of Ongy Monastery and have a walk in the mysteriously beautiful surrounding area. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 8. Karakorum (300km)
After breakfast, drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, but heavily damaged in the 1930s. Tour the monastery grounds and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16thcentury. Visit the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. In the evening try Mongolian style archery game. Dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 9. Tsenkher Hot Springs (120km)
In the morning, drive to the Tsenkher hot springs. Spend the day relaxing in natural hot springs and taking a walk in the surrounding forest. This is the day you will use your swimsuit. You also may have a short hike to a mountain top, a stunning view will await you there. Optional massage and beauty services are available. Enjoy the hot springs again after dinner. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 10.Ugii Lake (195 km)
Drive to Lake Ugii in Arkhangai province. The tourist ger camp where you will stay is located on the shores of Ugii lake.Glorious view and countless water birds will be at your footsteps. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a ger camp. (B/L/D)
Day 11. Ulaanbaatar city (330 km)
After breakfast, drive to Ulaanbaatar city. Local lunch on the way, and visit Chinggis Khaan Square and the Zaisan Hill for the panoramic view. Dinner in the city. Overnight in a hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 12. Departure
Buffet breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to your international departure point. Before the time you leave, shop at local cashmere and goods stores. (B)
The price is based on *** hotel rate.
Upgrade to **** and ***** hotels are possible at your request.
Price for children aged 2-12 get discounted.
Infants travel free, with their own equipment.
Package price includes:
- Airport or train station transfers in Ulaanbaatar
- Accommodation: Hotel***, ger camp*
- Your preferred language speaking guide
- Chaffeured transport during the tour
- Entrance fees to National Parks and protected areas
- Tickets to museums and art performances
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary
- Two bottles of 0,5 liter drinking water per day
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
Package price excludes:
- Visa application fee
- International airfare or train tickets
- Travel insurance
- Single room supplement
- Hotel extras (phone calls, laundry, minibar,. etc)
- Personal toiletries
- Gratuity to local guides and drivers
- Optional excursions unless stated in the itinerary
How to get a visa?
If you are a citizen of one of the 46 countries that has been granted “visa-free access” to Mongolia, or 41 countries covered in a 30 day visa-free visit regime until 31st December 2015, you do not need to present a visa when entering Mongolia for tourism purposes. With exception of those, visitors are required to have a valid visa issued by Mongolian diplomatic missions or honorary consuls abroad. The following materials are required to obtain a visa under grounds of tourism:
- Passport, valid for at least six months from the end of intended period of stay in Mongolia
- One passport size photo
- Completed and signed Visa Application Form for Tourists
- Invitation from Mongolia (Either an invitation of the receiving entity, or an official request of the sending country and the organization).
- Transit visa processing requires visa for next destination, and copy of onward tickets.
How to get to Mongolia?
By airways: Providing you with comfort flights, Mongolian national flag carrier MIAT – Mongolian airlines operate scheduled and chartered flights to Ulaanbaatar from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. The Chinggis Khaan international airport, conveniently located 18 km southwest of the capital, hosts following carriers apart from MIAT:
- Hunnu Air
- Aeroflot Air
- Korean Air
- Turkish Airlines
We will always be happy to help arrange your international flights to Mongolia. By railways: If your holiday duration and plan allows, another great way to get to Mongolia is via trans-Mongolian train. This is possible either from Moscow or Beijing. The journey takes 4 nights and 5 days from Moscow, and 1 night and 2 days from Beijing. It is a magical journey which takes you from the heart of buzzing downtowns of metropolises into nomadic Mongolia, past the Great Wall of China through the Gobi desert, or Russian countryside villages through the Baikal Lake. Also trains to border cities run every day, as the cities of Ulaan-Ude (Russia) and Erlian (China) are both popular get-away destinations for locals, for a little cultural sightseeing and a bit of shopping. You can let us handle your international railway tickets, to make your travel plan even smoother.
What to bring? What to wear?
Yes, you would want to pack a few additional things to make your travel more comfortable.
- Your personal toiletries
- Summer hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Earplugs to use when camping in the countryside
- Small headlamp or a flashlight
- Portable battery charger for your phone, tablet, camera etc.,
Small first aid bag including following:
- Small adhesive bands
- Blister plasters
- Medicine to treat occasional diarrhea
- Lip balm
- Wet tissue
- Mosquito repellent cream
- Sleeping bag or sleeping sack
- Mosquito net
- After sun cream when possible
- Trekking shoes
- Weatherproof jacket
- Wool hat, gloves, scarf
- Spare pairs of socks and underwear
- Bathing or swimming suit
- Other casual clothing
Foreign currency can be exchanged at . commercial banks and Mongolian national currency “Tugrug” are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000. The US dollar is preferred currency. Credit cards are also accepted at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. UB and major cities have ATMs.
Mongolian nationwide electricity output is 220V/50HZ in a European style plug. Most likely all the wall sockets will feature 2 widely spaced round pins. But no worries if your device is different, because universal plug converter is commonly found at relatively cheap price here in Mongolia.
Mongolians have several national holidays and celebrations, and when we talk about celebrating holidays, we mean to do it nationwide. Believe us, celebrations take festive forms in most cases, and some certain are