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Karakorum & Gobi Tour

Overview

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. Short visit to a real nomadic family is also in the itinerary.

- 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

Length: 6 days
Area:
 Central Mongolia, Gobi desert
Type:
private package tour

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: 1200 km (+580), flight 1.5 hours for OW

By days:  Day1. Karakorum
Day2. Ongi Monastery Ruins 
Day3. Bayanzag 
Day4. Khongor Sand Dune
Day5. Yol Valley
Day6. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar 
Detailed Itinerary

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?

1550 USD for 1pax
940 USD p.p for 2pax
740 USD p.p for 3pax
640 USD p.p for 4pax
590 USD p.p for 5pax
550 USD p.p for 6pax
Single supplement: 100 usd
Included: 4 nights in Tourist Ger Camp, 1 night in the local hotel, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, mineral water, domestic flight pick up
Not included: OW domestic flight, 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? 
1200 USD for 1pax
650 USD p.p for 2pax
470 USD p.p for 3pax
380 USD p.p for 4pax
330 USD p.p for 5pax
290 USD p.p for 6pax
Included: 5 nights in Local Ger Guesthouse, land transportation, English speaking guide service, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs, sleeping bag, domestic flight pick up
Not included: OW domestic flight, 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. Karakorum - capital city of Genghis Khan

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Karakorum (360 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)

Day2. Visit to nomadic family and Ongi Monastery Ruin

After breakfast time, we will drive to a nomadic family. 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 (270 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.

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)

Day3. Bayanzag - dinosaur site

After breakfast time, continue the drive towards Bayanzag (170 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.

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)

Day4. 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.

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)

Day5. 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.

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)

Day6. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast time, we will drive to Dalanzadgad (60 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.

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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