10 Days from$1943 p/p in USD
DeparturesMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Guided, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
One of the most arid landscapes on earth, the Gobi Desert is home to many endangered species adapted to withstand the harsh climate. Discover Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, home to 33 species of mammals, over 120 bird species and 6 species of reptiles, and explore Hustai National Park where you will encounter the true wild horse ‘Takhi’, as well as red deer and Mongolian gazelle. A homestay with a local Nomadic Family at Hustai National Park will be one of the highlights of your tour. We offer you a once in a lifetime opportunity of witnessing the unique livelihood of desert animals.
Safari types:Desert Safari, Tailormade Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Ulaanbaatar, Gobi Desert, Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Ikh Gazar Nature Reserve, Mt Zorgol Khairkhan, Hustai National Park, Sum Khokh Burd, Ar Burd Sand Dunes.
Wildlife:Birds, Argali Sheep, Siberian Ibex, Wild Goat, Wild Horse, Red Deer, Mongolian Gazelle
Activities:Walking Safari, Trekking, Hiking, Horse, Camel, Nature Walk, Birding, 4x4 Tour, Cultural Experience
Getting around:4x4 Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Ulaanbaatar , end in Ulaanbaatar
Minimum age:18 years
Rates – Per Person USD
From USD 1,943 per person
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Activities as per itinerary
- Services of a tour guide
- Entrance fees to the National Parks and monastery, museums
- Photograph fee in the museums
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Day by Day Overview
The contrast between ancient traditions and the dawning of a 20th-century democracy is most visible in Ulaanbaatar where traditional gers (felt tents) and Buddhist monasteries coexist with modern high-rises. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transferred to a comfortable, centrally located hotel within walking distance of various museums and shops. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Embark on an overland journey to the Gobi Desert. You will drive to the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in the morning. Ikh Nart lies in the east Gobi, 320 km from Ulaanbaatar. Established in 1996, Ikh Nart Nature Reserve covers an area of about 66,000 hectares of grassland and semi-desert steppe environments and it’s home to 33 species of mammals, over 120 bird species and 6 species of reptiles.
You will have a day trek in the area to spot wild creatures including Argali sheep, the largest wild sheep on earth, Siberian ibex or wild goat and much more. Mountain bikes, horses and camels are available for riding.
Your journey will continue through the rugged terrain to Ikh Gazar Nature Reserve. An interesting place where granite pinnacles stick out of dusty plains. It looks much the same as Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, but it has something more to tell about Mongolian traditional music as the area is home to the most famous singers of the traditional long song. Explore an open theatre in the middle of unusually shaped rock formations.
You will drive through the treeless grasslands that stretch to the horizon and beyond. A castle ruin situated on the small island in the middle of a tiny lake has so much to tell about the XVI century’s history of Mongolia. You might encounter migrating birds depending on the time of the year. In the evening, enjoy sparkling stars in a pitch dark sky in a peaceful rural setting. Overnight near the lake in a tent.
As you drive north, you will witness the Gobi Desert gradually turning into rolling hills and green steppe. This time you will be accommodated at a ger camp near Arburd Sand Dunes. This area is a great place of contrast where green hills join to the glittering sand dunes while a giant rock formation, Mt Zorgol Khairkhan, stands out of the plain. Riding a camel through the sand dunes might give you an idea of how Gobi’s nomads migrate through the vast plain. Overnight at a Mongolian traditional ger camp.
You will stay with a local nomadic family in the buffer zone of Hustai National Park. Make yourself at home as there is so much to experience from herding sheep to making curds. Enjoy your stay with hospitable nomadic people.
Wildlife exploration in Hustai National Park will be one of the highlights of the trip where you will encounter the wild horse ‘Takhi’, the only wild species of the horse in the world. Takhi, the Mongolian wild horse or Przewalski’s horse, was reintroduced in the 1990s, and many wild creatures, including red deer and Mongolian gazelle, have inhabited the national park since then.
You will return to Ulaanbaatar from Hustai National Park. Back to a busy urban setting, you can do last-minute shopping for your loved ones. For those who love art, visiting one of the finest galleries would be a great opportunity to learn about Mongolia’s modern art. Enjoy Mongolia’s folk concert by Tumen-Eh Ensemble.
You will be transferred to the airport.