This exciting 10-day tour is an overland adventure, starting from Ulaanbaatar and travelling down through the Middle Gobi steppe to the real desert of South Gobi province. There are many amazing sights along the way, including fantastic granite mountains, strange rock formations, massive sand dunes and mountain canyons.
We travel by jeep on rough tracks, rarely on good paved roads. In the countryside nomadic people live in gers and we might be invited into their homes where we will see a way of life which has changed little in centuries.
Tour starts from Ulaanbaatar, passes through Middle Gobi to South Gobi province and back again
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and go to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Set off from Ulaanbaatar city and onto the road leading south to the Gobi. The road is black-topped for a while, then soon becomes a rough jeep track as it crosses the green rolling hills of Tuv (“Central”) Province Drive on to 'Baga Gazriin Chuluu' a mountain of unusual granite rocks which are home to ibex, marmots, steppe fox and plenty of birds of prey. Overnight ger camp.
Travel through Mandalgov, the capital town of Dundgov Province and continue across the open steppe of Middle Gobi to 'Tsagaan Suvraga' an amazing series of cliffs, white and pink limestone rock formations taking the appearance of stalagmites up to 30 meters high. It is an excellent site for some out-of-the-ordinary photography. Overnight ger camp.
The track to Dalanzadgad, capital of Umngov Province (“South Gobi”) has little traffic, even though we are travelling on the main road. This is Mongolia as one imagines it – distant horizons, dry rocky earth and a huge blue sky. The town appears like a mirage and it takes nearly two hours to reach it after seeing it from afar. Overnight ger camp.
Drive up into the mountains of the Gurvansaikhan Uul (“Three Beautiful Mountains”) . This national park is so unexpected in the middle of the desert and it is a delight to feel so cool in the deep canyon where sunlight reaches for only a few minutes each day. After walking into 'Yolyn Am' (the “Vulcher’s Mouth”) we drive westwards at the foot of the mountains to 'Khongoryn Els' where huge sand dunes meet the end of the Altai mountain range. Overnight ger camp.
Go right to the sand dunes before departing to travel through a wonderful mountain pass and on to Bulgan village. Not far from here is Bayanzag, a forest of rare 'Saksaul' trees and the “flaming cliffs” where many dinosaur remains have been found and Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first dinosaur eggs during his expedition of the 1920s. Overnight ger camp.
Continue northwards through Middle Gobi to reach 'Zorgol Khairkhan' a dramatic granite mountain with bizarre rock formations jutting out against the skyline. Our last night is spent at ger camp not far from here.
As we return to Ulaanbaatar, the landscape becomes gradually greener and more mountainous. Even close to the city people still live the traditional lifestyle; there are more horses and less camels than we encountered in the Gobi. We expect to arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the early afternoon. Overnight hotel.
This tour is classed as 95% off-road
Accommodation on tour is always in ger camps
This tour will run with a minimum of 4 people
We accept other major currencies
All Meals (except UB)
2 Nights Hotel (shared twin room)
Traditional Ger Camps (shared Ger)
All Transportation (except Airport Transfer)
Bottled Mineral Water
Alcohol and Soft Drinks
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Vulture's Mouth Canyon
Khongor Els Dunes
Saksaul Forest "Zag"
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We organize several fixed date group trips to Mongolia including mountain biking, motorcycling, horse riding, trekking and cultural trips. You are welcome to join as an individual or if there are several friends together. This is a good way to travel in Mongolia if you want the companionship of others and to meet some interesting people.
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Motorbike group tour in Eastern Mongolia to the place where Genghis Khan was born.See More Information
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Short motorbike group tour to Terelj National Park and the eastern province of Khentii.See More Information
Camel trek in the Gobi Desert along the Gurvansaikhan mountain range.See More Information
Cultural adventure tour in Central Mongolia includes riding horses, camels and yak cart.See More Information
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Overland group tour through Middle Gobi and down to the Gobi Desert in the south of Mongolia.See More Information
Middle Gobi motorcycle tour includes the monastery ruins at Ongii Hiid.See More Information
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