Gobi Desert and Orkhon Valley Famous Culture tour

Level: Moderate (Up to 4 hours drive on the improved unpaved road a day)                                                                                Total Km or Miles: 3200km (1988 miles)
Meals: 32 meals – 10 breakfast, 11 lunch, 11 dinners

Highlights: Nomadic family homestay, Algui Red Crack and Bayan Zag-Paleontological site for fossils, Yol Canyon, Mongolian highest Khongor sand dunes, Khavtsgait Valley petroglyphs, Buyan Monk’s Meditation Monastery, Ongi Monastery, The biggest waterfall and biggest volcanic area, hot spring resort, remains of ancient city Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery and Khustai National Park-wild horse Takhi and wild animals. 

Accommodation: Ger camp or Guest House Ger. Ger (yurt) is a Mongolian traditional dwelling and made with wooden frames and linen layers on the ceiling. Ger camp has about 30 gers for guests, and restaurant, bathroom facilities are located separately, it’s about 10m (30 foot) from the actual ger that you stay. Each individual ger has a stove in the center to keep the ger warm, and a small table, chairs, beds with mattresses and extra blankets. 8 Nights at the ger camp, 1 night in the guest house ger and night in a nomadic family ger.

Note: If you would like to upgrade the hotel and Ger-camp accommodation range or stay in a tent camp and add more activities in your itinerary please contact us. We would love to provide a customized tour itinerary just for you.

Sustainability: New Milestone Tours is a member of Mongolian Tourism Consortium and actively engaged in community benefit initiatives from the tourism trade. Every tour itinerary of our company co-operated with communities in order to involve local nomadic families in the service providing while sharing their culture. So, they could earn a particular income from renting out their ger accommodation, horse, camel, yak and cooking traditional meals and so on. It helps local families to support their children to go to school in soum centers and living in the dormitory during the winter. Every autumn New Milestone company co-operates with Youth for Success, Mongolia NGO, selects underprivileged children in rural communities of ger district, isolated villages and disability student’s school by donating winter clothes and school kits. 5% of your tour payment goes to these projects for supporting young people to obtain their education, while they are living in nomadic style or ger districts in poverty.

Activities: 4WD, Camel riding, Ger (Yurt), Ger camp, Hiking, Historical site, Horse riding, Local food, Monastery, Museum, Nomadic family, sightseeing.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar – Algui Red Crack

In the morning, our driver and guide will pick you up and drive to Algui Red Crack fossil. The Mongolian Gobi Desert is the largest dinosaur fossil reservoir in the world. The region is especially important as regards dinosaur fossils from the later Cretaceous period, which is the last of the main three periods of the dinosaur age, representing the final phase of dinosaur evolution. Many exceptional fossils in the world were found in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Tracks and traces containing overlapping footprints of different dinosaur species are being found in large numbers. Algui Red Crack fossil site has dinosaur fossils, oasis, and lakes, and serve as a refuge and grazing land for wild animals which makes this landscape even more beautiful. Also, you will be able to watch the beautiful sun rising and the sun setting in vast endless Gobi desert as well as the sky and twinkling stars at night. Late evening, we will be reaching to the tourist camp. Get some rest in here.
Accommodation: Dinosaur Ger Camp
Meals: L, D

Day 2: Algui Red Crack

Today, we will spend a full day exploring this area. Here are the activities we will do.
- An unusual feature may be interested in red cone-shaped clay ridge hills naturally travels and considered endangered animals such as wild sheep and goats.
- Ancient dinosaur bones, you will see a natural.
- Ancient see the animals traveled places like the bottom of the sea, such as wild sheep and goats, ancient dinosaur bones naturally are interested in watching. Gobi elm, willow trees, traveling on foot natural beauty, caves and see the black vultures and refer desert crawling creatures. Accommodation: Dinosaur Ger Camp
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 3: Algui Red Crack Fossil – Yol canyon

The Lammergeier is an Old World vulture and "Yol" in Mongolian; therefore, the name is often translated to Valley of the Vultures or Valley of the Eagles. This is one of the most attractive places of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain. Gurvan Saikhan Mountain has many wild animals which were the food resource of the ancient people and their home as well. There is beautiful and fresh gorge flow through the canyon which is so deep and narrow, that only two persons can pass in some places. Although the sun shines a lot in this region, the canyon remains dark, so that in the bottom, a part of the river remains nearly all year long covered by a thick layer of ice. Also, we could ride horses along the valley.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger Camp
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 4: Yol canyon – Khongor sand dunes

Today we will drive to Khongor River Valley. Here we will Khongor Sand Dunes where we will hike about 195m (639 ft) high sandhills. This sandhill is called “Singing dunes” by locals. We will hear the sound from the sands and learn why it is called “Singing dunes”. This will be worth to climb up to the top and makes you feel you are on the space. The Rocky Mountains, Sand Dunes and green grassed river bank combination would be the best photo scene in this area. We will ride a two-humped Bactrian camel on the dunes.
Accommodation: Guest House Ger
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 5: Khongor san dunes – Khavsgait, Nomadic family

Today we will travel to Khavtsgait Valley to visit nomadic family. This family is in charge to look after local well, which is the gathering of many families and herds. Here we will visit one of the ancient rock art found in Mongolia. These are a full gallery of arts covering many culture and tradition from both the Bronze and Stone Ages. After that, we will visit the Meditation monastery. The monastery was restored recently by the initiative of the grandson of the famous Buddhist monk who used to live and meditate here. We will hear beautiful stories about how local people worship and support the monastery and the restoring of it. Here you may find your very own peace and release from stress. In the evening we will drive back to a nomadic family and have dinner with them and watch local people’s mini cultural presentation.
Accommodation: Nomadic Family Ger
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 6: Bayanzag – Ongi Monastery

Today we will visit Bayanzag- The Flaming Cliffs. This is the only place that found a Protoceratops skull and the rapacious Velociraptor and phytophagous Protoceratops' fighting fossils in 1972. Also, a nest of 15 infant Protoceratops fossils was found from here and it is still a very important finding of paleontology. Here we learn how to distinguish fossil from fossil looking Gobi stones. The flaming cliffs of Bayan Zag are a sightseeing destination of their own and provide a spectacular opportunity to view the amazing beauty of the Gobi Desert. Then we will head to Ongi Monastery. It was one of the biggest Buddhist Monastery founded in 1660 which has 17 temples and over 1000 monks. Ongi Monastery was completely destroyed in 1939 during anti-religious purges carried out under balsan, the leader of the Communist Party of Mongolia. Over 200 monks were killed, and many surviving monks were imprisoned or conscripted into the Communist army. A large number of ruins including a tall stupa can be seen on the river and on the surrounding hills. Since then some of them were rebuilt as a museum with many remaining religious items. You may have an evening walk by the Ongi River as well.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger Camp
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 7: Ongi Monastery – Orkhon Waterfall

In the morning, we will head to Orkhon Waterfall also called Ulaan Tsutgalan. It’s about 25m downstream from the waterfall you can climb down to the bottom of the gorge; it’s 22m deep and ted with pine trees. The water doesn’t run all year and will only start to flow after the first good summer rain.
Accommodation: Tourist Ger Camp
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 8: Orkhon waterfall – Tsenkher hot spring

After breakfast, we will go to Tsenkher Hot Springs. The distance looks close on the map but we will have long and slow driving due to the rough and rocky dirt road. We will arrive at the hot springs in the evening, probably. The Tsenkher Hot Spring is the second hottest spring in Mongolia. The spring itself famous and treats a variety of sickness and illness including diabetes, fatigue and so on. There are many domestic tourists visit every year during July and August. We will pass our time here while bathing in the spring and rest. 
Accommodation: Tourist Ger Camp
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 9: Tsenkher hot spring – Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake, Khorgo volcano

After breakfast, we will leave the camp and drive towards the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake and Khorgo Volcano crater. Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake is also known as White Lake which is a lake in the Khangai Mountains in Central Mongolia. The Khorgo volcano is located near the eastern end of the lake and the Suman River springs from Lake. Many locals and tourists are a visit here and very famous for its stunning beautiful nature. This is a crystal water lake and many birds come in summer. The lake was created by the volcanic eruption. There are pikes and other fishes. The lake was announced by CNN “one of the best places to visit”
Accommodation: Tourist Ger Camp
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 10: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake, Khorgo volcano – Kharkhorin

After breakfast, we will drive to the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire. The Karakorum was established in the 12th century and it became Mongolia’s capital city. Today, the only things left are ruins and archaeologists working for years to discover the city. The Erdenezuu Monastery was built near the remains of the city which were the first Buddhist temple in Mongolia during the 15th Century. Here we will visit Kharkhorin museum turtle rock, and penis rock as well.
Accommodation: Guest House Ger
Meals: BF, L, D

Day 11: Kharkhorin – Khustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar

Today we will visit Khustai National Park which is located about 100 km away from the city in Khustai Mountain. The park was announced as a specially protected area by the Mongolian government in 1993. This is the closest place to see Mongolian wild horse Takhi (Przewalski's horse) in wildlife which is reintroduced after it's extinction in Mongolian land. First, we will visit the national park information center. Together with a camp guide, we will drive deep into the Khustai Mountain (about 10 km on a dirt road), and search for the horses and other wild animals and take pictures with them.
Meals: BF, L, D

Note: If you would like to upgrade the hotel and Ger-camp accommodation range or stay in a tent camp and add more activities in your itinerary please contact us. We would love to make customized tours just for you.

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
Not included: Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
What to bring: Hiking boots, sun glasses, water bottle, hat etc...
Transport: SUV 4x4
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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.