The vast Gobi desert straddles across southern Mongolia and northern China. The largest desert in Asia, it has captivated the imagination of adventurers for centuries. Explorers like Marco Polo, tradesmen of the Silk Road, and scientists who journeyed through the Gobi left behind an image of a mysterious and inhospitable land.
Despite the harsh conditions, the Gobi desert has been home to nomadic herders for millennia and sustains a multitude of wildlife, several of which like wild two-humped Bactrian camels and Gobi bear Mazaalai are rare, endangered species. The stunning landscape is diverse and dramatic. One day you will be hiking through a lush canyon, the next day riding a camel through sand dunes. Wake up to the sun rising over an endless steppe in the morning and watch the sun set over flaming red cliffs in the evening.
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. Enjoy light dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar | Huld Village (350km/218mi)
Depart from Ulaanbaatar towards South Gobi. Today we will pass through Mandalgobi town and arrive in Huld Village. Driving distance is 350 km. Overnight in tents.
Day 3: Huld Village | Yoliin Am (275km/171mi)
Depart from Huld and after driving through 275km arrive in Yoliin Am in South Gobi. Yoliin Am is a deep narrow gorge with towering cliffs and a lush valley. Deep in the valley is a glacier that can be seen as late as July which is reached after about an hour’s hike. Overnight in tents.
Day 4: Yoliin Am
Climbing from tent camp to highest mountain, up to 2600 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 5: Yoliin am | Khongoryn Els (200km/124mi)
Drive to Khongoryn els sand dunes, also known as Singing Dunes due to the sound the sand makes when the wind blows. Reaching up to 300m in height and 12km in width these are the most magnificent sand dunes of the Gobi. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 6: Khongoryn Els
Visit Khongoryn els sand dunes. Climb to the top on foot or a camel and enjoy the breathtaking view. Overnight in a ger camp.
Day 7: Khongoryn Els | Bayanzag (235k/146mi)
Drive to Bayanzag, also known as Flaming Cliffs as the cliffs glow brilliantly at sunset or sunrise. Bayanzag is the site where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first ever dinosaur eggs in 1923. The area is rich in paleontological fossils. Overnight in tents.
Day 8: Bayanzag | Ulaanbaatar (347km/216mi)
Drive from Bayanzag to Ulaanbaatar via Mandalgobi town. Overnight in a hotel.
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