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The Gobi's Heart

This tour is not available and is archived.
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Highlights
  • Exploration of one of the most spectacular deserts in the world
  • Immersion in a nomad family
  • Possibility to continue your way towards China and Beijing
  • Stopover on the Trans-Mongolian
Tour Overview

The Gobi, great expanse of stones and steppe scattered with dunes, plains and mountains, is the largest desert in Asia. Some famous "Silk Roads" used to lead through this huge area with numerous amazing sceneries which will seduct you. This cold desert is known to be one of the sunniest and, of course, driest places of Mongolia.

Your tour will begin at the train station of Ulan Bator where you will take the mythic Trans-Mongolian heading for Sainshand, the last Mongolian city before the Chinese border. You will enjoy travelling through green steppe before arriving to the impressive sceneries of the Gobi. 

You will stay with a nomad family and discover daily life of nomads of desert. You will have an opportunity to ride a horse or a camel - according to your wishes.

The programme also includes visit to the monastery of Khamariin where lived Danzanravjaa, famous Mongolian monk and poet of the 19th century.  

Your trip will come to its end with a night train towards Ulan Bator or, should you prefer it, China.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Morning meeting at the train station of Ulan Bator. Departure for Sainshand. This trip of around 11 hours long will make you discover landscapes of central and southern Mongolia - endless steppe expanse gradually passed into the desert of the Gobi. Arrival in Sainshand and transfer to the nomad family. Dinner. Night in yurt. NB: If the arrival is too belated, you will stay in hotel and meet the receiving family in the morning.
  • Day 2
    All-day discovery of a nomad daily life in the Gobi area, participating in everyday routine of nomads. Horses and camels are at your disposal for a ride. Overnight in yurt.
  • Day 3
    Today we will visit the monastery of Khamariin where one of the most famous monk and poet in Mongolia, Danzanravjaa, used to live in the 19th century. In the evening, transfer to the railway station where you will take a night train. Departure to Ulan Bator at 8 pm or to Zamiin-Uud (Chinese border) at 9 pm. End of the programme.
        Detailed description
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        Price includes
        • English-speaking guide
        • Accommodation as per itinerary
        • Transport as per itinerary
        • Meals
        • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
        • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
        • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
        • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
        • Letter of invitation
        • Horse and equipment rental
        Price does not include
        • Medical insurance
        • Administrative registration
        • Personal expenses and tips
        • Visa fees and travel insurance
        • Optional activities
        For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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