Discover the best of Gobi Desert
Departures are flexible and program can be extended
Accommodation, transport, flight ticket/local transport and activities are arranged for you
Local English speaking guide and driver will accompany
Visit camel herder family and ride a camel through 300m high sand dune
Gobi desert is one of the hottest destinations with something to offer every traveller-from various sprinkling of ice-filled canyons to rolling velvet smooth sand dunes, and significant historical site including homeland of the dinosaur. This ultimate Desert expedition takes you to the heartlands of the fascinating Gobi desert and immerse in the hospitable nomad culture.
Experience the adventure of a lifetime with this incredible four day tour through enormously diverse landscapes Yolyn Am, Khongoryn Els and Bayanzag. Enjoy a camel riding experience and visit camel herder family. With internal flights and transport, accommodation, meals and more, this package has everything to make a once in a lifetime experience truly spectacular.
ACTIVITIES – Cultural Activities / Walking Tours / Camel riding / Wildlife
ACTIVITY LEVEL – Leisurely
DURATION / DISTANCE – 4 days / 3 nights / 640km with car / return domestic flight – 2 hours 40 minutes
Minimum group size 1 people
Average group size 2-4 people
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Day 0: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia
Arrival at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of today at leisure to relax or begin exploring the treasures of Mongolia. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package.
Day 1: Dalanzadgad (local flight) (L,D)- Travel to Vulture valley and Khongor sand dune (240km-7 hours)
Take a local flight, approaching to the heart of the Gobi desert, Mongolia. A local driver and guide escort upon landing, travel to Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Breathe in the crisp, cool air of Vulture Valley (Yolyn Am) today with a stunning hike along a flowing stream. Following the stream, end up at an ice-filled gorge and marvel at the meters thick ice that lines the valley. Visit a small museum displaying a collection of dinosaur eggs, bones and exotic stuffed animals. Leaving Vulture Valley after lunch, prepare for an incredible journey through the Gobi Desert to Khongor Sand Dune. Let the mind wander as you travel through the spectacular landscape full of extremes. From the 300m high sand dunes and tropical oasis to luscious grasslands, the varied climates are home to the camels. It is a time to climb one of the highest sand dunes of Mongolia. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 2: Leisure day in Khongor sand dune (B,L,D)
This morning, we will climb one of the highest sand dunes of Mongolia as known as Duut Mankhan/singing dunes/. Afterward, we will visit camel herder family and do short camel riding (1 hour) over the sand dune. After lunch, enjoy leisure time to relax and do your own discovery for your interest. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 3: Land of dinosaur Bayanzag (260km-6 hours) (B,L,D)
Head to Bayanzag today and to discover and learn about the incredible site known as Flaming Cliff. First excavated in 1922 the area is renowned worldwide for the dinosaur eggs and bones discovered in the classic desert of rock and red sand. Take stunning hike through the red sand dune. Drive to Dalanzadgad and stay overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 4: Local flight to Ulaanbaatar (B)
After breakfast at the camp, take a local flight to Ulaanbaatar. Take in every last bit of the unique scenery before ending this incredible adventure in Ulaanbaatar. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package.
EXTENSION IDEAS – Day 5: Hike through Ongi monastery (170km-4 hours) (B,L,D)
Travel to the heart of the desert today and marvel at the Ongi monastery. Formerly one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi was ruined during a period of political repression. Hike through the fascinating ruins and enjoy the scenery of the Ongi River that runs past the ancient site. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 6: Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery (300km-6 hours)(B,L,D)
After breakfast this morning drive to Karakorum, the site of the 13th century Mongolian capital.Visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Tour through the ancient city before moving on the beautiful ruins of Erdene Zuu Monastery. Surrounded by huge 400m x 400m walls built from the ruins of Kharakhorum, the Erdenezuu was the first and the biggest Buddhist monastery of the 16th century. Overnight in tourist Ger camp.
Day 7: Khustai N.P & return to Ulaanbaatar (350km-7 hours)(B,L)
Travel to the Khustai national park and visit a small museum displaying a collection of photos and videos about the wild horse. Take a stunning hike to bring you closer discovering the wild horses of total about 350 adopting the re-introduced landscapes and wildlife. Drive to Ulaanbaatar city.
DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2017: June to mid of September
PRIVATE DEPARTURE FOR 2017: Dates are flexible and able to customise.
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:
740 USD per person based on 4 people
820 USD per person based on 3 people
950 USD per person based on 2 people
1300 USD per person based on 1 person
- 3 nights accommodation in tourist Ger camps /twin share/
- All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles /Japanese jeep or mini-van with A/C/
- English speaking guide
- Return domestic flight ticket + Tax (15kg free luggage), taxes
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets, camel riding fee
- Airport transfers
- Bottled water- 1 litre per day
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
PRICE NOT INCLUDES:
- International airfares
- Visa application & fees
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets
- Tipping (optional)
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Personal expenses
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar – Travel Buddies can arrange all types of accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
- Meals/beverages not stated in itinerary
FORESEE THE COUNTRY
Mongolia is developing country with vast landscapes and road transportation projects are still on going but it has many opportunities to experience adventure travel. From doing outdoor activities, immersing nomad culture and local communities. Experiencing authentic Mongolia may require a spirit of adventure, flexibility, basic comfort of accommodation and facilities. Luxuries are only found around Ulaanbaatar. Travelling through the countryside can involve hours driving in a 4wd vehicle over the dusty and bumpy road; most roads are unpaved.Toilets during the drive over the vast steppe may not find but the rule of nature applies as you can toilet anywhere you feel alright.
Accommodations are clean and traditional. Mongolian traditional house (Yurt) called Ger is provided for the entire trip. Traditional dwelling; one room round tent made of a latticed wood structure covered with layers of felt and canvas, heated by a wood stove and furnished with wood-framed 1-4 beds. The camp restaurant and western-style toilet and shower facilities are located in a central building or big Ger found a few hundred feet from the Gers. We use fine tourist camps but not the best so if you require finest accommodation (e.x Ger with en-suite bathroom or) there is surcharge.
Traditional Nomadic homes: Overnight in nomad family’s extra Ger that built next to their’s. You will immerse in nomad lifestyle visiting and having closer insight of them. The toilet there is dry and shower is not available.
Single supplement assurance single accommodations in Gers. If single traveller wishes to share accommodations, no single supplement surcharge – only if you require your own Ger accommodation. Make sure to send us your request at least 30 days prior to the tour start.
Food during the tour can be found many varieties of a typical meat-based dish with vegetable and rice/pasta/noodle. Fortunately, vegetarian foods are available and can be requested. Some of the lunch meals are picnic. Bringing some snacks with you is recommended.
Road in Mongolia is tough and it requires excellent vehicles with experienced drivers. We ensure reliable and excellent vehicle including 4WD Land cruiser, Japanese mini-van and Russian van.
There are several flights per week to the capital, Ulan Bator (ULN), from Beijing, Seoul, Moscow and Turkey.
Visa is required for most travellers, and must be obtained in advance of entry. The only exception is US citizens, who can enter the country as a tourist for up to 90 days. It is your responsibility to organise a visa for Mongolia. Please contact us if you need a Mongolian visa support letter and further assistance.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED
Insurance fee /expenses to cancel travel, health insurance/ is not included in travel payment. We hereby recommend you to involve in travel insurance by Insurance Authorities in host country and under conditions and terms proposed by them.
It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return to your country, with at least 2 blank pages at the time of travel.
KNOW WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
Bring your warm clothes, the weather in the evening and early morning is cold in the countryside though it is summer. Raincoat-August is only raining season in Mongolia. First aid kit, flashlight, insect repellent, cap, sunglasses, scarf, sun cream, lip balm, backpack and own towel. Definitely, your camera and its equipment.