The Gobi Mirage Tour

Do you have limited time in Mongolia? This tour allows you the experience the massive Gobi desert steppe in just 6 days. Note that there will be a lot of driving to cover all the highlights of Gobi. But that should not stop you from taking on an adventure ride with us to the Gobi. The tour covers all the highlights of the famous Gobi desert.

Day 1. Tsagaan Suvarga or The White Stupa / 450 km

The Tsagaan suvarga, located in Ulziit, Dund-Gobi province, is a massive scarp that once was a seabed featuring sedimentary structures. The different minerals on its surface make this place a very colorful site. It is also believed that the timeline of Tsagaan Suvarga’s history can be identified through its colored layers in the cliffs.

The name “Tsagaan Suvarga” translates into “White Stupa”- a commemorative Buddhist monument usually housing sacred relics associated with Buddha, saintly persons, and the nature. Thus, Mongolians gave the name “Tsagaan Suvarga” to this place, symbolizing its sacredness.

The cliffs are about 30-60 meters high and over 400 meters wide. The unique rock formation look like ruins of an ancient city from a certain distance.

The general timetable for Day-1 is as follows:

08:00 - 09:00 am      Pick-up service / Supermarket stop

10:00 - 12:00 pm      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13:00 pm      Lunch

13:00 - 16: 00 pm     Driving / short breaks for photos

16:00 - 18:00 pm      Exploring the site - Tsagaan Suvarga 

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Reaching accommodation / dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 2. Yolyn Am or Yol Valley / 200 km

Yol is a splendid gorge found in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park (since 1965). The national park is a home for many wild animals such as the Siberian ibexes, Argali, snow leopards, lynxes, foxes, wolves, and especially the Lammergeiers. The gorge is named after by an old vulture called Yol (in Mongolian) or Lammergieier (in English).  Yol is the highest flying (4000m), and yet one of the biggest birds in Mongolia with a wingspan of 2-2,5 m. At an elevation of 2200 meters above sea level, Yol features sheer cliffs rich in juniper as well as a pure stream that freezes in winter and forms a huge ice field like a glacier. The formation of ice starts around December and would stay as ice the whole year around. Unfortunately, the ice usually disappears by the end of July nowadays, due to the global warming. It is an ideal place for horse riding, trekking, and bird watching. 

The general timetable for Day-2 is as follows:

08:00 - 09:00 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 pm      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13:00 pm      Lunch

13:00 - 14: 00 pm     Driving and reaching Yol

15:00 - 17:00 pm      Exploring the site - Yol valley 

18:00 - 20:00 pm      Reaching accommodation / dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

Day 3. Khongor Sand Dunes / 160 km

The sand dunes of Khongor are located in Sevrei, Umnu-Gobi province. The 185km long sand dunes extend on the north side of Sevrei and Zoolon mountains. Known as Duut or the Singing dunes, the highest peak of the dunes reach up to 240m.

The river Khongor flows on the north side of the dunes. There are some beautiful pure water springs flowing from underneath the sand such as Seruun Bulag and Orgikhin Bulag.

The general timetable for Day-3 is as follows:

08:00 - 09:00 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 pm      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13:00 pm      Reaching the dunes / Lunch

14:00 - 15: 00 pm     Camel riding in the area

15:00 - 18:00 pm      Free time

18:00 - 19:00 pm      Dinner

19:00 - 21:00 pm      Climbing to the sand dunes for sunset view

Past 21:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 4. Bayanzag & Ongi temple / 130 km  +170km

Today, we will cover two different destinations in one day- Bayanzag & Ongi monastery ruins.

Bayanzag is a formation of red sandstone cliffs located in Bulgan sum, Umnu-Gobi province. The name, Bayanzag, is derived from the saxaul tree in the Gobi desert, whose wood is coarse and bark is spongy. An American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews led an expedition in the South of Mongolia, and discovered the first ever dinosaur eggs in the world along with hundreds of dinosaur skeletons at Bayanzag in 1922. The expedition stopped due to harsh sandstorm in the south.

After visiting Bayanzag and having lunch, we continue our adventure to the ruins of Ongi. Ongi was once one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. The ruins are located 18km to the south of Saikhan Ovoo, Dund-Gobi province. The monastery consisted of 28 temples built on the two side of Ongi River. The southern complex (11 buildings) was called Bari Lama temple and the northern one (18 buildings) was called Khutagt Lama temple. It is believed that Ongi had four big academies where math, meditation, philosophy and medicine were taught. From 1760 to early 1800, the monastery grew to a huge center housing over 1000 monks. Unfortunately, the whole monastery complex was severely destroyed during the communist purge in 1939. A large number of ruins can be seen in this area. The first temple after the destruction was built in 2004. There is a small museum in a ger featuring findings from the old times.

The general timetable for Day-4 is as follows:

07:00 - 08:00 am      Breakfast

08:00 - 11:00 am      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

11:00 - 12:00 pm      Sight-seeing in Bayanzag

12:00 - 13: 00 pm     Lunch

13:00 - 16:00 pm      Driving / short break for photos

17:00 - 18:00 pm      Sight-seeing in Ongi

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner at the accommodation

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

Day 5. Khugnu-Tarni National Park/ 320 km

Khugnu-Tarni National Park is located in Rashaant sum, Bulgan province. This area was taken under state protection in 1997. It offers amazing scenery with river, mountain, trees, and sand dunes all in one place. Wild animals like vulture, deer, foxes, hares, eagles, wolves and migratory birds like swans and cranes inhabit here. The Elsen Tasarhai is one of the main characteristics of the national park. Also known as the Semi-Gobi, it is part of the great Mongolian sand dunes, which extends about 80 km. Hiking or riding camel in here makes one feel like they are in the Gobi desert. In the northern side of the park, lies the impressive mountain range of Khugnu-Khan. These granite rock mountains can get as high as 2000m above sea level. 

The general timetable for Day-5 is as follows:

07:00 - 08:00 am      Breakfast

08:00 - 12:00 pm      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13: 00 pm     Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 pm      Getting to a nomad family

15:00 - 18:00 pm      Interacting with the family, playing   traditional games, trying traditional Mongolian dresses, free time- hiking, exploring the area

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Special dinner- Mongolian BBQ, vegetarian food is available

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 6. Horse riding & Arrival to Ulaanbaatar

 

08:00 - 09:00 am      Breakfast

09:00 - 10:00 am      Horse riding

10:00 - 12: 00 pm    Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13:00 pm      Lunch

13:00 - 16:00 pm      Getting to Ulaanbaatar / drop off the hotel

 

 

The tour price could differ significantly depending on the size of the tour group.

Number of days: 6
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
Not included: Personal expenses, alcoholic drinks, travel insurance
What to bring: Spare batteries and solar charger for cameras and phones, hiking and waterproof boots, windbreakers(waterproof), sunscreen, mosquito deed, personal medication (painkillers, motion sickness pills)
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
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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.