Gobi Desert Tours in Mongolia
Gobi Desert Tours in Mongolia is one of the highlights of Mongolian Touristic destination
It’s been many years since Gobi desert in Mongolia became one of the top touristic destinations in the world. Its iconic nature formations, dinosaur fossils, wildlife, and animals are always making admire people who visit. Especially in Mongolia, different lifestyle makes this outdoor adventure in the Gobi desert unforgettable. Gobi desert features with its two-humped camels and sand dunes.
Location of the Gobi desert is south of Mongolia to the north of China. Gobi desert is covering 1.29 million square km. The Gobi has one of the world’s most extreme climates, both seasonally and daily. Summer months bring temperatures of up to +50 C whilst in the winter months, temperatures can drop to below -40 C. The elevations of the Gobi’s basin range from roughly 288-1524m above sea level.
From Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazariin Chuluu
Start your Gobi Desert Tour from Ulaanbaatar city. After 230km driving to the southwest from Ulaanbaatar city, we will reach Bag Gazariin Chuluu (A stone of little place). This fascinating part of the vast Gobi desert is located in Delgertsogt sum, Dundi-Gobi province. Baga Gazariin Chuluu is surrounded with over 20 different types of medical herbs and you can also find and see ancient Petroglyphs, Jarlant Cave, the ruin of Choir monastery that established by Dava, who is an ancient historical researcher.
On your way, you will see Tsagaan Suvarga and will reach Yoliin Am.
Today you will drive towards Yoliin Am canyon, but on your way, you will stop to visit Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa). Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa) is 400 meters long cliff that was formed around 10 million years ago when it was covered by a sea. Over the millennia the sea dried up and the erosion eventually created this distinctive looking structures known as escarpments. The erosion also exposed around different areas on the soil that met with oxygen create the brilliant colors of white, yellow and purple. The top of the 40 meters high cliff is mostly covered with loose rocks. So it makes walking around its edge a little freaky. Ancient hunters use a stack to their advantage by driving herds of gazelles over the edge for sure kill. You can spend a short time around the area and move forward and will be excited to meet new nomadic family and experience infamous Mongolian nomadic hospitality.
Later you will drive to Yoliin Am canyon that named after the endangered bearded vulture that lives there. Yoliin Am is an oasis in the Gobi desert, and it is part of the large national park. This protected area is home to regional plants and rear animals. Doesn’t matter if you look up or down there is always a creator to observe from the smallest pika on the canyon floor to the Siberian Ibexes on the cliffs above. Although the sun shines a lot in this region the canyon remains dark and cold all year round. You can follow the small stream through the gorge and find icy parts.
Khongor sand dune (Khongoriin else)
Continue your Gobi Desert Tour to “Khongoriin else” sand dunes. These are really impressive sand dunes reaching a height of 800 meters, 20 km wide and about 100 km long, of course, they are always moving and changing. They are also known as the “singing dunes” as when it is windy the grains of sand rub each other making a unique sound.
2-nd day on Khongor sand dune
Some of the main activities of the Gobi desert tour you can complete here. You can hike up to enjoy a fantastic view of peaceful nature. You can also ride a camels.
Bayanzag flaming cliff. Ongi temple.
Locally known as Baynzag “rich in saxaul shrubs”, named for the tree-like shrubs. Like Joshua trees of Mongolia. It named as a flaming cliff by paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who arrived in 1922 to excavate the area. The beauty of the surrounding landscape is a good reason to visit. This is the area where was one of the first discovered dinosaur fossils.
Drive to Karakhorum ancient capital of Mongolia.
Kharakhorum is an ancient capital of the Mongol empire during the Ogedei Khan. After 40 years Khubilai Khan moved the capital to Khanbalikh which is now known as Beijing.
Drive to Ulaanbaatar and stay at Hotel.
This will be the last day and the end of your Gobi desert Tour in Mongolia.