The Gobi Desert tour continues for 7 days. Get in touch with your inner nomad as you hike, trek, camel ride, and “sand sled” through the Gobi Desert. On this journey, you will see desert steppe, tremendous sand dunes, deep gorges with rivers running through them, Mongolia’s own “Grand Canyon,” and the infamous “Flaming Cliffs” of Bayanzag
The word Gobi means “desert” in Mongolian. The Gobi is made up of several distinct ecological and geographic regions, based on variations in climate and topography. The Gobi is most notable in paleontology and history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.
| Baga Gazriin Chuluu – rock formation
|| Camel riding
|Tsagaan Suvarga – limestone|| Hiking
| Yoliin Am Valley
| Khongor Els- Sand Dunes
|| Cultural Experiences
| Bayanzag- The Flaming Cliffs
|| Nomadic Family Ger Stay
|Zorgol Khairhan Mountain|| Camping
As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially, and help support their livelihood. We are sure this resonates with our travellers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Desert. 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.
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.
20% discount: 4-15 year old children
|Total people in Group||Price per Person|
|1 person||US$ 1610|
|2 people||US$ 910|
|3 people||US$ 630|
|4 people||US$ 525|
|5 people||US$ 445|
|6 people||US$ 385|
You are welcome to choose your own private tour. If you want to join a tour with other travellers, please see below Dates & Availability for available seats to join!
|wdt_ID||Start Date||End Date||Availability||Tour Price p/p|
|2||11 Aug 2019||17 Aug 2019||3 Seats||From US$385|
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
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 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 be in the Valley.
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. 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.
Stay in a ger camp run by the local community, including a shower.
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.
Your exploits across the Gobi Desert will culminate with one final night camping under the star-studded Gobi sky, gazing at the milky way, or enjoying the hospitality of a nomadic family one last time.
Return to Ulaanbaatar with nothing but fond memories and the Gobi sand in your wake you will return to UB, aiming to be back in town by 6pm, enjoying a last picnic lunch in the wild at Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain. The mountain is venerated and revered by the locals, who believe it is the home of a great benevolent spirit.
Review of Meg’s Tours
Meg responded to our initial inquiries promptly, which was a plus for us, as we did not find that with other organizations we contacted. She worked with our tight schedule to accommodate our siteseeing wishes, and everything was well organized and delivered as promised. We stayed in an apartment provided by Meg near the State Store, which may not be a usual overnight offering, so I’ll not review it other than to say it was beautiful. Meg arranged transport for us to and from airport, and it was seamless. She picked the perfect team for us. Bunny greeted us on arrival, and saw us off on the last day. Augie, a driver for 25 years is a legend among drivers! He had friends everywhere! We had total confidence in him, and his Russian-made (quite comfortable) vehicle, during 7 days of rough, mostly off-road terrain. (And, he has a great sense of humor!) Our guide, Sagua, was so knowledgeable about history, culture, and nomadic life. He connected with us parents, and with our adventure-loving 20-something children. He offered just the right amount of information, and guidance for us so we followed traditions without insulting our hosts. We stayed in a variety of gers – some were “camps” with multiple gers and some were an extra ger next to the owner’s. Meg provided us with clean sleeping bags and although we did not use them, the driver had camp pads stowed in the van. See some other reviews on this thread for some valuable travel tips. We particularly appreciated that Meg’s organization is trying to be eco-friendly, as exemplified by our personalized water bottles that were refilled as needed from a large carboy. Travel in Mongolia is not easy for Westerners, but is is fascinating and wonderful. I can say we never had to make a single decision from the time we left the airport until our dropoff once again on departure, and were delighted with our trip.
It was a nice trip! The sleeping bags were to cold though – so that the nights were quite cold and short. The guide and the driver were really friendly !!
Thank you for an amazing tour of the Gobi Meg. We all had a great time – the driver and van were great, the beautiful places superb, guide was fantastic and the people we met were awesome. I can’t thank you enough. I will be in touch for more tours and adventures.
Luke Moller UK