GOBI DESERT TRIP – 6 DAYS
/ per person
- 6 Day
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.