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Gobi Desert & Eight Lakes Horse Trek

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13 nights & 14 days
Availability : June-September
Ulaanbaatar
Gobi Desert & Eight Lakes
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 6
Tour Overview

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.

Wandering around the Gobi, we will then head north to Central Mongolia. Here you will enjoy spectacular and lush greenery, swimming in the freshwater Eight Lakes and waterfalls, as well as many famous cultural sites. Highlights include the ancient capital Khar Khorin, the Erdenezuu monastery, and trekking in the Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes) national park. Explore the natural beauty of central Mongolia, as you hike, fish, swim and horseback ride through this diverse and stunning landscape. You will start your trip visiting cultural sites like Erdene Zuu and Tuvkhun Monasteries and quickly make your way into the remote mountains and lakes of central Mongolia. Explore the gorgeous Eight Lakes region and take in the natural flora and fauna! This trip is for true adventurers!

Highlights
  • Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, known for its iconic sand dunes, ice canyon, flaming cliffs, limestone formations, as well as many geological & archeological sites.
  • Camel Riding through the Khongor Dunes
  • Highlights include the ancient capital Khar Khorin, the Erdenezuu monastery
  • Horse Trekking in Eight Lakes area
  • Cultural Experiences – nomadic family ger stay
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries
Accommodation

As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travellers 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.

Transport
  • Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other, ideal for adventure seeking travellers (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)
Departure Time & Place

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.

Tour Price

20% discount: 10-15 year old children

Total people in Group Price per Person
1 person US$ 3220 p/p
2 people US$ 1820 p/p
3 people US$ 1260 p/p
4 people US$ 1050 p/p
5 people US$ 910 p/p
6 people US$ 770 p/p

You are welcome to choose your own dates to travel. If you want to join a tour with other travellers, please see below Dates & Availability. 

Dates & Availability

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wdt_ID Start Date End Date Availability Tour Price p/p
2 16 Jun 2019 29 Jun 2019 4 Seats From US$732
5 13 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019 4 Seats From US$732
6 21 Jul 2019 03 Aug 2019 6 Seats From US$732
 

Price Included

  • Transport (Tour Distance - 2200 km)
  • Tour Guide
  • Accommodation at family run guesthouses, nomadic family Gers
  • 3 Meals a day (Breakfast-13 Lunch-14 Dinner-13)
  • Entrance fees/Local Taxes
  • Camel riding & Horse Trekking
  • Mineral water/Tea/coffee
  • Camping & Cooking equipment

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Any other personal expensesAdditional services
Tour Itinerary

Day 1.Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu

After an early 7:30am breakfast, the tour begins at 8am with the drive to 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.

Day 2.Tsagaan Suvarga

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.

Day 3.Yoliin Am Valley

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 in 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.

Day 4 & 5Khongoryn Els

Driving on this day can be adventurous, because the road is unpaved. We will start driving at 8am after breakfast. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the gorgeous canyon, and then continue to the last destination of the day. Y
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 from the bar/restaurant as well as a night safari tour, where we will see some of the local wildlife.
Stay in a ger camp run by the local community, including a shower.

Day 6. Bayanzag

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.

Day 7.Arvaikheer (Capital of Ovorkhangai)

Early morning start at 7am 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.

Day 8. Ulaantsutgalan Waterfalls

Be ready for a refreshing swim in the waterfalls. ‘Red Flows’ is the English translation for 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. Accomodation will be in a family guesthouse.

Day 9, 10, 11 & 12Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes) Trek

For the next four days trek through the beautiful Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes) area. The area of Naiman Nuur, which was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago, is now part of the 115-sq-km Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve. The lakes are about 35km southwest of Ulaantsutgalan Waterfall, but the roads are often virtually impassable. Trek by horse or by foot through this magnificent landscape which lies 2400m above sea level. You will see the wild Mongolia, mountain passes, lush valleys, thick forests and a plethora of birds and other wildlife. While trekking you will be carrying your small backpack, while your luggage, camping equipment and food will be carried on pack yaks/horses.
After completing your 4 day trek, return to Orkhon Waterfall family camp, rest and recover from your epic adventure and begin the journey to the Khar Khorin the next day.

Day 13. Khar Khorin

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 big day of exploring the town and its incredible history, enjoy dinner at a local family home.

Day 14.Ulaanbaatar

After last hearty breakfast the 9am. Return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a local lunch on the way and one last day in the wild. Estimated driving duration 7 hours.

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