Events & Naadam
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.
Ulaanbaatar-Middle Gobi-Yol Valley-Khongor Sand Dunes-Bayanzag-Ongi-Karakorum-Ulaanbaatar
9 nights / 10 days
From 1,810 USD per person
Central and Southern Mongolia
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. Arrival
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. If time permits optional half or full day city sightseeing is available on request.
Day 2. Baga Gazriin Chuluu (220 km)
In the early morning, begin your journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, roughly translated as lesser Rock formation. Visit old temple ruins located by the formation and explore the area. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (LD).
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga (230 km)
After breakfast visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Burd Temple. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga, a fascinating white limestone cliff which resembles a Stupa. To some, it may even remind the ancient ruins of Petra. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (BLD).
Day 4. Yol Valley (220km)
Drive further south. Arrive at the Three Beauties of Gobi mountain range. Spend the day on an excursion to Yol Valley, hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes (220 km)
After breakfast, drive to Khongor Sand Dunes also known as the Singing Dunes. After settling at the camp, visit a nomadic came- breeding family and experience the hospitality of Mongolian nomads. Reach the sand dunes upon the backs of two humped camel. A climb up to the sand dunes will be rewarded with breathtaking views. In the evening observe a spectacular sunset, please prepare your cameras. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 6. Bayanzag (170 km)
Drive to the world-famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag), rich in the saxaul trees of Gobi. Explore the site of the first paleontological discoveries in Mongolia which immortalized the name of Roy Chapman Andrews, (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960), an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist. Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 7. Ongi Monastery (185 km)
After breakfast drive north, visit the ruins of the once great Ongi Monastery, one of the three olden major Monastic centers of Mongolia. Visit the ancient monastery grounds and visit the site undergoing a slow rebuilding process Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 8. Karakorum, Erdene-Zuu Monastery (300 km)
Early morning after breakfast drive to Karakorum, once the capital of the 13th century Great Mongol Empire. Visit the Karakorum museum housing artifacts dateable to even the Turkish period (VII century). Visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, the first and the largest monastery in Mongolia built on the ruins of the ancient capital. Tour the monastery and visit several temples with excellent examples of Buddhist Thangka paintings and statues dating back to the 17th century. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 9. Ulaanbaatar (380 km)
After breakfast, head towards Ulaanbaatar. Lunch along the way. Transfer to Hotel upon arrival. Optional half day tour/ folk arts concert available. (B/L).
Day 10. Departure
Transfer to the airport or the train station for international departure. (B)
Tour available dates:
GROUP 1: 11th of June – 25th of June/2020
GROUP 2: 13th of August – 27th of August/2020
- Transfers upon arrival and departure
- English speaking guide at all times.
- In the countryside all lodging will be in Ger camps on standard twin basis
- All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
- Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeur-driven 4WD vehicle, minivan or bus in the city area.
- Park entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- 1 liter of drinking water per day per person
Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:
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 items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, international airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of 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
- sun hat
- sun glasses
- sun cream
- insect repellent
- resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
- watch/ alarm clock
- money belt/ pouch
- insurance confirmation copy
- emergency contact number