Motoring Expedition across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert
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    USD 6000
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  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Expedition Vehicle

    Nissan Patrol
  • Expedition Capacity

    10 Pax
  • Terrain

    Predominantly Dirt Tracks
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Expedition Overview

Possessing a last-place-on-earth allure that is not easy to access, Mongolia shows up on the bucket list of every veteran traveler. Driving yourself a Nissan Patrol 4×4 across one of the greatest deserts in the world; discovering primordial fossils hidden within flaming-red cliffs; watching the sun setting pink and purple over a Mongolian yurt. Very few experiences bring together offbeat adventure and epic road-tripping quite like this voyage across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. If mystery and intrigue is what you seek, then this expedition should be your pick.

Expedition Details

Country: Mongolia
Drive : 1750 km
Weather : Max 23°C and Min 9°C
Ideal for : Anyone above the age of 8 (All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Expedition Itinerary

Accommodation: Blue Sky Tower or similar

Upon arrival, check-in at the comfortable and centrally located hotel. Ulaanbaatar is a fast-growing modern city with more than 1.3 million inhabitants. You can choose to explore the city and surrounding on your own or contact us for assistance. In the evening we will have a detailed expedition briefing to get everyone familiarized with the plan before we head out to explore Gobi.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

In the morning we will take a flight out of Ulaanbaatar to Gobi from where we will be officially starting our motoring expedition. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Ger camps where you will spend your first day like a typical Nomad. Later in the afternoon, we will head out to the Yol Valley, a protected site since 1965 that lies 62 km north-west of Dalanzadgad and spans across an area of 70 km. We will spend the afternoon trekking through the deep and narrow gorge of this valley which is located within the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. The valley is named after the bearded vulture, which is called Yol in Mongolian.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Distance: 180 km | Time: 6 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

Today you will begin the self-drive expedition heading west towards Mongolia’s largest and most beautiful sand dunes, Khongoryn Els. The drive is also challenging as the terrain is mostly dirt tracks. Once we reach the sand dunes, you can relax and walk around the ever-changing mysterious landscape and watch the sun go down behind the gorgeous dunes. We will dine on the dunes and then head back to our Ger camps to end the day.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Distance: 180 km | Time: 4 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

Today, a 4-hour drive will take us to the “Flaming Cliffs”, a worldwide renowned place where palaeontologist, Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur bones and eggs. The surrounding landscape is a beautiful combination of rocks, red sand and scrubs. You can spend time exploring the cliffs, but no fossil souvenirs please, it’s illegal. If the sky is clear, we can catch a glimpse of our milky way galaxy and learn night photography from our Expedition Photographer.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Distance: 180 km | Time: 4 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

We continue driving northwest to Ongii Monastery. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Delger Khangai Mountains. We will explore the ruins of the Hoshuu Monastery on one side of the river and the ruins of the Ongii Monastery on the other. Hiking around this massive series of rocky hills, cut by the river, is another option.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Distance: 300 km | Time: 8 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

The valley is registered as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO due to its ancient findings and artefacts related to the early 6th century, also because the 12th to 13th century great Mongol empire had expanded its capital, Karakorum into this valley. Nevertheless, nomadic lifestyle still remains here, and it gives a view of both, a historic and a nomadic way of life. Adventure seekers can climb down the canyon and swim in the lake located at the foot of the waterfall.

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Distance: 120 km | Time: 4 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

Today we will head to the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire built by Chinggis Khan – Kharhorin. Our final day in the countryside as well as the final day on dirt tracks, as we will hit the tarmac before we reach Kharhorin. We will visit the famous Erdene-Zuu Monastery that consists of three temple complexes covering a large area. Art historians consider this, 16th-17th century masterpiece, to be the prime example of classic Mongolian and Tibetan art. And then we will visit Kharkhorin’s museum. It is small, but highly impressive – and the country’s best museum outside Ulaanbaatar. Everything is beautifully designed and well displayed to give a deeper insight into Mongolian history and culture. We will stay in this town and this will be our last day at the Ger Camps.

Accommodation: Blue Sky Tower or similar

Distance: 360 km | Time: 6 hours | Terrain: Dirt Roads

An early start today as we bid adieu to the nomadic life. This is the longest day of the expedition, but we will be on paved roads all throughout. We plan to reach Ulaanbaatar early in case anyone wants to do some last-minute shopping before we have our farewell dinner. It’s finally time to cherish all the great experiences we had during this epic expedition.

Expedition Vehicle

Nissan Patrol

What to Expect

Expedition Film

What our Clients say

A regular agency would have taken you in a chauffeur driven car, put you up in plush hotels and would not have allowed a real insight into the real micro part of Mongolia

– Bibhu, Mongolia Expedition 2017.

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Dates and Prices

Year Dates Double Occupancy Private Room
2021 28th Aug to 5th Sept 2021 USD 6000 USD 7000 BOOK NOW
2021 7th to 15th August 2021 USD 6000 USD 7000 BOOK NOW

All expedition prices are per person, based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change without notice. Families travelling with kids are requested to contact us for special kids’ prices. Solo travellers and families with more than 2 members are also requested to contact us for prices. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

What's Included

  • Exclusive Expedition Vehicle for a team of 2 people with fuel
  • Nomadic Road Expedition team along with local cultural expert throughout the trip
  • 4x4 support vehicle that will carry essential tools and equipment for the trip
  • Domestic flight between Ulaanbaatar and Dalanzadgad
  • Expedition Chef to take care of our meals throughout the trip
  • Accommodation for all nights on twin share basis
  • Meals on all days except for few days to let you try the local cuisine. Refer exclusions for more details.
  • Airport transfers
  • Third party vehicle liability insurance for expedition vehicles
  • All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in the itinerary
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • International Driving Permit
  • Meals on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 8.
  • Comprehensive Personal Insurance(s)
  • Personal medication
  • Extras like room service, drinks, optional excursions and items of personal nature like laundry, tips, phone calls etc.

Why join us?

If you’re satisfied with booking your trip online and hoping for the best, you don’t need us. Unusual travel experiences and motoring across far ends of our planet are not simple to plan, let alone find. And that is what makes Nomadic Road distinct. We know our destinations thoroughly, collaborate with exceptional in-country colleagues, and have many years of experience orchestrating eye-opening journeys. With us, you’ll see a destination in a different light – through the Nomadic Road lens – and discover things you won’t find out about any other way.

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