Of all the world’s arid lands, the Gobi Desert has about it the greatest air of mystery. This adventurous Gobi trek is designed to provide adventure enthusiasts with a desert experience like no other, through a land of boundless sand dunes, hidden mountain springs, isolated forests of saxaul bushes, and canyons where ibex roam among prehistoric rock paintings.
Follow in the footsteps of the many explorers who have been drawn to the dramatic Gobi Desert, such as Marco Polo, who crossed its trade routes over 700 years ago, and Roy Chapman Andrews, the legendary adventurer who in 1923 discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen. Explore the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, followed by a trekking expedition on foot and by camel, touring the Gobi deep into its magical landscapes. This thrilling journey through Mongolia’s diverse landscapes includes the ruins of ancient cities and monasteries, visits with families who live and raise their herds in the semi-arid desert environment, and nights spent camping under the stars in the shadow of the Gobi Altai Mountains.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Zaisan Memorial.
Day 2-3 Gobi Desert | Yol Valley
Begin exploring the Gobi Desert with a flight to Dalanzadgad, Mongolia’s southernmost provincial capital, and explore on foot Yol Valley National Park cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. Drive to the award-winning Three Camel Lodge for dinner. The trek to Gyalaan Canyon, and your tour of Asia, begins the following morning.
Day 4-5 Jargalant | Hutul Bulag
Touring the Gobi Desert offers a trek along canyons, famous for ancient rock paintings and through a mountain valley with views of distant sand dunes.
Day 6-9 Elsen Us | Flaming Cliffs | Balar Tsonj
Watching for herds of wild gazelle, begin camel trekking through the Gobi’s sand dunes, traveling as Mongolian nomads have for centuries, and onward through a region of sand and clay cliffs past dense forests of saxaul bushes. Visit the Flaming Cliffs, discovered by legendary adventurer Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews in 1923.
Day 10-11 Kharakhorum | Ongiin Hiid Monastery
Drive to Kharakhorum, site of Erdene Zuu Monastery and the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire, stopping along the way to explore Ongiin Hiid, one of Mongolia’s largest monasteries.
Day 12-13 Ulaanbaatar | National History Museum
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, visiting the homes of nomads along the way. Spend the following day at the capital’s Gandan Monastery and the National History Museum.