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Day 1 - Arrival
Upon arrival at the Buyant Ukhaa Airport in Ulaanbaatar, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown. After check in, unwind yourself in the hotel after jetlag. We will enjoy an impressive performance of traditional music and dance at 6 pm. The spectacular sounds of höömii (throat singing) accompanied by the cherished two-string horse-headed fiddle or morin khuur will be imprinted on your memory forever. Welcome Dinner will be in one of the best restaurants in the city.
Day 2 – Ulaanbaatar
Today we will do sightseeings in the city, visiting the Mongolia's biggest Monastery Gandantegchilin luckily survived the Stalinist purges in 1930s. Then we will visit the Winter Palace Museum of Bogd Khan - the last Holy King of Mongolia. After the museum we will go to the Zaisan Memorial which lies to the south of the city and offers the best views of Ulaanbaatar like on a palm. It is a foothill of the Bogd Khan Mountain, oldest nature preserve in the country, perhaps in the world, since 1778. After lunch, we will visit the National Museum of History. The rest of the day will be free at leisure. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 3 - Baga Gazryn Chuluu, Middle Gobi
After breakfast, we will hit the road for the Mongolian countryside. Our destination will be 220 km southward in the beautiful region of Baga Gazryn Chuluu - a site of a huge granite formation in the middle of the Mongolian sandy plane. We will drive and hike around in the area, and visit the picturesque ruins of a small monastery hidden in a nice little protected valley. There are wood elms, growing on rocks. A 20m long cave a brook with 60cm hole is also in rocks of the mountain.
Day 4 – Ikh Gazryn Chuluu, Middle Gobi
Today we will drive east to another beautiful area of unusual rock pinnacles. The highest peak is Yerlug Uuul, 1,706 m above sea level. We discover the area on feet or horseback and will have a chance to spot grazing ibexes and argali - mountain sheep, especially in the down and dusk. This area is rich in for flora and fauna.
Day 5 – Tsagaan Suvarga, Middle Gobi
Our next stop in the Middle Gobi Province will be an area of limestone rocks called White Stupa, about 30 meters tall and 100 meters long and shaped strangely as a result of a wind and water erosion for thousands of years. From a distance, it can be mistaken for the ruins of an ancient city. It down, it offers a magnificent view with rainbow colors. We will visit a cave called “horizontal and vertical” for its strange shape and formation.
Day 6 – Yol Valley, South Gobi
Today we will drive to South Gobi province with en route visit to Ulaan Suvarga, 20 km west of the Tsagaan Suvarga, another impressive rock formations. This time the color of the cliffs is not white, but red. That’s why this eerie place is called Red Stupa. We will visit Gurvan Saikhan National Park in South Gobi. At its entrance we will visit a small museum of Natural History to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the National Park as well as with some dinosaur bones and eggs found in the Province. We will drive another 10 km to the parking area and a pleasant hike thru the Yolyn Am (Lammergeier Valley) will take us to a gorge with ice that exists for most of the year. This valley is famous for its breathtaking beauty and astonishing scenery - the thick ice in the middle of the Gobi.
Day 7 - Khongor Sand Dunes, South Gobi
Today we will drive west to the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. This is one of the most scenic areas of the Province In the evening, we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes, to see the breathtaking view of the surrounding area and slide back on a plastic bag if you have one handy. The moving sand in the wind or when walked on gives out a definite note and makes a noise similar to an airplane passing by, that's why this particular part of the dunes is called "Singing" or "Sounding" would be more precise. Overnight stay in a Ger camp near the dunes.
Day 8 - Camel Riding at the Khongor Sand Dunes
We will stay at the Sand Dunes another day to discover this magnificent place on camelback. Mongolia is home to 2/3 of the two-humped Bactrian camels in the world. It is a gentle, calm and extraordinary patient animal and can carry on without water for a month. The Khongor Sand Dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. Bet, you never rode a Bactrian camel, riding a Bactrian camel is much more comfortable than the camel in Sahara, India or anywhere else. Its two humps support you from both sides and easy pace will comfort you so much, that you might fall asleep after a while. But don’t fall asleep, see the spectacular view of the surrounding area.
Day 9 – Bayanzag, South Gobi
In early 1920s an American expedition in search of ancient human remains led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovered accidentally dinosaur fossils and eggs at Bayanzag locally known as a place rich in saksaul trees. In the western world, this area is well known for the number of unearthed dinosaur remains as Flaming Cliffs penned by Andrews for the red tall rocks formed as a result of wind and water erosion. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays.
Day 10 – Ongiin Hiid, Middle Gobi
This small mountainous area along the Ongi River makes a good resting place to break a trip between the South Gobi and Karakorum. The bend in the river marks the remainsof two ruined monasteries, the Barlim Hiid on the north bank and the Khutagt Hiid on the south. There is plenty of interesting ruins to explore.
Day 11 - Karakorum, Ovorkhangai
Today we will drive to Karakorin, the site of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Little is left from this legendary city. A magnificent Monastery Erdene Zuu was built in 16th century from the ruins of the ancient Mongol capital of Karakorum without using a single nail. Only a few remain standing today, but this is more due to Communist purges of the 1930s than poor workmanship. Discover the surrounding area including the Turtle and Phallic Rocks.
Day 12 – Khustai Nuruu, Central Province
Our journey will continue to the Hustain Nuruu National Park. This over 50,000 hectare reserve protects the one and only species of wild horse, the Takhi, or better known in the world as the Przewalski Horse, which is being reintroduced to Mongolia since 1993. This Birch Tree Mountain range is home to about 50 species of mammals including red deer, roe deer, wild boar, white-tailed gazelle, grey wolf, Eurasian lynx, badger and more. Over 450 species of vascular plants grove here and 200 of them are medicinal herbs. We will stay overnight at the Hustai Tourist Resort and visit the Information Center.
Day 13 - Ulaanbaatar City Tour
The Museum of Natural History offers you a rich collection of dinosaur bones, skeletons and eggs found in the places you have visited. Visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum that has a world-class collection of paintings, carvings and sculptures. Go shopping, pick up some cashmere, souvenirs and other excellent items that will remind you Mongolia back home.
Day 14 - Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for your departure. Whisper "Bayartai!" to Mongolia to tell your fascinating stories about this mysterious and exotic country to your family and friends.
Prices will include: 3 nights in Double occupancy in a *** Hotel, 11 nights in Ger Camps, transportation within Mongolia, 3 meals per day, all sightseeing costs, national park fees, guide service, airport transfers, camel and cameleer hire.
Prices do not include: Visas, International Airfare, Travel Insurance, Departure Tax, Alcohol drinks, Gratuities