The Gobi Desert is known worldwide for being a renowned place to visit. Many people fear that it is an uninhabitable place; yet, this same fear of the unknown attracts many travelers. The Gobi covers one-third of Mongolia’s land area; it has many interesting things for its’ travelers to learn about such as its pre-history, history and geography, as well as the plants, animals and people who dwell there. Mongolians catalog 33 different types of desert in the Gobi. The different types of desert are categorized depending upon soil color and composition. The Gobi Desert is quite diverse, containing wildlife parks and mountains to canyons with dramatic rock faces.
Lake Khuvsgul, Mongolia’s “Blue Pearl”, is located two kilometers above sea level in the northernmost province of Mongolia. It is frozen from January until May. The Lake’s unbelievably clear water is still untouched by industry and modern urban life; so much that one can see every detail of fish that are a dozen or more meters under water. Lake Khuvsgul, the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia, contains two percent of the world’s fresh water. It is supplied by some 96 rivers that flow into the lake.
During winter, over a meter of ice covers the lake. The locals hold annual ice festivals, where ice-skating, cross-country skiing and horse sledding take place. Several ethnic minorities groups such as the Buriat, the Darkhad and the Dukha (also known as the Tsaatan reindeer herders) reside in KhuvsgulAimag.
The Dukha’s days revolve entirely around their reindeer and shaman rituals. Theirs is a unique culture that has for centuries involved a sustainable use of products from reindeers and the taiga (forest). Sadly, this lifestyle is now being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Your guide and the driver will meet you and assist you at the airport or train station. Transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. Check-in and enjoy free time until lunch. After lunch, take a tour of the city, visit the National History Museum, and walk along the main Chinggis Square. Enjoy the colourful traditional folk songs and dance performance. Throat singing and contortion are the highlights of the show. Have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Tsonjin Boldog (55km), a historical location commemorated in the Secret History of Mongols – chronicles of ancient Mongolia and visit the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex. The stainless steel statue of Chinggis Khaan erected at this significant location stands forty metres tall and, as of 2015, is still considered the tallest equestrian statue in the world. Here, the largest private collection of the artifacts from the Hunnu (Xiongnu) and Chinggis Khaan's periods of Mongolia is on display. Visitors also can get on top of the statue to enjoy the breathtaking view.
Continue to the Gorkhi-Terelj national park. Lunch at a ger camp. There are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and horse riding at the park. Visit the Ariyapala Meditation Centre newly rebuilt high in the mountains and enjoy the magnificent alpine scenery.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a short (approx. 1½ hours) flight to the Gobi region. Meet your local driver and head towards the Flaming Cliffs (100 km). Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews, an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist, the inspiration for the movie character “Indiana Jones.” Visit Bayanzag “forest” rich in saxaul trees of Gobi. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
After breakfast, leave for the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes, the largest and most spectacular sand dunes of Mongolia stretching for more than 100 km at the foot of the Gurvan Saikhan mountain range. Have lunch upon arrival. Visit a local family of camel breeders in the afternoon and explore the sand dunes on camel back. Have dinner and spend the night at the camp.
Breakfast at the ger camp. Drive along the Khongor Els sand dunes and Gurvan Saikhan mountain range through spectacular Gobi terrain. After lunch at the arrival at Khanbogdger camp, drive into the Gurvan Saikhan national park to embark on an excursion into the Yolyn Am gorge. The excursion involves hiking and plenty of opportunities to photograph the stunning landscape. Drive to Dalanzadgad, centre of the South Gobi province, have dinner and stay at the hotel.
After early breakfast at the hotel drive to the airport for a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer from Gobi to “Gobi” - visit the longest-established, largest cashmere factory of Mongolia and have a fascinating factory tour to learn how the raw cashmere collected by the nomadic herders is magically transformed into a softest warmth and then into a fashionable garment for buyers' enjoyment. Cashmere shopping at the factory outlet is also available. Lunch at the Mirage restaurant. Visit the Zaisan Hill memorial on the way to your hotel and see the city from above. Dinner in the evening at the Monet restaurant with a view of the main square and the city at night.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a short (approx. 1½ hours) flight to Murun, the capital of the northern Khuvsgul province. Continue to the Khuvsgul lake, also known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia (105km). Lunch at Ashihaiger camp. Walk along the lake shore, enjoy the scenery. Horse riding along the lake is available. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ashihaiger camp on the lake shore.
Breakfast at the ger camp. Take a full day to explore the breathtaking lake and its surroundings. Visit the local reindeer herder family living in traditional dwellings – urtsteepees and have photos taken petting the reindeers. Enjoy an hour-long motorboat excursion in the lake. Horse riding, fishing is available at your request. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Ashihai ger camp.
Breakfast atger camp. After breakfast we can have full day of relax or possible activities around lake.
After breakfast drive to Murun for a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. After the breakfast, drive along the southern banks of Tuul river past Ulaanbaatar and arrive at the Mongol Nomadic show to experience the centuries-old Mongolian traditional nomadic way of life. Visit a small ger encampment to see the making of dairy products with an opportunity to taste. Try yourself in leather tanning and felt making. Opportunities of yak and camel riding. Enjoy a very traditional Mongolian lunch.
Continue to the Hustai National Park. Visit the local information centre, watch a short, but very informative documentary to get acquainted with the project and its admirable efforts to reintroduce the wild horse takhi, the ancestor of all modern-day horses in the world, back into the wild. Drive into the park in search of the takhi, also known as the Przewalskihorse. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Enjoy the buffet breakfast and drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. After lunch visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, probably the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia built in the 16th century on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery ground and visit several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist art, Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay at the Munkh Tengerger camp.
After breakfast, drive to Bayangobi area and visit a local herder family. Have a short camel ride over the ElsenTasarhai sand dunes. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. Drive to the Sweet Gobi geolodge for lunch and refreshment. Dinner at sunset and overnight stay.
After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer from “Sweet Gobi” to “Gobi” - visit the longest-established, largest cashmere factory of Mongolia and have a fascinating factory tour to learn how the raw cashmere collected by the nomadic herders is magically transformed into a softest warmth and then into a fashionable garment for buyers' enjoyment. Cashmere shopping at the factory outlet is also available. Lunch at the Mirage restaurant. Visit the Zaisan Hill memorial on the way to your hotel and see the city from above. Dinner in the evening at the Monet restaurant with a view of the main square and the city at night.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport or train station for departure.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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