Discover one of Asia’s most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; and drop by the home of a welcoming camel-herding family for an afternoon you’ll always remember.
Visit with a nomadic camel-herding family in the Gobi.
Tour the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs with an expert guide, and look for dinosaur fossils while exploring the Flaming Cliffs.
Discuss Buddhism with the head monk at the Erdene Zhu Monastery.
Hear from rangers at Khustai National Park and track takhis, or wild horses, across the grassy steppe.
Itinerary - 14 Days
Day 1 — Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer
Day 2 — Ulaanbaatar
Enjoy a morning city
tour including visits to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan
Palace, and Zaisan Hill. Later, take a tour of the Central
Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs and learn about the
dinosaurs of the Gobi from a docent. Opt to stop
for a local beer at the Chinggis Brewery. (1B)
Day 3 — Khustai National Park
Travel to Khustai National Park–home of Mongolia’s
wild horses. Here, meet with park staff and learn about
the wild horse reintroduction project. Keep an eye out for
takhi horses in their natural habitat. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 4 — Karakorum
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia.
Visit the Erdene Zhu Monastery, the nation’s first center
of Lama Buddhism, and meet with a head monk for
an in-depth discussion on Buddhism. Later, visit
Karakorum Museum. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 5 — Tsenkher Hot Springs
Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs in the afternoon. Visit
the springs for a relaxing soak in their healing waters. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Days 6 & 7 — Orkohn
Drive to Orkhon and enjoy an
excursion to the Tuvkhun Monastery, established in the
1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected
religious leaders. The next day, visit the horse- and
yak-breeding farm of a local family. Learn about their
daily life and how they make cheese and butter.
Afterward, enjoy a hike to a waterfall before returning
to the ger camp for a traditional Mongolian barbecue
prepared over hot stones. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Day 8 — Ongiin Hiid
Drive into the Gobi, one of the world’s great deserts which covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Here we visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 9 — Ongiin Hiid/Bayanzag
Explore the Flaming Cliffs
paleontology site, world-renowned for the vast amount
of dinosaur bones and eggs found here. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Days 10 & 11 — Khongoryn Els
Drive to Khongoryn Els and explore
more of the Gobi. Hike through Mongolia’s
largest dunes, often called the “singing sands.” The
next day, enjoy a visit with a nomadic camel-herding
family, gaining insight into their way of
life. Try your hand at some of the daily farming chores
and opt for a camel ride. Take part in an archery lesson
and demonstration with the family. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 12 — Vulture Valley
Drive through the beautiful gorges of the
imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan
National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yoliin
Am and Dungeness Am. Stop to hike along the way and
keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, ibex, desert
gazelles, and golden eagles. Later, pay a visit to the
park museum where you can admire a collection of
dinosaur bones. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 13 — Ulaanbaatar
Catch a flight
back to Ulaanbaatar. This evening enjoy a folklore
show and farewell dinner. (1B, 1D)
Day 14 — Ulaanbaatar
Depart at any time. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
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What To Expect
Accommodation from day 3 to 12 will be in gers, traditional Mongolian tents made with round wooden frames and thick felt. The gers are simple, but quite comfortable, with 2 beds with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. As our camps are remote, bathrooms facilities are shared.
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You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1199
Arrival transfer, transport
between destinations and to/from included
activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.
Accommodations Hotels (3 nights), Ger camps (10 nights)
Meals Included 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.