You will be met on arrival at Ulaanbaatar airport and transferred to the group hotel. After a light lunch we set out on an orientation tour of Ulaanbaatar to get our bearings around the nation’s capital city. First stop is the Zaisan Memorial on the edge of Mt Bogd Khan. From here we have panoramic views of the city. Next is Genghis Square, the central square named after the Genghis Khan. The state department store is another landmark which makes an interesting and useful stop on our orientation tour. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening before we retire to our group hotel.
We will commence the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia. Here we may experience monks in worship and see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to tour a local Cashmere factory shop. Our evening program is a folklore concert featuring Mongolian Traditional songs and dances. Overnight at the hotel.
Today we will drive to a place known as Khustai National Park. There is an ongoing project here focused on the reintroduction of Przewalski-Horses back into their homeland. In the evening we will see the wild horses grazing in the mountain. Meals and overnight at the ger camp. (about 200km)
After breakfast we will drive to Ogii Lake. This fresh water lake in the steppe covers 25 square kilometers and is rich with fish and birds. We will have leisurely afternoon walking around the lake taking in the surrounding beauty and watching for birds. Meals and overnight at the ger camp. (about 230km)
This morning we will continue our journey until we reach the place known as Tsenkheriin Hot springs. These hot springs sprout directly from the mountains and reach extremely high temperatures - up to 80 degrees Celsius. After spending the afternoon at leisure in the hot springs, we will visit local nomadic family. We will have overnight at a ger camp near the springs. There is a pool with hot spring water. Meals and overnight accommodation at ger camp. (about 150km)
This morning we will drive to the ancient capital of Mongolia, Karakorum. Very little remains of the place from where Genghis Khan launched his mighty cavalry, but what ds stand resplendent near the town is the massive walls of the Erdenezuu Monastery. This monastery had to face the onslaught of Soviet desecration during the 19th century but is now being slowly and lovingly restored. Today we will visit Erdenezuu Monastery and spend some time shopping for art and antiques in Karakorum. Meals and overnight at the ger camp. (about 150km)
Today we will make our way to the Ongi Monastery, arriving in the afternoon. This monastery was erected about 250 years ago and at that time had almost 1,000 monks worshiping here daily. This was once one of 700 monasteries; before they were destroyed under the communist purges of last century. Now, you can find only a few stupas and one temple that have not been destroyed. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp. (about 270km)
We will head off in vehicles to the north and make our way to Bayanzag, known as Flaming Cliffs, and enjoy the day hiking amongst the colourful desert sands. Bayanzag is a world renowned dinosaur fossil exploration site, discovered in the 1920’s by Mongolian and American paleontologists. We will be free to explore, feeling like dinosaur hunters, as even to this day many dinosaur fossils remain. Meals and overnight at ger camp. (about 200km)
Today we will drive deep into the Gobi desert, until we reach Khongoriin sand dunes, the largest in Mongolia. The drive is through some incredible desert scenery with flat, stony plains, outcrops of vegetation, interesting rock formations, and herds of wild antelope racing across the plains. Meals and overnight is at the ger camp. (about 180km)
This will be a day of leisure activities at Khongoriin sand dunes. Today we will visit local nomadic family and get a taste of their way of life. In the afternoon we will hike on sand hills on northern part of the mountains of Sevrei, and ride two-humped Bactrian camels on sand dunes 180km long and 15-20m wide. We will also have a chance to assemble a ger with help of our drivers and guide. Overnight accommodations will be at the ger camp.
Today we will drive to Yolyn Am (Vulture’s Gorge), on the edge of the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park via Dalanzadgad town, the center of South Gobi Province. Yolyn Am features a narrow canyon, so deep that even in the middle of summer ice and snow remain in the valley floor. This area is rich in wildlife and we may see Argali wild sheep, ibex and, for the extremely lucky, the renowned snow leopard. There is a small museum here with a collection of dinosaur fossils, and taxidermy displays. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp.
We will drive back into Middle Gobi province, until we reach Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a granite stone formation surrounded by desert plain, the highest peak reaching 1,751 meters above sea level. We will spend some time in the afternoon exploring this area by foot and trying to spot marmots. Dinner and overnight at ger camp.
Drive to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Shopping is an excellent option with cashmere and leather products making great souvenirs. Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
The trip concludes in Ulaanbaatar after breakfast and departure transfer.