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Central Mongolia & Gobi Desert "Yurt Comfort" tour


Why you'll love this tour ...

  • A trip that combines the Gobi Desert and the Orkhon Valley in 13 days.
  • Comfortable tour in Mongolia with nights in yurts (no camping).
  • A unique opportunity to meet the nomads and discover their traditional life.
  • An active tour with camel ride and horse riding.
  • 100% financial guarantee for your tour in Mongolia.

Dates and Rates


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4/05/2020 16/05/2020

1995 €

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Naadam Festival option**    
20/07/2020 1/08/2020 1995 € available
Yack Festival included**    
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*What is a Guaranteed Departure?

After taking time off work, booking your flights and arranging for your neighbour to feed the cat, the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled because of a lack of people on your tour. Our guaranteed departures give you the peace of mind to book the tour that suits you.

A guaranteed departure means that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled for lack of participation. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control.

 

** NAADAM FESTIVAL (11/12 july) : stay 1 or 2 extra day(s) before or after your tour and visit the Naadam Festival, including 1 or 2 night(s) at Dream Hotel + a guide (non private) + grouped transfers (no lunch, no dinner, no entry fees included).

  • 130 €/person/night in double room
  • 170 €/person/night in single room

 

*** YACK FESTIVAL: The itinerary will be adapted to visit the Yack Festival in the Orkhon Valley on July 23 at no extra cost.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT

Groups of 3 people : + 250 € / pers.

Applies to the 3 first persons booked. When the 4th person is booked the supplement is refunded for all travellers.

OPTIONS

Single room: + 80 € / pers. (2 nights in Ulan Bator only)

 

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, camel ride, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 13 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, financial guarantee of your deposits.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International flights, 1 dinner, drinks except water, tea and coffee, personal expenses, booking fee (15 €/person), travel insurance, visa if necessary.

Tour itinerary

A wonderful journey from the sands of the Gobi Desert to the famous Orkhon Valley, craddle of the nomadic way of life in Mongolia.
Authentic encounters with the nomads of Mongolia, from yurt to yurt.
An active trip: camel ride, trekking to Tovkhon Monastery, riding in the Orkhon Valley ...
An intense and nomadic journey in the heart of Mongolia.

Day 1: Ulan Bator

Welcome to Mongolia!

Your English speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at the arrival of Aeroflot SU330 flight (usually at 07:05 am) for a grouped transfer. If you are already in Ulan Bator, you can join the group at 14:00 in the lobby of the hotel.

No lunch included.

Visit of Gandantegchinlin Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolian History.

Dinner downtown and overnight at Dream hotel or similar (2*).

 

Day 2 : Ulan Bator - Bayan Gobi Desert / Khogno Khan

Breakfast and transfer to Khogno Khan Park.

Lunch at a restaurant on the way.

We reach the yurt camp of the nomadic family who will welcome us during 2 days.

We will enjoy a camel ride in the dunes of the "Mini Gobi", and a visit of the Ovgon Khiid Monastery.

Night in a guest yurt close to the one of our nomadic friends.

During 2 nights, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...

 

Day 3 : Bayan Gobi Desert with a nomadic family

Full day in Khogno Khan Park (Bayan Gobi Desert), to discover this new environment.

We can ride horses, walk in the dunes, or hike to a remote ancient monastery in the mountains. Only a few stones remain but they are full of tragic stories.

Meals included.

Night in a guest yurt close to our nomadic family.

 

Day 4 : Bayan Gobi Desert - Karakorum - Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, we drive to Karakorum.

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery.

Lunch at a restaurant in Karakorum.

We drive now on the dirt tracks of the Orkhon Valley.

At the end of the day, we reach the yurt camp of the nomadic family who will welcome us during 4 nights.

Night in a guest yurt close to the one of our nomadic friends.

During 4 nights, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...

 

Day 5 : Stay with the nomads - Orkhon Falls

Today, we enjoy a more peaceful pace, after the discoveries of recent days.

It is time to rest a little and live to the millennial rhythm of the nomads of Mongolia.

These 3 days are dedicated to the discovery of the traditional way of life of the nomads of Mongolia, and the wonders of the Orkhon Valley.

This green break will be welcome, before the very intense days in the Gobi desert.

We get to know the family members, and we can observe how they milk the mares, yaks, sheep ... - and even try to participate in these activities!

You can also ride horses (suitable for beginners).

During the day, we can easily reach the famous Orkhon Falls, on horseback, on foot or by car.

Night under a guest-yurt close to our nomadic friends.

 

Day 6 : Stay with the nomads - Tovkhon Monastery

We continue to live at the rhythm of our nomad family.

In the morning, we leave them for a few hours, the time to reach by car the mountains overlooking the Valley.

Today is another wonder of the Orkhon Valley that we will discover: the Tovkhon Monastery.

Picnic at the foot of the monastery, which we visit after an walk in the forest. A short hike (about 1 hour up and 45 mn down - you can rent horses if you want) is necessary to reach the Monastery.

The view from above is absolutely magnificent on the valley and the Khangai mountains, that runs over a large part of Central Mongolia.

We join our nomadic family for dinner and a new evening full of human warmth and emotion.

Night under a guest-yurt close to our nomadic friends.

 

Day 7 : Stay with the nomads - Orkhon Valley

For this third day, we will explore the upstream part of the Orkhon Valley.

We discover petrified lava flows, witnesses of the ancient volcanic activity in Mongolia, numerous herds of yaks and different points of view on the Valley.

Lunch and dinner with our nomadic family.

Night under a guest-yurt close to our nomadic friends.

 

Day 8 : Orkhon Valley - Ongi Monastery

After breakfast, it is time to leave our nomadic guests to start a real road trip to the heart of the Gobi Desert.

The first leg of this trip to the south takes us to Ongi Monastery.

Picnic lunch en route.

Visit of Ongi Monastery.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

Day 9 : Ongi Monastery - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs

Breakfast, and drive to the south and Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs", another major site of the Gobi Desert (Southern Mongolia).

Picnic lunch en route.

Short hike in the cliffs.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

Day 10 : Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Khongor Els Sand Dunes

Breakfast and drive to the Khongor Els sand dunes.

Picnic lunch en route.

We can walk to the top of the dune and enjoy the incredible view.

Arrival at the Khongor Els dunes yurt camp, for dinner and overnight (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

Day 11 : Khongor Els Dunes - Yoliin Am Canyon

Breakfast and drive to the Yoliin Am canyon  for a hike through the canyon.

Picnic lunch en route.

Arrival at the Yoliin Am yurt camp, for dinner and overnight (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

 

Day 12 : Gobi Desert - Ulan Bator

Breakfast, then last long day drive to Ulaanbaatar where we started our journey in the nomadic heart of Mongolia.

Lunch on the way.

Free dinner to enjoy the many opportunities offered by the Mongolian capital.

Overnight at 2 * hotel (in double or triple room).


Day 13 : Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for flights departing after 07:00am.

Practical Information


Meeting point:

Day 1: Grouped transfer from Ulan Bator Airport on arrival of Aeroflot flight n°SU330 (usually landing at 07:05 am).
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 14:00.
Day 13: Grouped transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 07:00am.

Language: English speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


This is a "comfort" tour: no nights in tents, you will enjoy the most comfortable accommodation available in Mongolia.

  • 4 nights in yurt camps
  • 6 nights in a yurt with a nomadic family
  • 2 nights in a 2* hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

More information about accommodation during our tours in Mongolia ...

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Travelling in Mongolia is a unique experience, but it can also be sometimes challenging, as you travel through remote and wild regions.

It is essential that you choose carefully your tour. Read our dedicated page to know how to prepare for your tour in Mongolia.

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Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Sabine

"This trip is a longer version of our Nomadic Life Tour. It offers a very original approach to the major sites of the Orkhon Valley and the Gobi Desert, with an authentic experience of the nomadic life.
Be careful, some days in the car can be long to reach the southern Gobi Desert. If you want to avoid them, choose our Nomadic Life Tour."

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IMPORTANT - Flights in Mongolia


Be aware that very few airlines go to Mongolia, flights are therefore quickly fully booked, especially between June and September. Book at least 6 months in advance to have the best air fares.
If your luggage has been delayed, the airlines do NOT deliver it in Mongolia, they keep it available in Ulan Bator. If your tour has already started, and you are already in the Orkhon Valley for example, it can be very expensive to deliver it.
We can do it for you at extra cost:
- 50 € for a delivery inside Ulan Bator
- 100 € for a delivery in Hustai
- 200 € for a delivery in Khogno Khan
- 300 € for a delivery in Karakorum, the Orkhon Valley or Arkhangai
- 400 € for a delivery at Lake Khövsgöl or in the Gobi Desert
This cost includes the driver & the vehicle for 1 or 2 days depending on the distance + fuel for the vehicule for the round trip + meals and accommodation for the driver if the roundtrip is more than 1 day.
If your flight is late, the same rates apply if you need a private transfer.