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8 days Mongolia tour: Taste of Gobi desert and central Mongolia

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Introduction of Gobi Desert

We start our Mongolia Travel from Enza Tours LLC office. Before we start our tour guide and local driver will introduce them. We will discover there an eternally clear sky, blue mirages, In addition to that, golden sand and boundlessly expansive steppe lands, mountain sheep, wild asses, ibexes camels and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora. That is the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and let’s enjoy!

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Day 1. Tsagaan Suvraga

After breakfast, we will drive to our next point. With its fantastic colour combinations, Tsagaan Suvarga or “White Stupas” is one of Mongolia’s most magnificent natural wonder. It is interesting to discover the scared cliffs of Tsagaan Suvarga, facing east from a distance it looks like the ruin of an ancient town or a complex of white stupas. Over a hundred thousands of years, the wind has carved this fantastic natural wonder. The cliff is 62 meters high and 400 meters wide. Tsagaan Suvarga was a sea bottom, and its eroded cliffs are rich in fossil seashells.
•    Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp
•  Activities: Hiking, visiting a historical place, photo shooting, discover camel herding nomadic life

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Day 2. ”Three beauty mountains” National Park

After breakfast, we will drive to the well know a place “Yoliin Am,” it is the narrow ice canyon of a river that flows through 2815 meters high of sea level Zuun Saikhan Mountains. The gorge sheered rocky walls with a height of about 200 meters high in the central part. This area has been protected since 1965 and has an area of 70 square kilometres. However, today “Yoliin Am” is one of the Strictly Protected Areas of Mongolia. 
•    Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp
•   Activities: Hiking, horse riding, visiting a natural wonder, local handcrafters, some wild animals

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Day 3. “Khongoryn Els” dunes

After breakfast, we will discover the beautiful Khongor Els Sand Dunes with an extraordinary length of 180 kilometres and 15-20 meters full lie on the northern part of the mountains of Sevree and Zuulen. The vast dunes are part of the desert zone that makes up around 3% of Mongolian territory. 
•    Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp
•    Activities: Hiking, visiting a natural wonder, climb up to dunes

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Day 4” Khongoryn Els” dunes

On this day, we will discover the area and having a camel trial. We also recognise natural springs surrounded by animals and green grass. After that, we can have some traditional Mongolian BBQ with hot stone. In the evening, we will climb again to the dunes for sledging and watch scene sunset. While the climb up to the dunes, you will see many people from different countries. 
•    Free day: 
•    Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp
•    Activities: Hiking, visiting a natural wonder, climb up to dunes, camel riding

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Day 5. Bayan Zag

After breakfast, we will drive to next point Bayanzag; it is located near the centre of Bulgan Soum, is internationally famous for the paleontological discovery of dinosaurs remains from the Paleolithic Era that includes complete skeletons, eggs, and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period. Dinosaurs skeletons discovered here including Protoceratops, Oviraptor and the heavily armoured Pinacosaurus that were living 70-80 million years ago. Flaming Cliffs were found in 1922 by the explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in Mongolia. 
•  Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp
• Activities: Hiking, visiting a natural wonder, climb up to cliffs, photo shooting, discover         dinosaur eggs

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Day 6. Ongyn Khiid monastery

We will drive to Ongyn temple; it was established in the 1760s by Bari Yonzon Khamba in a small mountainous bank area along the Ongi River. During that time, the monastery had over 1000 monks and a complex of around 30 temples. The Ongi temple is still active, but now only a few monks perform its functions.

  • Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp

  • Activities: Hiking, visiting a natural wonder, photo shooting

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Day 7. Kharkhorum ancient capital and Erdenezuu monastery

The Kharakhorum was established in 1220 and was the capital city of the Great Mongolian Empire. Chinggis Khaan and his descendant Khaan Ugudei, Guyug, and Munkh lived here ruling the empire. Soldiers of the Chinese Ming Dynasty destroyed the town in the 14th Century. The ruins of Karakorum have been protected since 1961 and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Once we reach there, we will visit the “Erdenezuu” monastery to discover tombs, a temple, and a real Buddhist temple. After that, we will visit the Wall of the Mongolian Empire to learn information. 

  • Accommodation: Family Yurt  or Tourist camp

  • Activities: Hiking, visiting a natural wonder, photo shooting

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Day 8. Khustai National Park and Ulaanbaatar

We will drive to Khustai National Park to see Mongolian wild horses, Przewalski which were re-introduced back to its home and in 1993. Moreover, turn southwesterly along the Tuul River and its riverine forest meadows. At the park first, you will visit the Park museum and conference hall. Then we will discover the Takhi, the Asian wild horse. If you have a chance, see the wolf, argali sheep, and deer as well.

Activities: Hiking, visiting museums, photo shooting,

Discounts: 30% off for children under 2-6 years old

Included

 

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure

  • English speaking guide at all times.

  • In the countryside, all lodging will be in ger camps and nomadic family’s Ger.

  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.

  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by driven 4WD van, bus in the city area.

  • Park entrance fees

  • Horse and Camel ride

  • Sightseeing as per itinerary

  • 1.5 litre of drinking water per day per person

 

Not included

 

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar

  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills, and laundry services

  • Travel insurance, medical insurance

  • Visa application fees

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, the internet, laundry, items of a personal nature

  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers

  • Airfare or train ticket

  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)

  • Changes of arrival/departure flights

  • Additional services

  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g., imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc…)

Packing list

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

 

  • Backpack or soft bag

  • Waterproof bag cover

  • Daypack

  • Headlamp/flashlight

  • Spare batteries/bulb

  • Personal medications

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Waterproof jacket with hood

  • Waterproof over pants

  • Fleece jacket or wool jumper

  • Cotton t-shirts

  • Long sleeve shirts

  • Lightweight trousers

  • Shorts

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Sun hat

  • Sandals

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun cream

  • Insect repellent

  • Resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags

  • Binoculars/camera

  • Watch/ alarm clock

  • Money belt/ pouch

  • Insurance confirmation copy

Emergency contact number

Information

•    Duration: 8 days, seven nights
•    Group Size: 1-24
•    Overall and Tour: Distance 2200km

•    Tour starting time: 08:30-09:00 
•    Breakfast: 08:30, Lunch: 12:00-13:00, Dinner: 17:30-18:00
•    Tour ending time: 17:00-17:30
•    Tour Operator: Enza tours LLC
•    Activities: Camel riding for an hour at Khongoryn Els, hiking, visiting the Natural Museum

Do you want this tour? Contact us!
Email: info@mongoliantour.guide

Staying In The Nomadic Family
(Budget Tour)

  • 1pax:$260 per person and day

  • 2pax:$145 per person and day

  • 3pax:$125 per person and day

  • 4pax or more:$105 per person and day

  • You can mix nomadic family and Tourist camps so that prices will decrease

Enkhzaya Ganbold (Enza)

Staying In The Tourist Camp (Accommodation with Hot Shower And Toilet)

  • 1pax:$330 per person and day

  • 2pax:$205 per person and day

  • 3pax:$185 per person and day

  • 4pax or more:$155 per person and day

  • You can mix nomadic family and Tourist camps so that prices will decrease

Enkhzaya Ganbold (Enza)

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