GER to GER Relief Initiative: As of 2018 spring, nomadic families of the Dundgovi region are suffering owing to winter storms and now spring droughts – this has been an ongoing issue for this region for the past few years… All travelers that desire to travel to this region are kindly requested to travel with minimal impact practices and visit these families with kind “supportive” hearts – your income via Geotourism is greatly assisting these families’ ability to stabilize. Please do enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this region but do take it easy on the nomadic families – thanks!!!
Day One –Gobi Desert nomadic lifestyle and Horseback riding (L, D – Overnight in Ger): You will depart Ulaanbaatar City by rural bus and will start your southern journey overland to Mandagovi (the Provincial Center of the Middle Gobi) and as you travel you will witness the transforming power of the Gobi Desert. Upon arrival in Mandalgovi you will be welcomed a lunch and milk tea. Then our local driver will take you overland by jeep across the Middle Gobi Desert for 70 kilometers to the first nomadic family’s ger (Mr. Otgonmunkh). After snacks and a little rest, you will start your horseback riding to densely packed granite rock formations called Baga Gazarin Chuluu (park entrance fee is 3000 tugrug) for about 25 kilometers round trip. Upon returning to the family, you can learn the basic of nomadic lifestyle by assisting the family with the herding sheep, goats and milking their animals. In the evening you will have your dinner with the host family followed by evening rest in the Ger.
Day Two – Camel riding to famed Baga Gazarin Chuluu (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger) : After breakfast, you will begin the 10 kilometer vehicle drive across the desert towards the next nomadic family where you will visit the another part of Baga Gazarin Chuluu park. Upon arrival at Mrs. Byambajav’s nomadic family, you will be welcomed with a hot nomadic lunch and traditional milk tea. Then you will start your camel trekking for 15 kilometers. In the evening you will have a dinner with family members and stay overnight in the Ger.
Day Three – Walking to a Desert Oasis ‘Sum Khukh Burd’ (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After breakfast, you will begin the 20 kilometer overland vehicle ride to Mrs. Dulmaa’s nomadic family. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a hot nomadic lunch and traditional milk tea before bringing the 1-2 kilometers (round-trip) trekking trip to the Desert Oasis ‘Sum Khukh Burd’ (entrance fee 5000 tugrug); habitat for migrating swans, ducks and partridges. In olden days, a monastery was built on the small island of Lake Burd – it was said that Prince Danzanravjaa put his famous play ‘Saran Khukhuu’ in this monastery. Also you can visit the local Museum, which shows gobi desert fauna and flora – tickets are about 2000 tugrugs. In the evening you will have a dinner with family members and stay overnight in a Ger.
Day Four – Departure (B, L): After breakfast, our local driver will arrive and you will begin your 75 kilometer overland back to Mandalgovi where you will catch the 1400 bus to Ulaanbaatar City and have a packed lunch on the way.