Tour to Gobi Desert 2019
31st July. Arrive in capital city, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. You will need to book your own accommodation for the first 3 nights. If your booked accommodation does not organise transfers, I can pick you up from the airport.
Other options can be found via Trip Advisor if needed.
Please choose centrally located accommodation for convenience (e.g. transport pick up).
Please make sure your return accommodation is also booked for when you return to UB.
Please make sure you have accommodation in Ulaanbaatar booked for at least 31st July - 2nd August, and for after our return from Gobi Desert (11th August) for as many days as you would like to stay.
If you need help choosing or booking your hotel, please do not hesitate to contact me.
1st Aug. We take a guided city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will be see the huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. Then visit the national Museum of Mongolian History where we will see artefacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to present day.
2nd Aug. Ulaanbaatar excursion to Zaisan Hill which is the War Memorial with panoramic views of the whole city. Time permitting, there will be a trip to a Cashmere outlet. Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a 40 metres tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog, where according to legend, he found a golden whip.
3rd Aug. First trip to Gobi: we will head to Baga Gazariin Chuluu. Overnight staying with nomadic family Ger camp. (B, L, D)
4th Aug. After breakfast we will be heading south to
White Stupa. Overnight in tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)
5th Aug. Drive to Yol Am (also called Eagle Valley) which is surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. These areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain National Park. Overnight in GobiOasis tourist camp. (B, L, D)
6th Aug. After breakfast we will explore the Khongor sand dune area. This dune is 100kms long and at its widest point is 2km across with highest point 300m. It seems like standing on a river of sand moving across rich green plains! We then visit a traditional nomadic family who run camel tours. Overnight in Ger camp. (B, L, D)
7th Aug. Khongor sand dunes. Free chill out day. Overnight stay in Gobi tourist camp.(B, L, D)
8th Aug. Travel to Flaming Cliffs, so named because of their “flame-like” appearance at sunset. This site is famous for the remains of the dinosaurs which lived here 100 million years ago. Overnight in Gobi oasis tourist camp. (B, L, D)
9th Aug. After breakfast we are heading to Ongi River and a few centuries ago, it was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, but the complex was destroyed back in 1937, leaving behind a set of ruins that can be seen in the area today. stay overnight in tourist camp. (B, L, D)
10th Aug. Kharkhorin,
Capital of the Chinggis Khaan empire, Kharkhorin was completely destroyed in 1388 and rebuilt a few centuries later into what now is known Erdene Zuu Khiid (Monastery).
Stay overnight in tourist camp. (B, L,D)
11th Aug.Hustai National Park as a Specially Protected Area in 1993, one year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi (Przewalski's horse) to the Hustain Nuruu.
Stay overnight in Tourist Camp (B, L,D)
12th Aug. Heading to UB
13th Aug Free Day and Good bye Dinner ( Do whatever you feel like!)
14th Aug. End of the tour
Price: $3000 AUD$2500 USD
(B+L+D) is breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drinking water and also some Mongolian really famous vodka included (in the countryside only).
Travel dates: Wednesday 31st July - Tuesday 13th August
VISA information visit the Mongolian embassy in Australia website
What to bring? and advice:
- Bring your own sleeping bag (smaller is better - we will be staying with a nomad family our first night in Gobi)
- DO NOT TOUCH THE DOGS! They aren’t domesticated and WILL bite.
- Bring your own medicines if required– local medicines may not be what you expect
- Pack light but days could be very hot and nights might be cold. Could also rain. Clothing should be simple and robust- no high heels please!
- Head torch could be useful (but not necessary) - other camping equipment will be supplied.
Mongolia – Getting there.
- Air Tickets are approximately $1500 for Sydney-Beijing-UB direct if you book early, (5 or 6 months before tour start).
- If you book your air tickets bit close, price will rise and can cost around $2000-$2500.
- Train – Mongolia sits along the trans-Siberian route. Trains come from Beijing in the south, and from Moscow in the north. If traveling by train through China, you will need to apply for a Chinese Visa prior to leaving Australia
- Price includes: Transport, Food, and Accommodation, National park entry fees.
- Price excludes: Alcohol, Airfares, spending money, entry into museums, entry into festival
- (its minimal but larger events may have additional costs), transport other than by 4WD
- (i.e. camel, horse, motorbike etc, can cost more).
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