The Dream Mongolia Tour

A great tour for those who want to see the attractions of both Gobi and Central Mongolia in one go. 

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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  / 130 km  

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.

The general timetable for Day-4 is as follows:

08:00 - 09:00 am      Breakfast

09:00 - 12:00 pm      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13:00 pm      Lunch

14:00 - 16: 00 pm     Sight seeing in Bayanzag

16:00 - 17:00 pm      Reaching to accommodation

17:00 - 19:00 pm      Free time

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 5. Ongi monastery ruins     /170 km

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-5 is as follows:

08:00 - 09:00 am      Breakfast

09:00 - 12:00 am      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13: 00 pm     Lunch

13:00 - 15:00 pm      Driving / short break for photos

15:00 - 17:00 pm      Sight-seeing in Ongi

17:00 - 19:00 pm      Free time at the accommodation

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 6. Orkhon valley / 300 km

The Orkhon Valley sprawls along the banks of the Orkhon River in Central Mongolia, 330km to the west of capital Ulaanbaatar. It was inscribed by UNESCO in the World Heritage List as representing evolution of nomadic pastoral traditions spanning more than two millennia. It is a picturesque valley with forested mountains and fresh lakes and rivers. Orkhon valley has many popular attractions such as Kharkhorin, Orkhon waterfall, Ulaantsutgalan Waterfall, Uurt valley, Tuvkhun Temple and so on.

The general timetable for Day-6 is as follows:

07:00 - 08:00 am      Breakfast

09:00 - 12:00 am      Driving / interaction with the guide & driver

12:00 - 13: 00 pm     Lunch / Grocery store stop

13:00 - 16:00 pm      Driving / short break for photos/ reaching a nomad family in Orkhon valley

16:00 - 19:00 pm      Walking to Ulaan tsutgalan waterfall

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 7. Horse riding to the waterfalls of Orkhon and Ulaantsutgalan

 Horse riding is one of the must do acitvities in the legendary Mongolia. However, It is also important to consider where to ride horses. The Orkhon valley offers such amazing view of volcanic rocks, forested mountains, gorgeous rivers, and beautiful green steppes-perfect for riding horses.

Formed about 2.5 million years ago out of volcanic eruption and earthquake, the Ulaantsutgalan waterfall is 24m high and 15m deep. The waterfall is part of the Ulaan River, which takes its source from Khangai mountain ranges.

The Ulaantsutgalan waterfall gets frozen in winter, forming an ice wall. Mongolians organize ice-climbing event at this waterfall in late December.

The Orkhon waterfall, part of Orkhon River, is rather short about 2m high. Orkhon and Ulaan rivers merge few meters away from the Ulaantsutgalan waterfall.

You will ride horses in this beautiful valley, exploring these waterfalls and admiring the untouched nature.

The general timetable for Day-7 is as follows: 

09:00 - 10:00 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 am      Getting ready for the horse riding/ instructions

11:00 - 13: 00 pm     Horse riding to Ulaantsutgalan waterfall/ short hiking

13:00 - 14:00 pm      Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 pm      Rest

15:00 - 17:00 pm      Horse riding to Orkhon waterfall

17:00 - 19:00 pm      Free time / walking /  hiking and exploring the area

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest


Day 8. The hot springs of Tsenkher / 110 km

The hot springs of Tsenkher is located in Tsenkher sum, Arkhangai province. From the provincial center, Tsetserleg, it is only 30km of driving to the hot springs. The hot springs flow at a rapid rate around 10litres per second at 86 degrees in Celsius. The spring consists of chemical elements such as sodium, calcium and sulfur. Mongolians believe the concentration of this hot spring is good for health especially for skin, bones and nerves. Near the hot spring, there are many tourist camps, which has indoor or outdoor baths, with the hot spring being transferred in pipes from the main source. The surrounding nature and the medical treatment of the spa offers a very relaxing time.

The general timetable for Day-8 is as follows:

08:00 - 09:00 am      Breakfast

09:00 - 12:00 am      Driving to Tsenkher

12:00 - 13: 00 pm     Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 pm      Arrival to Tsenkher

14:00 - 19:00 pm      Relax in the hot spa

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 9-10. The Khorgo-Terkh National Park/ 200 km

The Khorgo-Terkh national park is located in Tariat sum, Arkhangai province. Khorgo is a volcano, which exploded 8000 years ago. The volcanic crater lies at 2210m above sea level. The legend says in the past, some brave men would murder the corrupted aristocrats and help poor people by sharing. These men used to hide in this crater. Thus, the crater was given the name Khorgo, meaning to hide or sneak. The depth of the crater is around 90m, while its diameter is around 200-250m. Terkhiin Tsagaan nuur (or the great white lake) is a fresh water lake about 16km long, 20m deep and 5 km wide. The lake is 2100m above sea level. There are about ten rivers flowing into the lake, yet only one river flowing out, the Suman River. Khorgo-Terkh national park is a popular place for swimming, hiking, boating, and horse riding.

The activities for “Day 9” are driving to the national park and reaching accommodation by the lake Terkh. You will then have free time to explore the area around and rest. On Day 10, you will do hiking to the crater Khorgo. We will stay overnight at the same place for 2 nights. Shown below is a timetable for “Day 10”

09:00 - 10:00 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 13:00 am      Hiking to Khorgo volcano

13:00 - 14: 00 pm     Lunch

15:00 - 19:00 pm      Free time for more hiking and swimming

19:00 - 20:00 pm      Dinner

Past 20:00 pm          Free time & rest

 

Day 11. Khugnu-Tarni National Park / 300 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-11 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 in Kharkhorin

13:00 - 14:30 pm       Visit Erdene-Zuu monastery

15:00 - 17:00 pm       Reaching a nomad family in Khugnu - Tarni N/Park

17:00 - 19:00 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 12. Arrival to Ulaanbaatar

09:00 - 10:00 am      Breakfast

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

 

Please note that the tour price could differ significantly (up and down) depending on the size of the tour group.

Number of days: 12
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: Limousine
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.