Exploring Wilderness Gobi Desert 01 Jun - 15 Jun

Exploring Wilderness Gobi Desert

Overview
our 3 customers in the Bayanzag
our 3 customers in the Bayanzag

A trip to the Gobi desert offers you a real adventure into the far ultimate part, not touristic, of Gobi Desert which is called Inner Gobi of Altai and magnificent landscape. A stop for a breathtaking view of the endless desert will give you an opportunity to watch the sun-set over this tranquil scenery. Also, the drive takes you to some of the most famous less explored places such as Khermen Tsav and Bugyn Tsavs.

– Explore most wilderness part of Gobi Desert
– Hike around Central Mongolian alpine lakes
– Explore the capital of Genghis Khaan – Karakorum

Length: 14 days
Area:
 Ultimate Gobi desert & Central Mongolia
Difficulty:
 easier – moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 1720 km (+580)
Group size: min 4pax – max 12pax
Age requirement: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: 01 Jun – 15 Jun

Personal Departure: this tour is not possible for personal departure.
Trip grading: moderate
Tour route:

Brief itinerary:
Day1. Yol Valley & Bayanzag
Day2. Khongor Sand Dunes
Day3. Nemegt Valley
Day4. Naran Daats & Zulganai Oasis
Day5. Khermen Tsav
Day6. Khermen Tsav
Day7. Bichigt Rock Drawings
Day8. Tsagaan Cave
Day9. Orog Lake
Day10. Arvaikheer town
Day11. Orkhon Waterfall
Day12. Karakorum
Day13. Khustai National Park
Day14. Back to UB
Prices

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2950 USD for 1pax 2800 USD p.p for 2pax
Single supplement: 230 usd
Included: 4 nights in tourist ger camp, 6 nights in the tent, 1 night in local hotel, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag and camping gears, OW domestic flight, domestic flight drop off
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance

Child policy: 0 – 3 years old baby free of charge
4 – 12 years old child 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Group policy: Up from 6pax please see our Group Service. Get better rate.
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discount Policy you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1. Yol Valley – picturesque narrow gorge & Bayanzag – famous dinosaur site

We will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to airport. Then you will fly to Dalanzadgad town in Gobi Desert. After landed in the town, our guide and driver will pick you up and drive to Yol Valley (67 km). Yol means vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain and stretches over 10 km. The narrowest part, only 3 or 4 person can pass in same time, of the valley is completely shaded from the direct sun shine by high cliff walls. Also, the valley is famous for the fact that there is ice created in winter by small stream of the valley present there even during the hot summer months until end of July. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder. There we will ride horse through the valley. An hour hiking is also a nice activity there if you not like horse ride. As well, we visit to local natural museum of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

After lunch, we will drive to Bayanzag. (84 km). Bayanzag means saxual forest in English and area of red cliffs “Bayanzag” which have been formed from the erosion of the water and wind over many millions of years. A lot of dinosaurs’ findings such as Protoceratops & dinosaur’ eggs have been found there in first time. American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered this place and named as Flaming Cliffs. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance, and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. It is an interesting place to wander about to get a closer look at one of the world’s most famous paleontological sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Overnight at tourist ger camp.

view of Yol Valley
view of Yol Valley
view of Bayanzag
view of Bayanzag

Day2. Khongor Sand Dune – camel ride

After breakfast, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (160 km). Khongor is second biggest sand dune in the country that extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges. It range from 5 to 10 km in width, nearly 100 km long, with crests rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape. The booming sound produced by the masses of moving sand can be heard from afar when occurs windy day. Hence locals called it as Singing Sands. Near Khongor River at the northern edge of the dunes, there is an oasis. We will ride camels today to explore these massive sand-dunes and explore the area where climbing one of the dunes affords the energetic traveler with an unforgettable experience of endless vistas across a sea of daffodil-colored sand. Overnight at tourist ger camp.

Khongor Sand Dune view from a distance
Khongor Sand Dune view from a distance
camel riding in Gobi Desert
camel riding in Gobi Desert
tourists usually climb up to the Khongor Sand Dune
tourists usually climb up to the Khongor Sand Dune

Day3. Nemegt Valley

road sign to Nemegt Valley & Naran Daats Oasis
road sign to Nemegt Valley & Naran Daats Oasis

After breakfast, we will drive to Nemegt Valley (200 km). In these days we will see the natural wonder and historical sight Nemegt Valley. It is the place which is protected as belonging to  National Park Gobi Gurvan Saikhan by the government. There is many fossilized remains and findings of dinosaurs and some of them are protruded on the surface of the land.

Nemegt Valley view
Nemegt Valley view

Overnight in the tent.

Day4. Naran Daats Spring & Zulganai Oasis – hiking

After breakfast, we will drive through saxaul-filled desert oases Naran Daats (105 km). We will walk around the spring and relax in silence. After lunch time, we will drive to Zulganai Oasis (35 km). It’s a sight everyone should see! Then we will drive to Zulganai oasis, a small river oasis named “Zulganai” is the last oasis in Mongolia, untouched nature. The oasis is located 30 km far from Khermen Tsav. The lush green carpet of shrub land and fields sit in stark contrast to the barren hills in the background of this typical oasis. No one can say for certain where the name “Zulganai” came from. We will walk through the oasis and discover it. Overnight in the tent.

Naran Daats Oasis middow
Naran Daats Oasis middow
spring of Naran Daats Oasis
spring of Naran Daats Oasis
view of Zulganai Oasis
view of Zulganai Oasis

Day5 & 6. Khermen Tsav – ultimate wonder of Gobi

After breakfast, we will drive to Khermen Tsav (40 km). It is most famous canyon of Gobi desert. In translation it means as Khermen – “citadel” and Tsav means “crack”. It is the most legendary impressive place with its color and contrast because this deep canyon has been forming over thousands of years from water and wind erosion. Khermen Tsav is a geologic museum of epic proportions, where earth’s many million year history is displayed. We will walk around there and explore the site. Overnight in the tent.

west view of Khermen Tsav
west view of Khermen Tsav
east view of Khermen Tsav
east view of Khermen Tsav
Our company cars in the bottom of the Khermen Tsav Canyon
Our company cars in the bottom of the Khermen Tsav Canyon

Day7. Bichigt Rock Drawings – ancient gallery

Bichigt Rock Drawings
Bichigt Rock Drawings

After breakfast, we will drive to Bichigt Rock Drawings (150 km) which is situated in the Bayan Hill, has one of the world’s greatest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs – figures carved in the rock over a period of 5,000 years and depicting themes connected with animal husbandry, navigation, war and magic. It is home to the greatest complex of rock drawings in Asia, with approximately 1,000 petroglyphs drawn by members of the Hunnu people and other tribes of Nomadic impires on hundreds of exposed rocks dating from the 3000 BCE to the 8th century; cosmological, figurative, and cartographic motifs are featured, in some locations forming monumental hunting and ritual `scenes´.

a rock hill filled full of ancient rock drawings
a rock hill filled full of ancient rock drawings

The number, duration and variety of the engravings, representing for example navigation, dance, war and ploughing and their relationship with contemporary archaeological sites, contribute to the exceptional value of this assemblage. The rock drawings of Bichigt Gap constitute an extraordinary figurative documentation of prehistoric customs and mentality. The systematic interpretation, typological classification, and the chronological study of these configurations in stone have brought about a considerable contribution to the fields of prehistory, sociology and ethnology. Overnight in the tent.

Day8. Tsagaan Cave – cave man’s home

view of Tsagaan Cave
view of Tsagaan Cave

After breakfast, you will reach the furthest most point of your adventure trip. After breakfast we will drive to the White Caves (100 km) of Tsagaan, located in the Tsakhir Mountain . In 1996, it was discovered that this cave housed Stone Age man some 700,000 years ago, and has subsequently become the site of numerous archeological digs.

there is 2 human size sculpture inside the Tsagaan Cave
there is 2 human size sculpture inside the Tsagaan Cave

You will have dinner and camp overnight near the Tsakhir Mountain. Overnight in the tent.

Day9. Orog Lake

After breakfast, we will drive through west side of Bogd Mountain which is visible from (100 km) distance. The Orog Lake is located on the rear ride of this snow capped mountain. We will take rest on the shore of the lake. Overnight in the tent.

Day10. Arvaikheer town

After brakfast, we will drive to Arvaikheer town (230 km). Take shower and visit to local museum and check internet etc. Overnight in the local hotel.

Day11. Orkhon Waterfall – horse ride

view of Orkhon Waterfall
view of Orkhon Waterfall

After breakfast, we will drive to Orkhon Waterfall (120 km). Over 25 m high and 10 m wide Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the country and one of the most attractive destination in Orkhon River Valley, UNISCO World heritage site.

tourists usually ride horses in the Orkhon Valley
tourists usually ride horses in the Orkhon Valley

The surrounding areas of the waterfall was formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years and covered by over 10 m thick lava layer with interesting shapes of bubbles which created smaller waterfalls with 4-5 m heights. After dinner time, we will ride horses and walk for seeing the big and small waterfalls. Overnight at tourist ger camp.

Day12. Karakorum – former capital of Genghis khan

After breakfast, we will drive to Karakorum (120 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. The city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapse of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan, Min state’s invaders sacked the city in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years in 1586, Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery have been built there by remained ruin of Karakorum as construction materials. In the 18th century, the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples were home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, the most monasteries destroyed by communist purges. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery respectively. Overnight at tourist ger camp.

Turtle Rock at Erdene Zuu Monastery
Turtle Rock at Erdene Zuu Monastery
our customers are entering to Erdene Zuu Monastery
our customers are entering to Erdene Zuu Monastery
Imperial Map at Karakorum
Imperial Map at Karakorum

Day13. Khustai National Park.

a takhi wild horse walking in Khustai Mountain
a takhi wild horse walking in Khustai Mountain

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khustai National Park (320 km). National Park Khustai where re-introduction of the wild takhi horses (Przhevalsky’s horses) has taken place since 1992. Takhi is last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century. It was discovered in western Mongolia in the late 1870s by the Russian explorer N.M. Przhevalsky.

a-man-looking-wild-horses-at-khustai-national-park
TGM;s guide is looking wild horses takhi by binocular

Several expeditions since 1969 have failed to find this horse, which probably crossed with half-wild domesticated horses and lost its distinct features. Specimens have been kept and bred in zoos, and Mongolia in the late 20th century attempted to reintroduce them into the wild. We will reach to the research center and drive further for looking wild horses and shoot their pictures.

customers are with nomadic family in front of their ger
customers are with nomadic family in front of their ger

Overnight at tourist ger camp.

Day14. Back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar (100 km). After we arrive in UB, you will be transferred to your hotel. End of the trip.

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Step4:  Select payment method and pay the Payment.

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