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Khermen Tsav-Eight Lakes tour
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 the 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. Walking 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. overnight stay in Gurvan Tes sum
Day 6-7. Khermen Tsav
Thousand of years of erosion formed this majestic canyon, in which rocks are balanced 30 metres (98,43 feet) above ground. The canyon stretches on 250 square kilometres (96,53 square miles), and is 200 metres (656,17 feet) deep, but between the lowest point and the highest one, there is a difference in height of 1000 metres (0,62 mile). The colours are a gradation of reds and will delight the photographers.
The first dinosaur skeleton was found in that place. The scientists agree that 200 millions years ago, the place was covered with an inner sea. The American archaeologist Roy Chapman Andrews named this place "The end of the World". Khermen Tsav is famous for its natural beauties, as well as for its bountiful underground fossils of dinosaurs. Besides it's not unusual to find some in the place. At the foot of these sand cliffs, the ground is fully covered with saxauls.
The track is one of the toughest challenge but it is worth exploring
Day 8. Drive to BayanGobi(stay overnight)
Day 9. See the petroglyph "Bichigt khad"
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 10-11 Ikh Bogd Mountain range /trekking 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 12. 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 13 . "Shargaljuut" hot springs
The hot spring is based in the Shargaljuut Valley which is in between the Khangai Mountain Range. The sulphur-rich Shargaljuut, with its 108 springs, is known for its curative powers. Its healing waters stream out of granite and crystal rocks at temperatures from +45C to +96C. Its waters agitate blood vessels and help blood circulation and internal secretions. Each of Shargaljuut’s springs is dedicated to healing a different part of the body.Many people visit this hot spring yearly and enjoy the exhilarating features of this hot spring. This hot spring is said to be effective for skin diseases, blood pressure problems, stomach ailments, rheumatic fever and diseases affecting the nervous system.
Day 14-17. Orkhon valley / Red Waterfall/ trekking around the Eight lakes
The waterfall is situated in the historically significant Orkhon valley, whose river flows an incredible 1120km to the north before it joins Selenge River. Also called Ulaantsutgalan, the waterfall was formed by unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20000 years ago. We will explore the beautiful waterfall and the eight lakes by trekking for few days. You may ask to drive rather than trekking all the way.
Overnight in a ger.
Day 18.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 or trekking. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 19. 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 20. Driving back to UB
Accommodation – Traditional Mongolian ger, tent and tourist camp.
Transport – Jeep, Russian van, and others.
Meals – Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner