Gobi Desert Tour

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Price: $67
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Description

Route: Ulaan Baatar - Dalanzadgad - Bayanzag - Khongorin Els sand dunes  - Dalanzadgad - Ulaan Baatar

One of the world's most magestic deserts, the Gobi Desert covers the majority of southern Mongolia. Unlike the sand dune-spotted Sahara, the Gobi is made of gravel plains and rocky outcroppings. As with all deserts, the weather is extreme; temperatures reach as high as 40°C (105°F) in the summer and dive as low as -40°C (-40°F) in the winter. In the spring and fall, 140 kmph (40 mph) winds whip anything and everything across the barren land, making travel dangerous. Although the Gobi appears inhabitable, many endangered species consider it their home, including wild bactrian (two-humped) camels, wild donkies, and a small population of the rare Maazalai, the world's only desert-inhabiting bear.

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Fare


Included:

Transportation and Driver
English speaking guide
Accommodations
Meals
Clean drinking water
Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries
Horseback/camel riding (as specified)

Not Included:

Airfare
Personal shopping
Insurance
Alcohol
Additional Activities

Highlights

Perfect introduction to Mongolia for first-time visitors
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get up close to native wildlife
Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 The Ice Fields of Yolyn Am
In the morning, you will be driven to the Chinggis Khaan airport for your flight to Dalanzadgad, the capital of the Umnugovi province. In Dalanzadgad, we will meet up and drive to Yolyn Am, a deep, narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains.

Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field, which is several meters thick and several kilometers long by the end of winter. In the past, the ice would persist through the spring and summer, but today's ice fields tend to disappear by September. After visiting Yolyn Am, we will head to the ger camp where we will stay overnight.
DAY 2 Bayanzag's Flaming Cliffs
In the morning, we will drive to Bayanzag, where important archeological discoveries have been made. The area also has a different name: Flaming Cliffs. This name was given by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s.

Bayanzag is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals have also been found here.

Stay overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 3 Khongorin Els Dunes
After breakfast, we will leave Bayanzag and drive to the famous Khongorin Els sand dunes. The dunes, in the center of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, stretch 30 meters high, 12 kilometers wide, and 100 kilometers long.

Stay 2 days overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 4 Khongorin Els Dunes
Though trekking to the top is exhausting, each slippery step pays off when we reach the summit and see nothing but beautiful scenery in every direction. In order to thoroughly explore the dunes, we will spend two days here riding camels, visiting with local nomadic families, and enjoying the sights.

Stay 2 days overnight in a ger camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 5 Last Stand
In the morning, we will leave Khongorin Els and drive back to Dalanzadgad. This will be our final day out in the Gobi Desert.

Stay overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 6 Return Home
You will be taken to the airport for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, you will be transported from the airport back to your hotel.

Breakfast

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