Active Adventure in Gobi Itinerary


Day 1: Fly to the Gobi/Havsgait Valley

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

In the afternoon, drive or ride a mountain bike to Havsgait Valley, where early Gobi settlers left rock drawings depicting life between 15,000 and 40,000 years ago. Hundreds of petroglyphs adorn the rocks scattered on the top of the mountain. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight accommodations.

Day 2: Hongoryn Els/ Gegeet Valley

Begin today by discovering the spectacular panoramas of the world’s northernmost desert in Gegeet Valley (2 hours drive). Keep an eye out for the elusive snow leopard, who lives in this valley.

Continue on to the towering dunes of Hongoryn Els, which run 60 miles alongside the Gobi Altai Mountain Range. Reaching upwards of 600 feet, these are the most magnificent sand dunes in the Gobi. Explore the area on foot and enjoy the beautiful Gobi sunset over the dunes. Spend this night in tents near the dunes. 

Day 3: Hongoryn Els/Three Camel Lodge

In the morning, continue exploring the dunes, known as the “Singing Sands” for the remarkable low-pitched groan that is emitted when their surface is disturbed by wind. You will have the opportunity to visit a camel herding family, and those who are interested can explore the area on the back of a Bactrian camel. Drive back to the Three Camel Lodge in the afternoon.

NG exclusive experience: In the evening, enjoy an unadulterated view of the pristine Mongolian sky through the lens of an on-site Galileo telescope. The stars and constellations present in the Gobi—including Venus, the Big Dipper, the North Star, Delphinus, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, and the Milky Way—are brighter than any planetarium gives them credit for, and a professional-grade viewing device enhances their ethereal quality.

Day 4: Yol Valley National Park/Flaming Cliffs

After breakfast, 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.

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. 

Day 5: Fly to Ulaanbaatar

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