Gobi Desert & Terelj National Park 7 days

Region: Southern of Mongolia
Available time: May through September
Price: On request

Contrary to the sameness that the word "desert" suggests, the Gobi, the northernmost desert in the world, is a fascinating and diverse region with the terrains of mountains, sandstone cliffs, lush green oases and sand dunes. It is also home for many endangered and vulnerable wildlife including Bactrian camel, Gobi bear, Mongolian wild ass, snow leopard, saiga antelope. This area is considered to be the “cemetery” for dinosaurs due to abundance of dinosaur skeletons and fossils found and it especially became internationally famous thanks to American scientist Roy Chapman Andrews’ expedition in early 1920s who discovered the first dinosaur egg nest the world ever seen.

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Arrival to Ulaanbaatar

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Meet and greet at Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan Intl Airport and transfer to your hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Blue Sky hotel or similar
Meals: dinner

Ulaanbatar City

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The contrast between ancient traditions and 21st Century democracy is most visible in Ulaanbaatar where traditional gers and Buddhist monasteries sit side by side with modern skyscrapers. We begin our city tour with a visit to the Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. We then continue to visit the National History Museum for an overview of over 2000 year history of Mongolia and culture showcasing artifacts and relics since the Stone and Bronze Ages. We end the day with a visit to the Zaisan Memorial, built by the former Soviet Union to commemorate fallen soldiers of WWII to get a bird eye view of the city and the Tuul River.

Overnight in Blue Sky hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Ulaanbaatar / Gobi / Yol Valley National Park

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In the morning, be met and transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gobi, Mongolia's southernmost province of semi-arid desert.
Today we take an hour's drive to the Yol Valley National Park, cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. We will hike through the alpine landscape valley, home to animals such as ibex, mountain goat, argali, mountain sheep, golden eagle before visiting the local natural history museum for an understanding of the fauna and flora of the area. We then check in an amazing Gobi Nomad Lodge Ger Camp.

Overnight: Gobi Nomad Lodge, Deluxe Ger with en-suite bathroom with shower and air conditioning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Flaming Cliffs & Moltsog Sand Dunes

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Following breakfast, we will drive to Bayan Zag, popularly known as "The Flaming Cliffs" for its glowing orange rocks. It was here in 1923 that Dr Roy Chapman Andrews and his team of paleontologists made astounding discoveries of the first nest of dinosaur eggs and fossils. After Bayan Zag, we head to Moltsog sand dunes, one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes to explore it on a back of a Bactrian camel. Visit a camel herder's family and have a nice chat with the nomads.

Overnight: Gobi Nomad Lodge, Deluxe Ger with en-suite bathroom with shower and air conditioning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Back to Ulaanbaatar / Terelj National Park

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We return this morning from the Gobi to Ulaanbaatar by domestic flight and on arrival directly transfer to the Terelj National Park. Our exploration today takes us through unique rock formations, scenic valleys, winding Tuul river and spectacular landscapes. We visit the Terelj National Park stopping at notable rock formations such as the "Turtle Rock" and "Monk Reading a Book". We will also visit the Aryabal meditation center located inside the mountains to learn more about Buddha’s teachings.

Overnight: Terelj Hotel, Terelj National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Return to Ulaanbaatar

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After check out from the hotel we drive back to Ulaanbaatar city and the rest of the day we visit Palace museum of the 8th Bogdo Khan, the last Mongolian ruler and a controversial figure in the history of Mongolia, and in the evening enjoy a performance featuring traditional Mongolian music, dance and throat singing followed by a farewell dinner in a fine local restaurant.

Overnight: Blue Sky hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Departure

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After breakfast, be transferred to Ulaabaatar Chinggis Khan Intl Airport for your flight departure.

Meals: Breakfast