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.
Exploring the Great Gobi Desert - 16 days

Trip code Trip date

E9-02 Aug 29 – Sep 13, 08

The Great Gobi Desert is a treasure full of astonishing surprises that draws the most avid travellers, explorers and scientists into its open arms and entices them to return again and again.

On this trip you will witness mini Naadam festival where local people 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 honouring various mountain gods or to celebrate a community endeavour. It’s believed that in old times, Naadam has also served as a contest to choose the best horses and warriors for the battles.

Our explorations will take you to some of the most unique and untouched places in this vast wilderness including the magnificent canyon at Herman Tsav, made from thousands of years of rock and sand erosion; well preserved rock engravings at Mount Ikh Bayan, depicting ancient civilizations; a desert oasis at Zuun Mod with a profusion of greenery amongst the arid sands. We will also visit the wonders, nestled within the bounds of the 2 million hectares, of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. This park, the jewel of all the Gobi’s treasures, contains the Valley of Yol, with solid ice formations even in the heat of the Gobi summer and Hongoriin Els sand dunes, the largest in Mongolia and the Flaming red cliffs at Bayanzag the famous site where the American scholar Roy Chapman Andrew’s expeditions found fossilized dinosaur skeletons and eggs in 1920s. Each day you will be greeted by vibrant sunrises, followed by days of warmth and colour and then, after a spectacular sunsets, night skies absolutely littered with millions of stars.

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 National History Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. Both museums house impressive displays of Mongolian National and Religious history.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 2
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Bayankhongor. Upon arrival you will be met by our local drivers and taken towards Gobi desert. For some while we’ll drive along Tuin River that flows across the semi-desert plain onto Orog Lake. Different species of birds migrate to the area and spend summer on the lake, such as Great Cormorant and different species of swans, goose, duck and seagull.
We will drive through high cliff gorge in the mountain to the summer settlement of nomadic families. Here we visit Dash’s family, a local herdsman. His family herds sheep and goats, camels and horses. Here we set up our tented camp and spend the evening with nomads, being treated to some real Gobi hospitality and learning of their nomadic way of life. A traditional Mongolian dish of “Horhog” will be prepared for us. A milk wine is always there in the summer time. Please be prepared for a singing party, nomads of the Gobi love to sing and they sing beautifully.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 3
Spend the morning with nomads following their daily activity; you are welcome to help milking goats, stirring “Airag”, the fermented drink of mare’s milk, or help holding up foals for milking mares.

We then continue our trip to Gobi Camels ger camp located at a picturesque setting at the foothills of Ikh Bogd Mountain. The mountain is elevated to 3957m and is the highest peak of Gobi Altai mountain Range. We will explore the surrounding of the camp on foot. In the afternoon we drive to visit the White Cave formed with crystal rock. 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. Return to Gobi Camel ger camp and stay in traditional felt tents of nomads.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 4
Full day to enjoy the local 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. Return to Gobi Camels ger camp in the afternoon.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 5
This morning we will drive to Mount Ikh Bayan where we explore some ancient rock engravings. This historical site is famous not only in Mongolia but is also a valuable cultural heritage of an ancient civilization of the world. The engravings are on the rocky slope of the mountain and stretch for a few hundred metres and remain in good condition. Then we continue our way to Mount Burkhan Hailaast, a beautiful mountain ridge in the middle of the Gobi desert, formed with granite rock. The water pools in the mountain fed by rainfall are important water source for wildlife and domestic animals of the area. It is a good place for hiking. In the early evening and morning we might be able to see wild mountain goats and sheep grazing on the hillside.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 6
Our camel man will come with camels this morning and we start our linear camel riding tour. The Bactrian camel has two humps making for a very comfortable ride. Mongolians use bright, colourful, hand-made saddles for riding which sit between the two humps of the camels. The camels are slow and steady and they travel at a fairly even pace. It is important not to frighten or upset the camels in any way, which means no taking photographs while seated on the camel, no taking off or putting on items of clothing and no wild or sudden movements.
Today we will enter Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park and ride to the Oasis called Zuun Mod or Hundred Trees, in the middle of the desert. It’s a full day of ride with an option of taking a drive instead. Tonight we will camp in the trees at the Oasis.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 7
Continue riding through the desert for about 25 kms and reach a place called Bugiin Tsav. This is one of the places in Central Asia that is rich with palaeontologic findings of dinosaur fossils. On arrival we explore the fossils of dinosaurs and other fresh water inhabitants lying on the surface.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 8
After a farewell breakfast with our camel man we return to the vehicles and drive to Hermen Tsav. This is a canyon made from thousands of years of erosion of red sand and which stretches for about 10kms in the Gobi desert. The area has desert plants and trees and offers very striking hiking opportunities. Upon arrival we will make camp near the edge of the canyon’s mouth.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 9
A well-earned day of rest today at Khermen Tsav, after being constantly on the go for the past few days. During the day we will go for a hiking tour trough the canyon and explore the fascinating plant species and sand formations.

Camping in tents (B, L, D)

Day 10
Today we will continue driving in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. It is a long day of drive to Khongoriin sand dunes. On the way there are gazelles and wild asses racing across the plain and the lonely nomadic gers with grazing camels close by. In the evening we will reach the sand dunes at Hongoriin Els and stay at a tourist camp.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 11
Morning at the sand dunes to explore the area on foot or camel back. It is the biggest sand dunes in Mongolia. After lunch we continue the trip to the Flaming Red cliffs at Bayanzag, the famous site where the American scholar Roy Chapman Andrew’s expeditions found fossilized dinosaur skeletons and eggs in 1920s.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 12
A day trip to the Eagle valley. This Valley is nestled deep within the hills and is a haven from the desert heat. Some areas of the valley are continually sheltered from the hot sun and house huge, blocks of ice that gradually melt away during the summer. Hike in the valley and explore the wildlife. Return to the camp in the afternoon.

Ger camp (B, L, D)

Day 13
This morning we drive to Dalanzadgad and take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival we will be met and transferred to Bayangol Hotel. In the afternoon you will have some time for shopping. The evening entertainment would be a performance of Mongolian traditional music and dance.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 14
A day of sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar will start visiting the Gandan Monastery and the Natural History Museum. You will also visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum. The evening entertainment is a Fashion show of Mongolian traditional costumes.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 15
Today we will do a day trip to the Khustain Nuruu National Park, where Takhi, the wild horse is being bred and reintroduced back to the wild nature. Visit the information center to learn more about the Prejewalski wild horse Project. After lunch we’ll make a tour in the National Park, either on foot or in a vehicle. Those interested can explore the Park on horseback too. The Khustain Nuruu National Park is rich with wildlife, including the wild horse, red deer, marmot, fox, wolf and different species of birds. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the late afternoon.

Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)

Day 16
You will be taken to the airport for your departure flight

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Quick Reference Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and sightseeing, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 2 Fly Bayankhongor and drive to a nomad family, o/n camping in tents;

Day 3 Trip to White Cave, o/n ger camp;

Day 4 Full day at Naadam Festival, o/n ger camp;

Day 5 Explore rock art and drive to Mount Burkhan Khailaast, o/n camping in tents;

Day 6 Camel ride to Zuun Mod Oasis, o/n camping in tents;

Day 7 Camel ride to Bugiin Tsav, explore dinosaur fossils, o/n camping in tents;

Day 8 Drive to Khermen Tsav, o/n camping in tents;

Day 9 A day of rest at Khermen Tsav, o/n camping in tents;

Day 10 Drive to Hongoriin Els sand dunes, o/n ger camp;

Day 11 Drive to Bayanzag, o/n ger camp;

Day 12 A day trip to Eagle valley, o/n ger camp;

Day 13 Fly to Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 14 A day sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 15 A day trip to Khustain Nuruu National Park; o/n Bayangol Hotel;

Day 16 Departure

Price per person:

USD3090 for group of 3-7 people

USD2770 for group of 8-11 people

USD2650 for group of 12-16 people

Single accommodation available at USD200

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 camping equipment except sleeping bags

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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