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Highlights of the Gobi

The magnificent Gobi Desert is one of the last few wildernesses on earth. It is a treasure chest full of astonishing surprises that draw in the most avid travellers, explorers and adventurers. This itinerary takes us to the very best of the Gobi and combines other highlights of southern Mongolia. We explore unique and untouched places amid this vast wilderness - we see the largest sand dunes in Mongolia at Khongoriin Els, ancient dinosaur relics at the "Flaming Cliffs" of Bayanzag, the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park containing the Valley of Yolyn Am with solid ice formations, even in the heat of the Gobi summer. We ride camels and have time to simply marvel at these astonishing surroundings. As we venture north towards Ulaanbaatar we visit Mongolia's finest monastery at Erdenezuu and Mongolia's ancient capital of Karakorum. Next we continue via Ugii Lake and Khustain Nuruu National Park, where we hope to glimpse the famous wild horses. In true nomadic style we ride through the desert in jeeps visiting a local nomadic family and enjoy the famous hospitality of these hardy people. Every trip to the Gobi is an adventure in the truest sense of the word and this trip is sure not to disappoint.

Inclusions

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners
Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 14
Expert bilingual guide
Comfortable well located hotels in Ulaanbaatar and twin share accommodation in traditional ger camps
Medical kit
Private vehicles
Sightseeing and national park entrance fees as listed in itinerary
Pre-departure Information
Hightlights
Marvel at the spectacular Gobi Desert
Explore the capital Ulaanbaatar
Camp in remote national parks and overnight with local nomadic family in a traditional ger
Visit Khustain National Park - home of the takhi (Mongolian wild horse)
Ride camels and walk along Mongolia's largest sand dunes at Khongoriin Els
Explore the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park containing the Valley of Yolyn Am with solid ice formations
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $4,450
Start Location
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
End Location
Mongolia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 May 201909 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,450
17 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,450
21 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,450
18 Aug 201931 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,450
22 May 202004 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $4,580
27 Jul 202009 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $4,580
29 Aug 202011 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $4,580
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
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.
Day 2
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.
Day 3
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)
Day 4
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)
Day 5
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)
Day 6
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)
Day 7
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)
Day 8
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)
Day 9
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)
Day 10
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.
Day 11
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.
Day 12
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.
Day 13
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.
Day 14
The trip concludes in Ulaanbaatar after breakfast and departure transfer.