We fly to South, where the land, huge arid stretch scattered with greenery oasis, bears as marks as its inhabitants. No doubt, we're in a legendary desert : Gobi. Stunning rocky formations, frozen canyon and sand dunes… Arid majesty of lunar landscapes are on the program of this great Mongolian adventure.
Day 1Flight to Gobi and its Three Beauties
Ulan Bator - Dalanzadgad
We go to Ulan Bator airport in order to flight to Gobi and the "Three Beauties", the three highest summits of this part of Gobi-Altai : Baruun Saïhan, "the East Beauty" ; Dund Saïhan, "the Middle Beauty" ; Züün Saïhan, "the West Beauty", the highest (2815 mètres, 1,75 mile).
Dalanzadgad - Bayanzag
Visit of the cliffs of Bayanzag, today are best known as "flaming cliffs", owing to their ochre red colour, where is located the "cemetery of dragons". The cliffs and the saxaul forests that surround them are the evidence of the time when Earth was still inhabited by huge creatures: dinosaurs. Palaeontologist Roy Andrews Chapman was the first man to discover in 1922 some bones and eggs of dinosaurs that we can see today in the Natural History Museum of Ulan Bator and in other museums in the world.
Day 2 - 3Discovering Khongor sand dunes
Bayanzag - Khongor sand dunes
We ride towards the west of the park to reach Khongor sand dunes, "light bay sand". These dunes extend at the foot of the "Three Beauties".
Visit of the dunes of Khongor. These dunes are the most spectacular ones of Mongolia, they extend on more than 180 kilometres (111,85 miles) long and 20 kilometres (12,43 miles) wide, and have an average height of 80 metres (262,47 feet), the highest one being 120 metres (393,70 feet) high. From the top, the view on the desert is quite amazing. From this place, it's also possible to hear the moving masses of sand, hence the name of "singing dunes". Beyond the dunes, the steppe extends for as far as the eye can see.
Camelback hike. Camelback hiking in the Gobi Desert is an unforgettable experience. The nonchalant animal will take us with its peaceful gait along the dunes and the Khongor River, "light bay", that flows alternately on the surface and under the ground. We'll go until a small oasis at the foot of the dunes, where some bushes grow, such as saxaul. Camels are very fond of saxaul and Mongolians think it's the most precious wood.
We will walk until the top of a dune and will have a wonderful view of the desert. Far away, we will see the peaks of the Three Beautiful and, if we listen carefully, we might hear the song of the dunes.
Day 4Trekking in the area of canyons
Khongor sand dunes - Yoliin am canyon
Journey on the track towards the east of "the Three Beauties" to reach the area of canyons. Stop at Dungenee Canyon. We leave the vehicle to start our first magic hike along the river that flows between huge canyons.
Day 5Return flight to Ulan Bator
Yoliin am canyon - Dalanzadgad
30-kilometres (18,64 miles) journey until Dalanzadgad, the capital of the province, where we'll embark for our return flight to Ulan Bator.
Arrival in town and transfer to your hotel where you can rest a few moments.
Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.