Southern Mongolia

Mongolian Gobi desert

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http://mongoliasteppe.tours/pages/khongoriin-els-sand-dunesMongolian Gobi is a large desert region in Asia. Mongolian covers parts of central and southern Mongolia. Mongolian desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north. Mongolian Gobi is most notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road. Mongolian Gobi is a cold desert, with frost and occasionally snow occurring on its dunes. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1520m above sea level, which contributes to its low temperatures. An average of approximately 194 mm of rain falls annually in the Gobi of Mongolia. Mongolian Gobi Desert is the source of many important fossil finds, including the first dinosaur eggs. Despite the harsh conditions, these deserts and the surrounding regions sustain many animals, including black-tailed gazelles, marbled polecats, wild Bactrian camels, Mongolian wild ass and sandplovers.

Type:

Classic tours

Highlights:

Bayanzag Flamming Cliffs

Khongor sand dunes

Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Adventure level:

Medium

Transportation:

Jeep japanese (Land Cruiser 80)+ Experienced drivers

Distance:

470 km

Map & Destinations
Selenge Arkhangai Uvurkhangai South Gobi provinces Selenge Arkhangai Uvurkhangai South Gobi provinces
Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel in the city centre. After lunch, we will start the city tour including Gandan Monastery, Chinggis Khaan square and surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council. Then we will drive to Zaisan Hill, which provides wide view of the Ulaanbaatar then we will visit Museum of National history with an excellent exhibitions such as Stone and Bronze Age, Turkic and Mongol Empire, rise of Buddhism and communist regime. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

DAY 2: Drive to Dalanzadgad Sud Gobi and Bayanzag

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Dalanzadgad, which is a small town of Gobi. Upon arrival, we will drive to the Flaming cliffs at Bayanzag - is a famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs, bones and complete dinosaur skeletons which is first discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews, American expedition in the 1920. This area well known for red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion which look like fire in the middle of the desert from distance. We will find an egg and bones of dinosaurs around Bayanzag. White fossilized bones are still found today. After exploration at Bayanzag, we will take short drive to the ger camp for lunch.

DAY 3: Depart to Khongor Sand Dunes

After breakfast at the camp, we will arrive at the Khongor sand dunes in the afternoon. Khongoriin Els dunes stretch for 180 kms, as wide as 7-20km. The dunes lie on the northern part of Servei and Zuulun mountain. The sound of masses of wind-blown sand can be heard from the long distance. In the afternoon, we will enjoy visiting camel herder family in their ger, explore their unique nomadic lifestyle. We will have a chance to try drinking Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk) Overnight at the camp.

DAY 4: Drive to Yol Valley

After breakfast we will continue to the Yol valley situated in “Three beauties of Gobi” Mt. National Park. Yol means Lammergeyer, one of the most endangered bird species of prey. The valley is notable for a deep ice field; it remains frozen for most of the year, except late summer. We will have a take short drive to the valley and enjoy hiking through grassy meadows, small streams, long and narrow valley with sheltered by high cliff walls, sunlight bouncing off amazing rocks, covered with wild flowers and Gobi plants.  You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goat, grazing high on the cliff walls. After visit and explore the national park, we will return to the camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 5: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we will drive to the airport for return flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in the city, transfer to the hotel.

DAY 6: Transfer to the International Airport
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