Essential Gobi Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to the Gobi

In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gobi, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert.

Upon arrival, drive to Yol Valley National Park, cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. An ancient river carved this surprisingly green valley, and its remnant streams create ice formations at the base of the valley that sometimes persist as late as July. A hike through the valley leads to the habitat of indigenous vulture-like Lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks, and Argali mountain sheep. Visit the local natural history museum for an overview of the flora and fauna of the area.

Arrive at the Three Camel Lodge for dinner and overnight accommodations.

Day 2: Nomadic Family/Flaming Cliffs

NG exclusive experience: Visit a local nomadic herding family and learn more about their unique way of life—including how they make dairy products and milk and tend to animals. Experience their lives in their gers, from cooking staple foods to enjoying favorite Mongolian pastimes.

In the late afternoon, drive to Bayan Zag (1 hour), commonly known as “The Flaming Cliffs” for its glowing orange rock. It was here in 1923 that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen. Although not obvious to the untrained eye, the red sandstone of the Flaming Cliffs is rich with dinosaur fossils and paleontological expeditions continue to make significant discoveries at this site.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight accommodations.

Day 3: Fly to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.