Gobi Express tour

This Mongolian “Gobi Express tour” is designed to the people who have limited time of travelling or staying in Mongolia. Advantage of this tour is, in short period of time you can explore all highlighted places Gobi can offer, mixed with visiting to Mongolian cultural heritage sites; Karakorum and Erdene Zuu monastery. Our tour begins from mysteriously formation of rocks Baga Gazriin Chuluu, followed by beautiful iced valley Vulture valley which is located in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, camel riding adventure in Mongolian largest sand dunes Khongor sand dunes, exploring world famous dinosaur cemetery Flaming cliffs, and then finally the trail meet the ancient Mongolian capital Karakorum and at the end visiting to Erdene Zuu monastery before leaving to Ulaanbaatar.

Category - Discovery tours

Lenght - 6 Days / 5 Nights

Destinations - Gobi, Central Mongolia

Tour grade:

Standard

Group size:

As you requested

Covering distance:

1690 kms

Available:

April - October

Highlights

Vulture Valley, Khongor sand dunes, Bayanzag-Flaming Cliffs, Ongi Monastery ruins, Karakorum-Erdene Zuu monastery, horse and camel riding, nomadic family visit, real Mongolian barbecue-Khorkhog

Classic introduction to Mongolian nature, landscape, culture and religion.

Choose your own dates.

Customizable - All our tours are just serve as a guide. Choice is yours.

A trip to the Gobi Desert offers you a real adventure into the magnificent landscape of the mysterious rocky hills, colorful sandy cliffs, exquisite sand dunes and endless vast steppes. 
Traveling along Gobi desert, central Mongolian lush green valleys and experiencing nomadic culture will be fabulous memory of your life.

Brief itinerary

Day 1. Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Day 2. Vulture Valley

Day 3. Khongor sand dunes

Day 4. Bayanzag - Ongi Monastery ruins

Day 5. Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery

Day 6. Ulaanbaatar

Day 1. Baga Gazriin Chuluu

In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation and start our tour directly driving to Baga Gazriin Chuluu or known as Earth stone. Before we leave the city we will pass some shops and then drive through steppe by overview of land-sea and grandiose formation of rocks and basalts of Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Baga Gazriin Chuluu  is a 15km long and 10 km wide stone massif, and this stone massif is also part of the Mongolian granite stone zone. Wild sheep, ibex and marmot inhabit here, Surtiin am is one of many beautiful places in Baga Gazriin stone massif. This is a narrow canyon with asp, birch, white wicker and elm trees, as well the ruin of a stone temple and the site of 2 Gers where monks lived and meditated since the seventieth century. There is a 20 m long cave near to the Surtiin Am. Crystals can be found around the cave. Also, there is a spring water which comes from under source is good for eye illness. You will arrive at Baga Gazriin Chuluu in the afternoon, and rest of the day you will spend hiking & exploring the area.  Overnight in Ger camp. L D

Day 2. Vulture Valley - Yolyn Am - Horse ride

Yolyn Am could be described as an “oasis” in the desert. Due to the steep valley walls, thick rock and lack of wind this area remains cool even in the height of summer allowing a glacier to survive, hence the name” Iced Valley”. The waterfalls caused when it rains make this a very attractive area to numerous types of birds, the largest of which, the bearded vulture lends its name to the valleys second name of “Vulture valley”.  We will have an opportunity to experience this fantastic area of natural beauty on the back of Mongolian sturdy horses. In the evening after dinner free hiking around surrounding mountains. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 3. Khongor sand dunes - Camel trek – Nomad home stay

Today we will drive through the ancient sea bed to reach the Khongor sand dunes, the largest dunes in Mongolia. 180 km long by 20 km wide, Khongor sand dunes are one of the most spectacular scenery of the Gobi Desert. They can reach 200 meters high and the sounds they produce under the influence of wind gave them the nickname of "Singing dunes". They are crossed by the Khongor River, which creates contrasting green oases in the middle of the desert sand. Camel riding is one of the main fun activities you can do while you are in the Gobi. Camel trekking may not be the most comfortable means of travelling for some but it is undoubtedly a 'must' for every traveler as a way to experience the mode of transport of the Mongolian nomads of the Gobi. Stay in Nomad family Ger to get experience of lifestyle and hospitality of true Nomads. Dinner will be basic Mongolian dish made by local host. Overnight in Nomad family Ger. B L D

Day 4. Bayanzag - Ongi Monastery ruins

After breakfast time, we will start our tour driving to Bayanzag. Known as Flaming cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered in the world. We will have some hiking through the cliffs and see the Gobi tree grove named “Bayanzag”.  Bayanzag, literally means “rich in saxual trees”. This tree only grows in central Asian Gobi. See the short documentary about 1920-s American excavation. After lunch, we will continue our way to Ongi monastery ruins, which takes us through the great steppe which is called Ongi steppe, continues extraordinary 100 km long. Ongi monastery was one of the Mongolian biggest 7 monasteries. There are 2 temple ruins which were built up in 1780s. During repression in 1930's these two temples destroyed and many lamas were executed and imprisoned.  Arrive at the camp late afternoon and after dinner we will visit to Ongi temple ruins and enjoy the beautiful surrounding.  Overnight in Ger camp.  B L D

Day 5. Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery

Today we will drive towards to Kharkhorin, and our tour takes place on the transition zone from the Gobi desert to mountain steppes. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Karakorum, once was a capital of Chinggis Khaan's Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. Chinggis Khaan founded Karakorum in 1220. After his exploits on the Eurasian steppes, the city became the center of a substantial and growing empire. But after Khublai Khaan moved the Mongolian capital to Beijing, and the fall of the empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by Chinese soldiers in 1388. After arriving at Kharkhorin, first we will visit to Kharkhorin museum, which displays artifacts mostly of Great Mongolian Empire time and followed by visiting to Mongolian oldest and largest monastery Erdene Zuu. Erdene Zuu is a Buddhist Tibetan monastery which dates back to 1585. Built from the ruins of Chinggis Khaan’s capital, Erdene Zuu is the oldest surviving monastery in Mongolia today. A soviet government partially destroyed Erdene Zuu in the 1930s, but the monastery has since reopened as a museum. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 6. Back to Ulaanbaatar 

Today we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar by paved road. Lunch will on the road at local cuisine. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, and you will be transferred to your accommodation. End of the tour. B L

B - Breakfast    L - Lunch    D – Dinner

 

Price on this trip is based on Standard arrangement - which is Tourist camp accommodation. But anyone who is willing to travel before mid-May need to choose Budget arrangement due to not operating of Tourist camps in the countryside. Budget arrangement is basically local guest Ger accommodation. Local guest Gers are, normally local nomadic family run small businesses and rent extra Gers for travelers and it is attached to the main travel destinations. Comparing to the tourist Ger camps, local guest Gers doesn’t provide shower facilities and you will be served mainly Mongolian authentic dishes. Apart from that local guest Gers are comfortable enough, clean and if you are looking for cheaper options local guest Gers can be excellent choice. If you choose Budget arrangements you will see and enjoy everything’s as same as Standard arrangements and it is great way to discover Nomadic lifestyle in depth.

Accommodation –  During your countryside stay we provide standard tourist Ger camp accommodations, carefully chosen by their location, service standard, as well as feedbacks from our customers. Most of the tourist camps supply the Mongolian traditional dwelling Ger as guest’s accommodation. Normally, two or three beds are in one Ger. If client want to stay alone in a Ger there will be additional charge. The camp provides restaurant / bar, western style toilet, washing facilities and showers (separate blocks, not in the Ger) and laundry services. Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar does not include, but if you wish, we can book your hotel in Ulaanbaatar in our contracted prices from choices of 2-5 stars. When you staying in Nomad family, accommodation will be same Ger but very basic (clean and simple), no shower and modern toilet facility, also food will be basic Mongolian dish made by hostess. But nomad home stay will give you closer introduction of real Mongolian culture and hospitality.

Meal –  When you stay in Ger camps, the camp provides meals of mostly western cuisine and also Mongolian traditional cuisine. Somedays will be picnic lunch or on the way we will pass local restaurants or cuisine.  Most of the Mongolian traditional meal is based on meat, choices of beef, mutton, goat, chicken and, even sometimes yak. So, please let us know if you have special request. It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products when you visit to nomad families. Bottled mineral waters included in all our trips.

Transportation - In the countryside we use 4 WD vehicles, Japanese or Korean minivans as well as Japanese Jeeps. Prices on this tour are based on usage of Japanese or Korean minivans (max 4 passengers for one car with air conditioned), to ensure your highest comfort. During Gobi Express tour, we will be driving approx 200 - 350 kms daily. 

Guide & Drivers – We offer you the best ones in our industry by their knowledge, customer care, personality. All our tour guides are highly experienced (minimum of 3 years) and have an excellent level of language, knowledge of our Mongolian culture and custom & tradition. About tour drivers they know their duty, road and vehicles as well as how to make you comfortable in long ride.

 

 

Price per person

2 pax960USD p.p

3-5 pax760USD p.p

6-8 pax660USD p.p

More than 8 paxUSD p.p

Discounts

For children of a family (0-3 years old) is 100% free of charge

For children of a family (3-12 years old) is 30% free of charge

More attractive prices for more than 5 pax

Please contact us for more discounts and trip details

 

Prices included Prices not Included

4 Nights in Tourist Ger camps (twin share)

1 Night in Nomad family guest Ger

4 WD Vehicle in the countryside

Airport transfers for arrival / departure

Meals as listed (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

Sightseeing and Entrance fees according to the itinerary

English speaking guide

Daily water supply

Camel and Horse riding fees

Visa support invitation letter where applicable

 

Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar

International airfare / train tickets+ tax

Travel insurance / Visa fees

Items for personal use

Alcoholic drinks

Tips for staffs

Single supplement