Southern and Western Mongolia
14 Days / 13 Nights
See the Tahilgat Mountain at 1,768m, visit the Ongi Monastry, visit the Flaming Cliffs where the rocks glow in an orange color. Head to the Yol Canyon, the Khongoryn sand dunes, stay with a nomadic family in Uush Shakhlaga and enjoy the undulating landscape of stunning steppes.
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Day 1. Arrive Ulaanbaatar (-/L/D)
Welcome to Mongolia. Arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Our guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel.
In the afternoon, sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Gandan Monastery, a historical and spiritual place in the city, where you can see a 26.5 m high statue of Migjid Janraisig.
After having lunch in one of the outstanding Mongolian restaurants, visit the National History Museum and the Genghis Khan Square in front of the Mongolian Parliament.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2. Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gazryn Chuluu, 250 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast you will leave Ulaanbaatar and depart towards Baga Gazriin Chuluu.
Have lunch in the steppe on the way to Baga Gazryn Chuluu. Baga Gazriin Chuluu is a 15km long and 10 km wide stone massif, located 30 km southeast of Adaatsag sum. The highest point is Tahilgat Mountain at 1,768 m in the northwest part of the stone massif. Over 20 kinds of medicinal herbs and many species of animals such as wild sheep, ibex and marmot exist here. Surtiin am is one of many beautiful places in Baga gazriin stone massif. This is a narrow canyon with asp, birch, white whicker and elm trees, the ruin of a stone temple and site of 2 yurts where monks lived and meditated since the 17th century. Have dinner in the steppe. Take a good rest in a Wonder American tent.
Day 3. Baga Gazriin Chuluu - Ongi Monastry, 200 km (B/L/D)
Today continue to the ruins of Ongi. You will pass through an area that is known for its many dinosaur skeletons and eggs that were found here and are exhibited in Ulaanbaatar.
Once Ongii Khiid was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia but was destroyed in 1939. Early in the afternoon, you'll arrive at the ruins. You can spend the day exploring the ruins of Ongi, the small museum and nature. Lunch is served in the steppe. Dinner and accommodation in a ger camp.
Day 4. Ongi Monastry – Bayanzag, 220 km (B/L/D)
We will continue to the Bayanzag, also called as Flaming Cliffs (Flaming Rocks). This is a region in the Gobi Desert of significant fossil finds. American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews gave this region its name, the Flaming Cliffs after he had visited in 1920. The area has become especially famous as the first site of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include the remains of a velociraptor. The rocks glow in an orange color, hence the name Flaming Cliffs.
Lunch on the way to Bayanzag in the steppe. Stay the night in a nomadic family home. Traditional dinner with the family.
Day 5. Bayanzag – Yoliin Am - Khongoryn Els, 250 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart to Yoliin Am. In 1965, before the creation of Gurvan Saikhan National Park, a small 69 square km (26,64 square mile) area around Yoliin Am Canyon was already a protected area. Yoliin Am is located about 60 kilometres southwest of Dalanzadgad, in the mountains of Züün Saikhan. The bearded vulture, Yol in Mongolian, gave its name to the Yoliin Am Valley, the Gorge of Bearded Vultures. Located at an altitude of 2,500 metres, Yol Canyon forms a gorge that is so deep and so narrow, that only two people can pass next to each other. The water forms four small waterfalls. Although the sun shines a lot in this region, the canyon remains dark, so that in the bottom, a part of the river remains covered by a thick layer of ice nearly all year long.
Lunch on the way in a local canteen.
Continue your journey to the magnificent Khongoryn sand dunes also called Duut Mankhan, singing dunes. Some are up to 800 metres high. The dunes cover an area of approximately twenty kilometres wide and hundreds of kilometres long. It is an intense climb to the top of the sand dunes. Three steps up, then you drop two steps. The reward at the top however is an incredibly beautiful view of the desert. You can also take a ride on a camel in the evening.
Overnight in a Wonder American tent with beautiful view of the dunes.
Day 6. Khongoryn Els - Uush shakhlaga, 170 km (B/L/D)
The Black mountain lies in Bogd soum of Ovorkhanghai province and is known as Tevsh. There are a number of petroglyphs around the mountain, most of which describe various animals, hunters, livestock husbandry and daily life of people. Nevertheless, not only animals like deer, ibex, horse, camel and dog were carved on the stone, but also gravid ibex, couple deers /buga iliitei/ and male sex of cow and horse were described vividly.
Uush Shakhlaga is one of the most beautiful places in Mongolia with an extraordinary landscape.
Have a picnic lunch in the steppe.
Tonight you will stay with a nomadic family in the Gobi Desert who will also prepare a traditional dinner.
Day 7. Uush shakhlaga – Elsen tasarkhai, 320 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast we’ll hit the road towards the southwest to the Sweet Gobi geolodge located in the geographical center of Mongolia near the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarhai, in an endless and undulating landscape of stunning steppes. At the gates of the geolodge, our staff will welcome you with a traditional milk tea called Suuteï Tsaï according to local customs of Mongolians. Stay in one of the cozy gers and relax with the Step & Spa body treatment: a refined service of steamed towels perfumed with essential oils.
This natural and cozy spot, bordering a protected reserve allows for a delightful experience of the nomadic life in the ger. Dinner is served as per your preference in the ger restaurant, in the heart of the geolodge.
Optional: enjoy a 40 min foot massage for total relaxation of your body and mind.
Cosy night in the ger …
Day 8. Elsen Tasarkhai – Ulaanbaatar, 280 km (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will visit another nomadic family on the way back to Ulaanbaatar.
Have a good lunch in a local canteen on the way. After arrival to Ulaanbaatar check in to your hotel.
You should be well prepared for the trip to Ulgii as you’ll face different weather, culture and landscape. Your tour guide will give you some explanation and guidance about the following days. Enjoy the comfortable night at the hotel.
Dinner in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 9. Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii (B/-/D)
Breakfast in the hotel then according to your flight schedule transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulgii. After your arrival, transfer to your accommodation which will be a homestay in Ulgii.
Dinner at the homestay.
Day 10. Ulgii – Altai Soum, 150km (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the home stay. After breakfast we will drive to Altai soum to visit the Kazakh family which domesticates the eagle. Have lunch in the steppe on the way to Altai soum.
Have Kazakh dishes for dinner with the western nomads of Mongolia. Accommodation at a Kazakh family.
Day 11. Altai Soum (B/L/D)
Breakfast with the Kazakh family. You will enjoy the daily life of Kazakhs and help them with their daily activities. The Kazakhs of Mongolia are culturally and ethnically different from Mongolians with language and religion as the two primary cultural markers. The Kazakh language belongs to the Turkic family of languages, and is the dominant language in Bayan-Ulgii. Mongolian Kazakhs are traditionally semi-nomadic pastoralists, herding sheep, goats, yaks, camels and horses. For most herding households, this means that the household will move their herds, largely comprised of sheep and goats, although also containing variously camels, horses and yaks, to different pastures for each of the four seasons. Some households will move only twice, once in the spring to the summer pastures and again in the fall back to the winter pastures. Others will move up to four times, depending on the quality of the pasture in a given year. Most families return to specific pastures year after year with use of that pasture being passed down through families.
Lunch, dinner and overnight with the Kazakh family.
Day 12. Altai soum – Ulgii, 150km (B/L/D)
Breakfast with the Kazakh family, then depart for Ulgii. Lunch in the steppe on the way to Ulgii.
After arrival to Ulgii, the afternoon is free at leisure. Dinner and accommodation at a homestay.
Day 13. Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)
After breakfast, according to your flight schedule transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. After your arrival, transfer to your hotel. Lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, free time in Ulaanbaatar. Before the dinner, enjoy the “Mongolian Folk Art” concert of traditional music and contortionists. Presentation of the Traditional Mongolian instrument Morin Khuur, old two-string adorned with a carved horse's head. Overtone singing performance previously only used by shamans to enter into communication with the spirits. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 14. Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport for your departure flight.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS FROM £2,375 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Accommodation: 3* hotel - 3 nights, Ger camp - 1 night, Nomadic family - 4 nights,
Tent - 2 nights, Geolodge - 1 night, Homestay - 2 nights
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Mongolia. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Some of the camps have toilets and showers, but some do not. Some camps are eco camps, supporting the sustainable development contributing to environment protection. In case in a camp there are no shower facilities, you will be provided with a refined service of steamed towels perfumed with essential oils to ensure your comfort and hygiene.
For more information about geolodges, visit
In case you prefer, we can replace the eco camps with yurt camps,
which have running water, toilets and showers.
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