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

CAMEL TREKKING IN SOUTH GOBI

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.
 



 

CAMEL TREKKING IN SOUTH GOBI

Book this trip or customize to fit your needs

BOOKING FORM

CAMEL TREKKING IN SOUTH GOBI

Duration: 8 days /7 night
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1      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)

Day 2      Dalanzadgad – Yol Valley
Fight to Dalanzadgad, capital of South Gobi province. Drive to "Vulture's Gorge" – Yol Valley situated in east-north part of Zuun Saikhan Mountain of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. This area has been main attraction of tourists for many decades. The valley is named after the Mongol name of bearded vulture, Yolyn am. Very wide at the entrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. The area, as part of the Gobi Desert, sees little precipitation. However, Yolyn Am is notable for a deep ice field. The ice field reaches several meters thick by the end of winter, and is several kilometers long. In past years it remained year round, but the modern ice field tends to disappear by July. Trekking along the beautiful valley. Overnight at Gobi Mirage ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 3      Bayanzag
After breakfast drive to Bayanzag - the cradle of dinosaur fossils. Many rare archaeological and historical finds have been found here and some of them are being exhibited in Natural History Museum of USA. American Expedition to Central Asia led by Roy Chapman Andrews traveled through Mongolian Gobi during 1922 to 1928. The finds were carried by 70 camels when they went back to America. This place is popular with the name “Flaming Cliffs” in the world because some American archaeologists called so when they were in the Gobi in 1922. Mongolia is considered second country of dinosaur finds while USA is first and 330 types of dinosaurs have been found in the world and 60 types of them are belong to Mongolia. (B/L/D)

Day 4      Camel Trekking
After breakfast we drive to local camel breeding family and will be greeted by nomads and prepare for our camel trek. Then we start our journey through canyons, saxaul forest and sand dunes for about 15km, dismounting for lunch along the way. Our driver and cook stay ahead of the main group to set up camp and prepare the meals. Camp overnight in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 5      Camel Trekking
Today we continue our camel ride and reach Moltsog Els - barren of sand dunes, take pictures and have lunch. Then we continue towards Gobi Tour ger camp and stay overnight in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 6      Bayanzag – Dalanzadgad
We reach today Gobi Tour ger camp and finish camel trekking. Free afternoon on your own leisure. Overnight in ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7      Ulaanbaatar
We take morning flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Check-in to 3-star hotel and in the afternoon visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum, a temple complex with beautiful thankas and the taxidermy collection of the 8th Bogd Khan. 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. After performance we go for farewell dinner. Night owls may want to sample the nightlife of Ulaanbaatar! (B/D)

Day 8 Departure
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, domestic flight ticket to/from South Gobi, accommodation in ger 2pax sharing and tent in countryside, transport to/from airport, private 4WD vehicle with experienced driver on field trip, tea coffee water during the trip, camels, local nomad guide per 2-3pax, transport in Ulaanbaatar on city tours, English speaking guide, tents, 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$

CAMEL TREKKING IN SOUTH GOBI

Book this trip or customize to fit your needs

BOOKING FORM

CAMEL TREKKING IN SOUTH GOBI

CAMEL TREKKING IN SOUTH GOBI

Book this trip or customize to fit your needs

BOOKING FORM