Gobi Desert & Khuvsgul Lake Tour - 15 Days

This contrasting 15-day trip with key destinations such as the Golden Gobi and the Blue Pearl of Mongolia- Khuvsgul lake, and highlights such as Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs, the ancient capital of Mongols- Kharkhorin, Orkhon River Valley -one of UNESCO heritage protected places, healing hot springs, is one of our most sought out trips.

While traveling across the country from the South to North, a comfortable ger camp, that consists of traditional Mongolian dwelling and local hotels will be your accommodation for the duration of our trip. Adding to this, you will have an excellent service of 4×4 comfortable jeeps or minivans for choosing, with trained and experienced drivers.

The scenery during the trip will change from Mountainous regions of the northern parts to open big horizons and deserts of the southern parts of Mongolia. The Gobi is not only Sand and Dessert but also the Gobi Altai Mountain range, vegetation, and many more.

There are 6 full days in the Gobi with various activities such as visiting the Khongor Sand Dunes, Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs where dinosaur remains were found and riding a Mongolian camel in stunning scenery.

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Tour details

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the hospitality of local nomad families with camels, horses, and yaks in different parts of Mongolia
  • Epic scenery of the Gobi
  • Be a part of “Everyday life activities of Nomads”, such as making dairy products
  • Camel riding with the stunning view of Khongor Sand dunes
  • Explore the ancient Gobi rock carving site
  • Ancient Fossils of dinosaurs dating back to 90 million years
  • Visit local old temples to get an idea of nomadic types of architecture in Mongolia
  • Witness the stunning view of Khorgo Volcano which erupted 5000 years ago
  • Visit places protected by UNESCO such as Orkhon Valley
  • Visit the ancient capital of the 13th century Mongols, Kharkhorin
  • Short boat trip to small Reindeer Herder family on the other side of the lake
  • Wildlife spotting at the Gobi as well as Khuvsgul regions
  • Horse riding along the pristine lake, Khuvsgul
  • Short boat trip to small Reindeer Herder family on the other side of the like.

Itinerary

Day 1
Ulaanbaatar City

We meet you upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. The city tour includes the museum of National History. We will enjoy our evening with a Mongolian traditional folk concert with talented throat singers enchanting dancers and a beautiful contortionist.
Welcome dinner.

📍 Overnight Khuvsgul Lake Hotel

Day 2
White Stupa, Tsagaan Suvarga cliffs

After breakfast, we drive down to Tsagaan Suvarga cliffs, the ancient bottom of the Asiatic sea created this picturesque cliff more than 90 million years ago. The area is perfect for you to do some
walking around, taking some photographs once you are down at the bottom of the cliffs.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 3
Yol Canyon

This beautiful day we continue our drive to the Gobi. We transfer to a local ger camp. After lunch, we drive to the mountain and visit Yol Canyon. This beautiful valley is named after the Lammergeyer vulture.
We take a good walk inside the canyon for an hour and return to our vehicle. Then we head back to our ger camp. Overnight ger camp.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 4
Khongor Sand Dunes

After breakfast, we drive through the mountains
and arrive at 200 m tall Khongor Sand Dunes, the most important sand mass of Gobi Gurvan Saïkhan National Park.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 5
Khongor Sand Dunes

Full relaxed day at sand dunes. We visit the Sand Dunes and ride a camel, walk and explore around the area.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 6
Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs

Today we leave sand dunes behind and drive to the Flaming cliffs, where dinosaur skeletons and eggs found. Watching the sunset here and observing the cliffs when they are changing color looks as if they are on fire. Stunning view.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 7
Ongi ruined monastery

On this beautiful day we drive north to head to Ongi Ruined monastery, was home to more than 5 000 people once. We drive through big open space with no obstacles. We transfer to the ger camp.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 8
Kharkhorin

This beautiful day we drive to the ancient capital of Mongols in the 13th century, Kharkhorin. Now there is a simple small town that exists in its place today. We will visit a good museum with remains found from the old capital and also visit the Erdene Zuu monastery, built with remains of the ancient capital.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 9
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

After breakfast, we drive in deeper of Central Mongolia. We visit a sleeping volcano which was erupted 5000 years ago and created a lake called Terkhiin Tsagaan. There are easy paths to follow to the top of the volcano. Then we continue to drive to the beautiful lake- Terkhiin Tsagaan.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 10
Jargalant Hot spring

In this beautiful day we drive to Jargalant hot spring place. We are still in the ancient volcanic area. After a good rest we will be visiting a local family.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 11
Murun town

We head north to most north getaway town – Murun. We visit an ancient site of a burial ground and Deer stones with deer scripts. There is one interesting deer stone with a human face out of the 22 that are here.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 12
Khuvsgul Lake

After a good rest, we head to Khuvsgul lake. It is 130km long 30 km wide 260m deep freshwater lake and known as Blue Pearl of Mongolia. We transfer to Ger camp. We take a good walk to a Shamanic ritual place. We relax at the lake.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 13
Khuvsgul Lake

Today we will go horse riding to Khyasaa Mountain. The view of the lake from this mountain is simply stunning. Hiking is also an option for us for this day. Full day at the mountain and we return to our ger camp.

📍 Overnight ger camp.

Day 14
Murun town/Ulaanbaatar

Early start with breakfast and drive to Murun town to take an internal flight to Ulaanbaatar. We transfer to the hotel and free afternoon with some souvenir shopping. Farewell dinner.

📍 Overnight Khuvsgul Lake Hotel

Day 15
Departure

We will transfer you to your international departure.

Inclusions

  • • All meals mentioned
  • • All Transports mentioned
  • • All accommodation mentioned
  • • Trip Leader/Guides: Professional English speaking tour guide
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Staff meals, accommodation, and other expenses where applicable.
  • • Entrance fees: Entry fees to museums, concerts, monasteries, national parks, and road charges for tourists, staff, and vehicles are also included.
  • • Others: Company support letter to apply for Mongolian visas.

Exlusions

  • • Airport taxes and excess baggage charges
  • • Alcoholic beverages and special diets
  • • Inoculations and personal insurances
  • • International flights and cost of visas
  • • Optional tours and extensions
  • • Personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, email, fax, room services.
  • • Personal items and sleeping bags if camping
  • • Single room supplement and sleeping bags
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Video recording or photography fees at sights

Our most asked questions and answers

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Would there be electrical points to charge handphones, cameras, etc?

At the ger camps with generators, electricity will be available for a certain amount of time and turn them off during the night. Some ger camps can be connected to the local town’s electricity, so they can also have electricity all night.

Is there internet throughout this 15-day tour?

Internet router can be quite slow, so a data sim card is the best option to have internet during the trip, It can be purchased after your arrival at the Mongolian International Airport.

Do the ger camps with shower facilities provide soap, shampoo and towels?

No, they do not provide toiletries. Please make sure to bring your travel toiletries. For your own comfort and usage, it is good to also bring towels. A travel towel that is compact, very absorbent, and fast-drying is the best.

What electrical adapter plug is used in Mongolia?

In Mongolia, electrical plug types vary. Most are Type C and Type E with 2 round holes.

What currency does Mongolia have? Can we get some local currencies exchanged after we arrive in Mongolia?

The local Mongolian currency is Tugrik = “₮”
There are several locations we can get the local currency, for example, at the Airport, in a bank on the way to the hotel, etc.

Will we be proved mineral water during the trip? Will hot water be also provided?

Water will always be provided, but personal water bottles that keep their temperature are highly recommended and requested.
Hot water can be requested from the Ger camps. Your tour guide can request them for you should you require hot water.

Do we need to bring our own sleeping bags?

For your own comfort and usage, you can bring sleeping bags, but every accommodation of our trip offers fresh sterilized linen and cover.

What is the baggage allowance for the local flight?

The baggage allowance for the local flight is 15kgs in total:
10kg for check-in luggage and 5kg for hand luggage.

How much do I have to pay for excess luggage weight?

For extra luggage, you pay 3000-5000 Tugriks (local currency) per extra kilogram.

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Trip Facts

  • 4x4 Jeep
  • 4
  • Hotels and Ger camps
  • Moderate
  • Summer
  • Horse riding to Khyasaa Mountain on day-13
  • One local flight