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The Ice Canyon, Flaming Cliffs and Sanddunes: Highlights of the South Gobi
With Khongorin Els!

Day 1: You will be picked up at your accommodation in UB and transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to the Gobi desert.

From the Gobi airport, drive into “Goviin Gurvan Saihan” (The three beauties of the Gobi) National Park and visit “Yolin Am” (the Vulture’s Mouth) ice canyon. The area consists of an oasis, attracting wildlife from all around the area for grazing and drinking. The highlight of this valley is the ice remaining inside the canyon until August every year, surviving the desert heat to form what is better known as the “Gobi Glacier”. Overnight in a ger camp close to Yolin Am.

Day 2: After breakfast, head to the Hongoryn Els – a vast and dramatic area of sand dunes to the north west. The dune heights vary but can get as high as 300 m in parts with the range stretching over 100 kms. Locals refer to the area as the singing sands, as the shifting of such vast amounts of sand in the wind creates a noise which can be described as distant singing. The area is best observed at sunset or sunrise, so you will stay at a ger camp in that area to allow you to soak up the atmosphere of this vast natural phenomenon. 

Day 3: Drive to “The Flaming Cliffs”, (“Bayan Zag”) made of red sand stone, which during sunset seem to be on fire. The name of the area actually refers to its richness of saxaul forest but is more commonly known for its cliffs of red sand stone. The cliffs are known as one of the world’s biggest Dinosaur’s graveyards and until today, fossils of dinosaur’s bones can be found in the area. From the cliffs you will head back to your ger camp near Yolin Am. 

Day 4: Flights usually leave the Gobi mid morning, leaving you just enough time for breakfast and your drive to the local airport. Your flight returns to UB around noon. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your accommodation in UB.

Notes for this itinerary: 
Usually there are daily flights from UB to the Gobi. Generally, these flights leave UB early in the morning, returning to UB before noon. We will confirm the exact flight details once your travel dates have been confirmed. Flights are usually to Dalanzagdad, the provincial capital. From there it is about a 90 minute drive to the Yolin Am and the ger camp.

The price for this itinerary includes: 
All overland transportation (4WD Russian jeep or van) including domestic airport transfers; translator and all costs of him/her (including air ticket); accommodation in a shared (2 people) ger, 3 standard meals a day, starting with lunch at day one and finishing with breakfast on the last day, national park entry fees.

The price for this itinerary excludes: 
Domestic air ticket, domestic flight excess luggage (15kg limit, including hand luggage); snacks and meals over and above those previously mentioned; drinks or alcoholic beverages; medical insurance or evacuation cover; any costs relating to delays of the domestic flight, any costs arising from you deciding to change above itinerary.

Click here for our shorter 3 day itinerary

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