Testimonial
rock climbing

We would like to thank you guys so much for the fantastic Great Bogd tour. This tour was the highlight of our visit to Mongolia. We started our travel from the capital and drove to the deep of Gobi desert which is in various features then reached south-western part where travelers do not go often. Suddenly we realized the name of the tour is Great Bogd- the name of big snow-capped mountain located in Gobi steppe and look fantastic. Also the ruin of the monastery which is hidden by hills on the Gobi steppe was beautiful and secret. I will recommend this tour to anyone who head Mongolia.

 

Tyler Cottenie, Canada

Price: US$1760 /per person/

Included in price:

 

-Meals /Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner/

-Guide

-Driver

-Cook

-Gazoline

-Accommodation in countryside in Mongolian traditional ger

-/8 nights in ger/

-Pick up and drop off services

-Sleeping bag, mattress, sheet and camping gear

-Entrance fee, museum ticket

-Riding camel

-Gratitude to the locals

great bogd mountain tour

Tour Description

“Great Bogd” tour is suitable for those who come to Mongolia to discover many different Gobi landscapes with the spirit of adventure, heart for nomads and respect for Mongolian people beliefs. With this program, you will have the opportunity to discover the less touristic area south-western Mongolia where is steppe, high mountains, gobi desert, historical sight, holy mother rock, bed of the sea and ancient people findings. Moreover, we will discover three complex mountains which are ended of the range and different featured granite rocks in the steppe. We will meet sacred mountain and rock that Mongolians believe and worship it. Home of ancient people in Mongolia is one of the highlight attractions.

 

14 days/ 13 nights

2500 km with car

Big Group Guaranteed Departures:

Group 1. June 16 - June 29

Group 2. July 13 - July 26

Group 3. August 15 - August 28

Group 4. September 13 - September 29

Group size: Min - 4 pax, Max - 15 pax

Small Group availability: June - October

Meal code: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

Tourist camp

 

Day 1. Holy Mother rock (Eej Khad) /100km/

Sain baina uu (this means Hello in Mongolian) We will start our tour heading to the Mother Rock. Mongolian people are family-oriented and mother is considered as a living God. There are many songs and poems about parents but mothers are most. Mother rock is ancient, small, dressed by the people in green satin, a dress and a hat, and blue silk scurf hang from her belt, as well as from lines all across the site and almost insignificant - but big in spirit. Many Mongolians travel there to make offerings of vodka, milk, food, incense and silk scarves. They often visit to seek solace and make three wishes as they circle the rock three times, and one is supposed to return on three separate occasions. During communism, visiting Eej Khad was a political crime, though some people still went in secret. In the late 1970's, the communists tried to blow the rock up and haul it away with a tractor, but to no avail. The next morning, workers awoke to find their tractor burnt and destroyed. According to lore, the official who had ordered the destruction died, and his family members became ill. His team members are all said to have suffered bad luck, too. After the visit Eej Khad we will drive to Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain to stay there.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 2. Rock’s hiking in the steppe /180km/

Ikh Gazriin chuluu is a mountain of granite rock in the Gobi desert with a peak of 1706m high. It is afforded the opportunity to visit this interesting site. These Rocky Mountains are situated in Gurvansaikhan sum of Dundgovi aimag. They spread out from west to east covering about 20 kilometers. There many interesting long caves to explore. Also there is a statue dedicated for long singer Norovbanzad. There has an open theatre of national Long song of Mongolia. We will hike to the rock to discover the area.

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 3. Limestone cliff Tsagaan suvarga /280km/

Tsagaan suvarga is an area of 30-m high white limestone formations and a beautiful part of the desert. We will drive to a set of eroded limestone cliffs, from where you have a fantastic view over the desert floor down below, which bore colors from white and yellow to pink and deep red. We will stay with nomadic family there.

Accommodation: Camping

B, L, D

 

Day 4. Hiking in Ice Valley called Yolyn Am /280km/

Our today’s destination is Vulture Valley (Yolyn Am), valley in the middle of the Gobi Desert, with metres-thick ice for most of the year. We will have breath-taking cool air through hiking in the valley following the stream, leads to an ice-filled gorge about 2kms. In entrance we will visit the small museum of a collection of dinosaur eggs and bones, stuffed birds and snow leopard.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

B, L, D

 

Day 5 The longest singing sand dune in Mongolia-Khongor /200km/

After breakfast, we will leave Vulture valley heading to Khongor Sand Dune. Empty steppe where lies many branches of road, mirage of the Gobi, the distances between Gers are a common view of very Southern Mongolia. We will have lunch on the way. Khongor sand dunes are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. They are up to 300m high, 12 km wide and about 180km long. Gobi desert in Mongolia is unlike Sahara there are green grasslands, oasis and grazers. The climate here is extreme. Temperatures reach +40° C at highest in summer, and -40 in winter. Khongor sand dune is in Great Gobi National which contains the last remaining wild Bactrian (two-humped) camels, wild ass, and a small population of Gobi bears, the only desert-inhabiting bears. We will climb to the top of sand dune and see sunset there. Views of deserts from the top are wonderful.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

B, L, D

 

Day 6. Land of dinosaur Bayanzag /150km/

Today, our destination is Bayanzag known as Flamming cliff where first excavated in 1922, renowned worldwide for a number of dinosaur bones and eggs found. It is a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness. Gobi always amazes people with its emptiness and feeling midst of nowhere.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 7. Camel trekking in saxual shrub forest and hiking in red sand /10km/

After breakfast, we will discover saxaul shrub’s forest through riding two humped Bactrian camel for a few hours. Saxual shrub is Gobi short (2-4 meters) woody shrub that helps to protect fragile Gobi soils from damage and erosion, regulate water supply, serve as a barrier to sand movement. They also provide habitat for animals and firewood for local people. After the camel trekking, we will have lunch and hike around red sand.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 8. Sacred Mountain Baga Bogd /200km/

Baga Bogd sacred mountain is located in Uvurkhangai province , 3584 m high above sea level. Baga Bogd, Ikh Bogd and Art Bogd these mountains are next to each other and end of Mongol-Altayn Mountain range. Baga and Ikh Bogd Mountains are a few of snow capped mountains in the Gobi desert zone. There are many rare animals habitat in Baga Bogd specially Snow Leopard. We will hike around and camp there.

Accommodation: Camping

B, L, D

 

Day 9. Sacred Mountain Ikh Bogd /100km/

This time we will discover Great Bogd as our tour highlighted. There are three high mountain ranges in Mongolia called Altayn range, Hangayn range and Khenteyn range. Khenteyn and Hangayn range lie on central and northern Mongolia. Altayn range consists of Mongol Altayn range and Govi – Altay sub ranges with 1500 km length. Ikh Bogd Snow capped Mountain is the highest peak of Govi-Altay sub range and 3900m high above sea level. People from Government and locals worshipped the mountain building hill stone on the top. There is a Salty Lake called Orog in mountainside. Ikh Bogd sacred mountain had broken into gorge and partially collapsed by earthquake in 1957. The gorge is 100km long.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

B, L, D

 

Day 10. Ancient rock engravings /100km/

Today, we will see the historical sight Bichigtyn Am. Bichigtiin am is home to the greatest complex of rock drawings in Asia, with approximately 1,000 petroglyphs drawn by members of the Hunnu people and other tribes of Nomadic empires on hundreds of exposed rocks dating from the 3000 BCE to the 8th century; cosmological, figurative, and cartographic motifs are featured, in some locations forming monumental hunting and ritual `scenes´. Wild sheep, ibex, deer, wolf, snow leopard many different animals are drawn on the rock. Bichigtiin am has one of the world’s greatest collections of prehistoric petro glyphs – figures carved in the rock over a period of 5,000 years and depicting themes connected with animal husbandry, navigation, war and magic.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 11. Ancient people home /250km/

We will hike to the ancient people home White Cave. White Cave (Tsagaan agui) is situated in the narrow gorge, the cave once housed Stone Age people 700,000 – 800,000 years ago. It features a crystal-lined inner chamber. Scientists found out the Gobi desert in Mongolia was covered by forest. Weather was rainy and used to reach -18 celcuis as coldest in winter 730 thousand years ago based on findings from The White Cave. This crystal cave is 40 meters long. After the visit the cave we will drive to the territory of Uvurkhangai province to camp there.

Accommodation: Camping

B, L, D

 

Day 12. Secret of Ongi monastery /250km/

Today, we will drive to Ongiin khiid, the unique 17th century sole monastery at the heart of the desert. Formerly, Ongi was one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries where around thousand lamas used to stay and practice in Buddhism. Unfortunately, the monastery was ruined during political repression 1937-1939.The ruin of the monastery represents the spread of strong Buddhism into Mongolians under Chinese rule and political repression under socialist rule impacted by the Soviet Union in Mongolia. The vast majority of the more than 700 monasteries in Mongolia were also destroyed and around 25000 lamas killed during the political repression in Mongolia. We will hike exploring the ruin of the monastery which is located in east Shore of Ongi River.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

B, L, D

 

Day 13. Rock climbing /200km/

We will drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu passing by small Lake Hairhan. Baga gazriin chuluu is one of the granite rock formations where large granite pinnacles and windings canyons that will make our hiking and rock climbing great for next few hours.

Accommodation: Tourist camp

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Day 14. Back to Ulaanbaatar /220km/

We will have lunch in mountainside called Zorgol Khairkhan which is granite rock formation, 1600m high above sea level and one of the beautiful mountains in the Gobi. Afterward we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city after the long adventure and classic trip. Hope you enjoyed all about Mongolia, its people, nature and activities you made. We believe you share about this beautiful hidden gem country, Mongolia to everyone whom you meet and review your unforgettable memory with us.

B, L

 

Sights: Holy Mother rock - Ikh gazriin chuluu - Tsagaan suvarga - National Park Gobi Gurvan Saikhan - Natural beauty Yolyn Am - Sand dunes Khongor - dinosaur site Bayanzag – Baga bogd mountain - Ikh Bogd mountain - Bichigt had - White cave - Ongi monastery ruins - Mountain Natural beauty Baga Gazryn Chuluu – Zorgol khairkhan mountain

 

Transportation

Four-wheel drive vehicles are used for the entire tour along off-roads. Tracks are only asphalt near the capital. Day Bactrian camelback adventure challengse you.

 

Activities

Visit nomadic family to experience nomadic life through following their daily routine and becoming the member of family.

 

Accommodation

Mongolia traditional house tent called Ger is provided for the entire trip. Ger is equipped with bed. Hot shower is available.

 

Food

There is not many varieties in Mongolian food but delicious. We will serve as much as Mongolian traditional food if you enjoy also European food. Khorkhog-Mongolian barbeque contains of pieces of meat, hot stones and vegetable will be our special dish. Vegetarian food is available. You will taste all types of dairy products.

 

Contribution to the last nomads

There is a philosophy that our company and its traveler follow. In return of nomads’ hospitality and accepting us as members of the family we help them giving our prepared presents. A part of income comes from tourism spend for preparing these presents. Everyone who travels with us is contributor for the last nomads. If you want to bring own gratitude for nomads please check gifts for nomads we suggested.