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Small Loop

Overview

By this tour you will 3 best hightlights of Middle Gobi and South Gobi respectively and plus Karakorum and Khustai National Park. It is not rushing tour and everyday you will have very enough time to read book and hike around.

- Explore most famous sights of Gobi Desert
- Discover Erdene Zuu, built from the rubble of Genghis Khan's capital

- Meet wild horse in their natural habitat - hike through the Khustai National Park
- Visit to authentic nomadic family & overnight in a traditional ger dwelling

Length: 9 days
Area: Southern Mongolia
Type:
private package tour

Potential dates and weather condition: from April to September each year
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 1910 km

By days:  Day1. Baga Gazar Rocks
Day2. Tsagaan Suvarga
Day3. Yol Valley
Day4. Khongor Sand Dunes 
Day5. Bayanzag
Day6. Ongi Monastery Riuns
Day7. Karakorum 
Day8. Khustai National Park
Day9. 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?

2340 USD for 1pax
1560 USD p.p for 2pax
1000 USD p.p for 3pax
870 USD p.p for 4pax
790 USD p.p for 5pax
740 USD p.p for 6pax
Single supplement: 180 usd
Included: 7 nights in Tourist Ger Camp, 1 night in the nomadic family, 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? 
1650 USD for 1pax
910 USD p.p for 2pax
660 USD p.p for 3pax
540 USD p.p for 4pax
460 USD p.p for 5pax
420 USD p.p for 6pax
Included: 8 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. Baga Gazar Rocks- rocky mountain on the steppe

We will pick you from your accommodation and drive to Baga Gazar Rocks (260 km). It is a null granite rock distinct mountain formation surrounded by plateau landscape. Highest point is 1765 m above sea level. We will explore Sudut Mouth with a ruin of old Buddha temple with aspen trees. See Jargalant Cave and eye mineral water. Overnight there.

there is several rocky mountains

a tourist is looking view in Baga Gazar Rocks 

eye water in Baga Gazar Rocks 

(more pictures & info of Baga Gazar Rocks)

Day2. Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff- colorful earth wall and rock drawings

After breakfast time, we will drive to Tsagaan Suvarga (270 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 see the Tsagaan Suvarga from the top and the bottom. After lunch time, we will go to Del Mountain Rock Drawings (80 km). Overnight there.

Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from left side

Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff view from bottom

(more pictures & info of Tsagaan Suvarga Cliff)

Day3. Yol Valley- horse ride and natural museum

After breakfast time, we will drive to Yol Valley (205 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 round trip horse ride to the end of valley. 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)

Day4. 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 do 2 hours camel ride 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. 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 sun set, we will walk around the site from the top and from the bottom. 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)

Day6. 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)

Day7. 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)

Day8. Khustai National Park- wild horses and nomadic family

After breakfast time, we will drive to Khustai National Park (340 km). National Park Khustai where re-introduction of the wild takhi horses (Przhevalsky's horses) has taken place since 1992. Takhi is last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century. It was discovered in western Mongolia in the late 1870s by the Russian explorer N.M. Przhevalsky. Several expeditions since 1969 have failed to find this horse, which probably crossed with half-wild domesticated horses and lost its distinct features. Specimens have been kept and bred in zoos, and Mongolia in the late 20th century attempted to reintroduce them into the wild. We will reach to the research center and drive further for looking wild horses and shoot their pictures. On arrival you will have lunch at the nomads’ ger. 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. Then, participate in the nomads’ daily chores - prepare dried dung from a nearby mountain for the family’s household use for making fire. Overnight in the nomadic family.

last wild horse takhi in Khustai National Park

this day we will visit to the real nomadic family

You will need benocular for looking other wild animals like deer etc

(more pictures & info of Khustai National Park)

Day9. Drive back to UB

After breakfast time, we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city (75 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.
  • 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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