kharkhorin valley

This 10 day Gobi and Khangai tour takes you on an adventure to see the highlights of Mongolian culture and countryside. Travelling from steppe, to mountain, to vast desert and sand dunes you will see all sorts of flora and fauna, from the steppe eagle to the tiny pika. Meet horse herders and see them rounding up their livestock. Join them for a cup of milky tea in their cosy ger. See awe inspiring scenery; monasteries nestled in mountain sides, lakes full of spindly legged birds, rolling hills as far as the eye can see, 80m high towering sand dunes and the vast open Gobi

Group Tour Dates: 2018 dates to be announced (10 days, 9 nights)
Available as a private tour from mid-May to mid-September, and all year with nomad-stay accommodation

morning camels

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the beautifully changing scenery that Mongolia has to offer; steppe, mountain and desert
  • Meet nomads and learn about their culture
  • Visit ancient monasteries and feel the peaceful atmosphere of Mongolian Buddhism
  • Stumbleupon wildlife found only in Mongolia
  • Visit famous sites such as Orkhon, the Flaming cliffs and Kharkhorin
  • Soak the aches of the country roads from you bones in a hot spring fed bath!
  • Ride a 2-humped camel below the 80m tall sand dunes

PROGRAM: Gobi and Khangai Adventure

Day 1 – Leave the city and visit Hustai National Park to see the once extinct in the wild, Przewalski’s Horse, as well as red deer and marmots. Continue driving west and arrive in an area called Bayangobi, or Rich Gobi. Visit the sand dunes and fresh-water marsh land to see Mongolia’s two-humped camels and fresh water bird life such as cranes and ruddy shelducks. Overnight in ger camp.

Day 2 – Today you can explore the Khogno Khan Mountain (strictly protected area), hiking to the Ovgon Temple, well worth the effort for the views and interesting history. In the afternoon you may like to go on a gentle hike in the juniper covered hills and mountains. Perhaps you’d like to visit a nomadic family for dinner, and learn how to cook Mongolian food. Overnight in ger camp.

Day 3 – Today visit Kharkhorin, the ancient capital city of the Mongol Empire. Although the city no longer remains, it is the site of Mongolia’s largest working Monastery, Erdene Zuu. Spend time exploring the monastery and visit the museum to find out about the ancient city. Visit the Three Empires Monument to see the spectacular Orkhon valley. Overnight in ger camp.

Day 4 – Today you will head deeper into horse herding territory, winding through the Orkhon valley and up into the hills. Break-away from the main road and head-off into the valleys of Tsenkher to find a relaxing hot spring! This evening you can relax in a steaming outdoor natural hot-pool, surrounded by nature. You will have plenty of free time in the afternoon to explore the green valleys and find the source of the springs. Overnight in ger camp.

Day 5 – Today you will travel a short way off road further south to the Orkhon valley, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first stop will be Tovkhon Monastery, a buddhist temple a good hike above the drivable road. Getting to this secluded temple is a good scramble, but well worth the effort. This is one of the country’s oldest temples, founded by Zanizabar (Mongolia’s first Spiritual Leader) in 1648. If there is time you may also like to stop off to see the impressive Orkhon waterfall. The 26m tall waterfall was formed by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes thousands of years ago and is fed by the Orkhon River. Overnight in ger camp.

Day 6 – Start the journey south across the arid steppe area toward the Gobi desert. Ongiin Khiid, the ruins of a once famous monastery marks the half-way point. You will spend the night here in a ger camp and have a chance to explore the ruins and learn about the history of this once busy Buddhist temple.

Day 7 – After lunch when the heat of the day is starting to subside you will arrive at Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs where the first dinosaur fossils in Asia were discovered. Explore and walk through the sandy red valley looking for dinosaur bones. Our local friends may show you some hidden dinosaur egg fossils! You can also explore the nearby saxaul forest, home to the saxuaul sparrow, pika, and other Gobi creatures. Stay overnight at a ger camp.

Day 8 – After breakfast drive to the Khongor sand dunes known as the Singing Sands. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with a breathtaking view. This is the place to try camel trekking! In the afternoon go on a tour of Seruun Bulag spring (oasis near the dunes). Overnight in a ger camp.

Day 9 – Today spend the morning learning about camel herding and the nomadic way of life. Have lunch before heading east towards the Eagle Gorge, or Yol Valley. 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 flora and fauna of the area. Overnight at ger camp.

Day 10 – After breakfast drive to Dalanzadgad city for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.


OUR ADVENTURE INCLUDES:

English speaking guide, private transportation and fuel, Flight from Dalanzadgad to Ulaanbaatar, Accommodation in ger camps, all meals (not including in Ulaanbaatar), 1 camel ride, 1 horse ride, hot spring entrance, all entrance fees and National Park fees, drinking water.

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PRICE

1 person – $3,040

2 people – $1,960 per person

3 people – $1,550 per person

4 people – $1,370 per person

Please contact Bold and Anna to get the full itinerary or to make modifications to meet your needs. Prices are in US dollars.

Don’t forget there are other activities to add on too, if you like. Check out our activity page for ideas!

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