ADVENTURE TRIP

Journey to
the Enigmatic
Gobi

BACTRIAN CAMELS, SINGING SAND, MAGICAL SUNSETS, AND A SKY FULL
OF STARTS. JOIN THE ZAYA TEAM ON THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE TO THE
GOBI, EXPERIENCE THE FLAVOURS, NOMADIC CULTURES &
BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES THAT MAKE IT LEGENDARY
DAYS          FROM
4-9              $1400
Want to challenge yourself this summer? Prepare for a unique adventure loaded with breathtaking sights and unforgettable experiences as you travel from the busy streets of UB to the quiet sands of the Gobi. Discover mysterious charm of the golden sands, stroll through the dunes with a friendly camel, call into the biggest monasteries & temples on the way, get a taste of Mongolian hospitality with a ger stay in in the middle of the Gobi and reflect on tragic folk stories told by the elders in the dim light of the candle. With an expert guide bringing the history to life, and plenty of freedom to explore at your own pace – this eye-opening adventure is so much more than a trip, but an experience of a life-time.

Why you will absolutely love this tour!

  • Make the most out of our package trip. We offer the best prices available on the market & all of your expenses are included. Safely fly over here & we will take care of the rest.
  • Experience the legendary hospitality of Mongolia. With five nights spent across Mongolian traditional yurts, you’ll immerse yourself in local life.
  • Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the southern Mongolia, including the enchanting sand dunes, eroded hills and watch dramatic sunsets from on top of the Bactrian camel.
  • Visit the biggest national parks, and monasteries on the way, immerse yourself in the history & culture of Mongolia.

 

Is this trip the one?

  • You need to have a good level of fitness and be in excellent health to take part in this trip. Medical facilities can be as far away as 1-2 days’ drive at times, as some locations are very remote. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities.
  • You’ll experience varying temperatures in the desert and out on the steppe or in the mountains, so check the weather forecast online before you visit and pack accordingly.
  • You’ll be spending some nights with a local family in yurt on this trip. While the “ger/yurt” is shared and small, this is a great opportunity to connect with the nomads (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals).
  • Eating can be pretty challenging for vegan/vegetarian travelers as Mongolians mostly depend on meat and dairy products. Vegan/vegetarian food options can be scarce. However, we will try our best to suit your needs.
  • Some destinations have outdoor bathroom facilities (squat toilets), and it won’t be possible to take a shower every day on this trip.
  • Daily drives range from 3 to 7 hours in duration. While this can be tiring for some travelers, the sceneries & experiences are well worth the ride!

Standard

Our Adventure trips are designed for travelers who want exceptional experience, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the slenderest of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in?

Rules

  • Illegal drugs are strictly forbidden on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the country, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers.
  • Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We do not tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide or driver and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting us.

7 days & 6 nights

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar! Zaya drivers will meet you at the airport and happily take/escort/drive you to your choice of accommodation. If you arrive earlier than the indicated date, explore what our lovely capital, Ulaanbaatar has to offer. The big Journey begins with a meeting with Zaya staff at your convenient location the day before the tour begins! Discuss about your travel plans & get ready for the journey.

  • Special Info- You can stay at Zaya hostel with a 15% discount, the day before and after the trip.

Day 2: White Stupa

Embrace an early start and head to Zaya hostel to meet your guide, driver, and fellow travelers over breakfast. Your Gobi Journey starts with a road trip to one of the most unique and impressive attractions on this trip, White stupa/Tsagaan Suvarga. The scarp of Tsagaan Suvarga is located in Ulziit soum of Dundgovi province. It is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. The cliff is 30 meters high and 100 meters wide. Over millions of years the wind has created this wonderful rock formations. You can scramble down the sandy ravine and see all the many colorful layers of Earth’s history. Try to reach the bottom. From there you can see all the pinks, oranges, topped off with whites, hence the name White Stupa. It is an amazing sight, only to be seen at site. Tonight, spend the night at local herder family, eat like a local, immerse yourself in the nomad culture, and sleep in a ger, a traditional dwelling for Mongolians. You share the ger with the family. While the ger is small and shared, this is a great way to experience the nomad lifestyle & connect with the people. There are no indoor bathroom facilities, so outdoor toilets are to be expected.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – White Stupa
  • Accommodation – Herderfamily ger

Day 3: Yoliin Am Ice Field

Today embark on a unique journey to see the Yolin Am/The bearded vulture valley. Located in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, Yolyn Am is an unexpected slice of the Gobi that features green hills and ice fields. Entering into the park is like being transported to a whole different place, you will forget that you are in the Gobi. Many years of water erosion has created this stunning deep canyon with many rocky cliffs and ledges. It’s famous for the meters thick ice fields that remain frozen throughout the year, as the valley is blocked from sunlight. It is an amazing site to witness glaciers, minutes away from walking in the blazing heat. However, due to climate change, they tend to defrost towards the end of summer. You can explore the valley by foot, or horseback riding can be arranged on site. Tonight, it’s another night in a herderfamily ger. The attractions in the Gobi are definitely breathtaking, but the Gobi people are truly the best part of the Gobi. As the Gobi people get older, all the abundant history & tragic tales are fading away with them, so have them pour it all over you with a cup of hot milk tea in the dim light of a candle. Don’t forget to go for a short walk during the night to gaze at the Mongolian night sky. It is thrillingly beautiful & never forgettable.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Yolyn Am
  • Optional Activities – Horseriding into the valley
  • Accommodation – Herderfamily ger
  • Special Info –

Day 4: Khongoliin Els

Wake up early today! An exhilarating drive of 180 kms brings you to the Khongoryn Sand Dunes, undoubtedly the highlight of the Gobi. The road is winding but the you’ll be greeted with great views of world’s greatest desert standing calm & firm/proud. The sensation of being out in the Gobi Desert, and witnessing the beauty of the wilderness is impossible to adequately put into words. Climb up the dunes, it can be pretty challenging against the falling sand, but the view is beyond beautiful… shapes perfectly contoured with shadows of ripples and undulating crests, mountains in the background. You will witness the most magical sunset while on top. Although not included in the trip, a camel ride is highly recommended to fully experience the Gobi. You will be spending the night at a tourist ger camp today, with an opportunity of a hot shower.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Khongoryn sand dunes
  • Optional Activities – horse riding, camel riding
  • Accommodation – Tourist ger camp
  • Special Info –

Day 5: Flaming Cliffs

This morning, drive out to the picturesque flaming cliffs! Pictures simply can’t do justice to this amazing scenery. Flaming cliffs /Bayanzag/ are particularly impressive near sundown, when the angle of the sun paints the cliffs and yields wonderful shadows, but what the cliffs are really famous for are the dinosaur discoveries, starting with historic expedition of Roy Chapman Andrews in the 1920s, which discovered for the first time fossilized dinosaur eggs.

It’s just in the middle of the Gobi Desert, and there is nothing else in the vast land as far as the eye can see. Feel how it’s to be on top of the cliff, soak in the views of vistas of land, sky and clouds. It is a true delight to human kind, and a sight to behold. The afternoon is free for you to explore the mesmerizing place at your own pace. Settle tonight at a ger camp with an opportunity of a hot shower.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Flaming cliffs
  • Accommodation – Tourist ger camp

Day 6: Baga Gazriin Chuluu

Rise with the sun, and enjoy another road trip to your last destination, Baga Gazriin Chuluu, a series of rock granite formations in Dundgobi. It extends 15 km in length and 6m in width. The area is known for its somewhat bloody history of Buddhist monastery purges, which you can hear from your tour guides. For the more active, hiking up the stack of granite rock that have formed towers and ridges would be a great way to end the trip. Tonight, settle in a herderfamily ger for the last time and gather to have a final dinner together.

  • Meals included – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Activities Included – Small rock formation
  • Accommodation – Herderfamily ger

Day 7: Back to Ulaanbaatar

Your Journey to the Enigmatic Gobi has come to an end with a ride back to UB. While it may make you feel light sadness to leave such a wonderful place, it is finally time to return back to civilization!

9 days & 8 nights

Our Gobi 9 days & 8 nights tour is designated for those who want a rather slow-paced trip, enjoying the road trip, and the nature while hitting the exact same destinations as the 6 days & 5 nights trip. You can choose to stay a day or two at your favorite destinations in the trip.

Airport pick-up & drop-off

Meals during the trip
breakfast, lunch, dinner

4-wheel car & driver

Drinking water supply

Zaya Hostel in UB

Accommodation during the trip
tourist ger camp
local family ger

English speaking tour guide

Entrance to parks & monasteries

Exclusions

  • Meals in Ulaanbaatar city
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Snacks & alcoholic beverages

Check Available Dates
Journey to Enigmatic Gobi is available during the 3 months of summer (June-August).
6 days & 5 nights

1 person $1228
2 persons $703
3 persons $513
4 persons $427
5 persons $369
6 persons $329

7 days & 6 nights

1 person $1376
2 persons $792
3 persons $580
4 persons $483
5 persons $418
6 persons $374

8 days & 7 nights

1 person $1524
2 persons $881
3 persons $647
4 persons $539
5 persons $468
6 persons $419

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