Mongolia Highlights – Gobi and Karakorum Traveller

Get your chance to reveal the most beauty of the Gobi desert & Khangai regions. The tour starts with nature sightseeing in Hustai, Lake Ogii Tsenkher hot spring, continues for the cultural experiences in the ancient capital of Karakorum including legendary Erdene – Zuu monastery from 15th century, Karakorum archeological museum. And the last leg of the tour, you’ll visit to the famous Gobi desert including Khongor sand dunes, Bayanzag – Flaming cliffs and Yol Gorge of Gurvan Saikhan national park via Ongi monastery ruins’ visit.

No of Days: 10           People: min 4 persons

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Visit the Gobi desert, Karakorum and more 

The word Mongolia often stirs up an image of ancient warriors on horseback to many. And plenty think that Mongolia is all about horses and wide steppe – well, true to some extent as the Mongols have more than 3 million horses and the country is the 19th largest country by territory. However, Mongolia is a lot more than that – globetrotters are mesmerised by the diverse natural and cultural wonders that Mongolia has to offer. 

This overland journey will take you to through the best of Central and Southern Mongolia as well as the essential sights and cultural performances in/around capital city Ulaanbaatar. The first leg of the journey will guide you across the Central Mongolian plains, visiting the Khugnu Khan Mountains, ancient capital at Karakorum with the legendary Erdene Zuu Monastery, and the UNESCO world heritage Orkhon River Valley. On the second part of the journey, you will tour the highlights of the mysterious Gobi Desert such as Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs and explore for dinosaur remains, enjoy a sunset camel ride at the Khongor sand dunes and oasis, and hike in the glacial Yoliin Am Gorge with glimpses of rare wildlife. Prepare your camera and batteries well as Mongolia’s a super photogenic country.

Besides, Mongolia’s the home of hearty nomadic people, whose lifestyle has not been changed a lot since the days of Genghis Khan and his empire. You might have heard many stories of travellers being dazed by the sincere hospitality of the nomads. However, if you look deeper into their spirit, you will witness how strong, stern nomadic men can be moved to tears just by their race horses rushing to a finish line. Their lifestyle, religion and philosophy are shaped by the Mother Nature to a great degree; and nomadic customs, music, literature and costumes have been passed through centuries. And in this hectic 21st century only Mongolian nomads welcome strangers with unlocked doors. There will be plenty of occasions you will meet real nomadic people and enjoy their heart-warming hospitality during the journey.

Premium Travel Mongolia tour guides are knowledgeable, experienced, and are happy to be the ambassadors of their country. Plus, travelling extensively in remote Mongolia and discovering the wonders doesn’t mean rough travel conditions. On this tour, we utilize comfortable 4×4 Land Cruisers, clean and comfy Ger camps (3 nights in deluxe Ger camp!) to complete your wonderful Mongolia stay with us.


Daily Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Day 2. Ulaanbaatar city tour & visit to the Giant Genghis monument. (8hr excursion)
Day 3. Ulaanbaatar -Elsen Tasarkhai – Mt. Khugnu Khan 4-5hr drive.
Day 4. Elsen Tasarkhai – Karakorum: Erdene Zuu monastery. ~1hr drive
Day 5. Karakorum - Ongi monastery drive. ~ 5-6hr drive.
Day 6. Ongi monastery to Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs. ~3-4hr drive.
Day 7. A day excursion to the Khongor Sand Dunes. 3hr drive one way
Day 8. Excursion to Yoliin Am Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. ~3hr drive
Day 9. The Gobi Desert – Ulaanbaatar, traditional folklore concert
Day 10. Departure/extension. 50min drive.

Mongolia highlights tour map

gobi, karakorum tour map

Tour Date & Price

US$2650 p.p

Tour dates in 2019:

03-12 Jun;  

16-25 Jun

Group Size: min 4 people

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US$2650 p.p

Tour dates in 2019:

01 – 10 Jul (Naadam Ext. available)  

19 – 28 Jul ;

Group Size: min 4 people 

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US$2650 p.p

Tour dates in 2019:

 11-20 Aug;

08-17 Sep;

Group Size: min 4 people 

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Single Supplement: US$420

* Naadam Festival Extension is 490 USD p.p


Included services:

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide (Day 2-9)
  • Twin/double share accommodation: excellent 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar for 3 nights, standard tourist Ger camps for 3 nights, and deluxe/en-suite Ger camps for 3 nights.
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers in the city with a minivan/minibus with AC
  • Private transfers outside the city with comfortable 4×4 Land Cruisers
  • 1 hr camel riding fees in the Gobi
  • Gobi – ULN flight + 15 kg luggage free of charge, all taxes
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!

Not included in the price:

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc

The Gobi & Karakorum tour photos

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