South Gobi

Gobi Classic

Focus: Landscape & Culture

Duration: 4 days

Season: April – October

Gobi means simply desert in the Mongol language, but Mongols actually differentiate between 33 types of desert, making this one of the most diverse arid landscapes on earth. The Gobi is very sparsely populated, but home to an astonishing variety of wildlife such as wild ass, camel, gazelle and rare Gobi bear.

A short flight brings you from the Ulaanbaatar to South Gobi Province. From the airport you drive to Hongoryn Els, or singing dunes. These are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. They are up to 800m high, 12 km wide and 100 km long. You can climb to the top of the dunes, from where you have wonderful views of the desert. As you spend the night near the dunes, you will be able to see the changing colors of the dunes during sunset and sunrise.

The next morning youimage_76 drive to South Gobi. On the way you visit the Flaming Cliffs, famous for the number of dinosaur bones and eggs found in the area. 70 Million years ago, the Gobi must have been a land of swamps, marshes, rivers and lakes, inhabited by a large number of dinosaurs. This area is also known for the Saxaul trees, growing in this area. The tree produces wood so dense, that it sinks in water.

On the following day you visit Yolyn Am, the Eagle valley, which is famous for its dramatic and unusual scenery. The small river in the gorge remains frozen even in summer. You visit the small nature museum, which introduces you to the rich wildlife living in this region. This part of the Gobi is also home to a quarter of Mongolia’s camels. While visiting a camel-breeding family, you will get an impression of the harsh life in the desert.

After a morning at leisure you fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

Day

ITINERARY

O/N

Meals

1

Morning transfer to Airport, flight to South-Gobi – 1.2h; drive to Khongoriin Els – 180km

G

L/D

2

Drive to Bayanzag where Flaming Cliffs, Saxaul forest – 160km

G

B/L/D

3

Visit valley of Eagle and camel breeding family – 80km

G

B/L/D

4

Morning free, afternoon fly back to Ulaanbaatar, transfer to hotel

B/L

O/N – Overnight; H – Hotel; G – ger; T – Tent;         Meals: B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner