GOBI AND NORTHERN MONGOLIA
/ per person
- 14 Days 13 Nights
- Gobi & Northern Mongolia
- 9 People
Gobi: Unveiling the Desert’s Mystique
The Gobi Desert, spanning southern Mongolia and northern China, is a captivating landscape of vast sand dunes, rocky canyons, and unique flora. Home to the elusive Bactrian camels and ancient dinosaur fossils, the Gobi offers a surreal blend of desolation and natural wonders. Delve into the heart of Mongolia’s southern expanse for an adventure marked by endless horizons and tales of the Silk Road.
Northern Mongolia: A Tapestry of Wilderness
In the north, Mongolia reveals a different facet of its beauty. Lush landscapes, pristine lakes, and the majestic Khangai Mountain Range characterize this region. Explore the Khuvsgul Lake, known as the “Dark Blue Pearl,” and traverse through the Khangai’s coniferous forests. Northern Mongolia is a haven for nomadic culture, wildlife, and a sanctuary for those seeking tranquility amidst breathtaking scenery.
- Accommodation: Ger camps and tented camps
- Guiding: Expert interpretation and navigation
- Meals: Full board with local and international cuisine
- Transport: 4×4 vehicles or minivans
- Entrance Fees: To protected areas and national parks
- Horse Guide and Horses: For an authentic horse trekking experience
- Camping Equipment: Provided for a comfortable outdoor stay
What’s not included:
- International Airfare: Arrange separately
- Personal Equipment: Bring your own gear
- Optional Activities: Additional costs outlined
- Excess Baggage Charges: Check airline policies
- Single Room Supplement: Available for an extra fee
- Alcoholic Drinks: Not included
- Travel insurance
Start your epic 4×4 adventure with a pickup from your spot, headed straight to the mesmerizing Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff (470 miles – 6 hours on paved road). This sheer slope, an ancient seabed with sedimentary wonders, boasts colors representing epochs past. Rising over 50 m at its highest point, the cliff spans 400 m, resembling a ghost city from a distance. Take a break here on our way to the South Gobi desert, with the option to hike and explore the area. Overnight in this unique landscape.
After a hearty breakfast, the adventure continues to Yol Valley (200 miles – 3 hours on paved road), where nature paints its canvas. Yol, meaning bearded vulture in Mongolian, unfolds in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain range, offering a shaded passage and the charm of year-round ice. Dive into an hour-long hike and explore a natural museum. Overnight in this picturesque valley.
Prepare for the journey to Khongor Sand Dune (180 miles – 4 hours off-road), the colossal masterpiece of the Gobi Desert. Stretching 5 to 10 km in width and nearly 100 km in length, this sprawling landscape boasts sand crests rising 80 to 300m. Immerse yourself in camel rides, exploring massive sand dunes, and witnessing the oasis near Khongor River. Overnight in the heart of the Gobi.
As the sun rises, venture to Bayanzag (150 miles – 4 hours off-road), also known as the Flaming Cliffs, where American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered dinosaur treasures. Walk amidst the red cliffs that reveal the ancient secrets of Protoceratops and dinosaur eggs. Marvel at the fiery hues as the sun sets. Overnight at this archaeological wonder.
Embark on a historical journey to Ongi Monastery, once a thriving complex with over 30 temples and 1000 monks (135 miles). Destroyed during the 1937 purges, witness the raw violence at the site and hike to the ruins. Visit a local ger museum, displaying objects that survived the destruction, and a small active Buddhist temple. Overnight near the Ongi River.
Connect with nomadic life as we visit a local family in Central Mongolia. Engage in daily nomadic activities, from milking cows to preparing dried dung. After lunch, venture to Karakorum (27 miles), once the capital of the Great Mongolian State. Explore the remnants of Erdene Zuu Monastery and Karakorum Museum, taking a step back in time. Overnight in this historically rich town.
Embark on a scenic drive to Tuvkhun Monastery (40 miles), perched atop the Shiveet Mountain. Hike through the larch forest and explore the meditation caves and sacred sites. After lunch, discover the majestic Orkhon Waterfall (34 miles), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ride horses and witness the grandeur of the waterfall at dusk. Overnight in the heart of nature.
Drive to Tsenkher Hot Spring (59 miles), a haven for relaxation. Enjoy the therapeutic hot springs and hike to the scenic Shiveet Mountain or Tsenkher Valley. Immerse yourself in the soothing waters and unwind in the natural surroundings. Overnight in a tourist ger camp.
Embark on a scenic drive to Khorgo-Terkh National Park (132 miles), passing the picturesque Chuluut River Canyon. Witness the beauty of Khorgo Extinct Volcano and Terkh White Lake, an enchanting setting shaped by volcanic activities. Climb to the volcano’s peak and explore the circuit valleys. Overnight in this captivating national park.
Journey to Shine Ider sub-province (106 miles), passing through the Instagram-worthy Orookh Mountain Pass. Revel in the stunning mountain landscapes and savor the tranquility of the region. Overnight in a tourist ger camp.
Explore the Uushig Deer Stones (68 miles), a treasure trove of ancient Huns period artifacts. Witness the Bronze Age art and symbolism represented in these mesmerizing stones. Drive to Khuvsgul Lake National Park (82 miles) and enjoy a leisurely hike along the lake’s shore. Marvel at the pristine beauty of one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes.
Embark on a full day of horse trekking through the untamed wilderness around Khuvsgul Lake. Immerse yourself in the panoramic scenery and experience the nomadic way of life. Encounter the Tuvan reindeer herders, a unique culture that migrated to Mongolia. Overnight in this captivating lakeside setting.
Drive to Uran Extinct Crater (254 miles), a geological marvel named for its artistic ridge. Hike to the crater’s top and witness the breathtaking views of this circle-shaped ridge with a crater lake. Overnight near this natural masterpiece.
As our adventure concludes, we head back to Ulaanbaatar (349 miles) on the paved road. Relish the memories of diverse landscapes, ancient history, and the warm hospitality of Mongolia.