Gobi desert & Beyond (7 days)

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Overview

This tour highlights the amazing Gobi Desert - a diversity of mountains, evergreen forests, sand dunes, and geological wonders. Surprisingly, much of the Gobi is not covered in sand, but bare rock. But despite its harsh conditions, its home to a range of wildlife such as Bactrian camels, Mongolian wild ass, and even the elusive snow leopard.

You’ll be awed by the red glow given off by the wind-sculpted sandstone at Bayanzag, better known as the “Flaming Cliffs”. Additionally, the region is a treasure trove of important dinosaur fossils. And perhaps most importantly, the location of the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered by American explorer and paleontologist, Roy Chapman Andrews, whom once called this “a treasure vault of world history”.

You’ll enjoy staying in the finest traditional ger camps to complete your Gobi adventure.



Region: Southern part of Mongolia
Available time: May - September
Price: 3685 $ for per persons
Save $400 BOOK by Jan 31, 2016
Single supplement: 1450 $

Outline itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Day 2 City Tour

Day 3 Flight to Gobi Desert for 1.2 hours

Day 4 Day trip to Flaming Cliffs and Sand Dune

Day 5 Flight back to Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

Day 6 Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

Day 7 departure 


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Our driver and vehicle were both outstanding. Our driver was so skilful that even difficult terrain was easy and a comfortable ride. Like our guide, the driver had a great personality and added a lot to our trip. The vehicle itself was very well maintained, always clean and very comfortable. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. I deeply appreciate the Mongolian Luxury Tours Tour Company for accommodating our early arrived and delayed departure with transportation.

Martin Ebert
from USA

Detailed tour itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport, you are met by tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the city center.
Rest of the day is for rest and to recover jet lag and travel fatigue.

Overnight in Blue Sky hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Cultural City tour

After breakfast at hotel, you will go on a sightseeing city tour. The first stop is at Sukhbaatar Square, which is the central square named after the revolutionary hero of 1921 Damdiny Sukhbaatar whom declared independence from China. You will visit the Gandan Monastery that is the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia; here you may experience the monks in worship and see the impressive Golden Buddha Statue of Migjid Janraisig. Time permitting you can visit the Natural History Museum which is famous for its authentic dinosaur skeletons and also visit the Zaisan memorial hill to get a fantastic view of whole city. You will have a welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 3 Flight to Gobi Desert, Yol Valley

This morning you fly over the vast steppe to the Gobi Desert, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. Meet your driver upon arrival and then transfer by a 4WD vehicle to the Yol Valley in Gurvansaikhan National Park, situated in the lap of the Altai Mountains. On the way to the lodge, you will stop to visit the local Natural History Museum for an insight into the flora and fauna of the area. This valley is nestled deep within the hills and is a safe haven to get away from the desert heat. Some areas of the valley are continually sheltered from the hot sun and house huge, blocks of ice that gradually melt away during the summer. It is very wide at the entrance and narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. You will get to see wild animals such as ibex and wild sheep, and the vulture. You can hike on foot or go horseback or camel riding around the area to the gorge.

Check into the Three Camels Lodge which is among the top eco lodges of the world. The lodge is solar powered and stands ground on a stunning landscape with sweeping views of the Gobi-Altai been built using all local sustainable materials.

Overnight in Three Camel Lodge, deluxe ger

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 4 Day trip to Flaming Cliffs and Moltsog Sand Dune

Following breakfast at tourist camp then we will drive to Bayan Zag(Approximately 5 hours driving), popularly called “The Flaming Cliffs” for its glowing orange rocks. It was here, in 1922, that paleontologists made an astounding discovery. This area got international name as Roy Chapman Andrews after his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs here. The area is haven for the natural history scientists as the area is rich in dinosaur fossils. After Bayanzag zag we head to Moltsog Els, is one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. Smaller than Hongoryn Els, these sand dunes are much closer to the Three Camel Lodge, You can visit a camel herder’s family and will have an opportunity to ride a Bactrian camel.

Overnight in Three Camel Lodge, deluxe ger

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 5 Take flight back to Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park

We will drive to airport for flight back to Ulaanbaatar and you are transferred to Terelj National park. This unforgettable excursion will take you to features such as unique rock formations, scenic valleys, a winding river, and restful groves of trees. Many nomads live in the park itself, where they find lush grazing land for their animals. You will take a tour in the park and visit the notable rocks called "The Turtle rock", and “Monk reading a book". You will visit the Aryabal meditation center located inside the mountains to learn more about Mongolian Buddhism.

Overnight in Terelj Luxury hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 6 Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we drive back to Ulaanbaatar and there is more to see here upon arrival if you are interested, such as a visit to the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, a residence of Bodg Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII whom was Mongolia's last theocrat. Or take a leisurely stroll through the town center. In the evening perhaps you can enjoy a farewell dinner and attend the local folklore dance shows.

Overnight in Blue Sky Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 7 Departure

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the “Chinggis Khan” International airport for departure.

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