gobi & ancient capital
About the tour
This is one of our classic tours, covering the central and southern parts of Mongolia. During this tour, you could witness and experience the highlighting species of flora and fauna such as inhabitation of Przewalski wild horses, relics of Gobi dinosaurs, duties of domestic animals, in particular camels, and the irresistible smell of wild vegetations growing in different natural zones.
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Day1 Tsagaan Suvarga
Tsagaan suvarga is a seabed (60m high 400m wide) made of colorful limestone rocks in Ulziit sum, a local administration unit of Middle Gobi province. It is shaped uniquely because of natural erosions. They named it White Stupa as from the east, the unique shape of the limestone rocks looked alike Buddhist white stupas. Activities: walking around this area for an hour or two. Overnight in ger.
Day 2. Yol Valley and Three beauties of Gobi
Yol , named after a vulture , is a deep and narrow gorge in the sub range of the famous mountain “The three beauties of Gobi”. We will walk through the gorge.
The valley is beautiful with impressive canyons green land and little pond. Wild and rare animals such as ibex, wild sheep, fox , antelopes, snow leopards are seen occasionally. Overnight in a ger camp nearby the gorge.
Day 3 . Khongor sand dunes
Drive to the sand dunes of Khongor. Camel riding along the dunes.The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the sand-dunes. Staying with another nomad family.
After dinner , hiking to the dunes to see the panoramic view from the top. The dunes extend for 185 kilometers and include dunes that can reach 240 meters in height.
Overnight in a ger.
Day 4. Flaming Cliffs and Bayanzag
Drive to Flaming Cliffs which is Neolithic site where the large dinosaurs’ skeletons on show in Natural History Museum were found. In the west, it is better known as the Flaming Cliffs so named explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. He also discovered petrified forests, remains of mammals and in particular the skeleton of hornless rhinoceros, the largest known mammal in the world. Trekking in Bayanzag.
Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 5. The ruins of Ongi Monastery
Ongi monastery is located on the north bank of the river while the Khutagt Monastery sits on the south bank. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples – among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. Founded in 1660, it was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and housed over 1000 monks at its height.
We will walk around the monastery and mountains exploring the historical site.
Day 6. Ancient capital Karakorum and Erdene zuu
The symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdenezuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.(B)
Day 7. Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar.
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