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Winter Adventures of the Gobi Tour
(7 days)

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

The Gobi is a land of endless and empty steppes, enormous sand dunes, hidden beauties and camel-herding nomads. The Gobi is the most famous attraction of Mongolia where thousands of people travel in summer. There will be no crowd as in summer, and the air will be cool when visiting the Gobi in winter. We learn and discover much about the nomadic life while staying with nomad families. And of course, it is an opportunity to travel the Gobi the lowest price. Hiking in a glacial valley, climbing massive sand dunes, enjoying two-humped camels' gentle walking, exploring a dinosaur excavation site and ancient monastery visits are another highlights of the Gobi while being lost in the country of barren steppes.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Admire wideness, calmness, and emptiness of the Gobi (find yourself on steppes)
  • Hike in a glacial valley of Gobi Gurban Saikhan Mountain
  • Climb huge sand dunes
  • Ride two-humped camels and horses
  • Experience the nomadic life
  • Try traditional meals
  • Stay traditional felt accommodation Mongol ger
  • Dinosaur excavation site Flaming Cliffs
  • Visit over 400 years old, beautiful monastery
  • Duration: 6 nights/7 days
  • Tour grade: Moderate
  • Group size: At your request
  • Available: All year around
PLACES VISITED

Tsagaan Suvarga, hiking in Eagle Valley, see a frozen waterfall in Mukhar Shivert valley, Khongor Sand Dunes, Flaming Cliffs, Bayanzag, Ongi Monastery, ruins of ancient capital Kharkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery

GROUP DEPARTURES

18 Oct - 24 Oct 2017 - USD 764 p.p
1 Dec - 7 Sept 2017 - USD 764 p.p

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Start countryside tour to Baga Gazariin Chuluu

Meet at your accommodation and launch the countryside tour to Baga Gazariin Chuluu. Baga Gazariin Chuluu is a zone of granite stone mountains covering an area of 300 sq.km surrounded by flat plains in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgobi province. The highest peak towers 1768 m above sea level. A small stream and elm groves grew in the Gobi mountain valleys make the area more attractive. Very shy mountain sheep and ibexes are indigenous to the mountains. Arrive at Baga Gazariin Chuluu in the afternoon. Hike along the mountains and enjoy emptiness and calmness of the Gobi. The driving continues to Mandalgobi, a central town of Dundgobi for an overnight.

What’s Included: Local hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Tsagaan Suvarga (colorful mud cliff) and Dalanzadgad

On the way to Dalanzadgad, we stop at Tsagaan Suvarga. Tsagaan Suvarga is 20-60 m high, 400 m long colorful clay cliffs. This mud could be found in the bed of the ocean three million years ago. At sunrise and sunset, it looks wonderfully bright. Have local meals for lunch and continue the journey to Dalanzadgad.

What’s Included: Local Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking in Yoliin Am (Eagle Valley)

Eagle Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain. In the depth of the valley, sheer canyon does not accept sunlight. If you are there at the right time, you will have a chance to see wild animals such as ibex, mountain sheep, and deer. In the morning, when the upper parts of the canyon accept the sunlight, golden eagles can be seen flying from their nests. The valley was named after those birds. Seeing the Eagle Valley requires us approximately 3 hours soft hiking through the beautiful mountain valley. Next, we will have some hiking in Muhar Shiver valley where the small river of the Eagle Valley falls as a small waterfall. See the frozen waterfall and arrive back Dalanzadgad.

What’s Included: Local hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The largest sand dune Khongor, camel riding

You will be amazed by the combination of rugged mountains covered by snow, yellow sand mountains and steppes while driving to the Khongor Sand Dunes. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as "Singing Dunes," they are up to 300 m high towering above the surrounding area. Total width is 5-35 km and about 100 km long. The tops of the dunes are accessible, and the views of the desert from the top are indescribably beautiful. Today, we will have a camel riding.

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

Day 5: Driving to Ongi monastery via Flaming Cliffs.

After breakfast drive to the Flaming Cliffs (dinosaur excavation site, Bayanzag). Bayanzag is an area of red cliffs, which formed through the erosion of sand and rock over many thousands of years. It is also a site of several successful dinosaur excavations. Among them, a discovery the dinosaurs lay eggs after find dinosaur nest made the area the world known. Short hiking among the cliffs and see a saxaul tree grove. The saxaul trees are unusual as they grow only in Central Asian Gobi. We will continue the driving to Ongi Monastery on the endless steppes with occasional views of camel herds will be seen on the steppe. There are ruins of two separate monasteries on the north and south side of the Ongi River. Ongi monastery founded in 1760. It had 30 temples, inhabited by 1000 lamas/monks. During communist purges in 1939, the monasteries were destroyed. We will visit ruins of the monasteries involve vast area and also an active temple and a small ger museum. Today, we will visit a nomad family and explore the life of the Gobi nomads.

What’s Included: Nomad family
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kharkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery

Our today’s tour takes place in the transition zone from the Gobi desert to mountain steppes. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum, was once a capital of Genghis Khaan's Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. After the move of Mongolian capital to Beijing, and the fall of the Empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by Manchurian soldiers in 1388. Today, in the broad valley of the Orkhon River, awe-inspiring ancient monastery Erdenezuu coexists with Kharkhorin town. See some valuable religious items in the monastery museum and admire its stunning architecture. We also visit the Kharkhorum Museum displays some remnant of ancient city Kharakhorum.

What’s Included: Local hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Horse riding and drive back Ulaanbaatar

Today is the last day to spend in the beautiful countryside of Mongolia. On our way to Ulaanbaatar, we will visit a horse herding nomad family and have some horse riding. We also join the nomads for a nomadic lunch. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to an accommodation of your own booking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour price per person
  • 1 PAX
    1698$
  • 2 PAX
    991$
  • 3 PAX
    764$
  • 4 PAX
    633$
    (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:
  • 4 nights in local hotels (Double/twin share)
  • 1 day with a nomad families
  • 1 day in a guest ger
  • English speaking guide
  • Four wheels driving vehicle
  • Horse and camel riding
  • 2*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
  • Entry fees to the museums and the national parks
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
The tour excludes:
  • Items of personal nature
  • Bar bills, laundry, telephone calls
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • International transportation
  • Optional activities and additional services
  • Single supplements
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • Gratiuty for the guides and drivers
Is this tour suitable for me?

It is a moderate tour includes overnight stays with a nomad family, guest ger and local hotels. The tour does not contain any demanding physical activities. Traveling in Mongolia always requires long driving through changing landscapes and on steppes. Even though, we tried to plan the trip to have as little driving as possible. Approximate daily driving will be 3-6.5 hours (6.5 hours long driving day will be only one day). The itinerary includes some light activities such as 1-3 hours soft hiking, horse and camel riding with the help of local wranglers. 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. Staying in a fire heating ger where running water and indoor WC is not available is an experiential part of the tour.

When to visit the Gobi?

You can take the tour in autumn, winter, and spring or either in summer. Mongolian weather fluctuates a lot daily, monthly and seasonally. You can get some information about the seasonal weather at Mongolia weather or check near future weather forercast here. Either the climate is harsh or cold, you feel warm with heartwarming hospitalities of nomads, care of our travel team and in fire heating traditional dwelling gers. To keep you warm and as comfortable as possible, we will make fire frequently in the gers and supply traditional warm garment “deel” for added warmth. We will supply the deel upon request. For a preparation of your winter vacation, you may check our winter tour packing list.

Accommodation

Mongolian tourism depends highly on the season and seasonal accommodation ger camps. The majority of the ger camps closed during off season (1 October through 1 May), and only few ger camps near Ulaanbaatar are partially open in winter. On tour, we will have 4 nights in local hotels, 1 night with a nomad family and 1 night at a guest ger. WC and shower will be available when staying at a hotel, but not available when staying with the nomads and guest ger. Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar has not included in the itinerary, and we can book a hotel of your preferred category in Ulaanbaatar. Therefore, feel free to request us to book a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Here, you can get some information about your pastoral accommodation nomad family and guest ger.

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. During the camel riding and horse trekking, local guides will support you.

Transportation

Most of our tours designed with four wheels driving Japanese vans driven by experienced, friendly and good mechanic-drivers. Different car types are available on request, and you may check the travel vehicle details at Mongolia transportation.

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