Most exiting experiences of the tour
- Travel much of Mongolian beautiful countryside starting from wide open, unique and interesting Gobi through central Mongolian hilly steppes to Siberian Taiga in the north.
- See huge sand dunes and hear its singing in the Gobi
- Hiking through a lush green mountain valley of the arid Gobi desert
- Explore ancient historical remains such as rock drawings, burial mounds, tombs and beautiful deer stones dating back to the Bronze Age and visit over 400 years old, beautiful monastery
- Visit nomad families and see their unique life
- Stay famous Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
- Ride two humped camels and strong Mongol horses
- See awe-inspiring views while standing on extinct volcano Khorgo
- Enjoy and stay at Hovsgol, the world’s most clear water beautiful lake
Is this tour suitable for me?
This is a standard tour to explore most interesting attractions and scenic places within relatively short period of 15 days with a help of two domestic flights: fly to the Gobi, travel overland all the way to far north and fly Ulaanbaatar from northern Mongolia. During the tour, you will stay in ger camps in the countryside and in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. The tour has not included any demanding physical activities. Traveling in Mongolia always requires long driving through changing landscapes and steppes with scenic views. Even though, we tried to plan the trip to have as little driving as possible. Approximate day driving will be 3-6 hours (6 hours long driving day will be only two days; on the Day 6 and Day 11).
The itinerary includes some light activities such as 1-3 hours soft hiking, an hour camel riding and 1-2 hours horse riding with supports of your guide and local guides. The most challenging experience of the tour could be climbing high sand dunes in the Gobi, which is not mandatory and you can enjoy the sand dunes and yourself while climbing one of the foot sand hills. Climbing Khorgo volcano on the Day 9 could be bit strenuous for some people because the area itself is elevated above 2000 m and the mountain is higher although the climbing is not straight and difficult.
Mongolian tourism depends highly on season and seasonal accommodation ger camps are fully open between 20 May and 20 September. During other shoulder months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. For more detailed information of accommodation, please visit Our recommended hotels of Mongolia
, Mongolia ger camps
and Mongolia nomad family
Most of our company's guides are English speaking. We also have some guides who speak German, French, Spanish and Japanese. They are all friendly, helpful and most of them were born and grown in the countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about every aspect of Mongolia and they have at least three years or more years of guiding experience. During the camel riding, a local guide will follow you.
The tour specializes two domestic flights; to the Gobi and back Ulaanbaatar from northern Mongolia, which saves a lot of time and helps you to discover much of Mongolia in shorter period. The domestic flights run daily between 1 of June and 31 of August and run on certain days in May and September. About the land transport, most of our tours were designed with four wheel driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic drivers. You may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation
When to travel the Gobi
The most suitable time to travel is between 20 May and 20 September.
During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. As well as, due to domestic flight schedules and accommodation availabilities in the countryside (accommodations in the countryside are seasonal). The tour covers huge territory of Mongolia and you should expect big fluctuation in weather and altitude. Gobi or southern Mongolia is elevated relatively low (1050 m to 1350 m where we travel) compared to other parts and warmest region in Mongolia. The annual temperature is usually 2-10 degrees higher than other parts of Mongolia. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip either you travel in summer or in certain periods as Mongolia is elevated at least 700 m high above surrounding Siberian plateau and Chinese territory. Dominant altitude in central and northern Mongolia lies 1400 m to 1780 m above sea level. Even though, few areas elevated above 2100 m. Therefore, the weather fluctuates a lot hourly, daytime and at night. The temperature drops 10-20 degrees in the evening and at nights. Chill wind is common in May, September and October and the temperature drops below zero during occasional snows in those months. Particularly, in the north and northern part of central Mongolia. Average monthly temperatures in the Gobi are +20 degrees, highest 30 degrees daytime and night temperature may drop into +8 degrees in end of May, June and end of August and in September. July could be hottest or be humidity. Average day temperature is +25 degrees, hottest +40 degrees and night temperature could drop into +12 degrees although some nights could be sultriness. The temperature could dramatically fall if it rains. When you travel more to north, you should expect the temperature drops down and becomes cooler in mornings, evenings and nights.
For your pre-departure preparation, you may check detailed packing list
To plan your dream holiday or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Mongolia
page may help you.
As well as, please check attractions in Mongolian Gobi
, Central Mongolia
and Northern Mongolia