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Mongolia Cross Express Tour

Overview

Such as chance to discover largest sand dune, dinosaur’s homeland, visit Erdene-Zuu Monastery, once was the capital of Genghis Khan empire, and crystal clear Khuvsgul Lake and the Tsaatan - Reindeer riders. Those are located over thousand kilometer from each each other. But this tour will allow to see them in 10 days. This is comparative quick tour from south to north through central part.  Normally similar routes completed in 12 -14 days. But do not worry, this tour not very rush. Driving distance of most of the days are just same as the longer tours. Going to Gobi and coming back from Khuvsgul Lake will use domestic flight which saves the time.

- Great journey through most famous parts of Gobi Desert
- Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan's capital
- Take rest and relax in open bath of Tsenkher Hot Spring
under millions star
- Take a very scenic hike across a lava field of Khorgo Extinct Volcano and get to know a bunch of stuff about volcanoes and volcanic activity
- Discover Khuvsgul Lake, one of nature's miracles - Blue Pearl Of Asia

Length: 10 days
Area: Gobi Desert, Central & North Mongolia
Type:
 Private Package Tour

Potential dates and weather condition: May - September
Difficulty: moderate (not convenient for elder & child)
Distance: driving: 1790 km (+600, +830), flying: 1.5 hours x 2 times

By days:  Day1. Fly to Gobi. Yol Valley & Bayanzag
Day2. Khongor Sand Dune
Day3. Ongi Monastery Ruin
Day4. Karakorum
Day5. Tsenkher Hot Spring
Day6. Khorgo-Terkh National Park
Day7. Shine Ider
Day8. Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Day9. Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Day10. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar
Prices

We offer 2 different type of tour arrangements for our customers.  

Standard ArrangementWhat is Standard Arrangement of TGM?
(Staying through the tourist ger camps) 
What is Tourist Ger Camp of Mongolia?

2880 USD for 1pax
1720 USD p.p for 2pax
1340 USD p.p for 3pax
1150 USD p.p for 4pax
1040 USD p.p for 5pax
970 USD p.p for 6pax
Single supplement: 180 usd
Included: 9 nights in Tourist Ger Camp, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, mineral water, domestic flight drop off & pick up
Not included: OW domestic flights, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses (extra some drinks, souvenir buying, locals concerts etc), travel insurance
Budget ArrangementWhat is Budget Arrangement of TGM?
(Staying in the local ger guesthouses) What is Local Ger Guesthouse of Mongolia? 
2350 USD for 1pax
1300 USD p.p for 2pax
950 USD p.p for 3pax
770 USD p.p for 4pax
670 USD p.p for 5pax
600 USD p.p for 6pax
Included: 1 night in Tourist Ger Camp, 8 nights in Local Ger Guesthouse, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag, domestic flight drop off & pick up
Not included: OW domestic flights, food service, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses (extra some drinks, souvenir buying, locals concerts etc), 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. Get better rate. 
Discount policy: We always try to lower the our service prices by looking better solution for our customers. Here is several Discount Policy you can save until 10% that we can do on our best for our customers.

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Why domestic flight not included? The rate of the flight tickets is not constant, very changeable & will depends by many reasons such us when to buy etc. But we are able to book the tickets for you in their contract price without any charge or you directly to book by youself. There is 2 companies running in the business Aero Mongolia & Hunnu Air. You can google & book the tickets online.

Why food service not included in the Budget Arrangement? 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.more other Customers' FAQs

Detailed Itinerary

Day1. Fly to Gobi. Yol Valley- horse ride & Bayanzag- famous dinosaur site.

In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to the airport. After you landed in Dalanzadgad, our local guide and driver will pick you up and drive to Yol Valley (50 km). Yol means vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain 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 July. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder. 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 Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Then we will drive to Bayanzag (101 km). 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.

Yol Valley view from the entrance. (more pictures & info of Yol Valley

Bayanzag view from car parking (more pictures & info of Bayanzag)

Day2. Khongor Sand Dune- oasis tour, climb up & camel ride

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (160 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 Khongor Oasis. We will ride camels and climb up sand dune. Walk on the meadow and taste mineral water from the sand foot. Overnight there.

from the top of the Khongor Sand Dune in the morning

Khongor Oasis view

Khongor Oasis view from a distance. Background white mountain is Khongor Sand Dune

camel riding in Gobi Desert

(more pictures & info of Khongor Sand Dune)

Day3. Ongi Monastery Ruin- hiking

After breakfast time, we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruin (299 km). Ongi Monastery Ruin is the ruins of a Buddhist monastery founded in 1760 and destroyed in 1937 by communist purges. 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 the site 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.

Ongi Monastery Ruins

Ongi Monastery Ruin view

Ongi River view

Ongi Monastery Ruin view from a distance

Ongi Monastery Ruin's museum & active temple view from front side

(more pictures & info of Ongi Monastery Ruin)

Day4. Visit to nomadic family & Karakorum- former capital city of Genghis Khan

After breakfast time, we will drive to a nomadic family in Central Mongolia (217 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. After lunch time, we will drive to Karakorum (44 km). Karakorum, the capital of Great Mongolian State where today there is a small local township. The city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Genghis Khan and after collapse of Yuan dynasty of Khuvilai Khan, Min state’s invaders sacked the city in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years in 1586, Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery have been built there by remained ruin of Karakorum as construction materials. In the 18th century, the complex of ornate gardens and 62 temples were home to over 1000 lamas. But in 1937, the most monasteries destroyed by communist purges.  Overnight there.

visiting to real nomadic family

wall of the Erdene Zuu Monastery 

inside of the Erdene Zuu Monastery Complex

(more pictures & info of Karakorum)

Day5. Tsenkher Hot Spring- relaxing

After breakfast time, we will do half day Karakorum tour. We will visit to Karakorum Museum, Karakorum Open Museum and Erdene Zuu Monastery respectively. After lunch time, we will drive to Tsenkher Hot Spring (125 km) on the paved road. Tsenkher's abundant therapeutic natural hot spring, flows out from the ground at +86°c, have been identified as amongst the best in the Mongolia in terms of healing qualities, radio energy & temperature variance & water supply, and are particularly effective in treating a multitude of ailments and skin diseases because they can accommodate many different forms/strengths of therapy. There is several tourist ger resorts which provide hot pools by hot water from the Tsenkher geothermal area. We will do hiking to the scenic Shiveet Mountain or Tsenkher Valley which is home of yaks and stay in pool in the evening. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

staying open bath at the hot spring

Tsenkher Hot Spring

hot water comes from the underground in +80c from here

 
(more pictures & info of Tsenkher Hot Spring)

Day6. Khorgo-Terkh National Park- study volcanic activities

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khorgo-Terkh National Park (212 km) mostly on the paved road. On the way, we will see Chuluut River Canyon. The volcano erupted in the Quaternary Period and its lava closed the water stream of a river and result of this meeting has created a truly incredible landscape, Khorgo Extinct Volcano and Terkh Lake, large placid lake is ringed by sandy beaches. There is a number of small or big circuit gorges, Shar Nokhoin Tam & Solo Person's Cave etc, and complete or not complete erupted 13 volcanoes and rock formations with fast flowing rivers and cascades. From the top of the volcano panoramic view is superb. We will climb up to the top of the volcano and walk discover the circuit gorges. Overnight there.

Chuluut River Canyon view from the top

view of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

View of Khorgo Volcano from a distance

(more pictures & info of Khorgo-Terkh National Park)

Day7. Shine Ider sub-province

After breakfast time, we will drive to Shine Ider sub-province (170 km). On the way, we will see picturesque and high Orookh Mountain Pass. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

Day8. Uushig Deer Stonesancient burial site & Khuvsgul Lake- reindeer people

After breakfast time, we will drive to Uushig Deer Stones (109 km). A complex of 30 deer stones of Uushig Valley and its burial mounts belong to the ancient Huns period and over 3000 years ago. The Bronze Age funeral practice, sacrificial ritual and ideology and animal style art, which were spread among ancient nomads, are all together represented through deer stones made by long block of granite. Highly artistic illustrations of deers and other images are symbol of Shamanism. Especially, statues with images of human face draw attentions of many scientists and considered one of the rarest statues. We will walk and explore the site.Then we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake National Park (132 km). About midway along border between Mongolia and Russian Siberia, in a gigantic stone bowl nearly 110km long and almost 40km wide, lies 3% of the all the fresh water on earth - Lake Khusgul. The lake region is home to an enormous variety of plants and animals. Since 1990s Lake Khuvsgul and the entire surrounding area have been designated as a national park, and Khuvsgul is today a naturalist's paradise and an idyllic holiday destination. The water in the lake is so clean and clear that one can easily catch sight of ground. After dinner time, we will do small leisure hike along the shore of the lake. Overnight there.

Uushig Deer Stones belong to Huns period which is 3000 years ago. (more pictures & info of Uushig Deer Stones)

Khuvsgul Lake view from a top of back mountain (more pictures & info of Khuvsgul Lake)

reindeer herder people live around the lake (more pictures & info of reindeer people)

Day9. Khuvsgul Lake National Park - half day horse trek.

After lunch time, we will enjoy an exhilarating horseback pack trip through untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows. We offer horse pack trips suited for all ages and abilities with rides varying in length . Horse pack trips allow you to reach deep into the southern Siberian wilderness. Horseback riding and fun are the main objectives on horse pack trips combined with good nomad’s Mongolian hospitality. Saddle up the whole family for an unforgettable horseback riding adventure. After dinner time, we will visit  to the reindeer herders. They are Tuvan people who migrated to the northern most edge of Mongolian territory from Russian Tuvan Republic around 1920s by the variuos reason. Dukha (another name) are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders and about 40 families left. Their living place is Ulaan Taiga and Darkhad Valley area but few  reindeer people move to south to the lake area in touristic season for selling hand made souviner to tourists and brought their reindeers for photo. Overnight there.

horse riding along the shore of the lake is great (more pictures & info of horse riding)

Khuvsgul Lake view from other side

from the top of mountain at Khuvsgul Lake

climbing up to the top of the front mountains of the lake is challange

Day10. Back to Ulaanbaatar.

After breakfast time, we will drive to Murun town for flying back to Ulaanbaatar (119 km). After you landed in Murun, we will transfer you to your accommodation and end the trip.

Booking

Our Booking is easy & complete in below 4 steps. 

Step1:  Please carefully read our Contract Of Private Package Tour. Cancellation & other condition will be follow this contract. 
Step2:   Send us your Booking Form (Only one of the group member's Booking Form is fine. No need to send us all member's booking forms) 
Step3:   You will be received an Voucher & Invoice from us via email. 
Step4: Select payment method and pay the Payment.
Information
  • 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-15kg lugguge incuding your carry on bags too for free transfer.
  • 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. 

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