Gobi Desert Small Group Tour 2020

14 Days, from AU $3,134

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Join the Mongolia tour to the land of Genghis Khan! Travelling overland in safari style, you will visit the ancient capital Karakorum: legendary 16th century Erdene Zuu monastery, Karakorum town museum and the UNESCO world heritage Orkhon River Valley. Then you will travel to the Gobi Desert, where a three day circuit explores the lofty sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, the glacial canyon of Yolyn Am, and the red cliffs of Bayanzag, where the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur fossils are found. Afterwards, the Mongolia tour will take you to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, one of the best preserved wildlife reserve in Mongolia, taking the opportunity to glimpse the rare Argali sheep and several rare bird species.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to get over jet lag and take a good rest before your wonderful journey across Mongolia. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package. 

Day 2

The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the Sukhbaatar square and the Museum of National History. Then we visit Bogd Khan's palace museum and Zaisan Memorial hill. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Meet at the hotel lobby at 9 am and we start our Mongolia discovery tour. We’ll visit to Gun Galuut Nature Reserve with 3-4-hour drive with a visit to Giant Chinggis Khan’s monument on the way. Arrive at Gun Galuut and set our tents at a scenic spot in the Kherlen river valley. Afternoon, visit to nomadic family to get an orientation of their lifestyle. Short hiking to the badland for to spot endangered White Napped Crane (only 3000 left in the world).  Return to the campsite, enjoy dinner cooked by tour chief and overnight at tent.

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 4

Gun-Galuut is a home to many endangered species including the Argali wild mountain sheep and many more. In the morning, we hike through the Baits Mountain or optional horse ride to try viewing Argali wild sheep. Lunch at our new campsite, south of Baits Mountain. Free time for leisure- optional hiking, fishing etc. In the evening, enjoy cooking session from our chief and learn to make Mongolian feast for dinner. Overnight at tent.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5

Breakfast at 7 am and we continue our travel to Gobi Desert. Our today’s destination is Ikh Gazaryn Chuluu, a picturesque and legendary granite mountain with a picnic lunch along the way. Arrive at Ikh Gazaryn Chuluu Mountain in the afternoon and transfer to the tourist ger camp where you stay overnight today. Discover the area and take a tour around to visit open natural Theatre, Energy rock, Prayers’ rock, Toonot cave. Return to the ger camp, dinner and overnight.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Today we travel to Tsagaan Suvarga, a sedimentary structure which is considered as ancient seabed. Arrive at our next tourist ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we take a tour around and visit to Khevtee Bosoo cave. The cave has wider entrance and it gets narrow as it is closer to the other end. Continue to Tsagaan Suvarga scarps and enjoy hiking around the colourful cliffs as you make your way toward the top. Return to the ger camp, dinner and overnight. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7

Today we travel to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Park in a drive that takes four to five hours, stopping for photography along the way. Our drive passes by Dalanzadgad, a Gobi town where we can stop for groceries or other necessities if you wish. Arrive at our next tourist ger camp (2050 m above the sea level) in Gurvan Saikhan Mountain.  In the afternoon, we visit Yolyn Am gorge and enjoy hiking in the beautiful gorge for 1-2 hours. Visit local natural history museum for the information of its flora and fauna. Transfer to ger camp, dinner and overnight there.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8

In the morning, we check out from the ger camp and travel to Khongor sand dunes. The road runs alongside the Khongor dunes after sometime as we make our way to Khongor river valley, bounded by last of Altai Mountain Range. Visit the beautiful sand dunes by the Khongor river streaming through the sands. Check in at the ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we take a tour to Seruun Bulag, a natural cool spring originates in between Khongor river and sand dunes. Then we visit Gobi family and camel ride (1 hour) through Singing dunes. Optional climbing to the dunes by the sunset and one will enjoy breath-taking scenery of the dunes and its surrounding landscape. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9

The drive to the Bayanzag takes between 3 and 4 hours, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Lone gers and nomads on camel or horseback hang suspended in the mirages, whilst the desert floor is strewn with a range of colourful rocks and unusual minerals. This is the Gobi at its stark best - there are many opportunities to stop and take photographs of the landscapes and people. Arrive at the ger camp and lunch. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations and explore the home to ancient dinosaur and walking in the rich saxaul forest. Enjoy the view of sunset over the Flaming Cliffs.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10

Breakfast and we drive north to Ongi Monastery ruins by the Ongi river. Our drive takes 4-5 hour passing through wide open Ongi steppe. Arrive at our ger camp and lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the ruins of historical Ongi Monastery (18th century) with some short hiking. Return to the ger camp and rest. Optional sauna or massage available. Dinner and overnight at the ger camp

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11

Travel more north toward central Mongolia today. Today we overnight at Mongolian nomadic family ger for the authentic experience. Our drive takes 4-5 hour through the Gobi steppes to central Mongolia steppe. Arrive at our host family and enjoy typical Mongolian lunch. The rest of the day is spent with nomads taking part in their daily chores including, cooking, cheese and curd making, milking mares, making Airag, herding and many more. Enjoy your stay overnight at the nomads’ summer campsite. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12

Farewell to our host family and we drive to ancient capital Karakorum. We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586 and its surroundings the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc. In the afternoon we will visit the newly established Museum of Karakorum which gives a good introduction to Central Mongolia, its’ history and the UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon river valley. Farewell to the group and meet the guide and driver at the museum and head to Elsen Tasarkhai, located in Khugnu Khan nature reserve. Arrive and visit Elsen Tasarkhai dunes and then to Erdene Khamba Monastery ruins located in Khugnu Khan mountain. Transfer to the ger camp and rest.

PS: Please kindly note that some travellers who’ve chosen to join with Northern Mongolia part will join today, and some of group members who joined for Southern Mongolia will leave today.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13

Today we drive toward Ulaanbaatar with the early start from the ger camp. Break our drive at Hustai National park, a safe haven for Takhi wild horses. Arrive at the Hustai resort and lunch. Visit information center and procced to the national park to view endangered Takhi horses. Continue to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon and check in at the hotel. Optional shopping for souvenir if time allows. Enjoy traditional folklore concert at Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner.  Hotel in Ulaanbaatar is not included in the package.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. 

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Standard:from AU $3,134

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotel or lodge stay each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Chinggis Monument Complex
  • Private transfers (Comfortable van/bus + experienced driver) for city tour on day 2
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced drivers) – 4 tourists in 1 van
  • Airport transfers
  • Twin share in traditional Mongolia ger at good tourist ger camps – 7 nights
  • Twin shared good tents during tented camping nights – 2 nights
  • Shared ger during nomadic family stay – 1 night
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 1-hour Camel riding fees in the Gobi
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Gobi desert and Karakorum tour souvenir!

Exclusions 

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance & Visa fees
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc
Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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