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Mongolia Unveiled is one of our most comprehensive journeys. As one of the least industry affected regions left in the world, Mongolia is home to some of world’s most unique and diverse collection of wildlife. For centuries, explorers arranged expeditions to study its wildlife and sought to traverse across its vast land on horse or camel. Our tours of Gobi desert feature unique landscapes and sites, amidst them is Bayan Zag a beautiful site of red sandstone formation, Yoliin Am a beautiful oasis deep in the Gurvansaikhan (“The three beauties”) mountain range, which up until late June is still frozen, boasting a unique phenomenon of “glacier in the desert”. Other sites of interest are Khongoriin Els towering sand dunes. Tsagaan Suvraga (“White Stupa”) is one of the many unusual sceneries and you might find yourself wondering if you are on another planet. Known for its picturesque alpine scenery, interesting rock formations, and plentiful outdoor activities, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Mongolia.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Upon arrival at the Chinggis Khan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, meet your guide and drive to reach Middle Gobi and BAGAGAZRYN CHULUU. Visit the stones Valley walking and runes of the Sacred Monastery. The monastery is built on the small island in the middle of Lake Burd Nuur by local Mongolians in 16th century.
Upon arrival at Umnugobi, the journey continues with a drive to Yol Am. Yol Am is an amazing place where you can even find ice in the summer, that is surrounded by sheer rocky walls that forms incredible canyons. Drive through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yolyn Am and Dungeness Am. Stop to hike along the way and keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, ibex, desert gazelles, and golden eagles. Later, pay a visit to the park museum where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones. The narrow Valley between high rock walls has breathtaking dramatic scenery, and no doubt is one of the beautiful places in the country. In rainy summers hundreds of small waterfalls appear in the rocky walls. Freaking camel and horse riding tours are available to the valley. Yol Am and Dungene valley – a wonderfully picturesque place with ice in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Gobi museum. These areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the “Three Beauties” peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains. Overnight in tourist camp.
The morning starts with a drive west towards the extraordinary sand dunes of Khongor. This is one of the most scenic areas of Gobi where the dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching heights of up to 300m, extending over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180km in length. The dunes lie on the northern part of the mountains of Sevree and Zuulun Mountain. Local people call that by Singing Dune because of the sound produced by masses of sand moving in the wind can be heard from afar. That is why the dunes have been given the name ‘The Singing Sands’ or ‘Duut Manhan’. Near the Hongor Gol at the northern edge of the sand dunes is an oasis. After lunch at the tourist Ger camp near the Khongor sand dunes, we will visit a camel herding family at their Ger. Explore their unique nomadic lifestyle and drink with them. The friendly nomads may offer them their special brew of Hormog (fermented Mongolian camel milk). The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding where you will the magnificent place. In the evening, we will climb up to the Singing Dune, one of the highest dunes with the opportunity to see breathtaking view of the surrounding area and amazing sunshine panorama sand dunes followed by dinner back at the camp.
The day’s journey begin after breakfast with a drive to the archeological site of Bayanzag, also known as a Flaming Cliffs. The first nest of dinosaur eggs were first discovered found in 1922 at this famous site along with many remains of dinosaurs. Soak in the REAL Jurassic moment where dinosaurs once roamed over 60 million years ago. Other things to look out for are the Saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. All meals are freshly made by the locals traveling with you at the camp. In the evening enjoy the nature of being in the wide open desert wilderness.
The rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga, ”white stupa”, are located in the Southeast of the sum Ulziit, on the Southern border of the province of Dundgovi. These rocky formations eroded by the wind look like a ruined city if you observe them from a certain distance (85 kilometres, 52,82 miles). They are about 60 metres (196,85 feet) high and 400 metres (1312,34 feet) long. Overnight in tourist camp.
After having breakfast in the camp we will drive to the zuun mod of Tuv province. Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
After breakfast, we will drive to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, which includes a visit to Genghis Khan Statue Complex. This is a unique chance to explore the best of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park that is the third largest protected area in the country and considered as one of the most beautiful places in Mongolia. Genghis Khan Statue Complex which is currently the biggest (131ft/40m tall) equestrian statue in the world. From here, you could use an elevator or walk to the head of the horse through chest and back of the horse neck where you will have a fantastic panorama view over the nearby area. Terelj National Park, famous for its alpine scenery and granite rock formations. Next, a visit to the Aryabala Buddhist meditation temple – surrounded by scenic mountains with massive rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking, Explore the center with a stunning hike from crossing the short trail bridge to stepping 108 stairs. Trekking around the temple and photographing good spot, Walking in the hills exploring the nature beauty.En route, stop by the Turtle rock and ride a horse.
After arrival in Ulaanbaatar, we will spend this day exploring sights and sounds of Mongolia’s capital. We will begin this morning with a private blessing with a Buddhist monk at Gandan, the country’s largest monastery. An imposing 90-foot-tall statue of Megjid Janraisag (Avalokites-vara in Sanskrit) stands in the largest temple in the monastery. This statue is considered the religious symbol of Mongolia’s independence and democracy after the country’s democratic transition in 1990. When a Mongolian student in the mid-1990s discovered fragments of the original statue (which was destroyed by Soviet authorities in the 1930s) in St. Petersburg, a nationwide campaign began to collect money for rebuilding the Buddha. After years of hard work, this magnificent Buddha was resurrected and is now standing proud, making all Mongolian Buddhists happy.
Next, we will visit the National History Museum located in downtown Ulaanbaatar. This museum offers an excellent introduction to Mongolia’s history from pre-historic times through the 13th century Mongolian Empire, and on to the democratic movement of the early 1990s, which overthrew the Statue of Chenrezi or Janraisag in the main temple of Gandan monastery. Communist regime.
After lunch, we will visit the Zanabazar’s Fine Arts Museum with its excellent collection of Mongolia’s arts, including golden Buddha statues of 17th century and some of the best preserved tankas in the world.
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In the evening, we will enjoy a wonderful performance of traditional Mongolian music and dance, featuring Khoomii or “throat” singing, followed by dinner at a fine local restaurant.
In the morning, we will transfer to Chinggis Khaan airport for departure.
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