Trip to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National park

Ulaanbaatar-South Gobi
6 days
Between May to September 2022
Price includes
  • Airport / hotel / airport transfers
  • hotel** in Ulaanbaatar, breakfast included
  • Domestic flights
  • Full board during the excursion
  • Mineral water
  • camp of comfortable yurts with hot shower
  • nights at homestay, under yurt of hosts
  • Travel by car + driver
  • Essence
  • English-speaking guide
  • Horseback riding
  • Camel ride
  • Local guides during hikes
  • Entrance fees to the parks and museums mentioned
  • Traditional show
  • Kitchen equipment (camping tables and chairs) and sleeping equipment (down)
Price excludes
  •   Transport international
  •   Passport & Visa Fees
  •   Repatriation insurance
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Extra drinks / alcohols
  •   Meals in Ulaanbaatar
  •   Calls
  •   Any excursion not mentioned in the program

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Arrival on Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch in a Mongolian restaurant  to discover local dishes. In the evening planned a traditional show.

Ulaanbaatar (in Mongolian: "Red Hero") is the capital of Mongolia. It is at the same time the political, economic, industrial, scientific and cultural center. Administratively, it has the status, unique in the country,of municipality, comparable to that of province.

The city, which stretches from east to west at the bottom of the valley of the Tula River, over twenty kilometers, brings together more than a million inhabitants, more than a third of the country's population. The city changed its name several times in its history; at its creation in 1639, örgöö which gives the famous translation Urga, in 1651 Nomyn khüree, in 1706 Ikh khüree, in 1912 Niislel khüree and finally in 1924, the current name, Ulaanbaatar.

Ulaanbaatar is located 522 km  south-southeast of Irkutsk, Russia,1,170  km northwest of  Beijing,1,557 km east-northeast of Ürümqi, China and 4,635 km east-southeast of Moscow. The city is built along the Tula River, a stream belonging to the Selenge sub-basin.To the southeast of the city is the Choybalsan Uul,a small regional massif culminating at 2,261m and belonging to the Khentii Mountains. The latter mountainous set, more important, limits the Tula Valley to the north and continues to Russia. Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital of the world, it benefits a continental climate froid and  dry.  Winter is cold and long while summer is short and cool. Almost all precipitation occurs in summer.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar-Dalanzadgad-Yol Canyon

Ulaanbaatar-Dalanzadgad -Yoliin am Canyon 660km

Departure for the South Gobi region where the famous Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park is located.

Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park  is a national park  in southern  Mongolia. The park was established in 1993 and by 2000 it already had its current size. With 27,000km2,Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park is the largest park in Mongolia. It receives its name from the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, three beauties, from its eastern, middle and western ranges of the eastern part of the park. The park is located on the northern border of the Gobi Desert and its highest elevations contain steppe areas. There are several native species like the ounce or the Gobi camel. There are also areas famous for their dunes like  Khongoryn  Els. Another tourist attraction is the Yolyn Am Valley, which features a large strip of ice almost all year round. The Gobi Desert is of historical importance, not only for its belonging to the Mongol Empire,but also because it was one of the crossing points of the Silk Road.

Part of the desert as well as fossils located in the desert were inscribed on the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage in 2014. The Gobi stretches 1,600 km from southwest to northeast and 800 km from north to south. Its area is estimated at 1,300,000km2, making it one of the largest deserts in the world. Contrary to images frequently associated with deserts, the Gobi is more covered with stones than sand.

The landscapes are diverse: there are vast plains of steppe,earth, stone or sand, imposing mountain ranges such as the famous Flaming Cliffs  or smaller dunes. This heterogeneity of landscapes gives the Gobi Desert an important variety of colors. The sunshine is about 250 days a year. Nomads  inhabit some areas. They travel on camels,  small horses (Mongolian horse)or inmotorized all-terrain vehicles depending on the region and the means. Mongolian nomads live as a family and sleep under  yurts, traditional Mongolian circular houses.

Wild animals include Przewalski's horse, snow  leopard, Mongolian hemione or Gobi's bear.  

Humans have long domesticed sheep,goats, including the  cashmere goat,famous for the unique quality of the cashmere fiber it produces, yaks, camels or Mongolian horse.

The Nemegt Basin,located in the northwestern part of the desert, is known locally as the "Valley of the Dragons" because it is a source of many fossil species,  including dinosaurs, dinosaur eggs, and fossil foot prints.

The continental climate of the Gobi Desert experiences extreme temperature differences that make it very hostile. Despite this, grasses as well as some small shrubs feed a large number of small animals such as the desert hamster  and the wild donkey. The climate of the Gobi has significant variations depending on the season: scorching in summer (38 ° C),it is freezing in winter (−25  ° C),making it the coldest desert in the world after Antarctica. This plateau is swept by powerful winds. Between night and day, a thermal amplitude of 32 °C can be observed. In yolyn Am Canyon, you can see blocks of ice inJune.The Gobi Desert is growing by more than 10,000  km2  per year. The canyon of Yoliin Am is part of a protected area at 2500 meters above sea level. During this discovery, you will certainly meet the animal that gave its name to these places, the bearded vulture, "Yol" in Mongolian. Inside the gorges are some small waterfalls, a frozen lake and permanent glaciers... Unique creations of nature!

Night yurt camps

Day 3 Yol canyon-Dunes of Khongor

Yoliin Canyon am-Khongor Dunes 165km

Heading to the Khongor Dunes of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, in the south of the country, you will listen to the Khongor dunes sing due to the noise that the wind makes as it moves the sand. An unforgettable camel ride will make you discover the pale yellow hues of the dunes and the green vegetation that is in these 180 km long. Certainly one of the unforgettable moments of your trip!

Yurt camps

Day 4 Dunes of Khongor-Bayanzag

The Dunes of Khongor- The red cliff of  Bayanzag 200km

The Bayanzag cliff, nicknamed "the cliff of fire", became famous thanks to the discovery in 1923 of the first eggs of protoceratops by the American paleontologist Roy Chapman.

Direction to Bayanzag The  Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag  are ochre cliffs carved by erosion. When we find ourselves in the middle of these formations, we think we are the space of a moment back in the landscapes of  the American West. However, this place has not always been so desert. More than 70 million years ago, it looked like a tropical rainforest in which dinosaurs roamed. The place reveals a special beauty during the sunset.When the rock catches fire under the last rays of the sun.The nickname of flamboyant cliffs is therefore not usurped!  

Yurt camps

Day 5 Bayanzag-Ulaanbaatar

Return to the capital by direct flight. We still enjoy one day Ulaanbaatar, visit the cashmere factory.

Day 6 Return