Upon arrival at the Buyant Ukhaa Airport in Ulaanbaatar, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel downtown. After check-in there will be sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar.
We will enjoy an impressive performance of traditional music and dance at 6 pm. The spectacular sounds of höömii (throat singing) accompanied by the cherished two-string horse-headed fiddle or morin khuur will be imprinted on your memory forever.
A Welcome Dinner will be in one of the best restaurants in the city.
Baga Gazryn Chuluu, Middle Gobi
We will hit the road for the Mongolian countryside. Our destination will be 220 km southward in the beautiful region of Baga Gazryn Chuluu - the site of a huge granite formation in the middle of the Mongolian sandy plain.
We will drive and hike around in the area, and visit the picturesque ruins of a small monastery hidden in a nice little protected valley.
Overnight in tourist camp. B/L/D
Tsagaan Suvarga, Middle Gobi
Our next stop in the Middle Gobi Province will be an area of limestone rocks called White Stupa, about 30 meters tall and 100 meters long and shaped strangely as a result ofwind and water erosion over thousands of years.
From a distance, it can be mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city.
At dawn, it offers a magnificent view with rainbow colors. We will visit a cave called “horizontal and vertical” for its strange shape and formation. Overnight in tent. B/L/D
Yol Valley, South Gobi
Today we will drive to the South Gobi province and en route, visit Ulaan Suvarga, 20 km west of the Tsagaan Suvarga, another impressive rock formation. This time the color of the cliffs is not white, but red.
That’s why this eerie place is called Red Stupa. We will visit Gurvan Saikhan National Park in the South Gobi.
At its entrance we will visit a small museum of Natural History to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the National Park, and seesome dinosaur bones and eggs found in the Province. We will drive another 10 km to the parking area and have a pleasant hike thru the Yolyn Am (Lammergeier Valley), which will take us to a gorge with ice that exists for most of the year.
This valley is famous for its breathtaking beauty and astonishing scenery - thick ice in the middle of the Gobi! Overnight stay at Gobi-Miraj camp
Khongor Sand Dunes, South Gobi
Today we will drive west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. This is one of the most scenic areas of the Province.
In the evening we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes, to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and slide back down on a plastic bag if you have one handy.
The moving sand in the wind or when walked on,emits a definite soundand makes a noise similar to an airplane passing by.
That's why this particular part of the dunes is called "Singing" or "Sounding" would be more precise. Overnight stay in a Ger camp near the dunes.
Camel Riding at the Khongor Sand Dunes
We will stay at the Sand Dunes another day to discover this magnificent place on camelback. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can go without water for a month. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding.
Bet you never rode a Bactrian camel!Riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than riding the Dromedary camel of theSahara, India or in the Middle East. Its two humps support you from both sides and the easy pace will comfort you so much, that you might fall asleep after a while.
But don’t fall asleep!See the spectacular view of the surrounding area.
Bayanzag, South Gobi
In the early 1920s an American expedition in search of ancient human remains led by Roy Chapman Andrews accidentally discovered dinosaur fossils and eggs at Bayanzag, known locally as a place rich in saxaul trees.
In the western world, this area is well known for the number of unearthed dinosaur remains, and was called the Flaming Cliffs by Andrews.
White fossilized bones are still found nowadays. Overnight in tourist camp. B/L/D
Drive to Ongi Temple. Sightseeing at the small old monastery and experience Mongolian untouched nature. Overnight in tent.B/L/D
Drive to Rashaant camp. Overnight stay in a ger
Drive back to Ulaanabaatar. Overnight stay at Hotel
After breakfast, you will be delivered to the airport for your departure.