It is home to some nomadic families and also to lots of unusual wild life. The Gurvansaikhan National Park, set high above the desert floor, is home to wild argali sheep and rare birds, and visitors to the area can walk in the ice-filled "Eagle's Mouth" canyon. Dinosaur remains have been found in the region, well-preserved in the dry atmosphere.
We travel by jeep down to South Gobi Province and across the desert to Khongoryn Els. This is a spectacular area where big golden sand dunes meet the high Altai mountains - a photographer's dream. Return via the dinosaur's graveyard and ruins of Ongii Hiid monastery.
Tour starts from Ulaanbaatar, south through Middle Gobi to South Gobi province and return
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 not far from the 'Gobi Gurvansaikhan' mountains.
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.
Departing after breakfast, drive 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.
Today we travel north-east to Mandal-Ovoo and then to Saikhan-Ovoo. Here, on a bend in the Ongi river, are the remains of 'Ongii Hiid', monastery on each bank of the river. Overnight ger camp.
Continue northwards through Middle Gobi to 'Zorgol Khairkhan' a dramatic granite mountain with bizarre rock formations jutting out against the skyline. Overnight ger camp at Ovurburd Els.
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.
NOTE: Price depends on how many people are in the group.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Vulture's Mouth Canyon
Khongor Els Dunes
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2 nights Hotel
Traditional Ger Camps
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