Welcome to Bayanzag


Even if you're not a ‘dinophile’, the eerie beauty of the surrounding landscape is a good reason to visit. It’s a classic desert of rock, red sands, scrub, sun and awesome emptiness. The cliffs look to be formed by great rifts in the earth, like a layer cake torn open, offset by the surprisingly green valley below. There’s not much to do once you’re here except explore the cliffs – both the rim and the base – or grab a cold drink from the souvenir sellers who hang out on the edge of the cliff.


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$2293.48 Cultural & Theme Tours

MONGOLIA: 16 Days Authentic Mongolia Tour For Two

DAY 1 ARRIVE ULAANBAATA | MEALS: D: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia.DAY 2 BAGA GAZRIIN CHULUU | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Baga Gazriin Chuluu. DAY 3 TSAGAAN SUVARGA | MEALS: B/L/D: Continue travel to Tsagaan Suvarga.DAY 4 YOL VALLEY & TREKKING | MEALS: B/L/D: Morning we will drive to Yol valley (Lammergeier’s Gorge) about 220kms. Visit Gobi museum and hiking through the valley. DAY 5 KHONGOR SAND DUNE | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Khongor sand dunes for 180kms. Afternoon we will visit a nomad family and have a chance to see nomadic life in the Gobi. DAY 6 TRAVEL TO BAYANZAG | MEALS: B/L/D: Continue travel to Bayanzag. Here you will see saksaul forest in the Gobi desert and red flaming cliffs. DAY 7 TEMPLE RUIN OF ONGI & HIKING | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Ongi temple ruin for 140km. DAY 8 ORKHON VALLEY | MEALS: B/L/D: Drive to Orkhon valley for 5-6hours about 240kms. Today we will leave Gobi already and be entered to mountain and steppe zone. DAY 9 TSENKHER HOT SPRING | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Tsenkher hot spring. On the way we will hike for 2-3hours to Tuvkhun monastery. Continue travel to Tsenkher hot spring. Enjoy taking a hot spring bath.DAY 10 KHARAKHORUM | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel for 110kms to Kharakhorum. Kharakhorum was once the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit Kharakhorum historical museum and Erdenezuu monastery. Then we will visit a local cooperative to attend a workshop for making small felt items. DAY 11 NOMAD COMMUNITY | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Gurvanbulag county in Bulgan province for 100kms. Afternoon followed by a brief instruction you will enjoy horseback riding for an hour. DAY 12 LEARNING HORSE LOVED CULTURE | MEALS:B/L/D:Morning we will visit a nomad family, learn more about traditional lifestyle. Activities include milking animals, processing dairy products, making traditional food. Afternoon hike to neighbouring mountain and sand dunes for 7-8kms. DAY 13 KHUSTAI NATIONAL PARK | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Khustai National Park for 200kms. After lunch, explore the park to see the Takhi horses in the wilderness. Continue travel to Ger camp for 45kms. DAY 14 TERELJ NATIONAL PARK | MEALS: B/L/D: Travel to Terelj national park 140kms via outskirt of Ulaanbaatar city. On the way we will visit to giant statue of “Chinggis Khaan”. After lunch continue trip to Terelj for 30kms. Visit to landmark of the area “Turtle Rock” and local temple Aryabal. DAY 15 TRAVEL BACK TO ULAANBAATAR | MEALS: B/L/D: Today we will travel for 65kms to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in hotel. DAY 16 TOUR ENDS | MEALS: B

$710 Cultural & Theme Tours

Road Trip to Gobi Desert

Road Trip to Gobi Desert. 5 days, 4 nights  Total length of the trip is around 2000km.ROUTE: Ulaanbaatar-Yolyn Am (Ice Valley)-Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune-Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs-Tsagaan Suvarga-Ulaanbaatar.WHAT TO EXPECT    Sleeping overnight in yurt or ger    Travelers are expected to pay driver’s food, and accommodation    4-5 hours of offroad driving everyday    Outhouse toilet situation    Availability of hot shower    Allergy of dust, car sickness problem!    Drinking Mongolian tea (salty milk tea)    Eating Mongolian food mutton dishesACTIVITIES    Watching night stars and Milky Way    Riding camel to the sand dune    Horse riding in Yolyn Am valley    Cooking Mongolian traditional food    Hiking, climbing to the top of sand duneWHAT TO BRING    Use hand sanitizer, after contact with furry animals    Buy some chocolates, candies or school items to giveaway in case if there are children at local nomadic families during the trip to countryside    Bring your own sleeping bagDRAFT ITINERARYDay 1. Start driving to Yolyn Am ice valley early morning via Dalanzadgad city. Stop in Mandalgobi city for lunch. Continue driving to Yolyn Am ice valley. Hiking trekking at the mountain. Horse riding is available here. Check in to a ger camp. Dinner at the ger camp. Sleep in ger.Day 2. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune via Bayandalai village. Reach Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune and check in to a local guesthouse. Camel riding to the sand dune is available. Climbing to the top of the sand dune. Return to guesthouse. Dinner at guesthouse. Sleep in ger.Day 3. Breakfast at guesthouse. Start driving to Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs via Bulgan village. Lunch along the way in Bulgan village cafe. Watch Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs. Check in to ger camp. Dinner at ger camp. Sleep in ger.Day 4. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Tsagaan Suvarga via Dalanzadgad city. Lunch at a restaurant of Dalanzadgad city. Continue driving to Tsagaan Suvarga. Watch Tsagaan Suvarga. Check in to local guesthouse or ger camp nearby. Dinner at guesthouse/camp. Sleep in ger.Day 5. Breakfast at the camp. Start driving to Ulaanbaatar via Mandalgobi city. Lunch at a local cafe in Mandalgobi city. Continue driving to Ulaanbaatar. Reach Ulaanbaatar by late afternoon.

$1120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Road Trip to Gobi Desert plus Kharkhorin (Big Loop)

ROUTE: UB-Baga Gazriin Chuluu-Tsagaan Suvarga-Yolyn Am (Ice Valley)-Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune-Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs-Ongiin Khiid-Kharkhorin-Hustai-UB.WHAT TO EXPECTSleeping overnight in yurt or gerTravelers are expected to pay driver’s food, and accommodation4-5 hours of offroad driving everydayWHAT TO BRINGBuy some chocolates, candies or school items to giveaway to childrenBring own sleeping bag DRAFT ITINERARYDay 1. Start driving to Baga Gazriin Chuluu stone massif. The highest one is 15 km long and 10 km wide granite stone-mountain elevated at 1768m above sea level. Check in to a ger camp nearby. Dinner at the ger camp. Hiking, trekking in the stone-mountain is possible. Stay overnight at ger. Day 2. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Tsagaan Suvarga via Mandalgobi city. Lunch at a restaurant of Mandalgobi city. Watch Tsagaan Suvarga, massive earth formation eroded in wind and rainwater which was once bottom of sea. Check in to local guesthouse run by local nomadic family. Dinner at local family. Sleep in ger. Day 3. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Dalanzadgad city. Stop at local cafe of Dalanzadgad for lunch. Continue driving to Yolyn Am ice valley. Hiking trekking at the mountain. Horse riding is available here. Check in to a ger camp run by locals. Dinner at the ger camp. Sleep in ger. Day 4. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune via Bayandalai village. Reach Khongoryn Els Singing Sand Dune and check in to a local guesthouse run by local nomadic family. Camel riding to the sand dune is available. Climbing to the top of the sand dune. Return to guesthouse. Dinner at guesthouse. Sleep in ger. Day 5. Breakfast at guesthouse. Start driving to Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs via Bulgan village. Lunch along the way in Bulgan village cafe. Watch Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs. Check in to ger camp. Dinner at ger camp. Sleep in ger. Day 6. Breakfast at the ger camp. Start driving to the ruin of Ongiin Khiid. Visit Buddhist monastery site, built in 1760, but was destroyed by communists in 1937. Check in to local ger camp. Dinner at the ger camp. Sleep in ger. Day 7. Breakfast at the camp. Start driving to Kharkhorin via Khujirt village. Lunch at a local cafe in Khujirt village. Continue driving to Kharkhorin. Reach Kharkhorin by late afternoon. Visit Erdenezuu Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple built in 1585, using the leftover material of Karakorum city. Visit local Karakorum museum, and archeological site. Check in to a local guesthouse. Dinner at the guesthouse. Sleep in ger. Day 8. Breakfast at the guesthouse. Start driving to Ulaanbaatar. Visit to Hustai National Park, where you can watch last wild horse on the globe in the wild. Reach Ulaanbaatar by late afternoon. Lunch at the local cafe along the way.

$1450 Outdoor Activities

Great of Gobi

Tour to Gobi tour for 7 daysDay-1 Ulaanbaatar Arrive in Ulaanbaatar.Visit Gandan monastery, Mongolian National Museum and Mongolian Traditional Folk Concert.     Day-2 Ulaanbaatar- Middle Gobi After breakfast drive to Baga gazryn chuluu,it is a granite rock formation rises up from a middle of dusty plains. Overnight stay in traditional ger at the camp. Day-3 Middle Gobi – South GobiAfter breakfast drive to Canyon Yolyn am national park for hiking. Overnight stay in a traditional ger.        Day-4 South GobiAfter breakfast drive to Khongor sand dunes. On the way oasis near the dunes. Overnight stay in a traditional ger.     Day-5 South GobiAfter breakfast drive to Flamming Cliffs  Bayanzag. Overnight stay in a traditional ger at the camp.      Day-6 Middle GobiAfter breakfast drive to the rock formations of Tsagaan suvarga, ” White stupa” Overnight stay in a traditional ger    Day-7 Middle gobi- Ulaanbaatar cityDrive back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight stay in seleced hotel.       

$1500 Cultural & Theme Tours

Gobi tour

ItineraryDay 1: From Ulaanbaatar to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, in the Middle GobiPass By: Baga Gazriin Chuluu (Small Rock Formation), Govi-Altai ProvinceBaga Gazariin Chuluu is 1751-meter high granite stone mountains in the territory of Adaatsag soum.located in the northwest of the province of Dundgovi,in the heart of the steppe, 250 km towards south of Ulaanbaatar, in the sum of Delgertsogt. At a height of 1751 metres they form a granite canyon erected in the heart of the steppe. The erosion polished the rock faces of the cliffs. Some of the lateral entries of the canyon are not very accessible, but most of them permit to enter and to make wonderful hikes in this rocky maze. You may manage to see on the rock the inscriptions written by two venerated monks who lived there in the 19th century. No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in tentDay 2: Tsagaan Suvarga( white stupa), Eagle valley (Yolyn am)Stop At: Tsagaan Suvarga, Omnogovi ProvinceThe rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga, ”white stupa”, are located in the Southeast of the sum Olziit, on the Southern border of the province of Dundgovi. These rocky formations eroded by the wind look like a ruined city if you observe them from a certain distance 85km. white stupa about 60 m high and 400 m long. Yolyn am (Eagle valley)It’s one of the natural secret of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Nat. Park and beautiful deep canyon with many rocky cliffs, has been created by many years of water erosion.The Yolyn Am (Eagle Valley), a protected site in 1965, is 62 km north west of Dalanzadgad.Very wide at the intrance, it narrows gradually into a remarkable gorge. A spring 2 or 3 km long winds its way through the defile and in July, freezing into a thick corridor of ice that stretches along a considerable distance. In earlier times, the blocks of ice rarely melted, being protected from the vicious sunlight. This, however has changed in recent years, partially because of the multitudes of tourists that walk on the ice. You can still see ice here in July but it is almost completely melted by August. Following the canyon to the very end, one emerges into a beautiful wide valley. Surrounding mountains are home to argali, ibex, and many birds of prey, as well as numerous small rodents particular to the gobi. A small museum marks the entrance to the protected zone and provides information on the petrified trees, fauna and flora of the Gobi. The walk along canyon must be done on foot.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Yolyn am (Eagle valley)Overnight in tourist camp.Day 3: Day 3,4. Khongor sand dunes. camel backridingStop At: Khongoryn Els, Dalanzadgad, Omnogovi ProvinceKhongor dunes, ”Khongoriin Els”, are the most important sand mass of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Nat.Park. Its area is more than 900 square kilometres (347,49 square miles). It’s one of the largest sandy areas of Mongolia. Suddenly standing out from the plains, they are undoubtedly among the most spectacular of the country. The wind continuously blows from North towards West and the dunes can reach breathtaking heights, between 100 and 300 m at their highest points. Khongor sand dunes are more than 180 km long and can reach 27 km wide. The inhabitants name their imposing dunes ”singing dunes” due to the noise made by the wind when it moves the sand.Duration: 2 daysNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: overnight tourist camps.Day 4: Day 5. Bayanzag flaming cliff,Ongi temple in Middle Gobi.Stop At: Bayanzag Saxual Forest, Mongolia Palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews was the first to discover dinosaurs’ bones and egg. Bayanzag red sand cliffs, today better known as “flaming cliffs” due to their colours ochre and red, are located about 100 km (62,14 miles) at the northwest of Dalanzadgad. Bayanzag means “rich in saxaul”. This thorny shrub measuring approximately two meters high proliferates in the surroundings and is a good source of food for camels.,Continue driving to Saikhan Ovoo Soum in the Middle Gobi. On the way watch out ruins of 2 monasteries: Ongiin, Hoshoo - here are plenty of interesting ruins to explore. Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: . stay in tentDay 5: Day6,7. visit Kharhorin ancient capital, Erdenezuu Monastery drive back Ulaanbaatar.Stop At: Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin, Ovorkhangai ProvinceKharkhorin is located at the lower end of the upper valley of the Orkhon river which is included within UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon Valley cultural landscape. For short time it was the capital of the Mongol empire during Ogedei Khan. In the mid of 13-th century it was as trade center in Mongolia,and good times lasted for 40 years Until Khubilai Khan moved capital to khanbalikh(beijing).After Kharhorin was abandoned by vengeful Manchurian soldiers and destroyed in 1388s, then was badly damaged during the Stalinist purges. Erdenezuu is first buddhist Monastery in Mongolia, untill 1990 it was as a museum,then it was restored and become active again. Duration: 2 daysNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Stay in tent.

$960.18 Kid Friendly

8 Days tour immersed in the marvellous colors of the Gobi

ItineraryDay 1: .Ulaanbaatar- granite formations of Baga Gazriin Chuluu (250km)Stop At: Baga Gazriin Chuluu• Visit one of the few rocky mountains of Gobi, Baga Gazriin Chuluu where you will find gorgeous looking granite rock formations shaped in different forms eroded by wind and other violent elements of the Gobi. During mid 18th century some high ranked and locally respected Buddhist monks lived in the area, as evidence of their existence we will see some temple ruins and inscriptions on the rock. According to some historical sources, Chinggis Khaan also had lived here. It’s a great location for some pleasant hike.Duration: 19 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tourist yurt/ger campDay 2: Baga Gazriin Chuluu- White stupa in the desert (220km)Stop At: Tsagaan Suvarga, Omnogovi Provincewe will be driving thru vast and empty rocky desert and semi-arid steppe to reach out White Stupa. Mongolians always have admired and honored this unique natural formation of 30ms height, abrupt, stupa shaped slopes as White Stupa. The place definitely will remind travelers some lunar landscape with its mystery of fossils hidden underneath and stunning color combinations. The area deemed to be bottom an ancient ocean.Duration: 17 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tourist Yurt/ger campDay 3: White stupa – Yoliin am (225km)Stop At: Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park• We will reach Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park which covers some chain of mountain ranges as the southern end of the Gobi-Altai Mountain range. Gurvan Saikhan literally meaning “Three Beauties” referred to the highest three peaks of the range which is almost over 2800ms. • Hiking in the Yoliin Am or Bearded Vulture’s canyon. Regarding the snowfall and shade in the canyon, oftentimes there formed a high layer of ice cover which sometimes will stay till mid July. During our walk, we may either walk on top or bottom, or just see parts of this ice. The canyon is surrounded with steep Rocky Mountains creating some shade which is pleasant to hike thru during hot days of Gobi desert. During the hike, you may notice some rodents such as pica and ground squirrel along with colorful wild flowers and plants. Although mountains are the home for wildlife like ibex, mountain goat and argali, the wild sheep, spotting these animals will purely depend on fortune.• Continue driving towards to Dungenee canyon where we can start another beautiful hike along the stream in the canyon.Duration: 20 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tourist Yurt/ger campDay 4: Gobi Gurvan Saikhan - Khongor sand dunes (180km)Stop At: Khongoryn Els, Dalanzadgad, Omnogovi Province• Continue driving to west of the park to Khongor sand dunes which are known as the highest and biggest dunes in the country.• Stop at Khongoriin Els or Khongor sand dunes. These are the most astonishing dunes of Mongolia with extension of over 180kms length and around 3-15kms width and average height is 80ms. The highest dune is 200ms and from the top these dunes you will capture amazing view of Gobi with the most beautiful sunrise and sunset. When you climb the dunes they shift and cause a sound of vibration which very much resembles to the sound of an airplane hence it’s also called Singing Dunes.Duration: 18 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tourist Yurt/ger campDay 5: Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Stop At: Khongoryn Els, Dalanzadgad, Omnogovi Province• When you are in Gobi, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to get on the Bactrian Camels. It’s obviously is one of the remarkable experiences to trek on the camels along the dunes, on the green lush down the foot of the dunes. Our camel riding will last until we reach a small oasis where there are some Gobi bushes and shrubs. Camels are great lovers of Saxaul shrubs and it’s considered as the most precious wood in the desert for its outstanding survival and growth on desert soil. You will surely enjoy the pristine nature and high mountains during the ride.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tourist Yurt/ger campDay 6: Khongor sand dunes– Bayanzag (150km)Stop At: Bayanzag Saxual Forest, Mongolia• Arrive at the cliffs of Bayanzag, most commonly known as “Flaming Cliffs” for its bister red color which is the cradle of dinosaurs. A Saxaul forest not far from the cliffs and cliffs themselves are true evidences of the time when Earth was still inhabited by massive creatures-the dinosaurs. American explorer Roy Andrews Chapman was the first to reveal dinosaur fossils and eggs in 1922 from Bayanzag and other neighboring localities which are today displayed in Mongolian dinosaur museums in Ulaanbaatar and other museums around the world.Duration: 19 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tourist Yurt/ger campDay 7: Bayanzag – Zorgol Khairkhan (320km)Stop At: Мандалговь Нисэх онгоцны буудал• This locally sacred mountain name was mentioned in the “Mongolian Secret History”. This 20kms long granite rock mountain has all sizes of caves, sources of mineral springs and home for mountain goats and sheep, eagles and hawks. Also around the mountain there were found several ancient burial sites of Mongol warriors. According to traditional Mongolian shamanic beliefs, names of holy, sacred mountains shouldn’t be pronounced whilst you are there. Optional for hiking and moderate climbing.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Optional: local nomadic family or tentDay 8: Back to UlaanbaatarStop At: Ulaanbaatar Central Post Office, Ulaanbaatar• Return to Ulaanbaatar. On the way you see the herds of horses crossing the roads, smokes of gers fading away and never ending hills and steppe. Arrive in town, transfer to your accommodation. • If time allows you can do some short city orientation and shopping with our guideDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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