Gobi Desert Explorer

Gobi Desert Explorer

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Gobi Desert Explorer

16 Days Starting and ending in Ulaanbaatar

Visiting: Ulaanbaatar, Bayangobi, Kharkhorin, Orkhon Valley, Bayanhongor, Gobi Desert, Toson Bumbin Mountains, Khongoriin Els, Bayanzag, Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Tour operator:

Sundowners Overland

Tour code:

GDUU

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 15

Physical rating:

Active

Age range:

All ages

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, Wildlife Tours

From: $6749 $6537 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$213

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Gobi Desert Explorer" tour and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Mongolia. Begin your journey in the bustling capital of Ulaanbaatar, visiting the Gandan Monastery with its magnificent gold Buddha. Venture into Khustai National Park to witness the reintroduced wild Przewalski horses, and hike the stunning sand dunes of Bayangobi. Discover the ancient capital Kharkhorin and the historic Erdene Zuu Monastery. Explore the picturesque Orkhon Valley, climb Ih Bogd Mountain, and visit the White Cave in the Gobi-Altai range. Experience the dramatic canyon formations of Kherman Tsav and the vast, melodic sand dunes of Khongoriin Els. Conclude your adventure with a visit to the Flaming Cliffs, Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, and the Yol Valley, before returning to Ulaanbaatar for a cultural performance and farewell dinner. This tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Mongolia's diverse landscapes and unique traditions.

Highlights

  • Visit the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, home to a huge gold Buddha.

  • Explore Khustai National Park and see the reintroduced wild Przewalski horses.

  • Hike the stunning sand dunes of Bayangobi.

  • Discover the ancient capital Kharkhorin and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery.

  • Visit Orkhon waterfall and Tuvkhun Monastery in the picturesque Orkhon Valley.

  • Experience the diverse landscapes of Bayanhongor, from mountains to deserts.

  • Climb Ih Bogd Mountain and visit White Cave in the Gobi-Altai mountain range.

  • Explore the spectacular canyon formations of Kherman Tsav in the heart of the Gobi Desert.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Ulaanbaatar

Location: Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia is the world’s most sparsely populated country with just 3 million people inhabiting the 1.5 million square kilometres of pristine desert, steppe and mountain. Almost half the population lives in its frenetic capital Ulaanbaatar where we will start our journey. Join your Tour Leader and fellow travellers on Day 1 at 5:00pm for your pre-departure meeting as detailed on your joining instructions.

Day 2 : To Bayangobi Via Khustai National Park

Location: Bayangobi

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: ger

Beyond the city one million Mongolian’s still live a traditional nomadic or semi nomadic life and the horse is central to their existence. We visit the Gandan Monastery, with its huge gold Buddha, the spiritual home of the Mongolian people, before traveling to the Khustai National Park where wild horses, known as Tahki or Przewalski horses are bred and reintroduced to the wild. Once close to extinction, Takhi are the world’s only true wild horse. Mongolia is a country with such diverse landscapes and today we continue our way across the steppe to experience the uniqueness of the Bayangobi. Here we have the opportunity to hike in the stunning sand dunes that stretch over a distance of 80kms. Tonight we stay in a ger, the traditional home of the Mongolian nomads.

Day 3 : Khogno Khaan Natural Reserve And To Kharkhorin

Location: Kharkhorin

This morning we explore the magnificent Khogno Khaan Natural Reserve with its diverse environments and wild inhabitants before continuing to the ancient capital of the Great Mongolian Empire in the valley of the Orkhon river, Kharkhorin. We visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 this was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and today is still considered by many to be the countries most significant. Over 100 temples were constructed, but most were destroyed during the Soviet era, nevertheless, Erdene Zuu retains much of its former glory and is a remarkable site to visit. Surrounded by beautiful white walls with 108 stupas, for centuries it was a spiritual and intellectual centre of Mongolia. There is an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, priceless religious objects, traditional costumes for Tsama religious dance and superb Buddhist iconography in true Mongolian and Tibetan style.

Day 4 : Orkhon Valley

Location: Orkhon Valley

Before leaving the steppe we visit Orkhon waterfall and Tuvkhun Monastery, set in a beautiful location in the Khangai Mountains in the picturesque Orkhon Valley. Established by Zanabazar, the first Buddhist leader of Mongolia and great sculptor, as a place of solitude it soon grew as a significant monastery and place of pilgrimage after his death.

Day 5 : Orkhon Valley

Location: Orkhon Valley

Before leaving the steppe we visit Orkhon waterfall and Tuvkhun Monastery, set in a beautiful location in the Khangai Mountains in the picturesque Orkhon Valley. Established by Zanabazar, the first Buddhist leader of Mongolia and great sculptor, as a place of solitude it soon grew as a significant monastery and place of pilgrimage after his death.

Day 6 : To Bayanhongor

Location: Bayanhongor

Gradually the steppe gives way to the fringes of the Great Gobi Desert as we make our way to the one of the most diverse aimags (provinces) in the Gobi. Bayanhongor has mountains in the north, deserts in the south, and is dotted with lakes as well as rivers and is renowned for its natural, sulphur-rich hot springs.

Day 7 : Ih Bogd Mountain And Camel Ger Camp

Location: Gobi Desert

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Gobi Camel Camp

Continuing our journey through the Gobi Desert we pause to enjoy the next two nights at the Gobi Camel Camp, and a chance to explore the area and learn more about the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolians. Time also to climb Ih Bogd Mountain (3957m), the highest peak of the Gobi-Altai mountain range, and visit White Cave where evidence of early Stone Age habitation has been found.

Day 8 : Ih Bogd Mountain And Camel Ger Camp

Location: Gobi Desert

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Gobi Camel Camp

Continuing our journey through the Gobi Desert we pause to enjoy the next two nights at the Gobi Camel Camp, and a chance to explore the area and learn more about the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolians. Time also to climb Ih Bogd Mountain (3957m), the highest peak of the Gobi-Altai mountain range, and visit White Cave where evidence of early Stone Age habitation has been found.

Day 9 : Kherman Tsav

Location: Gobi Desert

We travel into the heart of the Gobi to one of its most remote and extreme areas where we will explore the spectacular canyon formations of Kherman Tsav. Carved out over many thousands of years the colourful canyon walls and rock formations provide a beautiful setting for an evening walk into the canyon. Dinosaur skeletons are to be found in the area as well as the unique flora and fauna of the Gobi Desert. Ibex and snow leopard are native to the region, while gazelles and wild asses can be seen on the nearby plains.

Day 10 : To Toson Bumbin Mountains

Location: Toson Bumbin Mountains

This morning we drive along dirt roads to the trek in the beautiful mountain regions of Toson Bumbin that is home to endangered snow leopards and herds of impressive ibex. We spend the afternoon exploring this spectacular part of the world.

Day 11 : Khongoriin Els

Location: Khongoriin Els

The vast sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, some up to 200 metres high, stretch for 180 kilometres. Known as the ‘singing dunes’ due to the melodic sound the shifting sands make as the wind passes over their crest, Khongoriin Els are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. While here we have the opportunity to ride the two-humped Bactrian camels and venture into the dunes – your efforts to get to the top will be rewarded, the views from the sandy summit are beautiful!

Day 12 : To Bayanzag & The Flaming Cliffs

Location: Bayanzag

We awake as the morning sun lights the desert sands with a golden glow allowing us ample time for a morning trek into the dunes or to simply soak in the amazing landscapes. After lunch we continue our journey to Bayanzag to witness an amazing sunset on the Flaming Cliffs – ensuring they live up to their description. It was here in 1922 that the first fossilised dinosaur eggs and skeletons were found in Mongolia by Roy Chapman Andrews – a discovery that drew the whole world’s attention.

Day 13 : Yoliin Am & Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Location: Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

We continue through the Gobi Desert, encountering occasional ger encampments of nomadic families, reaching the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park and the incredible Yol Valley where even in the middle of a Gobi summer, the river remains frozen. Hike in the valley and admire the spectacular scenery while we stop for picnic lunch before visiting the local museum.

Day 14 : Ulaanbaatar

Location: Ulaanbaatar

On Day 14 we leave the remote and beautiful landscapes of the Gobi Desert, returning by air to Ulaanbaatar. Continuing to soak in the culture and sites of the capital, we visit the fascinating National Museum of Mongolian History as well as Bodg Khan Palace Museum, and are treated to an evening cultural performance and farewell dinner, where you will hear the unique Mongolian throat singing.

Day 15 : Ulaanbaatar

Location: Ulaanbaatar

On Day 14 we leave the remote and beautiful landscapes of the Gobi Desert, returning by air to Ulaanbaatar. Continuing to soak in the culture and sites of the capital, we visit the fascinating National Museum of Mongolian History as well as Bodg Khan Palace Museum, and are treated to an evening cultural performance and farewell dinner, where you will hear the unique Mongolian throat singing.

Day 16 : Ulaanbaatar

Location: Ulaanbaatar

On Day 14 we leave the remote and beautiful landscapes of the Gobi Desert, returning by air to Ulaanbaatar. Continuing to soak in the culture and sites of the capital, we visit the fascinating National Museum of Mongolian History as well as Bodg Khan Palace Museum, and are treated to an evening cultural performance and farewell dinner, where you will hear the unique Mongolian throat singing.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 hotel (twin share); 10 Mongolian ger (shared); 1 camping (shared)

  • Additional Services

    Comprehensive schedule of sightseeing with certified Local Guides. You’ll have a generous sprinkling of free time to relax or explore on your own. Visa support and Advice from Travel Advisors

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    All transfers including to and from the airport.

  • Fully Guided

    Expert local guides

  • Meals

    14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 13 dinners

  • Transport

    Train tickets provided

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded, well travelled clients who you are sure to forge lasting friendships with as you unlock the wonders of the world together.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1964

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You will

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Comprehensive tour documentation and visa guidelines

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please see full booking conditions for details.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Contact us to see if an alternative start point applies to your chosen journey.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, we ensure that all accommodation is of a suitable standard for our journeys.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

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