Gobi and Central Mongolian 12 days tour

Meet one of the last nomadic cultures on earth, where a traditional way of life endures. The tour takes  12 days to cover the most popular travel destinations including Gobi desert ancient homeland of Dinosaurs Bayanzag flaming cliffs, Khongor towering sand dunes with green meadows; known as the ‘singing sands’, in Southern Mongolia and UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum ruins and museum of ancient Mongolian capital, the oldest and most famous Erdene Zuu monastery. Mongolian Buddhist culture, visit the most interesting Orkhon waterfall horse trekking in Central Mongolia. Relaxing in wild nature and explore the nomadic lifestyle

Brief itinerary:

Day1.  Baga Gazar Chuluu

In the morning, our guide and driver will pick up from your hotel or guesthouse and start our tour. We leave the city before we will pass some shops. After shops directly driving towards to Baga Gazar Chuluu. Have lunch in a local some canteen for Mongolian dishes (Vegetarian). Baga Gazar Chuluu beautiful landscape which is consisted of much shaped specific granite rocky mountains and with mineral spring in the bottomland. This stone massif also involved in the Mongolian granite stone zone. Wild sheep, ibexes, mammals, rare rodents and birds are seen here. Surtiin Am is one of the many beautiful and eye-catching places in Baga Gazriin stone massif. This is a narrow canyon with different trees, namely, asp, birch, white wicker, and elm trees, as well as the ruin of a stone temple and site of two yurts where Buddhist monks lived and meditated since the 17th century. Overnight Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day2.Tsagaan Suvarga

After breakfast, our next destination is a Tsagaan Suvarga or known as White Stupa for around 340 km. Around 4hours (240 km) first stopping at the Mandal Gobi town, have lunch and then continue for 100 km to the Tsagaan Suvarga are located on the Southern border of the province of Middle Gobi. Tsagaan Suvarga is located on the Southern border of the province of Middle Gobi. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, which from the cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over 10 million years the wind has created this amazing structure. Overnight Ger guesthouse /nomad family/. B+L+D.

Day3. Yol Valley

After breakfast, we will drive to Yolyn Am or known as Vulture Valley located in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Around 2hours (100 km) after, first stopping at the important mining outpost of Dalanzadgad. Take a short tour of the city, visit the local market. Have lunch and then continue for 50 km to the Yolyn Am. This is a beautiful deep canyon with many rocky cliffs and it has been created by many years of water erosion. The canyon keeps some ice until August. In the summer there is usually less ice, but you should still be able to walk on it. The area is also a habitat of ibex and birds of prey and you may be able to spot wildlife on top of the cliffs. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day4. Khongor Sand Dune

After breakfast, continue tour (off-road) to Gobi Desert, destination name is a Khongor Sand Dunes. We will stop for a picnic lunch and photos on the way. Khongor Sand Dune is one of the biggest sand massifs in Mongolia, which covers 180 km long, 27 km of widest. The incredible roaring sounds of distant dunes are an unforgettable experience, particularly during the quiet hours of darkness and daybreak. Camel riding is one of the main activities and camel local guide will take to the sand dunes and two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as the walk slowly and gently. In the evening climb to the dune with sand sled and could see a sunset on the top much more beautiful. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse. B+L+D.

Day5. Ongi monastery ( Bayan zag flaming cliffs)

After breakfast, (off-road) to Ongi monastery. On the way, you will stop Bulgan. Have lunch in a village of Bulgan and soon after you will arrive at Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs. This place is popular with the name “Flaming Cliffs”. In the world, 1922 after the American paleontological expedition found an Asian first dinosaur skeleton and a dinosaur egg with 10-15 cm length. Arrive in a Bayanzag literally means “rich in saxaul trees” short hiking around. After driving to the Ongi monastery and Ongi river. Ongi river is one of the longest rivers in Mongolia has 435 km of length and flows into Ulaan Nuur. Ongi ruins monastery was one of the largest and most respected monasteries of Mongolia before its destruction in 1939 by the communist authorities. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger tourist camp. B+L+D

Day6. Orkhon waterfall

After breakfast, (off-road) to Orkhon waterfall. Have lunch in a village of Khujirt and after you will arrive at in Orkhon waterfall. The Orkhon waterfall formed by combination volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago, cascades down from a h 27 meters. Many bigger and smaller rivers flow into the Orkhon waterfall. The Orkhon river has many species of fish like the pike, Siberian grayling, roach, Siberian dace, silurid, carp, and lake layer. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse /nomad family/. B+L+D.

Day7.  Start horse riding

After breakfast, we will meet our local horse’s guide. stay in the family horse guide will prepare horses for us, and we will only ride horses while there. Only horse riding is possible for some of the roads. We will load our luggage on horses. And then the ride begins! We will stop picnic lunch and photos on the way. We can have ride horses 4-5 hours a day. First stay at night at Buurug, local nomad family. B+L+D.

Day8. Continue horse riding

Today we ride back to Orkhon waterfall. After having breakfast, we will pack our staff on some packing horse. And then the ride begins! We can have ride horses a total 4-5 of hours. We will stop picnic lunch and photos on the way. And then arrive in Orkhon waterfall, stay in the horse guide’s family.

Day9. Last day horse ride

After breakfast, We will take a horseback riding trip alongside the shore Orkhon lake and the surrounding with forest mountains to have a better look at the beautiful land, we will visit to see Deer stone monuments. Ride back to the horse guide’s family. B+L+D

Day10. Tsenher Hot Spring

After breakfast, we will drive to Tsenher hot spring. Lunch served on the way. Arkhangai province is famous for its many old volcanoes. These volcanoes explain the presence of the springs natural hot water that flows all year long at the 1860 meters above the sea level and its water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. They transfer the hot water via tubes from and built some pools. Curative water and amazing nature featured by wooden mountains make this an excellent place to relaxing. The night bath is great. Sitting in the pool drinking while seeing stars at the dark sky is one of the favorite activities here. Overnight tourist camp. B+L+D

Day11.Erdenezuu monastery

After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum city & Erdenezuu monastery. Have lunch with some local canteen and then toward our next destination. The most prominent historical site in Orkhon Valley is the Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol empire. The Karakorum, founded in 1220 by Genghis khan, was not only the capital of the vast Mongolian Empire but the epic center of trade along Silk Road. However, the Karakorum of today is a small settlement with little focus on tourism. Upon arrival in the village, we will visit the museum of Karakorum and learn about the beautiful ancient Karakorum. Then we will visit the magnificent and the oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdenezuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. After returning to the vehicle, head to tonight’s Ger guesthouse. B+L+D

 

Day12. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will head to Ulaanbaatar. On the way, lunch served. And transfer to the hotel or guesthouse.

Tour Info

Accommodation: During your countryside stay we provide Ger guesthouse accommodations, most of the guesthouse supply the Mongolian traditional dwelling Ger as guest’s accommodation. Normally, four or five beds are in one Ger. Ger guesthouse means: Some nomadic people that live within the national park area have their own small business for Ger accommodation for backpackers. Staying there gives you a chance to get closely acquainted with the way of life and culture of the Mongolian people.

● Some local guesthouses offer food service for their customers. Usually, serve Mongolian meals and Russian styled meals. 

● Shower & toilet most of the local Ger guesthouse did not have formal toilets.

● Electricity: There is no electricity at the same local Ger guesthouses specially located far away from a village or town.

Meals: During your travels with us, guides for cooking you. Most of the Mongolian traditional meal is based on meat, choices of beef, mutton, goat, chicken, and even vegetables. So, please let us know if you have a special request (vegan). It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products when you visit nomad families. Someday will be picnic lunch as well as on the way we will pass local restaurants or cuisine.

Transportation: In the countryside, we mostly use the Russian minivan, Japanese or Korean minivans as well as Japanese Jeeps.

Guide & Drivers: We offer you the best ones in our industry by their knowledge, customer care, personality. All our tour guides are highly experienced (minimum of 3 years) and have an excellent level of language, knowledge of our Mongolian culture and custom & tradition. About to tour drivers, they know their duty, road, and vehicles as well as how to make you comfortable in a long ride.

What’s including tour package:

An English-speaking tour guide at all times (Korean, Chinese languages upon requests)
Ger accommodation fees (shower)
Meals as a list (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
All transports + experienced drivers
All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program
Camel and horse riding
Complimentary drinks water during the tour
Visa invitation letter, if required
Price Excludes:

Visa fee to Mongolia
International and domestic flights & Travels ticket and insurance
Check-in and late check-out Ulaanbaatar
Tipping and other personal services
Camera or video fees
Other services not mentioned in it

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
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.