"I could never resist the call of the trail" - Buffalo Bill

SOUTH GOBI SAFARI

Umnugobi (South Gobi) province in southern Mongolia is one of Mongolia’s largest provinces, with a population density of only 0.3 people per sq km. The few people who live here are of the Khalkh ethnic group. It's not hard to see why humans prefer to live elsewhere. With an average annual precipitation of only 130mm a year, and summer temperatures reaching an average of up to 38°C, this is the driest, hottest and harshest region in the country.

The Gurvansaikhan Nuruu range in the center provides the main topographic relief in this pancake-flat region. These mountains reach an altitude of 2825m and support a diverse range of wildlife, including the extremely rare snow leopard. The mountains also make human habitation marginally possible by capturing snow in winter, which melts and feeds springs on the plains below, providing water for some limited livestock.

South Gobi supports thousands of black-tailed gazelle, which you may see darting across the open plains. The aimag is also home to one-quarter (93,000) of Mongolia's domesticated camels. The two-million-hectare Gurvansaikhan National Park protects a lot of wildlife and is home to dinosaur fossils, sand dunes and rock formations. The 1,839,176 hectare Small Gobi Strictly Protected Area, in the south-eastern section of the aimag, is the last great bastion of the khudan, or wild ass.

The territory of the aimag is semi-desert. The average altitude is about 4,265-5,249 feet (1,300-1,600m) above sea level. The famous tourist destinations include Gurvan saikhan, Tost, Servei, Noyon Bogda, Nomgon, Nemegt, Altana and Gilbent, which are the extension of the Altai mountain range, and rise up to 9,843 feet (3,000m.) above sea level. The world's famous Gobi desert is located in this province. Its parts are Khongor sand, Galba, Borzon, Zeemeg, Zag, Suzh. Khongor sand stretches for 36 sq miles (92,5 sq. km), and its length is 115 miles (185km) and the width is 12 miles (20km). The average temperature is around 39°F (+3.9°C) in main areas, with the average in July 68°-77°F (+20°C to +25°C) and 59°-77°F (-15°C to -25°C) in January. The average precipitation is about 5 inches (133mm.). There are many cold springs in the province such as Khadaat, Nemegt, Zoloon, Enger buleen, Talkhit. The Elgen and Salkhit are hot springs.

Over 250 species of flora grow in the territory of the Umnugovi aimag. Many medical herbs, such as astragalus, gentian, flavor nitracia, cynomorium, agriophyllium, and trees such as saksaul, oleaster, populus diversifolia and elm are found in Umnugovi. The rare animals include wild horses, wild sheep, ibex, wild camels. The aimag is famous of the black tailed antelopes, white antelopes, lynxes, foxes, corsas, rabbits and badgers. In the territory of the aimag there are many places of interests such as the mirror rock, and salt lake, beautiful oasis with groves of elm, populus diversifolia, cleaster and vast valleys of sand dunes. Popular destinations are Gurvan Zeerd, Dulaan buut huge caves, the famous national park Yoliin valley, refered to as "Khangai in the Gobi", Dungenee valley, and Kherem hillock. The South has bright soil, and in the North soil is brown semi-desert. This aimag is well-known for dinosaur fossils as old as 60-80 million years, and finds from Stone Age, and Bronze Age. Also there are ruins of ancient cities, fortifications, and ancient graves, and monuments. The main section of the economy is animal husbandry.
 



 

SOUTH GOBI SAFARI

Book this trip or customize to fit your needs

BOOKING FORM

SOUTH GOBI SAFARI

Duration: 11 days /10 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
        Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at the Chinggis Khan International Airport of Ulaanbaatar, transfer and check-in to 3-star hotel in downtown. Welcoming lunch and tour briefing by our guide. Afternoon city tour – The Zaisan memorial was constructed in memory of fallen soldiers and makes an ideal point to start our tour with its panoramic views of the city. Next stop is Sukhbaatar Square, the town's central square named after the people's revolutionary hero. Last sightseen is National History Museum. No tour of Ulaanbaatar is complete without a visit to the landmark State Department Store Ikh Delguur - or Great Shop - here we can stock up on last minute provisions before starting the next day's journey. (L/D, 3-star hotel)

Day 2        Baga Gazryn Chuluu
We start our trip to beautiful Baga Gazariin Chuluu local protected area. Visit some spots in Baga Gazariin Chuluu: a temple ruin used by Buddhist monks, a hole with Holy Water for the eyes and a small cave. Walk over pretty rocky granite hills to admire the natural beauty in Middle Gobi. Elevation is 1760m above sea level, and is famous for its unique rock formations and beautiful natural environment. Tonight will be our first night staying in traditional Mongolian felt tents, or gers. Overnight stay at Bayanbulag ger camp (B/L/D) 262km

Day 3        Tsagaan Suvraga
Today we continue driving to one of Mongolia’s great natural beauties, Tsagaan Suvarga – “White Stupas”. These colorful about 100m long cliffs were part of an ancient sea bottom millions of years ago. From distance it looks like shrines and city structures, thus named White Shrines. Nowadays it is a natural wonder with fantastic color combinations. Walk through Tsagaan Suvarga and enjoy the beautiful wide views. Overnight stay at Govi Suvraga ger camp. (B/L/D) 191km

Day 4        Gobi Mirage
This morning we will drive through the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Gobi Gurvansaikhan means 'Three Beauties of the Gobi' and this range marks the eastern end of Gobi Altai mountain range. The park's landscape is extremely varied, with rocky and sandy desert plains, precipitous cliffs and ravines, salt pans and oases. We visit a spectacular natural sight of this region - Yolyn Am. Yolyn Am means Vulture's Mouth and is a canyon so deep and narrow that even in the height of summer winter ice can remain on the valley floor. This region is also renowned for the diversity of its wildlife and many endangered species can be found here, including Khulan, Ibex, Argali and Snow Leopard. We explore the canyon before transferring to a nearby ger camp for dinner and overnight. Overnight stay at Gobi Mirage ger camp. (B/L/D) 250km

Day 5        Hongoryn Els
Today we have a full day to explore the sand dunes and surrounding area. The Khongoriin Els stretch for 200km and are as high as 300m in places. They are known as the 'Singing Dunes' because of the beautiful sound that resonates through the dunes on a windy day. The South Gobi has 100,000 camels, typically used by herders for transportation of their gers. We will take the opportunity today to visit a camel breeding family and get a glimpse of the way of life of the nomadic herders of these parts. Overnight at the Goviin Anar ger camp. (B/L/D) 197km

Day 6        Ongiin Khiid via Bayanzag
Today we make a short drive to Bayanzag (70 km) known as the Flaming cliffs and hike amongst colourful sands of red, yellow and orange. Bayanzag is a world-renowned dinosaur fossil exploration site, discovered in the 1920s by Mongolian and American Palaeontologists. We are free to explore the region and may even be lucky enough to spot dinosaur fossils. After a picnic lunch we return to camp in the afternoon. Overnight at luxury ger camp Ongiin Nuuts (B/L/D) 285km

Day 7        Karakorum
Today we drive to the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire - Karakorum. Karakorum was established by Ogedei Khan and remained the Mongols power base until Khublai Khan established Beijing as the capital. Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) monastery was the largest Monastery in Mongolia, built in 1586 under the direction of Abtai Khan on the ruins of the ancient capital. Much of the monastery was destroyed during Stalin's purges of the 1930's, but an impressive wall with 108 stupas and a number of temples still remain. In the late afternoon we visit Karakorum Museum and explore the ruins of the ancient capital. Overnight at Munkh Tenger ger camp. (B/L/D) 266km

Day 8        Bayangobi
Mornings are a special time to visit Erdene Zuu monastery and this morning we may have the chance to witness monks chanting. Today's destination, the Mongol Els or 'Little Gobi Desert' as it is known, is a unique belt of sand dunes in the steppe. Arriving at lunch, we check into a nearby ger camp and after lunch head out to explore the surrounding region. Bactrian camels wander the desert dunes as horses graze on green steppe nearby - an incredible sight. We will visit nearby Mt Khogno Khan, the small temple at its base. This region is also renowned for its birdlife, including steppe eagles. Mt Khogno Khan offers a great spot for bird watching. We return to camp in the late afternoon. Overnight at Hoyor Zagal ger camp. (B/L/D) 90km

Day 9        Hustai National Park
We drive to the Hustai Nuruu National Park. Hustai Nuruu is famous for the re-introduction of Mongolia's wild horse. The Takhi Horse or Przewalski's horse was once native to Mongolia and almost became extinct earlier this century. Through the efforts of several Mongolian and international organizations, these magnificent wild horses now roam in the steppes once again in Hustai Nuruu National Park. We will visit the Project Information Centre and take a guided hike to see the wild horses. Overnight at Hustai ger camp. (B/L/D) 225km

Day 10      Ulaanbaatar
This morning we leave friendly Hustai Nuruu National Park and arrive in Ulaanbaatar by lunch time and check-in to 3-star hotel. This afternoon is free for last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping - cashmere, leather goods and traditional handicrafts are all good options. This evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian song and dance performed by the world famous Tumen Ekh dance Ensemble. The most interesting performances are the throat singers, contortionists and Tsam dancers. Khoomii or throat singing is a musical art delivered with the help of a guttural voice and specific way of breathing. Night owls may want to sample the nightlife of Ulaanbaatar! (B/L/D) 100km

Day 11           Departure
This morning check out from hotel and transfer to Chinggis Khan International Airport/Departure. (B)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Meals as listed, 3-star hotel in downtown 2pax sharing a room, accommodation in ger 2pax sharing in countryside, transport to/from airport, private 4WD vehicle with experienced driver on field trip, tea coffee water during the trip, transport in Ulaanbaatar on city tours, English speaking guide, excursions as per itinerary (Museums and Monasteries) and entrance fees, evening cultural show by Tumen Ekh Folklore Ensemble, local taxes and admission fees.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
International air ticket, visa, travel insurance, any alcoholic beverages, photo and video charges in museums and monasteries, expenses of private nature.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

SOUTH GOBI SAFARI

Book this trip or customize to fit your needs

BOOKING FORM

SOUTH GOBI SAFARI

SOUTH GOBI SAFARI

Book this trip or customize to fit your needs

BOOKING FORM