Gobi – Green Road Tour – 13 days
Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar.
Visit museums including. Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, Traditional History Museum, Gandan Monastery -The Biggest Buddist Centre, Temple with 20-ton and 20 m gold and bronze statue of Avalokitesvara.
Day 2. Drive to Baga Gazriin Chuluu- granite rock formation in the middle of the dusty plains.
In the 19 century, two revered monks lived here in gears – remnants of their rock drawings can be found in the area. The rocks are worshipped by locals who sometimes make pilgrimages here. There is a legend that says Chingis Khaan stayed there and once he kept his horses for battles in the big caves there.
Day 3. Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga in Dundgobi province
An area might be described as “ badlands or a painted desert”. The eerie, eroded landscape was at one time beneath the sea and is rich in marine fossils and clamshells.
Day 4. Drive to Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
Walk to enter Yoliin Am (the “Lammergeyer’s Mouth”. If you are quiet and lucky you will see ibex, Argali sheep and even wolves on the steep cliffs above. As the sun rises and heats the ground Pallas Pikas emerge out of their holes and lammergeyers and other birds take to the skies.
Day 5. Free day to explore the area.
Day 6. Drive to Ongiin Khiid Ruins in Dundgovi province.
To Ongiin Monastery. Once an important monastery and home to several hundred monks was destroyed by communists in the 1930s.Today one of the temples has been rebuilt and it is a working monastery once more. Visitors are welcome to join the monks for the morning service and look around the small ger museum. On the way visit Bayanzag. The site was made famous by the explorer Roy Chapman Andrews in 1920s when his team discovered the first dinosaur eggs. The area is particularly beautiful at sunset, which is way Andrews gave them the name “The Flaming Cliffs”. Visit a camel breeding family.
Day 7. To Kharkhorin.
A stone tortoise (an ironic symbol of eternity.) is all that remains of the once great palace. Visit Erdene Zuu, the first monastery in the country. The compound walls ornamented by 108 stupas enclose both the working lamasery and the museum. The latrine Sum is a Tibetan style temple and is a great place to sit and listen to the monks at prayer and watch the locals receive a blessing. The museum houses some of the country’s most impressive Buddhist treasures.
Day 8. To Tsenkher hot springs.
Drive into the hills to the yak herding pastures of the eastern Khangai. In the evening enjoy a dip in the springs of Tsenkher. The water here comes out of the ground at around 80 degrees C. The water is channeled into man-made pools and cold water is added to allow for a safe temperature. (If you would like to ride horses here the staff may be able to arrange local nomads to take you out into the surrounding hills.
Day 9. White Lake -Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur in Arkhangai.
Great White lake is surrounded by extinct and craterous volcanoes. The lake, birdlife, and mountains are now protected within the 73,000- hectare Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park. The lake was formed by lava flows from a volcanic eruption. Horgo Uul Volcano (2968 m) and about 900 m above the lake Terhiin Tsagaan.
Day 10. Free day.
Hike up into the mountains for fantastic views over the lake, a look at the local alpine flora and fauna including a variety of bird life including golden eagles and saker falcons. Visit nomadic yak-herding family in one of the valleys of the lake. Experience the hospitality of these nomads; drink airag (fermented mare’s milk, yak vodka and try a variety of dairy products, which make up the daily diet of a Mongol family during the summer months. If you are traveling to Egypt, use Egypt E Visa
Day 11. Drive Khugnu Khaan Uul.
Mongol Els-sand dunes nearby. A good combination of sandy hills and mountains surrounded by.