Gobi Desert, Karakorum & National Parks Tour

12 days

Jun-Sep

Price per person:

4-12 pax: 2300 USD
3 pax: 2800 USD
2 pax: 3350 USD
1 pax: 4240 USD
Tour ID:

KG-05

Destinations Visited:

Ulaanbaatar - Middle Gobi: Baga Gazryn Chuluu, White Stupa - South Gobi: Eagle valley, Khongor sand dunes, Bayanzag, Flaming cliffs - Ongi River & temple - ancient capital Karakorum - Khustai NP- Genghis Khan's Statue Complex - Terelj NP - UB

Our 12 day itinerary will help you explore our beautiful country and savour the best destinations: Middle and South Gobi, Ongi temple, ancient capital Karakorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery, Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes, Terelj and Khustai National Parks, Ulaanbaatar city.

ITINERARY

Upon arrival – meeting by the company representative (at the airport or railway station), transfer to your hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Depending on your arrival time, you can spend the rest of your first day exploring the city of Ulaanbaatar. Meals at cafes and restaurants at your own expense. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Hotel
After breakfast drive to Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex, 130ft monument of Genghis Khan, founder and Great Khan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire, located on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog 60km east of Ulaanbaatar. Complex also contains a restaurant, mongolian souvenir shops, museum which has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia. Short drive to Terelj National Park, enjoy lunch at a tourist Ger camp. On the way you have an opportunity to see the beautiful countryside of the Park. After lunch visit the famous rock formation Turtle Rock and complete this days tour by hiking to Ariyabal Buddhist Meditation Temple, located on a steep mountain slope. Accomodation at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast drive to the Baga Gazryn Chuluu, a 15km long and 10km wide impressive area of granite stone mountain formations, located in Delgertsogt sum of Dundgovi aimag. Remarkably, view of the mountains gives the impression that it was created by human hands. Overnight at the tourist Ger camp.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast drive towards to Tsagaan Suvarga or White Stupa, one of the most remarkable natural phenomenas in Middle Gobi. Having a width of about 60 meter and height - 400 meter, this amazing landform is a wind-created colourful formation of rocky cliffs which formed million years. After rain water flows from cliffs like a waterfall. White Stupas view looks absolutely incredible from the east! Amazing contact with nature and excellent photographic opportunity. Overnight at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
In the morning drive to the Yolyn Am canyon or Eagle valley, located in the east mountains of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain National Park, about 60km northwest of Dalanzadgad, center of Umnugovi aimag. It is a beautiful place with clear air, cold streams and surrounded with distinctive rock formations. Ice and snow in the bottom of the gorge remains frozen until the end of the July. Juniper grows here. Accomodation at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast drive to the Khongor sand dunes (about 200km west of Dalanzadgad), Mongolian largest and spectacular sand dunes, known as the "Singing Dunes". You can enjoy the beautiful scene of Golden Gobi desert on the way. After arrival to Khongor sand dunes transfer to the tourist Ger camp and check-in. Khongor sand dunes is a magnificent sandpile! Hiking the dunes is unique as there is no trail. Everyone blazes their own. You'll meet with views of Gobi desert, surrounding sand dunes upon reaching the top. As we walked along the ridge, this breathtaking scenery, stretched for miles in every direction, are unequaled any where else in South Gobi. You don't need to have special physical training, but still you will get lots of bright impressions and emotions! We'll visit a Mongolian local camel herdsman nomad family, to experience their lifestyle, culture, traditions, religion and hospitality, to taste Mongolian dishes. You have the chance to ride a Bactrian camel (Camel riding included in the tour price). Gobi camels are two humped Bactrian camels so the sitting position is otherwise quite comfortable. Also, you have the opportunity back to the sand dunes and continue to explore them more in depth. Evening is at leisure! Overnight at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
Today will take you to one of the interesting parts of Gobi Desert: the Bayanzag, known as homeland of Dinosaurs fossils. This place is rich with saxsaul trees and that is why this name "Bayanzag or Rich in Saxaul" was given to it. In 1921, the US paleontologist expedition led by Roy Chapman Andrews, an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist, found from here Protoceratops and Tarbosaurus skeletons, dinosaurs that were living in the area hundreds of million years ago, for the first time in Asia. At that time, the Mongolian Government had exchanged this Tarbosaurus skeleton for two Ford vehicles and nowadays this skeleton is displayed at the National History Museum in NYC. At sunset, red cliffs in the area look like as if they are burning in flame, so Roy Chapman Andrews named this place "Flaming Cliffs" in 1921. Flaming cliffs are beautiful to see at sunset. Amazing contact with nature and excellent photographic opportunity. Accomodation at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast, drive to the Ongi Monastery (about 150km north of Flaming cliffs), located on the slope of the Mountain Saikhan-Ovoo, in the bank of River Ongi (Saikhan-Ovoo sum of Dundgovi aimag), and cross the vast Gobi desert and Ongi steppe. Established in 1760 monastery was the main religious center of South Mongolia, consisted of 28 temples with Tibetian and Mongolian architectural influences, housed a community of around 300 monks. Nowadays, Monastery is consists of one temple, rebuild and inaugurated in 2004, and a small Ger Museum. Items on display in the Ger Museum include collection of remnants of the old temple ornaments, Khamba Lama Damtsagdorzh's religious works, bone bowl and many religious items. You can observe a beautiful view on a valley of River Ongi, temple ruins and take pictures of them. Overnight at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp, we'll drive to Karakorum (230km north-west of Ongiin Monastery), an ancient capital of the Great Mongol Empire, one of the main tourist destinations in Mongolia, located in Kharkhorin sum of Uvurkhangai aimag. On the way we'll make a stop for lunch in one of the local road cafes, where you may try local specialty. After arrival to Kharkhorin sum, we'll visit museum of Karakorum and ruins of ancient city. Accomodation at the tourist Ger camp.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast, visit the oldest surviving buddhist monastery in Mongolia, part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site, Erdenezuu Monastery (1586) located near the ruins of Kharakorum. Most of the artefacts you'll see – wall paintings, thangkas, masks etc – are 18th century. Many are in excellent condition. The monastery is an about 2km north-east of the center of Kharkhorin sum. This afternoon we'll continue our trip and drive to Khustai National Park (110km west of Ulaanbaatar). On the way we will make a stop at the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia, Elsen tasarkhai sand dunes. On arrival in Khustai NP, we'll visit Ger Museum, have a brief introduction of history and development of Khustai NP, hear about the Takhi wild horses, which made the Park instantly famous. Next we'll drive to the habitat of the last surviving subspecies of wild horses, Przewalski's horses. Overnight at the tourist Ger camp, having rest and dinner.
  • Tourist ger camp
  • B + L + D
After breakfast provided at a tourist Ger camp, drive to Ulaanbaatar. Today you'll take a sightseeing-tour through Ulaanbaatar, including Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Genghis Khan's Square, Mongolian National Museum, State Department Store. Also, Performance Art Theatre welcomes you to enjoy the Show "Wonders of Mongolian Art" - the performance of "Tumen Ekh", Mongolia's leading folk ensemble featuring traditional music, song, dance and contortion. This evening, we'll enjoy a special farewell dinner in "Modern Nomads" restaurant as a proper farewell to Mongolia.
  • Hotel
  • B + L + D
Breakfast and free time till the time of departure. Transfer to the International Airport where we`ll help you with your luggage and show you the boarding door.
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TOUR MAP

Gobi Desert, Karakorum & National Parks Tour

COST INCLUDES

  • Local Guide and Tour Driver service
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Admission tickets to all sights, events
  • Bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • All taxes & service charge

COST EXCLUDES

  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa Fees
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tipping

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