A Classic Four-Wheeled Adventure to the Heart of the Gobi Desert (MN-06)

Hit the road with this remarkable journey deep into the forbidding Gobi Desert. We will lead you on an unforgettable journey where no two days are alike and where you will learn the complex nature of this famous desert. This is a road trip like no other!
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from £1,595 per person, 9 days



Day 1. Ulan Bator
Transfer to your hotel in Ulan Bator.
Day 2. Baga Gazriin Chuluu
We drive to our camp in the Middle Gobi. Visit Baga Gazriin Chuluu lake and the ruins of the 10th century temple. Overnight in traditional gers.
Day 3. Bayanzag - Flamming Cliffs
Continue our four-wheeled adventure to the South Gobi. On the way, visit the Sangiin Dalai temple in Erdenedalai. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 4. Yol Valley
Visit the famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayan Zag), the site of numerous fossil discoveries. Drive to Yol Valley for hiking and opportunities to photograph the gorge. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes
Drive to the splendid Khongoryn Els, known as the ‘Singing Sands’ for the noise the sands make in high winds. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 6. Ongi Monastery
We will drive towards Karakorum and stop for the night at our ger camp near Ongyn Khiid to visit the ruin of monastery. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 7. Karakorum
Arrive at the ancient city of Karakorum in the late afternoon. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 8. Erdene Zuu Monastery - Ulan Bator
We will visit Erdene-Zuu - once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia; and the symbolic ruins of Karakorum - the 13th century imperial capital. Drive back to Ulan Bator and transfer to hotel.
Day 9. Ulan Bator
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Click here to view detailed day-by-day itinerary of this tour
Baga Gazriin Chuluu Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a picturesque mountain in the middle of the Gobi desert elevating up to 1,751 metres. The area is studded with rounded rock formations, perched beside dramat... Read more
Bayanzag - Flaming Cliffs Bayanzag - Flaming Cliffs
Bayazang or the Flaming Cliffs site is a region of the Gobi Desert in the Omnogovi Province of Mongolia, in which important fossil finds have been made, including the most famous -... Read more
Erdene Zuu Monastery Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu was the first and largest monastery in Mongolia. It is located adjacent to the ancient city of Karakorum and it is part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Her... Read more
Hongor Els Sand Dunes (Singing Dunes) Hongor Els Sand Dunes (Singing Dunes)
The evocatively named Singing Sands stretch for 180 km and are up to 800 metres high, making them some of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. The sound produced from the masses of ... Read more
Karakorum (Kharkhorin) Karakorum (Kharkhorin)
Karakorum was the capital of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century, and of the Northern Yuan during the 14 and 15th centuries. It is located on the right bank of the Orkhon River a... Read more
Ongi Monastery Ongi Monastery
Located on Ongi river, Ongiin Khiid used to be one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. It was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temple complexes on the North and South of th... Read more
Ulan Bator Ulan Bator
Capital of Mongolia was formerly called Urga. It was renamed Ulan Bator after a declaration of republic and the abolition of monarchy in 1924. Ulan Bator literally means Red Hero a... Read more
Yol Valley - The Valley of the Eagles Yol Valley - The Valley of the Eagles
The Yol Valley, a protected site since 1965, lies 62kms north-west of Dalanzadgad and spans an area of 70 kms. The valley is located within the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park and... Read more

Quick Facts
  • Season: Summer
  • Days: 9
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Tour Grade:   Moderate

Day 1. Ulan Bator
Upon arrival in Ulan Bator, you will be met by your guide and driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Ulan Bator. (D).
Day 2. Baga Gazriin Chuluu
After an early breakfast leave Ulan Bator - also known as UB - for our camp in the Middle Gobi. We will enjoy a tasty picnic lunch and along the way visit Baga Gazriin Chuluu Lake and the ruins of the 10th century Sum Khukh Bird temple on an island in the middle of the lake. Overnight in traditional and comfortable gers at the camp – watch the sky become alight with stars after nightfall. Driving distance – 220 km (135 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 3. Bayanzag
Breakfast at the camp, then continue our four-wheeled adventure to the South Gobi. On the way, visit the Sangiin Dalai temple in Erdenedalai, one of the few monasteries and temples that survived the communist purges of the 1930s. We will have a swift packed lunch on the way and arrive at the ger camp in the shadow of the atmospheric Flaming Cliffs. Have a local-style dinner and overnight at ger camp. Driving distance – 350 km (219 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 4. Yol Valley
After breakfast we will visit the famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayan Zag), the site of numerous fossil discoveries by paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews and others. Afterwards we will drive to Yol Valley. After lunch, we will visit the stunning Yol Valley (Vulture Valley) National Park for hiking and opportunities to photograph the gorge, the Gobi Glacier and the diverse local wildlife. Overnight in ger camp. This is a wonderful day for budding photographers. Driving distance – 90 km (56 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes
After breakfast drive to the splendid Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes. In the afternoon we will go on an excursion to the lovely and refreshing Seruun Bulag spring (oasis near the dunes) and walk on the towering of famous Khongoriin Dunes. These dunes are known as the ‘Singing Sands’ for the noise the sands make in high winds. We will spend the day exploring the dunes and hiking in the area. Overnight in ger camp. Driving distance – 200 km (125 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 6. Ongi Monastery
Today, we will drive towards Karakorum and stop for the night at our ger camp near Ongyn Khiid to visit the ruin of monastery. Overnight at the ger camp, where we will appreciate the silence and scale of the desert. Driving distance – 300 km (187 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 7. Karakorum
Continue driving to Karakorum, with a packed lunch on the way. Arrive at the ancient city of Karakorum in the late afternoon. Overnight in the ger camp. Driving distance – 300 km (187 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 8. Erdene Zuu Monastery - Ulan Bator
After breakfast visit Erdene-Zuu, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and almost totally destroyed in the 1930s. Tour of the monastery grounds and several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16th century. Visit to the symbolic ruins of Karakorum, the 13th century imperial capital of the Mongol Empire. Then drive back to Ulan Bator and transfer to hotel. Driving distance – 380 km (235 miles). (B/L/D).
Day 9. Ulan Bator
Breakfast at the hotel. Our driver will meet you at the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B).


Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

 

COMFORT - 3* PACKAGE

Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
26.05.2019 - 03.06.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
02.06.2019 - 10.06.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
09.06.2019 - 17.06.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
16.06.2019 - 24.06.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
23.06.2019 - 01.07.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
30.06.2019 - 08.07.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
07.07.2019 - 15.07.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
14.07.2019 - 22.07.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
21.07.2019 - 29.07.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
28.07.2019 - 05.08.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
04.08.2019 - 12.08.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
11.08.2019 - 19.08.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
18.08.2019 - 26.08.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
25.08.2019 - 02.09.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
01.09.2019 - 09.09.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
08.09.2019 - 16.09.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
15.09.2019 - 23.09.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
22.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
29.09.2019 - 07.10.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now
06.10.2019 - 14.10.2019 £1,595 £2,195 £175 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


Park Hotel 4*
Address: Park Hotel, Lhagvasuren street-32, 4th Khoroo, Bayanzurkh, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Telephone: +976 7015 9900

DESCRIPTION
Park hotel is a newly opened 4* hotel in Ulan Bator, located in the south – eastern part of the Mongolian capital, about 8 kilometres from the central train station and 19 kilometres from the international airport.

Park hotel has 52 rooms, including comfortable and spacious standard twin, king, superior rooms and deluxe junior suites. All rooms are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, 32’ LCD television, high speed internet access, mini bar, hairdryer. Deluxe junior suite has a bar and extra bathroom for guests.

Park hotel offers 24 hour room service, luggage storage, spa and fitness facilities, currency exchange and business centre services. There is also park restaurant, tequila lounge and a coffee shop. Visa and Master card are accepted.

PHOTOGALLERY


Typical Mongolian Ger
In the countryside your accommodation will be in a typical ger camp located in scenic areas. Every couple or a single traveller are allocated a private ger unless you are willing to share with other travellers. All ger camps are very similar in their set –up, facilities and services.

A “ger” or a yurt is a traditional, portable dwelling structure used by Mongolian nomads in the countryside, it is their link with the past, future and spiritual world. The central pillar – the smoke hole on the top of the tent is directly directed to cosmic axis and represents highway for spirits as according to Mongolian traditions, the universe is full of invisible spirits and humans have to develop good relationship with them, win them over and not to offend them.

Ger camps we use on our tours are slightly modified for Western travellers, however they do offer a genuinely authentic experience and most of them are situated in picturesque areas. The gers are made of a wooden frame that is covered with felt. Inside they are generally brightly painted and feature two or four single beds, a small table, stools, a lamp, electricity sockets and a stove for heating. You can ask a member of staff to start the fire in your ger at a specified time to make it warm, for example early in the morning before you get up.

Toilet and shower facilities are outside in a separate block, they are basic but are kept very clean. There is both hot and cold water available. Restaurants and bars are located in separate blocks or quite often in larger gers.

Staying in a typical ger really adds to your travelling experience.






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