Within two weeks, the ultimate loop would take you through the vast expenses of the Gobi desert, the great green steppes and the vast forests of Mongolia. You will explore countless natural wonders as well as rich cultural sight of Mongolia. The ultimate loop would start in Ulaanbaatar and proceed to the Gobi Desert, ancient capital Karakorum, Khustai National Park and many more.
MAKING THE ULTIMATE LOOP
15 May – 01 October
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Ulaanbaatar City, Baga Gazriin Chuluu, Tsagaan Suvraga, Khongoryn Els, Yoliin Am, Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs, Ongyn Khiid, Karakorum, Tsenher Hot Spa, Ugii Lake and Khustai National Park.
Travel length & Availability
15 May – 01 October; duration 15 days
The tour could be shortened or extended depending on your preference. For more details, please contact our travel experts.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a fine restaurant. Overnight at hotel. Half and full day tours are available on request.
Day 2. Ulaanbaatar / City Sightseeing
Take a full day city tour that includes a visit to the Gandan monastery, the largest Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia that houses well over 500 monks. The full name of Gandan is Gandantegchilen, translates as ‘The great place of complete joy’. Visit National History Museum and Sukhbaatar Square which would cover the spot where Mongolia’s independence was proclaimed in 1921. Have lunch in a Mongolian buffet restaurant where you can create your own stir fry bowls and barbeques. In the afternoon,explore Bogd King Palace museum, also known as the Winter Palace. This large complex of seven halls and a two-storey Russian style house was the winter home of Mongolia`s last king and the third line in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Afterwards, proceed to the Zaisan Memorial Hills to have a panoramic view of the city. If time permits, you can go for shopping for Mongolian cashmere in the Factory outlet store. Have dinner in an American Grill House and enjoy your evening. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3. Middle Gobi / Baga Gazriin Chuluu / 220 km
After having breakfast at the hotel, check out and your adventure journey with 4×4 jeeps through the Mongolian country sides begins. Drive to Middle Gobi, where the mountains would disappear and the huge open steppe would start. Arrive at Baga GazriinChuluu, a unique rock formation and a lovely rock-strewn range full of canyons, caves and a solitary lake. You will stay at a ger, which is a traditional felt tent that has been used for housing by the nomads since ancient times. The ger would be your accommodation for the duration of your trip in the countryside. Far away from light pollution, your chance to gaze at the millions of stars would also start from today. Overnight in ger camp.
Day 4. South Gobi / Yoliin Am / 280 km
Have an early start on heading to the Southern Gobi. The shimmering heat and isolated gers and herds of camels plus the images of lakes that is none other than a mirage are a typical sight you will see.Spend the day hiking and enjoying stunning photographic opportunities at theYol Valley, part of the Three Beauties Mountain range of the Gobi National Park. Prepare for the evening`s sunset, a magnificent moment to take away as a perfect memory of South Gobi. Stay overnight at ger camp.
Day 5. South Gobi / Khongoryn Els / 200 km
After having breakfast, head off to Khongoryn Els for 260 km. Upon arrival check in at ger camp. After lunch, visit a camel breeding family and get introduced to the way of Mongolian nomads and their way of life. Explore Mongolia`s largest Sand Dune, Khongoryn Els, which is also popularly known as the ‘Singing Dunes’. Enjoy the beauty of the stark landscape, and for those who are feeling more adventurous, climb to the very top for a fantastic view. Drive back to the ger camp and stay overnight.
Day 6. South Gobi / Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs / 150 km
Have an early or take away breakfast. Drive back to Dalanzadgad and fly back to Ulaanbaatar City. After arrival, visit Gandan monastery, the largest Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia that houses well over 500 monks. The full name of Gandan is Gandantegchilen, translates as ‘The great place of complete joy’. Visit National History Museum and Sukhbaatar Square which would cover the spot where Mongolia’s independence was proclaimed in 1921. Have lunch in a Mongolian buffet restaurant where you can create your own stir fry bowls and barbeques. Check in to the hotel and have a free afternoon. Enjoy a colorful Mongolian Folklore concert in the evening and have a farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 7. Middle Gobi / Ongyn Khiid / 150 km
Wake up early to see the rising sun over the vast Gobi landscape. Afterwards, proceed to Ongyn Khiid through driving from central to north west point of the Gobi. Located at the banks of Ongi River, you would have a chance to view the ruins of two famed monasteries, the Barlim Khiid to the north and the Khutagt Khiid to the south through an afternoon hike. Combined together, they form the complex known as Ongiin Khiid. Stay overnight in same ger camp.
Day 8. Central Mongolia / Tuvkhun Monastery
After spending days in the Gobi, today’s journey would take you to the vast green steppes of Mongolia that is commonly seen on postcards. One of the most significant sights of Central Mongolia is Orkhon valley with its valuable attractions. Tuvhun Monastery is a large complex that by has a trail on its back that would lead you to a spectacular view of the surrounding. You can hike like the monks or take a horseback ride on getting to the top. Stay at the ger camp for a well worthwhile rest and stay overnight.
Day 9 & 10. Central Mongolia / Tsenher Hot Spa
This day the journey would take you to Central Mongolia and the Tsenher Hot Spa. While enjoy the natural hot spa, you can also have a short hike in the surrounding forest during the two days.Having the spa after dinner in the evening is another experience. Body massage and beauty services are available on request. Overnight in ger camp.
Day 11. Central Mongolia / Orkhon Valley and Kharakorum 150 km
After having two full refreshing days, get ready for the final part of your adventure. Get ready to explore Mongolia’s Ancient Capital City Karakorum located in the Orkhan Valley. Chinggis Khaan`s choice of choosing Karakorum as the capital of the empire in Central Mongolia was no coincidence. The surrounding Orkhon Valley was the center of action for various nomadic dynasties that preceded the Mongol Empire, and hold senormous symbolic importance. Here you can see the Erdenezuu monastery, museum of Karakorum, Phallic Rock and Turtle Rock. Stay overnight in ger camp.
Day 12. Central Mongolia / Bayan Gobi 100 km
Have a tour of the city of Karakorum and the surrounding Orkhon Valley. After having lunch in same ger camp, drive back toward Ulaanbaatar. Within 2 hours of driving, the landscape of Central Mongolia opens up with beautiful mountainous and wide alleys. After arriving at the ger camp, visit a nomadic horse breeding family. Take an opportunity to have a horseback ride through the steppe. Spend the night in a ger camp.
Day 13. Central Mongolia / Khustai National Park 200 km
The last day of your country excursion would begin by arriving at the Khustai National Park, which is famous for preservation of its Przewalski or wild horses that had been reintroduced back into the wild. The National Park is famous not only for its wild horses but other mammals, floras and faunas. Get introduced to the National Park and proceed deep inside the park to search for the prized wild horses Spend the night at a nearby ger camp.
Day 14. Ulaanbaatar 120 km
After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar. After arriving at the city, check into the hotel. Have a leisurely afternoon. Enjoy a colorful Mongolian Folklore concert in the evening and have a farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 15. Departure
After breakfast check of out hotel and transfer to the Railway station or Airport for your international departure.