The Gobi desert and Karakorum tour / 12 days - 11 nights, from 1500 euros
Our tour through Gobi and central Mongolia which includes best features of that area as well as visiting nomadic families and riding camels.
During this trip one will see, experience, learn and take photos of the Central and Southern Mongolia. It is a round trip that will take you through different geographical zones and allow you to visit the most remarkable sights this area has to offer.
Route: Ulaanbaatar-Middle Gobi-Yol Valley-Khongor Sand Dunes-Bayanzag-Ongi- Orkhon waterfall-Karakorum-Khustain nuruu-Ulaanbaatar
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
Price From: 1,500 euro
Region: Gobi and Central Mongolia
Tour highlights: Gobi, Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes, Orkhon Waterfall, Karakorum, Khustain Nuruu
During this trip one will see, experience, learn and take photos of the Gobi and Central Mongolia. It is a round trip that will take you through different geographical zones and allow you to visit the most remarkable sights this area has to offer.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
Day 2. Middle Gobi. 220km. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km. (B/L/D)
Day 4. Yol Valley. 280km. (B/L/D)
Day 5. Khongor sand dunes. 200 km. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Bayanzag. 150km. (B/L/D)
Day 7. Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)
Day 8. Orkhon Waterfall. 280km (B/L/D)
Day 9. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery. 120km. (B/L/D)
Day 10. Khustain Nuruu. 280km (B/L/D)
Day 11. Ulaanbaatar. 135km. (B/L)
Day 12. Departure. (B)
Day 1. Arrival
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. Half and full day tours are available.
Day 2. Middle Gobi / Baga Gazriin Chuluu (220 km)
Early morning, begin your journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (L/D).
Day 3. Middle Gobi / Tsagaan Suvarga (280 km)
After breakfast visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga, a fascinating white limestone cliff which resembles a Stupa. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 4. South Gobi / Yol Valley (280km)
Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties mountain range of the Gobi National Park. Spend the day on an excursion to Yol Valley, hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 5. South Gobi / Khongor Sand Dunes (200 km)
After breakfast drive to Khongor Sand Dunes known as the Singing Dunes. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with breathtaking views. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 6. South Gobi / Bayanzag (150 km)
Drive to the world-famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag), rich in saxaul trees of Gobi. Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia by following the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews, (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960), an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience the hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 7. Middle Gobi / Ongi Monastery (150 km)
After breakfast drive north, visit the ruins of the once great Ongi Monastery, local restored temple and have a walk in the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 8. Orkhon Waterfall (280 km)
Day 9. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery (120 km)
After breakfast drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia built on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 10. Khustain Nuruu (280 km)
Day 11. Ulaanbaatar (135 km)
After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar and lunch on the way. Overnight stay in a hotel (B/L).
Day 12. Departure
Transfer to the airport or the train station for international departure.
Date and price
Tour available dates: From April to October
2 pax per person: 2,000 euro
3-5 pax per person: 1,800 euro
6-10 pax per person: 1,500 euro
• Transfers upon arrival and departure
• English speaking guide at all times
• Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
• In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps
• All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
• Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur-driven 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
• Park entrance fees
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• 1 liter of drinking water per day per person
Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services,
travel insurance, medical insurance,
visa application fees,
personal expenses such as items of a personal nature,
gratuity to local guides and drivers,
airfare or train tickets, airport taxes,
excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms),
changes of arrival/departure flights,
any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.
This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.
• backpack or soft bag
• waterproof bag cover
• day pack
• head lamp/flashlight
• spare batteries/bulb
• personal medications
• waterproof hiking boots
• waterproof jacket with hood
• waterproof over pants
• fleece jacket or wool jumper
• cotton t-shirts
• long sleeve shirts
• lightweight trousers
• sun hat
• sun glasses
• sun cream
• insect repellent
• resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
• watch/ alarm clock
• money belt/ pouch
• insurance confirmation copy
• emergency contact number