Gobi desert, occupying 30 per cent of the country’s vast territory and stretching from the east to the west through the southern part of Mongolia, it is rich in wildlife. Its numerous rare animal species include argali sheep, ibex, snow leopard, lynx, wild ass, gazelles, saiga, wild Bactrian camel and Gobi bear, just to name a few. Its plant kingdom comprises over 400 species including many valuable medicinal, folder and decorative plants. The sight of an ancient sea, the region has been host to countless fossil discoveries
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel. City tour including a visit to the National History Museum, where you will see artefacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present, and the excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Evening folk dance and music performance. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, we leave Ulaanbaatar for our camp in the Middle Gobi. On the way visit Baga Gazriin Chuluu natural reserve and the ruins of the 10th century Sum Khukh Burd temple on an island in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay in ger camp.
Breakfast at the camp. Continue to drive towards the South Gobi. On the way visit the Sangiin Dalai temple in Erdenedalai, one of the few monasteries and temples that survived the communist purges of the 1930s. Arrive at our camp in the Gobi in the late afternoon. Visit the stunning Yoliin Am Valley (Lammergeyer Valley) National Park for hiking and opportunities to photograph the gorge, the Gobi Glacier and the diverse local wildlife. Overnight stay in ger camp.
Drive to Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes, also known as the Singing Sands for the noise the sands make in high winds. Spend the day exploring the dunes and hiking in the area. Overnight stay in ger camp near Khongoriin Els.
Start driving towards the Karakorum. On the way visit the famous Flaming Cliffs (Bayan Zag), the site of numerous fossil discoveries by palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews and others. Stop for the night near Ongiin Khiid Monastery which is located on the bank of Ongi river. Overnight stay in ger camp.
Continue driving to Kharkhorum, with a packed lunch on the way. Arrive at the ancient city of Kharkhorum in the late afternoon. Visit Erdene Zuu, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and almost destroyed in the 1930s. Tour of the monastery grounds and several chapels with excellent examples of Buddhist iconography dating from the 16th century. Visit the symbolic ruins of the Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Overnight stay in ger camp.
After an early breakfast, continue our tour towards Ulaanbaatar via Bayangobi sand dunes and the picturesque rocky mountain of Khugnukhaan. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.