Gobi desert jeep ride adventures, Russia & Mongolia

Peíodo: 28/07/2009 - 14/08/2019 (18 dias/17 noites)

Custo: US$3.700,00 p/pax.

Highlights: Moscow, Altai mountains, Gobi desert, Baikal lake, Ulan Bator, nomad yurts, dinosaures relics at Harmaen Tsav canyon.

Description: This tour is perfect for photography! After internal flight from Moscow to the starting point of our jeep ride, our route  goes from West to East through Altai mountains then the North of Mongolia and ending up at lake Baikal as the eastern point of our driving.

Special note: It is an adventurous tour for those who prefer close interaction with nature over city comforts. Most of nights we will sleep in tents in open vast plains of mountains and desert.

ITINERÁRIO:

Day 1. Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to hotel.  Welcoming dinner.

Day 2. Moscow, walk around Red Square and other places.

Day 3. After breakfast we drive to the airport to catch our flight to Barnaul city. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4. Today we take our places in our 4WD jeep and drive 700km along famous Chuyskiy trakt way without concrete pavement. We will stop to see ancient stone reliefs Kalbak-Tash made by stone age people, we will pass the joint point of Chui and Katun rivers, and we will see the edges of Ak-Tru glaciers. Overnight in motel at Kosh-Agach village.

Day 5. Wake up early in the morning and head to the village Tashanta where we cross the border with Mongolia. After crossing the border we get into a very colourful mongolian town Bayan-Ulgiy where we will change our money, get supplies for future camping and eat lunch in local restaurant. Then we drive 250 km along paved road to Khovd city where we will visit Tolbo-Nuur lake, will see the passes Burat and Khoshat and wild erne birds. Sleeping overnight in hotel in Khovd.

Day 6. Today is a long day of drive to the city Altai, on the way we pass by Great Lakes basin (Khar, Khar-Us, Durgan). Overnight in hotel in Altai.

Day 7. Today we drive to the gate of Gobi – to the village called Shinezhinst. Along the way we will see the relics of Buddhist monasteries, stupas and yurts of nomads. Dinner cooked on fire. Overnight in tents.

Day 8. Today we drive in the very heart of Gobi desert. On the way we will pass Zulganai oasis, after what we will get to the place with extremely dry air – canyon Harmaen Tsav, one of the most important paleontology research centre in the world due to the multiple relics of dinosaurs. Overnight in tents.

Day 9. Full day at Harmaen Tsav canyon: there are no words to describe the beauty of this place, it's on the front picture of this tour. Overnight in tents.

Day 10. Today we continue our adventures in the middle of the Gobi desert. At sunrise we will see beautiful gold color of dunes. First we drive to Nemeget cavity – another dinosaurs place , and we will also visit the place with a unique stone reliefs of ancient himans - Palu. And finally we will drive through one of the most unusual places on earth – Khongoryn-Els barchans which is also called Singing Sands because it constantly produces mysterious melody sounds. Overnight in tents.

Day 11. In the morning we drive to place called Secret of Ongi Ger Camp where we can enjoy the civil comforts after the days of wilderness – shower and a nice Mongolian dinner in restaurant. But on the way here we will pass Bayanzag cliffs which also contain dinosaur relics. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12. In the morning we walk to visit Ogniy Hiyd monastery and a nearby antique shop where you can purchase souvenirs and the real ancient relics excvated by archeologists. Then we will have a lunch in a cafe, and then 4 hrs drive to the holy sight called Baga Gazriin Chuluu. Overnight in tents.

Day 13. Today we wake up early and head to the capital of Mongolia. On the way we will visit the tallest horseman sculpture in the world – the statue of Chingyz-Khan, 34 meters tall. Then we will drive to Turtle rock and visit the famous Buddhist Aryapala temple. And finally we reach Ulan-Bator city. First we will go to shops to buy souvenirs and then we will eat wonderful lunch at a restaurant. After lunch we will walk around Chingyz-Khan square. And by the evening we start driving toward Russian border. Overnight in tents.

Day 14. 500km drive toward the border along comfortable paved road, and the scenery around already remind us Russian landscapes – green forests, lakes and fields. We cross the border from Mongolian town Altanbulag to Russian town Kyakhta. Overnight in tents at Gussinoye lake.

Day 15. Today is the day of adventurous drive. We cross high mountain passes through taiga with absence of roads and reach the shore of the lake Baikal. Overnight in tents at Baikal lake.

Day 16. Full day at Baikal. We enjoy the clean waters of the lake, swim, eat smoked omul – the fish of Baikal. Overnight in tents.

Day 17. Drive to Ulan-Ude. We can spend a night there exploring the wonderful capital of Buryatya republic, or we can catch flight to Moscow.

Day 18. Departure from Moscow.

 

The cost includes: airport transfers, hotels, welcoming dinner in Moscow, breakfasts in Moscow, Barnaul and Ulan-Ude, all domestic flights within Russia, 3 meals a day during our jeep ride tour, tents, sleeping bags, all the transportation within Russia and Mongolia, English & Portuguese and Spanish speaking guide, visa assistance.

The cost excludes: international flights, visa fee, other meals in Moscow, Barnaul and Ulan-Ude.