Day 1. Tsagaan Suvarga or White stupa
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 erosion caused by water and wind. They named it White Stupa as from the east, the unique shape of the limestone rocks looked alike Buddhist white stupas. We will walk around this area for an hour or two. We’ll stay 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". Short trekking 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 sometimes. Horse-riding is optional as well. Overnight in a ger
Day 3 .Bayanzag or Flaming Cliffs
Drive to Flaming Cliffs which is a 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 remain of mammals and in particular the skeleton of hornless rhinoceros, the largest known mammal in the world. Short trekking in Bayanzag. Overnight in a ger.
Day 4. Khongor sand dunes
Today we will enjoy some travel activities of Gobi desert.
After breakfast, we will drive towards Khongor sand dunes that extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges.
After lunch, we will ride camel. 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 around the sand-dunes.
After dinner time, we will explore the area, climbing one of the dunes. The dunes extend for 185 kilometers and include dunes that can reach 240 meters in height. Overnight in a ger.
Day 5. Drive to BayanGobi to see the petroglyph Bichigt had
Bichigt khad rocks have some very valuable petroglyph which date back to 3000 thousand years ago. The drawings depict wolves, deers, horses, cows, humans and so on. We will take closer look at these ancient art
Day 6-7 Ikh Bogd Mountain range /trekking and hiking in the mountain
It is in the Gobi Altai Range that Ikh Bogd mountain is found over 50 km long. Set in a land where steppe and desert come together, this rock formation imposes itself from its 3957m above sea-level, offering diverse contrasts with the different existing reliefs. Following an earthquake of a magnitude 11, which hit the region in the 50’s, a 270 km fault emerged going from the North of Baga Bogd to the top North of Bayan Tsagaan. Consequently two small lakes were created : Oyut and Binderya. The first one stretches over 200m for 170m wide, reaching a depth of 25m. As for Binderya lake, it covers an area of 275m long against 100m wide, with a depth of 14m.
Day 8. Orog Lake
Orog lake is located about 100 km south of the Bayankhongor city. It's located at the end of the Tuin river and is nestled amongst Ikh Bogd mountains.Orog Lake is a saltwater lake. Water levels vary, depending on inflow from the Tuin River,which rises in the Khangai mountain range. The lake is frozen from November until May. The Tuin River creates a large wetland on north side of the lake. To the south, the lake is bordered by the slopes of Ikh Bogd Mountain, which support desert steppe, and give rise to several streams with associated wetlands. On the northern side of the lake, there is a wide sand dune which stretches along the shore. Orog Lake is located within the Valley of Lakes.Travelling up Ikh Bogd the morning after camping at Orog Lake will provide great sunrise views of Bayankhongor.
Day 9 AmarBuyant monastery ruins
Located 47km west of Shinejist, these ruins of a monastery once housed around 1000 monks until its destruction in 1937 by Stalin’s forces.
Its claim to fame is that the 13th Dalai Lama, while traveling from Lhasa to Urga in 1904, stayed here for 10 days.
Today, the extensive ruins include temples, buildings and walls, with the main temple having been partially restored. On display is also an ovoo built by the Dalai Lama; out of respect no rocks were ever added to the ovoo.
Day 10-11 Eej Khairkhan Mountain/hiking and trekking
Eej Khairkhan Mountain at 2,275 m is located between Tsogt and Altai sums of Gobi-Altai province north of the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area.
This area was protected in 1992 as a Nature Reserve and in 1995, it was included in the category "Cultural and Historical Sites" thus preserving 22,475 hectares under Parliament Resolution No. 26. For centuries, Eej Khairkhan Mountain was reserved and worshipped by the locals in their belief that mountain blessed families with children.
Day 12. Zavkhan River
It flows from Khangai Mountains to Lake Khyargas, and has a draining area of over 71,000 km2. The river forms most of the border between the Govi-Altai and Zavkhan aimags. The length of the river is 670 kilometres. The river has recently gained publicity as a result of the activities of Salkhin Sandag Association - a local environmental organisation - to protect it and its surrounding areas.
Day 13-14 Otgon Tenger Mountain
Otgontenger, a mountain with permanent snow and the king peak of Khangai mountain ranges, is elevated at the height of 4,021 meters from above sea level and is surrounded with deep forests, has plenty of fast flowing rivers and lakes, is rich with natural places with unique formation, rare plants and animals, and has many places with mineral water.
Just below the border of the permanent snow of Otgontenger, there is a beautiful lake Badarkhundaga on the slope of the mountain and within the territory of the protected area. Here grow extremely rareflower vansemberuu and Mongolian arnica and, moreover, very famous Otgontenger juniper. Activties: hiking in the mountain.
Day 15. Mukhart Gol
Mukhart is part of the huge Mongol Els (sand dune) and is uniquely shaped to look like a dam, in particular Hoover Dam in Nevada. A river runs from the foot of the dam and meanders through the sand dunes forming an oasis which is excellent for camping.
Day 16. Khar nuur , Senjit Khad
Drive to Khar Nuur(black lake), is a scenic lake that is surrounded with high mountains and sand dunes. The sceneries from Mukhart to Khar Nuur are indescribable. The varied landscapes change continuously from mountains, lakes, sand dunes, unique rock formations, plains, plateaus, grassland etc. An interesting highlight on this part of the overland journey is the Senjit Khad - a natural stone arch.
Day 17. Ider river
Camp by the beautiful river Ider.
Day 18-19 White Lake and Khorgo Crater
White lake is located in Tariat sum, a local administration unit which is a magnificent region of extinct volcanoes. Approximately 180km north-west of Tsetserleg, The lake,20 km long, was formed when volcanic lava dammed the Suman River cutting a large gorge through the basalt. . White lake is a great spot for bird watching! On the 19th day, we will visit some caves and craters.Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 20.Hot spring (Hot spa)
The sulphur springs of Tsenkher which emerge from the ground at 86C. The hot spring is especially good for skin allergy.We will relax in Hot spa for the whole day. It is a good treatment after a long horse-riding trip. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 21. Khugnu Khaan mountains
Khugnu khan mountain range is located in Bulgan province. The granite Rock Mountain range is a thing of beauty. The granite rock Mountains over 1960m (above sea level) are great spot for activities like horse riding and hiking. Activities: hiking and horse-riding. Overnight in a ger.
Day 22. Driving back to UB
Accommodation – Traditional Mongolian ger, tent and tourist camp.
Transport – Jeep, Russian van, and others.
Meals – Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Gobi Desert& Western Mongolia tour
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