Day 2: Ulaanbaatar / Ikh Gazarin Chuluu
Embark on an overland journey to the Gobi Desert. Through the rugged terrain, you will be greeted with stunning landscapes and picture perfect sceneries. Ikh Gazarin Chuluu is an interesting area where unusual rock formations and granite pinnacles stick out in the middle of the dusty plains. Spend half a day exploring caves and the area before continuing journey southwards towards Tsagaan Survagan.
Day 3: Tsagaan Survagan
Tsagaan Survagan has interesting landscape as well. Different minerals giving rise to different colours form the face of the cliffs. You will be impressed with this beautiful natural features.
Day 4: Yolyn Am
The dramatic and unique scenery in Yolyn Am with thick ice stuck in the valley all year round is one of the interesting sights in Gobi Desert. A day hike is involved to reach the valley.
Day 5: Bayanzag
Bayanzag houses some of the famous archeological sites where the first dinosaur fossils and eggs shell were discovered in 1921. The beauty of the place makes an interesting visit.
Day 6: Gurvansaikhan Mountain Range
The three gorgeous ridges in the Gurvansaikhan Mountain range, which sits majestically in the desert, offer excellent trekking opportunities. Standing 2548 metres above sea level, it is an easy yet exciting trip to the peak where the vastness of the Gobi Desert stretches further than what your naked eyes can see. The view from the top is simply magnificent!
Day 7: Khongoryn Els
Khongoryn Els are some of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia, where it stretches for 180 kilometres across the desert. Stomping around the sand dunes with like-minded companions is truly memorable.
Day 8: Near Arvaikheer
A full day of travelling to cover the vast distance between southern Gobi and Kharkhorin - the ancient capital of Mongolia.
Day 9: Kharkhorin
Embark on an overland journey to Kharkhorin – once the capital city that serve Chinggis Khan and his vast empire. Visit the magnificent Erdene Zuu monastery, the first centre of Lamaism in Mongolia, and enjoy the majestic architecture of ancient history.
Day 10 - 11: Terelj
Another long drive before arriving in Ulaanbaatar. Transit to Terelj. Terelj offers excellent hiking opportunities and horse riding through cooling alpine scenery. Swimming in icy river is definitely worth a try. Free and easy in Terelj.