You will see there an eternally clear sky, blue mirages, golden sands and boundlessly expansive steppe lands, wild asses,ibexes camels, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora. Also, you'll be able to see huge canyon- like formations in Grand Canyon in Arizona. That’s the Gobi Desertand Khermen Tsav of Mongolia!
|Duration||16 days, 15 nights|
|Tour Operator||Idre tour|
Ulaanbaatar- Baga Gazryn chuluu- Tsagaan Suvraga- Yol valley- Khongoryn Els- Gurvantes- Khermiin Tsav- Bayanlig- Arvaikheer- Waterfall- Tsenkher hot spring- Kharkhorin- Khogno Khaan-Khustain National park- Ulaanbaatar
Activities: Horse and camel riding
Availability: June 24- July 9,2014, July 13- 28, 2014, August1-16, 2014 .
Price: All prices are per day
Note: Difference between comfortable and budget is the accommodation. Budget tour includes stay in nomadic family ger, comfortable tour includes stay at Ger camps which are a kind of 3*hotel standard.
We'll start our trip with a full day driving to the Baga Gazariin Chuluu Ruins (1768 m high granite stone mountain in the territory of Adaatsag soum, Dundgobi aimag. The mountain contains remains of old temples. They are not only rich in mineral and crystals, but also eye spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. We'll spend the night in a nomadic family’s Ger.
We’ll drive to the scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga which is located in Ulziit soum, Dundgobi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years the wind has created this amazing structure.
We'll drive to Yoliin Am in middle of the Gobi desert National Park which is a strictly protected area, covering 70sq.kms. The mountains here are the highest in the Gobi Desert and the rocky scenery is quite interesting, especially until mid July while the ice in a gorge remains. We'll walk 3kms through a narrow valley, then 3 kms back to the minivan. We’ll spend the night in a family ger.
We’ll drive to the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes (195kms). The Khongoryn Els is some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. We'll see beautiful views, huge sand dunes and a cold water spring with a river that leads to two small ponds. We'll then spend the night in a Ger.
We'll climb and hike to the top of the biggest sand dunes. There is an oasis near Khongor creek at the northern edge of the sand dune. The dunes make sound like plane engine in a windy day so it’s named as “Singing Dunes”. Also, if you wish, you may walk alongside the creek for about 10 kms. We arrange a camel riding trip on the real sand dunes.
We`ll drive to Gurvantes village and sleep near mount “Altan uul”.
We'll drive to the Khermen Tsav. When we arrive at Khermen Tsav, spend the night in the tent. This place is more commonly known as the "Flaming Cliffs" of Khermen Tsav, famous for the discovery of dinosaur fossils.
We’ll go hiking around this area and spend the night in the tent.
We’ll drive to Bayanlig village and spend the night in tents.
We’ll drive to Arvaikheer/center of Uvurkhangai province/ and stay in a hotel.
We’ll visit the local museum and visit the market to explore the local life style. We’ll drive to the “Ulaan Tsutgalan” which means “Waterfall”.
We’ll go hiking around the area, where we’ll see beautiful picturesque views. And we will go horseback riding through the valley for a few hours.
We will drive to Tsenkher hot spring. You’ll be able to relax taking natural hot bath in the hot spring water. Stay at ger camp at Tsenkher hot spring.
We'll drive to Mongolian ancient capital, Kharkhorin, Chinggis Khaan`s fabled city, was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon Valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. And will visit to the temple museum Erdene Zuu which was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. In 1586 started the building, but the monastery was not totally finished till 300 years later. The building of the monastery was done with stones from the ancient capital Kharkhorin only. Around 60 temples could be found inside its walls, but the Stalinist purges destroyed many of them and left only 18 untouched. Nowadays the monastery is reopened for Buddhist monks and also for visitors. We’ll stay in a guesthouse.
We`ll drive to Mount Khogno Khan Nature Reserve. On reaching the mountain after 4-5 hours you will arrive at a nomadic family Ger in front of this beautifully forested and rocky mountain. The mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You’ll be able to go hiking to the temple ruin. We’ll spend the night in nomadic family ger.
We`ll drive to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we will stop for watching Przewalski`s Horse in Khustai National Park. The Khustai National Park, located on the north side of the Tuul River, about a two-hour drive west of Ulaanbaatar. Although located in the central grasslands, Khustai means “with birch” because birch trees and aspen groves are plentiful in the area. It is a hilly terrain, with the Tuul River forming the southern boundary. The national park was originally set up in 1993 as a nature reserve for the first reintroduction of the Przewalski’s Horse (Equus przewalskii) into Mongolia. Today the Khustai Trust runs the park, funded mainly by tourism funds.
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