The Wonders of the Gobi Desert
The Mongolian Gobi Desert with 1 local flight
Detailed Tours Description
Day 1: Bag Gazrin Chuluu and Delgeriin Chior Monastery
After breakfast in our hotel restaurant, we will leave for the Mongolian countryside. Our first stop will be 250 km (6 hours driving) southward in the beautiful region of Bag Gazrin Chuluu. It is a huge granite formation in the middle of the Mongolian sandy plane.
At the foot of the formation we will visit the remains of a small monastery named Delgeriin Chior Monastery.
End of the afternoon we will drive and hike around in the area. We will visit the picturesque ruins of a small monastery that are hidden in a nice little protected valley.
Day 2: Sangiin Dalai Nuur, Khukh Burd and Ongiin Monastery
After a breakfast, we will start driving towards the North Gobi desert. Today we will see the landscape changing dramatically from the fertile grassland to the inhospitably rocky land. The number of families and cattle we will see along the road will gradually reduce. Camels will slowly replace cows. During this nearly 300 km trip (8 hours driving) we will stop at some interesting spots. The first place we will visit is Sangiin Dalai Nuur. This tiny lake shelters on its island the mighty ruins of a castle that was build here some 300 years ago. Here we will also observe some remarkable bird life. Among others, the Mongolian lark, various species of prey birds, geese and swans come to this spring-fed lake. A little further on the road we will pass the ruins of Khukh Burd Monastery that was flattened during the Mongolian purge period. (1928-1939)
In the evening after long hours of driving we will enjoy the peace and beauty of the Delger Khangai Mountains. We will explore the ruins of Hoshuu Monastery on one side of the river and the ruins of Ongiin Monastery on the other side of the river. We will hike around in this massive series of rocky hills cut by the river.
The monasteries were built in the 17th century and destroyed in 1937. They were amoung the largest temples in Mongolia and housed over 1000 monks.
Day 3: Khongoriin Els or the Singing Sand Dunes
Today we will head 200 km westwards to the Khongoriin Els. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes. Those impressive dunes of 275 meters high in some places, stretch from East to West over more than 100 km. Behind the sand dunes we will see the impressive black rocky mass of the Sevrey Mountain.
Day 4: Yoliin and Dungenee Am, the Eagle Gorges or Vulture Mouth
Today we will take a ride through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain. We will pass through the Yoliin Am and the Dungenee Am both located in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Ancient rivers carved those green valleys.
We may catch a glimpse of the wild Argali sheep, the Ibex, the desert gazelles or the Golden Eagles. We will also pay a visit to the little museum of the park where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones and .
Day 5: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
Today we will take our flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Depending of the flight shuttle we will do this tour in one or the other direction. Somethimes it might be better to start the trip with the flight
Optional Day: Bayanzag or the Flaming Cliffs
Bayanzag also known as the "Flaming Cliffs" is the worldwide renowned place where palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur bones and eggs. The surrounding landscape is a beautiful combination of rocks, red sand and scrubs. Here we will spend some time exploring the cliffs.
Optional Day: Family Stay in the Gobi Desert and Camel Riding
The Family lives in the Gobi Desert. We will experience the warm hospitality offered by the Mongolian families. For dinner we will be offered a typical Mongolian meal that will be prepared by nomads. Those who want will have the opportunity to try the airag or fermented horse milk. Our guide - translator will help us to forge contact with the local population.
Those interested will have the opportunity to do camel riding.
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