Essential Information Activity • Camel riding • Horse riding • Hiking • Swimming • Boating • Historical sites • Cultural experiences • Geological sites • Archaeological sites Highlights • Baga Gazriin Chuluu • Tsagaan Suvarga-White Stupa • Yoliin Am Valley • Khongor Els- Sandunes • Bayanzag-The famous Flaming Cliffs • Ongiin Khiid-Temple • Orkhon Waterfall • Kharkhorin, Ancient Capital City • Erdene Zuu, Monastery • Khogno Khan Mountain • Tsenher Hot Springs • Tsetserleg Town • Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur-Great White Lake • Khorgo volcano • Chuluut River • Lake Khuvsgul • Selenge River • Amarbayasgalant Monestary • Erdenet City Accommodation As a Mongolian company we prefer to support Nomadic families financially, and help support their livelihoods. We are sure this resonates with our travellers who enjoy engaging with their culture on The Steppe. It is therefore our preference to stay with these families if they have an extra Ger. As well as directly supporting local herders, you can experience this rich traditional way of life first hand. Departure Time & Place Tour departure times can be flexible, however, 8 am on the morning of departure is recommended. The driver and guide can pick you up from the airport, train station, or your accommodation to suit your requirements. Transport Russian Van: Steel Russian vans with seats facing each other, ideal for adventure seeking travellers (max 6 people) Japanese Van: Family type van with comfortable seats and air conditioning (max 4 people) Land Cruiser: Comfortable speedy ride with air conditioning (max 2 people). Tour price-per person • 1 person: US$ 4,370 per person • 2 people: US$ 2,660 per person • 3 people: US$ 1,710 per person • 4 people: US$ 1,425 per person • 5 people: US$ 1,140 per person • 6 people: US$ 1,045 per person * 20% discount : 4-15 year old children Price Included • Transport (Tour Distance covered - 3300 km) • Tour Guide (English speaking or optional) • Accommodation at family run guesthouse and nomadic family Gers • 3 Meals a day (Breakfast-19, Lunch-19, Dinner-18) • Entrance fees/Local Taxes • Cooking & Camping Equipment • Horse & camel riding 1 day each • Mineral water/Tea/coffee Not Included xx Travel insurance xx International flights xx Alcoholic & soft drinks xx Hot spring services xx Any other personal expenses or additional services
Tour Itinerary Day 1. Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu (230km) After an early 7:30am breakfast, the tour begins at 8am with the drive to first destination in the Middle Gobi province. Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a range of granite hills surrounded by the desert. It is believed Chinggis Khaan grazed his horses here. These hills are a good place for scrambling and hiking. On the way to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, we will have picnic lunch at Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain. The mountain is venerated and revered by the locals, who believe it is the home of a great, benevolent spirit. First will be camping, but depending on the weather we may stay in a nomadic family ger camp. Day 2. Tsagaan Suvarga (240km) Today’s drive will be on the paved road. After packing up the camp site, will be driving to Tsagaan Suvarga – a formation about 30 meters tall and 100 meters long and shaped very strangely, as a result of wind and water erosion over thousands of years. From a distance, it can be mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city. Lunch will be in the town of Mandalgovi (the capital of Dund-govi province) Day 3. Yoliin Am Valley (180km) Today we will be entering South Gobi desert - Umnugovi province. After having breakfast, we will start the drive to Dalanzadgad city where you can have a shower, and guide will restock supplies with some fresh food. Lunch will be in a local restaurant, and we then continue to Yoliin Am (“vultures mouth”), which is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park in Southern Mongolia. Yoliin Am is notable for a deep ice field. This ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter, and is several kilometers long and can sometimes remain frozen throughout the summer. Camping and supper will in the Valley. Day 4. Khongoryn Els (220km) Driving on this day can be adventurous, because the road is unpaved. We will start driving at 8am after breakfast.. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the gorgeous canyon, and then continue on to the last destination of the day. Khongoryn Els. These dunes are the largest accumulation of sand in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by the Khongoryn Gol river, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains. Stay in a ger camp run by the local community, including a shower. Day 5 - Khongoryn Els Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. You will spend the day camel riding for the day, hiking, sand sliding or hanging out with a local nomadic family. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy a shower and cold drinks from the bar/restaurant as well as a night safari tour, where we will see some of the local wildlife. Day 6 – Bayanzag (150km) Your destination on this day will be the aptly named “Flaming Cliffs”. The adventure across the vast desert landscape will continue, this time across what was a prehistoric sea bed. The flaming cliffs are a dream for fossil hunters. They were named by American adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews who found the first fossils here in 1920. The Bayanzag area is great for hiking and hunting for fossils. Stay in a family ger camp. Day 7. Arvaikheer - Capital of Ovorkhangai (300km) Early morning start at 7am after breakfast. A day to take stock in this unique city, with free time to explore the market, museum, as well as enjoy a beer while reflecting on the desert experiences. Lunch and dinner will be in a restaurant in the town, while accommodation will be in a local guesthouse. Day 8. Ulaantsutgalan Waterfalls (200km) Be ready for a refreshing swim in the waterfalls. ‘Red Flows’ is the English translation for this river. The area was formed by volcanic activity that dates back 20,000 years. This location is amazing for trekking, fishing, relaxing, and indulging your inner photographer if the weather is right for the day. Accomodation will be in a family guesthouse. Day 9. Khar Khorin - Tuvhun Monastery (130km) After breakfast, we begin the 130km drive to the next destination of Khar Khorin, the local town that was once the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire built by Chinggis Khan in the 13th century. Visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, Khar Khorin museum, as well as some of the rock monuments in the town. Lunch in a local café. After big day of exploring the town and its incredible history, enjoy dinner at a local family home. Day 10. Tsenher Hot Springs This easy day starts at 9am. Start driving to Arkhangai province to relax in the hot springs. There are a mixture of outdoor and indoor pools, with men and women bathing separately. Warning: during rainy season access to the hot springs may not be possible if the river is flooded. Instead of the hot springs, you may just stay in the mountains or with a family camping near the river. Entrance to the Hot Spring is included but additional service such as pools and spa are extra.