KHERMEN TSAV CANYON

Duration:  16 days, 15 nights

Group Size: 4-16

Overland Tour:  Distance 2500 kms

Activities:  Horse and camel riding, hiking, visiting Erdenezuu temple and Kharkhorin museum and Khustai National park to see wild horses.

 

 

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Discount: 30% off for children under 2-6 years old 

 

Khermen Tsav is a canyon with beautiful oasis. This place is more commonly known as the “Flaming Cliffs” of Khermen Tsav, famous for the discovery of dinosaur fossils. You will see there an eternally clear sky, blue mirages, golden sands and boundlessly expansive steppe lands, wild asses, ibexes camels, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora. That’s the Gobi Desert of Mongolia! Not every tourist chose it.

 

Day 1. Baga gazriin chuluu

1768 m high granite Stone Mountain in the territory of Adaatsag soum, Dundgobi aimag. They are not only rich in mineral and crystals, but also eye spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. We will hike around mountain. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 2. Tsagaan Suvraga

It is located junction of middle Gobi and south Gobi provinces. 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. Hiking is very good point. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 3. ”Three beauty mountains” National Park

The mountains here are the highest in the Gobi Desert and the rocky scenery is quite interesting, especially until mid-July while the ice in a gorge remains. Some wildlife viewing. We’ll walk 3kms through a narrow valley, then 3 kms back to the minivan. Stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 4. “Khongoryn Els” sand dunes

The Khongoryn Els is some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. We will see beautiful views, huge sand dunes and a cold water spring with a river that leads to two small ponds. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 5.” Khongoryn Els” sand dunes

We will climb and hike to the top of the highest sand dunes. There is an oasis near Khongor creek at the northern edge of the sand dune. The dunes make sound like plane engine in a windy day so it’s named as “Singing Dunes”. 1 hour camel ride trial. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger. Have Mongolian traditional BBQ for dinner (upon your request).

 

Day 6. Altan Uul mountain

We will drive to Gurvantes village and sleep near mount “Altan uul”. Stay overnight in camping out.

 

Day 7. Khermen Tsav

This place is more commonly known as the “Flaming Cliffs” of Khermen Tsav. A canyon made from thousands of years of erosion of red sand and which stretches for about 10kms in the Gobi desert. The area has desert plants and trees and offers very striking hiking opportunities. Upon arrival we will make camping out near the edge of the canyon’s mouth. Stay overnight in camping out.

 

Day 8. Khermen Tsav

We’ll go hiking around this area and stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 9. White Cave

Tsagaan Agui cave is in Tsakhir Mountain in Bayanlig sum of Bayankhongor province. This crystal cave is 40 meters long and is famous in the world by its beauty and trace of ancient people whom were living in that area. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 10. Arvaikheer province

We’ll drive to Arvaikheer/center of Uvurkhangai province/ and stay overnight in hotel.

 

Day 11. Orkhon valley

We’ll visit the local museum and visit the market to explore the local life style. We’ll drive to the “Ulaan Tsutgalan” which means “Waterfall”. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 12. Orkhon valley

We’ll go hiking around the area, where we’ll see beautiful picturesque views. And we will go horseback riding through the valley for a few hours. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 13. Tsenkher hot spring

We will drive to Tsenkher hot spring. You’ll be able to relax taking natural hot bath in the hot spring water. Stay overnight in tourist ger camp.

 

Day 14. Erdenezuu and Karakorum

The symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdenezuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Stay overnight in a Ger guesthouse.

 

Day 15. Khongo Khan Nature Reserve

On reaching the mountain after 4-5 hours you will arrive at a nomadic family Ger in front of this beautifully forested and rocky mountain. The mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You’ll be able to go hiking to the temple ruin. Stay overnight in nomadic family Ger.

 

Day 16. Khustai National Park and Ulaanbaatar

We will see Takhi, the Asian wild horse. If you have a chance, see wolf, argali sheep and deer. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Finally, we’ll drive back to Ulaanbaatar.

 

 Included

 

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English speaking guide at all times.
  • In the countryside, all lodging will be in ger camps and nomadic family’s Ger.
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by  driven 4WD van, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Horse and Camel ride
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1.5 liter of drinking water per day per person

 

Not included

 

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills, and laundry services
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes in arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc…)

 

Packing list

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

  • waterproof bag cover
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • waterproof jacket with hood
  • waterproof over pants
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightw trousers
  • shorts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sunglasses
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number
Number of days: 16
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:
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Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
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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.