Gobi desert to Altai Mountains 14 daysadmin
Price: 2400$ Per person.
From Jurassic period to Ice age’s well-preserved natural reserves. Discover the off beaten path landscapes and nomadic culture. Tour has flight from Ulaanbaatar to Gobi desert and flight back from Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar. Total drive 2900 km
To drivee through the highlight of the Gobi desert landscapes Hongor sand dunes, Yoliin am valley, Bayan zag – flaming cliffs. Then drive through southern part of Mongolian untamed Gobi to Western Altai mountains. On the road, we will visit the real untamed plases as White cave, petroglyphs, Rock formation, and canyons and visit the nomad families. In Altai mountains, we will hike through glassier, horse ride and stay with eagle hunter nomad family.
Activities: Off-road drive, visit nomadic families, visit Stone age, Bronze age caves and natural art gallery of rock painting. Horse riding in the Altai mountain range. Camel trek through sand dunes. Mountaineering in Altai mountains, hiking, Watch eagle hunting. Search for gazelle, ibex etc, and wild birds. Visit heritages of human evolution; natural art gallery, ancient petroglyphs, Northern Tsenkher cave…
Day 1 Yoliin am – Vulture gorge; ibex and see lammergeier vulture. And Bayanzag – Flaming Cliffs.
In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to the airport. After you landed in Dalanzadgad airport, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and drive to Yoliin am a valley (40 km). Yol means bearded, lammergeier vulture in Mongolian and the valley begins from Zuun Saikhan Mountain and stretches over 10 km. At the end of the valley, the high rocky gorge starts. The gorge is completely shaded from the direct sunshine by high cliffs and rocks. The gorge is famous for its glacier. There is ice created in winter by a small stream of the valley present there even until the end of July. The beauty of the valley, combined with the smell of juniper creates an atmosphere of awe and wonder. During a hike through valley, we will search to see Ibex and lammergeier vulture. Early in the morning hike, we will see gobi desert rare birds here. During a hike, big mouses will entertain us. As well, we visit to a local natural museum of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
Then we will drive to Bayanzag (101 km). Bayanzag means saxual forest in Mongolian and area of red cliffs “Bayanzag” which have been formed from the erosion of the water and wind over millions of years. A lot of dinosaurs fossil findings such as Protoceratops, carnivorous and a dinosaur’ eggs shell have been found there in the first time. American zoologist Roy ChapmanAndrews discovered this place and named as Flaming Cliffs. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. It is an interesting place to wander about to get a closer look at one of the worlds most famous paleontologist sites. In the evening we will walk around the site. Stay in tourist camp overnight there.
Day 2. Khongor Sand Dune – climb up to dunes, camel trek and visit nomad family After breakfast, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (152 km). Khongor is second biggest sand dune in the country that extends along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolun mountain ranges. It ranges from 5 – 30 km in width, nearly 180 km long, with crests rising 80 to 300m above the surrounding landscape. We will climb up to sand dunes and ride a camel through the bottom of the dunes. And evening Visit camel herder nomad family. Stay in camp.
Day 3 Bichigt Valley petroglyphs; Huge natural art gallery
Today we will drive to Bayanhongor province’s volcanic mountain range. It looks like black shiny, huge dump of coal. Stacks of black rock walls of narrow Bichigt valley are literally covered in amazingly well-preserved petroglyphs from the Bronze Age some 3000 years ago. Petroglyphs are painted from 3000 B.C to 8th century A.C by talented primitive artists. This rock painting belongs to the biggest ancient art gallery in Asia, second biggest in the world. Scratched into the rocks’ oxidized black surfaces are sun symbols, depictions of men and women, hunters, deer, wolves, gazelles, ibexes, scorpions and even wheeled carts. Exploring them requires time and liquid intake. Stay over in camp. (Bayanhongor province)
Road length: 160 km
White cave – years ago primitive people’s home
Morning, continue to search images of ancient people’s life. After lunch we will drive to next destination – White cave in Ih Bogd mountain. It is wind blasted surface of pale colored rock. Walking up a gorge there is 5 m wide cave entrance. Cave has 3 chambers. Total long is 38 meters. First chamber’s ceiling towered 10 meters to a small opening to the sky. The cave’s dusty walls are covered in pink crystals. In hot Gobi, this cave is a nice place to get cool. From this cave the oldest Paleolithic or Early Stone Ages ( 0 years ago) findings are founded. Researchers recently found more than 800 stone artifacts. Those are in Mongolian national history museum in Ulaanbaatar. Back then, 0 years ago, the climate was considerably wetter and the environment teeming with primitive people and wild animals. This cave was the home of primitive. (Bayanhongor provine; Gobi-Altai mountain range)
Road length: 70km
Day 4 Bayan-Undur village visit nomad family
Our next Gobi-explore destination is “Eej Uul” meaning of the Mother mountain. To reach this beauty of Gobi, we have to stay in trans-village due to long drive. Sleep over in Bayan – Undur village in Ger. (Bayanhongor province)
Road length: 240 km
Day 5 Discover “Eej Uul” means Mother mountain
5 Discover “Eej Uul” means Mother mountainDrive to solitary granite stone mountain – Eej Uul. Here we will stay 2 days. One day is not enough to explore this magnificent natural creation. Relax, swim, nap in the natural pools. Explore the strange, different shapes of rock formations. Visit the monk’s cave who lived there entire life.
The Mother mountain locates Gobi Altai province Mongolian western Gobi. It stretches south of the Altai mountain range. Because of its remote, it is unknown place even for locals. The highest point is 2274 m sea level, acquires 22475 hectares land. Around 100 species of plants grow in the surrounding area. It is a micro-ecological environment. Ibex, Argali- wild sheep, lynx, lizard and also lot of rare birds live here. The most attractive thing is nine round waterfall pools in rock plain. Local names it Nine Pots. Each situated like 40–50 cm stepping stones down the slope. First to third pools diameter is 1-3 meters, forth to eighth pools are 5-6 meters. Those are 2-8 meter deep. You can swim in hot weather and lie on the bank. The next mysterious thing is shapes of rock formations. Such as lizard-shaped rock, hugging couple’ shape, head of pig, sea turtle, chairs of theater, uvula, womb and even penis shape. You can explore others and name the shapes through hiking. The entire mountain looks like a lying woman from far so it is named as a Mother mountain. We will visit the cave, which is 24 m squire big. There was a Buddhist monk who lived in a cave here about one hundred years ago. Thus led to this mountain becoming a popular pilgrimage destination. Stay over in a camp. (Gobi-Altai province; Isolated rock-mountain)
Road length: 240 km
Day 6 Red clay mountain – Ulaan Yvir
Morning we will drive to Biger village. Hike through 700-800 m long red clay in the slope of a mountain. Again, it is a different brilliant natural creature. Stay over in a tent. (Gobi-Altai province; Gobi-Altai mountain range)
Road length: 190 km
Day 7 Relax in natural hot spring in Hasagt Mountain
Next destination is Hasagt mountain. One of the natural beauty of Gobi-Altai province. This mountain has four different character of nature. It starts with sand as a Gobi. And continue with steppe terrain at 2200-3000 meter high from sea level. There is green forest, different types of grasses, rare flowers and medical plants, rivers, rock cliffs. Above 3000-3500 meter, it is cold rocky peak. It is a natural reserve, protected area with wild animals and, medical rare plants. It is rich with deer, ibex, wild sheep, lynx, wolf and birds. We will stay in a spring treatment camp. (Gobi-Altai province, Gobi Altai mountain range)
Road length: 200 km
Day 8 Northern Tsenkher cave – rock painting art in cave
Morning, nearly after 8 hour drive by paved road we will arrive in Northern Tsenkher cave. The cave is registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1996. Two remarkable caves about 20 meters (66 feet) deep which were inhabited by humans between 40000 and 12000 years ago during the Paleolithic Era. The walls of the entrance cave are covered in numerous Stone Age rock paintings, drawn in deep ochre or brown paint against the yellow and white walls. Paintings of animals still prevalent today such as cattle, ibex, camel and gazelles and are now extinct mammoth, buffalo and ostrich. Others depict birds, snakes and trees. Nearby nature slope of a small mountain along the banks of a small river is gorgeous picturesque. Sleep over in camp. (Hovd province; Altai mountain range)
Road length: 450 km
Day 9 Ulgii town – Kazakh tribe
We will drive to Ulgii the town, where lives Kazakh tribe. Those are Muslim religious people. Who has a slight Caucasian look rather than being overtly Asian. The men wear mustaches and skullcaps. Women wear long dresses and cover their heads in colorful scarves. They speak the Kazakh language, in city signage is in both Cyrillic and Arabic. Homes in residential areas are made of mud and twigs with a flat roof. Ulgii has a lot of bazaar, a mosque and madrasah, or Islamic school. Outside the town, Kazakhs also live in Mongolian Ger. Their cuisine is different with the smell of flat oven-baked bread and shashlyk or kebabs. Here we will stay in a hotel.
Visit to Bayan-Ulgii province is not only an opportunity to see the most magnificent mountain scenery Mongol Altai Range. But to know the Kazakh lifestyle which, in many ways, is more traditional than in their “native” country. Most Kazakhs here continue their centuries-old nomadic lifestyle herding domestic animals as sheep, goat, horses, yaks and eagle. As elsewhere in Mongolia, they move seasonally a year, returning to solid winter quarters on southern facing slopes. Their hospitality is equally legendary. Stay over in the local Hotel. (Bayan-Ulgii province; Altai Moun)
Road length: 310 km
Day 10. Altai Tavan Bogd; visit Tuva ethnic nomad family
After breakfast, we will drive to Altai Tavan Bogd National Park (170 km). The homeland of eagle hunter nomad families. On the way, we will drive through the white river. The river flows from 100 m deep Ice Ages’s glacier. On the way, we will see the man stone, cemetery of Kazakh tribe, Kazakh tribe’s winter and summer places. This part is different than Mongolian another part. Of there are plenty of wild animals and legend of yaks, camel, horse and sheep. There are pristine lakes and rivers, glacier parks, snow-capped peaks, and green mountain forests. Today we will visit Tuva ethnic family. Evening discovers the rock paintings. Stay in Ger or tent
Day 11. Potanin’s Glasier – horse trek
Morning, we will enjoy an exhilarating horseback ride trip through an untamed wilderness and panoramic scenery. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows. We offer horse pack trip suited for all ages and abilities with rides varying in length. Horse pack trips make you more closely with nature. In the evening, we will come back to our base camp and overnight in Ger
Day 12. Khoton & Khurgan Lakes – waterfall
After breakfast time, we will drive to Khoton & Khurgan Lakes (210 km). Located over 2000 above sea level, both lakes are connected to each other by 3 km long Sirgaal Channel. Nature is very picturesque, snowcapped mountains with coniferous forest and pristine clear streams gers of Kazakh people and pasturing yaks. There are about 20 islands in the lakes which are the home of species of rare birds: whooper swan, goose, eagle, hooded crane and various species of ducks. Stay with Eagle Hunter nomad family. They will great us with full of hospitality. You will try their food, and let the guide explain the culture. The family will enjoy having a conversation with a foreign visitor. Take a picture with an eagle.
Day 13 Hike to Waterfall and drive Ulgii province
Morning we will hike to waterfall. The waterfall locates on the Chinese border. The nature of the waterfall is gorgeous. Full of a forest, high rocky mountains and lot of nomad families. Afternoon we will drive to Ulgii province. Stay in a hotel.
Day 14. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar
Early in the morning guide and driver will transfer you from your hotel to Ulgii airport. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. From Ulaanbaatar airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation.
- Round trip domestic flights tickets
- 4WD car drive service in the countryside (Russian van), domestic flights transfers to airport and from airport to hotel costs
- Hot showered Ger camp stay, hotels and tent
- English speaking guide service, cooking in the countryside
- Camel and horse trek local guide, camel, and horse trek activity’s cost
- Entrance fees to protected areas, traditional folk concert fee, museums and temple fees
- Meals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, water intake during the tour
Number of days: 14 /Gobi desert, Western Mongolia/