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Best of the Gobi Easy Access Tour
(4 days)

Private tours available everyday
Main Price chevron_right$947


until April 15, 2017 chevron_right
$880
TOUR DESCRIPTION

Many people picture the Mongolian Gobi as a sandy flat area, sand dunes, infertile dried mud soil or… , but after they traveled Mongolia, they completely deny it and define Mongolian Gobi it supports life and is an amazingly surprising area, every day. Some parts of the Mongolian Gobi are daunting rocky mountains covered with plants. The mountainous areas have plenty of streams, springs and wild animals while other parts have views of marvelous blue mountains combined with high and long continuing sand dunes, lush green-shored streams and endless steppes edge with the horizon. Hundreds of sheep and goat herds, horses, cattle and the world rare Bactrian camels will be seen on the steppes or among mirages in middle of nowhere is another picture of the Mongolian Gobi. You will stay at ger camps allow you enjoy 360° views of the steppes most of the time. Either the nights of the Gobi are amazingly quiet and beautiful with countless bright stars. You also see amazing sunrises and sunsets in the Gobi. Except for the natural beauty, there are plenty of activities such as hiking in the mountains, climbing sand dunes, riding two-humped camels, visiting nomads and ancient monasteries. Travel Mongolian Gobi with us and discover more of its indescribable beauties.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • See incredible throat singing, contortion and the play of horse headed fiddle alive
  • Admire vastness, calmness, and emptiness of the Gobi (find yourself on the steppes)
  • Fascinated by hidden beauties of the flat Gobi
  • See huge sand dunes and hear its singing
  • Ride two-humped camels
  • Visit nomad families and see their unique life
  • Stay traditional Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Explore ancient rock drawings
  • Duration: 3 nights/4 days
  • Tour Grade: Easy
  • Group Size: 1 to 16 PAX
  • Available: May 15 - September 15
PLACES VISITED

Flaming Cliffs (dinosaur excavation site), Bayanzag, Yoliin Am/Eagle Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Fly to the Gobi, Flaming Cliffs

Meet at your accommodation and transfer to the airport for a flight to Dalanzadgad. Virgin Nature team will welcome you at the Dalanzadgad airport (Central town of Southgobi /Umnugobi province). The flight takes one and half-hour. The tour starts with a driving on open steppes of the Gobi to the Flaming Cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found the cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered in the world. Arrive at a ger camp on steppes of 360° views. Be refreshed from early morning wake up. We will have some hiking through the cliffs in search of dinosaur fossils may found and see the Gobi tree grove named “Bayanzag.” Bayanzag means “rich in saxaul trees.” This tree only grows in the Central Asian Gobi. Picture of the Flaming Cliffs is the most beautiful in the evening when the sun goes down. As well as, you will enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset over the steppes.

What’s Included: ger camp, airport transfer, domestic flight
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: The largest sand dunes Khongor

Our journey will continue to Khongor, the largest sand dunes. After reaching the sand dunes, go hiking along the green river shore, climb sand dunes, visit a nomad family and have an hour camel riding. If you can climb one of the tallest sand dunes, don't forget to spread the sand northwards against the wind to find the reason why locals call the sand dunes "Singing Sand." The views are incredible from the top of the sand dunes.

What’s Included: ger camp, camel riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking in Eagle Valley/Yoliin Am

Today we will drive with views of long continuing sand dunes, rugged blue mountains and steppes heading beautiful Gobi Gurban Saikhan Mountain National Park. The "Gobi Gurban Saikhan" means "Three beautiful mountains in the Gobi." The national park is one of the biggest and unique national parks in Mongolia. Also, end of the Altai Mountain Range. There are many scenic places in the national park. Among them, Yoliin Am/Eagle Valley is an accessible one by a car. After our car parks at an allowed area, we will walk through the beautiful valley into depths of the sheer rock canyon. People are always fascinated when they see such lush green valley in the Gobi. Golden eagles, very shy wild sheep and ibexes are indigenous to the valley. The hiking takes 2.5 hours in the two ways. Drive out of the mountain.

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fly back Ulaanbaatar

Have early breakfast and leave the ger camp. Fly back Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your accommodation.

What’s Included: domestic flight, airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast

Tour price per person
  • 1 PAX
    1444$
  • 2 PAX
    947$
  • 3 PAX
    794$
  • 4 PAX
    711$
    (more attractive price for more than 4 PAX)
Discounts:
  • For children of a family trip
  • One free space for every 16 PAX
  • Low season discount:
    5-10%
    (May, September)
  • Please contact us for more trip details.
The tour includes:
  • 3 nights in ger camps (Double/twin share)
  • Domestic flights
  • English speaking guide
  • Four wheels driving vehicle
  • Airport transfer for the domestic flights
  • 2*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
  • Entry fees to the museums and national parks
  • Camel riding
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
The tour excludes:
  • Items of personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks, beverages and bar bills
  • Bar Bills, Laundry, Telephone Calls
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • International transportation
  • Optional activities and additional services
  • Excess baggage charge in domestic flights
  • Single supplements
  • Gratiuty for the guides and drivers
Is this tour suitable for me?

This is a standard and easy access tour to discover highlights of the beautiful Gobi within three days after one and half hour domestic flight. You will stay the nomadic dwelling Gers of the Ger camps in the countryside. The tour has not included any demanding physical activities. You will have only 3-4 hours driving on steppes and through scenic views between the attractions. Rest of the day, you will have some light activities such as 1-3 hours soft hiking, an hour camel riding, visit a nomad family, see the attractions and explore surrounding areas etc. 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 low sand hills.

Accommodation

Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season and seasonal accommodation ger camps are open between 20 May and 20 September. During other shoulder months, the ger camps are partially open and closed in winter. Even though, the Gobi tour is available with locally run small hotels and nomad family homestays if you are a keen traveler and would like to discover more about the nomadic life. For more detailed information on accommodation, please visit Mongolia ger camps.

Guides

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. A local guide will follow you during the camel riding.

Tour vehicles

The tour specializes two ways domestic flights to and from the Gobi which saves a lot of time and helps you to travel the interesting, famous and new emerging destination Gobi within a short period. The domestic flights run every day between 1 June and 31 August and run on certain days in May and September. About the land transport, most of our tours were designed with four wheels driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers. Different car types are available upon request and you may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation page.

When to take the tour?

The most suitable time to travel the Gobi is between 20 May and 20 September. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. The Gobi or southern Mongolia is the warmest region in Mongolia. The annual temperature is usually 2-10°C higher than other parts of Mongolia. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip or in some time as Mongolia is elevated at least 700 m high above surrounding Siberian plateau and Chinese territory. Therefore, the weather fluctuates a lot hourly, daytime and at nights. The temperature drops 10-20°C in the evening and at nights. You may have occasional chill wind in May, September, and October while wind storm is frequent in March and April. Average monthly temperatures are +20°C, highest +30°C daytime, and the night temperature may drop to +8°C at the end of May, June, late August, and September. July could be the hottest or be humidity. Average day temperature of July is +30°C, the hottest +40°C and night temperature could drop to +12°C although some nights could be sultriness. The temperature dramatically falls if it rains. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check detailed packing list of the discovery tour. The listed items are just giving you an idea, not mandatory.

To plan your dream holiday or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Mongolia page may help you.

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