Mongolia Highlights – the Gobi Desert and Karakorum tour

Get your chance to reveal the most beauty of the Gobi desert & Khangai regions. The tour starts with visit to Giant Genshis equestrian monument, 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: 2 - 8 people

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Visit the Gobi desert, Karakorum and more 

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 the capital city Ulaanbaatar. The first leg of the tour will guide you across the Central Mongolia visiting the Hustai National Park – home to the Takhi wild horses, Tsenkher mineral hot springs, 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 visiting the Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs to explore for dinosaur remains, enjoying a sunset camel ride at the Khongor sand dunes and oasis, and hiking in the glacial Yoliin Am Gorge with glimpses of rare wildlife. And make sure you 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 by their racehorses 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 all the time. We utilize comfortable 4×4 vehicles with AC, clean and comfy Ger camps (en-suite upgrade available) 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 - Central Mongolia (Bayan Gobi sands– Mt. Khugnu Khan) 4-5hr drive.
Day 4. Bayan gobi sands – Karakorum: Erdene Zuu monastery. ~1hr drive
Day 5. Karakorum - Ongi monastery, Middle Gobi province. ~ 5-6hr drive.
Day 6. Ongi monastery to Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs,THE GOBI DESERT. ~3-4hr drive.
Day 7. A day excursion to the Khongor Sand Dunes. 3hr drive one way
Day 8. Excursion to Yoliin Am Gorge  & Khavtsgait petroglyph. ~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$3250 p.p

Tour dates in 2023:

01 – 10 Jul (Naadam Ext. available)  

Group Size: 2-3 people

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US$2950 p.p

Tour dates in 2023:

19 – 28 Jul ;

Group Size: 4-5 people

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US$2950 p.p

Tour dates in 2023:

 11-20 Aug;

08-17 Sep;

Group Size: 6-8 people

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Single Supplement: US$560

* Naadam Festival Extension is 550 USD p.p (twin share)/700USD(single)

**The minimum number of people in a group is 2pax, maximum is 8pax


Included services:

  • Full-time services of your excellent English-speaking local guide (Day 2-9)
  • Sightseeing admissions and excursion according to the program
  • Private transfers (Land Cruisers: 3 passengers + 1 driver I each vehicle) + fuel, road taxes
  • Airport transfers & transportation in Ulaanbaatar & around (minivan/saloon car)
  • Twin/double share accommodation throughout the tour: (3 nights in Ulaanbaatar at 5* hotel; 1 night in a standard Ger camp; 5 nights in en-suite Ger camps)
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 2hrs of camel riding fee in the Gobi Desert + camel keeper
  • A cooking class at a nomadic family in the Gobi Desert
  • The Gobi to Ulaanbaatar flight + Tax (15+5kg free luggage included)
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day/pax
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!

Not included in the price:

  • International Airfare/train ticket + Tax
  • Travel and health insurance.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • 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 horseback riding, archery, fishing etc


The Gobi & Karakorum tour photos

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