Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar.
Day 3& 4: Ulaanbaatar to Middle Gobi
Day 5 & 6: Middle Gobi - OngiinMonastery
Day 7& 8: South Gobi, Bayanzag
Day 9: South Gobi, Yolyn Am.
Day 10: South Gobi, to KhongorynEls.
Day 11,12& 13:KhongorynEls.
Day 14: To Moon valley.
Day 15: To Gurvantes, Oasis.
Day 16& 17: To HermenTsav.
Day 18: Back to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 19: Back to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 20: Ulaanbaatar and shopping.
Day 21: Departure to Airport.
Transfer to hotel. There are no activities planned today. (H; D)
The city is built along the Tuulriver and is surrounded by picturesque mountains. The centre of Ulaanbaatar is dominated by Soviet-style buildings with extend ger suburbs on the outskirts of town. Ulaanbaatar, meaning ‘Red Hero’, became the capital of Outer Mongolia when it was proclaimed an independent state in 1924. We see Choijin lama Monastery and Gandan monastery, one of the few operating Buddhist monasteries left in Mongolia. Bogd Khan Palace museum, the residence of the Mongolian last king who died in 1924, now houses are wonderful display of his throne. The Natural History museum is renowned for its collection of dinosaur skeletons and fossilised eggs. (H; B,L D)
Today after breakfast we join our 4WD jeeps, laden with camping equipment and head south on dirt to cross the vast steppe of central Mongolia to camp in the Middle Gobi region, the BagaGazariinChuluu. BagaGazariinChuluu is 18751 meter high, granite stone mountain in the territory of Adaatsagsoum (village) Dundgobiaimag (Middle gobi province), is a place with unique scenery that many tourists compare with lunar scenes. The mountain contains remains of old temples. They are not only rich in minerals, crystals but also eyes spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. (C; B,L,D)
This morning we drive to the Ongiin Monastery. Its ruins located on the bank of the Ongiinriver we will transfer to a ger lounge and tour among the ruins. Once being one of the powerful large monasteries in Mongolia.Ongiin Monastery was ruined during the Stalinist Purges of mid 1960’s. It is a ruin of big monastery of Bari YonzonKhamba on the bank of the Ongiinriver. This monastery has 28 templesand other buildings on the south slope of the rocky mountain like Balsa country and stupas haven’t broken. The monastery had about 100 monks. Which, itself was badly destroyed during the communist purges in 1930s. Since 1994 local people rebuilt on of the temple, now there about 10 monks chanting.(G,B,L,D)
We travel on dirt tracks to visit Bayanzagels (flaming cliffs), the area renowned worldwide for the number of dinosaur skeleton and their petrified eggs have been preserved here. One of the famous places is Bayanzag, bottom of Ancient sea which excited 60-70 million years ago where a lot of Palentological findings have been discovered. The place is known as Flaming Cliffs so named by Roy Andrew Chapman, an American explorer, who visited Mongolia in 1920s. He searched through Mongolian Gobi desert and found dinosaur fossils from Bayanzag and Nemegt. He brought his paleontological findings on 70 camels. Chapman presented his finding, one large skeleton on show in museum in Ulaanbaatar. (G,B,L,D)
This morning we visit the Gurvansaikan National Park. Stretching from the border with Bayanhongor almost to Dalanzadgad, the two million hectare National Park contains mountains, rock formations and the incredible Yolyn am valley. Meaning vulture’s mouth, the Yolynam valley was originally established to conserve bird life in the region, but is now famous for its dramatic scenery and glazier which is frozen almost all year round. We visit small museum, which has a collection of dinosaur eggs and bones, birds and a snow leopard. The park contains over 200 species of birds, many types of vegetarian and plants, some of which only bloom after the very infrequent heavy rains. Whilst in the South Gobi we also have a chance to visit camel breeding program and try some of Mongolia’s famous mares milk. (G,B,L,D)
We travel on dirt tracks to visit the Khogorynels, we drive through canyon, a narrow high rocky walls has breathtaking dramatic scenery and no doubt is one of the most beautiful places in the Gobi. Passing the canyon set up the tents and overnight somewhere in Gobi near DunguniiHiid (a ruin of monastery). (C,B,L,D)
Khongorynels which are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia.Also known as the ‘singing dunes’ they are up to 200 m high, 20 km wide and about 130 km long. Climbing to the tops gives spectacular views of the desert. (G,B,L,D)
We drive further crossing the Khongorynels to south through Sevrei village to Noyon village. As we cross through the southernmost parts of the Gobi, we will stop to see petroglyphs and the mirror rock. Early evening we arrive at Moon Valley. We will spend the evening hiking along the bottom of moon valley, where a milky blue river flows out of the canyons to the north and we are shaded by high cliffs. Overnight camping next to a spring in the valley. (C,B,L,D)
We continue on dirt tracks to south west towards GurvanTes village. We drive through the town of GurvanTes to a beautiful oasis, surrounded by sand stone formations. Overnight camping next to the oasis. (C,B,L,D)
We drive further to HermenTsav, an impressive series of sandstone canyons in the south-western most part of the Gobi desert, surrounded by interesting red rock formations and dotted with unusual desert plants. Some of our guests have called this place the most beautiful part of the Gobi desert. Overnight camping in HermenTsav.Hermentsav is wild and remote area where the real desert wildlife, including wild ass, gazelles, and if lucky, the rare red Antelope could accidently see. (C,B,L,D)
As we gradually leave the desert behind us, we travel northwest on dirt tracks to the flat open plains of the Mongolian steppe. We drive as much we can and try to reach tar road and as soon we reach the tar road we camp somewhere close by a small village or river. (C,B,L,D)
This morning we continue driving across green grasslands. Late evening we will do our best to reach Ulaanbaatar. (H, B,L,D) Day 20: Ulaanbaatar and shopping. Before leaving back home we do some shopping, We visit Mongolian famous cashmere factory store. Dinner and at 7.00 pm we join the evening performance. (H) (BLD)
Before leaving back home we do some shopping, We visit Mongolian famous cashmere factory store. Dinner and at 7.00 pm we join the evening performance. (H) (BLD)
Our representative will transfer you to Airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. We hope you had a memorable time in Mongolia and we wish to serve you again.