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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive ulaan baatar

See Chinggis Khan's image on the side of a hillSee Chinggis Khan's image on the side of a hill

Arrive in Ulaan Baatar and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Afterwards, you'll visit Zaisan Hill from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
4 * hotel in city center

Day 2: ulaan baatar city tour

Ghenghis Khan monument in Ulaan BaatarGhenghis Khan monument in Ulaan Baatar

This will be your day to acquire a good background of the cultural, religious, and natural history of Mongolia. You will tour Ulaan Baatar, including a visit to Gandantegchinlen Monastery, the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia, and one of Ulaan Baatar’s most interesting sights. Built in the mid 19th century, it is the only monastery where Buddhist services continued during the communist years, and the temples are thronged during religious services. Also tour the Megjid Janraisig Temple, the most important part of the monastery. This temple, also known as Avalokiteshvara Temple, was built in 1911-1912 to celebrate the end of Manchu domination in Mongolia and it is said to have cured the great and revered Bogd Gegeen Khan from blindness. Visit the newly-renovated Museum of National History, with exhibits on the geography, geology, botany, fauna, and paleontology of Mongolia. Among the treasures on display are 800 objects from the lower Cambrian Age (500 million years ago) to the Quaternary Age (10,000 to 15,000 years ago), including fossils of vertebrates, plants, leaf prints, dinosaurs, and mammals. The specimens of dinosaur skeletons and bones vary in size from a few inches to over 100 feet tall, and several are found only in Mongolia. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
4 * hotel in city center

Day 3: hustai national park

Drive to Khustain Nuruu National Reserve for a look at the Przwalski Wild HorsesDrive to Khustain Nuruu National Reserve for a look at the Przwalski Wild Horses

This morning, head out on the drive to Hustai National Park (approx. 62 miles), the site of a unique re-introduction of Przewalski's Horse (Equus Przewalski), called "takhi" by the locals. It became extinct in the wild in 1969 and since 1992, has been successfully re-introduced in Hustai from zoos around the world. This has been an international effort monitored by the Foundation for the Przewalski Horse, based in the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment.) The park extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe. It contains large patches of birch and aspen forests and visible remains of Neolithic graves. Other wildlife found here include red deer, wolf, and Mongolian gazelle. Overnight at a ger camp. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 4: elsen tasarkhai sand dunes

Sunset over BayangobiSunset over Bayangobi

After breakfast, you head into the Khugnu Khaan Mountains to the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes, which are a part of the larger Mongol Els Dunes. These spectacular dunes are about 50 miles long and three miles wide and run alonside a green meadow. The area is really quite interesting where the steppes meet the taiga, providing diverse colors and a natural formation. Here you'll have a chance to walk around and explore an old temple and ruins at the foothills of the Khugnu Khaan Mountain.

Settle in for the night at your ger camp and enjoy the spectacular sunset over the dunes.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 5: kharkhorin naadam festival

Watch the children race horses at the Naadam FestivalWatch the children race horses at the Naadam Festival

An early morning drive takes you to Kharkhorin, which was built on the ruins of 13th century Kharkhorum, the capital city of the Mongol Empire. This area is part of UNESCO's Orkhon ValleyWorld Heritage Site, and it is our chosen location to experience the country's greatest festival celebration. Throughout the month, similar celebrations will take place nationwide. Naadam means "three games of men," and celebrates Mongolia’s independence with its traditional sports of wrestling, archery, and horse-racing. Look on as Mongolian wrestlers practice the traditional falcon dance to the chanting calls of their coaches. Watch teenage jockeys race their well-trained horse up to 17 miles. Witness the fierce competition of the archery tournaments. And, of course, taste typical delicacies such as Huushuur pastry.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 6: erdene zuu monastery & naadam festival

The golden stupa at Erdene Zuu monasteryThe golden stupa at Erdene Zuu monastery

Situated on the banks of River Orkhon, the site of the imperial capital, Karakorum was chosen by Genghis Khan in 1220. The city, capital of the largest land empire the world has ever known, served as a supply point for the Mongol armies and was a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural place in its time. Today, almost nothing remains of the once-great city, but the sense of its grandeur and importance can still be felt by the visitor. The nearby Erdene Zuu Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery built in Mongolia, constructed using stones and bricks from the ruins of the ancient city in 1586. During the communist purges of the 1930's, many of the temples in the monastery complex were destroyed, but the remaining temples and stupas are some of the best examples of Mongolian Buddhist architecture. Erdene Zuu is now both a museum and a functioning monastery. The Museum contains a display of historic artifacts and remarkable archaeological discoveries from the area. You may even hear the daily chanting of the Buddhist monks at Erdene. Today you will continue to enjoy witnessing – and celebrating – more of the Naadam Festivities.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 7: ongi monastery

The inside of a ger can be quite ornateThe inside of a ger can be quite ornate

Today you'll begin the drive towards the Gobi Desert to the historic Ongi Monastery, which sits on the banks of the Ongiin River and is the halfway point to the Gobi. The monastery, originally founded in the 17th century, was destroyed by the communist purges during the 1930's, but is now being restored by the residing monks. The older complex contained 11 temples while the northern complex, built during the 18th century, contained 17 temples including one of the largest temples in Mongolia. There were also four Buddhist Universities that housed over 1,000 monks. Here the stars shine brightly in the night sky and you might find yourself gazing up for hours!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 8: flaming cliffs

Visit Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs"Visit Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs"

The Gobi occupies about one-third of Mongolia and consists of sand dunes and dry mountain ranges. As one of the harshest environments on earth with extreme temperature and seasonal changes, the Gobi is surprisingly full of wildlife such as white and blacktail gazelles, wild donkeys, wild camels, antelopes, ibex, and argali sheep, the biggest wild sheep on the planet. 

In the morning, you'll make the drive to Bayan Zag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, to explore the Gobi “Cemetery of Dinosaurs” and the trail of Roy Chapman Andrews. This is the place where Andrews excavated the first known dinosaur eggs in 1923. It is still considered one of the richest and most well-preserved fossil sites in the world due to the Gobi being the oldest known dry-land areas. Overnight at a ger camp.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 9: khongor sand dunes

Climb the Khongor Sand DunesClimb the Khongor Sand Dunes

After breakfast, drive to Khongorinn Els Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. These dunes lie in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The drive takes you through incredible desert scenery with flat, stony plains; outcrops of vegetation; hills of interesting rock formations; and herds of wild antelope racing across the plains. The roads are flat and fairly even, so the drive will take only around four hours. The dunes are also known as "Singing Sand Dunes" due to the shifting sand blown by the wind, causing a sound that sounds like someone singing. On arrival check-in at your ger camp and spend the rest of the day just kicking back and enjoying the scenery, perhaps over a cold, refreshing beer. Overnight at a ger camp. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 10: sand dunes, nomadic cultures, & camels

Ride a camel in the Gobi DesertRide a camel in the Gobi Desert

The majority of Mongolia’s population of bactrian camels lives in this area, and today, you'll have the opportunity to visit a nomadic camel herder and, if you like, take a ride on a camel. You can also make the climb up the Singing Sand Dunes from where there are excellent photo opportunities at the top.  As the sun goes down over the Gobi, you'll visit a nomadic family, have sip of Khoormog – fermented camel’s milk – and get to know the nomadic way of life while making new friends.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 11: yol valley

Ice formation in the Yol Valley GorgeIce formation in the Yol Valley Gorge

Today you'll continue the journey to Yol Valley National Park for a morning hike with opportunities to photograph the stunning landscape sometimes called the "Gobi Glacier” as well as the intriguing wildlife. Yol Valley is the narrow canyon of river that flows through Zuun Saikhan Mountain (alt. 9,236’). Its gorge has sheer rock walls, and, during the rainy season, rain falls at the summit of the mountain and flows down into the sheer canyon to form waterfalls. A small museum marks the entrance to the protected zone and provides information on the petrified trees and flora and fauna of the Gobi. Return to base camp for dinner and overnight. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger Camp

Day 12: tsagaan suvarga

Visit with a nomad family and be treated to fermented mare's milkVisit with a nomad family and be treated to fermented mare's milk

Today's visit takes you to the rocky formation of Tsagaan Suvarga also known as the "White Stupa". From a distance, these giant cliffs look like the ruins of an ancient city and through them, you'll witness the geological history of ancient times. Millions of years ago, this region sat at the bottom of a sea, which dried up long ago and then through the years, the winds sculpted out the impressive ridge you see today. You'll spend some time hiking around the area and taking spectacular photos. Overnight at a ger camp.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger camp

Day 13: baga gazriin chuluu

Petroglyphs found in the GobiPetroglyphs found in the Gobi

As you make the drive north back to Ulaan Bataar, you'll stop for the night at the granite hills of Baga Gazriin Chuluu, an interesting rock pile formation. The rocks are surrounded by plains and home to rare animals such as the marmot, ibex, and mountain sheep. At Bolort Cave, you'll find petroglyphs, burial mounds, and the ruins of the 17th century Choir Monastery. Overnight at a ger camp.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ger camp

Day 14: return to ulaan baatar via terelj n.p.

Yaks grazing at Terlj National ParkYaks grazing at Terlj National Park

As you make your way back to Ulaan Baatar, you'll travel past rocky mountain formations covered by larch forests, part of the Siberian Taiga. This area is famous for Turtle Rock, a gigantic turtle-shaped rock formation known as "Melkhi Khad" by the locals. If you like, you can make the hike up to Aryabala Mediation Temple for great views overlooking the valley. The temple was built in the early 1800's by Mongolian and Tibetan artists, but was destroyed in the 1930's by Mongolian Communists. The temple was restored in the mid-2000's by Buddhists monks in Tibetan style.

Arrive back in Ulaan Baatar and check-in to your hotel. Afterwards enjoy a Mongolian folk concert performed by the famous Tumen Ekh Ensemble followed by a farewell dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
4 * hotel in city center

Day 15: depart mongolia

Find traditional Mongolian boots at the Naran Tuul MarketFind traditional Mongolian boots at the Naran Tuul Market

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Consider adding an extension in Seoul, South Korea if your flights route you via this regional hub.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,500
Group size 2: $5400 Group size 3-5: $5000 Group size 6+: $4500 The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.

Need to Know

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable ger tents with beds and access to western style toilets and and hot/cold showers.
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.

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The heritage of Chinggis Khan is reenacted as part of the Naadam Festival. Will Weber photo.
The heritage of Chinggis Khan is reenacted as part of the Naadam Festival. Will Weber photo.
Enjoy the beautiful Gobi Desert sunset
Enjoy the beautiful Gobi Desert sunset
Visit with a nomad family and be treated to fermented mare's milk
Visit with a nomad family and be treated to fermented mare's milk
Watch the children race horses at the Naadam Festival
Watch the children race horses at the Naadam Festival
Gandantegchinlen Monastery in Ulan Bataar
Gandantegchinlen Monastery in Ulan Bataar
Ride a camel in the Gobi Desert
Ride a camel in the Gobi Desert
You'll see camel herds on your drive
You'll see camel herds on your drive
Learn how the Nomads handle their horses
Learn how the Nomads handle their horses
Wrestling is Mongolia's national sport
Wrestling is Mongolia's national sport

Ultimate Mongolia with Naadam Festival

The amazing Naadam Festival plus the Gobi Desert, Yol Valley and more

overview

Mongolia is the Montana of Central Asia. Vast, sparsely-populated grasslands paint the gently rolling steppes between deserts, high mountains, and pristine lakes. This trip savors spectacular and varied environments, culture, and ancient history. You won't ride with the Mongol hordes, but you will visualize the events of historical antiquity and earlier epochs as you visit archaeological sites dating to the times of Genghis Khan and earlier. You will also visit dinosaur fossil sites. Destination highlights include Lake Hovsgol, the Gobi Desert, Yol Valley, Flaming Cliffs, and Khustain Nuruu National Reserve. The cultural highlight of the trip will be an opportunity to experience the great Naadam Festival. July is an excellent time of year for warm weather, wildlife viewing, and photography. Many of the nights you will stay in cozy, comfortable gers. (Ask us about upgrading your ger to deluxe tents with private toilets if desired.)

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overview

Mongolia is the Montana of Central Asia. Vast, sparsely-populated grasslands paint the gently rolling steppes between deserts, high mountains, and pristine lakes. This trip savors spectacular and varied environments, culture, and ancient history. You won't ride with the Mongol hordes, but you will visualize the events of historical antiquity and earlier epochs as you visit archaeological sites dating to the times of Genghis Khan and earlier. You will also visit dinosaur fossil sites. Destination highlights include Lake Hovsgol, the Gobi Desert, Yol Valley, Flaming Cliffs, and Khustain Nuruu National Reserve. The cultural highlight of the trip will be an opportunity to experience the great Naadam Festival. July is an excellent time of year for warm weather, wildlife viewing, and photography. Many of the nights you will stay in cozy, comfortable gers. (Ask us about upgrading your ger to deluxe tents with private toilets if desired.)

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive ulaan baatar
    See Chinggis Khan's image on the side of a hillSee Chinggis Khan's image on the side of a hill

    Arrive in Ulaan Baatar and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Afterwards, you'll visit Zaisan Hill from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    4 * hotel in city center
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: ulaan baatar city tour
    Ghenghis Khan monument in Ulaan BaatarGhenghis Khan monument in Ulaan Baatar

    This will be your day to acquire a good background of the cultural, religious, and natural history of Mongolia. You will tour Ulaan Baatar, including a visit to Gandantegchinlen Monastery, the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia, and one of Ulaan Baatar’s most interesting sights. Built in the mid 19th century, it is the only monastery where Buddhist services continued during the communist years, and the temples are thronged during religious services. Also tour the Megjid Janraisig Temple, the most important part of the monastery. This temple, also known as Avalokiteshvara Temple, was built in 1911-1912 to celebrate the end of Manchu domination in Mongolia and it is said to have cured the great and revered Bogd Gegeen Khan from blindness. Visit the newly-renovated Museum of National History, with exhibits on the geography, geology, botany, fauna, and paleontology of Mongolia. Among the treasures on display are 800 objects from the lower Cambrian Age (500 million years ago) to the Quaternary Age (10,000 to 15,000 years ago), including fossils of vertebrates, plants, leaf prints, dinosaurs, and mammals. The specimens of dinosaur skeletons and bones vary in size from a few inches to over 100 feet tall, and several are found only in Mongolia. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    4 * hotel in city center
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: hustai national park
    Drive to Khustain Nuruu National Reserve for a look at the Przwalski Wild HorsesDrive to Khustain Nuruu National Reserve for a look at the Przwalski Wild Horses

    This morning, head out on the drive to Hustai National Park (approx. 62 miles), the site of a unique re-introduction of Przewalski's Horse (Equus Przewalski), called "takhi" by the locals. It became extinct in the wild in 1969 and since 1992, has been successfully re-introduced in Hustai from zoos around the world. This has been an international effort monitored by the Foundation for the Przewalski Horse, based in the Netherlands and MACNE (Mongolian Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment.) The park extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe. It contains large patches of birch and aspen forests and visible remains of Neolithic graves. Other wildlife found here include red deer, wolf, and Mongolian gazelle. Overnight at a ger camp. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: elsen tasarkhai sand dunes
    Sunset over BayangobiSunset over Bayangobi

    After breakfast, you head into the Khugnu Khaan Mountains to the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes, which are a part of the larger Mongol Els Dunes. These spectacular dunes are about 50 miles long and three miles wide and run alonside a green meadow. The area is really quite interesting where the steppes meet the taiga, providing diverse colors and a natural formation. Here you'll have a chance to walk around and explore an old temple and ruins at the foothills of the Khugnu Khaan Mountain.

    Settle in for the night at your ger camp and enjoy the spectacular sunset over the dunes.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: kharkhorin naadam festival
    Watch the children race horses at the Naadam FestivalWatch the children race horses at the Naadam Festival

    An early morning drive takes you to Kharkhorin, which was built on the ruins of 13th century Kharkhorum, the capital city of the Mongol Empire. This area is part of UNESCO's Orkhon ValleyWorld Heritage Site, and it is our chosen location to experience the country's greatest festival celebration. Throughout the month, similar celebrations will take place nationwide. Naadam means "three games of men," and celebrates Mongolia’s independence with its traditional sports of wrestling, archery, and horse-racing. Look on as Mongolian wrestlers practice the traditional falcon dance to the chanting calls of their coaches. Watch teenage jockeys race their well-trained horse up to 17 miles. Witness the fierce competition of the archery tournaments. And, of course, taste typical delicacies such as Huushuur pastry.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: erdene zuu monastery & naadam festival
    The golden stupa at Erdene Zuu monasteryThe golden stupa at Erdene Zuu monastery

    Situated on the banks of River Orkhon, the site of the imperial capital, Karakorum was chosen by Genghis Khan in 1220. The city, capital of the largest land empire the world has ever known, served as a supply point for the Mongol armies and was a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural place in its time. Today, almost nothing remains of the once-great city, but the sense of its grandeur and importance can still be felt by the visitor. The nearby Erdene Zuu Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery built in Mongolia, constructed using stones and bricks from the ruins of the ancient city in 1586. During the communist purges of the 1930's, many of the temples in the monastery complex were destroyed, but the remaining temples and stupas are some of the best examples of Mongolian Buddhist architecture. Erdene Zuu is now both a museum and a functioning monastery. The Museum contains a display of historic artifacts and remarkable archaeological discoveries from the area. You may even hear the daily chanting of the Buddhist monks at Erdene. Today you will continue to enjoy witnessing – and celebrating – more of the Naadam Festivities.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: ongi monastery
    The inside of a ger can be quite ornateThe inside of a ger can be quite ornate

    Today you'll begin the drive towards the Gobi Desert to the historic Ongi Monastery, which sits on the banks of the Ongiin River and is the halfway point to the Gobi. The monastery, originally founded in the 17th century, was destroyed by the communist purges during the 1930's, but is now being restored by the residing monks. The older complex contained 11 temples while the northern complex, built during the 18th century, contained 17 temples including one of the largest temples in Mongolia. There were also four Buddhist Universities that housed over 1,000 monks. Here the stars shine brightly in the night sky and you might find yourself gazing up for hours!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: flaming cliffs
    Visit Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs"Visit Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs"

    The Gobi occupies about one-third of Mongolia and consists of sand dunes and dry mountain ranges. As one of the harshest environments on earth with extreme temperature and seasonal changes, the Gobi is surprisingly full of wildlife such as white and blacktail gazelles, wild donkeys, wild camels, antelopes, ibex, and argali sheep, the biggest wild sheep on the planet. 

    In the morning, you'll make the drive to Bayan Zag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, to explore the Gobi “Cemetery of Dinosaurs” and the trail of Roy Chapman Andrews. This is the place where Andrews excavated the first known dinosaur eggs in 1923. It is still considered one of the richest and most well-preserved fossil sites in the world due to the Gobi being the oldest known dry-land areas. Overnight at a ger camp.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: khongor sand dunes
    Climb the Khongor Sand DunesClimb the Khongor Sand Dunes

    After breakfast, drive to Khongorinn Els Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. These dunes lie in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The drive takes you through incredible desert scenery with flat, stony plains; outcrops of vegetation; hills of interesting rock formations; and herds of wild antelope racing across the plains. The roads are flat and fairly even, so the drive will take only around four hours. The dunes are also known as "Singing Sand Dunes" due to the shifting sand blown by the wind, causing a sound that sounds like someone singing. On arrival check-in at your ger camp and spend the rest of the day just kicking back and enjoying the scenery, perhaps over a cold, refreshing beer. Overnight at a ger camp. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: sand dunes, nomadic cultures, & camels
    Ride a camel in the Gobi DesertRide a camel in the Gobi Desert

    The majority of Mongolia’s population of bactrian camels lives in this area, and today, you'll have the opportunity to visit a nomadic camel herder and, if you like, take a ride on a camel. You can also make the climb up the Singing Sand Dunes from where there are excellent photo opportunities at the top.  As the sun goes down over the Gobi, you'll visit a nomadic family, have sip of Khoormog – fermented camel’s milk – and get to know the nomadic way of life while making new friends.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: yol valley
    Ice formation in the Yol Valley GorgeIce formation in the Yol Valley Gorge

    Today you'll continue the journey to Yol Valley National Park for a morning hike with opportunities to photograph the stunning landscape sometimes called the "Gobi Glacier” as well as the intriguing wildlife. Yol Valley is the narrow canyon of river that flows through Zuun Saikhan Mountain (alt. 9,236’). Its gorge has sheer rock walls, and, during the rainy season, rain falls at the summit of the mountain and flows down into the sheer canyon to form waterfalls. A small museum marks the entrance to the protected zone and provides information on the petrified trees and flora and fauna of the Gobi. Return to base camp for dinner and overnight. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: tsagaan suvarga
    Visit with a nomad family and be treated to fermented mare's milkVisit with a nomad family and be treated to fermented mare's milk

    Today's visit takes you to the rocky formation of Tsagaan Suvarga also known as the "White Stupa". From a distance, these giant cliffs look like the ruins of an ancient city and through them, you'll witness the geological history of ancient times. Millions of years ago, this region sat at the bottom of a sea, which dried up long ago and then through the years, the winds sculpted out the impressive ridge you see today. You'll spend some time hiking around the area and taking spectacular photos. Overnight at a ger camp.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 13: baga gazriin chuluu
    Petroglyphs found in the GobiPetroglyphs found in the Gobi

    As you make the drive north back to Ulaan Bataar, you'll stop for the night at the granite hills of Baga Gazriin Chuluu, an interesting rock pile formation. The rocks are surrounded by plains and home to rare animals such as the marmot, ibex, and mountain sheep. At Bolort Cave, you'll find petroglyphs, burial mounds, and the ruins of the 17th century Choir Monastery. Overnight at a ger camp.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ger camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 14: return to ulaan baatar via terelj n.p.
    Yaks grazing at Terlj National ParkYaks grazing at Terlj National Park

    As you make your way back to Ulaan Baatar, you'll travel past rocky mountain formations covered by larch forests, part of the Siberian Taiga. This area is famous for Turtle Rock, a gigantic turtle-shaped rock formation known as "Melkhi Khad" by the locals. If you like, you can make the hike up to Aryabala Mediation Temple for great views overlooking the valley. The temple was built in the early 1800's by Mongolian and Tibetan artists, but was destroyed in the 1930's by Mongolian Communists. The temple was restored in the mid-2000's by Buddhists monks in Tibetan style.

    Arrive back in Ulaan Baatar and check-in to your hotel. Afterwards enjoy a Mongolian folk concert performed by the famous Tumen Ekh Ensemble followed by a farewell dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    4 * hotel in city center
    Show on a map
  • Day 15: depart mongolia
    Find traditional Mongolian boots at the Naran Tuul MarketFind traditional Mongolian boots at the Naran Tuul Market

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Consider adding an extension in Seoul, South Korea if your flights route you via this regional hub.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,500
Group size 2: $5400 Group size 3-5: $5000 Group size 6+: $4500 The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.

Need to Know

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable ger tents with beds and access to western style toilets and and hot/cold showers.
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.

Trip Extensions

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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