We offer this optional Gobi Desert Camel Trek extension as part of our regular Mongolia Private Journey in order to experience the scenic wonder of this epic desert.
Hongoryn Els / Camel Trek
A drive of about four or five hours brings you across a range called the Three Beautiful Mountains and past the Gyalaan (“Shining”) Valley, named for the sun reflecting off of its smooth rock cliffs. Reaching the Hongoryn Els dunes, towering up to 2,500 feet, enjoy lunch, meet your camel trek and staff, and have an introduction to the camels and their gear. In the afternoon, trek for two or three hours to reach your first campsite at the foothills of the dunes. The next two days of camel trekking (five to six hours of riding each day) brings you across sand dunes dotted with saxaul trees, past a small pond formed by seasonal rainfall, and to a very scenic area north of the highest dunes. Overnights in tents...BLD
End Trek / Flaming Cliffs
After breakfast, bid farewell to your camel wranglers and camels and drive to Three Camel Lodge. En route, enjoy a visit to the legendary “Flaming Cliffs,” named for its glowing orange rock. It was here, in 1923, that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his 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. Continue to Three Camel Lodge for dinner and overnight...BLD
Continue Mongolia Private Journey itinerary
Days 13-14 follow Days 10-11 of the Mongolia Private Journey itinerary
The Gobi Desert, Mongolia
3 nights camping tents, 2 nights comfortable ger camp
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
A visa is not required for US citizens visiting Mongolia. If you are traveling via China, a Chinese visa is required and must be obtained in advance.