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Gobi & Karakorum Overland Tour

Overview

This tour enebles you to see major highlights of Gobi Desert and Karakorum. This tour might has lots of driving. 

- Explore most famous sights of Gobi Desert
- Feel being on moon surface and see and witness strangely featured place of Ongi monastery ruins
- Visit the home of a nomadic family in the Mongolian steppe
- Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan's capital Karakorum  

Length: 7 days
Area: Middle and South Gobi Desert and Central Mongolia
Type: 
Private Package Tour

Climate & Potential date: from early of May to end of September, each year 
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)

Distance: driving: 1810 km

By days:  Day1. Tsagaan Suvarga
Day2. Yol Valley
Day3. Khongor Sand Dune
Day4. Bayanzag 
Day5. Ongi Monastery Ruins
Day6. Karakorum
Day7. Back to the 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?

1670 USD for 1pax
1020 USD p.p for 2pax
800 USD p.p for 3pax
700 USD p.p for 4pax
630 USD p.p for 5pax
590 USD p.p for 6pax
Single supplement: 120 usd
Included: 6 nights in Tourist Ger Camp, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag, mineral water, 
Not included: 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? 
1330 USD for 1pax
720 USD p.p for 2pax
520 USD p.p for 3pax
420 USD p.p for 4pax
360 USD p.p for 5pax
320 USD p.p for 6pax
Included: 6 nights in Local Ger Guesthouse, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag
Not included: 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. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff - colorful earth wall

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Tsagaan Suvarga (480 km). It is sheer slope and was an old seabed with sedimentary structure created by millions years and the different colors of the ground represent different times. The formation is over 50 m in its highest point and continues 400 m and looks like a ancient ghost city form a distance. There is no clear date of geography research work and it is good spot take rest and overnight place driving to South Gobi desert from Middle Gobi desert. We will do some hiking around the site. Overnight there.

Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from left side

Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from bottom

(more pictures & info of Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff)

Day2. Yol Valley - horse ride and natural museum

After breakfast time, we will drive to Yol Valley (205). 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.

Yol Valley view from the entrance 

horse riding in here fun

you might see ice in July in hot desert in Yol Valley

(more pictures & info of Yol Valley)

Day3. Khongor Sand Dune - camel ride

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (190 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.

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)

Day4. Bayanzag - dinosaur site

After breakfast time, we will drive to Bayanzag (150 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.

Bayanzag view from car parking

tourist usually do hike for explore the site

dinosaur eggs found from here in first time

(more pictures & info of Bayanzag)

Day5. Ongi Monastery Ruin

After breakfast time, we will drive to Ongi Monastery Ruins (155 km). 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.

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)

Day6. Karakorum - former capital of Genghis Khan

After breakfast time, we will drive to Karakorum (265 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.

visiting to real nomadic family

wall of the Erdene Zuu Monastery 

inside of the Erdene Zuu Monastery Complex

(more pictures & info of Karakorum)

Day7. Drive back to UB

After breakfast time, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city (365 km). After arrive in the city, you will be transferred to yout 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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