Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Gobi Trek (14 days)

Nomadic Expeditions

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia To Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Valid for Departures: 26 Aug 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
26 Aug 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shangri-La, Ulaanbaatar None

The contrast between ancient traditions and a 21st-century democracy is most visible in Ulaanbaatar, where traditional gers and Buddhist monasteries sit side by side with modern high-rises. Upon arrival at the airport you are welcomed by your Mongolian guide and transferred to your centrally located hotel within walking distance of various museums and shops.

Day 2
27 Aug 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Three Camel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
GOBI | YOL VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, fly over vast steppe land to the Gobi (1.5 hours), Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. For the next eight days, explore the stunning landscape of the Gobi, habitat for Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep, goitered gazelle, Golden Eagles, Saker Falcons, jerboas (similar to kangaroo rats), and many endemic reptiles.

Upon arrival in the Gobi, drive to Yol Valley National Park, cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. An ancient river carved this surprisingly green valley and its remnant streams create ice formations that sometimes persist as late as July. A hike through the valley leads to the habitat of indigenous vulture-like Lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks, and Argali mountain sheep. Enjoy visiting the local natural history museum for an overview of the ora and fauna of the area. Later, drive to the award-winning Three Camel Lodge for dinner and overnight (1 hr, 20 min).

Day 3
28 Aug 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GYALAAN CANYON

After breakfast, drive (1 1/2 hrs) to Gyalaan Canyon, the land of ibexes and snow leopards, and begin trekking through rocky canyons of the Gobi Altai Mountains. During the trip you will be trekking within the boundaries of the “Gobi Gurvansaikhan,” or “Three Beauties of the Gobi,” National Park where the richest localities of the late Cretaceous dinosaurs are found. Many species found in the Park are unique and not found elsewhere. Fifty-two species of the mammals are found here, with eight of them listed in the Red Data Book of Mongolia. In the early evening, watch for Argali mountain sheep and ibex which appear on the cliffs. Our guides will set up a tent camp with large three-person tents for every two people, out tted with sleeping bags and mats. Overnight in tents. (Trek on foot 3-4 hours)

Day 4
29 Aug 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jargalant

Wake in the morning to the sun rising above the legendary Gobi. Continue trekking along rocky canyons, which are famous for their rock paintings. The Gobi is not only a place of great natural beauty, but also a place where you see different stages of history (Mesozoic and Paleolithic eras, as well as modern times).

The Park is famous for stone tool artifacts and rock paintings of the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages, found in the 1960’s by the joint Russian-Mongolian expedition. Even today Mongolian - Russian - American expedition groups nd thousands of stone tools that give the scientists a clear picture of the evolution in the stone tool development process of the ancient dwellers of Central Asia. At Jargalant discover a well made by the locals. Overnight in tents. (Trek on foot 4-5 hours)

Day 5
30 Aug 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
HUTUL BULAG

As you continue to trek, you will leave the canyons and come to a mountainous valley with a view of Gobi sand dunes on the horizon - the 139 km long, 5-7 km wide and 185m high Hongoryn Els sand dune strip. During or before storms these dunes start to sing, hence the reason why they are called the “Singing Sands.” Watch for herds of black-tailed gazelle, which frequent this area. Overnight in tents. (Trek on foot 4 hours)

Day 6
31 Aug 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SERUUN BULAG

After breakfast, continue trekking until you meet your camels and camel herder. Begin riding camels through the sand dunes, traveling as Mongolia’s nomads have for centuries. While riding you may run into herds of wild ass and black-tailed gazelle. Arrive at Seruun Bulag – a treasured water place by the local nomads. The spring water is very cold in summer and warm in winter and believed to be good for the stomach due to its high content of brimstone. Overnight in tents. (Camel trekking for 4-5 hours)

Day 7
01 Sep 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elsen Us

Spend the day camel trekking along the sand dunes. For miles and miles you will see only dunes and you can appreciate the feeling of a real camel caravan, similar to the ones used during the Silk Road period. Arrive at Elsen Us, a crystal-clear freshwater well made by the locals. Overnight in tents. (Camel trekking for 4-5 hours)
Day 8
02 Sep 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Balar Tsonj

Anticipating another day of exploring the spectacular panoramas of the world’s northernmost desert, your ride will bring you to some of the most remote sites in the Gobi. It is believed that this area was the bottom of an ancient ocean. There are splendid views of fantastic sandy and clay cliffs that rise upwards in stunning shapes, and of dense forests of saxaul bushes (endangered Gobi trees) that are well preserved in this remote area. Overnight in tents. (Camel trekking for 4-5 hours)

Day 9
03 Sep 2018
Bulgan, Mongolia
Three Camel Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FLAMING CLIFFS

After breakfast, return to the Three Camel Lodge (2.5 hours), located near Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

In the afternoon, travel to the legendary Flaming Cliffs (1 hour), named for the orange glow of the rock in the light of the setting sun. It was here in 1923 that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the rst nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen. Although not obvious to the untrained eye, the red sandstone of the Flaming Cliffs is rich with dinosaur fossils and paleontological expeditions continue to make signi cant discoveries at this site.

Day 10
04 Sep 2018
Orkhon, Mongolia
Tent Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ONGIIN HIID Begin driving towards Kharakhorum, site of the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire. Stop for lunch at Ongiin Hiid (5-6 hours of driving), the ruins of an ancient temple built in the 17th century. Once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, Ongiin Hiid is still known as the “Pearl of the Great Desert.” Destroyed during the communist purges in 1939, the ruins of this monastery are situated in a beautiful mountainous region. Overnight in gers.
Day 11
05 Sep 2018
Orkhon, Mongolia
Ger Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

KHARAKHORUM | ERDENE ZUU MONASTERY The adventure continues at Kharakhorum (about 5 hours of driving), site of the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire. Chinggis Khan’s son Ogodei created Kharakhorum but abandoned it forty years later, moving the capital to Khanbalik, in what is now Beijing. Traces of this once-celebrated city still exist in Erdene Zuu, Mongolia’s largest monastery, which was reputedly built from the ruins of Kharakhorum in the 16th century. Surrounded by 108 stupas, this temple has been a place of Buddhist activity for centuries. Explore the grounds and temples of this historic monastery. Overnight in gers.

Day 12
06 Sep 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shangri-La, Ulaanbaatar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar (5-6 hours), stopping for visits with local families and a picnic lunch in the countryside along the way. Check in at your hotel and refresh after your long drive. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a ne local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13
07 Sep 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shangri-La, Ulaanbaatar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ULAANBAATAR

Begin the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. Although Buddhist monasteries were either destroyed or converted into museums during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, Gandan Monastery continued to operate as a showpiece for government of cials. However, in spite of the government’s efforts to suppress Buddhism and other religious beliefs, Mongolia’s spirituality persisted and a signi cant resurgence of Buddhism began in 1990 when Mongolia became a democracy. Extensive reconstruction and renovation projects are underway and priceless artifacts that were hidden by nomadic families for safekeeping are now being returned to monasteries.

Experience these exciting developments firsthand at Gandan Monastery. Strolling through the monastery grounds, hear the low tones of the horns used to call the lamas to the temple, and observe their daily rituals, including the reading of sutras, the teachings of the Buddha.

Also visit the reconstruction and renovation projects of the Chenrezi and Kalachakra Temples, as well as the magni cent statue of Migjid Janraisig, “the lord who looks in every direction.” This 82-foot high statue, gilded and clothed with silk and precious stones, completely lls one of Gandan’s largest temples.

In the afternoon, drive through downtown Ulaanbaatar to the National History Museum for an excellent overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. The newly remodeled museum displays traditional implements of daily nomadic life including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, historical costumes of Mongolia’s minority tribes, sacred religious relics, and agricultural, shing, and hunting equipment. Next, drive to Zaisan Memorial, built by the former Soviet Union to commemorate fallen soldiers of World War II. Those who climb the 300 steps will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the capital city, the Tuul River, and the surrounding countryside.

In the evening enjoy a performance featuring traditional Mongolian dancers and khoomi throat singers, followed by dinner at a fine local restaurant.

Day 14
08 Sep 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
None Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Designed to give trekking enthusiasts a desert experience like no other, this journey through the mystical Gobi traverses the sand dunes, canyons, and valleys of Mongolia’s most amazing landscapes. Travel on foot and by camel through the desert, drive north to historic Erdene Zuu Monastery, and discover the traditional nomadic culture of Mongolia.

In spectacular Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, trek across ancient desert routes past dramatic canyons and cliffs, and camp in the shadow of the Gobi Altai Mountains, experiencing the wash of purple, rose, and heather that de nes the desert’s skyline at dusk. Continuing deep into the Gobi, past saxaul bushes and the habitat of black-tailed gazelle and ibex, this adventure is an intimate exploration of one of the world’s great deserts.

About Us

Nomadic Expeditions is an award-winning tour operator that has been crafting trips of a lifetime to Mongolia, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, China, Myanmar, Siberia, Sri Lanka, and India for 25 years. Founded by Mongolian-American Jalsa Urubshurow, Nomadic Expeditions pioneered luxury adventure travel to Mongolia shortly after its democratization in 1990. As developers and owners of the Three Camel Lodge, Nomadic Expeditions continues its commitment to providing exceptional experiences coupled with sustainability in this hidden corner of the world.

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Nomadic Expeditions. Cancellation charges are based on the number of days from the date we receive the written cancellation notice until the main trip departure date.

Cancellation charges:

  • 90 days or more Full Deposit
  • 89-60 days 25% of land
  • 59-30 days 50% of land
  • 29-0 days No refund
  • After trip departs - No refund

In addition, any unrecoverable charges or fees imposed by suppliers or vendors on advance payments will be assessed. Airfares are refundable in accordance with the policy of the airline carrier being used, subject to a $50 handling charge. If full payment is not received 90 days prior to departure, Nomadic Expeditions reserves the right to consider this a cancellation. A Late Payment Fee will apply to all payments made less than 90 days prior to departure. Nomadic Expeditions reserves the right to cancel or postpone any travel services prior to departure for any reason, including insufficient number of participants. In the event that a trip cannot depart on the dates specified due to unforeseeable events that render the itinerary inoperable or inadvisable, Nomadic Expeditions reserves the right to postpone services until such time as it is deemed appropriate by Nomadic Expeditions. Trip payments will be held by Nomadic Expeditions, and subject to the same conditions as for the original scheduled trip. Nomadic Expeditions is not responsible for any unrecoverable expenses incurred by trip participants due to trip cancellation or postponement, including non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses and visa fees, or additional arrangements, made either through Nomadic Expeditions or another provider, purchased to coincide with this scheduled departure. This trip is subject to the cancellation, refund, and other policies set forth on our Departure Guide. We urge you to read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions.



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By: CW


Reviewed on: 02 May 2014

The tour group offered helpful advice about Mongolia and organized a VIP immigration service on arrival in Ulaanbaatar. The guide was experienced and very friendly and worked hard to get me to see all the sights I wanted to see (quite a feat as I tend to want to see everything).
Travel Advisor:  Ilana Valo