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The Dunes of the Gobi

6 days / 5 nights
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The vast desert region of the Gobi features diverse terrains and this 6-day itinerary explores the Hongor Els - the desert’s spectacular sand dunes. Stay in comfortable ger camps - the traditional form of housing for nomadic Mongolians, trek by camel into the Gobi dunes and spend time with local herders. On this trip you’ll also get to explore the rugged Yol Valley and climb the Flaming Cliffs - a prolific archeological site. End your stay in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

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  • Singing Dunes: The Hongor Els, or Singing Sand Dunes, get their name from the odd humming noise the wind makes as it passes over the sand.
  • Flaming Cliffs: Also known as Bayanzag, the red and orange cliffs of this South Gobi treasure are home to dinosaur fossils, wildlife, and the Moltsog sand dunes.
  • Gobi Culture: Have tea with local camel herders in their ger tents and use their camels to trek remote desert areas.


Day 1

Gobi Desert

This itinerary begins in Dalanzadgad, in the sparsely populated Ömnögobi - southern Gobi - area. A guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation for the night - a traditional ger camp. On the way to the lodge, stop for a sunset trip to the Flaming Cliffs, so-called for the bright red hue of the sandstone at sunset. This is also where the first discovery of dinosaur eggs was made.

Hotel Options

Camping is the best accommodation option in this remote region. The basic ger tents typically have a separate western-style bathroom tent, twin beds, wooden furniture, and heaters.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2

Gobi Desert

Today you’ll return to the cliffs and hike to the top for spectacular views. Next, visit the nearby saxaul groves to enjoy lunch before embarking upon the half-day drive to the sands of Hongor Els. An immense dune almost 75 miles long, Hongor Els is located inside the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.

Gobi Desert (south)
Gobi Desert (south)

Day 3

Gobi Desert

Explore the dunes today, meeting local herding families and enjoying views from the tallest dunes. You’ll have the chance to enjoy tea with the camel herders in one of their ger tents, and even use their camels to trek to more remote desert areas. The Hongor Els - Singing Dunes - got their name from the humming noise the wind makes as it passes over the sand. Spend the night at Three Camel Lodge.

Day 4

Gobi Desert

You’ll drive across the Gurvansaikhan Mountains to the Yol Valley area today - a full day’s journey. Also known as the Valley of the Vultures after the lammergeier vultures who inhabit the area, Yol Valley is a strikingly beautiful gorge with a deep ice field, which often remains year round. After traveling all day, you’ll enjoy a relaxing evening back at the lodge.

Gobi Desert (south)
Gobi Desert (south)

Day 5

Gobi Desert

Today you’ll get to explore the Yol Valley properly with a full-day excursion into the Gurvansaikhan Mountains and the gorge itself. Spot lammergeier wheeling above the ravine, as well as wallcreeper birds clinging to the cliffs. Depending on the amount of ice and snow, it may be possible to hike the entire length of the valley today before returning to camp.

Day 6


After breakfast, we’ll drive you to Dalanzadgad airport for the 90-minute flight to Ulaanbaatar. Here in the Mongolian capital, you can catch up on shopping before your onward flight.

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