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THE LANDMARKS OF DESERT AND STEPPE

The Gobi Desert Area is one of the most untouched, unique, and mysterious places on earth. The site of an ancient inland sea, the Gobi Desert is a treasure chest of fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs. The rolling plains of central Mongolia combined with a fascinating mixture of ancient tribal history and Buddhist traditions. The Erdenzuu Monastery, situated in Karakorum – the ancient capital of Mongol Empire, is the largest functioning Monastery in Mongolia and is a spectacular display of Buddhist architecture. Centuries-old nomadic traditions and lifestyles displayed by the unlimited hospitalities of steppe nomads are also an exciting experience.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. City tour including a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present, and the excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Evening folk dance and music performance. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: UB-Middle Gobi (260 km)
After an early breakfast leave UB for our camp in the Middle Gobi. On the way visit Baga Gazriin Chuluu Lake and the ruins of the 10th century Sum Khukh Burd temple on an island in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay in ger camp.

Day 3: Middle Gobi-South Gobi (340 km)
Breakfast at the camp. Continue to drive towards the South Gobi. On the way visit the Sangiin Dalai temple in Erdenedalai, one of the few monasteries and temples that survived the communist purges of the 1930s. Arrive at our camp in the Gobi in the late afternoon.

Day 4: South Gobi – Dalanzadgad – Yol valley (250 kms)
In the morning we are going to Dalanzadgad, the provincial capital to see local Naadm festival, featuring tradtional sports of wrestling, horse race and archery. In the afternoon, visit the stunning Yol Valley (Lammergeir Valley) National Park for hiking and opportunities to photograph the gorge, the Gobi Glacier and the diverse local wildlife. Overnight in ger Gobi ger camp.

Day 5: South Gobi/ Khongoryin Els (200 km)
Drive to Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes, also known as the Singing Sands for the noise the sands make in high winds. Spend the day exploring the dunes and hiking in the area. Overnight stay in ger camp Khongor Els.

Day 6: Khongoryin Els-Ongyin Khiid (275 km)
Start driving towards Karakorum. On the way visit the famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayan Zag), the site of numerous fossil discoveries by paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews and others. Stop for the night near Ongyin Khiid Monastery. Overnight stay in ger camp.

Day 7: Ongyin Khiid – Orkhon river and waterfall (250 kms)
Continue our journey northwards to arrive at Orkhon valley. Enjoy relaxing eveing by Orkhon waterfall. We are enjoying trekking in beautiful natural settings and scenery of surrounding nature. Overnight in Khurhree ger camp.

Day 8: Orkhon waterfall – Karakorum (100 km)
Today we are leaving the waterfall behind and drive along Orkhon river to arrive at Karakorum, the ruins of 13th century capital city of Mongolia. Visit Erdene-Zuu, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and almost totally destroyed in the 1930s.Tour of the monastery grounds and several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16th century. Visit to the symbolic ruins of Karakorum, the 13th century imperial capital of the Mongol Empire. Overnight stay in ger camp.

Day 9: Karakorum/Hushuu Tsaidam/ Hugnukhaan (200 kms)
After lunch After breakfast in the morning, drive to Hushuu Tsaidam 50 kilometers to the north of Karakorum in the Orkhon valley. Visit to 3 m high inscribed monument of Kultegin enroute, which is one of the remainder of Turkic khaganate. It was raised in AD 732 and is inscribed in runic and Chinese script. Then continue our expedition to Hugnukhaan Mountain. Overnight stay in ger camp.

Day 10: Hugnukhaan / Hustain Nuruu / Ulaanbaatar (300 km)
Drive back to UB with an excurion to Hustain Nuruu national park, where the last true wild horses in the world – Przewalski horses are being raised in semi-captive park. After breakfast viewing herds of Przewalski horses, grazing on the steppe freely drive to Ulaanbaatar.

Day 11: Ulaanbaatar
Free day in Ulaanbaatar. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12: Departure
Transfer to aiport for departure.

TOUR COST IN EURO

Group size  ( person)
Tour cost (Euro/person)
02

1745

03---05

1450

06---07

1295

08---09

1200

Above 10

1115

Single supplement

227

TOUR COST INCLUDES
3 nights in a 4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar, 8 nights in ger camps in the countryside, Daily full-board throughout the tour, Private Mitsubishi Delice 4 wd minivan tour in Gobi and Karakorum tour, Private car or bus transportation in the city, All excursions and sightseeing, Guide service throughout the journey, All entrance fees to museums, National parks and concert.

COST DOESN'T INCLUDE
private expanses as phone calls, laundry, beverages etc, tip to guide and driver.

 
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