This trip encompasses the many stunning highlights of the world famous Gobi desert, as well as the lush, green surroundings of Central and Northern 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, lime stone formations, as well as many geological & archeological sites.
After wandering around Gobi, we will then head north to Central Mongolia. Here you will enjoy spectacular and lush greenery, swimming in freshwater lakes 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.
Northern Mongolia is the perfect destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities and wildlife. Lake Khuvsgul, which contains 65 percent of all the fresh water in Mongolia, is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The surrounding mountains and forests are perfectly suited for wildlife observation, as they provide a habitat for more than sixty species. The Uran-Togoo Tulga Natural Reserve is also a great place to observe the variety of bird life and mammals, as well as explore the various hiking trails. Northern Mongolia is also home to the famous Tsaatan Reindeer Herdsmen, an ethnic group that has remained virtually unchanged since the Ice Age.
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.
|Total people in Group||Cost per Person|
|1 person||US$ 4,370|
|2 people||US$ 2,660|
|3 people||US$ 1,710|
|4 people||US$ 1,425|
|5 people||US$ 1,140|
|6 people||US$ 1,045|
|Transport (Tour Distance covered – 3300 km)||Alcoholic drinks|
|Tour Guide (English speaking or optional)||Hot Spring service|
|Accommodation at family run guesthouses||Any other personal expenses|
|Accommodation at nomadic family Gers||Additional services|
|3 Meals a day (Breakfast-19, Lunch-19, Dinner-18)|
|Entrance fees / Local Taxes|
|Cooking & Camping Equipment|
|Horse & camel riding 1 day each|
|Mineral water / Tea / coffee|
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. On the way to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, we will visit Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain. The mountain is venerated and revered by the locals, who believe it is the home of a great, benevolent spirit.
This place is about 30 meters tall and 100 meters long and shaped very strangely, 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.
Yoliin Am (“vultures mouth”) 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.
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 can spend the day camel riding, hiking, sand sliding or hanging out with a local nomad family. There’ll also be an opportunity to visit one of the local Ger camps, where you can enjoy a shower and a cold drink.
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 there in 1920. The Bayanzag area is great for hiking and hunting for fossils.
A day to take stock in this unique capital city, with free time to explore the market, museum, as well as enjoy a beer while reflecting on the desert experiences.
‘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, horse riding, fishing, relaxing, and indulging your inner photographer.
In 1653, believers who gathered in Erdene Zuu Monastery decided to build a special Monastery for Zanabazar. Following this decision the Monastery Tuvkhun was built at Shireet Ulaan, the most beautiful scenery in the Khangai Mountains. This monastery is located in densely forested and picturesque mountains at an elevation of 2000m above sea level.
There are a mixture of outdoor and indoor pools, with men and women bathing separately. Warning: during rainy season you might not go to the hot springs if the river is flooded. Instead of the hot springs, you may just stay in the mountains or with a family near the river.
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.
You can wander along the shoreline or hike up into the volcanic mountains for amazing views. Horse riding is recommended !
After early morning breakfast, start driving towards Khuvsgul province Camp on the way to Khuvsgul province (there is also the option to stay with a local family).
Arrive at Lake Khuvsgul which is known as the Dark Blue Pearl among beautiful mountains. There are 96 rivers and streams that flow into the lake, including the Egiin River, which then joins the Selenge along its eventual path to Lake Baikal. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long & 36 km wide, 262 meters deep, and located at an altitude of 1645m above sea level. Taiga fauna and flora & the Tsaatan people, who practice reindeer breeding, are among the main attractions. The lake is on an important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for bird watching.
Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. You can spend time horse riding, hiking, swimming, boating or hanging out with a local nomad family. There’ll also be an opportunity to visit one of the local Ger camps where you can have a shower and a cold drink.
Horse riding whole day. Have picnic lunch. Stay with the nomadic families.
The Selenge River is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of Mongolia. Stop in the town of Erdenet, the third largest city. The Selenge River is a major river in Mongolia. It flows into Lake Baikal and has a length of 992 km.
Amarbayasgalant Monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery was established and founded by order of the Manchu emperor Enkh-Amgalan Khan to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar. Today, 28 temples remain. Travellers always rave about the monastery and the beautiful scenery of the mountain range, just north of Amarbayasgalant.
Return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories, enjoying a picnic lunch on the way and one last day in the wild ! (380km drive)