Great Gobi Crossing Adventure 15 Day Tour

  • Route

    Ulaanbaatar to Gobi

  • Travel

    15 days

  • Visit

    Up to 17 Destinations

Price from $4000 USD

Epic 15-Day Self-Drive Expedition: Crossing the Gobi from East to West

Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as you embark on a 14-day self-drive expedition across the vast and mystical Gobi Desert. This exhilarating journey, curated by Avis, will take you from the eastern reaches of Mongolia to the western frontier, traversing diverse landscapes, ancient landmarks, and hidden natural wonders. Buckle up for an unforgettable experience that combines the thrill of off-road driving with the serenity of Mongolia’s untouched beauty.

Your adventure begins in Ulaanbaatar, the vibrant capital city of Mongolia, where modernity mingles with tradition. After a brief exploration and a good night’s rest, you’ll pick up your rugged 4x4 vehicle from Avis and set off into the wild. The first leg of your journey takes you to Terelj National Park, a scenic haven known for its alpine meadows, striking rock formations, and serene atmosphere. As you drive through the park, you’ll be captivated by the natural beauty that sets the tone for the rest of your expedition.

Leaving Terelj behind, you’ll venture towards the mystical Energy Center, a place of spiritual significance nestled in the heart of the desert. Here, you’ll camp amidst the dunes, soaking in the tranquility and energy of this unique location. As you continue your journey, the landscape transforms, presenting you with the rugged beauty of Mandakh’s rock formations, where you’ll set up camp and marvel at the silent grandeur of the desert night.

The next stop is Dalanzadgad, the bustling capital of the Gobi Desert. This town serves as your gateway to some of the Gobi’s most iconic attractions. Explore the local culture, stock up on supplies, and prepare for the adventures ahead. From Dalanzadgad, you’ll drive to Yolin Am, the Vulture Valley, a cool oasis with deep gorges and lingering ice fields. This unexpected marvel in the desert offers a refreshing change of pace and stunning scenery.

Your journey continues to the Khongor Sand Dunes, the tallest and most magnificent dunes in Mongolia. Known as the “Singing Dunes” for the sounds they produce, these towering formations provide a thrilling challenge and breathtaking views. Each day brings new wonders, and next on your itinerary is Khermen Tsav, a remote area famous for its rich fossil deposits and dramatic red rock formations. This prehistoric landscape offers a glimpse into the ancient past and the incredible forces that shaped it.

From the arid desert, you’ll head towards the snow-capped peaks of Tergun, where the contrast of snowy mountains against the desert backdrop is truly awe-inspiring. Then, embark on a hike to Oyu-Nomin Lake, a hidden gem surrounded by pristine nature. This serene lake offers a peaceful retreat, perfect for reflection and relaxation.

As you drive further west, you’ll arrive at Buuntsaagan Lake, the largest lake in the Gobi. This birdwatcher’s paradise teems with avian life, providing ample opportunities for wildlife observation. Continue your journey past Orog Lake and venture into the unknown sands south of Tatsiin Tsaagan Lake, where the untouched wilderness offers a true sense of exploration and discovery.

Your adventure then leads you to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. Here, you’ll explore the historic ruins and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, delving into Mongolia’s rich cultural heritage. The penultimate stop is Elsen Tasarkhai, known as the Mini Gobi, where a unique blend of sand dunes, forests, and grasslands creates a picturesque landscape.

The final leg of your journey takes you back to Ulaanbaatar, completing your epic cross-Gobi expedition. Reflect on the incredible experiences and breathtaking sights you’ve encountered over the past two weeks. This 14-day self-drive tour offers an unparalleled adventure, blending the thrill of off-road driving with the serene beauty of Mongolia’s diverse landscapes. It’s a journey that promises unforgettable moments and a deeper connection to the natural world.

Why Choose Avis Mongolia Tours

  • Global presence with over 5000 locations in 165 countries.

  • Comprehensive in-car amenities including camping and off-road gear in Mongolia.

  • Latest car models such as UAZ Patriot and Toyota Landcruiser.

  • Professional tour guides for optimal self-drive route planning and guided tours in Mongolia.

The Best Cars and Camping Gear

Standard

UAZ Patriot

  • Air conditioned
  • 5-Seat
  • Manual
Premium

Toyota Landcruiser 250

  • Air conditioned
  • 5-Seat
  • Automatic
Premium

Toyota Landcruiser 76

  • Air conditioned
  • 5-Seat
  • Automatic

The vehicles come standard with top-quality camping equipment, featuring either a rooftop tent or a contemporary inflatable ground tent. They are also outfitted with various gadgets, including a camping shower, chairs, a table, and cooking and dining essentials.

Rooftop Tent

Spacious rooftop tent for up to 4 person with strong wind resistance.

Tents

Spacious and easy to set-up heavy duty tents.

Cooking

BBQ gear for campfire cooking and gas stoves ideal for a camping kitchen.

Table & Chairs

Table & Chairs Lightweight table and camping chairs ideal for dining and relaxing outdoors.

Sleeping & Hygiene

Camping showers or toilet tents, sleeping mattress and bed solutions.

Starlink Satelliete Internet

Access uninterrupted internet connectivity anywhere in Mongolia and a power solutions to charge electronics.

What is Included

Accommodation

Choose from two options:

  • 1/ Hotel or Ger Camp for every night included
  • 2/ Mix of hotel, ger camp and camping
  • 3/ No accommodation included

Meals

Breakfast is included in all hotel stays. Groceries are excluded.

Team & Transport

Airport Transfer, Guided grocery shopping, car hand over and introduction, dinner

Activities

Visit to the energy center, camping in dunes, hiking, horseback riding, The Gobi Museum of Nature and History, birdwatching, driving offroad tracks, visiting monasteries and riding camels.

Trip Highlights

  • Star Gazing
  • Camel riding on sand dunes
  • Gobi Desert
  • Energy Center
  • Nature Museum
  • Lakes

Trip Itinerary

  • Your adventure begins in Ulaanbaatar, the bustling capital of Mongolia. After picking up your vehicle, head towards Terelj National Park, located just a short drive away. Known for its stunning alpine scenery, Terelj offers a beautiful start to your journey with its lush meadows, striking rock formations, and the famous Turtle Rock. Set up camp amidst the natural splendor and enjoy your first night under the stars.

    Turtle Rock in Terelj National Park

  • Today, you'll drive towards the mystical Energy Center, a site revered for its spiritual significance and believed to hold powerful energies. After soaking in the serene atmosphere, continue your journey and set up camp amidst the serene dunes. Enjoy a peaceful night, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the desert.

    Energy Center

  • Travel deeper into the Gobi Desert to Mandakh, where you’ll find an incredible landscape dotted with striking rock formations. Set up camp among the rocks and take in the rugged beauty of the area. This remote and tranquil spot offers a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the vastness and silence of the Gobi.

  • Your journey today takes you to Dalanzadgad, the capital of the Gobi Desert. This bustling town serves as a gateway to many of the Gobi’s most famous attractions. Explore the local markets, meet the friendly residents, and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

    Nature Museum

  • From Dalanzadgad, venture into the stunning Yolin Am gorge, also known as the Vulture Valley. This deep, narrow gorge is home to a surprising patch of ice that persists even during the hottest summer months. After cooling down in the gorge, explore the unique Noyon landscape, characterized by its dramatic hills and rich history.

    Yoliin Am Gorge

  • Today, you’ll encounter the majestic Khongor Sand Dunes, also known as the "Singing Dunes." These towering dunes, some of the largest in Mongolia, offer an exhilarating climb and breathtaking panoramic views of the desert. Listen to the haunting sound of the sands shifting in the wind as you take in the awe-inspiring scenery.

  • Journey to Khermen Tsav, a remote and otherworldly landscape of red rock formations. Known for its rich fossil deposits, Khermen Tsav offers a glimpse into the prehistoric past. Explore the dramatic canyons and marvel at the vivid colors of this stunning natural wonder.

    Khermen Tsav in Umnugobi

  • Today, you’ll drive towards the snow-capped peaks of Tergun. This unexpected oasis of alpine beauty in the heart of the desert provides a breathtaking contrast to the arid expanses of the Gobi. Enjoy the cool mountain air and the stunning vistas of snow-covered peaks against the desert backdrop.

  • Embark on a hike to Oyu-Nomin Lake, a hidden gem nestled in the rugged terrain. Surrounded by pristine nature, this serene lake offers a refreshing break from the desert heat. Spend the day exploring the area and enjoying the tranquility of this secluded spot.

    Oyu Nomin Lake

  • Travel to Buuntsaagan Lake, the largest lake in the Gobi Desert. This expansive body of water is a haven for birdwatchers, with a diverse array of bird species to observe. Spend the day by the lakeshore, taking in the serene beauty and watching the vibrant birdlife.

  • Continue your journey past Orog Lake, another beautiful desert lake, and venture into the unknown sands south of Tatsiin Tsaagan Lake. This remote and uncharted region offers a true sense of adventure and exploration. Navigate the challenging terrain and enjoy the solitude of this pristine wilderness.

    Sands near the Tatsiin Tsaagan Lake

  • Arrive in Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. Explore the historic ruins and visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. Discover the rich cultural heritage of this ancient city and its significance in Mongolian history.

  • Travel to Elsen Tasarkhai, known as the Mini Gobi. This unique area features a stunning mix of sand dunes, forests, and grasslands, offering a diverse and picturesque landscape. Spend the day exploring this beautiful region and enjoy the unique blend of natural beauty.

  • Conclude your epic journey with a drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Reflect on the incredible experiences and breathtaking sights you've encountered over the past two weeks. Return your vehicle and enjoy your final evening in the capital, celebrating the completion of your unforgettable adventure.

    Ulaanbaatar

  • Conclude your adventure with departure from Ulaanbaatar, carrying with you unforgettable memories and stories of Mongolia’s vast landscapes, rich history, and unique culture. Say goodbye to this extraordinary land, knowing that the experiences and friendships made during your journey will last a lifetime.

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