Dinosaur fossils, Bearded Vultures, and singing sand dunes are just a few of the many treasures to be discovered in the Gobi Desert trek. From the green valleys in the foothills of the Gobi Altai Mountains to the dramatic red sandstone of the Flaming Cliffs, this adventure provides an in-depth exploration of the Gobi’s secrets.
Journey into this unforgettable landscape and share the Gobi with the two-humped camels and Argali mountain sheep, snow leopards and Gobi bears that live among the canyons, valleys, and dunes of this diverse region.The multicolored granite rocks of the Gyalaan Valley and the immense “Singing Sands” of the Hongoryn Els dunes are among this expedition’s unforgettable destinations. Other highlights include a visit to Tugrugin Shiree, where the “Fighting Dinosaurs” fossil was discovered, and a chance to go camel trekking in the Ayaldai Valley.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
Begin exploring the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia at the Gandan Monastery while spinning the prayer wheels as you stroll through the grounds. Monasteries across the country are again opening their doors to worshippers and the few lamas who survived the purges are training a new generation. Drive through downtown Ulaanbaatar to the National History Museum for an excellent overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. End the day with visits to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum and the Zaisan Memorial.
Day 3-4 Gobi | Havsgait | Yol Valley National Park
Fly to the Gobi Desert, home to abundant wildlife including Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep, and goitered gazelles. Trek the Gobi Desert and explore the beautiful Yol Valley. Overnight at the award winning Three Camel Lodge.
Day 5-7 Gyalaan Valley | Ayaldai Valley | Hongoryn Els
Travel by car to the multihued rocks of Gyalaan Davaa, passing through the Haalgan Davaa Pass and the Hongoryn Els sand dunes. The next day, tour the Gobi Deseert by car or travel by camel through the Ayaldai Valley to the towering Hongoryn Els. Spend two days journeying deep within the Gobi, an unforgettable desert experience. Enjoy a night at the Three Camel Lodge, our premier ecolodge in the Gobi Desert.
Day 8-9 Tugrugiin Shiree | Bulgam Sum | Flaming Cliffs
Drive to Tugrugiin Shiree, the site of the famous ‘Fighting Dinosaurs’ fossil unearthed in the late 1970s. Explore the area and then drive to Bulgan Sum, which houses one of the only farms in the Gobi. The following day, trek the Gobi Desert to the legendary Flaming Cliffs, discovered by Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews in 1923.
Day 10-12 Gobi | Ulaanbaatar | Hustain Nuruu National Park
Fly to Ulaanbaatar in the morning and visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace museum, home of Mongolia’s last theocrat. The following two days explore Hustain Nuruu National Park, home to the last remaining wild species of horse in the world – the takhi – and visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, named for the renowned 17th-century artist and politician who became the first Buddhist leader of Mongolia.