1.Day Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, airport transfer, hotel check-in, program meeting. Afterwards we will visit Ulaanbaatar. You will visit the famous Gandan Monastery with the 27 m high Buddha statue. The monastery museum of the Tschojdshjin - Lama, the important Lama in the history of the Mongolian Buddhism to see and a small city tour are also on the program. In the evening you will visit a folklore performance with traditional musical instruments, snake girls and the famous throat singing.
2.Day Departure south to the "great earth mother stones" -Ikh gazriin chuluu.
3.Day Today we drive through the Mongolian grass steppe towards Tsagaan Suwarga Canyon via Tsogt Ovoo. On the way there will be plenty of time to visit the scattered nomads. Tsagaan Suwarga, or also white Stupa, is a Gebit in the Gobi with extensive canyons and a very beautiful play of colours. We will also visit the "Petroglyphs", a kilometre long band of rock drawings. The rock drawings are the oldest drawings in Mongolia.
4.Day Continue in the direction of Dalanzadgad and Geierschlucht. Overnight near the gorge. Hike through the gorge. After exploring the gorge we continue through the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains to the south. There we will visit a nomadic family with their camels.
5.Day Continue in the direction of Dalanzadgad and Geierschlucht. Overnight near the gorge. Hike through the gorge. After exploring the gorge we continue through the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains to the south. There we will visit a nomadic family with their camels.
6.Day A whole day in the Gobi, we will pass through a unique rocky landscape that has been shaped by the desert. Driving. The road partly leads through narrow gorges. Occasionally we come across nomads. Our daily goal is the place Guvantes in the southern Gobi.
7.Day Continue from the village of Gurvantes to the "Tsulganaij Oases". These oases are a little off the beaten track, on the edge of the Gobi Reserve. The Tsulganaij oases are completely uninhabited, are also not farmed and depending on how heavily it rained, the oases carry different water. With a little luck, a small lake sometimes forms where you can swim.
8.Day Drive through the southern Gobi to the "Nemegt" Canyon. Hike through the canyon. This region in the Gobi is rarely visited and is still largely untouched. You won't find any people here now, this region is too arid for that. The wind and the winter meltwater have created unique forms out of the soft sandstone.
9.Day Today we have time for the Gobi. We spend the whole day in Nemengt Canyon. This meltwater canyon is an extensive labyrinth with many uniquely shaped canyons. We have the whole day to hike in the canyons and with certainty you will also find petrified dinosaur bones here.
10.Day Today we drive a little further north to the small village Bayanlig. This place is within sight of the Altaia foothills, which extend far into the Gobi. After passing the small village we continue to the rock formation "Bichigt Khad". In the gorges of Bichigt Khad there are extensive areas with rock paintings, which we will visit.
11.Day In the morning we drive to the "White Cave". The Tsagaan Agui Cave is hidden in the Tsakhir Mountains. Here we find the traces of Stone Age people and then we drive through a unique rocky landscape in the Gobi to the "Tevisch Uul", a mountain massif where there are again extensive areas with rock drawings.
12.Day Drive through a varied landscape to Khongoriin Else (Singing Dunes). Occasionally we will stop at the Gobi nomads. There are very few people on this route and the drivers have to ask again and again about the condition of the road.
13.Day A whole day to relax after the strains of the desert trip, at the big sand dune. We will approach the dune as far as we can and climb it. If you are interested, you can use the day to explore the desert with a camel, the classic means of transport.
14.Day Continue through the Gobi desert to the "red Cliffs", which we will reach in the late afternoon. The "red Cliffs" are also called dinosaur cemetery, because here the first larger dinosaur finds were made during the gobie expedition of Sven Hedin. Nearby is the largest Saxaul forest in the Gobi. The Saxaul tree is an extremely slow growing tree that has adapted perfectly to the situation in the Gobi.
15.Day Continue to the ruins of Ongi Monastery. One of the largest monasteries in the Gobi. Today only the ruins can be visited.
16.Day Visit to the ruins of the monastery. This monastery used to be one of the largest. Today only ruins are to be visited and one can only guess the former size. With much commitment monks slowly rebuild this monastery. We have enough time to talk to the monks about their situation and Buddhism. Continue in the direction of Arwajcheer. Arwajcheer is the district capital for the northern Gobi area. Here we will do the shopping at the market for the next days. On the market the products from the region and were which the nomads need are offered. There is a colourful hustle and bustle. After Arwajcheer we enter the Archhangai Mountains. The road now becomes narrow and rocky. We will spend the night in one of the valleys.
17.Day Through very beautiful Orchontal we go today to the Ulaangoll waterfall. The waterfall is located in the middle of a lava field and the landscape around the waterfall is uniquely beautiful. We have our lunch break on the banks of the Orchon River. We can buy fresh yoghurt and yak cheese from the nomads who live in this valley. Yak is very common in this mountain region. Then we continue through the valley to Karakorum.
18.Day In the morning we will visit Karakorum, the former capital of Mongolia. In Karakorum is also the monastery "Erdene Zuu". This monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Mongolia and has been partially restored. We will take some time to visit this unique historical site. Afterwards we continue through the flood meadows of the Orchon to Ogii Nuur. On the way we visit some historical excavation sites (Khöschöö Tsaidam). Here a former palace from the old Turkish empire is uncovered under Turkish leadership. The Turks suspect their origin in this region. Later they were expelled by the Mongolian tribes.
19.Day Return to Ulaanbaatar. Arrival in the early afternoon and time at your own disposal.
20.Day After the restful breakfast, today it goes to the "black market" in Ulaanbaatar. A colourful hustle and bustle awaits us there. Afterwards you have the possibility to buy cashmere in some shops. The afternoon is at your disposal.
21.Day Early morning return flight home
*) Program and route are subject to change. Binding is the itinerary, as it will be sent in the booking confirmation.