Best of Mongolia Tour 10 days

Tour through Central and Southern Mongolia which includes best features of that area as well as visiting nomadic families and riding camels. Best of Mongolia 10 days is a slightly shorter version of the Best of Mongolia 15 days tour. During this trip one will see, experience, learn and take photos of the Central and Southern Mongolia. It is a round trip that will take you through different geographical zones and allow you to visit the most remarkable sights this area has to offer.   

Route:

Ulaanbaatar-Middle Gobi-Yol Valley-Khongor Sand Dunes-Bayanzag-Ongi-Karakorum-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

9 nights / 10 days 

Price From:

US$ 1,998

Region:

Central and Southern Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Gobi, Yol Valley, Khongor Sand Dunes, Karakorum

Best of Mongolia 10 days is a slightly shorter version of the Best of Mongolia 15 days tour. During this trip one will see, experience, learn and take photos of the Central and Southern Mongolia. It is a round trip that will take you through different geographical zones and allow you to visit the most remarkable sights this area has to offer.

  • Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 2. Middle Gobi. 220km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Yol Valley. 280km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Khongor sand dunes. 200 km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Bayanzag. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 7. Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 8. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery. 300km. (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Ulaanbaatar. 380km. (B/L)
  • Day 10. Departure. (B)

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and drive. Transfer to a hotel. Half and full day tours are available.

Day 2. Middle Gobi. 220km. (B/L/D)

Early morning begin your journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a unique formation of rocks. Visit ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp.

Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga. 280 km. (B/L/D)

After breakfast visit ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga a fascinating white lime stone cliff which resembles a stupa. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp.

Day 4. Yol Valley. 280km. (B/L/D)

Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties of the Gobi National Park. Spend the day on an excursion to Yol Valley for hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp.

Day 5. Khongor sand dunes. 200 km. (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to Khongor Sand Dunes known as Singing Dunes. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with a breathtaking view. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner, and overnight in a ger camp.

Day 6. Bayanzag. 150km. (B/L/D)

Drive to the world famous Flaming Cliffs or Bayanzag (saxaul tree forest of the Gobi). Explore the site of the first paleontological findings in Mongolia by following in the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews. Visit a nomadic camel breeding family and experience hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Enjoy a short camel ride. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a ger camp.

Day 7. Ongi Monastery. 150km. (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to north. Visit the ruins of once great Ongi Monastery, visit local restored temple and have a walk in the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp.

Day 8. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery. 300km. (B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Great Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, which was the first and largest monastery in Mongolia. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples Buddhist thangka paintings dating back from the 16th century. Visit the Karakorum museum. Dinner and overnight stay in a ger camp.

Day 9. Ulaanbaatar. 380km. (B/L)

After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Picnic lunch. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 10. Departure. (B)

In the morning transfer to the airport or train station for an international departure

Tour available dates:

GROUP 1: 20th of July – 29th of July/2017

GROUP 2: 15th of Aug – 24th of Aug/2017

GROUP 3: 05th of Sep – 14th of Sep/2017

 

Include:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English speaking guide at all times.
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps.
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur driven 4WD jeep, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person

 Exclude:

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes of arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc...)
  • Optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc…

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

 

  • backpack or soft bag
  • waterproof bag cover
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • waterproof jacket with hood
  • waterproof over pants
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightweight trousers
  • shorts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number