Small Loop 10 Days

Small Loop

Overview
our guide with Indian 3 customers are in Yol Valley
our guide with Indian 3 customers are in Yol Valley

Ganzo, the owner of the TGM, considers that this itinerary is top itinerary of Mongolian tourism. This itinerary covers most beautiful places of Gobi Desert & Central Mongolia. This itinerary has a full day camel trek & a 2 days horse trek. It has historical sights Karakorum & Ongi Monastery Ruins. It has very good 2 nights camping experiences. 

  • Explore most famous sights of Gobi Desert
  • A day camel trek included
  • 2 days magnificent horse trek included
  • 2 nights famous Mongolian camping 
  • Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan’s capital
  • Meet wild horse in their natural habitat – hike through the Khustai National Park
  • Visit to authentic nomadic family & overnight in a traditional ger dwelling

Length: 10 days
Area: Gobi Desert & Central Mongolia
Tour type: private package tour (Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.)
Potential dates and weather condition: from April to September each year
Difficulty: easier – moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 1910 km

By days: Day1. Tsagaan Suvarga
Day2. Yol Valley & Bayanzag
Day3. Khongor Sand Dunes
Day4. Camel trek
Day5. Ongi Monastery Ruin
Day6. Naiman Lakes
Day7. Orkhon Waterfall & Tuvkhun Monastery
Day8. Karakorum
Day9. Khustai National Park
Day10. Ulaanbaatar
Prices

We offer 2 different type of tour arrangements for our customers.

Standard Arrangement What is standard arrangement?
(Staying through the tourist ger camps) What is tourist ger camp?
2390 USD for 1pax
1610 USD p.p for 2pax
1050 USD p.p for 3pax
920 USD p.p for 4pax
840 USD p.p for 5pax
790 USD p.p for 6pax
Single supplement: 180 usd
Included: 6 nights in tourist ger camp, 1 night in the nomadic family, 2 nights in tent, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag, mineral water
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses (extra some drinks, souvenir buying, locals concerts etc), travel insurance
Budget Arrangement What is budget arrangement?
(Staying in the local ger guesthouses) What is local ger guesthouse?
1700 USD for 1pax
960 USD p.p for 2pax
710 USD p.p for 3pax
590 USD p.p for 4pax
510 USD p.p for 5pax
470 USD p.p for 6pax
Included: 6 nights in local ger guesthouse, 1 night in the nomadic family, 2 nights in tent, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag
Not included: food service, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses (extra some drinks, souvenir buying, locals concerts etc), 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.

? Why food service not included in the Budget Arrangement? You can buy meals from local ger guesthouses by paying only 2 or 3 usd per meal. There is plenty of food shops on the way when you are touring. You can carry your own food from UB. It is nice you eat our own breakfast and then buy meals for lunch and dinner. Meals will be basic and usually cooked Mongolian traditional or Russian styled foods. Or you can get basic free kitchen belonings from us and cook yourself. more other Customers’ FAQs
Detailed Itinerary

Day1. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff- colorful earth wall and rock drawings

In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff (470 km) on the paved road. It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 50 m in its highest point and continues 400 m and looks like a ancient ghost city form a distance. There is no clear date of geography research work and it is good spot take rest and overnight place driving to South Gobi. Around the site, there is Khevtee Bosoo Cave. We will do some hiking around the site and see the cave. Overnight there.

Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from a distance
Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from a distance
Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from the bottom
Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from the bottom

Day2. Yol Valley – horse ride & Bayanzag – famous dinosaur site.

After breakfast time, we drive to Yol Valley (195 km) on the paved road. 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. Then we will drive to Bayanzag (101 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 paleontologist sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Overnight there.

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

Day3. Khongor Sand Dune- oasis tour & climb up

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (152 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 Khongor Oasis. Walk on the meadow and taste mineral water from the sand foot. Overnight there.

Khongor Sand Dune view from a distance
Khongor Sand Dune view from a distance
view of oasis part of Khongor Sand Dune
view of oasis part of Khongor Sand Dune
tourists usually climb up to the Khongor Sand Dune
tourists usually climb up to the Khongor Sand Dune

Day4. Khongor Sand Dune – a day camel trekking

After breakfast time, we will do camel trek in full day. The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the sand-dunes. After that we will visit to camel herder family who lives around the Khongor Oasis. Taste dairy products of camel milk and drink milk tea. Overnight in the camel herder family.

camel riding in Gobi Desert
camel riding in Gobi Desert
camels are near to the Khongor Sand Dune
camels are near to the Khongor Sand Dune

Day5. Ongi Monastery Ruin- hiking

After breakfast time, we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruin (299 km). Ongi Monastery Ruin is the ruins of a Buddhist monastery founded in 1760 and destroyed in 1937 by communist purges. Located on the shore of the Ongi River, the monastery was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. Raw violence of the destruction at the site was still visible, still palpable, even though it happened over years ago. It is a good place for overnight of traveling between Central Mongolia and Gobi. We will hike to the ruins for visiting to local ger museum displayed survived objects of destroyed monastery and a small lovely and active Buddhist temple. Overnight there.

Ongi Monastery Ruins view
Ongi Monastery Ruins view
Ongi River
Ongi River
our tourists listen interesting history of the Ongi
our tourists listen interesting history of the Ongi

Day6. Naiman Lakes – horse trek & camping experience.

view of Shireet Lake of Naiman Lakes area
view of Shireet Lake of Naiman Lakes area

After breakfast time, we will drive to Naiman Lake (250 km – 6 hours dirt road). A well-known volcanic origin lake Naiman Lakes, (Naiman means Eight, because there is eight small lakes) are located in the caldera depression of Khangai Mountain in 2400 m. This unique Crater Lake is fed solely by falling rain and snow, with no inflow or outflow at the surface, and hence is one of the clearest lakes in the world. Large coniferous trees and rich, lush black forest, the home of many exotic birds and wild life, surround the lake.

tourists usually do a day horse trek there between Orkhon Waterfall & Naiman Lakes area
tourists usually do a day horse trek there between Orkhon Waterfall & Naiman Lakes area

We will start the horse trek in the afternoon. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows. We offer horse pack trips suited for all ages and abilities with rides varying in length . Horse pack trips allow you to reach deep into the southern Siberian wilderness. Overnight in the tent.

Day7. Orkhon Waterfall & Tuvkhun Monastery

After breakfast time, we will ride horses to Orkhon Waterfally. 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. 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. There we will meet with our car again & drive to Tuvkhun Monastery (55 km – 2 hours dirt road). The monastery is located on the peak of the densely forested and picturesque mountain Shiveet at the elevation of 2000m. Mongolian first bogd (head of the Buddhism) Zanabazar’s followers built the temple in 1653 for meditation and art studio purpose. There is several interesting things to see. Meditation caves, foot print of Zanabazar on the rock, first drawn version of soyombe, independence symbol, etc. We will hike from the bottom of the mountain to the top or the monastery. We will hike from the bottom of the mountain to the top or the monastery. Overnight in the tent.

view of Orkhon Waterfall
view of Orkhon Waterfall

view of Tuvkhun Temple
view of Tuvkhun Temple

camping in here is really nice
camping in here is really nice

Day8. Karakorum- former capital of Genghis Khan

After breakfast time, we will drive to Karakorum (265 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. In the history, the city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapsing of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan Min state’s invaders sacked the city and massacred its inhabitants in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years, Erdene Zuu, built in 1586, is the first Buddhist monastery to have been built in Mongolia and by various construction materials were taken from the ruins of Karakorum. At its peak in the late 18th century the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples was home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, by communist purges the whole monastery completely destroyed. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Ruin Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery Complex respectively. Overnight there.

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

Day9. Khustai National Park- wild horses and nomadic family

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 (340 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. On arrival you will have lunch at the nomads’ ger.

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

Enjoy the joyful atmosphere and learn the clever nomads’ way of life by taking every chance of taking part in the nomadic life activities like a nomad. Experience the milking cows or goats. Watch how they produce tasty and nutritious dairy products. Then, participate in the nomads’ daily chores – prepare dried dung from a nearby mountain for the family’s household use for making fire. Overnight in the nomadic family.

Day10. Drive back to UB

After breakfast time, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city (75 km). After arrive in the city, you will be transferred to yout accommodation and end the trip.

Booking

Our Booking is easy & complete in below 4 steps.

Step1:  Please carefully read our Contract Of Private Package Tour. Cancellation & other condition will be follow this contract.
Step2:  Send us your Booking Form (Only one of the group member’s Booking Form is fine. No need to send us all member’s booking forms)
Step3:  You will be received an Voucher & Invoice from us via email.
Step4:  Select payment method and pay the Payment.

Information
  • Above prices are changeable by changing components (kind of services) of the itinerary.
  • This is a private tour and you or your travel buddies will be in the tour.
  • Domestic flight companies accept only 10kg-15kg lugguge incuding your carry on bags too for free transfer.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in correct pick up location at correct time as stated on your booking form.
  • No smoking in travel vehicles or aircraft.
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