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Great Gobi Desert discovery and Steppe tour 14 days

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13 nights / 14 days
Availability : May – October
Mongolia
Max People : 20

Introduction

Tour information:
The best time to make this trip:
May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival and in
22th July Felt Festival, in 23th July Yak Festival in Orkhon Valley. July and August are also the
wettest months of the year, but be assured, our climate is such that you will still have many sunny
days at this time.

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY:
This tour takes you through the Great Gobi Desert, exploring some of the most remarkable and
untouched parts of the globe. By picking this trip you will witness the central and southern parts
of Mongolia which you will explore many natural attractions like Baga Gazriin Chuluu, Yol
Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes. You will also able to visit the historical sites such as the Old capital
city of Kharakhorin and the largest Buddhist Temple complex called Erdene Zuu and many more
other places awaits your arrival.

Tour Brief
 Duration: 13 nights / 14 days
 Activities: Visiting cultural heritage sites, experiencing nomad culture, exploring varied
natural landscapes, hiking, camel riding, horse riding.
 Distance: 2230kms
 Group: Min 3 – Max 20
 Season: May – October

Destination

Mongolia

Departure

Departure Time

May – October

Dress Code

Itinerary

1
1

Visit in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest. We will
take you in the restaurant mongol. Let’s immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history,
in the wonderful National History Museum. Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis
Khan Square and the House of Parliament. At 18 o’ clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen
Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing. Welcome dinner in
Mongolian style restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

2
2

Ulaanbaatar-Baga Gazriin Chuluu

We will pick you up from your hotel and travel to Baga Gazriin Chuluu which will take 240kms
5-6hours. Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a picturesque mountain in elevation of 1,751 meters which is
the Granite Belt of Mongolia. We will do the hiking session of 2-3hours. We’ll be staying
overnight in the host ger with local family. B/L/D

3
3

Baga Gazriin Chuluu-Tsagaan Suvarga

We will continue travel to Tsagaan Suvarga (about 240kms for 5-6hours). Tsagaan Suvarga or
White Stupa is 30-50 meters high white limestone formation which was created by the power of
the winds sculpting this place for over thousands of years. We’ll sight see the surrounding area
and hike around the place taking a suitable photo. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. B/L/D

4
4

Tsagaan suvarga-Yoliin am

In the morning we will drive to Yol Valley or Lammergeier Gorge about 220kms. The valley itself
is over 10kms long and due to the splendid high cliff walls. Some parts of Yol valley are
completely shaded from the sun. We will hike along this delightful valley, nestled between the
beautiful peaks of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain and exploring the wildlife of the area. We will
first visit the local Gobi museum then trek through the Yol valley to feel the fresh breeze to refresh
ourselves. We’ll be staying overnight in the host ger camp with local family. B/L/D

5
5

Yoliin am-Khongoriin els

We will travel to Khongor sand dunes which will take 180kms for 4-5hours. Known as Singing
sand dunes, the Khongor dunes are up to 300ms high, 18kms wide, and 180kms long. Afternoon
we will walk through the Golden sand dunes viewing the surrounding area. The view is incredible
from top of the dunes. Overnight in ger camp. B/L/D

6
6

Visit of nomad family and travel to Bayanzag

In the morning we will be visiting a local nomad family conversing about their unique lifestyle of
the local area. They’re very hospitable friendly hosts which they will offer a traditional delicacy
made of camel’s milk. You can also free to taste other traditional dairy products made of cow’s
milk. It is optional to hire a camel riding.

Afternoon we will continue travel to Bayanzag which will take 80kms /2hours/. It is a remarkable
site of Mongolia where you will able to see a rare saxaul forest, red flaming cliffs and pedestal
rocks formed by the Aeolian effects on the sand and rock over millions of years. This is the place
where dinosaurs used to live 70 million years ago, and internationally famous for its archaeological
discovery of dinosaur fossils, eggs and hatchling which belonged to Cretaceous Period. We’ll be
staying overnight in the host with nomad family. B/L/D

7
7

Bayanzag-Ongiin Khiid

Today we will travel to Ongi temple ruin which will take 140km /5 hours/. We will visit the local
museum and take a hike around the ruins. The guide will tell you the whole story of the ruins of
Ongi Monastery. We will be staying overnight in ger camp by Ongi river. B/L/D

8
8

Visit of Orkhon Valley

Today we will drive to Orkhon valley for 5-6hours about 240kms. We’ll be leaving the Gobi region
and enter the steppe zone rich with greenery compare to the Gobi golden soils. Journey to Orkhon
Valley. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadism and many
breeders set their summer camp there. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. B/L/D

9
9

Visit of Orkhon Waterfalls and Relax day

In the morning we will be visiting Ulaan Tsutgalaan water falls, white flood flowing on the black
stone(lava stones), transformed in rainbow by a short sunray. These 16-metres (52,49 feet) falls
are just magic! They were formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of
earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Afternoon we’ll be visiting a nomad family and discovery of
the activities bound to yacks breeding and horse riding. We’ll participate in making dairy products,
we’ll attend the making of a Mongolian barbecue and we’ll enjoy it for dinner. Optional: Horse
riding. Overnight in ger camp or with local family by Orkhon river. B/D/L

10
10

Travel to Tsenkher hot springs.

We will drive to Tsenkher hot springs, where you can lounge in the hot springs of the camp 130kms
for 3-4 hours. The water is at 85,5°C. In a pleasant verdant wooded area, some yurts camps with
equipment and baths with a less hot temperature have been set up for the travelers. Tsenkher hot
springs have healing properties notably on articular diseases and nervous system’s diseases.
Composition: sodium carbonate, hydrocarbonate, sulfate, fluorite, hydrogen sulfide. We’ll be
staying overnight in ger camp. B/D/L

11
11

Travel to Kharkhorin

Today we will drive to Kharkhorin for 2 hours 100 kms. Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital
of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages
of the silk road.

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired
buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin. We’ll be
staying overnight in ger camp. B/D/L

12
12

Kharkhorin-Khogno Khan National Park

We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan for 1 hours 80 kms. Discovery of the park:
semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometre long sand dunes, are characteristic of
this arid area nicknamed “Mini-Gobi”. Walk until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. “Monk Erdene’s
Monastery” dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain.

Afternoon we drive to Khustai Reserve for 2 hours 140kms, that houses the Przewalski horses
(takh). Twilight is the best moment to observe them. We’ll walk until the river where they drink,
and observe them with no fear to bother. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. B/D/L

13
13

Khustai-Ulaanbaatar

Back to Ulaanbaatar. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts
smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your
hotel, where you can rest a few moments. Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the
center of the city. Overnight in the hotel. /B/L/D
Optional: Ulaanbaatar by night /pub or night club/ Alcohol drinks and Entrance fees non included in the
price.

14
14

Departure

Have a nice journey. Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international
airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the
schedule of your flight

Details

Transport

Transport:
We use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private Japanese and Russian vans or 4WD
vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day’s drive in the countryside will be
approx 200-280km.

accomodation

Accommodation:
We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip.
You will be stay in a standard 3-4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional
dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the
countryside. All accommodation offered by our company is personally checked by our staff to
ensure high standards.

meals

Meals:
In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef,
rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this.
However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak!
On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has
been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a
vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.
We offering camel riding, horse trekking and hiking tour based on local community. Nomadic
families live in the area are main parts of the tours. They will supply camels, horses, meals, and
accommodation for tourists.

activities

Guide:
Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. Our guides are experienced travelers who
know every corner of the Gobi and Orkhon Valley. They can speak English and French and some
of them also speak Russian. They are proficient in horse riding and kayaking and they have a broad
knowledge on Mongolian history and culture which they will be delighted to share with you.

other

PRICE Included
 Transfers airport / hotel / airport
 2 nights in 3*or 4* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
 Full pension during the tour
 Water
 8 nights in comfortable yurts camps with warm shower
 3 nights with a host family, in a guest yurt
 Journeys in Japanese or Russian 4WD jeep or minibus with Air con + driver
 Petrol
 English-speaking guide
 Camel trek
 Local guides for the treks
 Entrance fees for parks and museum indicated in the program
 Traditional show

PRICE Not included
 International transport
 Passport and visa fees
 Repatriation insurance
 Travel insurance
 Drinks / alcohols extras
 Any excursion that is not indicated in the program
 Single room supplement: Single supplement is available at 50 euros in the hotel (for 1
nights)
 Single ger supplement: Single supplement is available at 20 euros per night at ger
camps.

Payment

For your journey in Mongolia, it is possible joining a fixed departure tour with a group, which
has the advantage of providing a friendly atmosphere and to let you benefit from the best
price. Our groups are composed of an average of 3 to 12 participants.

Price :

2 participants -£2190 p/p

3-5 participants-£1999 p/p

6-10 participants-£1899 EUR p/p

10 more participants-£1799 p/p