8 DAYS - Gobi Mirage tour

Gobi: Mongolian Gobi is one of the most remote and least trodden deserts in the world. The third in the world after the Sahara, and Arabian Desert, it covers nearly one-third of Mongolia. Also it is one of the worlds the most beautiful, with mountain peaks, grasslands, desert steppes, sand dunes and oases.

Highlights: Climbing to the top of the dunes during the sunset gives you amazing panoramic view of desert:
Travel to the Flaming Cliffs, where legendary explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs
Hike through Yoliin Am Valley, home to unusual rock formations and rich bird and plant life;
Spend 1-2 hours  camel trekking;
Stay with nomadic family, feel real nomadic way of lifestyle, to see how to make and dairy products;

Group size: Min 2-3, max 6 (big groups are available)
Duration: 7 nights 8 days 

Transport Type: by Russian Van (4WD)
Accomodation: Local family's guests ger

Detailed Itinerary-Day by Day 

Day 1 Baga gazriin chuluu
Early morning drive to Baga gazriin chuluu. It is located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgovi province and surrounded by plain. The highest one is 15 km long and 10 km wide granite stone-mountain elevated at 1768m above sea level. There are also over 20 kinds of medical herbs like burnet, many kinds of world rare animals like marmot, ibex and mountain sheep. Also you can see burial mounds and ruin of temple. We will stay in tent. 

 Day 2 Tsagaan suvraga
After breakfast drive to Tsagaan suvraga (White Stupa). The name is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff which is eroded by natural phenomenon. It is located junction of middle gobi and south gobi provinces. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its colored layers. Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. Mongolia people found fossilized con shell print of sea plans from here.

Day 3 ”Three beauty mountains” National Park
Drive to ”Three beauty mountains” National Park. We will pass Dalanzadgad which is capital of Umnugobi province. The mountains are most easterly points of the Altai mountain complex and the highest peak is 2815 meter above sea level. A number of rare plants and animals are found in the park, including the elusive snow leopard, wild goat/ibex/, wild sheep/argali/. We will explore Yoliin Am (Vulture Valley). You will visit local musuem and walk to end of valley. It is wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons.

Day 4 “Khongor” sand dunes
Head to “Khongor” sand dunes. The shifting dunes is 180 km long, 400 m hight, 20 km wide. The dunes surrounded by higher mountains and bordered lush green vegetation. Local people named “Singing dune” When the wind blows over the dunes it makes strange sound like high pitched tone of an air plane.

Day 5 “Khongor” sand dunes
After breakfast, you will visit nomadic family. You wil ride a camel three hours to sand dunes. Have shower. Optional you can see sun set on the “Singing dunes”.

Day 6 Bayan Zag

In the morning drive to Bayan Zag. It means “rich in saxaul shrubs” is more common known as the Flaming Cliffs. It was formed 60-70 million years ago. The area is most famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Flaming Cliffs was discovered in 1922 by the explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in Mongolia.

Day 7 Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain
Drive to one of sacred mountain in Mongolia. The mountain noted “Secret history of Mongolian”. It has many caves and water springs. Lucky visitors may see wild animals like mountain goats, ibex and eagles. There are several burial sites of ancient Mongol soldiers around this mountain. According to shamanic custom, pronouncing the name of the holy mountains while visiting them is forbidden.

Day 8 Ulaanbaatar city
On the way have a lunch and drive back to Ulaanbaatar.

The tour price includes the following services:

Accommodation during the local trip 
Driver + 4WD vehicle + Petrol
English speaking tour assistant/cook
All meals as displayed in the itinerary
Bottled water supply for 1.5 l pp for  every day
Entrance fees for National Parks and Museums
Camel & Horseback  riding with local guide /1 hour in each/
Lunch, Dinner, Entrance fees,tickets for Museums 

The tour price does not include the following services:

International Airfare

Accomodation in UB city
Personal items
Optional activity costs
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel insurance
Hand gifts for Nomads
Gratuity for Service team /Driver & tour guide/

Our Transfortation: Russian van- passenger sets 6

Our accomodation - Nomadic famlily's guests ger

Some nomadic people who live within national park area have their own small business for ger accommodation for tourists. Staying there gives you a chance to get closely acquainted with the way of life and culture of the Mongolian people.

Travel with us to wonderful places for the best memories & the best quality.

 Best regards, Ogi

Number of days: 8
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
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.