12 Day Mongolia & Gobi Desert
Air & Land
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|2020 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Domestic air travel in Mongolia is subject to flight delays and schedule changes on short notice. This may require changes to the order of your itinerary or flight segments being replaced with lengthy drives. Any adjustments needed will be communicated as soon as possible. Luggage restrictions for intra-Mongolia flights differ from international flights, please refer to Trip Preparation for more information.
At the camps in Gobi, electricity is limited and not available overnight, making operating large electronic devices like CPAP machines impossible.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
- Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
- Flights New York-Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar-New York Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Ulaanbaatar-Moron, Moron-Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar-Dalanzadgad, Dalanzadgad-Ulaanbaatar
- 10 nights accommodations
- 3 nights Ulaanbaatar
- 2 nights Lake Khovsgol
- 2 nights Mt. Khogno Khan
- 2 nights Gobi Desert
- 1 night Khongor Sand Dunes
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 28 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners (including a lunch with a nomadic family, and welcome & farewell dinners)
- Wine with all dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern vehicles
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
- Active itinerary with unique cultural features
- Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
- Meet the Tsaatan, known as Reindeer people, one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world
- Share in the local love of music during performances of throat singing, long song and a shaman dance
- Meet a Yak family in their ger and learn about their nomadic life
- Explore the mysterious "Singing Sand Dunes" at Khongoryn Els by camel and on foot
- Learn to make khuushuur fried dumplings during a fun cooking lesson
- See Bayanzag's Flaming Cliffs, noted for the dinosaur fragments uncovered here in the 1920s
- Explore the ancient Mongol capital of Karakorum
- Meet a nomadic family when they invite you into their ger, or yurt, for lunch
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This is an adventurous and active trip. Though the overall pace is moderate, the nature of the tour requires long travel days and early morning wake ups. The drive to remote areas is over rough and bumpy unpaved roads with limited access to rest stop facilities. Walking is done over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes for two to three hours during tours. It is recommended to wear sturdy footwear. Small boats and animal experiences require agility to embark and disembark. Air-conditioning is usually not available in Mongolian camps or hotels outside of Ulaanbaatar. Electricity at the camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.
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Discovery Tours itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
This first class hotel is located in the historic centre of Ulaanbaatar.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class camp is located on the western shore of Lake Khovsgol with scenic mountains in the distance.Hotel Details
This tourist class camp features spectacular views.Hotel Details
This tourist class camp is located at a junction between the Yolyn Am gorge and the Flaming cliffs, each approximately 31 miles away.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
This afternoon, take a boat ride on one of the largest lakes in Mongolia, Lake Khovsgol, also known as "The Dark Blue Pearl" or "The Crystal Blue Pearl". Lake Khovsgol is the largest freshwater lake by volume and deepest lake in Central Asia with an oval shape and is rich in various fish species including pike, perch, salmon, Siberian grayling and sturgeon. The lake is surrounded by the Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range, along with lush meadows dotted with grazing horses and yaks. Your boat tour will take you to the shore on the other side of the lake and the entire excursion will offer beautiful views of the area.
Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.
|Day #4||01 Jun 2020 - 31 Aug 2020||$38.00|
This was my 5th trip with Gate 1, the first for my younger brother Stephen who traveled with me. We were both overwhelmed with the scope of learning and understanding gained, as well as the precision and attention to detail ...the details that make a trip smooth and enjoyable for the group. I believe a key to this success in in "managing expectations," a feat our guide did with finesse and kindness. This China/Tibet trip is mind expanding and comprehensive in scope, personal, yet international in focus. Every time I try to decide what was the very best part of the trip, I think of 15 different times, places, interactions, guides, meals, all worthy of the descriptor "best." True of this trip--as it has been in the other trips I have taken with Gate 1--was your selection of a singularly professional, knowledgeable and personable Guide. Tom truly made this difficult and comprehensive trip feel as if he was leading his "friends" to enjoy and understand his country. For me these trips are about international interactions--with guides, artisans, chefs, historians, scholars, and also, with each other--disparate travelers who come together for experiences and friendships, and spread the excitement and understanding with friends and family at home. Details--the Chendu pandas were only outdone by the ladies and gentlemen in the park who helped us learn mahjong. And the ladies and gentlemen in the park in Xian who danced and sang and "hake-sacked" with us--Wow! The lectures in Tibet and Shanghai sated our curiosity, as did the Hutong and Shanghai lunches sated our appetite. And, when we got on the cruise, we practiced our newly learned mahjong skills, and taught other cruisers. Who goes on a trip, eats three meals a day (love the lazy susans!), and comes home 4 pounds lighter! Someone who climbs The Great Wall, the steps of the Potala Palace, the 9 floors of the Red Pagoda, and the steps to the White Emperor Pagoda...and dances with the ladies in the parks!Kathryn L. Boca Raton, FL
Our trip was great! The pace was active and we liked that. We covered a lot of territory in a relatively short time. We also loved that our group only had 15 people in it. Our guide, Jessica, was phenomenal. She was calm under pressure and took so much care to check in with all of us individually to make sure we were all happy and felt well.Michelle F. Irvine, CA
The China-Tibet Trip was great and our tour manager Andy was outstanding in managing all aspects of our travel plans and details! Of course the local tour guides were excellent in services and site-seeing knowledge. We will continue to use Gate 1 as our favorite International tour agent.Henry T. Irvine, CA
It was wonderful! I've seldom enjoyed a trip more. Our tour manager Sam was superlative, so organized and on top of everything as well as helpful and friendly. Our local guides Ivy, Nora, Jack, Michelle and Tom were great, all very knowledgeable. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughter at their stories and anecdotes. We had no problems anywhere. Our tour mates were a great bunch of people, we bonded really well. China and Tibet are great places, so much history beauty and everything else too. The trip was well organized in its choices of the cities to visit and activities. Hotels were well chosen and the food was superlative. The home hosted lunches were definitely a highlight for me.It was a truly memorable experience to meet the local people in their home Well done Sam, well done Gate 1 ! Looking forward to the Egypt trip in October.Bandana R. Warren, NJ
Our trip to China and Tibet was excellent. This was our first group tour and we were quite pleasantly surprised by the experience. Our tour manager, Sam, was exceptional! He was accommodating and personable from the very start and his professionalism showed every day with his communication skills and ability to manage every detail for all of us on the tour. We were impressed by the knowledge, communication, and friendliness of every one of our local guides as well. Good job all around Discovery Tours!Bobby and Becca V. Green Cove Springs, FL
My wife and I had an awesome time on the 17 day China Tour Trip. We saw and learned so much about China and it easily surpassed our high expectations. This was our 3rd Gate 1 Trip and we have come to expect the care for detail and their ability to provide quality lodgings, meals and transportation. However, what made the trip so special for us was our luck in getting Melinda as our guide. She made the the wonderful trip remarkable. Her knowledge, her sense of humor, her organizational skills, her sensitivity to each individual's needs, her efforts to teach us everything -from basic Chinese language to the history of various periods of Chinese history and customs were wonderful and memorable. As you can see, I can't say enough good things about her. She is a treasure.Dan and Ora M. Los Angeles, CA
It was a fantastic trip. I cannot say enough about our experiences in China and Tibet. The cruise down the Yangtze river was also terrific. Our tour guide, Frank, and the local guides were knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.Jim T. Newland, NC
My trip to China and Tibet was great. Our tour manager Ivy was exceptionally good and made this trip even more special. Her attention to details was amazing. This was the smallest group I have ever traveled with and I loved it as it allowed us to experience many things that wouldn't have been possible for a large group. Loved all the local guides as well. Loved the country, food and all the accommodations .. Would love to go back and experience more of this amazing country.Agamani S. Lawrence, KS
Without a doubt, the China/Tibet trip that I participated in was FANTASTIC! ... I am recommending them to family and friends. Having been on larger trips over the years, I must say that accommodating so few travelers afforded us greater mobility, and many chances to interact with each other ... Special, special thanks to Jenny and Frank for answering my neverending questions, offering so many local tidbits and gems, and enduring my versions of the languages. This trip was one that I wanted to experience for years, and it was everything that I expected and more ... Thanks again to everyone for my Chinese/Tibetan memories.Julianna B. Westerville, OH
I would like to add that EVERYONE on our trip to China was over-the-top crazy about our tour manager, Louise. She could not have been more professional or more caring ... She never seemed to tire of our endless questions! ... Another guide was taking us to the airport for our trip home, but when Louise's flight was cancelled, she made a point to find us in a very busy airport. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I consider her a friend and tears were shed when we had to say good-bye!Elizabeth G. McDonough, GA.
Trip was great - our guide Jason was fantastic - loved all of tour - only wish it would have included one more day in shanghai for individual time, shopping etc think everyone in our group felt like they would have liked to stay in shanghai one more day for some free time!! Love it - great accommodations, local guides, travel - very happy with trip - but especially loved our guide - he made trip fantastic!!Ann B. Edmonds, WA
The trip was excellent. We really got our money's worth. Tibet was a once in a lifetime experience.Harvey R. San Diego, CA