Discovering The Path Of The Dinosaurs
Activities: Visit Camel Herder Nomads Traditions & Culture/Sightseeing/Hiking/Discovering/Camel & Horse Riding/Climbing Sand Dunes
Recommended Days: 14days / 13nights
Transport Types: Russian Van (4WD)
Tour Date: Depart daily
Day 1: Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga
After breakfast, outdoor camping travel will start as heading to the middle Gobi desert area, where the horse breeders and sheepherders inhabits on the semi-desert vast steppe. Over the next four days, discover the wildlife and varying landscapes of the desert, home to Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep, and asker falcons, as well as rare species such as snow leopards and Gobi bears. Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff area, upon arrival you will have free hours for relaxing.
Day 3: Tsagaan Suvarga – Rock paintings in Del Mountain
Breakfast, today is acclimatization day in middle gobi desert, Tsagaan Suvarga- White Stupa name is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff, which is eroded by natural phenomenon. Some tourists call it a White cliff, Having 10 million years of history, the cliff indicates different times by its colored layers. The cliff used by ancient people to chase the gazelles and hunt them as falling from a cliff. Mongolian famous compositor wrote a White Stupa symphony for this legendary beauty, Listen to that symphony, Explore the cliff and trekking in the cliff, taking pictures, Then travel to small cave in the steppe, walk through the cave, After lunch continue the travel to Del Mountain, which is considered the rock paintings gallery made by nature and ancient people, explore around 3000 rock paintings, which are depicting different objects: wild goats, men, hunters, horses, cow carts, camels, wolf, alien with 2 antennas, group sex and so on... It is interesting to see them. Drive back to the family.
Day 4: Yoliin Am or Vulture Valley
Awaken early to watch the rising sun infuse the desert with glowing hues of orange and gold. Travel to Yoliin Am, or vulture Valley, a dramatic chasm that cuts a narrow path through the foothills of the arid Altai Mountains. Set out on a hike through this lush spot, keeping your eye out for native vultures called lammergeiers, ibex, and gazelles. Later, visit the local natural history information center about "Three Beauties of Gobi" national park, Trekking and photographing spectacular high cliff walls.
Day 5: Gobi Desert - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs
Head to Bayanzag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs. Here, brilliant red sandstone harbors a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils and eggs. Look for fossils and hike down into the gorge to take in the breathtaking span of the desert landscape. Fossils’ dimension was used in the Jurassic Park movie.
Day 6: Khongor Sand Dunes
Travel through Gegeet Valley, the habitat of the elusive snow leopard, en-route to the Khongoryn Els, a 60-mile stretch of rippling sand dunes that soar up to 600 feet and trace the edge of the Altai range. Enjoy the sunset on this stunning and remote desert landscape, and encounter the “Singing Sands,” dunes are known for the uncanny, deep groan the sand emits when the dunes’ surface is disturbed. Next visit the camp of a camel herding family and experience traditional Mongolian hospitality such as offering dairy products from camel milk. Ride a Bactrian camel, if you wish. After lunch explores the fascinating view of sandhills and rocky mountain ranges, Trekking to cool spring near the sandhills.
Day 7: Naran Daats - Next Morning after breakfast, travel to one of the beautiful distinctive places in Gobi desert - Zulganai Oasis. The Zulganai River takes its source from the West Mountain of Altan flows to the west 20km and dissolves into the sand. The Zulganai River has beautiful dense forests with cane and willow. There are canes grows about 3 meters high even the camel wasn’t shown. Trekking around the oasis, Exploring sand dunes, small river, bushes in green meadows, birds, camels and so on, After lunch drive to Narandaats yellow smooth hills, trekking to yellow hills and slope places, where is hidden dinosaur fossils until today, Looking for fossils, Dinner, Stay overnight in outdoor tent camping
Day 8: Khermen Tsav Flaming Grand Canyon
Breakfast, Head to Khermen Tsav Flaming Grand Canyon, This is the biggest canyon in Mongolia and it stretches for about 10km and reaches about 100-200m in-depth at some parts. Khermen Tsav has a canyon with beautiful oasis, sand dune, and jungle of canes and willows. This ground canyon is an incredibly beautiful place for timely photographing! Also, when the sunrises and sets down, the color of the canyon seems it is the indifferent planet, there you can see the colorful layers of soil and it proves that this place was ancient see bottom area. Nowadays, there are treasure chest fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs lying on the surface of sandy land. Trekking in the canyon taking pictures of canyon, red & green bushes, sand dunes in the canyon, After lunch continue trekking and photographing, Looking for petrified dinosaur fossils, Dinner, Stay overnight in outdoor tent camping at the canyon
Day 9: Bichigt Khad
After Breakfast, we will drive to Bichigt Khad - A huge old Gallery - In the mountain valley.
Day 10: Taatsiin River
Day 11: Arvaikheer - It is a center for traditional crafts, goat herding, and equestrian sports, and hosts a large regional horse festival every year.
Day 12: Orkhon Waterfall - At the waterfall, we will enjoy a spectacular view of the waterfall and surrounding area, where we will have the chance to take some beautiful photo shots of Orkhon Waterfall. The height of the waterfall is 20m and the width is 10m. It’s originated by volcanic eruption and earthquake over 20000 years ago.
Day 13: Kharkhorin - We will drive to Kharkhorin where is the oldest and one of the most attractive monasteries Erdene Zuu locates. On the way to Kharkhorin, we will have lunch in the local restaurant. The Erdenezuu monastery was established in 1585 by Abtai Sain King and built by Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese architectors. We will visit the oldest monastery Erdene Zuu, the history museum the Karakorum, the great empires' monument, the old capital's site, and other sites.
Day 14: Ulaanbaatar city
The Tour Price includes:
- Driver + 4WD Vehicle + All Petrol
- English or Korean speaking Guide
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Vegetarian or vegan meal are possible)
- Water 1.5L daily
- All entrance fee
- Camel & Horse Riding
The Tour Price doesn't include:
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
- Personal items and toiletry
- Optional activity costs
Блокын гарчиг / testimonials
We did amazing 18-day tour with Gobi Attraction. I organized the tour a month before our arrival to Mongolia. The offer of Gobi attraction was the best. The communication with Hogy was very fast and smooth. She organized the tour as we wanted and she included all the places we wanted to see in our itinenary. We were travelling with 13 year old child and it was't a problem. The tour as unforgettable. The highlight was the Gobi desert, especially Khermen Tsav, which is the most beautiful place in Mongolia. Very remote in the desert and a lot of agencies didn't want to take us there but Gobi Attraction did. Thanks to Hogy, Tsangee, Gerele and Gobi Attraction we had a tour of our life in Mongolia and I would highly recommed Gobi Attraction!
Below are the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most often, please have a look if your questions are already there, if not feel free to email us to [email protected]
1. When is the best time to come to Mongolia?
May to October is the best season, with the high season in July for the Naadam Festival. August and September are also suitable months of the year, our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time. June and October are the most colorful month of the year. If you like the cold season and if you would like to get totally different feeling December is also a good month with winter fun.
2. Is Mongolia a safe destination?
Mongolia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and people are known for their nomadic hospitality and kindness and they will make you feel very welcome. But when you are in the street in Ulaanbaatar city, you have to watch your bag and wallet unless there are many pickpockets around. It is a city.
3. What should I bring with me?
Warm and thin layers of clothing, waterproof jacket, good walking boots, sandals, and a hat and/or headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don’t forget insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ) and camera equipment.