Tour to Gobi Desert 2020

                   

30th June.  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.

I RECOMMEND EITHER BAYANGOL HOTEL OR TSOLMON’S SERVICED APARTMENTS. BOTH HAVE OPTIONS TO SUIT YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND BUDGET… (DOUBLE ROOM / TWIN ROOM / SINGLE ROOMS ETC.)

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 30th June – 2nd July, and for after our return from Gobi Desert (12th 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 July.  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 July.  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  July.  First trip to Gobi: we will head to Baga Gazariin Chuluu. Overnight staying with nomadic family Ger camp. (B, L, D)

 4th  July.  After breakfast we will be heading south to

White Stupa. Overnight in tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D)

5th  July. 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  July. 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 July. Khongor sand dunes. Free chill out day. Overnight stay in Gobi tourist camp.(B, L, D)

8th July. 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 July. 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 July. 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 July.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 July.  Heading to UB and see horse raising 

13th July. Free Day and Good bye Dinner  ( Do whatever you feel like!)

14th  July.  End of the tour 

Price: $2800 AUD

(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 30th July – Tuesday 13th July

VISA information visit the Mongolian embassy in Australia website

http://www.mongolianembassy.org.au/

            

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.  

  •  Return air Tickets are approximately $1200 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  $1500-$2000.
  • 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

Costs:

  • 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).

Contact:

0433 454 071  Bukhu

Email:

bukhu@horsefiddle.com

 

6 Comments

  1. Dear Bukhu,
    I am very interested in joining your tour to the Gobi Desert this year. Could you please let me know if there are any places available. My son and daughter may also join but while they are thinking about it I wish to move forward and secure a place for myself. My daughter is vegetarian and has asked me to find out about the food. Is it possible to cater for her and what type of food would be on offer?
    Regards,
    Jan.

  2. Judith Davis-Lee

    March 29, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Hello Bukhu – I saw you perform at the National Folk Festival on the weekend – and at Woodford 2015/16 with Equus – I enjoyed the performances very much. I didn’t know until this weekend that you take tour groups to Mongolia once a year. I can’t come this year as I already have other travel plans, but would like to be on your mailing list, in the event that you take another group in 2017.
    The trip looks very interesting. Kind regards, Judith

    • Dear Judith

      Thanks for sending me email 🙂 I’m taking maximum 15 people next year 2017 and 5 people booked for next year already . If you want me to save your place for next year let me know.

      Kind Regard

      Bukhu

  3. Hello Bukhu
    I learned of your tours when you played with Equus in Grafton which was totally invigorating.
    I thought going to Mongolia for my 60th birthday would be the penultimate. However my niece has thrown in a wedding so… I’m going to have to wait til 2017-can i?

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