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Forbidding and expansive, the Gobi Desert is the largest desert in Asia and easily visible from space. From Silk Road caravans to modern day movies, the Gobi Desert has figured prominently in the popular imagination. Savor the harsh beauty of the Gobi from atop a camel; visit the dramatic, multicolored Flaming Cliffs; share a meal with a nomadic family, whose way of life has remained unchanged for decades; or simply savor views of the night sky, clear and unpolluted by light, noise, and human activity. The South Gobi requires a flight to Dalanzadgad, but areas of the North Gobi can be reached by a four hour car ride from Ulaanbaatar.
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Our co-founder Jay Tindall's favourite Mongolia experiences include off-road driving through lunar landscapes, meeting nomad families, and the spectacular Naadam festival.
The Flaming Cliffs in the South Gobi is a famed archaeological site, so named because of their vibrant glowing orange appearance in the sunlight. The cliffs are a dramatic landscape of jagged red rocks that is rich in fossils – the first fossilized dinosaur eggs were unearthed here in the 1920s by the expedition of Roy Chapman Andrews, and velociraptor remains have also been uncovered nearby.
Go on a camel trek in the northern Gobi Desert for a taste of life as a nomadic herder. Meet friendly herdsmen along the way, who will invite you into their gers to learn about their lives.
Much of the Gobi Desert is steppe and scrub, but there are several areas in the South Gobi, such as Hongor Els, "The Singing Sands", and the smaller Moltsog Els, near Three Camel Lodge, as well as stretches of dunes in the North Gobi driving distance from Ulaanbaatar.
Discover a world far off the beaten path on this exhilarating 9-day luxury Mongolia adventure. You’ll ride a camel through the Gobi desert, partake in the important Naadam festival, visit fascinating museums, and look for rare roamers in the Yol Valley, while staying in traditional-yet-luxurious Mongolia hotels.
Thoroughly explore Mongolia's mysterious East Gobi and Khan Khentii by private jet. In 7 days, you will stroll the streets of the busy capital, Ulaanbaatar, chat with local herders in the rural Ikh Nart and get in touch with nature in the Khan Khentii wildlife preserve. Stay in comfortable, authentic Ger-style camps.
Venture where few travelers have gone before - isolated Siberia and the rural South Gobi Desert in this 16-day tour through Russia and Mongolia. Meet isolated cultures in the desert and learn about Soviet-era times from within an authentic setting as you stay in luxurious hotels and camp underneath the stars.
Cross the rugged terrain of remote Mongolia on this exhilarating 7-day luxury adventure. You’ll explore the Northern Gobi desert on the back of a camel, ride horseback through lush pastures, stop at ancient, historically-important sites, and stay in luxurious-yet-traditional Mongolian Ger tents.
Explore Mongolia’s incredible South Gobi region on this remarkable 4-day journey. You’ll catch glimpses of rare wildlife like the snow leopard, explore the iconic sand dunes, marvel at dinosaur remains, and meet local herders, while staying at the ultra-luxurious Three Camel Lodge.
Spend 6 days exploring the diverse terrain of the Gobi desert. You’ll stay in comfortable, luxurious Ger tents, plod across the rugged terrain on the back of a camel, scale the “Flaming Cliffs,” watch for Mongolian wildlife, and listen for the song of the Singing Dunes on this epic luxury Mongolia journey.
Step into Mongolia’s wilderness on this thrilling 4-day luxury journey. You’ll explore Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, where you’ll spot unique Mongolian wildlife, trek across parts of the Gobi desert, encounter and interact with local herders, and sleep in traditional, luxurious Mongolian Ger tents.
Explore the thrilling North Gobi steppe on this 4-day luxury Mongolia adventure. You’ll sit down to an epic picnic on the Gobi steppes, trek across the desert on camelback, and interact with local herdsmen you’re sure to meet along the way, all the while staying in traditional, luxurious Mongolian Ger tents.
Travel through Mongolia’s exhilarating wilderness on this 9-day luxury adventure. You’ll make your way from Ulaanbaatar, to the Gobi Desert, Hustai National Park and Terelj National Park, interacting with locals, shopping at the Black Market, and staying in luxury Mongolia accommodation like the Three Camel Lodge.
The Three Camel Lodge was constructed without nails from Siberian timber and local stone using traditional techniques, and is situated within view of the Gobi Desert's stunning Gobi-Altai Mountain Range. Built under environmentally and culturally sustainable guidelines, energy for the lodge is drawn partially from solar and wind power; the main building has a large shaded porch and remains cool and comfortable even on hottest desert days. The staff is a group of well-practiced folk musicians who don beautiful costumes and play the horse-head fiddle and other traditional instruments in the evening. Guest rooms are in 30 gers (yurts), made from latticed structures covered by layers of felt and canvas and heated with wood-burning stoves. The beds and furniture are hand-painted in vivid colors. The main lodge has a bar with a selection of beers, wines and spirits, a gift shop with local crafts and artwork and a business facility including fax service. Meals of traditional Mongolian cuisine are served in an over-sized ger, with ingredients fresh from local farms. There is no fitness center but you will not want for physical activities: a number of expeditions are possible, including hiking in the foothills of the Gobi-Altai Mountains, camel trekking through sand dunes, horseback riding through mountain valleys to local springs, and excavating dinosaur fossils at the Flaming Cliffs under the guidance of a paleontologist from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. The Three Camel Lodge is 1.5 to two hours from the airport in the provincial capital of Dalanzadgad (DLZ).
Ger Camp in Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve (East Gobi)
Stay in a traditional Mongolian ger camp, the typical dwelling of the local nomadic people. Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve (Ikh Nart) is located in Dornogobi Aimag (East Gobi). The reserve was established in 1996 by local people partnering with international organizations for research and the conservation of the Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Plateau. The community reserve comprises of 66,000 hectares of grassland and semi-desert plain environments. The area is very rocky and has unique wildlife including the worldâ€™s largest mountain sheep, gazelle, vultures and the rare Siberian ibex. You will stay and travel amongst the local communities who have set aside space for responsible tourism. If you wish to stay in more refined accommodation than whatâ€™s available, Remote Lands can arrange for a luxury ger camp for your trip.