GOBI and HANGAI DRIVE, 12 DAYS, FROM 2080 USD, MONGOLIA LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP

GOBI and HANGAI DRIVE, 12 DAYS, FROM 2080 USD, MONGOLIA

The Gobi Desert is a vast zone of desert and desert steppe covering almost 30 percent of the Mongolian territory. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. In reality, most part of the Gobi Desert is a land of steppes and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation. Wild asses, camels, snow leopards, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora.Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs have been preserved here to the present day. Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi, where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory. Climate is extreme with 40 degrees Celcius in summer and severe winter.

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    Day 1. Arrive UB

    Arrival to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. You will have city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See Zanabazar Museum, Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in a typical Mongolian Restaurant, The winter Palace, Buda Big Statue on the Hill, Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time). Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional), Overnight in 4* hotel.
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    Day 2. Drive to Baga Gazryn Chuluu Nat. Park.

    Drive to South about 200 km and reach Middle Gobi and BAGA GAZRYN CHULUU. Visit the stones Valley walking and runes of the Sacred Monastery. The monastery is built on the small island in the middle of Lake Burd Nuur by local Mongolians in 16th century. Overnight there in gers tourist camp. (BLD)
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    Day 3. To Yolyn Am

    The Valley in the Zuun Saikhan Mountain, located 45 km from Dalanzadgad, in the centre of South Gobi aimag, is called Yolyn Am. The narrow Valley between high rock walls has breathtaking dramatic scenery, and no doubt is one of the beautiful places in the country. In rainy summers hundreds of small waterfalls appear in the rocky walls. Trekking, camel and horse riding tours are available to the valley. After lunch, we keep driving to west and reach Khongorin Dunes, the biggests sand dunes in all Asia. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 4. Camel ride

    The 800-meter high sand dunes in Sevrei soum, South aimag, are called Khonguryn Els. These dunes are 20 km wide and 130 km long. The Khonguryn River flows along the stand dunes and gives birth to oases. Visit the dunes with camel riding. Visit a local camel breeding family and learn about their breeding programs. Overnights in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 5. Drive to Kharkhorin

    Today is a long drive north, through big open steppe area. We will move from the desert steppes to Khangai Mountain. The nomads live from livestock herding. However, by international standards, it is not densely populated. Near the sands they keep Bactrian Camels. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 6. Explore KharKhorin

    After driving few hrs /about 120kms/, we reach KharKhorum. Mongolia's ancient capital, Kharakhorum, Chinggis Khaan's fabled city, was founded in 1220 in the Orkhon valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire governed, until Khubilai Khaan moved it to Beijing. The symbolic ruins of Kharakhorum (Harhorin), monumental walls (400 m of length) with 108 stupas, surround the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586. In 1792, it housed 62 temples and 10,000 lamas; since 1990, it has become an active monastery again. Turtles carved from the stone marked the boundaries of the complex. Nearby, Turkish monuments and rock inscriptions erected in 8-9th centuries in memory of outstanding fighters for independence. Quite a surprise for the scentists was the discovery of a burial of a Mongolian woman which dates to approximately the 14-th century where also two Egiptian masks, a wooden comb and a bronze mirror in a silk case were found. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 7. Drive to Khorgo / Terkhiin Nuur Nat. Park/

    Driving westwards, you will stop next to 'Taikhar chuluu', a huge rock which related to the local mythology. The next stop of the day will be the 'Chuluut canyon' observation point, and the holy "100 branches tree" which stands next to it for hundreds of years. Khorgo Volcano is a dead volcano covered with basalt lying in the east of the Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan (National Park) in Arhangai aimag. Interesting bubbles of solidified lave named “Basalt ger'. Possible a visit to yak's herders. Arhangai aimag, the north-east slope of the Hangai chain, is called “the Switzerland of Mongolia” for its forests, rivers and wooded hills. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 8. Drive to Murun and TsagaanNuur village

    First day, our route turns to west and drive to the western side of the Hangai Mountains. Taiga is a boreal coniferous forest, comprised primarily of Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica) and Siberian Pine (Pinus sibirica). Coming to town Murun, get gasoline. 110kms drive to north and reach Hatgal village and overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 9. To Hustai Nat. Park

    Driving by mostly open remote and mountain areas, you have a chance to visit some nomadic Mongolian families and feel their grade hospitality. Overnight in tent.In the evening of second day we reach Hustai Nat. Park. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 10. Explore Hustai Nat. Park and Drive to UB

    Hustai National Park is the site of a unique re-introduction scheme of Przewalskii’s horse (Equus przewalskii), by Mongolian’s called Takhi. It became extinct in the wild and have since 1992 been successfully re-introduced to Hustai from zoos around the world. It has been an international effort monitored to The Foundation for the Przewalskii Horse of the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment). The national park is rolling Steppe Mountains with rather large patches of birch and aspen forests. There are also visible remains of neolithic graves. In addition Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and Wolf (Canis lupus) have increased quite a bit during the last few years, as well as Mongolian gazelle. Species that are in Hustai but usually not seen are Lynx, Argali Sheep and Roe Deer. After breakfast, we will make a trek through the varied habitats of Hustai National Park. Starting out from the ger camp we will hike the ridges with views over the distant Moltsog Sands as well as the partly forested Hustai Mountains. We will trek up a gully and get to incredible look out points, while having a reasonable chance to see Red Deer, Black Vultures and other numerous raptor’s such as eagles and falcons. After lunch drive to UB /100kms/. Transfer to 4* hotel. (BL)
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    Day 11. To Terelj Nat. Park

    Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is located near Ulaanbaatar, about 60 km. The Park is a great getaway destination for short and long time visitors. If time allows, spend a night at one of the Mongolian Ger camps in Terelj Park to get the taste of Mongolian culture. Among local attractions are famous “Turtle" Rock, man-made park with dinosaur statues, "Arraybal" buddhist temple, "Khagiin Khar" Glacier Lake, and relaxing views of Tuul River valley.We can offer a full range of sightseeing tours with “Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex” and “XIII Century National Camp”. Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54 km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery on the bank of river Tuul, in the place called “Tsonjin Boldog”, memorial place connected with historic events. Overnight in gercamp. (BL)
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    Depart UB

    After breakfast, transfer to Chinggis airport and depart UB. (B)
Some recommendations Summer months in Mongolia are from early June to mid-September. Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 5-10 degrees centigrade between day and night. /+20°+30° during a days and -+10°-5° of Celsius during a nights/
What to bring

Binoculars,

Warm hat and gloves,

Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,

Prescription medications (if needed),

Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)



Staff A local guide who speaks English, Kazakh and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow with an assistant.
Meals Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.
Price 2080 USD per person, if your group size is 2 people
Group size 2- 18 (Discounts available for groups)
Includes

English speaking guide, land transport, food (3 times per day), 8 overnights in gercamp, 2 overnights at 4* hotel in UB with breakfast only, transfers from/to airport in UB, camping gears, border and national park permits.

Excludes

Personal needs, laundry, lunch and dinner in UB and alcohol drinks. Single occupancy is 220$.

Date from March untill late October, 2018

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