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 Land Cruiser 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 fast-growing modern city with more than 1.3 million habitants. You can choose to explore the city and surrounding on 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 Ulaanaatar to Gobi from where we will be official 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, lies 62kms north-west of Dalanzadgad and spans an area of 70 kms. 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 westward towards Mongolia’s largest and beautiful sand dunes, Khongoryn Els. The drive is also challenging as the terrain is dirt tracks and some places are pretty bad. 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 have dinner at 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 our 4-hr. drive will take us to the “Flaming Cliffs”, worldwide renowned place where paleontologist 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. No fossil souvenirs please, it’s illegal. If the sky is clear, we will spend some time late at night to catch the glimpse of our milky way galaxy and also 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 Hoshuu Monastery on one side of the river and the ruins of Ongii Monastery on the other side of the river. 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 world cultural heritage by UNESCO due to its ancient findings, artefacts related to early 6th century, as well as, 12th to 13th century great Mongol empire that had expanded its capital Karakorum here. Moreover, nomadic lifestyle still remains here and it gives one both, a historic and nomadic view of life. The adventurous can climb down the canyon and swim 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 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khan – Kharhorin. Our final day in the country side as well as 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 and art historians considers 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 deeper insight about Mongolia history and culture. We will stay in this town and our last day at 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. Being the longest day of the expedition, but we will be on paved roads all throughout. We plan to reach Ulaanbaatar early so incase if anyone wants to do some last-minute shopping before we have our farewell dinner. Time to cherish all the great memories 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
2020 29th Aug to 6th Sept 2020 USD 6000 USD 7000 BOOK NOW
2020 8th to 16th Sept 2020 USD 6000 USD 7000 BOOK NOW
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, are subject to change without notice. Family travelling with kids are requested to contact us for special kids’ prices. Solo travelers and families bigger than 2 people are requested to contact us for the quote. 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's 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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