GOBI DESERT TRIP – 6 DAYS

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  • 6 Day
  • 15/08/2024
  • Mongolian Gobi Desert
  • 12 People

The Mongolian Gobi, often simply referred to as the Gobi Desert, is a vast desert region in northern China and southern Mongolia. It is one of the largest deserts in the world, covering an area of approximately 1.3 million square kilometers (500,000 square miles). Despite its reputation as a barren and inhospitable landscape, the Gobi Desert is a diverse and unique ecosystem with a variety of flora and fauna adapted to its harsh conditions.

Geography:

The Gobi Desert spans across southern Mongolia and northern China, extending into portions of both countries.It is characterized by a mix of gravel plains, rocky plateaus, and vast sand dunes. The landscape is varied, including mountains, canyons, and dry riverbeds.

Climate:

The Gobi Desert experiences a harsh continental climate with extreme temperature variations. Summers can be scorching hot, with temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F), while winters are bitterly cold, with temperatures dropping below -40°C (-40°F). Precipitation is scarce, and the Gobi is known for its low annual rainfall.

Biodiversity:

Despite its arid nature, the Gobi supports a unique array of wildlife. Species such as wild Bactrian camels, Gobi bears, snow leopards, and various types of gazelles have adapted to survive in this challenging environment.

Nomadic Herding:

Traditional nomadic herding communities inhabit parts of the Mongolian Gobi. They rely on livestock such as camels, goats, and sheep for sustenance, moving their herds in search of grazing land.

 

What’s included:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Alcoholic Drinks: Not included
  • Travel insurance
Day1: Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff – The Living Palette of Nature

Embark on a journey into the heart of Mongolia as we pick you up from your accommodation and set forth to Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff (470 km – 6 hours on paved road). Witness the kaleidoscope of colors on this sheer slope, an ancient seabed sculpted over millions of years. Standing over 50m at its highest point and stretching 400m, the cliff resembles a ghost city from a bygone era. Delve into geography research and relish the mesmerizing landscape. Rest overnight and partake in hiking adventures around this captivating site.

Day2: Yol Valley / Bearded Vulture Valley – Nature’s Hidden Oasis

After a hearty breakfast, journey to Yol Valley (200 km – 3 hours on paved road). Named after the bearded vulture, this valley nestled in the Gurvan Saikhan mountain range unfolds over 10 km. In its narrowest stretches, only a few people can pass at a time, creating an intimate experience with nature. Shaded by high cliff walls, Yol Valley harbors ice formations, even in the heat of summer until mid-July. Engage in an hour of hiking and explore the small natural museum, enriching your connection with this enchanting valley. Overnight in the embrace of nature.

Day3: Khongor Sand Dune – A Symphony of Sand

Embark on an off-road adventure to the Khongor Sand Dune (180 km – 4 hours). This vast expanse, the largest sand dune in the Gobi Desert, stretches 5 to 10 km in width and nearly 100 km in length. Rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape, the Khongor Sand Dune is aptly named the ‘Sound Dune’ due to the resonating sound of moving sand on windy days. Experience the desert oasis near the Khongor River and ride camels to explore the expansive sand dunes. Overnight amidst the magic of the Gobi.

Day4: Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs – Where Dinosaurs Roamed

After breakfast, venture to Bayanzag (150 km – 4 hours on off-road terrain). Explore the ‘Flaming Cliffs,’ where American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews made groundbreaking dinosaur discoveries. The red-hued cliffs glow in the light of the setting sun, revealing the secrets of ancient Protoceratops and dinosaur eggs. Take a stroll around this prehistoric wonderland and immerse yourself in the tales of Mongolia’s rich dinosaur heritage. Overnight amidst the echoes of a bygone era.

Day5: Baga Gazriin Chuluu – Granite Giants and Ancient Ruins

Embark on an early morning drive to Baga Gazariin Chuluu, a stunning granite stone-mountain surrounded by vast plains. Explore the 15 km long and 10 km wide stone-mountain, elevated at 1768m above sea level. Encounter over 20 varieties of medicinal herbs, rare animals like marmots, ibex, and mountain sheep, and discover historical treasures like the ruins of the Choir Monastery. Engage with the history, spirituality, and natural wonders of this unique landscape. Overnight in a ger camp, surrounded by the serenity of Baga Gazariin Chuluu.

Day6: UB City – Journey’s End

Bid farewell to the wonders of Mongolia as we embark on our return journey to Ulaanbaatar, bringing an end to this extraordinary Gobi adventure. Cherish the memories of the rugged landscapes, ancient cliffs, and nomadic traditions that have unfolded before you.

(5 Review)
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    Kathi Schnatti

    Horse trekking
    05/08/2023 Helpful

    If you were always dreaming of an amazing, unforgettable, very special and very intense journey – Bataa from Taiga Nomadic Travel is your man to help you out!!
    Why? Because he is responsible for a super well organized trip with:
    x landscapes that let you feel being directly in the scenario of “lord of the rings”
    x top powerful and brave horses, that will steal your heart forever
    x super friendly, generous and diligent team members of horse-men and eagle-hunters, who are making you feel like a champion on the horse and survive every challenge on the way
    x excellent talented cooks, letting you discover the varied culinary of Mongolian food
    x a loooot of fun and laughing, after you probably could have belly soreness
    x huge adventures, which you will tell your grandchildren for sure

    And probably many many many things more!
    I am so thankful for every second during this time and so happy about experienced this with this people!

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    Stephanie D

    Horse trekking
    18/10/2023 Helpful

    Bataa is an amazing Guide. You feel safe at every time. He takes care of his clients and make them always feel very comfortable. I can recommend him without exception. When you’re looking for a great time in Mongolia, Bataa should be your Guide. Thanks for everything! See you next year.

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    Meli

    Short tour
    20/10/2023 Helpful

    It was a dream for me to discover Mongolia on horseback. The experience was even more incredible than I had hoped, and one thing’s for sure, Bataa had a lot to do with it. Thanks to him, we got to know the traditions and people of Mongolia. He was available 24 hours a day to help us communicate with our guides and helped us, explaining what we should and shouldn’t do. He was there for the laughing, the good times but also when we were having a hard time. Perfect guy-de😃 ! I’ll definetely do my next trip with him again !

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    Alessandro C

    Horse trekking
    28/11/2023 Helpful

    That was the most exciting experience of my life. Our guide Bata was always very helpful and helped us with every problem imaginable.
    I will never forget this trip.
    Thank you for everything.

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    Leonie M

    Events & Festivals
    19/10/2023 Helpful

    Where should I start – I had an an indescribable and amazing experience from the beginning until the end and further.

    I was on a very well-organized nine-day riding tour with a small group of people. Bataa from Taiga Nomadic Travel accompanied our group and did incredible work to provide us with unforgettable experiences (for example feeding eagles, eating traditional Mongolian food, galloping bareback through the Mongolian steppe and heading camels).
    Always helpful and friendly, he enabled communication with the Mongolian horsemen, took us to Gers and introduced us to nomadic families and their way of living. Further, he spontaneously organized an additional three-day stay with a family of Kazakh Eagle Hunters – another once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Bataa was always available, helping with several issues and did his very best to fulfill all desires. My expectations were more than satisfied and for certain it wasn’t my last tour with Taiga Nomadic Travel.

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