Tour description: Flight to Gobi, Exploring Gobi desert, Eagle valley, Flamming cliffs or Bayanzag-the dinosaur graveyard. Visit ancient Mongolian capital Kharakhorum. Travelling through Khangai mountains and Khubsgul Lake. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar.
Key destination: Mongolian Gobi desert, Kharakhorum, Khorgo-extinct volcano-Tserkhiin Tsagaan Lake National, Khubsgul Lake.
Tour length: 14 nights and 15 days
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar City Tour
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar. On arrival, you are welcomed by a representative from Enjoy Mongolia Travel and are transferred to your hotel. City sightseeing tour including a visit of Central Square, where all central departments including Government house and Chinggis khaan’s statue situated on. The next things to see will be Mongolia National Museum (or please choose from the other museums). On to Goyo cashmere shopping centre and the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2 Eagle valley
Flight to Dalanzadgad, central town of Umnu-gobi province. We will introduce Dalanzadgad city and Drive to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain. Visit Eagle valley (Canyon of the Eagle’s Mouth). We can visit to a Natural history museum which is located in beginning of this canyon. Overnight in tents.
Day 3 Khongor Sand Dune
Continue driving to Khongor sand dune(called Singing dunes). Small hiking. Overnight in tourist camp.
Day 4 Camel Riding
Today we will do camel riding to explore the Khongor sand dunes. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably in between them. Our camel guide will lead you safely through the sand dunes. Plus, you will have an opportunity to visit a camel herdsman family to experience their lifestyle, culture and traditions. Overnight here.
Day 5 Bayanzag (flaming cliffs)
From here Bayanzag (flaming cliffs). We will spend 4 hours. Bayanzag is one of main attractions this trip. Because several dinosaurs’ skeleton and bones were found in this place. Overnight in tent.
Day 6 Ongi Temple
Drive through beautiful green steppe and reach Ongi monastery. This small mountainous area along the river, the Ongiin gol, in the western soum (town) of Saikhan Ovoo, makes a good resting place to have a break between the South Gobi and to the north or the west. The bend in the river marks the remains of 2 ruined monasteries, the Barlim monastery on the north bank, the Khutagt monastery on the south. Together the complex is known as the Ongi monastery. Exploring the ruins of the monasteries. Overnight in tents.
Day 7 kharakhorum- Mongolia’s ancient capital
Drive to Mongolia’s ancient capital, Kharakhorum. Now kharakhorum city ruin is located on the right bank of Orkhon river in Kharakhorum soum of Uvurkhangai province. Foundation of the city was laid by Chinggis khan and construction done during the period of Ugudei Khan. It was at the crossroads of the Silk Route. It was from there that the Mongolia Empire was governed, until Kublai khan moved it to Beijing. Overnight in Ger camp at the bank of Orkhon river.
Day 8 Erdenezuu Monastery and Taihar Rock
Visit to Erdene Zuu monastery, the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. There are also many other historical places. Drive further to Tsetserleg town and visit to Zaya gegeen monastery or local museum. There is a beautiful mountain Bulgan. Go further passing the mountain and camp in Tamir River valley. Camping.
Day 9 Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park
Drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake National Park. On the way we will see Chuluut River Canyon. Camping on the shore of Tsagaan lake. Explore the area. Overnight here.
Day 10 Horse riding
Horse riding along the shore of Tsagaan lake. We visit to Khorgo extinct volcano. Overnight here.
Day 11 Drive through Khangai Mountain Range
Drive towards Khuvsgul lake, 2760 sq km alpine lake with water so pure you can drink it. The lake is surrounded by dozens of mountains 2000m high or more, thick pine forests and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses. Geologically speaking, Khuvsgul is the younger sibling of Siberia’s lake Baikal. On the way to get Khuvsgul, we will sleep near to Shine Ider soum locating at the bank of Ider River in the beautiful natural surroundings. The river is a home of various types of fish. Overnight in tents.
Day 12 Khubsgul Lake
Continue toward Khuvsgul lake. On the way, we will pass Murun, central town of Khuvsgul province. There is local museum contains many interesting exhibits of this province. Arriving at Khuvsgul lake. Overnight in tents on the shore of that magnificent lake.
Day 13 Explore the area
Today we’ll stay on the shore of the great Khuvsgul lake. Khuvsgul lake is one of the most beautiful places and if you want to discover the real landscape of Mongolia, that’s the one of those places. There we can visit nomad families and other families who are reindeer breeders. And we can do some trekking in the mountains and along the coast of the lake. Overnights here.
Day 14 Back to Ulaanbaatar
Today we will drive back to Murun town and fly back to Ulaanbaatar.
Day 15 Departure