Western Mongolia and Gobi Tour, 14 days
This is a-two-week tour tailored for those as a mix of driving through Gobi desert, trekking, climbing, horse riding and cultural taste in one basket.
Western Mongolia is popular for its snowcapped Altai Tavan Bogd mountains, long distance trekking valleys with no hunam footprints and of coure Eagle Hunting culture, nomadic lifestyle.
Gobi is known for its dunes, mountains and rare animals such as snow leopards and Bactrian camels. In the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, the Khongoryn Els sand dunes are said to sing when the wind blows. The park also features the deep ice field of Yolyn Am canyon. Dinosaur fossils have been found at the red "Flaming Cliffs" of Bayanzag.
Day 1, Arrive in UB
Overnight in a hotel
Day 2, Fly to Ulgii and Drive to Tavan Bogd
Domestic flights are early in the morning, so we will head to Tavan Bogd Ranger Station after having a couple of hours
rest in Ulgii. Driving takes 6-7 hours due to road conditions. No paved road. Today we arrive at the entrance gate to the
Tavan Bogd National Park and overnight in tents.
Day 3, Hiking to Base Camp, Overnight in tent (B+L+D), 20 km
Today we do hiking towards Tavan Bogd base camp which is 20 km from the entrance gate. Camel and a horseman will accompany the trek with our tents and foods loaded. We pitch up our tents at the Base Camp for overnight.
Day 4, Hiking back from Base Camp, family visits in black valley, Overnight in tent (B+L+D), 25 km
Today we hike back to the Entrance Gate where we left our driver and the car. We will take a different route which is around 25-28 km along Potanin Glacier.We visit a local Tuvan Family on the way back to the Entrance gate for some tea. Overnight at the same spot at the Entrance Gate.
Day 5, Drive to Khoton Lake, Staying in tents (B+L+D), 200km
Today we drive from Tavan Bogd Entrance Gate to Khoton Lake. Driving takes 7-8 hours due to road contidions.
Day 6, Horse Riding along Khoton Lake and family visits to local herders, Stay in tents (B+L+D), 25km
A-one-day horse ride along the Lake. Our car will carry our tents to where we finish our daily trek and tents will be pitched up for overnight.
Day 7, Drive back to Ulgii, Stay in WM ger camp (B+L+D), 180 km
Today we drive back to Ulgii from Khoton Lake but we will stay with an Eagle Hunter's family on the way to Ulgii.
Day 8, Fly to UB, Stay in a hotel/hostel (B), a-3-hour flight
Fly back to UB. Flights arrive in UB mostly in the afternoon. Sightseeing around UB in the afternoon.
Day 9, Baga Gazryn Chuluu, Overnight in traditional ger guesthouse. 600 km/8-9h
After breakfast drive to ”Baga Gazryn chuluu” in Middle Gobi. Visit “Sum
Khukh Burd” an oasis / and a ruin of an ancient temple.
Day 10, “Eagle Valley” National Park, / Yolyn Am/, Overnight in ger guesthouse or in tents, 200-250km/5-6h
Continue trip to “Eagle Valley” National Park, / Yolyn Am/ and visit icy canyon. Hiking in a long narrow valley for all day. Lunch picnic in the NP.
Horse and camel riding available. If you are lucky you will see wild animals.
Day 11, “Khongor” Sand Dune, Overnight at ger guesthouse. 200-250km/5-6h
Next morning to “Khongor” Sand Dune. Scenery is beautiful. Exploring and relaxing in surrounding area.
Day 12, Ongi river And Ongyn Khiid- ruins of the Temple, Overnight in ger guesthouse or camping tents. 200-250km/5-6h
Travel to the Ongi river And Ongyn Khiid- ruins of the Temple via Bayan-Zag.
Day 13, “Zorgol Khairhan” – a sacred Mountain, Overnight in ger guesthouse . 200-250km/5-6h
Drive to the “Zorgol Khairhan” – a sacred Mountain. If you want can sleep in tents.
Day 14, Arrive in UB in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse. 200-250km/5-6h
Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.
Day 15, Leave UB
Domestic roundtrip flights, all accommodation (twin-shared) hotel in UB, all transfers including arrival & departure and transports, indicated meals (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), sightseeing & national park fees, family stay, camping equipment rentals, English speaking guide/interpreter (does not accompany during domestic flights), car rentals with a Driver, Cook accompanying during the trip out of town/city, local Horsemen accompanying with their animals (horses and camels).
What to bring
Warm hat and gloves,
Long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear,
Prescription medications,(if needed),
Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera and spare film (or recharge for digital cameras)
International airfare, travel insurance, excess luggage fees, meals not indicated in the itinerary, sleeping bags, drinks (except mineral water provided during the trip), gratuities.
Although the Mongolian summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.
Western Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using camels. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.
A local guide who speaks English and Kazakh, Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.
Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips. For breakfast we can buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area sometimes.