General information about trips

We offer you a distinctive range of tours and expeditions in all corners of Mongolia. Join one of our scheduled group tours or ask us for a customized tour especially designed for your private group. Our trips are designed to accommodate two general levels of comfort and activities. To help you make the right choice please read the following descriptions.

Tours with “G” code
For those wishing more comfortable lodging, we have trips offering ger camp accommodation. Gers, the traditional felt structures of nomads are spacious, very comfortable, beautifully decorated and with beds and bedding provided.  In addition to offering washrooms with showers and flush toilets, these camps also have a dining Ger, a perfect way to gather and socialize while enjoying fine dining.  “G” trips are appropriate for any age or level of fitness.  We may suggest a day hike or offer an opportunity to ride horses or camels as part of the trip. These activities are not arduous or demanding.

Expeditions with “E” code
Expedition tours travel to the remote corners of Mongolia where there aren’t many tourist facilities. On expedition tours, we offer camping in tents for some of the nights. Mats and blankets are provided for extra warmth; participants bring their own sleeping bags.  We also set up a dining tent with tables and chairs.  A toilet tent is also set up and a shower tent when possible.
Adventure activities offered on expeditions are of moderate to advanced level of difficulty. Mongolian horses are small but with good stamina, well tempered and relatively easy to handle. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and have ridden a few times before, you are eligible for a horseback-riding trip. We provide Australian saddles for riding. The two-humped Bactrian camels in Mongolia are extremely comfortable to ride. No prior experience is necessary.

Making a Booking

When you have decided on the trip that is right for you, simply submit a booking form online. As soon as we receive your booking form and your deposit, you will receive a letter of confirmation. Further important advice and information about your visit will be sent in due course.

Making a Payment

A non-refundable deposit of USD200 will secure your place on the tour. The balance should be paid no later than 2 months prior to your arrival in Mongolia. Payments can be made by wire transfer to our bank account in Mongolia, or by credit card. We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card, and JCB.

Insurance

All our trips include a travel medical insurance for the scheduled duration of your trip, from the date of your arrival until the day of your departure. This insurance has a value up to USD30.000 to cover the cost of medical services taken in Mongolia including air evacuation within the territory of Mongolia. However, we encourage all clients to make their own travel insurance as well.

Liabilities

  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to cancel trips when there are less than 3 bookings. Trip members will be given a choice between paying a surcharge to run the trip with less than 3 people, selecting another trip or cancelling their trip. Should cancellation be necessary the client's payment will be 100% refunded or used to build another trip's price.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to change the date or itinerary of trips without a prior notice to clients.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for the misoperation of the trip caused by factors beyond the control of Mongol Khan Expeditions.
  • Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred outside of Mongolia as well as for evacuation out of Mongolia. It’s a client’s responsibility to be covered from those potential expenses by his or her own insurance.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, no cancellation fee will be charged. All monies will be refunded except for your non-refundable deposit of USD200.
If you cancel between 6 to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged. The remaining 70% will be refunded to the client.
If you cancel between 3 to 1 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost of the trip will be charged.
If you cancel less than a week prior to the scheduled start of your trip, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund.

Refund payments will be sent back to the client’s bank account within a week of the cancellation date. For each refund payment a bank transfer charge will be deducted from the refundable amount.
Gobi Camels - 9 days

Trip code Trip date

G37-03 Aug 6 – Aug 14, 08

This classical journey to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia will take you to many wonders of this massive expanse of arid land. Starting in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, with interesting museums and art galleries, we will fly south to the Gobi desert.

The Naadam Festival for the National Holiday is held throughout the country in the month of July. Also for especial occasions, local people hold mini Naadam festivals throughout the summer time and enjoy the national sports of horse racing, wrestling and archery. Naadam has been held for centuries as a form of memorial celebration, as an annual sacrificial ritual honoring various mountain gods or to celebrate a community endeavor. It’s believed that in old times, Naadam has also served as a contest to choose the best horses and warriors for the battles.

Traveling in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park we will visit the high cliff walls and solid ice formations of Eagle Valley, the flaming cliffs at Bayanzag, and the majestic sand dunes of Hongoriin Els. Journeying further we will see the ancient rock engravings of Bayangiin Nuruu; and the White Cave, the oldest shelter to humans. This is the ultimate journey visiting the highlights of the desert. We will visit a local nomad family to explore their lifestyle and ride camels or horses with them. Enjoying the hospitality of nomads we’ll have a traditional Mongolian dish of “Horhog”

Day 1
Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to the Bayan Gol Hotel to check-in and freshen up. In the afternoon we will have a leisurely program of sightseeing including the Sukhbaatar square and Chinggis Khan’s monument and the Fine Art’s Museum of Zanabazar. In the evening you will be entertained by traditional Mongolian folk concert followed by dinner.

Bayangol hotel (L, D)

Day 2
Early in the morning you will be taken to the airport for a flight to South Gobi province. The flight takes over an hour. On arrival, you will be met by our drivers and taken to a ger camp for breakfast and check in. Then we drive to Bulgan village to witness the mini Naadam Festival. The horse races are conducted on the open grasslands with no set track or course. Children from the ages of 5 to 13 are chosen as jockeys. The traditional Mongolian wrestling has its unique costumes and interesting rules. The archers dress in traditional costumes and use a bent bow constructed of horn, bark, and wood.

We will spend the full day at Naadam and return to the camp in the afternoon.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 3
After a relaxing morning at the camp we will start our day trip. We will drive into the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain Range, which is a part of the Altai Mountains. Here we hike along the Eagle Valley and explore the high cliff walls and the wildlife that inhabits the area. Return to the camp for lunch. Have a rest at the camp in the afternoon. After dinner we drive to the Flaming Red Cliffs at Bayanzag. This is the site where Roy Chapman Andrew, the famous American scholar first found dinosaur skeletons and eggs in 1920s. The view of the Cliffs is the best at sunset. Drive back to the ger camp for overnight.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 4
Today we continue the drive further into the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park and reach the Hongoriin sand dunes. Local people name it “Singing dunes” as the dunes make an interesting sound in the wind when falling. Explore the dunes in the evening on foot or camel back. Stay overnight in the ger camp located at the beautiful setting of the sand dunes and Hongoriin Gol (River), which runs on the northern side of the dunes.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 5
Today our desert expedition continues into Bayankhongor province. On the way we stop at Bichigt Valley to explore the rock art dating to the Bronze Age, from 3000 BC all way to the 8th century. Here the ancient residents have engraved thousands of rock art that depict people, their livelihood, animals and brands. Experts have commented on the futuristic style of the engravings and on the relatively advanced society, which made them. After exploring the engravings, we continue to Gobi Camel ger camp where we’ll stay for the next two nights.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 6
Morning at leisure around the camp, you can explore the surrounding on foot. The Gobi Camels ger camp is located in the picturesque setting at the foothills of Ikh Bogd Mountain. The Ikh Bogd Mountain is elevated to 3957m above sea level and is the highest peak of Gobi Altai Mountain Range. Then we drive to visit a local nomad family. We’ll spend a day with the family exploring their nomadic lifestyle and trying some horse and camel riding. The traditional Mongolian meal of “Khorhog” will be cooked for us. You can also taste “Airag” the fermented mare’s milk, the favorite drink of Mongolians. It’s very interesting to follow how these meals and drinks are prepared. In the afternoon we return to Gobi Camels ger camp.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 7
In the morning we drive to visit the White Cave formed with crystal rock. It is about 40m long and its height reaches to 5-6 m at some part. Inside the cave continues to narrow channels. Just a few years ago the archaeologists have found interesting discoveries from this cave that proved that some seven hundred thousand years ago the White cave was a shelter to people. This is the most ancient dwelling of people that has been found so far in Mongolia. After exploring the Cave, we continue driving to Bayankhongor town. Stay at the ger camp outside of the town.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 8
This morning we take a local flight back to ULN. On arrival you will be taken to the hotel. After lunch we’ll have some more sightseeing and shopping in Ulaanbaatar visiting the Gandan Monastery and the Bogd Khan’s Winter Palace Museum. A farewell dinner and overnight at Bayangol hotel.

Bayangol hotel (L, D)

Day 9
You will be taken to the airport for your international flight.

Quick Reference Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and sightseeing, o/n Bayangol hotel

Day 2 Fly South Gobi and enjoy the Naadam Festival, o/n ger camp

Day 3 Day trip to Eagle valley, and the Flaming Red Cliffs at Bayanzag, o/n ger camp

Day 4 Drive to Khongoriin Sand dunes, Camel ride, o/n ger camp

Day 5 Visit ancient rock art at Bichigt valley, o/n ger camp

Day 6 Visit a local nomad family, o/n ger camp

Day 7 Visit White Cave and drive to Bayankhongor, o/n ger camp

Day 8 Fly to Ulaanbaatar, sightseeing and shopping, o/n Bayangol hotel

Day 9 Depart Mongolia

Price per person:

USD1980 for group of 3-7 people

USD1840 for group of 8-11 people

USD1780 for group of 12-16 people

Single accommodation available at USD130

The price includes:

All transfers and ground transportation

Domestic flights

Twin share stay at Bayangol hotel while in Ulaanbaatar

Twin share accommodation at Ger camp

All meals

All entrance fees to museums and monasteries

National park fees

Fees for riding animals

Local wranglers and other support staff

English speaking guide throughout the trip

Travel medical insurance

The price does not include:

International flights

Visas

Alcoholic drinks

Gratuities

Items of a personal nature

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