Gobi Desert Tour – 6 Days
The Diversity of the Gobi Desert
Gobi – the name evokes images of vast expanses of sand dunes, red colored sediments rich in dinosaur fossils, camel riders and heat reflections above the desert landscape. While all these sights can be seen on the Gobi Desert Tour, there is much more to this landscape that is so rich in natural and human history. The Mongolian Gobi is a diverse landscape where rugged mountain ranges rise above the expansive plains of the desert.
The largest National Park of Mongolia is situated here – “Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park”, which translates into “The Three Beauties of the Gobi”. These three mountain ranges are habitat for Argali, Ibex and snowleopard. The rock formations of the Gobi here have yielded some spectacular paleontology findings such as the first dinosaur eggs, and the first found specimens of Velociraptor and Protoceratops. This area is now protected as “Baynzag Park”.
The Gobi Desert Tour – Landscapes and People
The Gobi desert tour shows you the diversity of the landscapes, and takes you to some of the iconic sites – the Yoliin Am Gorge and the Khongoryn Els – Singing Sands. During your desert exploration you will meet with people of the Gobi who have used the desert grasslands for millennia to develop their nomadic herding lifestyle based on the skillful use of the scarce resources of these dry lands.
The 6 day itinerary allows for enough time to enjoy the Gobi experience and make the overland return journey a pleasant drive through the steppes of Mongolia back to Ulaanbaatar, while visiting intriguing landscapes, historic and prehistoric sites along the way.
Combine a Gobi Desert Tour with a Horseback Expedition
The scheduled dates of our Gobi Desert Tour are arranged so that there is always a tour between our horse treks. Gobi travel is becoming popular with our horse riding guests who chose to explore the Mongolian Gobi desert before or after their horse trek in Gorkhi Terelj National Park or the Khentii Mountains. Combining both trips makes for a great Mongolia experience seeing contrasting landscapes and much of the country’s ecological zones, and trying a short camel ride after horseback travel..
Experience the Camel Festival – Gobi Desert Tour – 8 Days
The Camel Festival is organized every year on March 6-7 in the South Gobi. It’s a feast of colors as camel herders showcase their traditional costumes and their colorful decorated camels. A camel race, competitions in camel packing and other camel herder skills and cultural performances are other activities to watch during the 2 day celebration.
We have scheduled one Gobi Desert Tours that enables you to take in the Camel Festival on your trip, making the entire trip an 8 Day Tour. Chose the Gobi Desert Tour from March 2 – 9 to experience the camel festival on day 5 and 6 of your tour.
Book early! The Camel Festival is becoming a popular visitor attraction and accommodations are taken fast for the festival! Contact us.
Visit the Yak Festival – Gobi Desert Tour – 7 Days
In recent years also a Yak Festival has been organized in the Gobi. It takes place near Yoliin Am in the Eastern Beauty Mountains. Herders living in the mountain ranges of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park keep herds of these mountain animals, and once a year gather to show their best animals, compete in skills of riding and packing yaks and showcase products made from yak wool and milk. Another colorful event highlighting the traditions of the nomadic people of the Gobi. Including Yak “bronco” riding…
We have scheduled one Gobi Desert tour to enable you to visit the Yak Festival. Adding the event, your tour will be one day longer. Chose the tour from May 27 – June 2 to include the Yak Festival on Day 3 of your trip. Choose the tour from May 25 – May 31 to include the Yak Festival on Day 5 of your trip.
Book early! The Yak Festival is becoming more popular, and Gobi Travel season is already in full swing in late May, with accommodations filling fast ! Contact us.
Explore the Gobi Desert year-round
Custom trips to the Gobi can be arranged before and after the season of scheduled tours at any time of the year providing we can schedule them in. The minimum number of guests for such a tour is two. Contact us
Experience the Gobi in Winter
The Gobi desert makes for an extraordinary winter travel destination. Learn more
What’s included in the Price?
Included in the tour prices quoted here is accommodation 1 night before and 1 night after the Gobi Desert tour in Ulaanbaatar, and all accommodation, meals, fuel/transportation, entrance fees during the Gobi Desert Tour. We provide sleeping bags and mats for your trip, but you are also welcome to use your own.