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Golden Gobi and Kharkhorin tour

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Ayan Travel Mongolia

Flexible program designing, available FIT and small group departures on request, competitive prices.

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Golden Gobi and Kharkhorin tour

Least thing to do in Mongolia for travelers is to visit two major important hightlights of the country: South Gobi and Kharkhorin! Indeed, this itinerary could be classified as a CLASSIC by presenting true essence of Mongolian nature and culture with visits to hospitable nomad settlement, active Buddhist monasteries, historical sites and natural parks. Nature along this tour will be changing dramatically: from the golden dunes of Gobi to the open green valleys dotted with wild flowers, through vast steppes, a great waterfall and charming lake Ugii ! In this trip you are available to see "Takhi", Mongolian wild horse or best-known Prjewalski's horses which are the last remaining species of truly wild horse in the world. The takhi is being reintroducing within Khustai National Park which covers steppe and forest mountain area with abundant wildlife.

DAY 1

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Short city tour can be included. You will visit Mongolian Buddhist Center- Gandan monastery which was constructed in 1809 and the National Museum of Mongolia. Prepare for the next day's trip. Stay overnight at hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar.

Hotel in UB
DAY 2

Yol/ Eagle Valley

Flight to Dalanzagdad town Southgobi province. Drive to Yoliin Am known as Vulture valley in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan mountain (28km) - this sunless canyon located in the middle of Goibi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain National Park has a particular beauty with narrow paths broadening in places between rocks, while buzzards and eagles wheel and glide in the blue skies above. The cliffs of the canyon block the sunlight from the rivers below, so that they remain frozen throughout the year. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger camp
DAY 3

Khongor Sand Dunes

Drive to Khongor sand dunes (195km) - the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Dunes of Khongor is known as the «singing sands» and rise from the plain reaching a height of 80m and extending for about 180km long. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongoriin gol. Hiking and sliding through the sand dunes. Visit camel breeding family and experience short camel riding. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger camp
DAY 4

Bayanzag

Drive towards Bayanzag (140 km) - classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and unbelievable emptiness has become known to the world as "Cemetery of Dinosaurs”. The red sandstone cliffs and canyons of Bayanzag are where the American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews first discovered fossil beds of dinosaur bones and first ever recorded dinosaur eggs in 1922 - discoveries which made world headlines. Nowadays there is a local museum which displays important facts and some exhibits of this famous area. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger Camp
DAY 5

Ongi Monastery

Drive to the north towards Central Mongolia. Overnight stop in Middlegobi province, at the Ongi monastery ruins. Ongi Monastery, a small mountainous area with the sites of remains of ruined old monasteries. Once the monastery has served as a midway point for Buddhist pilgrimages going to holy Tibet. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger camp
DAY 6

Orkhon Waterfall

We will reach Orkhon waterfall. Formed by volcanic eruptions about 20.000 years ago, the waterfall cascades from a height of 20m. It is scenic, tranquil spot and surrounding nature is undisturbed, as such there are opportunities for good walking and riding in the area. Tourist ger camp.

Ger camp
DAY 7

Kharkhorin

Drive to Kharkhorin (130 km) – ruins of ancient capital of Mongolian Empire built by king Ugudei in 1235. The city was strategically located at the crossroads of traditional routes, creating a staging post for migrating nomads and merchants caravans. Foreign envoys and prominent clerics travelled to this city for an audience with king of Mongolian Empire. Far after when the Khubilai Khaan(King) moved the capital to Beijing in 1264, Kharkhorin was raised to the ground by Manchu soldiers. However the bricks and stones from the ruins of this ancient city were used to build the Erdene Zuu Monastery nearby, so in that way the old city lives on till today. On the way visit Tuvkhun monastery. Visit Erdene Zuu monastery in Kharkhorin and local market for interesting souvenirs and artworks. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger camp
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DAY 8

Ugii Lake

Drive to Ugii lake (75 km) - another lovely place of silence and tranquility. Ugii Lake is a freshwater lake in eastern Arkhangai, in central Mongolia. The lake, designated as a Ramsar Site of International Importance, is known for its fish and for bird life. It is a stopover point for migrating waterbirds. Almost half the lake is less than 3 m deep. Walking along the lake shore. Horse riding. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger camp
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DAY 9

Khustai NP- Takhi visit

Trip turns back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight stop at Khustai national park /190 km/ to watch wild horses takhi, widely known as “Przewalski horse”. Przewalski horses are the only wild horse to survive in modern times. The species were returned to Mongolia from world zoos and reserves within Khustai National Park in 100 km west of Ulaanbaatar. Khustain Nuruu has good vegetation, springs, birch forest and rocks which are suitable for many wild animals including 46 species of mammals and 172 species of birds. Tourist ger camp. Read more

Ger camp
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DAY 10

Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. After lunch visit Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum and State department store. About Bogd Khaan Palace: In 1911, at the time of the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China, the independence of Outer Mongolia was proclaimed. The monarch of the first independent Mongolian state was the eighth Javzandamba Khutagt, Bogd Khan, who lived from 1869 to 1924. The spiritual leader and theocratic ruler of Mongolia lived close to the Tuul River in the Winter Palace, built between 1893 and 1903. The palace complex consists of seven temples, grouped symmetrically around two courtyards, with exterior painted finishes in bright red, green, blue, white, and gold colors. Amazing performance of traditional dance and folk in the evening. Hotel night. Read more

Hotel
DAY 11

Departure

Transfer to the airport and depart Ulaanbaatar from Hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ulaanbaatar and Countryside
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ulaanbaatar and countryside
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ulaanbaatar and countryside

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Meals mentioned in tour itinerary
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Museums and cultural performances

Package excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excess Baggage Charge
  • Optional Activity Cost
  • Single Supplement

More information

  • Half day and Full day city tour is available as optional
  • We arrange international and domestic train and flight tickets
  • Visa Support, Visa invitation letter
  • Airport and Train station transfer
  • Extend and shorten trip according to clients' request

REVIEWS

7 Reviews

Frans van Diepen, Iris Suelting, Netherlands

The trip as a whole was fantastic and the Eagle Hunting Festival was the highlights. Perfect, we liked being here. The hospitality of the people, the trip itself was magnificent and fantastic. We had a very caring and professional and friendly guide Puujee. He was very attending full for our needs.

Stefan Max, Marcel Weber, Susanne Nelskamp, Netherlands

The whole trek on horseback was unforgettable. The whole lake might have been the most impressive and memorable sight. I enjoyed the whole trip immensely and will remember is for a long time. I also enjoyed the company of the guide, local guide, driver and cook very much. We would have liked it better if the trek on horseback had been the grand final of the tour at the end, since it was the highlight. The four days of driving around were nice but sort of our climax. If when we come back to Mongolia we will gladly travel with them again. Read more

Pinoli Marco, Boccellari Carlo, Bollani Lina, Italy

Gobi desert and nomad people every place is wonderful. Beautiful land and very beautiful people. I LOVE Mongolia, in my heart forever. Tour guide did everything very professional and has good knowledge. Also our tour driver was very professional and expert.

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