This trip encompasses the many stunning highlights of the world-famous Gobi Desert and the lush, green surroundings of Central Mongolia. Driving south from Ulaanbaatar, you will pass through the Middle and Southern regions of the desert, allowing you to experience the vastness of this special landscape. Among the rolling sand dunes and hills, activities include riding two-humped Bactrian camels through the desert, visiting a Nomadic family, as well as enjoying the spectacular sunrises and sunsets that are on offer each day Included is a trip to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, known for its iconic sand dunes, ice canyon, flaming cliffs, limestone formations, as well as many geological & archeological sites.
After wandering around the Gobi, we will then head north to Central Mongolia. Here you will enjoy the spectacular and lush greenery, swimming in freshwater Great White lake and waterfalls, as well as many famous cultural sites. Highlights include the ancient capital Khar Khorin, the Erdenezuu monastery, as well as visiting Khustai National Park to catch a glimpse of the Mongolian wild horses.
Tour departure times can be flexible, however, 8 am on the morning of departure is recommended. The driver and guide can pick you up from the airport, train station, or your accommodation to suit your requirements.
Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other,
ideal for adventure seeking travelers (max 6 people)
Japanese Van: Family type van with comfortable seats and air conditioning (max 4 people)
Land Cruiser: Comfortable speedy ride with air conditioning (max 2 people)
As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially, and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travelers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. It is, therefore, our preference to stay with these families if they have an extra Ger. As well as directly supporting local herders, you can experience this rich traditional way of life first hand.
|Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park|| Camel & horse riding
|The Khongor Sand Dunes|| Hiking & Swimming
|The ancient capital Khar Khorin||Historical sites|
|The Erdenezuu Monastery||Cultural Experiences|
| Great White Lake
|| Geological sites
|Total people in Group||Cost per Person|
|1 person||US$ 3,220|
|2 people||US$ 1,820|
|3 people||US$ 1,260|
|4 people||US$ 1,050|
|5 people||US$ 910|
|6 people||US$ 770|
|Transport (Tour Distance covered – 2500 km)||Travel insurance|
| Tour Guide
| Accommodation at family-run guesthouses
||Alcoholic & soft drinks|
|Accommodation at nomadic family Gers||Any other personal expenses|
|3 Meals a day (Breakfast – 13, Lunch – 14, Dinner -13)|| Additional services
|Entrance fees / Local Taxes|
|Horse & camel riding 2 hour each|
|Mineral water / Tea / coffee|
After an early 7:30 am breakfast, the tour begins at 8 am with the drive to the first destination in the Middle Gobi province. Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a range of granite hills surrounded by the desert. It is believed Chinggis Khaan grazed his horses here. These hills are a good place for scrambling and hiking. We stay in a nomadic family ger camp.
Today’s drive will be on the paved road. After packing up the camp site will be driving to Tsagaan Suvarga – a formation about 30 meters tall and 100 meters long and shaped very strangely, as a result of wind and water erosion over thousands of years. From a distance, it can be mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city. Lunch will be in the town of Mandalgovi city.
Today we will be entering South Gobi Desert – Umnugovi province. After having breakfast, we will start the drive to Dalanzadgad city where you can have a shower, and guide will restock supplies with some fresh food. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, and we then continue to Yoliin Am (“vultures mouth”), which is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park in Southern Mongolia. Yoliin Am is notable for a deep ice field. This ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter and is several kilometers long and can sometimes remain frozen throughout the summer. Camping and supper will in the Valley.
Driving on this day can be adventurous because the road is unpaved. We will start driving at 8 am after breakfast. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the gorgeous canyon, and then continue to the last destination of the day. Khongoryn Els.
These dunes are the largest accumulation of sand in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by the Khongoryn Gol river, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.
Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. You will spend the day camel riding for the day, hiking, sand sliding or hanging out with a local nomadic family. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy a shower and cold drinks at the bar/restaurant as well as a night safari tour, where we will see some of the local wildlife.
Your destination on this day will be the aptly named “Flaming Cliffs”. The adventure across the vast desert landscape will continue, this time across what was a prehistoric sea bed. The flaming cliffs are a dream for fossil hunters. They were named by American adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews who found the first fossils here in 1920. The Bayanzag area is great for hiking and hunting for fossils. Stay in a family ger camp.
Early morning start at 7 am after breakfast. A day to take stock in this unique city, with free time to explore the market, museum, as well as enjoy a beer while reflecting on the desert experiences. Lunch and dinner will be in a restaurant in the town, while accommodation will be in a local guesthouse.
Be ready for a refreshing swim in the waterfalls. ‘Red Flows’ is the English translation of this river. The area was formed by volcanic activity that dates back 20,000 years. This location is amazing for trekking, fishing, relaxing, and indulging your inner photographer if the weather is right for the day. Accommodation will be in a family guesthouse.
After breakfast, we begin the 130km drive to the next destination of Khar Khorin, the local town that was once the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, Khar Khorin museum, as well as some of the rock monuments in the town. Lunch in a local café. After a big day of exploring the town and its incredible history, enjoy dinner at a local family home.
This easy day starts at 9 am. Start driving to Arkhangai province to relax in the hot springs. There is a mixture of outdoor and indoor pools, with men and women bathing separately. Warning: during rainy season access to the hot springs may not be possible if the river is flooded. Instead of the hot springs, you may just stay in the mountains or with a family camping near the river. Entrance to the Hot Spring is included but additional service such as pools and spa are extra.
The day starts with the drive to Tsetserleg town, where the guide will buy fresh food for the upcoming days. Visit Arkhangai Museum, and have lunch in the Fairfield Cafe run by the local community. Then continue to Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, a volcanic lake ringed by stark rocky mountains. On the way, we will take you to Chuluut River and the Khorgo Volcano. There are many natural highlights to explore in this area. Accommodation will be at a family ger camp.
You can wander along the shoreline or hike up into the volcanic mountains for amazing views. Have a relaxing day to yourself. Washing and laundry services might be available at one of the camps – please ask your guide for the details of extra services. Stay at a family ger camp.
Start driving to Ogii Lake. Picnic lunch on the road. Prepared by the guide. Today’s drive continues the only 70km. Ogii Lake is a freshwater lake 1,387 meters above sea level and covers an area of 27 square km. The lake abounds in various types of fish and birds, which creates incredible natural beauty. Have a walk around do swimming. And boat hires available. Charged hourly will cost extra, not included in this tour price. Dinner by the lake. Stay in the local family ger camp.
After last hearty breakfast the 9am. Start driving to Ulaanbaatar. On the way to the capital city, we will visit Khar Bukhiin Balgas, a fortress that was inhabited by the Kitan Dynasty from 917 to 1120. We will then visit Hustai National Park. The park is home to the successfully reintroduced Przewalski or “Takhi” Horse. There are some of the last truly wild horses in the world. Enjoying a picnic lunch on the way and one last day in the wild. Then return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories.