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Altanbulag - Central Mongolia - Gobi - Ulaanbaatar

- Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan's capital
- Visit the home of a nomadic family in the Mongolian steppe
- Explore most famous sights of Gobi Desert

If you are coming from Russia or Irkuts to Mongolia, you no need go to Ulaanbaatar. We can pick you up from Altanbulag border town, after you cross it and then start directly countryside tour. It will enables you save time and costs. You will see former capital city of second largest empire in the history - Karakorum and the fourth largest biosphere reserve in the world - Gobi in together by a tour.

Length: 8 days
Type:
Private Package Tour (for only you and your friends)
Area:
 Central Mongolia, Gobi desert
Potential date and weather condition: from April to October, each year. 
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 1574 km (+320 + 600), flight 1.5 hours for OW

Day1. Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Day2. Uran Extinct Volcano
Day3. Karakorum
Day4. Ongi Monastery Ruin
Day5. Bayanzag
Day6. Khongor Sand Dune
Day7. Yol Valley
Day8. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

Prices

Standard Arrangement (tourist ger camp)
2460 USD for 1pax
1490 USD p.p for 2pax
1170 USD p.p for 3pax
1020 USD p.p for 4pax
930 USD p.p for 5pax
870 USD p.p for 6pax
Single supplement: 140 usd
Included:
7 nights in Tourist Ger Camp, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance
Budget Arrangement (local ger guesthouse)
1780 USD for 1pax
980 USD p.p for 2pax
720 USD p.p for 3pax
590 USD p.p for 4pax
510 USD p.p for 5pax
460 USD p.p for 6pax
Included: 6 nights in Local Ger Guesthouse, 1 night in the tent, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: food service, sleeping bag, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance

Child policy: 0 - 3 years old baby free of charge, 4 - 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Group policy: Up from 6pax please see our Group Service
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discounts you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1. Arrive in Altanbulag, Amarbayasgalant Monastery

After breakfast time, we will drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery (220 km). English meaning of the monastery is Monastery of Tranquil Felicity. It is a large and best preserved in Mongolia. By the order of Kang Xi of Qun built in 1736 for commemorate for Zanabazar who is first bogd of Mongolian Buddhism. The monastery was sacked in 1937 during Stalinist purges. After the restoration, started from 1988, by funding of high ranked Buddhist leaders of Tibet, the monastery complex eventually took its former glory. We will walk there and explore the monastery. Overnight there.

Day2. Uran Extinct Volcano

After breakfast time, we will drive to Uran Extinct Volcano (262 km). On the way, we will see picturesque Ikh-Uu Mountain. Uran means "Artistic",  Mongols named it so because its ridge of the crater is one of many examples of circles that arise in nature resembled a nice creature of a craftsman. A circle-shaped ridge about 500 m across that contains a crater lake at about 20 m wide and 1.5 m deep. There is  also another recognizable volcanoes with broken craters such as Tulga, Jalavch and Togoo. We will climb up to the top of the volcano. Overnight there.

Day3. Karakorum - capital city of Genghis Khan

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Karakorum (262 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. In the history, the city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapsing of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan Min state’s invaders sacked the city and massacred its inhabitants in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years, Erdene Zuu, built in 1586, is the first Buddhist monastery to have been built in Mongolia and by various construction materials were taken from the ruins of Karakorum. At its peak in the late 18th century the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples was home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, by communist purges the whole monastery completely destroyed. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Ruin Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery Complex respectively. Overnight there.

Day4. Visit to nomadic family and Ongi Monastery Ruins

After breakfast time, we will drive to a nomadic family (49 km). Enjoy the joyful atmosphere and learn the clever nomads' way of life by taking every chance of taking part in the nomadic life activities like a nomad. Experience the milking cows or goats. Watch how they produce tasty and nutritious dairy products. Taste their drink Airag (horse milk). Then, participate in the nomads’ daily chores - prepare dried dung from a nearby mountain for the family’s household use for making fire.

Then we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruin (217 km). On the route, you will realized open grassland steppe gradually changing to arid semi desert nature. Ongi Monastery Ruins is the visible ruins of a Buddhist monastery founded in 1760 and destroyed in 1937 by communists. Located on the shore of the Ongi River, the monastery was formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia. Raw violence of the destruction at Ongiin Khiid was still visible, still palpable, even though it happened over years ago. It is a good place for overnight of traveling between Central Mongolia and Gobi. We will hike to the ruins for visiting to local ger museum displayed survived objects of destroyed monastery and a small lovely and active Buddhist temple. Overnight there.

Day5. Bayanzag - dinosaur site

After breakfast time, continue the drive towards Bayanzag (155 km). On the route, you will see "high way" of Gobi Desert. Bayanzag means saxual forest in English and area of red cliffs “Bayanzag” which have been formed from the erosion of the water and wind over many millions of years. A lot of dinosaurs’ findings such as Protoceratops & dinosaur’ eggs have been found there in first time. American zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered this place and named as Flaming Cliffs. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance, and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. It is an interesting place to wander about to get a closer look at one of the world’s most famous paleontological sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Overnight there.

Day6. Khongor Sand Dune - camel riding and sand dunes climbing

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (150 km). Khongor is second biggest sand dune in the country that extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges. It range from 5 to 10 km in width, nearly 100 km long, with crests rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape. The booming sound produced by the masses of moving sand can be heard from afar when occurs windy day. Hence locals called it as Singing Sands. Near Khongor River at the northern edge of the dunes, there is an oasis. We will ride camels today to explore these massive sand-dunes and explore the area where climbing one of the dunes affords the energetic traveler with an unforgettable experience of endless vistas across a sea of daffodil-colored sand. Overnight there.

Day7. Yol Valley - horse riding, nature museum

After breakfast time, we will drive to Yol Valley (190 km). Yol means vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain, a branch of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain range, and stretches over 10 km. The narrowest part, only 3 or 4 person can pass in same time, of the valley is completely shaded from the direct sun shine by high cliff walls. Also, the valley is famous for the fact that there is ice created in winter by small stream of the valley present there even during the hot summer months until end of Jul. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder – this is an experience not to be missed! There we will ride horse through the valley. An hour hiking is also a nice activity there if you not like horse ride. As well, we visit to local natural museum of Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Overnight there.

Day8. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast time, we will drive to Dalanzadgad (40 km) and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. After you arrive in the city, our driver will pick you up and transfer to your drop off place.

How to book this tour?

  • Step1: Check availability of the tour via email (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone call (+976 99811918 or 88701918) and get confirmation.
  • Step2: Please carefully read our Contract
  • Step3: Send us your Booking Form
  • Step4: You will be received an Invoice from us via email.
  • Step5: Select payment method and pay the Payment.
  • Step6: Recieve the Voucher via email.

Remark:

  • Above prices are changeable by changing components (kind of services) of the itinerary.
  • This is a private tour and you or your travel buddies will be in the tour.
  • Domestic flight companies accept only 10kg lugguge incuding your carry on bags too for free transfer.
  • All transactions will be conducted in United States currency, U.S Dollars
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in correct pick up location at correct time as stated on your booking form.
  • No smoking in travel vehicles or aircraft.
  • Trip itineraries may include some element of risk.
  • In the budget arrangement, you have to bring your own sleeping bag. If you like you can hire it from us.

Customers' FAQ:

Why food was not included in the Budget Arrangement and is it easy to get food there? 
You can buy meals from local ger guesthouses by paying only 2 or 3 usd per meal. There is plenty of food shops on the way when you are touring. You can carry your own food from UB. It is nice you eat our own breakfast and then buy meals for lunch and dinner. Meals will be basic and usually cooked Mongolian traditional or Russian styled foods. Or you can get basic free kitchen belonings from us and cook yourself.

I want to join to another group. Is it possible?
Yes it is possible, if we have a group fitted date and same tour. Check it with us. We understand people want to share cost by joining another tours. But shorter tours (under 8 -10 days) are not often possible for join-in. If there is no tour you can join, you can post your tour in our Join-In Or Build Group section for collecting some travel other travel buddies. Usually longer tours (vacation kind of) tours are available for join and you can see our Group Scheduled Tours.

Why domestic flight was not included in the prices? 
Actual price of RT domestic price will depends when we bought the tickets. If we book it early enough, the ticket price will be much lower. If we book the tickets to close to tour starting day, the ticket price will be much higher. That is why, it was not able to add constant ticket prices on the tour price. There is only 2 domestic companies now in Mongolia.

How are the domestic flights usually booked and check the flight timetable?
If you like we can book it for you and you can pay to us. We offer our contract prices for our customers who bought a tour from us. Or you can book the tickets yourself through online. It is up to you. You can check the flight timetable from Aero Mongolia and Hunnu Air companies web pages.

How long have you been in business?
We have been providing high-quality sightseeing travel  at low prices for over 10 years. Read our customer testimonials. You can also see ratings and reviews of our tours from real travelers on the tour/activity details page.

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