GOBI DESERT, WEST, CENTRAL MONGOLIA

Duration:  22 days, 21 nights

Group Size: 1-24

Overland Tour:  Distance 4300 km

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

 

 

Provide more than 2pax

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

This  trip covers the Western Part of Mongolia and is especially suitable to those want to face new challenges and different experiences!

 

Day 1. Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain.

The mountain noted “Secret history of Mongolian”. It has many caves and water springs. Lucky visitors, some wildlife viewing. According to shamanic custom, pronouncing the name of the holy mountains while visiting them is forbidden. Stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 2. ”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 nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 3. “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. 1 hour camel ride trail. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 4. Tsagaan agui

Tsagaan agui is cave that is once housed Stone Age human beings 700,000 years ago and features a crystal-lined inner chamber. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 5. Eej Khairkhan Mountain

The green-framed stone pots, which are set aside the deep rocky strip near the solitary mountain, cut off the Gobi Middle Mountains, on the western side of Eej Khairkhan Mountain very much attract the interests of nature lovers and conservators. When the first pot is filled up, it creates a little waterfall by spilling its excess water to the next pot through the stone threshold, which is 40-50 cm long. Stay overnight in a camping out.

Day 6. Sutai Mountain

Sutai Mountain is a mountain between Govi-Altai Province and Khovd Province in western Mongolia. It is the highest mountain of the Gobi-Altai Mountains with an elevation of 4,220 metres (13,845 ft.). Stay overnight ina camping out.

 

Day 7. Khovd province

It is situated at the foot of the Mongol Altay Mountains, on the Buyant River. Stay overnight in a hotel

 

Day 8. Tsambagarav Mountain

The trek takes place in one the most remote mountain ranges of the world, in Altai mountain ranges, heading towards its mighty peak of 4202m. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 9. Tsagaan Nuur village

We will drive to Tsagaan Nuur village of Ulgii province where we need to obtain a border permit. At night we will stay in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 10, 11. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

We will drive to Tavan Bogd. ‘Five Saints’, which is so named for the five large peaks which lie right on the Western Mongolian border. The tallest of these, Khuiten Uul, is the highest mountain in Mongolia, at 4,369m (about 14,300 feet) above sea level. It forms the Altai Mountains three border point between Russia, China and Mongolia. From between these permanently snow-covered peaks, two spectacular glaciers flow. The valleys heading up the peaks are completely absent of people and absolutely stunning. Whether you do a day hike up or make a 2 day hike or horse trek starting from the lakes below, you’ll find visiting these peaks to be the highlight of Western Mongolia. Stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 12. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park

 

Day 13. Hiking

Hiking return to car. Then you will meet your driver. Stay overnight in a camping

 

Day 14. Ulgii province

We will drive to Ulgii, which is the capital of the Bayan-Ulgii province where we will visit the museums of the town. Stay overnight in a hotel.

 

Day 15. Khyargas Lake

We will drive to Khyargas Lake, one of the largest lakes in Mongolia and top attractions in western Mongolia. The basic attraction of the lake is Khetsuu Khad (Hard Rock) an enormous rock sticking out of the water that attracts migratory cormorant birds. The birds arrive in April and hatch their young in large nests built on the rock. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 16. Khyargas Lake

Then drive to Buurug del sand dunes which are direct continues of Gobi desert and the most northern edge of desert zone in the world. The dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness; this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Here you can climb up to the dunes. Stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 17. Telmen Lake

We will drive to Telmen Lake which is a saltwater lake in Zavkhan, Mongolia. There are three islands in the lake, where many migratory birds gather. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 18. TerkhiinTsagaan Lake National Park

We will drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan nuur National Park. Extinct volcanic craters, pine-clad lava fields, the occasional herd of grazing yaks and the Great White Lake, as it’s known in English, are the natural highlights of the Arkhangai province. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 19. Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park

On this day we will take it easy and rest. Some of the activities which can be done are horse riding and hiking. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 20. Tsenkher hot spring

We will drive to the Tsenkher hot springs. It is one of the biggest hot springs in Mongolia with a temperature of 86 degree hot, a high flow rate, high alkalinity and relatively high amounts of fluoride. The hot spring is mostly used for relaxing and restoring your health. Stay overnight in a tourist ger camp.

 

Day 21. Erdenezuu and Karakorum

The symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu, 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 22. 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 trvel 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
Number of days: 22
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.