Explore Gobi and Great Lakes of Mongolia nomadic way.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
The Baga Gazryn Chuluu is an interesting mountain formation, 1768 meters above sea level, which can be seen from faraway in the middle of the great Gobi. These mountains cover an area of about 300 square meters. Among the many peculiar things that can be seen at this interesting mountain, the following are included in our sightseeing.
The scenery ranged from arid to very arid, from steppes to patchy onion grass to gravel and to rocks. Before arrival at the ger camp you will stop at the rock formation from which the camp, about 5 miles away, takes its name. Very impressive cliffs, with amazing colours in bands in the rock. Lots of swifts swooping around, and small raptors, like falcons.
The meters-thick "eternal" ice of Yolyn Am (Vulture's Mouth) is not the only attraction in this dramatic and scenic valley in the middle of the Gobi desert, 46 km west of Dalanzadgad. You can walk on the ice, but take care not to slip. There is a small nature museum at the gate on the main road to Yolyn Am that has a collection of dinosaur eggs and bones, stuffed birds and a snow leopard. There is also the ethnographic museum in a ger, petrified wood lying by the roadside, opportunity to buy some good souvenirs and opportunity to hike and spot wildlife.
About 180 km from Dalanzadgad are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. With the largest dunes at the northwest corner of the range, Hongoryn Els is up to 800 m high, 12 km wide and about 100 km long. It is possible to climb to the top of the dunes and slide back down. You can catch an awesome view of the desert from the top. There is an information ger near the parking area at the base of the dunes. An overnight stay in the desert is usually necessary to properly explore the area.
Commonly known as the "Flaming Cliffs," Bayanzag is renowned worldwide for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area. It is located 65 km north-west of Dalanzadgad. The name "Flaming Cliffs" was given to it by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960) who said: "The romance of the desert will be destroyed. Tourists will sit in heated cars, eating the food of Europe, reading week-old newspapers, and comprehending not at all the glorious history, the tragedy and romance of the Gobi trails." Literally "rich in saxaul shrubs," the eerie beauty of the Bayanzag landscape is enchanting.
Exploring the cliffs is an exciting activity. The desert with its rocks, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness is a wonderful sight. There is no need to talk about the significance of the place to 'dinophiles.
Ongi Khiid Monastery
The ruins of Ongi Khiid Monastery are found in Saikhan Ovoo soum of Dundgovi (Middle Gobi) province. It used to be a big Buddhist monastery compound built by Bari Yonzon Khamba Lamaist bishop at the Ongi river, a river that takes source from the Khangai Mountain range in Ovorkhangai province and flows into the Ulaan Nuur lake of Gobi. The monastery was built on a steep rocky slope of a mountain in a Nepalese architectural fashion and used to house over a thousand of Buddhist monks. Unfortunately, the Ongi Khiid Monastery had the same fate of destruction during the communist purges of 1930s as other 700 Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. There is a tourist ger camp at the Ongi Khiid Monastery, which has a suitable location for traveling between Gobi desert and Kharkhorin. For instance, the distance from Bayanzag to Ongi Khiid is 160 km; and from Ongi Khiid to Kharkhorin is 250 km.
Eight Lakes Nature reserve
For the next 4 days we ride a horse in the Eight Lakes National Park. Our route takes us through the Khangai Nuruu, Mongolia’s second largest mountain range, which lies 2800 meters above sea level. The reserve consists of 7 lakes, from which the park receives its name, scattered over two big valleys, amongst thickly forested pine forests. Very few families inhabit the area, and it is a perfect place to see a large variety of wild flowers. As we ride, we will have your guide and local horse guide and our luggage and tents will be carried on suppurate horse. Overnight bush camping (3nights).
The Orkhon Waterfall water flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley. The waterfall formed by combination volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago cascades down from a height 27 meters. The Orkhon, longest river in Mongolia, begins at the state worshipped mountain Suvraga Khairkhan in the Khangai mountain range. Families will offer horse riding. Overnight at Nomadic family.
Interested in treasures of lost civilizations?... Mongolia has a great present for you. Consider visiting Kharkhorum town located in central Mongolia. In 1220, it was a flourishing capital of Genghis Khan's Mongol Empire called Karakorum. Ogodei Khaan had built the "Tumen Amgalant" Palace, which occupied an area of 2,500 square meters. The palace was built in 1235 and it was the most beautiful part of the capital. It had a large hall with 64 columns where the khans received foreign ambassadors and guests.
Day 1: Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Day 2: Tsagaan Suvraga
Day 3: Yoliin Am
Day 4: Khongoriin Els
Day 5: Bayanzag
Day 6: Ongi Khiid Monastery
Day 7: Arvainkheer - Uyanga
Day 8 - 11: Horse riding the Eight Lakes Nature reserve
Day 11: Orkhon Valley
Day 12: Kharkhorum
Day 12: Kharkhorum to Ulaanbaatar
Price per person
|$2,500.00||$1,500.00 per person||$1150.00 per person|
Transfer, Driver, Guide/cook, Accommodations and meals.
Travel insurance, Medical insurance, Entrance to museums and temples, Any charges of major force beyond our control, Camel and Horse riding.
Baga Gazariin Chuluu - Family stay; Tsagaan Suvraga - Family stay; Yoliin Am - Family stay; Khongor Sand Dunes - Tourist camp; Bayanzag - Tourist camp; Ongi Monastery -Tourist camp; Uyanga Sum - Family Stay; Eight lakes - Camping; Eight Lakes - Family Stay; Eight Lakes - Camping; Orkhon Valley - Family Stay; Kharkhorum - Hotel;
Travel insurance is required for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
You need to have a good level of fitness and be in excellent health to take part in this trip. It's important that you are able to hike and ride a horse for a long distance and hours.
Please note this trip require good horse riding skills.
You also need to be able to cope with varying temperature as we will be experiencing climates from warm days to cold nights. Travel days can also be long, rough and in cramped conditions.
While traveling with us you'll experience the vast array Mongolian traditional food. Your guide will be able to explain about food. In most places you will be eating meals provided by Nomadic family. Those with special dietary requirements may request for a guide who has cooking skills. Vegetarian lacto-ovo options (while limited) can be offered for all included meals, provided we are notified at time of booking.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting us.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Our Basic style trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?