Duration: 6 days / 5 nights;
Group size (Per Person Price): 2 per (832USD); 3-4per (692USD); 5-6per (680USD); 7-8per (603USD)
Difficulty of trip: Moderate
Availability: 1 Jun-1 Oct
So what was it like for Mongolia’s first American Explorer? This route takes you around the sites where famed explorers have visited and carried out their famous archeological works across most of the most stunning locations with Southern Gobi Desert region. You will be amazed not only geographic terrain of Mongolia’s red Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi Desert, but more importantly explore the exact location where the first ancient fossils of dinosaurs and eggs were discovered. The Gobi Desert Overland Trip will take you across Mongolia’s Southern Gobi Desert Region where you will have an unforgettable adventure!
[ ZONE 3 – Packaged Trips for Everyone ]
Day One –Overland Trip by Jeep Across the Gobi Desert to Mongolia’s Tsagaan Suvraga and Ulaan Suvraga Locations to Trek, Hike and Explore these Amazing Geographical Terrains (L, D – Overnight at a Mongolian Ger Camp): You will depart Ulaanbaatar City by rural bus at 0800 and will start your southern overland journey 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, the receptionist and driver will greet you. After your lunch, you will start the overland journey to Tsagaan Suvraga ger camp. Prepare your camera to take a wonderful moment of sunset rays touching Tsagaan suvraga cliffs; the sheer slopes facing east are amazing. From a distance, it seems to be the ruins of the ancient city as the cliff walls reach a height of 30 meters and spanning 100 meters in length. Without a drop of water in the region, these cliffs were formed over thousands of years by the Gobi Desert winds.
Day Two – Overland Trip by Jeep Across the Gobi Desert to the famous Mongolia’s Yoliin Am Cliffs to Trek, Hike and Explore the Wonders of this National Park (L, D – Overnight at a Mongolian Ger Camp): In the morning we will drive to the “Khanbogd“ tourist camp in South Gobi. After lunch, you will start the excursion to Yol Valley (Vulture Canyon) National Park. The area is an oasis, attracting wildlife from the area all around with water, good grazing, and sheltered canyons. The wonder of this beautiful valley is the river of ice stretching across the canyon floor, which survives the desert heat well into the month of August every year, better known as the Gobi Glacier. A hike down the valley offers us a great opportunity to observe wildlife, and enjoy the cool waters of the stream that emerges from under the glacier. In the evening back to camp and have a dinner and overnight in the gers.
Day Three – Overland Trip by Jeep Across the Gobi Desert to Mongolia’s Astonishing Hongor Els Sand Dunes to Trek, Hike and Explore this Desert Jewel of Mongolia (B, L, D – Overnight at a Mongolian Ger Camp): In the morning you will begin your overland drive to the internationally famous Khongor Sand Dunes that stretches an extraordinary length of 180 kilometers by 15-20 kilometers wide. The huge sand dunes are apart of the desert zone, which makes-up 2.7% of the Mongolia’s territory. Upon arrival at the desert camp, you will have a late lunch before we begin our exploration the towering dunes on foot. The rugged desert plants of the Gobi at the edges of the sands are beautiful in their own sculptural way, and if the breeze is blowing just right, we may hear the dunes singing to us.
Day Four – Overland Trip by Jeep Across the Gobi Desert to the famed Bayanzag, Red Cliffs, of Mongolia made famous by the early American Explore and Archeologist Roy Chapman Andrews to Trek, Hike and Explore the Region (B, L, D – Overnight at a Mongolian Ger Camp): After breakfast we will journey to Bayanzag that is internationally famous for the discovery of dinosaur fossils, dinosaur eggs and hatchlings, of the Cretaceous Period. Bayanzag is also famed for its’ red sandstone cliffs which take on a beautiful red and orange hues during sunset, and its Sculptural Saxaul trees that grow in the arid rocky soil.
In 1921, the American Explorer, Roy Chapman Andrews had made the internationally famous Paleontological discoveries of the last century in Bayanzag. Since then, hundreds of archeological expeditions have come to this remote desert location in search of dinosaur eggs with a diameter between 10 to 15 centimeters; eggs found in Mongolia were the first ever discovered in their record size. Upon arrival in Bayanzag, we will visit a desert camp nearby where we will have lunch before starting the excursion that will last until the evening dinner at tourist camp.
Day Five – Overland Trip by Jeep Across the Gobi Desert to Visit the Regions Largest Monastery Ruins to Trek, Hike and Explore this Amazing Location (B, L, D – Overnight at a Mongolian Ger Camp): After breakfast we will begin our overland drive to Ongi Monastery where we will have our lunch near the monastery at a local desert ger camp. After your meal, the afternoon excursion into the ancient ruins of Ongi Monastery where you will be transported back in time some 300 years ago. The Ongi Monastery was the largest monastery throughout the Gobi Desert Region that didn’t survive the repression of 1930s to which it was completely destroyed, and around 300 monks were killed by revolutionists.
Day Six – Departure (B, L): After breakfast, you will begin the journey back to Mandalgovi. Once you reach Mandalgovi, you will catch a bus to Ulaanbaatar at 1400 and have a packed lunch on the way.
- Visiting nomadic families
- All breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
- Private English speaking guide on route
- Cultural activities (play ankle bone game, preparing the nomadic dairy products etc)
- Boiled water on route
- National park fees
- Two ways bus ticket between UB and Mandalgovi
- Local jeep service according to itinerary
- 5 nights at tourist camp