Essential Gobi experienceThe itinerary which makes for a perfect introduction to the world known, famous Gobi Desert as home to dinosaur fossils. You will visit the vast expanses of the Gobi Desert, where a three day circuit explores the lofty sand dunes of Khongoriin Els, the glacial canyon of Yolyn Am, and the red cliffs of Bayanzag, where the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur fossils are found. ….
No of Days: 3 People: min 1 person
Discover the famous Gobi desert in the shortest time and see everything
The clay from the former shores, hills, and soil of the Cretaceous period look like they are on fire during sunrise and sunset. You may feel like you are on a different planet like Mars. Really though, you are in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Dinosaur fossils from millions of years ago still remain here. Most are small and often hidden by earth cliffs and saxaul shrubs, which are pervasive with the Gobi, so you may pass them without noticing. Desert plants, dry but capable of coming to life in an overnight rain, are also unique to the Gobi. Though the golden sand won’t remember your steps once the wind blows, the footprint of the Gobi Desert will stay in your heart forever.This exclusive Gobi tour includes the highlights of 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. 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. You will visit a nomadic family or two to enjoy their heartwarming 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. 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.
Morning pick up at 5.20am, and transfer to the airport for a flight to the Gobi desert (07.00-08.20hrs). Upon arrival we will have a breakfast in a local restaurant and start our visit to the beautiful Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. Eagles overhead scour the desert for prey, while below families of nomads gather for felt-making, or stand in groups beside their livestock at the scattered wells. Enjoy walking in the glacial Yolyn Am Gorge with sights of wildlife. Transfer to tourist Ger camp, and have lunch.
Then we continue the drive to Khongor sand dunes – Mongolia’s largest and most beautiful sand dunes that stretch over 180km in the arid Gobi desert. The drive to the dunes at Khongoriin takes some 3 hours, passing through vast desert badlands that span out into the furthest distances, where remote mountains line the horizon. Evening sunset climb up to the sand dunes. Check in to Ger camp, dinner and overnight.
(PS: Domestic flight time can change) Standard ger camp. Meals: B, L, D
In the morning, we’ll have a chance to see sun rising from the top of Khongor sand dunes. Then we go backwards to the famous Bayanzag – the Flaming Red Cliffs for 2-3hrs, transfer to ger camp and have lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the nomadic family nearby to experience their daily lifestyle, maybe try to ride a 2 humped Bactrian camel. By the sunset we arrive at the Red Cliffs at Bayanzag, enjoy the wilderness and viewing unique nature formations. Explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the rich saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! Return to the Ger camp in the evening, dinner and rest.
Standard ger camp. Meals: B, L, D
- Full-time service of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
- Full-time services of 4WD Japanese minivan + Experienced driver in the Gobi
- Private transfers for domestic flight
- Twin share at the standard Ger camps for 2 nights
- Flight to/from Gobi + 15 kg luggage free of charge, government taxes
- 1 – 2 hr camel riding
- Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
- Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!
Not included in the price:
- International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
- Travel insurance
- Accommodations & meals and activities in Ulaanbaatar
- Visa fees
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
- Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).