Photo by Bill Abbott
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Depart:||The Gobi Desert, Mongolia|
|Lodging:||3 nights camping tents, 2 nights comfortable ger camp|
|Meals:||Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)|
|Activity:||Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures|
Walking and camel riding
Visa RequirementsA 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.
Our Trips using this Extension
Mongolia Private Journey
Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
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
What the Trip is Like
On this five-day extension, we stay in the comfortable Three Camel Lodge for two nights and camp for three nights in mountain-style camping tents. The tents have sleeping pads and sleeping bags rated to 15ºF. At camp, conditions are comfortable but basic. Our staff cooks and serves the meals, and there is a shared toilet tent at camp (and on some nights, a field shower). Treated drinking water is distributed each day. The trek covers a variety of terrain, mostly hard-packed desert, rocky washes, and dry river beds. Our camels are led by their own individual handlers. Most people choose to alternately ride and walk, as camel riding can be uncomfortable for long periods. Trip members should be aware that camels, though docile, can sometimes be unpredictable animals. Camels cannot be saddled as securely as horses, and there are no stirrups, which increases the possibility of a fall caused by a camel’s erratic movements. Therefore, it's important to hold on well and to stay alert while riding! Anyone participating in this optional activity must acknowledge the inherent risk in riding and perhaps falling from the saddle, and agree to accept any and all responsibility. Alternative activities, such as hiking or riding in the support vehicles, are usually available for those who want a break from riding or prefer not to ride at all.
Prices are for 2016
$1485 per person, double occupancy (2-3 members)
$1225 per person, double occupancy (4-5 members)
$1065 per person, double occupancy (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $455
Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:
- Services of local English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
- Ground transportation and transfers as indicated
Extension Cost Does Not Include:International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; activities listed as optional; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).
Gobi Desert Camel Trek Camps
Days 9 to 11 (3 nights), Mongolia
We make hiking and camping in Mongolia as comfortable as possible. On our Gobi Desert camel trek, we provide high quality mountain style tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags rated to 15ºF. A camp crew prepares hearty meals and takes care of all of the camp chores. We are supported by vans that carry the camp gear, including a large tent that provides a warm and comfortable dining area. There is a toilet tent, and if conditions permit, we can enjoy a field shower.
Day 12 (1 night), The Gobi Desert, Mongolia
This premier expedition camp of 20 gers, set in a peaceful hillside spot in the Gobi Desert, offers great comfort and is strategically close to ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.