Day 1: Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by your guide. He will bring us to your comfortable, centrally located hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Bogd Khan's Winter Palace, a series of beautiful traditional buildings in which the eighth Living Buddha and the last king lived. It is now a museum displaying fascinating artefacts and costumes associated with the last king as well as his collection of stuffed animals. (Hotel, L, D)
Day 2: After breakfast in our hotel restaurant, we will leave for the Mongolian countryside. Our first stop will be 250 km (6 hours driving) southward in the beautiful region of Bag Gazrin Chuluu. It is a huge granite formation in the middle of the Mongolian sandy plane. At the foot of the formation we will visit the remains of a small monastery named Delgeriin Chior. End of the afternoon we will drive and hike around in the area. We will visit the picturesque ruins of a small monastery that are hidden in a nice little protected valley.
As the place is far away from the usual tourist routes, there are no accommodation facilities. Therefore we will set up our tents in a beautiful natural scene of one of the valleys of the formation. Tents, pneumatic mattresses, etc. will be provided. You will have to bring your own sleeping bag. A barbecue accompanied with some fresh vegetables will wait for us at the camping spot. (Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 3: After a breakfast at the camp side, we will start driving towards the Gobi desert. Today we will see the landscape changing dramatically from the fertile grassland to the inhospitably rocky land. Soil will not be covered with sand but with small pebbles. If we are lucky we will be able to observe a mirage or some wild desert gazelles. Despite the appearance of a totally inhospitable area, we will see sporadically a family living there with their animals. The number of families and cattle we will see along the road will gradually reduce. Camels will slowly replace cows. In the evening we will reach our camel breeding family. We will be introduced to the camel man and his family, share a dinner together and spend the night at his place. We will have time to discuss all technical maters for the trip starting next day. (Family Stay, B, L, D)
Day 4: After a good breakfast with the camel man’s family we will meet the camels, load them and start our camel expedition. We will ride the whole morning until reaching beginning if the afternoon Bayanzag. Bayanzag also known as the "Flaming Cliffs" is the worldwide renowned place where palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur bones and eggs. The surrounding landscape is a beautiful combination of rocks, red sand and scrubs. Here we will spend some time exploring the cliffs on food or on camel. (Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Days 5 - 6: For two days we will ride our camels southwards through a totally flat, inhospitable area, to reach end of the second day the imposing Altai Mountains. We will take a ride through the beautiful Yoliin Am Gorge that is located in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Ancient rivers carved those green valleys. We may catch a glimpse of the wild Argali sheep, the Ibex, the desert gazelles or the Golden Eagles. We will also pay a visit to the little museum of the park. (Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 7: Today we will head 200 km westwards to the Khongoriin Els. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes. Those impressive dunes of 200 meters high in some places, stretch from East to West over more than 100 km. Behind the sand dunes we will see the impressive black rocky mass of the Sevrey Mountain. In the evening we will meet the camel man and his family. We will have a dinner together and overnight at his family ger. (Family Stay, B, L, D)
Days 8 - 9: For two days we will ride camels along the impressive Khongoriin Els sand dunes and explore its beauties. We will have time to hike on the dunes and the most energetic of us will climb to the top of the sand dunes and enjoy one of the most amazing views of Mongolia. (Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 10: From the sand dunes on we will head back northwards and drive into the direction of Saigan Ovoo Sum. This little town is located along a small desert river (Ongiin Gol) at the entrance of a beautiful mountainous region where runes of two Monasteries can be found. In the evening we will meet our last camel man family. Again we will have dinner with them and spend the night at their place. As dinner we will try the Mongolian barbeque. (Family Stay, B, L, D)
Day 11: Today we will set off with our camels for the peaceful Delger Khangai Mountains. Once arrived we will explore the ruins of Hoshuu Monastery on one side of the river and the ruins of Ongiin Monastery on the other side of the river. We will do it on food on or camel. We will spend the night at a ger camp. (Ger Camp, B, L, D)
Day 12: Today we will get up early for our long driving day northwards to Karakorum. Kharkhorin (also called Karakorum), site of the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khan. Very little is left from this legendary city. In the 16th century, Mongolia's biggest Monastery was build from the ruins of Kharkhorin. Now Erdene Zuu Monastery are the remains of what once was a huge monastery of 100 temples and about 1.000 lamas residencing there. We will spend the night in a ger camp. (Ger camp, B, L, D)
Day 13: After our breakfast we will explore the grounds of Erdene Zuu Monastery surrounded by its massive 400 m X 400 m walls. We will be guided around the 3 remaining temples: Dalai Lama, Zuu of Buddha and Lavrin Temple. We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock. Later during the day we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. (Hotel, B, D)
Day 14: Today we will have a full free day to stroll around in Ulaanbaatar and buy some souvenirs before heading back home. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a good restaurant. (Hotel, B, D)
Day 15: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.
Accommodation: Overnight in Western style two person tents. Some nights will be spend in the Mongolian traditional round tents. A support vehicle will accompany us with camping and kitchen equipment.
- From 2 to 4 people: 1610 EURO per person
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