Gobi Desert Excursion

Gobi Desert Excursion

9 days

Time to go:
May to September

Starting at $2500 per person

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Tour Summary

The expansive Gobi Desert rests across southern Mongolia and is home to Mongolian nomads, bactrian camels (that’s two humped camels, not one), some of Mongolia’s most unique sites geographic landscapes, and an inordinate amount of undiscovered dinosaur bones. Let us take you on a sandy expedition to see a desert gorge that can remain partially frozen until the end of June, a sunset on the flaming cliffs, and a camel ride next to the expansive Singing Khongor Sand Dunes. 

*This tour can be condensed into 7 days with a round trip flight to the Gobi Desert*

**This tour works well as an extension to any other tour we have!**

Tour Highlights

Ride camels next to the enormous Hongor Sand Dunes and watch the sunset

Hike through a lush, green gorge in the middle of the desert

Traverse the Gobi Desert

Meet a camel herding nomadic family

Private 4x4 vehicle with a driver and guide. Enjoy the changing scenery inside your own vehicle.

Experience the Mongolian Gers (yurts) in comfortable lodges throughout the desert.

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Day 1 Arrival in Mongolia

Welcome to Mongolia! You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital, where your guide and driver will be waiting for you. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you can freshen up. If you are not too tired from your long flight, your guide will take you to the Mongolia Museum of Natural History, the Gandan Buddhist Monastery, and in the evening, you can see a traditional Mongolian folk concert with dance and throat singing.

Accommodation: Hotel

Travel: None

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Drive south to Baga Gazar (Granite Rock)

In the morning, will make our decent south into the vast Mongolian countryside. You will begin to see the lush green fields sprinkled with herds of grazing animals. Our destination for today is Baga Gazar, one of the largest and most beautiful Granite rock massifs in Mongolia. It was formed by volcanic activity and the years of harsh weather carved it into what you see today. We will check into our first ger camp and then explore the unique granite formations in this area along with some light hiking. Keep your eyes peeled for nesting vultures on the rocks.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: 240 KM (150 Miles); 5 hour drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Tsagaan Suvarga

We will have an early breakfast and head to Tsagaan Suvarga to reach them at around noon. Tsagaan Suvarga, or “White Stupa”, is an escarpment about 200 meters high and 400 meters long made of different clay deposits giving it a beautiful display of bands forming a red and white color scheme. We will hike around the area and on the cliffs. Once we arrive at our ger camp, dinner will be waiting for us. If we want to see the cliffs in all its glory, we can head to bed early in order to catch the cliffs at sunrise to see its immense red glow.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: 220 KM (136 Miles); 5 hour drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Yol Valley

In the morning, we will head into the South Gobi and make our way to the Yol Valley (Yolyn Am). This unique valley doesn’t seem to belong to the desert at all. Containing lush vegetation and cute voles, the valley has a river running through it and remains partially frozen until late June! This area also contains a variety of other wildlife, such as the Altai snowcock, the Bighorn Argali Sheep, the wild ibex ram, wolves, and foxes. Scan the skies and keep your eyes open for the Lammergeyer vulture, for which the valley is named. There are even occasional reports of snow leopard tracks in the area.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: 220 KM (136 Miles); 5 hour drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6 Khongor Sand Dunes

Today we will head further south-west. The next 2 days you will spend relaxing and exploring the vast, yet beautiful Gobi Desert. You will undoubtedly notice the Khongor Sand Dunes from quite far off. These sand dunes tower over 200 meters high (656 feet) and stretch for over 100KM (62 Miles)! You will stay with one of the camel herder families near the sand dunes where you will have an amazing view of them. The locals have named these sand dunes the “singing dunes”because of the sounds they make when strong gusts of wind shift sand down the slopes. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb some of the sand dunes yourself and make the dunes sing by shifting the sand with your feet. Don’t forget to greet your host family when you arrive. They will insist that you come into their ger! This will be your first chance to experience the unique nomads’ way of life and try some milk tea as well as other Mongolian traditional dairy products. Here you can even try out some came milk! When you are feeling up to it, you can enjoy a ride on the 2 humped Bactrian camels from a local nomadic family. They will be happy to guide you around the area while you ride these massive animals.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: 180 KM (112 Miles); 4 hour drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 The Flaming Cliffs

In the morning, we will continue our journey and head towards the world-famous dinosaur fossil sight known as the “Flaming Cliffs” (bayanzag in Mongolian). Roy Chapman Andrews, whom some say was the model for which Indiana Jones was made after, discovered great amounts of not only intact dinosaur bones, but also the very first dinosaur eggs ever to be discovered. The Flaming Cliffs, so aptly named, are red in color and almost seem to glow in the rising or setting sun. As you wander through here, keep your eyes peeled for any geodes. Fossils here are still being discovered today.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: 200 KM (125 Miles); 5 hour drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Flight Back to Ulaanbaatar

Today is our travel day. We will have our breakfast and then head towards the local airport in Dalanzadgad. We will take an hour-long flight back to the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and check into your hotel. After having a nice dinner back in civilization, we can rest up for the night, or head out to see some nightly sites.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: Drive 50 KM (31 Miles); 40 Minutes. Flight to UB 600 KM (373 Miles); 1 hour 10-minute flight

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Departure day

Your driver will take you to the airport 2 hours before your international flight. You will be your guide and driver goodbye and you are on your way back home!

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Travel: None

Meals Included: Breakfast

Pricing

2 Travelers: $3,500 per person

3-4 Travelers: $2,900 per person

5-8 Travelers: $2,500 per person

Our tours are all-inclusive. From the moment you land till the moment you take off.

All pricing is based on twin share rooms. Please be aware that changes in the trip can lower or raise the cost per person. If your group has more than 8 people, please contact us and we will send you updated pricing for your specific needs.

Included

All accommodations based on twin share

All transportation and domestic flights

All meals on the expedition

All local staff and field guides

Entertainments as shown in the itinerary

National Park and Protected Area fees

Not Included

International flights

Overweight baggage fees

Gratuities

Travel Insurance