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The Gobi Desert & Ancient Capital of Mongolia

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11-Aug-2019 to 22-Aug-2019

Starting from USD 3016/- per person

Mongolia is famous for being the homeland of Genghis Khan, his mighty Mongol Empire and a nomadic people who have retained their lifestyle since the days of yore. This fantastic Mongolia tour will take you on the paths of Great Mongol Empire to the historic sites from 13th century and the UNESCO world heritage Orkhon River Valley to introduce Mongolia from a historical and cultural perspective.

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All about the The Gobi Desert & Ancient Capital of Mongolia.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drive through Mongolia’s longest and most beautiful sand dunes – the Khongor– in the arid Gobi desert.
  • Enjoy hiking in the beautiful Yoliin Am Gorge located in the Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
  • Drive through the Gobi steppes to the north to Ongi monastery ruins dated 18th century by the River Ongi.
  • Visit the first Buddhist monastery Erdene Zuu and the ruins of the ancient capital city – Karakoram.
  • Enjoy hot bath in Tsenkher hot springs.

 

FACT FILE

  • Type of Tour : Road Journey
  • Grade : Moderate
  • Tour Duration : 11 Nights
  • Tour Date : 12-Aug-2018 to 23-Aug-2018
  • Ex-Destination : Ulaanbaatar
  • Reporting Time & Venue : 12:00 hrs at Ulaanbaatar Airport
  • Dispersal Time & Venue : 11:00 hrs at Ulaanbaatar Airport
  • Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 03 (3 Star); Ger camps – 08
  • Food Plan : 11 Breakfast, 10 lunches & 11 Dinners
  • Travel & Transport : Transfers & Sightseeing by (4WD Russian vans+ Experienced drivers) County bus+ Experienced drivers) in UB and around
  • Requisite Group Size : 10 pax
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. (Dinner to be reserved at the hotel restaurant)

    Overnight: Ulaanbaatar

    Meal: Dinner

  2. Day 2 Ulaanbaatar - City tour of Ulaanbaatar

    City tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you to some of the principle sights of this city of Ulaanbaatar. You will visit National History Museum, Chinggis Square (main square) and Gandan Monastery. Welcome lunch and dinner at the restaurant. We will also visit Bogd Khan’s palace museum in the afternoon.

    Overnight: Ulaanbaatar

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 Ulaanbaatar – The Gobi- Yoliin Am Gorge

    Today morning, we will take local flight to Dalanzadgad /The Gobi town/we take road through the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan the final peak of Altai Mountain. Enjoy hiking in the beautiful Yoliin Am Gorge located in the Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Possible spotting wildlife if you are lucky. Visit local natural museum in the area and transfer to ger camp.

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 Yoliin Am Gorge to Khongor Sand Dunes, Camel Ride

    After breakfast, we drive to the Khongor sand dunes – Mongolia’s longest and most beautiful sand dunes that stretch over 180km in the arid Gobi desert. Visit local camel breeder family and enjoy 2 hour camel riding at the sand dunes. Conquer the peak of singing dunes which is the highest point of the dunes (300m 1.5-2hrs).

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 Khongor Sand Dunes –Bayanzag/ The Flaming cliffs

    Today we visit the Bayanzag- the Flaming Cliffs in Mongolian fashion. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations. Transfer to ger camp. Lunch, explore around for dinosaur remains in a world famous dinosaur site, you can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! Enjoy walking in the rich lush forest. Watch the documentary about First Scientific expedition in Flaming Cliffs. Learn Mongolian traditional games with the ankle bones from the sheep and goat in the early evening.

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 Bayanzag/The Flaming cliffs-Ongi Monastery Ruins & Ongi river

    This morning we drive through the Gobi steppes to the north to Ongi monastery ruins by the River Ongi. Visit to Ongi monastery ruins which dates back to 18th century. Visit ancient rock painting today. Transfer to ger camp, full board and overnight at the ger camp. Optional sauna at the ger camp. (4 person at same time-stays as an optional)

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 Ongi Monastery Ruins – Karakorum

    Breakfast and we drive to ancient capital Karakorum. On the way, we will stop at nomadic family to meet with locals and learn about their way of life. Lunch at the family ger. Try yak riding at the family for photo. Arrive in Karakorum late afternoon. Then, we will visit the newly established Museum of Karakorum which gives a good introduction to Central Mongolia, its history. Overnight at ger camp.

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 Karakorum – Khorgo Terkh National Park

    Today’s drive brings you into the volcanic surrounds of Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan – the ’Great White Lake’. The lake lies calmly in the arms of tall hills, its water extremely clear and lined with long sand beaches. The road winds along the shoreline, past Shamanic piles of black lava, before it cuts a short distance inland towards the Khorgo Volcano. At around 10,000 feet up, the volcano is now extinct, but still revered by the nomads of the region. A short walk takes you to the crater rim, where red-stained rock descends into a deep chasm surrounded by sacred Ovoo mounds. Look back towards Lake Terkh Tsagaan – there is an excellent view over the lake through a small hillpass.

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 Khorgo Terkh National Park – Tsenkher Hot Springs

    Breakfast and we drive to Tsenkher hot springs with with a stop in Tsetserleg town to visit the Zay Bandida monastery currently operating as a Khalkh ethnic museum. Visit town bazaar to see the local’s lifestyle.  Arrive in hot springs in the evening, enjoy hot bath.

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 Tsenkher Hot Springs - Elsen Tasarkhai (Bayangobi)

    In the morning we drive to Elsen Tasarkhai passing Karakorum on our way. We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586 on the ruins of Karakorum. Lunch at the ger camp and we drive to Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes. Arrive and transfer to the tourist camp. Visit local nomad family to witness their hospitality and talk with them

    Overnight: Ger

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 Elsen Tasarkhai- Ulaanbaatar

    After breakfast, we will drive to Ulaanbaatar for 4-5 hours. Optional souvenir and cashmere shopping in the afternoon. Lunch in Ulaanbaatar. Enjoy traditional folklore concert by the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner.

    Overnight: Ulaanbaatar

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 Final departure

    After breakfast, Pick up and transfer to the airport

    Meal: Breakfast

     

    End of arrangements…

Payment Schedule:

Deposit to confirm the tour : USD 1000/- or 15% of the Tour Price (whichever is higher)

Final installment : Balance amount by 92 days prior departure

 

Cancellation Policy:

Land Arrangement:

  • Upto 92 days prior departure – 15%
  • Upto 45 days prior departure – 45%
  • Upto 11 days prior departure – 80%
  • No show is 100% cancellation

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