GOBI DISCOVERY

  • GOBI DISCOVERY
8 day
from 1523 USD

OVERVIEW

The Mongolian Gobi is one of the top travel destinations throughout the world with its unique vast beautiful landscape, and the last surviving nomadic culture within the home for many of endangered animals including the Gobi bear Mazaalai, snow leopard, mountain sheep, ibex, and Mongolian Khulan – The Mongolian wild ass (Equus hemionus). Once there, you can ride a two-humped camel, and explore dinosaur bone yards, climb up to sand dunes and acquaint the unique nomadic life.

HIGHLIGHTS

Ulaanbaatar city tour

Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Nomadic family visit

Two-humped camel riding

Wilderness in the Gobi

Sand dune climbing

Dinosaur cemetery exploring

Ongy monastery ruin

Kharkhorin, the ancient capital

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar city.

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city, our driver and English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport and be transferred to your hotel in downtown. After you settled in, we will start a sightseeing tour including visit Sukhbaatar’s square. The Square is in the center of Ulaanbaatar, in front of the Mongolian Parliament House. Across from the central square, we will visit to the National Museum of Mongolia, the biggest museum with over 54000 exhibitions from prehistoric period till 21st century. Our next stop will be Zaisan Hill Memorial.  This hill provides a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in a hotel.

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Day 2: Flight to the Gobi

After breakfast at the hotel, we will move to the airport for domestic flight to Dalanzadgad, a provincial town of southern Mongolia. Upon arrival in Dalanzadgad, we will head to ‘Yolyn  Am Valley’, a jewel in the middle of the Mongolian Gobi. The valley has a narrow canyon with a stream that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The sheer rock walls stand 200 m, and the canyon has stunning green meadows with a thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. Then we will trek along the canyon and may get a glimpse of rarely seen Argali – a mountain sheep, Ibex – wild goat and Lammergeier. Overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3: Drive to Khongor sand dunes

This morning, we will have a breakfast at the ger camp, and continue our Gobi journey to Khongor sand dunes. En route to the sand dunes, you will enjoy the stunning backdrop as you drive around 5 hours west, towards the vast Gobi landscape. Witness the remarkable desert landscape, and

explore the sand dunes both by 4WD and on foot. We will visit to a camel breeding family, and familiarize with their nomadic lifestyle. Camel riding is available on request. Overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

 

Day 4: Khongor sand dunes to Bayanzag, the flaming cliffs

On this day, we will expand our Gobi Discovery tour to Bayanzag, the place is world-renowned for its paleontological remains. Here we will explore the clay hills and saxaul forest, and you can walk around where dinosaurs once roamed. Overnight in a ger camp near the clay cliffs.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: Explore Ongy Monastery ruin

Depart to Ongy monastery ruin, a journey of approximately 5 hours driving. Upon arrival, you will explore the ruin of the Buddhist monastery, once was a bustling pilgrimage area for Buddhists in 18-19th century, before it affected by anti-religious purges. Here you will walk around 30 minutes up a dirt path to the ruins. Also it is possible for sightseeing excursion between hills, and on the shore of the Ongy river, the main source of drinking water for the Gobi people. Overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6: Drive to Kharkhorin

Our team will head to Kharkhorin city. The city had existed as a capital for world’s largest contiguous empire through over 40 years. In the Kharkhorin city, we will visit to a museum, has many exhibitions which show history of Mongolian nomadic life from hunter gatherers’ period till most powerful and consummate empire throughout the world. Overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7: Drive back to ulaanbaatar city

After breakfast, we will visit to Erdenezuu monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery Museum in Mongolia. Which has many expensive and precious Buddhist art works from 17th century including mold deities of gold and silver, thankas, split paintings and manuscripts. After the monastery museum, we will head for a long drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. En route to the capital city, we will behold the dramatic change from an arid gobi scenery to a green steppe landscape. We will arrive in Ulaanbaatar city in the afternoon, and you can relax in your hotel until dinner. In the evening, our farewell dinner will take place in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8: Departure

Today is the end of the Gobi discovery tour. Our team will transfer you to the airport in time for your international flight. Have a nice trip back to home and thank you for choosing ELT Mongolian tours.

Breakfast/-/-

PRICE

 

Group size

Price per person

2 pax

2057 USD

3-5 pax

1866 USD

6-9 pax

1596 USD

10-14 pax

1523 USD

15+ pax

1493 USD

 

INCLUSIONS

Accommodation (twin based): 2 nights in 4 – star hotel, 5 nights in superior ger camps

Domestic airfare

Guiding and interpreting service

Full board meals

Transportation: vehicle 4x4 or minivan

Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks

Museums and cultural performance

Sleeping bags, and Matt

Pack animal rental

EXCLUSIONS

International airfare

Personal equipment

Optional activity cost

Excess baggage charges

Alcoholic drinks

Travel insurance

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