Yol Valley, Flaming Cliffs, Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes and Camel riding
Gobi desert is a vast area covering almost the quarter of Mongolia’s territory and is home to dinosaur rich fossil beds, diverse wildlife with the sand dunes, desert bears and snow leopard, as well as nomadic camel herders’ culture. Unlike what many think, sand covers only a little part of Gobi and the rest is an arid land that are easily turned into green vegetation during a summer with good rain. Gobi is still very little inhibited and camel herders roam freely following their animals. Of the estimated one million Bactrian camels in the world, about 500,000
of them live in Mongolia’s Gobi desert. Camels are still used for transportation and while you are in Gobi, you will have an opportunity to ride them.
Day 1 Gobi / Hongoryn Els sand dunes
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure south to the Gobi desert. Upon arrival, we will begin driving to the Hongoryn Els sand dunes, Gobi’s largest of the dunes. Here, we will enjoy climbing the tallest of the dune called a “singing dune” and visit a camel herder family to sample ride two-humped camels. Overnight at a local ger camp. (Ger Camp; L, D)
Day 2 Hongoryn Els / Gurvan Saikhan basin
In the morning, we will enjoy additional hiking opportunities. Next, drive to the Gurvan Saikhan basin to our next ger camp where we will spend the next two days exploring the Gobi. En route, stop at an ancient petroglyph site to explore the artwork of early Gobi dwellers. Overnight in gers.
Day 3 Yol Valley / The Flaming Cliffs
After breakfast, drive to the Yol Valley located in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Yol Valley is named after the prey birds “Yol” or lammergeyers s who dwell in the higher cliffs of the valley. This narrow valley contains ice that persists as late as July and is home to many of Gobi’s wildlife including Ibex, “Argali” or mountain wild sheep and the elusive snow leopard. Stroll through the valley and enjoy a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, we will drive to the Flaming Cliffs, a red sand stone cliffs stretching for about 3 km in width, where hundreds of dinosaur fossils have been found. Paleontological expeditions from many countries, including the institutions from the USA, Poland, Japan and Russia who have worked here in the last 80 years. Each year, rain and wind reveals yet more fossils and every summer new discoveries are made. We will look for rare fossils hidden in the cliffs. Enjoy a sunset dinner at this majestic place before returning back to our ger camp.
Day 4 Gobi Desert / Ulaanbaatar
In the morning, drive to the airport for the return flight back to Ulaanbaatar (1.5 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B)
- UB - Gobi round-trip flight;
- Accommodations in a ger with en-suite bathroom at deluxe ger camps;
- 3 daily meals as indicated as B, L or D;
- All transfers by private Land Cruiser, including drinking water;
- English speaking guide with local knowledge, expertise, suggestions, and support throughout trip;
- All taxes and service charges.
Prices do not include:
International airfare; personal laundry and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary; travel insurance; medical evacuation costs; excess baggage charges; visa fees; gratuities; photography and video fees and any other item not mentioned as included.