Plan an overland extravaganza to explore the Gobi
This challenging adventure will open your eyes to the beauty of Mongolian culture. Driving from Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi desert, 600km of open road to explore.
DURATION: Minimum 5 days, 4 nights
HIGHLIGHTS: Stay with nomadic families, see famous land marks such as Tsagaan Suvarga (White Stupa), Yol Valley, Hongorin Els (singing sand dunes), and the flaming cliffs.
Our Gobi Nomad Homestay Adventure is a once in a life time short tour to see the highlights of Mongolian culture and countryside. Travelling from steppe, through mountains, to the vast Gobi desert and sand dunes you will see all sorts of flora and fauna, from the steppe eagle to the tiny pika. Climb to the top of the famous “singing sand dunes”, ride a Bactrian Camel and search for dinosaur bones. Encounter true nomadic spirits and feel the heartwarming hospitality of the herders who live in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
Day 1: Drive from Ulaanbaatar to Tsagaan Suvarga. Stay with herder family.
Day 2: Hike through Yol Valley. Stay with herder family.
Day 3: Drive to Hongorin Els and climb the singing sand dunes. Stay with camel herder family.
Day 4: Camel riding next to the dunes before seeing the Flaming Cliffs.
Day 5: Drive to Ulaanbaatar
Day 1 – Start early morning from Ulaanbaatar driving towards Tsagaan Suvarga, 370km in total. Enjoy a BBQ lunch and some hiking on the way. Overnight next to a nomadic family. Learn about nomadic culture and shadow the family during their chores. Perhaps you can learn to make a traditional meal.
Day 2 – After breakfast start the drive to the Yol Valley National Park. Arrive after lunch at the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain range and the Yol Valley National Park. Hike through the valley to the ice river with the chance to see Lammergeier, ibex and many small mammals such as the cute pika. Stay overnight in a family run guesthouse or next to nomadic family.
Day 3 – Drive to Khongorin Els, known as the Singing Sand Dunes. Today you can ride a Bactrian camel and try to climb to the top of the highest sand dunes. You will be rewarded with breath-taking views. Overnight in ger next to camel herding family.
Day 4 – Spend the morning with a family, learn about traditional crafts and the nomadic culture, try your hand at camel hair rope making. After lunch drive to Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs. Hike across the cliffs and wait for the sunset for spectacular views of the red rock lit by the last rays of the sun. Overnight at local guesthouse or hotel.
Day 5 – After an early breakfast drive 5-6 hours back to Ulaanbaatar stopping at a herder family or “guanz” for lunch. Opportunities for sightseeing and hiking on the way.
- English speaking guide
- Private 4×4 vehicle with driver and fuel
- Accommodation next to nomadic families 3 nights, local hotel or guesthouse 1 night.
- Meals throughout (not including in Ulaanbaatar)
- Activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Entrance fees and taxes
- Drinking water
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These prices are a guide-line only and change based on time of year and your personal tour design. We design all our tours specifically for our guests and their budget, so please contact us for your own personal quote.
Here are some ideas for how you can customize or extend this tour. To start your adventure, click the button above to contact us and tell us about your dream adventure tour!
Stay for longer and try hiking in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. There is a lot of wildlife to be seen here, especially in spring and early summer. Or try a longer camel trek over the sand dunes, and spend a night camping.
Why not try adding on another 3 or 4 days and visit the beautiful Orkhon valley, ancient kharkhorin and the world famous Hustai National Park, home to the Przewalki’s horse.
During summer and autumn, stay in ger camps throughout your trip for an extra bit of comfort. Let us know if you’d like an ensuite ger or private wooden lodge.