9 day in Great Gobi and Central Mongolia
Tour name: 9 Day in the Great Gobi and Central Mongolia
Start: UB-back UB
Duration: 9 days, 8 night:
Destination: Southern, Central & Northern part of Mongolia
Goal: Explore the naturel wonders of Mongolia and nomadic lifestyle on open steppe
Group size: Min 1, max 21
Why do we love this trip
Mongolia is a quite big county -It is important to appreciate the landscape for it's vastness. Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination where travellers can see the tradition of the past still practised today by hardy nomads dwelling on the country's vast steppe and deserts.
through this trip you will be amazed by the mongolian highlights, for exemple: Great gobi desert with colossal sand dune, and ice filled canyons. and then the vast steppes of central Mongolia which is the heartland, loaded with both historical sites and natural beauty, with plenty of place to horse trek in forested mountains, camp by pretty lakes or soak in hot spring. so then most exciting site as Khovsgol which is the land of thick forest, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, rugged mountains, endless taiga and of course Hovsgol Lake itself.
Day 0: We will meet you at airport upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar city/capital of Mongolia/ and take you to the hotel you choose. The rest of day is for you to get rid of fatigue and enjoy a free day. Prepare yourself, on most days of trip, you'll spend several hours driving through diverse landscape.
Overnight: at the Hotel
Meals: B, L, D
Day 1 -Ulaanbaatar. A experienced guide will collect you from your accomodation in the early morning. After cheking you into your casas, we will begin with a walking tour starting from Sukhbaatar Square /often called Chingis Khan Square/ to National History Museum to learn about Mongolian's history. Then we will carry on visiting the Gandan Monastery which is one of the most important a monastery and biggest touristic site where you will have chance to see the monks chanting and practising. Then after lunch head to Winter Palace Museum which was once residence of Mongolia's eighth Living Buddha, last king,Jebtzun Damba Hutagt lived for 20 years. So then we will go up to Zaisan Monument Hill that was constructed to commemorate Russian and Mongolian Soldiers from various wars. Here you will have fantastic view of whole city. This evening we will have welcome dinner, meet and greet, and enjoy the evening .
Day 2: In early we have breakfast at the hotel. Then we will head to Terelj National Park located 75 km on the side, on the way you will explore Ovoo-the pile of sacred stones, according to the local legend, espirit of nature dwells in the heaped Rocks which was set for god of nature and blue sky. Terelj National Park is Mongolian's best known national park for good reason, it was created in 1965, popular among the Mongolians for its magnificent granite rocky hills, rock formation especielly Turtle Rock and the green forests.On the way to park you will visit to Biggest Equestrian Statue in the world /Chingis Khaan/, and Meditation Monastery.
Stay overnight in nomadic family experiencing nomads's everyday life, milk production and livestock in the pasture.
Day 3: After breakfast you will start your wonderful trip in Mongolia, early in the morning we drive to South Gobi. First stop will be Baga Gazriin Chuluu-located in Delgertsogt soum, Dundgovi province.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
There will be seen a granite stone-mountains whose tallest one is elevated at 1768m above sea level. And you will visit Bolor Cave, see eye treatment spa, ruins of ancient temple and other sightseeing. The landscape and rock formation are sacred to the locals. It's pretty spiritual place. In the n19th-century two important monks lived here and they had left some script and drawing as mark of their passage. There have been a open theatre of national long song of Mongolia. There exists a rich family of plants many wild animals. On the way you will not be bored, a divers landscape will keep you awake and lovely lunch at Sacred Beautiful Mountain Zorgol will knock your sock off.
Day 4: After the breakfast we've got another early start today leaving the Baga gazriin chuluu around at 7 am.
Yoliin am /Yol valley/
Yoliin Am is located 45km from province of Dalanzadgad. Altitude is 2800m from sea level. This is one of the best places to encounter wild animals and wander through the majestic canyons. This is the deep and narrow canyon in the Gobi GurvanSaikhan /Gobi three beauty / mountains. In the narrowest valley is named after Lammergeyer, which is called Yol in Mongolian. The Lammergeyer is old world Vulture. In there you can see 1-1.5m tick ice in the middle of gorges where it barely gets sunshine during summer time and the sky looks pretty narrow line between canoyns.
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 5: This day we drive to Khongor sand dune.
Khongor sand dune
After having breakfast, we will be heading to the Khongor Sand Dunes-situated around 120 km from Yoliin Am. Often called as the singing dunes and surrounded with mountains. This grand sand dune streches for 180km going from nord-west to south-east. The most width part is 27km on the nord-west section.The site is amazing. Khongor Sand Dunes are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Reaching to the top of sand hill will be exhausting and around 40 minutes to one hour. but the views of the desert from the sundy summet are breathtaking. The sand dunes are a great place for riding camel so we take camel ride there. May stay overnight in the tent if weather is fine.
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 6: This morning we head to Bayan zag /rich saxual/
Bayanzag, which means ‘rich in saxaul shrubs’, is more commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’, a name penned by the paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews. First excavated in 1922, it is best-known worldwide for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area, which you can see in museums around the world. Even if you are not a ‘dienophile’, the beauty of the surrounding landscape is a good reason to visit. It’s a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness. Bayanzag is around 90km from Dalanzadgad. Stay overnight may in the tent if the weather is fine
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 7: After breakfast we drive to the next destination which is the Saikhanovoo and Ongi temple in middle Gobi
About this point
This small mountainous area along the river /Ongiin gol/ which is the tenth longest river of Mongolia with an overall length of 435 km. This temple makes a pleasant place to break a trip after long drive from Baynzag.
OngiinKhiid is a sightworthy monastery on Ongiriver about 18 km from SaikhanOvoo. Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, it was founded in 1660 and consisted of two temples complexes on the North and South of the OngiGolriver. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples - among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. It was completely destroyed in 1939 under KhorloogiinChoibalsan, the then president and leader of the Communist Party of Mongolia. Over 200 monks were killed, and many surviving monks were imprisoned or forced to join the Communist controlled army. A large number of ruins including a tall stupa can be seen on the river and on the surrounding hills. In the 1990s, it was decided to rebuild the monastery. At present (2011), 13 monks live in the monastery.
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 8: Our next destination is the Karakorum and Erdenezuu monastery. After brief stroll along the Ongi river, we'll head on to capital of the ancient Mongolian empire. /13-14th century/
In the mid-13th century, Karakorum was a happening place. ChinggisKhaan established a supply base here and his son Ögedei ordered the construction of a proper capital, a decree that attracted traders, dignitaries and skilled workers from across Asia and even Europe.
The good times lasted around 40 years until Kublai moved the capital to Khanbalik
(later called Bĕijīng), a decision that still incites resentment among some Mongolians. Following the move to Bĕijīng and the subsequent collapse of the Mongol empire, Karakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by vengeful Manchurian soldiers in 1388.
Whatever was left of Karakorum was used to help build, in the 16th century, the enormous monastery, ErdeneZuu monastery, which itself was badly damaged during the Stalinist purges.
The rather nondescript Soviet-built town of Kharkhorin was built a couple of kilometres away from ErdeneZuuKhiid, and there is little of interest in the town itself
Overnight: at the Ger
Day 9: After a brief visit through some sightseeing and museum in the town, we will hit a road and back to UB/capital/. After fairly boring stretch of route, the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai will make you happy. Elsen Tasarhai is something of an oasis. These large dunes strech for some 70km and are worth stopping off at for those who are not planning to visit the much more spectacular Khongoryn Els in the Gobi Desert. On the way the local restaurants and cafes will be the places where you will be eating. Then we carry on route back to UB seeing some natural beauty such as Khogno Khan Nature Reserve and countryside.