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Mongolia travel diary: a week Gobi tour

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

The Gobi Desert is the hottest destination for Mongolia travel

Nomadic family
Nomadic family and friendly dog in the Gobi Desert

The Mongolian Gobi is very famous in the world. There are so many attractive places and expeditions in the Gobi. My name is Nomio and I live in Ulaanbaatar with my parents. It is exciting that I am writing this Mongolia Gobi travel diary.

I have never been in the Gobi desert in Mongolia. I had so some expectations about the Gobi tour likewise our tourist. Our General director Enza allows me to join the tour group to study about the tour. I am very happy that I joined nice travel team. Let’s met our tour team:

  • Tour guide: Ula

  • Tour driver: Uugii

  • Photo and video by Nomio

  • The number of tourists: One

The brief information of Mongolia travel package:

During the one week, we traveled to the Mongolian Gobi desert area. Our tourist chose 7 days Gobi desert tour from Enza Tours LLC. And we stayed a nomadic family. On this tour, we visited the Mongolian south provinces. There are Central /Tov/, Middle Gobi /Dundgovi/, and Umnu Gobi provinces.

About food for Gobi Desert Mongolia travel:

Our guide Ula and I cooked all our travel meals. We prepared all kinds of food from Ulaanbaatar city and other cities. After we asked from our customer, we planned to cook traditional Mongolian and European food. Our meal plan standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the camp.

If we didn’t reach our next destination at lunchtime, we prepared to cook on the way in the nature. So we had some of lunch in wild nature.

Day 1: Baga gazriin chuluu - Rock formation and natural wonder

In the morning, the tour began at 8 o’clock in front of the Enza Tours LLC office. The first of all we picked up our tourist from his hotel. He arrived last night of the tour in Ulan Bator.

We traveled with only one tourist. On the way out of the city, we shopped the supermarket.

During the tour, all meals included in the tour price, so we didn't need to buy any kinds of food. Thus, we just bought some snacks and private things in Orgil supermarket.

Then we departed to our first destination Baga gazriin chuluu. Baga gazriin chuluu located in the Middle Gobi province. It is 250 km from Ulan Bator. The first strange thing is Mongolian mountains without trees for tourist. In Mongolian south area, there are usually naked mountains.

Baga gazriin chuluu
Amazing view isn't it?

We had not reached our destination yet at lunchtime. So, we ate our lunch in Delgertsogt sum. Mongolian territory divides into provinces. And province divides into sum. That day we usually went on the paved road.

Baga gazriin chuluu
A great place to meditate

The Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a very interesting and attractive natural formation rock. It looks like someone built them. This is a picturesque granite mountain with an elevation of 1751 meters above sea level in the Granite zone of Mongolia territory.

In there, we went to old temple ruins, eye spring and cave. We climbed one cave that located the highest top of the mountain in Baga gazriin chuluu. The rocks were comfortable and easy to climb.

Next, we came to the nomadic family, or camp. We stayed in Mongolian Yurt. I really wondered what the nomadic family lives in 3 room yurt. There are 3 connected yurts with each other. Usually, there is just only one yurt. It was unique and more modern. We slept in Mongolian tradition accommodation ger or yurt.

Mongolia nomadic family
Wonderful picture of kid and Arnaud in the Gobi Desert

That nomadic family feeds cow, sheep, goat , and horse. So, you can see real local life.

In the evening, we ate Mongolian dish Tsuivan for the dinner. After dinner, we saw a sunset. Sunset looks very beautiful. It was a windy and warm day.

Baga gazriin chuluu
Amazing sunset and Mongolian knows next day will be hotter and brighter

Before sleep, we play one of the Mongolian traditional game anklebones. If it is a normal night that no rain, no clouds, you can see a very clear and shine night sky. We saw stars, star shooting , and satellites.

Baga gazriin chuluu
Starry night of Nomadic family. You should try this Gobi Desert

Day 2: Tsagaan suvraga in the Gobi Desert

After breakfast, we moved our next point Tsagaan suvraga, or White Stupa. On the way, we visited the center of Middle Gobi province. Then we reached our next accommodation in Tsagaan suvraga. It was a very windy day. When we reached our next accommodation, we ate our lunch.

Tsagaan suvarga
White stupas of Nature in the Gobi Desert

After a little rest, we went to White stupa. Actually, I imagine that there are many white stupas because of the name. However, there is no stupa. I really wondered. This is high expanses or plateaus land form with so fantastic color combinations. It looks so attractive.

The white stupa is one of Mongolian unique and magnificent nature. In ancient times that place was the sea. Nowadays it is a extinct sea bottom. The colors mean one period of world-historical time.