June - September 2023
Step out of your comfort zone. 15 days Mongolian tour will make a difference.Explore the South-Gobi province where the first dinosaur eggs were ever found. Listen to the "singing dunes" and see green oases in the middle of the desert. Ride a camel and walk like a nomad through magnificent mountains and canyons looking for petroglyphs of unthinkable age.
Dig into Mongolian and Kazakh traditions, taste their famous milk products while staying in a ger with locals, feel their friendship and hospitality of these ancient nations.
Come and feel the mystic breath of the Eastern Fog.
Ulaanbaatar → Dalanzadgad → Khongor Sand Dunes → Vulture Canyon → Middle Gobi → Ulaanbaatar → Murun town → Ulaanbaatar → Bayan-Ulgii → Tsagaan gol → Khoton & Khurgan Lakes → Bayan-Ulgii → Ulaanbaatar
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, check into a hotel and departure for a day tour. You’ll visit Sukhbaatar Square and Mongolian Natural History Museum, climb to the Zaisan hill for viewing the city of Ulan Bator and dinner (Modern Nomads). Stay overnight Kempinski hotel*****. Dinner.
Day 2: Flight to Dalanzadgad town (OW) - Bayanzag & Flaming Cliffs
Early morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to the airport to take an early flight to Dalanzadgad, the provincial center of South-Gobi province. The flight takes hour and a half, pick up at Dalanzadgad airport. Start our tour driving to Bayanzag, known as Flaming cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered in the world. We will have some hiking through the cliffs and see the Gobi tree grove named “Bayanzag”. Bayanzag, literally means “rich in saxual trees”. This tree only grows in central Asian Gobi. See the short documentary about 1920-s American excavation. After dinner return to the Bayanzag to see the sunset, find out why area is called Flaming Cliffs. Stay overnight in Ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Khongor Sand Dunes - Camel riding / 160 km
Today we will drive through the ancient sea bed to reach the Khongor sand dunes, the largest dunes in Mongolia. 180 km long by 20 km wide, Khongor sand dunes are one of the most spectacular scenery of the Gobi Desert. They can reach 200 meters high and the sounds they produce under the influence of wind gave them the nickname of "Singing dunes". They are crossed by the Khongor River, which creates contrasting green oases in the middle of the desert sand. Camel riding is one of the main fun activities you can do while you are in the Gobi. Camel trekking may not be the most comfortable means of travelling for some but it is undoubtedly a 'must' for every traveler as a way to experience the mode of transport of the Mongolian nomads of the Gobi. Stay overnight in Ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Yol Valley / 180 km (Glacier will be melt in mid August)
After breakfast time, we will continue our way to Yol Valley/Vulture Canyon, which nestles between the beautiful peaks of Gurvansaikhan of the Three Beauties. After arrival at the canyon, we will take 2-hour hike through the canyon and maybe able to see parts of a glacier left over from the winter months. The gorge’s sheer rock walls rise to over 200m in some places and a mountain stream flows along the floor of the gorge. On our way in/out of the park we can visit the local Natural History Museum where dinosaur eggs and bones, petrified trees and a snow leopard are on display. Stay overnight in Ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Ikh Gazriin Chuluu via Tsagaan Suvarga-290 km
Drive to Ikh Gazrii Chuluu via Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) is located in Middle Gobi province. It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 50 m in its highest point and continues 400 m. After lunch at tourist camp, continue our way to Ikh Gazriin chuluu, which is an area of granite stone mountains continues 30 km long, 15 km wide in the middle of wide, open steppe in Middle Gobi province. Highest peak rises up to 1706 m above sea level. The mountains rich in wild animals and birds including mountain sheep, ibex, gazelle, wolf, fox, eagle etc…There you will see tombs of ancient people everywhere. Thousands of years wind and rain created amazing artworks in the nature. Stay overnight in Ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Drive back to Ulaanbaatar- 350 km
Travel back to Ulaanbaatar via Mandalgobi town, provincial center of Middle Gobi province. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, followed by lunch and transfer to your hotel, free day. Stay overnight Kempinski hotel*****. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 7: Flight to Khuvsgul province, Murun town ( TW) & Uushig deer stone monument-100 km
We will pick you up from your accommodation, and you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Murun, provincial center of Khuvsgul province. The flight will take about 1.5 hours, our guide and drivers will pick you up from the local airport. Take a city tour, and have a lunch at local restaurants, continue our way to Khuvsgul Lake. On the way to Khuvsgul Lake we will visit to Uushig deer stones, which is belong to the Bronze Age. Arrive at the Lake, as a dubbed as Mongolia Switzerland and a lake surrounded with green forest mountains. The lake and its surrounding area have much to offer its guests. Options are hiking, bird watching, climbing mountains, flower watching or just relax and enjoy the nature. Stay overnight in Ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 8: Day at Khuvsgul NP-Visit Reindeer herders-20 km
After breakfast, we will drive to the reindeer herding people to explore and to learn their daily life, reindeer people's customs and sacraments. The Reindeer Herders / Tsaatan people live in the depths of the taiga forest. Few reindeer are the main resource of their livelihood. In summer months, mostly in July and August, few reindeer families move down from mountain close to the lake to increase their livelihood. After lunch, we will spend rest of the day hiking around the lake shore. (optional motor boating available) Stay overnight in Ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 9: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar & 100 km -half day city tour
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. After some relaxation, we will have a lunch at restaurant and start our tour visiting to Bogd Khaan Palace museum-one of the first museums in Mongolia - was built in 1924. It used to be a winter residence of the last Bogd Khaan of Mongolia, Javzandamba. The palace compound was built between 1893 and 1903, and is well known for its Gate of Peace, Temple and personal library of Bogd Khaan. Among the museum's exhibits are sculptures by Mongolia's first Bogdo Zanabazar, the famous Taras. The museum has 21 invaluable sculptures of Taras. The collections at the Palace Museum numbers over 8,000 exhibits, of these 72 are certified by the State as unique but others are priceless artifacts. Continue tour, visiting to Department store and best souvenir shopping places etc… Stay overnight Kempinski hotel***** Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 10: Fly to Bayan-Ulgii (TW) head to Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain / 50 km
In the morning we will fly to Ulgii, capital of Bayan-Ulgii province (2 hours 50 min approx). Then we will drive towards to Shiveet Khairkhan mountain. On the way we will visit Kazakh family for overnight stop and experience their lifestyle. Kazakh people are very friendly and hospitable. They will introduce you to their famous milk products and you can taste the locally made yak cheese and yogurt. There, you will see how the Kazakh women make their beautiful embroidery and you will also meet with an Eagle Hunter. The hunter will explain to you, and you can enjoy discussing, how he trains and hunts with his eagles. You can have photos taken with the Golden Eagle. Stay overnight in Kazakh family. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: Drive to Shiveet Khairkhan and Tsagaan Gol / 160 km
In the morning, we will drive to Tsagaan gol. From the summit or lower north slopes of Shiveet Khairkhan mountain, there is an extraordinary view of the Tavan Bogd area. Shiveet Mountain is very sacred to the Tuvan. You can see petroglyphs of Shiveet Khairkhan mountain. Stay overnight in tent. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 12: Khoton & Khurgan Lakes / 180 km
After breakfast time, we will drive to Khoton & Khurgan Lakes. Located over 2000 m above sea level, both lakes are connected each other by 3 km long Sirgaal Channel. The landscape around the lakes is stunning - with forests and snow-capped mountains. Around Khoton Lake there are a number of historical sites including ancient monuments such as deer stones, petroglyphs and burial grounds. Stay overnight in Kazakh family. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 13: Drive back to Ulgii town / 220 km
We will drive to Ulgii. Stay overnight in local hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 15: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel, free day. In the evening at 6 pm, you will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk art groups of Mongolia and farewell dinner at BD’S Mongolian barbeque restaurant. Stay overnight in Kempinski hotel*****. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accomodation in Ulaanbaatar: Kempinski Khan Palace 5* hotel
Accomodation in countryside: Modern ger camps
In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps
One way flight to South Gobi (luggage 15 kg)
Return flight to Khuvsgul (luggage 15 kg)
Return flight to Bayan-Ulgii (luggage 15 kg)
Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeured 4WD vehicle, minivan or bus in the city area
Private English-speaking guide throughout the tour
All tours and activities as per itinerary
All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
Park Entrance Fees
1 liter of drinking water per day per person
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