11 Days: Mongolian Gobi desert and Orkhon valley tour

Explore Gobi desert, Tuvkhun mountain temple, relax in the hot spring; Khanrkorum - Orkhon Valley 

Overview:

It is a great combination of wild nature, leisure, and adventure. Tour starts from Ulaanbaatar by driving 4-W car to east, Gobi desert. We will drive 6 days-everyday different Gobi’s landscapes. And 4 days central part of Mongolian green mountain range. Through the forest, we will ride a horse total 10 kilometers and an hour rides a camel through a bottom of the sand dunes. Culture day activities like folk music concert and museum, a temple in Karakorum village. The last day we will watch Przewalski’s horse, the last and extinct wild horse in the world. Total road length is 2200 km.

During the trip, you will stay in a tourist Ger camp and have breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the Camp. Apart from horse and camel trek, the basic activities are wandering, hiking, exploring night stars visiting nomad families, climbing dunes and self-searching nature.

 

Day 1 Wander around rocky mountain range – Baga gazriin chuluu

Morning driver and guide will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Middle Gobi. Around lunchtime, we will arrive in camp. In stony mountains, we will visit a cave and ruined temple in the tiny valley. Evening, a free activity you can hike through lush vast steppe or relax in camp.

Road length 270 km

Day 2 Hike in the bottom of the ancient sea – Tsagaan suvraga

To get our next destination we will drive over 5 hours. On the way, you will see folk of vultures soaring on carrion, camels and the scene of the Gobi desert. In the middle of nowhere in the Gobi desert, we will have a picnic lunch. Hike through a bottom of the ancient sea. Relax in tourist Ger camp.

 Road length 280 km

Day 3 Hike in valley of Vulture Gorge- Yliin am

In the morning we will drive to Vulture gorge. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in the capital of South Gobi. When we arrive in Vulture Gorge, we will visit the Gobi - natural museum. Hike through beautiful meadow valley, stream, and gorge. The birded vulture on the huge rocks, pikas on the green land will entertain you through hiking. Gorge is narrow as just 3 or 4 people go through at a same time. Relax in Ger camp.

Road length 200 km

Day 4 Camel trek, climb up to Hongor sand dunes

We will drive morning hours along with sand dune and Three Beauty Mountain range by off-road. After lunch in camp, we will visit camel herder nomad family. You will ride a camel through the bottom of the sand dunes. Afternoon or evening, when the bright sun gets down, we will climb to a sand dune. The top of the dune is over 200 meters high and steep. Sand is loose. Your foot will stick to it. It requires little bit of effort. After challenging yourself on hot day climb up to dune, you will see brilliant sightseeing. Sand dunes and rocky mountain stay simultaneously in the endless lush steppe. (free time)

Road length 170

Day 5 Hiking through Flaming Cliff – Bayanzag

Today we will drive to Flaming Cliff. The way to Flaming Cliff has a brilliant nature scene. Barren black mountains, lush steppe, ground covered with wind-eroded black pebbles, you will enjoy the wilderness of Gobi Desert. Evening, when the sun gets down, we will hike through Flaming Cliffs and see how it changes the color. Cliff was the homeland of dinosaurs during the Jurassic period. From this place, very first time dinosaur’s eggshell was found in the world. Here you will feel completely silence and emptiness in the vast flat steppe.

Road length 155 km

Day 6 Drive to Ogni-Gobi

The morning we will drive to Ongi-Gobi, trans destination from the Gobi to Green part of Mongolia. We will arrive around lunchtime in camp. Hike and see the ruined temple from top of a hill. Evening, time is free. You can hike around Gobi’s river or just wandering around silent little black hills.

Road length 250 km

Day 7 Explore Tuvkhun mountain temple, visit nomad family

Today is going to be a long drive by off-road to mountain temple Tuvkun. Our central Green tour starts today. There are meadow hills covered with nomad family’s Gers. And more animals like yaks, sheep, goat, and horse. On the way, we will have lunch in a restaurant. The afternoon we will arrive in nomad family’s Ger guest house. Visit nomad family. You can hike in a mountain. Free activity.

Road length: 340 km

 

Day 8 Relax in mountain hot spring - Tsenkher

Early in the morning, we will ride a horse through a forest to a temple, which locates on the top of the mountain. You will see a beautiful view of the mountain and small temple from high. Ride horseback to down. Drive to Tsenher hot spring nearly 2 hours. Relax and enjoy in green mountain hot spring. Stay over in tourist Ger camp.

Road length 80 km

 

Day 9 Culture day activities in Karakorum village

The morning we will drive to small village the Karakorum which was ancient Mongol empire’s capital. We will visit Mongolian the biggest Buddhist monastery Erdene Zuu. Later visit a museum of history relatively Chinggis Khaan’s. After having lunch in a local restaurant we will relax in camp. And After dinner, we will watch traditional folk music concert which includes throat singing and contortion.

Road length 100 km                            

Day 10 Hustai Park to see Przewalski’s horse

Drive to Hustai Park by paved road.  To see Przewalski’s horse, the only wild horse left in the world. Since the park has protected nearly 25 years ago, the number of wild animals increased a lot. Marmots will entertain you in the Birch forest mountain-Hustai Park. You can hike here.

Road length 280 km

Day 11 Drive to Ulaanbaatar

Today our 11 days Gobi and Green exploring adventure tour ends. We will drive 2 hours to Ulaanbaatar and transfer you to your accommodation.

Number of days: 11
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Transport: Minivan
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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