The Ultimate Gobi Tourfrom
The Ultimate Gobi Tour – famous for its wealth of dinosaur fossils, one of the few remaining unscarred areas on earth, and the exotic home to many of the world’s endangered species (such as the wild ass, snow leopards, the Gobi bear)- welcomes you.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Bring yourself entirely into the peaceful silence of the immense desert! Famous Mongolian song says, “The Sun is closer from the camelback”. Indeed, you have a unique opportunity to experience it for 5-day trekking on camelback. This gentle and comfortable animal will lead us to the oases of Naran Daats and Zulganai and further will follow the footsteps of the dinosaur hunters at Khermen Tsav flaming cliffs. Also, we’ll constantly pass through rough but green saxaul forests, the ancient seabeds where dinosaur fossils are found by both local nomads and professional archeologists. The 80-meter high dunes of Khongorin Els and enjoyable environment of mountain areas would be the highlights of this journey.
This trip can be customized according to your wishes. If you have any changes to the accommodation, the duration, the destination or other change requests, please contact us.
Our main goal is satisfied travelers.
- All Accommodations
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Special Meals
- All transfer & transports + experienced drivers
- Tour and trekking guide for the entire journey (in English, German, Korean, Chinese available)
- All sightseeing and entrance fees are mentioned as program
- Camel riding
- Horse riding
- Complimentary drink water during the tour,
- Visa invitation letter, if required
- All service charge, local and Gov’t tax
- Visa to Mongolia (Get in advance)
- International flights &Travels insurance
- Hotel early check-in and late check-out,
- Tipping and other personal expenses
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia
Whenever, your international flight lands in the city airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.
🏠 in the Hotel
In the early morning, you will be transferred to the city airport for morning flight to Gobi Desert (~1.5 hours). Upon arrival, your local Gobi tour guide meets you and departs to the dunes of Khongor. This is one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 300 meters, and extend over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180 km in length.
Upon we arrive, we will have lunch and relax at the cozy Ger camp until Gobi hot temperature decreases.
In the evening, we will visit the camel herder family in their Ger, and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. It’s a chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk). Then we will ride a camel.
The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. We will discover this magnificent place on camelback. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal.
Afterward, we will hike and climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes. From the top of the sand dunes, the view of the desert is an awesome and amazing sunshine panorama of sand dunes. When it is windy some of the dunes give a strange sound like the engines of an airplane, for which they are named the “singing dunes”. The Khongoryn River flows along the sand dunes and gives birth to oases.
🏠 in the Ger camp
After breakfast, we will go ahead to Nemegt valley. Nemegt valley is famous for its dinosaur fossil skeletons. Russian and Polish scientists made a couple of expeditions through this area and discovered a huge carnivorous dinosaur skeleton named “NEMEGTSAUR”. The Nemegt Valley is also called “The tomb of the dragon”. On the ground, there is almost no fossil because scientists already cleaned it but underneath there are many fossil dinosaur skeletons. Its unique formation is spectacular.
🏠 in the Tent
On the road to Khermen Tsav
Pass Shine Jinst village and head to the Khermen tsav and Zulganai, the southernmost point of our trip. Mongolian’s largest canyon, Khermen Tsav has emerged due to millions of years of the eruption of the red cliffs. The Khermen Tsav canyon is a spectacular area where many fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs have been found and it still creates such an impression as if the dinosaurs still roam somewhere around. A small river oasis called “Zulganai” is the last oasis in Mongolia, untouched by human beings.
🏠 in the Tent
Explore Khermen Tsav
Khermen Tsav, in English translation it means as “cracked wall”. It is a precipice, located in 10 km from Gurvantes sum, Umnugobi province.
In the end, 10 km wide and 100-200 m deep. When seeing it from far it looks like the ruin of a big city. Here the mudrock stretches from the northwest to the southwest and the formation of Khermen Tsav resembles the unfinished artistic architecture and well-designed red brick buildings of ancient cities. Many Dinosaur fossils were found here among the saxaul forest and desert plants. Khermen tsav is 450km from Dalanzadgad (center of Umnugobi province), 250km from Khongor sand dunes so we can via some picturesque land such as Zulganai, Narandaats, and Gurvantes.
🏠 in the Tent
Back to Khongor sand dunes
Drive towards Khongor sand dunes via Naran Daats oasis. It will a perfect stop to chill out amongst the arid desert. The following day is made up entirely of fantastic scenery.
🏠 in the Tent
Hiking in the Yoliin Am or Bearded Vulture’s canyon. Regarding the snowfall and shade in the canyon, oftentimes there formed a high layer of ice cover which sometimes will stay till mid-July. During our walk, we may either walk on top or bottom or just see parts of this ice. The canyon is surrounded by the steep Rocky Mountains creating some shade that is pleasant to hike thru during hot days of Gobi desert. During the hike, you may notice some rodents such as pica and ground squirrel along with colorful wildflowers and plants. Although mountains are the home for wildlife like ibex, mountain goat, and argali, the wild sheep, spotting these animals will purely depend on fortune.
🏠 in the Ger Camp
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park trip
Early this morning, transfer to the local airport for morning flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in the city, drive to Terelj National Park, this is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia.
In the afternoon, we will see Turtle Rock – interesting rock formation looking like a turtle and visit Ariyabal meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park.
Also, we will enjoy visiting the local nomad family to experience firsthand how people live in the countryside and a lifestyle which has not changed for centuries. Here you can help the herders with their daily tasks to get an idea of how nomadic people alongside their livestock.
🏠 in the Ger camp
Genghis Khan’s Statue Complex – Ulaanbaatar city tour
After breakfast, we will return to Ulaanbaatar. On the way visit “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view of the complex area and the scenery beyond. You are now definitely in Genghis Khan’s country!
Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar city, we will have lunch at ”Modern Nomads” which is one of the best restaurants in the city.
Afterward, Sukhbaatar square which is lies at the heart of the city surrounded by important buildings such as government palace, banks and theaters and post office. There is an equestrian statue of Sukhbaatar and a massive Bronze statue of Genghis khan with his four warriors in front of Parliament House.
Continue to visit the Museum of Mongolian National History – the museum presents Mongolian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
Next, we will visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting Gandan is a 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig.
In the evening at 6 pm, we will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by the famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble – which is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries.
Dinner is at “Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque” international chain restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the hotel.
🏠 in the Hotel
Departure from Ulaanbaatar
As your memorable trip comes to end, then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or home.