Highlights of Central Mongolia and Gobi

8 Days, from AU $3,160

Camel Herd in Gobi Desert

Secret of Ongi Camp

Ongi Steppe

Join this Mongolia tour to the land of Genghis Khan and travel through Central Mongolia and the Gobi desert. Start in capital Ulaanbaatar and visit the Gandan Monastery, then head West toward ancient city Karakorum and enjoy the beauty of the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes in the Hustai National Park. Stay over night in desert camps and enjoy the starlit sky, visit old monastery ruins and listen to the tales of ancient times, enjoy a camel ride along the Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia and so much more. A tour designed for those interested in the pure and authentic beauty of Mongolia.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to your hotel. Welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter-high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the square and the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan's empire-building.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes Via Hustai National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we pack the vehicles and depart to the west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia. Drive to Hustai national park, view wild Przewalski horse Takhi. Enjoy optional hiking. Transfer to camp near the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. Enjoy the scenery and endless photo opportunity.

Day 3: Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes to Karakorum

Breakfast and we drive to ancient capital Karakorum. We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, and its surroundings the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc. In the afternoon, we will visit the newly established Museum of Karakorum which gives a good introduction to Central Mongolia, its’ history and the UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon river valley. Optional visit to town bazaar.

Day 4: Karakorum – Ongi Monastery Ruins

This morning we drive through the Gobi steppes to the south to Ongi monastery ruins by the River Ongi. Break our journey at the nomadic family to visit their home and see how the mare’s are milked. You can try mare’s milk at the family. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ongi. Visit historical Ongi monastery ruins.

Day 5: Ongi Monastery Ruins – Bayanzag

Today we visit the Bayanzag- the Flaming Cliffs in Mongolian fashion - on the back of a camel or alternatively by foot or car. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations. Transfer to ger camp. Lunch, explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the rich saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself! Enjoy 1 hour camel ride around the red cliffs.

Day 6: Bayanzag - Yoliin Am Gorge via Moltsog sand dunes

Today we say good bye to our other trip members and we head towards Moltsog sand dunes. Optional visit to a local nomadic family or optional short camel ride. Continue our drive to Yoliin Am gorge. Your route passes the 'Three Beauties', the final peaks of the range, and then cuts through the range itself, driving along the spectacular rocky mountain as you make your way to Yolyn Am and onwards to the lodge. Enjoy hiking in the gorge and visit to the local museum. Transfer to ger camp, dinner and overnight there.

Day 7: The Gobi – Ulaanbaatar- Giant Chinggis statue

We take the morning flight to Ulaanbaatar from Dalanzadgad, a Gobi town. Upon arrival, we drive outside the city to see the Giant Chinggis statue complex. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. Free time for shopping for souvenir or cashmere if you wish. Enjoy traditional folklore concert by the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departure from Ulaanbaatar

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $3,160

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotel or lodge stay each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese minivans + Experienced drivers) – 3-4 tourists in 1 van
  • Private transfers (Korean van/County bus + Experienced drivers) in Ulaanbaatar
  • Airport transfers
  • Twin/double share at centrally located good 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar 
  • Twin/double share at good tourist camps in countryside
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Gobi – ULN flight ticket + 15 kg luggage free
  • 1-hour Camel riding fees in the Gobi
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive the Gobi Desert and Central Mongolian Highlights tour souvenir! 
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Availability of accommodation and season.

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