Khuvsgul Lake and Gobi Tour Mongolia – A complete journey

Tour Overview

This 15-day Khuvsgul Lake and Gobi Tour Mongolia offer a wide selection of contrasting destinations. Highlights of this tour are the many natural wonders of both Gobi and Taiga including the golden Gobi and Khuvsgul lake, the Blue Pearl of Mongolia. You will also visit the ancient capital of Mongols- Kharkhorin and Orkhon River Valley -one of the UNESCO heritage-protected places of Mongolia. It is no wonder that this tour is one of our most sought out tours of 2019 and one of the best-selling tours of 17+ years of our operation.

While traveling across Mongolia from the South to the North for the duration of the whole trip, you will be staying in comfortable ger camps that consist of traditional Mongolian dwellings and local hotels. Adding to this, you will have an excellent service of 4×4 comfortable jeeps or minivans for your choosing and trained and experienced drivers of Nomadic Trails.

The scenery during this Gobi tour Mongolia will change dramatically. 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 Bactrian camel in stunning scenery.

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Tour highlights:

Khuvsgul lake and Gobi tour Mongolia MAP

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.

Tour Destinations:

Yol Gorge
Ongi ruined Monastery
Tsagaan Suvarga
Murun town
Khuvsgul Lake
Khongor Sand Dunes

Tour 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.

Traditional Mongolian Folk concert - Sandra Henri
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.

Ger camp
Stunning Tsagaan Suvarga colorful minerals
Day 3
Yoliin Am Gorge
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 Yoliim Am Gorge. 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.

Ger camp
Yoliin am gorge mongolia
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.
Ger camp
Must see destination in Mongolia Khongoriin Els
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.

Ger camp
Clients walking in stunning dual scenery of the Golden Gobi
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.

Ger camp
Bayanzag flaming cliffs
Day 7
Ongi ruined monastery

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

Ger camp
Ongi ruined Monastery
Day 8

On 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.

Ger camp
Erdene zuu monastery from the inside
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.
Ger camp
Ger camp in Gobi during sunset
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.

Ger camp
Jargalant Spring
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.

Ger camp
Deer-stone near Murun town
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 the Blue Pearl of Mongolia. We transfer to Ger camp. We take a good walk to a Shamanic ritual place. We relax at the lake.

Ger camp
Khuvsgul ger camp view with Khuvsgul lake
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.

Ger camp
Khuvsgul lake view Northern Mongolia
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.

Murun town of Northern Mongolia
Day 15
International departure

We will transfer you to your international departure.

what's included



Domestic local flight:

The baggage allowance for a domestic flight in Mongolia is 15kgs in total: 10kg for check-in luggage and 5kg for hand luggage. For extra luggage, you pay 3000-5000 Tugriks (local currency) per extra kilogram.

Packing tips for this Khuvsgul Lake and Gobi Tour Mongolia:

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

Ger camps 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.

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


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.

Food and drink:

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. For the duration of the trip outside Ulaanbaatar city, you will be dining at the ger camp and on a few occasions picnic lunch during stops from driving between destinations.

Tour reviews and testimonials

Gobi Desert and Khuvsgul Lake Tour
We are a group of 5 ladies from Singapore. We book the 2 weeks tour based on some recommendation. Overall we had fantastic guide Buyna and two very different yet charming drivers Baija (the rocker) & Derem ( the Korean star look alike).

They worked very well as a team to make sure we are comfortable (including nature calls) . While communications is limited with the drivers .. we managed to express our joy and fun.

The booking and administrative details and follow up needs to be improved.. response is generally slow and communications not so clear. There was a hiccup in the beginning , dinner booking was not made in UB and we had to walk a good one hour before we settled on one available dining place. The next two weeks were rugged .. an unconventional travel that we embarked on in 2 jeeps traversing 3000 km.
The country its very vast and have beautiful spots to show off and the culture has long history. It was truly a out of the norm experience to stay at gers ( keep getting our head knocked for the low doors)… using common toilets and showers … limited electricity and water supply hours… we were very happy when we had ensuite toilets or ensuite shower/toilet for some accommodation.
The food is better than we had expected and the tour agency provided extra fruits for us at our request.. We love the flaming cliffs ; the terej park; hiking up volcano to name a few… but most of us the journey in the jeep is unforgettable.. the bumpy; rocky; winding rides and the beautiful landscapes as we ride along. Buyna, Derem & Baija became a part of the travel fun too!

Tom Lim
Photography Tour Gobi Desert and Khuvsgul Lake
10 of us enjoy taking nature, landscape photographs. The summer Mongolia trip with Nomadic Trails was full of fun. We felt safe under the care

of Tulga and his two drivers. Tulga is knowledgeable in various fields and he is a skillful photographer too. His humour kept us entertained at all times.
Mongolians are pleasant people. The community is united and helpful. The Ger camps that we stayed are better than our expectation in terms of facilities and food. It was an enjoyable trip except that it rained in the last two days of our trip.
We would plan another trip with Nomadic Trails next year. Wonderful photography tour with Nomadic Trails.

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