Welcome to Dundgovi

Dundgovi’s allure lies in its mysterious rock formations, which mainly appear at two locations: Baga Gazryn Chuluu and Ikh Gazryn Chuluu. At both you’ll find large granite pinnacles and winding canyons that make for fantastic hiking and bouldering. The water that manages to collect in these areas supports wildlife such as argali sheep and ibexes.

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$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.

$1100 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days around Gobi Desert Tour

Day 1 / Ulan Bator – Baga GazarWe will pick you up at your hotel (or at the airport / train station according to your needs) in the early morning to drive up to the Baga Gazar Rocks (250 km).Baga Gaza is is located in Dune Gobi Province, and its a 20m scenic cave with lunar scenes. These mountains are rich of minerals, old temples ruins and crystals. Here you have the possibility to see a lot of wild animals like marmot, ibex, and mountain sheep, Siberian argali, vultures, hawks and eagles.Day 2 / Tsaagaan SurvagaAfter breakfast we will drive to the famous Tsaagan Survaga and we will explore the area hiking around.Tsagaan Suvarga or White stupa is a rocky formation eroded by the wind located in the Southern border of the province of Dundgovi. The site is scenic and look like a “ghost city”.Here there is an interesting cave 70m long and the other attraction is Del uul, the black mountains near here where is possible see very old rock drawings.Day 3 / BayanzagAfter breakfast we will drive toward Bayanzag (240 km) where we will see this beautiful rocky formation created due to the erosion of water and wind over millions of years. There you will see dinosaurs bones and eggs found by an American zoologist. The site is also for the Flaming Cliffs. Is wonderful to watch the sunset from there because it seems to be “on fire”. We will take a walk around and sleep there.Day 4 / KhongorAfter breakfast we will drive you up to Khongor (150 km), the second largest sand dune in the country that stretches on the north side of the mountain ranges of Zoolun and Sevrei. Near the Khongor River there is an oasis. We will ride the camels and we will explore these amazing dunes. If you like to climb or walk there is the possibility to climb these dunes and continue the excursion exploring the area.Day 5 / Yol ValleyAfter breakfast we will leave Tsaagan Survaga for drive untill Yolyn Am (190 km).Yol in Mongolian language means vulture. We will explore the valley and we will see the ice that persist even in summer months in contrast to the desert climate. We will also visit the natural museum Gurvan Saikhan inside the park.Day 6-7 / Baga Gazar and Ulan BatorWe leave the wonderful Yol Valley and we go back to Ulan Bator ( one day stop in Baga Gazar )

$1999.20 Classic

Nomadic Mongolia

Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles, and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.

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