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ANCENT KARAKORUM & GOBI DISCOVERY

Enjoy "nowhere else to be found" Adventure Sightseeing Tour

Overview

On this Gobi desert trip, we will experience the incredible diversity of scenery in the middle & south Gobi desert abounds.

Our tour will take 10 days to cover one of the the best travel destinations in Mongolia including the most visited Terelj National Park, famous Genghis Khan’s statue complex  which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world, Gobi desert- ancient homeland of Dinosaurs, Khongor - towering sand dunes with green meadows; known as the "singing sands", Sparsely habited: silence - endless vast steppe with dancing mirages, famous Bayanzag - flaming cliffs, most interesting National Parks – UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Karakorum - ruins and museum of ancient.

This is an adventurous 4WD /total 1400km driving/ trip with a one-way domestic flight, there are much of the journey being on dirt roads but it is also highly rewarding with spectacular scenery and memorable sights throughout.

From

4pax 3pax 2pax
$ 1700 $ 2000 $ 2310
Per adult in a twin share room Want your own room? from an extra USD 240
NO BOOKING OR CREDIT CARD FEES
BEST PRICE QUARENTEE Flexible to choose your travel dates
TOUR CODE EPA-12
DURATION 10 days
DESTINATION 9 destinations in Mongolia
START/END IN Ulaanbaatar/ Ulaanbaatar
TOTAL DRIVING 1400km
AGE RANGE min 3 years old
ACCOMADATION Hotel (2 nights), Tourist camp ger (7 nights)
MEALS Breakfasts 9, Lunches 8, Dinners 9
GROUP SIZE min 2 max 18
TRANSPORT Jeep & 4WD, plane
AVIALABILITY

Highlights

  • Mongol Nomadic - Hustai National Park trip 
  • Erdenezuu Buddhist Monastery 
  • Ongi River & temple ruins 
  • Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs), Gobi 
  • Khongor Sand Dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Gobi 
  • Gobi Gurvan Saikan Mountain National Park & Yolyn Am (Eagle’s valley/ 
  • Terelj National Park trip 
  • Genghis Khan's Statue Complex 
  • Ulaanbaatar – city tour 

 

Itinerary

Sainbainuu! Welcome to Mongolia, whenever your international flight lands in “Chinggis Khan” international airport our team will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to the hotel in the city. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask from your hotel reception for recommendations.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Dinner at / Hotel Restaurant/ if your flight lands late at Ulaanbaatar we will prepare a dinner box at your hotel room

 

After breakfast at the hotel, your adventure begins we drive to the Mongol Nomadic tourist Ger camp for Mongolian nomads show which will show you a real Mongolian nomadic way of living and traditional custom and culture for the past period. The show demonstrates a traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts. 

In the evening, we will take a short drive to see for wild horse Takhi in their natural habitat. Evening or morning time is the best way to see these wild horses. There is great opportunity to take a photo of these endangered horses. If you are lucky, you can see fox, deer, marmot, eagle and more wild animals. Besides the wild animals, you can find here beautiful sceneries of the Mongolian nature that features mountain and steppe.

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mongolian nomadic show
  • see last wild horses in their natural habitat
  • hike

Meals Included

  • Breakfast   at / Hotel Restaurant/
  • Lunch        at /Tourist  ger camp restaurant/ Khustai N.P
  • Dinner       at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Khustai N.P

 

After breakfast, we will drive to the Karakorum and Erdenezuu Monastery (approximately 4-6hours). We will visit the museum of Karakorum and the symbolic ruins of the ancient city, which was the capital city of the Great Mongol Empire founded in the 13th century by Genghis Khan. Also visit the magnificent and oldest Buddhist Monastery complex of Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, with 108 stupas. Here you can see interesting listen to monk chanting Buddhist sutras. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp.

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Bayangobi sand dunes
  • Karakorum - Erdenezuu Monastery & Museum

Meals Included

  • Breakfast  at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/  Khustai N.P
  • Lunch        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Bayangobi sand dunes
  • Dinner        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Kharkhorin

 

After breakfast, we will drive to the Ongiin Khiid   (approximately 5-6 hours). Ongiin Khiid refers to two ruined monasteries: Bari Lam Khiid, which was built in 1810 on the north bank of the river near the tourist ger camps, and Khutagt Lam Khiid, which was built in 1760 on the south side of the river and is only accessible when the water is low or frozen over. One of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, the complex was destroyed in 1937 as part of a communist purge. Since 1990, a small but growing contingent of monks has resettled amid the ruins, gradually restoring the ancient site. Spend the day exploring the ruins and visit the small museum. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp.

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Ongiin Khiid - Ruins

Meals Included

  • Breakfast  at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/  Kharkhorin
  • Lunch        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Ongi river
  •  Dinner        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Ongi river

 

After breakfast, we will drive to Bayanzag /Flaming Cliffs/  (approximately 5-6 hours),  first discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews, famous American explorer in 1920, flaming cliffs of Bayanzag are an important site for both archeological and paleontological finds. Complete dinosaur skeletons, including One-horned dinosaur (Protoceratops) and Egg-thief (Oviraptor) and numerous eggs, were excavated in ravines between the red flaming cliffs, which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance. These magnificent red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp.

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Sunset walk

Hike

Meals Included

  • Breakfast  at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Ongi river
  • Lunch        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Bayanzag
  • Dinner        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Bayanzag

 

After breakfast at tourist Ger camp restaurant, we will drive to the giant sand dunes known as Khongor Sand Dunes (approximately 5-6 hours), Mongolia's largest and called the ‘singing sands’ by the locals. These monster dunes stretch for over 180km and can reach up to 300 meters in height. There is a small river called Khongoryn Gol, with dark green banks full of flowers along the side of the dunes This is the quintessential landscape that one would picture if asked to imagine a desert. Sweeping, wave-like patterns of sand framed by a bright blue sky and lit by a relentless sun. The dunes’ nickname comes from the sound produced by small avalanches of sand on a windy day, and the noise has been likened the distant hum of an aircraft propeller. There'll be time to do a walk up to the top of the dunes, and watch the sunset. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Khongoriin Sand Dunes - Sunset walk & camel ride
  • visit camel herder family

Meals Included

  • Breakfast  at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/  Bayanzag         
  • Lunch        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Khongor Sand Dunes
  • Dinner        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Khongor Sand Dunes

After breakfast at tourist Ger camp restaurant, we will drive to Yolyn Am (Vulture Canyon) (approximately 5 hours) is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan (Three Beauties of the Gobi) Mountain National Park. The area, as part of the Gobi Desert, sees little precipitation. However, Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field; it remains frozen for most of the year, except late summer. There is a small natural museum at the entrance of the National park which exhibits a collection of dinosaur eggs, bones, stuffed birds and snow leopard. This place is also very rich in rare plants. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls. Stay overnight at tourist Ger camp near Gobi Gurvan Saikhan & Yolin am / Vulture Canyon /.

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Gobi Gurvan Saikhan & Yolin am / Vulture Canyon /
  • small natural museum at the entrance of the Yolin am / Vulture Canyon /
  • horse riding

Meals Included

  • Breakfast  at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Khongor sand dunes
  • Lunch        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Yolyn am
  • Dinner        at /Tourist ger camp restaurant/ Yolyn am

Today we will drive be approximately 1 hour to the local airport for morning flight to Ulaanbaatar and we will drive to Terelj National Park (approximately 1-2 hours). This is one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia which is by its natural beauty, forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations (Massive woolsack weather conditions) very well known. 


In the afternoon, we will explore the national park and see Turtle Rock - interesting rock formation looking like a turtle. Also, visit Ariyabal meditation temple - surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. 

Accommodation

  • Tourist Ger Camp (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Terelj National Park
  • Genghis Khan Statue Complex
  • Turtle Rock
  • Ariyabal meditation temple
  • Hiking horse riding

Meals Included

  • Breakfast   at/tourist ger camp restaurant/ Yolyn am
  • Lunch         at/tourist ger camp restaurant/ Terelj N.P
  • Dinner        at/tourist ger camp restaurant/ Terelj N.P

Today we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way visit “Genghis Khan Statue Complex” which is currently the biggest (40m high) equestrian statue in the world. There is a recreation area, restaurants, and souvenir shops occupy the base structure. From here, you can ascend to the head of the horse using an elevator. There you have a good panoramic view of the complex area and the scenery beyond. You are now definitely in Genghis Khan’s country!


We will visit Zaisan Memorial Hill is located on the south side of Ulaanbaatar City, right beside the Bogd Khan Mountain having the best view of the city and surrounding hills. 
Next visit Bogd Khan Palace museum - the complex was a residence of 8th Bogd Javzandamba in the 19th century, the head of Mongolian religion. The palace consists of seven Summer Prayer temples and the winter palace. 


After lunch, visit “Gandan” Monastery, Mongolia’s largest functioning Buddhist monastery including the Mongolian Buddhist University. The highlight of visiting Gandan is the 26-meter-high majestic gilded indoor statue of Megjid Janraisig. 


Afterward, free of your choice. You can be transferred to the hotel for rest and refreshment or go shopping for souvenirs and local products, your guide will be ready to serve you for that. Suggested shopping places are State department store, the famous “Gobi” cashmere factory store. 


In the evening, we will visit “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show by famous Tumen-Ekh ensemble - is one of the most successful folk art groups to share traditional Mongolian music with the world, having traveled to over 40 countries. Will have dinner at 8:00 o’clock and transferred to the hotel. 

Accommodation

  • Hotel 4-5 star (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Zaisan Memorial Hill
  • Bogd Khan Palace museum
  • “Gandan” Monastery
  • Shopping at Department store, Gobi cashmere factory store
  • “Wonders of Mongolia” folklore show

Meals Included

  • Breakfast   at/tourist ger camp restaurant/ Terelj N.P
  • Lunch         at/ restaurant/ in Ulaanbaatar/
  • Dinner        at/ restaurant/ in Ulaanbaatar/

You will be free at leisure in your hotel or wander around on your own until being escorted to the Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight home. Your driver will assist you with flight check-in and luggage, and see you off at the point of security check.  Note: You must be at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport  2 hours before your flight time.

Meals Included

Breakfast   at /hotel restaurant/

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

TOUR FARE INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick up / Drop off service with privet Vehicle for Arrival/Departure
  • All Hotels 4-5star and Good tourist ger camps during the trip.
  • Hotel (2 nights )  based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds.
  • Tourist Ger Camp (7 nights) - based on two persons sharing one Ger with twin beds.
  • If you would like to spend one or two nights as a homestay in the local nomadic family or in a ger camp please just mention it when you book our tour.
  • All meals during the trip  (9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9  dinners )
  • Privet Vehicle in the countryside trip and city tour during your  trip & petrol + experienced driver
  • Private English speaking guides at all times
  • Domestic flight tickets (Dalanzadgad -Ulaanbaatar city) free luggage allowance is 15kg
  • Camel 1 hour, Horse riding + horse riding guide 1 hour
  •  “Wonders of Mongolian Art” performance with Tumen-Ekh ensemble
  • All entrance fees of museums, attractions, national parks and protected areas according to the itinerary
  • Bottled water – 1 liter per day
  • Visa invitation letter, if required 
  • all taxes

TOUR FARE EXCLUDED

  • International Airfare
  • Daily personal expenses
  • Excess luggage charges – 1.5$ per kg for Domestic  flights
  • Laundry, camera & video fees at any states
  • Visa application & fees
  • Changes of arrival/ departure flight
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Meals/beverages not stated in itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks

 

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