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Trekking Info

Trekking characteristics:

  • Trip Type: Easy
  • Pack horse or pack camels
  • Vehicle support possible
  • With/without local flight
  • Arid desert trekking
  • Canyon & gorges trekking
  • No fishing

Trekking dates:

  • Departure any time
  • From May until October

Duration:

  • 12 days tour
  • Can be customized
  • 4 to 5 days trekking
  • 8 optional days
  • Cannot be combined with another trek

Group size:

  • Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum 12 people

Accommodation:

  • Tented camps
  • Ger Camp
  • Family Stay

Meals:

  • With cook and food
  • Western and Mongolian food
  • Self cooking possible

Price Includes:

  • Transport within Mongolia
  • Full pension in the countryside
  • Accommodation as described in the tour description
  • All support staff including driver, translator, camp assistants
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • National park fee entrances
  • Road taxes
  • Pack horses and/or camels
  • Transfer between the airport and the hotel

Price Excludes:

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Medical and trip insurance
  • Evacuation costs
  • Excess baggage charges, local flights are limited to 10 kg.
  • Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • City touring
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Items of personal nature
  • Fishing equipment
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included

 

 

 

South Gobi Desert Trekking

Short Trek Description

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

DAY 2: YOLIIN AND DUNGENEE AM, THE EAGLE GORGES OR VULTURE MOUTH

DAY 3: NOYON

DAY 4: KHUNGER KHANGIIN NURUU

DAY 5: GORGES AND CANYON

DAY 6: TESIIN LAKE

DAY 7 AND 8: ZEGSTIIN TSAGAAN SAND DUNES

DAY 9: KHONGORIIN SAND DUNES

DAY 10: TOSONTSENGEL SUM

DAY 11: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

DAY 12: DEPARTURE

OPTIONAL DAY: BAYANZAG OR THE FLAMING CLIFFS

OPTIONAL DAY: ONE OR TWO WAYS DRIVING BETWEEN ULAANBAATAR AND THE SOUTH GOBI DESERT

Map

south gobi desert trekking

Detailed Trek Description

The Gobi desert measures over 1,610 km from southwest to northeast and 800 km from north to south and stretches over Mongolia and China. It occupies an arc of land 1,295,000 km2 in area, making it fifth largest in the world and Asia's largest. Much of the Gobi is not sandy but is covered with bare rock.

The Gobi is a cold desert, with frost snow on its dunes during the winter months. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 meters above sea level, which further contributes to its low temperatures. An average of approximately 194 millimeters of rain falls per year in the Gobi. Additional moisture reaches parts of the Gobi in winter as snow is blown by the wind from the Siberian Steppes. These winds cause the Gobi to reach extremes of temperature ranging from –40°C in winter to +50°C in summer.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by our guide. He will bring us to our comfortable, centrally located hotel.

In the afternoon we will stroll around Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the Natural and the Historical Museums.

We will stop at the Gandantegchinlen Monastery. It is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia. We will scroll through the different monasteries and see the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig, an 82-food high statue gilded in gold and covered with silk cloths.

(Hotel)

DAY 2: YOLIIN AND DUNGENEE AM, THE EAGLE GORGES OR VULTURE MOUTH

After our arrival by plane in Dalandzadgad, we will take a ride through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain. We will pass through the Yoliin Am and the Dungenee Am both located in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Ancient rivers carved those green valleys.

We may catch a glimpse of the wild Argali sheep, the Ibex, the desert gazelles or the Golden Eagles. We will also pay a visit to the little museum of the park where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

DAY 3: NOYON

We will drive through Dungenee Am to reach later today Noyon village. From here we will drive to our host family from where we will take camels for our trekking.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 4: KHUNGER KHANGIIN NURUU

We will load all our gears on our pack camels and start our trekking. For our first day we will trek along the southern side of the Khunger Khangiin Nuruu Mountain.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 5: GORGES AND CANYON

Today we will trek north through a canyon of the Khunger Khangiin Nuruu Mountain.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 6: TESIIN LAKE

For another day we will trek north to reach the once was Tesiin Lake. This totally dried out lake is now a place where salt is collected. It is one of the many evaporates of Mongolia.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 7 AND 8: ZEGSTIIN TSAGAAN SAND DUNES

For 2 more days we will trek along the Zegstiin Tsagaan Sand Dunes, into the direction of Nemegt canyons. Depending of the speed of our trekking we will reach the canyons in the evening of the second day.

(Tented Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 9: KHONGORIIN SAND DUNES

Today we will head 200 km westwards to the Khongoriin Els. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes. Those impressive dunes of 275 meters high in some places, stretch from East to West over more than 100 km. Behind the sand dunes we will see the impressive black rocky mass of the Sevrey Mountain.

(Ger Camp, B, L, D).

DAY 10: TOSONTSENGEL SUM

We will drive to Dalandzadgad and take our flight back to Ulaanbaatar.

(Hotel, B, L, D).

DAY 11: FREE DAY IN ULAANBAATAR

We will have a full free day to stroll around in Ulaanbaatar and buy some souvenirs before heading back home.

(Hotel, B, D)

DAY 12: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure

OPTIONAL DAY: BAYANZAG OR THE FLAMING CLIFFS

Bayanzag also known as the "Flaming Cliffs" is the worldwide renowned place where paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur bones and eggs. The surrounding landscape is a beautiful combination of rocks, red sand and scrubs. Here we will spend some time exploring the cliffs.

OPTIONAL DAY: ONE OR TWO WAYS DRIVING BETWEEN ULAANBAATAR AND THE SOUTH GOBI DESERT

For those who have more time, they could combine the trekking with one or two ways driving between Ulaanbaatar and the South Gobi Desert. One way can take from two days up to six days depending of the road take. There is a possibility to pass through Central Mongolia. You can take two different road, one to reach to South Gobi, one to come back from the South Gobi.



 

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