THE GOBI DESERT TOUR IN MONGOLIA
A tour to the Gobi Desert is the most visited destination in Mongolia. There is an eternally clear sky, blue mirages, golden sands, and boundlessly expansive steppe lands. Wild asses, ibex, camels, mountain sheep, and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora. That’s the Gobi Desert of Mongolia! We customize tours to the Gobi Desert according to your interest and taste. A 7- day tour to the Gobi Desert lets you explore vast steppes and stay at nomadic family’s spare yurt to discover their daily lifestyle. You’ll visit the most popular attractions in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
Total distance: 1650kms; Tour length: 6 nights, 7 days
Route: Ulaanbaatar – Baga Gazaryn Chuluu – Yoliin Am /Ice field/ – Khongoryn Els – Bayanzag flaming cliffs – Tsagaan Suvraga – Ulaanbaatar
Camel riding for an hour or longer depending on your request, hiking, climbing the sand dunes, experiencing local family daily lifestyle
What to bring:
Windbreaker, sweatpants, sweatshirt, long sleeves shirts, T-shirt, cap, hiking shoes, personal toiletries, head or touch lamp, sunglasses. For detailed information please click here
- English speaking tour guide/cook
- National park entrance fee
- Camel riding for an hour or longer regarding on guest’s request
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- 1.5L drinking water a day per person
- Full board(6 breakfast, 7 lunch, 6 dinner)
- Accommodation in UB
- Travel insurance
- Personal toiletries
- Tips for the driver and the guide
- Visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Alcohol drinks
Gobi Desert tour itinerary
We’ll start our trip with a full day of driving to the Baga Gazariin Chuluu Ruins (1768 m high granite stone mountain in the territory of Adaatsag soum, Dundgobi province. Is another place with unique scenery that many tourists compare with Lunar scenes? The mountain contains remains of old temples. And they are not only rich in mineral and crystals, but there’s also a small spring called “Eye” on top of rocks, old stone temple ruins related to the 17th century. Spend the night in a family’s spare yurt.
Drive to Yoliin Am in the middle of the Gobi Desert National Park, which is a strictly protected area, covering 70sq.kms, and the mountains here are the highest in the Gobi Desert. The rocky scenery is quite impressive, especially until mid-July, while the ice in a gorge remains. And we’ll walk 3kms through a narrow valley, then 3 km back to the minivan. Stay in a yurt camp.
After lunch, we drive to the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes (195kms). The Khongoryn Els is some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. So, we’ll see beautiful views, huge sand dunes and a cold-water spring with a river that leads to two small ponds. Then spend the night in a family’s spare yurt.
Climb and hike to the top of the biggest sand dunes. There is an oasis near Khongor creek at the northern edge of the sand dune and the dunes make a sound like a plane engine on a windy day, so its name is “Singing Dunes”. Also, if you wish, you may walk alongside the creek for about 10 km. And camel riding will be arranged to the sand dunes. We stay in the same family’s yurt.
Drive to Bayan-Zag(150kms). When we arrive at Bayan-Zag, spend the night in the Ger. Bayan-Zag means “rich in Saxaul Shrubs” is more commonly known as the “Flaming Cliffs” of Bayan-Zag, famous for the discovery of dinosaur fossils. Accommodation is in a yurt camp.
In the morning, we start driving to the scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga which is located in Ulziit soum, Dundgobi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from the cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over thousands of years, the wind has created this amazing structure. We’ll stay in a family’s spare yurt.
Finally, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar.