Wonders of Mongolia: Nature, Culture & Adventure New Trip

Discovering intriguing Mongolia begins from its capital Ulaanbaatar, breathtaking nature of World Heritage Orkhon Valley and Singing sand dune. This adventurous holiday combines all the highlights of Mongolia – from the busy capital Ulaanbaatar to the arid Gobi Desert and the land of Orkhon Valley. Mongloia’s unique landscape and charming... More

Discovering intriguing Mongolia begins from its capital Ulaanbaatar, breathtaking nature of World Heritage Orkhon Valley and Singing sand dune. This adventurous holiday combines all the highlights of Mongolia – from the busy capital Ulaanbaatar to the arid Gobi Desert and the land of Orkhon Valley. Mongloia’s unique landscape and charming people will leave a memorable impression to all who dare to visit this land.

Arkhangai and Uvurkhangai provinces are located in the center region of Mongolia. Elsen tasarkhai is a unique sight to see, a desert surrounded with mountainous area. The Uvurkhangai Province includes World Heritage Center Orkhon Valley and numerous archaeological remains of the nomads. And the site of the ancient capital city of Chinggis Khan – Kharkhorin – the center of the largest Empire the World has ever known.

A Gobi journey always leaves you with unforgettable impressions: Fata Morgana, fascinating mountainous landscapes, foothills with deep gorges, oases with lush green meadows, magnificent sand dune fields under the sun, camels and their cattle herds. The Mongolian government established the Great Gobi National Park in 1975 and the UNESCO designated as the Great Gobi as the fourth largest Biosphere Reserve in the world in 1991. Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi , where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. Gobi Desert is a land of dinosaurs and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation. Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs have been preserved here to the present day. Wild asses, camels, snow leopards, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora.

Central Mongolia: Here is the UNESCO world cultural heritage – Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape: Archaeological discoveries show that the Orkhon Valley has been continuously inhabited during the last 100,000 years. The Orkhon Valley is considered the cradle of Central Asian nomadic civilizations. Various peoples of antiquity, including the Huns, the Uighurs and the Turks, settled here since the 3rd century BC.

In Orkhon Valley large urban centers were established, serving as military, commercial and administrative bases of the respective empire. The most important among them was Karakorum, the capital and center of the vast Mongol empire in the 13th and 14th century, built in 1220 under Gengis Khan. From Kharakhorum the entire empire was governed during this time, and the Silk Road trade between Europe and Asia was controlled. The Orkhon Valley also houses numerous archaeological, historical and cultural sites that document the origin and development of Central Asian, and especially Mongolian, urban development.



  • Explore Central Mongolian Nature 
  • Explore Khustai National Park
  • Explore Orkhon valley National Park
  • Discover Gobi Desert and its beauties 
  • Gobi gurvan saikhan National Park
  • Visit ancient capital city of Great Mongol Empire “Kharkhorin” 
  • Sand dunes and Flaming Cliffs
  • Experience nomadic lifestyle 
  • Stay in local Ger camps and Lodge 

Fly from Frankfurt Airport to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with MIAT Mongolian Airlines.

Flight is not included in the tour price, but we will be happy to make you an individual flight offer.

Welcome to Mongolia! Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar (also known as ‘UB’) a travel-to-nature Asia guide/representative will be at the airport to greet and take us to our hotel. Please look our for your name-card/paging board once you exit out of arrival area.

We will base ourselves here for the first night. There are no activities planned for today. However, if we arrive into Ulaanbaatar early, we have time this afternoon to enjoy some introductory city walking through Genghis Khan Square, Sukbaatar Square, the National Historical Museum.

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel
Meal: Dinner

Today, after breakfast we drive towards Kharkhorin, making a detour to the Khustain Nuruu National Park, 2 hours west of Ulaan Baatar. Khustain Nuruu is famous for the re-introduction of Mongolia’s wild horse. The Mongolian Government declared Hustai National Park as a Specially Protected Area in 1993, one year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi (Przewalski’s horse) to the Hustain Nuruu. The Takhi Horse was once native to Mongolia and almost became extinct earlier in the 20th century. Through the efforts of several Mongolian and international organizations, these magnificent wild horses now roam in the steppes of the national park once again. We will visit the Project Information Centre and drive inside the park to see the wild horses and more.

Khustai national park is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. 44 species of mammals have been recorded, including red deer, Mongolian gazelle, roe deer, wild boar, wild sheep, ibex, Mongolian marmots, grey wolves, Eurasian lynx, Pallas cat, red fox, corsac fox and Eurasian badger. The 217 species of birds include golden eagle, lammergeier, great bustard, whooper swan, black stork, Daurian partridge and little owl. There are 16 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians, and 385 species of insects (including 21 species of ants, 55 species of butterflies, 10 species of bush crickets and 29 species of grasshoppers). A new species of soil insect has been found in the Hustai and given the scientific name of Epidamaeus khustaiensis.

In 2002, the Man and the Biosphere Reserves organization of UNESCO certified the HNP as a member of the world biosphere network of natural reserves. The HNPT was enrolled as a member of IUCN in 2007.

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we leave early to reach the Karakorum to explore 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. We will make a brief stop to see the dunes of the Little Gobi along the way.

In the afternoon we visit the capital city of ancient Great Mongol Empire. The city was established in 1220 by Ogedei Khan and remained the Mongols power base until Khublai Khan established Beijing as the capital. Kharakhorumn was the capital of Mongolia for 140 years and the capital of the Mongol Empire for 32 years.

The Erdenezuu monastery and the ruins of Kharakhorum were registered by UNESCO as world heritage in 1996. Major tourist attractions include Erdenezuu monastery, newly built Kharakhorum museum, open museum and mosaic map of Chinggis Khaan. Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) monastery was the largest Monastery in Mongolia, built in 1586 under the direction of Abtai Khan on the ruins of the ancient capital. Much of the monastery was destroyed during Stalin’s purges of the 1930’s, but an impressive wall with 108 stupas and a number of temples still remains.

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast |Dinner

After our leisurely breakfast we continue our journey south-west to Orkhon valley, the heartland of ancient nomads. We will arrive for lunch at Talbiun Lodge located at the scenic spot above on a steep cliff of Orkhon River in Khaalgan Denj,  Uvurkhangai province. the heartland of ancient nomads. We will be based in a comfortable Talbiun lodge for couple of nights.

Afternoon we will explore the camp area around. We shouldn’t need to go far to find nesting some interesting birds, such as Rock Sparrow, Small Snowfinch and Upland Buzzard in the direct vicinity of our camp. We’ll then make our way around the southern edge of the cliff to look for the stone formation near the bank of the river, stopping to scan the river itself.  Here we also have our chance to visit a Nomad family to observe the nomadic way of life, taste milk products, including airag (fermented mares milk) and interact with the nomad family.

Accommodation: Talbiun Lodge/Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch |Dinner

Eternal Elbow | Temeen Chuluu | The Orkhon Waterfall | Tuvkhun Monastery

We have couple of das here to explore. We will drive through and try to visit one or more  of these fascinating Natural history sites in Orkhon Valley.

Uurtiin Tohoi: Mongolian for “Eternal Elbow”, this is a steep cliff bordering a right angled bend of Orkhon River. Located at 1630 meter above sea level and originally named Khuurtiin Tokhoi, the cliff offers a marvelous view over Orkhon Valley.

Then Grave stones Temeen Chuluu : Temeen Chuluu burial site is on the many burial sites around camp Talbiun. The surrounding area has many tombs and burial mounds belong to the Bronze Age.

The Orkhon Waterfall : Water flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley, UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall formed by combination volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago cascades down from a height 27 meters. There are many rocks and boulders around the river as well as some waterfalls like a small waterfall with 4-5 m height and the Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall is the biggest in Mongolia at a height of 27m.

Tuvkhun Monastery: This monastery was built in 1654 by Saint Zanabazar who was a great sculptor and one of the biggest representative of Buddhism in Mongolia. The creation work temple dedicated to religious study and art works became the foundation of today’s Tuvkhun Monastery. It is located on a rocky mountain hill surrounded by forests elevated in 2300 meters above sea level. In 1651, the first religious statesman Zanabazar built a small stony building. In 1648, about the time he had found what now Shankh monastery on the Shariin gol, Zanabazar noticed an unusual armchair-shaped peak among the ridges west of the Orkhon River. He soon concluded that the mountain, known as Shireet Ulaan Uul, was an auspicious spot. Upon his return in 1651 from his first trip to Tibet he had a small walled stone meditation hut built here. 1653, he visited Erdenezuu, founded by his great grandfather, and appeared before a convocation of kalkh nobility. While there he prevailed upon his followers to build temple and retreat at Shireet Ulaan Uul in his own personal use. Later it became worship where many of his famous artworks were created; including five transcendent Buddha’s now located in the Zanabazar Fine Art Museum and Choijim Lama Musuem. Zanabazar also reportedly designed his Soyombo Alphabet while his residing here. During Zanabazar’s lifetime retreat was called Bayasgalant Aglag Oron (Happy Secluded Place.)

Having spent two full days out in Orkhon Valley enjoying the nomadic culture and historical sites, each day we shall make our way back to our ger camp for overnight.

Accommodation: Talbiun Lodge/Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we drive along the paved road Arvaikheer to the capital of Ovorkhangai Aimag on the northern edge of the Gobi Desert.

We should arrive at Arvaikheer during the middle of the afternoon and check in to our hotel. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the local museum, which contains nature collections, stone figures and Turkic scripts and possibly go to a local market.

Accommodation: Arvaikheer Palace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast |Dinner

Today is a long day as we head off the tourist route into some of the wilder parts of the Gobi Desert. After an early breakfast we start our adventurous journey and rapidly leave the tarmac behind. The landscape changes as we head deeper into the Gobi and the majestic Ikh Bogd Mountain should be visible in the distance, the highest mountain in the Gobi Altai Mountain Range. Eventually, after about 8-9 hours travelling (with stops) we will arrive at our Ger Camp in the wilderness. This is the longest day’s driving in this trip but is also a definite highlight of the trip as        we pass through some of Mongolia’s most spectacular landscape.

Accommodation: Ger Camp or Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast |Dinner

Today, we crossover a desert pass and visiting the quartz rich ‘White Cave’ and continue through classic Gobi Desert scenery of flat stony plains mixed with small rocky outcrops and patches of sand across the Khatan Suudal Steppe. We stop for a picnic lunch on the way, with views of Arts Bogd mountain to the north. We head off to the Kongoriin Els sand dunes and arrive there in the late afternoon. Rest of the free for rest and enjoy the magic of the Gobi Desert.

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

We have a full day to explore the sand dunes and surrounding area. The Khongoriin Els stretch for 200km and are as high as 300m in places. They are known as the ‘Singing Dunes’ because of the beautiful sound that resonates through the dunes on a windy day. The spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongor, which is fed by underground sources from surrounding mountains.  The South Gobi has 100,000 camels, typically used by herders for transportation of their gers. We will have the opportunity today to visit a camel breeding family and get a glimpse of the way of life of the nomadic herders of these parts.

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast |Dinner

Today we have time to relax in our  ger camp. Either in the morning or afternoon we take a short drive to Bayanzag. Known as the Flaming cliffs, the red/ochre colour can be striking and we have the opportunity for a short hike amongst colourful sands of red, yellow and orange. Bayanzag is a world-renowned dinosaur fossil exploration site, discovered in the 1920s by Mongolian and American palaeontologists.

The place is known as Flaming Cliffs so named by Roy Andrew Chapman American explorer, who had visited Mongolia in 1920. During the 2 years he searched through the Mongolian Gobi Desert & he found dinosaur fossils from Bayanzag, Nemekht. He brought his palentological findings on 70 camels. Chapman presented Mongolia one large skeleton on show in the Ulaanbaatar Natural History Museum. He found 10 kinds of dinosaurs 8 were found from Mongolia.

We are free to explore the region and may even be lucky enough to spot dinosaur fossils. We later return to our ger camp.

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

This morning we will drive through the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Gobi Gurvansaikhan means ‘Three Beauties of the Gobi’ and this range marks the eastern end of the Gobi Altai mountain range. The park’s landscape is extremely varied, with rocky and sandy desert plains, precipitous cliffs and ravines, salt pans and oases.

It’s one of the natural secret of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park and beautiful deep canyon with many rocky cliffs, has been created by many years of water erosion. We visit a spectacular natural sight of this region – Yolyn Ama a protected site established in 1965, is 62 km north west of Dalanzadgad.  Yolyn Am means Vulture’s Mouth and is a canyon so deep and narrow that even in the height of summer winter ice can remain on the valley floor.  This region is also renowned for the diversity of its wildlife and many endangered species can be found here, including Khulan, Ibex, Argali, elusive Snow leopards and many birds of prey, as well as numerous small rodents particular to the Gobi.  The walk along canyon must be done on foot.

After exploring the canyon, we will visit a small museum marks the entrance to the protected zone and provides information on the petrified trees, fauna and flora of the Gobi drive to a nearby ger camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue on our adventure by driving further north to  Tsagaan Suvarga, a remote and striking white lime stone cliff that remarkably looks like a Buddhist Stupa. We will picnic at a scenic spot and take in the scenery. Driving distance – 280 km

Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meal: Breakfast | Dinner

We will set off early morning to begin our journey to Baga Gazriin Chuluu, an otherworldly formation of rocky mountains comprised of granite that glows red at sunset and sunrise. The 1751-meter high granite stone mountains in the territory of Adaatsag soum, Dundgobi aimag /Middle Gobi province/, is another place with unique scenery that many tourists compare with lunar scenes. The mountain contains remains of old temples. They are not only rich in minerals, crystals but also eyes spring, old stone temple ruins related with 17th century. . We will also visit the remains ruins of an ancient temple and explore the area by foot before taking a rest with a picnic lunch. Dinner will be at our ger camp where we will overnight. Driving distance – 220 km. Accommodation: Ger Camp
Meal: Breakfast | Dinner

After breakfast we will visit the ruins of Sum Khukh Bird Temple. Afterwards we will continue to Ulaan Baatar. In about 4 hour/260 km. Depending on what we encounter on our way determine what time we get back to Ulaan Baatar. Rest of the afternoon free. In the evening our partner will host a dinner by A Star Mongolia LLC.

Accommodation: Bayangol Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your trip ends here today. Sadly, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

Meal: Breakfast


  • Airport transfers
  • 13 nights in Ger Lodges (twin/double bed)
  • 2 nights in hotel in sharing basis
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and taxes of National Parks, museums and tourist attractions according to the program, travel permits
  • Service of a local tour guide
  • Four Wheel Drive vehicle and a driver
  • German speaking Tour Leader

Not Included

  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals on mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any activities not mentioned in our program
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips for guide/s, driver, hotel staff and porters
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, showers and other unforeseen expenses
  • Extra expenses/payment for 'Optional' activities/programs if participated

Group Departure Trip

Trip Date Availability Price (Per Person) Single Supp.
10 June 2024 - 26 June 2024 Available USD 3685 USD 820

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Bayangol Hotel, Ulanbaatar

Bayangol Hotel opened its doors since 1964 and it has always played a significant role in the Mongolian tourism and hospitality industry. Since its privatization 1991, it was the first privately owned and managed hotel in Mongolia. Our 4 star property has been the preferred lodging for royalty, as well as tourists and business guests.

Arvaikheer Palace Hotel

The Arvaikheer Palace Hotel has deluxe, semi-deluxe, standard and simple rooms. We are offering for guest pubs, karaoke, restaurants, and snooker billiard rooms. All rooms have cable TV, internet,  24-hour hot and cold shower. There are also 20-30 car parks, 20 car heaters and auto wash. Restaurants and pubs have the capacity to accommodate 70-100 people in one place.

Ger Camp

Usually made out of lightweight felt tarp covering a wooden framework a Ger Camp is a simple accommodation yet cozy and comfortable. Ger camp is the traditional tent house suitable for nomadic life of Mongolians. Staying in a ger provides a window of opportunity to experience this unique way of life that will make a trip to Mongolia even richer.

Talbiun Lodge

Talbiun Lodge provides two-bed accommodation in ordinary and luxury yurts, can accommodate 80-100 guests, and has 24-hr hot showers and toilets. The camp also includes a restaurant. Talbiun Lodge, which is connected to the central power grid, is located northeast of Uurtiin tokhoi and 410 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar.

Trip Facts

  • Price (USD) From 3,685
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Group Size 4-12 Pax
  • Arrive Ulaanbaatar
  • Depart Ulaanbaatar
  • Trip Level
    easy to moderate
  • Activity Nature | Culture | Adventure
  • Meals 16 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 15 Dinners
  • Accommodation 3-4* Hotel, Ger Camp

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With every trip, you also support the SWAN and thus projects for Sustainable Community development and Biodiversity protection.

Our primary NGO partner is Social Welfare Association of Nepal (SWAN), with whom we have carried out multiple CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects. Besides carrying out regular CSR activities in the areas of education and women empowerment, we have supported relief and rehabilitation initiatives in the aftermath of several natural disasters like earthquake, immediate response to COVID-19 pandemic across Nepal. 

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