Destination: Gobi desert and Central Mongolia
-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 2-4 hours camel trekking
-Tsagaan suvraga picturesque,
-Orkhon valley, cradle of Mongolian nomadic civilization-registered in UNESCO
-Visit Erdene zuu Monastery and history museum in Kharakhorum
-Khustai National Park
-Stay with nomadic family, feels real nomadic way of lifestyle, to see how to make and dairy products
Duration: 9 nights/ 10 days
Activities: Learning nomadic life, trekking, horse and camel riding, cultural sites
Number of participants: min 1, max 14 people
Nomadic family staying 8 nights
Tourist camp 1 nights
Day 1. Baga gazriin chuluu
Early morning drive to Baga gazriin chuluu. It is located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgobi 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. Also you can see rock images, petroglyphs, burial mounds and ruin of temple.
Day 2. Tsagaan suvraga-Three beauty mountains National Park
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 Suvraga(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. Keep 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 3, 4. Khongor sand dunes
In the morning drive to “Khongor” sand dunes. The shifting dunes is 180 km long, 400 m h, 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. You will ride a camel three hours to sand dunes. Optional you can see sun set on the sand dunes.
Day 5. 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 6. Ongi monastery
Early morning drive to Ongiin Khiid/monastery/. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, it was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temples complexes on the North and South of the Ongi Gol river. It was completely destroyed in 1939. Over 200 monks were killed, and many surviving monks were imprisoned or forced to join the Communist regime. Drive to Saikhan Ovoo small town.
Day 7, 8. Orkhon valley
In the morning drive to Orkhon valley. We will see Red waterfall and Mongolian the longest river which is named Orkhon by Mongolia. The waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20,000 years ago. The waterfall cascades from an impressive h of 20 meters and its width is 10 meters. Learn about their unique lifestyle and culture. There is an opportunity to ride a horse, fish, and hike.
Day 9 Kharakhorum
Drive to Kharakhorum, site of the 13th century capital of Mongol Empire, visit the the impressive monastery, named “Erdene Zuu” by Mongolian and local museum where see the Great Mongol Empire, Stone Age, Bronze Age. The monastery was erected from the ruins of the legendary city of Kharakhorum. Visit small history museum.
Day 10. Khustai National Park- Ulaanbaatar We will drive to Khustai National Park. Khustai was established in 2003. Unique wild horse – Takhi reintroduction project at Khustai National Park started in Two hours hiking in The National Park. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar.
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.
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.