July 18, 2016
Day 1. Depart from Ulan Bator to Baga Gazriin chuluu national park.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu – located in Delgertsogt sum, Dundgovi province and surrounded by plain. The highest one is 15 km long and 10 km wide granite stone-mountain elevated at 1768m above sea level. There are also over 20 kinds of medical herbs like burnet, many kinds of world rare animals like marmot, ibex and mountain sheep. Also you can see Bolort Cave, eye treatment spa, rock images, petroglyphs, burial mounds many other sightseeing. There is a ruin of Choir monastery which was established by “Zava” Damdin, a famous ancient historical, religious and scientific researcher. This monastery had a monastery with few monks translate, print, explain and advertise books from Tibetan languages and research religious philosophy and medical science.
Day 2. Baga Gazriin chuluu national park to Tsagaan Suvarga.
The rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga, ”white stupa”, are located in the Southeast of the sum Ölziit, 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 (85 kilometres, 52,82 miles). They are about 60 metres (196,85 feet) high and 400 metres (1312,34 feet) long.
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga to Yol valley.
In 1965, before the creation of Gurvan Saikhan National Park, a small 69 square kilometers (26,64 square miles) area around Yoliin Am Canyon was already a protected area. Yoliin Am is located about 60 kilometres (37 miles) Southwest Dalanzadgad, in the mountains of Züün Saikhan. The bearded vulture, Yol in Mongolian, gave its name to the Yoliin Am Valley, the Gorge of Bearded Vultures.
Located at a height of 2500 metres (8202,10 feet), Yol Canyon forms a gorge that is so deep and so narrow, that only two persons can pass in some places. The water forms four small waterfalls. Although the sun shines a lot in this region, the canyon remains dark, so that in the bottom, a part of the river remains nearly all year long covered by a thick layer of ice.
Here, travellers can discover permanent glaciers, endemic plants, and rare animals such as Siberian ibex, argalis, or bearded vultures. Snow leopards and other predators also live in the Yol Valley area.
Day 4. Go to stay with Nomadic family and see their lifestyle.
If you want to know about nomadic life, staying with the hospitable nomads is a great way to experience real Mongolia at its best.
Day 5. Nomad family to Khongor sand dunes.
These dunes are the largest accumulation of sand in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by the Khongoryn Gol river, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.
Day 6. Stay at Khongor sand dunes.
Take the opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the surrounding landscape. You can spend the day camel riding, hiking, sand sliding or hanging out with a local nomad family. There’ll also be an opportunity to visit one of the local Ger camps, where you can enjoy a shower and a cold drink.
Day 7. Khongor sand dunes to Bayanzag.
One of the famous places is Bayanzag, Ancient Sea bed which excited 60-70 million years ago where a lot of Palentological findings have been discovered. The place is known as Flaming Cliffs so named by Roy Andrew Chapman American explorer, who had visited Mongolia in 1920. During the 2 years he searched through the Mongolian Gobi Desert and he found Dinosaur fossils from Bayanzag, Nemekht Mountain. He brought his palentological findings on 70 camels. Chapman presented Mongolia one large skeleton on show in the Ulaanbaatar Natural History Museum. He discoverd to the science, about 10 different kinds of dinosaurs and eight of them were found from Mongolia.
Day 8. Bayanzag to Ongi ruins and Uush dunes.
Ongi Monastery (Mongolian: Онгийн хийд, Ongiin Khiid) is the collective name for the ruins of two monasteries that face each other across the Ongi River in Saikhan-Ovoo district of Dundgovi Province, in south-central Mongolia. The Barlim Monastery is located on the north bank of the river while the Khutagt Monastery sits on the south bank. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples – among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. Founded in 1660, it was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and housed over 1000 monks at its height. The ruins are situated about 18 km south of the town of Saikhan Ovoo.
Day 9. Ongi ruins to Kharkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery.
Visit to Erdenezuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It was founded in 1586. Surrounded by a quadratic wall (420 m long on each side) with total 108 Stupas.
Continue the trip to Tsenher Hot spring. Public shower, modern toilet and electricity is available. It is a good place to break up your journey and enjoy in a hot bath with Natural elements. Set between beautiful forest mountains, grasslands.
Day 10. Kharkhorin go to Stay with Nomadic family.
Through this trip there are chances to assist the activity of nomadic family and you can add your own ideas for this.
Day 11. Orkhon waterfall.
‘Red Flows’ is the English translation for this river. The area was formed by volcanic activity that dates back 20,000 years. This location is amazing for trekking, horse riding, fishing, relaxing, and indulging your inner photographer.
Day 12. Orkhon waterfall to Tsenkher hot springs.
Drive to “Hot Spring”. The SPA is +86C hot. Here you will have opportunities to have bath in the healing spa.
Day 13. Tsenkher hot springs to the Great white lake.
Drive to White lake(Terkh). The lake was formed by lava flows from a volcanic eruption many millennia ago This is 2060m a.s.l, 16 km long, 4-10 km wide, 20 m deep fresh water lake.
Day 14. Stay at the lake for hot setrek king.
Day 15. Great white lake to Ogii lake.
Ogii Lake is a freshwater lake 1,387 meters above sea level and covers an area of 27 square km. The lake abounds in various types of fish and birds, which creates incredible natural beauty.
Day 16. Ogii lake to Hustai National park, back to UB.
Hustai National Park is home to the successful reintroduction program of Przewalski’s horse or “Takhi”. In the early 1990 s, with assistance from international environmental agencies, many “Takhi” were reintroduced into specially protected areas in the park.