The most popular places to go in Mongolia for travelers are to visit two major important highlights of the country: the Gobi Desert and Kharkhorin. Indeed, this itinerary could be classified as a CLASSIC by presenting the true essence of Mongolian nature and culture with visits to a hospitable nomad settlement, active Buddhist monasteries, historical sites, and natural parks. Nature along this tour will be changing dramatically: from the golden dunes of Gobi to the open green valleys dotted with wildflowers, through vast steppes, a great waterfall, and charming lake Ugii!
On this trip, you are available to see "Takhi", Mongolian wild horse, or best known Prjewalski's horses which are the last remaining species of the truly wild horse in the world. The takhi is being reintroduced in Khustai National Park which covers the steppe and forest mountain area with abundant wildlife.
- Legendary Orkhon Valley
- The ancient capital of Mongolian Empire - Kharkhorin
- Erdene Zuu Monastery
- Beautiful Gobi Desert
- Khongor Sand Dunes
- Yol valley - Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Short city tour. Gandan monastery and the Museum of national history. Prepare for the trip.
Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu in Dundgobi province. this is another granite rock formation in the middle of the steppe plains. Five km away, the highest peak 1768 meters in the area; Baga Gazariin Uul mountain will take about 5 hours to climb. Leisure time for rock climbing and hiking activities.
Drive to South Gobi and Yol Am known as Eagle valley in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan mountain -this sunless canyon located in the middle of Goibi Gurvan Saikhan mountain has a particular beauty with narrow paths broadening in places between rocks, while buzzards and eagles wheel and glide in the blue skies above. The cliffs of the canyon block the sunlight from the rivers below, so that they remain frozen throughout the year.
Drive to Khongor Sand Dunes (195km) - the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Dunes of Khongor is known as the « singing sands » and rise from the plain reaching a height of 80m and extending for about 180km long. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river, named Khongor. Hiking and sliding through the sand dunes. Visit camel breeding family and experience short camel riding.
Drive towards Bayanzag (140 km) - classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and unbelievable emptiness has become known to the world as "Cemetery of Dinosaurs”. The red sandstone cliffs and canyons of Bayanzag are where the American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews first discovered fossil beds of dinosaur bones and first ever recorded dinosaur eggs in 1922 - discoveries which made world headlines. Nowadays there is a local museum which displays important facts and some exhibits of this famous area.
Drive to the north towards Central Mongolia. Overnight stop in Middle Gobi province, at the Ongi monastery ruins.
Drive to Kharkhorin – ruins of ancient capital of Mongolian Empire built by Ugudei Khaan in 1235. The city was strategically located at the crossroads of traditional routes, creating a staging post for migrating nomads and merchants caravans. Foreign envoys and prominent clerics travelled to this city for an audience with kings of Mongolian Empire. Far after when the king Hubilai has ordered to move the capital to Beijing in 1264, Kharkhorin was raised to the ground by Manchu soldiers. However the bricks and stones from the ruins of this ancient city were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery nearby, so in that way the old city lives on till today.
Drive to Hustai National Park /190 km/ to watch wild horses takhi, widely known as “Przewalski horse ”.
Przewalski horses are the only wild horse to survive in modern times. The species were returned to Mongolia from world zoos and reserves within Hustai National Park in 100 km west of Ulaanbaatar. Hustain Nuruu has good vegetation, springs, birch forest and rocks which are suitable for many wild animals including 46 species of mammals and 172 species of birds.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. After lunch visit Bogd Khaan winter Palace museum and State department store. Amazing performance of traditional dance and folk in the evening.
Transfer to the Airport & Departure.
Prices & Inclusions
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Accommodation: Hotel****,* ger camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Horseback riding /optional/
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc
Map & Destinations
My favorite place visited is the Khongor Sand dune. The trips is organized to my expectation. It is just right. We have enough time to rest and interesting fovus to visit each day. Our guide is young, energetic and helpful. He takes good care of us during whole trip and has accompanied us in all the scenic spots. He has showed us the best things and let us try all the exciting things. I highly recommend this Gobi Desert tour with Ayan Travel.
Florence Yu from Hong Kong , Sept 2019