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12D11N The Gobi and Karakorum Tour Package -

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12D11N The Gobi and Karakorum Tour

Mongolia is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. It is a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Mongolia may have geopolitical, cultural and geographical meanings. Mongolia consists of historic Outer Mongolia. The province of Inner Mongolia is geographically and politically separate and located in northern part of China yet it shares common borders with Mongolia.

Package Inclusive

  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation (3 Star)
    9 Nights at Conzy Tented Camp with shared washing facilities
    Return Transfers by Private vehicle
    Meals as specified in the itinerary
    Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
    short camel ride in the Gobi Desert
    Daily supply of bottled water

    Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar (No Meals)

    The capital of Mongolia was founded in 1639. Located in altitude of 1350 meters above sea level. The center of political, economic and cultural life of the country. The capital Ulaan Baatar has 1 000 000 inhabitants, 65 % of them being under 35 years old. After the custom formalities you will be met by your local driver and taken to your hotel.

    Day 2: Ulaan Baatar to Elsen Tasarkhai (B/L/D)

    After breakfast visit the National Museum of Mongolia and the Genghis Monument on the Sukhbaatar Square. Welcome lunch. Then travel overland for 4 hours westward towards Karakorum and break your journey in picturesque Elsen Tasarkhai, a common border between Tov, Ovorhangai and Bulgan provinces. Overnight at the Hoyor Zagal camp.

    Day 3: Elsen Tasarkhai - Karakorum (B/L/D)

    This morning you will make an early drive to the lost capital of Genghis Khan at Karakorum and visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu Monastery, where you will see a distinct mixing of the styles of Mongolian and Tibetan Buddhism. Karakorum was once the heart of the Mongol Empire and today, you will still see remnants of the long standing walls that encircle the city. Also in the afternoon visit the newly established Karakorum Museum. Overnight at camp Munkh Tenger.

    Day 4: Karakorum to Ongi Monastery Ruins (B/L/D)

    Your journey today will include a 4 to 5 hour drive to the south and to Ongi monastery ruins through the Gobi steppes. Arrive and transfer to your ger camp. Spend the balance of the day visiting the monastery ruins either by foot or on horseback (optional). The Ongi Monastery complex was once the biggest settlement in southern Mongolia with 500 monks and 2 monasteries on the 2 sides of the River Ongi. However, the monastery was destroyed completely by the Mongolian KGB in 1937 yet there is still plenty to explore and photograph. Overnight at the Secret of Ongi Camp.

    Day 5: Ongi Monastery to Bayanzag (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, you will take a 2 to 3 hour drive further south to the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag, a world famous site to excavating dinosaur fossils especially renowned yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. The rock area surrounding the site emits a glowing orange hue, hence the nickname. Spend time wandering the site or visit nearby nomadic villages, maybe even try your hand at camel riding. Overnight at the Gobi Tour camp.

    Day 6: Bayanzag to Khongor Sand Dunes (B/L/D)

    Today you will drive through the beautiful Gobi desert with its towering sand dunes that seemingly stretch on for as far as the eye can see. En route, you will stop to experience and observe the local customs of some of the nomadic people before arriving at the mighty sand dunes of Khongor Els, where you stay overnight at tourist camp. Overnight at Khongor Camp

    Day 7: Khongor Sand Dunes (B/L/D)

    Today, journey to the base of the dunes where you will have the chance to climb to the top for excellent views of the Gobi, or to walk through the green oasis at the base. Afterwards, you will visit the home of a local camel herder and try camel riding. Overnight at Khongor Camp

    Day 8: Khongor Sand Dunes to Yoliin Am Gorge (B/L/D)

    After breakfast you will take a southern passage through the Gobi, driving along the dunes for more than a hundred kilometers, before branching into the Gov-Altai Mountains and the Dungenee Pass, which leads to the glacial gorge of Yolyn Am. Here you will journey on foot or horseback into the gorge itself. Overnight at the Gobi Discovery Camp.

    Day 9: Yoliin Am Gorge to Tsagaan Suvarga (B/L/D)

    Today head north to Tsagaan Suvarga, found in the middle Gobi with its unique landscape of desert steppes. Look for ancient rock paintings along the way. Overnight at Tsagaan Suvarga camp

    Day 10: Tsagaan Suvarga to Baga Gazariin (B/L/D)

    Start the day by heading north on a 6 hour drive that takes you to the granite mountains of Baga Gazariin Chuluu. Many travellers liken the area to what they have seen of lunar landscapes. The mountains contain remains of old temples but are also rich in minerals and crystals. The mountain contains remains of old temples. They are not only rich in minerals and crystals, but also eyes spring, old stone temple ruins related.

    Day 11: Baga Gazariin to Ulaanbaatar (B/L/D)

    After breakfast you will drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel to freshen up. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Bogd Khaan's Palace Museum - the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. In the evening, cap the adventure off with a traditional folklore concert that leave you with lasting memories of your time spent in this magical country. Overnight at Hotel

    Day 12: Depart Ulaanbaatar (B)

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    Hotel Star 1 Person 2 Person 3-7 Person 7-10 Person Single Supplement
    3 STAR Book3*T.B.A250022001950350
    ** Per Person rates in USD

    Term & Conditions

    Rates are applicable to minimum of 6 persons travelling together. NOT applicable to Muslims.
    Validity Period: until Dec 2014 unless specified
    Rates are not applicable during peak season, festivals, and large-scale exhibition
    Guests will need to stay in each store at least 40 mins.
    Jiuzhaigou hotel do not provide a one-time toiletries.
    Rates are still subject to change. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
    Other terms and conditions apply
    Mongolia is a landlocked country in Central Asia. It is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south, east and west. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and also the largest city, is home to about 45% of the population. Mongolia's political system is a parliamentary republic.

    The area of what is now Mongolia has been ruled by various nomadic empires, including the Xiongnu, the Xianbei, the Rouran, the Gokturks, and others. In 1206, Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire, and his grandson Kublai Khan conquered China to establish the Yuan Dynasty. After the collapse of the Yuan, the Mongols retreated to Mongolia and resumed their earlier pattern of factional conflict and occasional raids on the Chinese borderlands. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Mongolia came under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. At the end of the 17th century, all of Mongolia had been incorporated into the area ruled by the Manchu's Qing Dynasty. During the collapse of the Qing Dynasty the Mongols established Temporary Government of Khalkha in 30 November 1911. On 29 December 1911 Mongolia declared independence from the Qing Dynasty and this National Liberation Revolution ended the Manchu's rule that lasted 220 years (153 years after the collapse of the Zunghar Khanate).

    The country came under Soviet influence, resulting in the proclamation of the Mongolian People's Republic as a Soviet satellite state in 1924. After the breakdown of communist regimes in Europe in late 1989, Mongolia saw its own democratic revolution in early 1990; it led to a multi-party system, a new constitution of 1992, and transition to a market economy.
    The capital and the largest city of Mongolia. An independent municipality, the city is not part of any province, and its population as of 2008 is over one million. Located in north central Mongolia, the city lies at an elevation of about 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. Fittingly, it is the centre of Mongolia's road network, and is connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system. The city was founded in 1639 as a movable (nomadic) Buddhist monastic centre.

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