MONGOLIA SELF-DRIVE ROAD TOUR

Trip Overview

Mongolia’s diverse landscapes call for an electrifying 4×4 expedition consisting of heart-pounding drives, navigating mountain passes, and exploring mystical valleys making it a road trip unlike any other. Dive into the spirited Naadam Festival, navigate challenging terrains in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu,and feel the rush as you drive through the mesmerizing Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes. From the thrill of conquering the Gobi Desert to experiencing serenity as you camp beneath the Mongolian skies, every day is a new revelation in Mongolia. This Mongolia self-drive expedition promises both excitement and a deep dive into Mongolia’s cultural and natural wonders. Gear up for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of adventure through the land of the eternal blue sky!

About the trip

Duration
10 Nights / 11 Days
Trip Cost

INR 6,25,000/ - (Per Person)
Excluding 5% GST & 5% Or 20% TCS, (EMI Option available)

Trip style
Self-Drive Road Trip
Driving Distance
1,730 Kilometers
Landscapes
High Mountain passes and Deserts
Activities
Archery, horseback & Bactrian Camel riding, off-roading, sightseeing
Upcoming Dates
10 – 20 July 2024

Route Map

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Itinerary

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar for a warm welcome! Your Mongolia road trip kicks off with a team representative greeting you, and swiftly whisking you to your designated hotel. 

Surrounded by lush pine forests to the north and verdant steppes to the south, the city of Ulaanbaatar is known for its contrasting landscapes. 

In the evening, a scrumptious dinner will be served and as the conversation flows, you will get acquainted with all your fellow travelers.

Prepare for a day of cultural splendor at Naadam, the renowned Mongolian festival. Witness locals participating in archery, wrestling, and horseback racing as a part of the festivities. The origin traces back to the rise of the Great Mongolian Empire and served as the crux of Genghis Khan’s strategy to ensure his warriors stayed fit. Acknowledged by UNESCO in 2010, this event seamlessly combines tradition and competition and has preserved the country's heritage for years which is why it’s a significant part of this Mongolia road trip itinerary.

The rest of the day is at leisure and you are free to explore this vibrant city.

Prepare for a day of thrilling 4x4 adventure through the Gobi Desert, the ancient realm of dinosaurs. Conquer the towering dunes and feel the adrenaline rush with every turn of the wheel before you reach Ikh Gazriin Chuluu in Dundgovi province. This government-protected haven boasts stunning rocky outcrops and dry grassland making the landscape look otherworldly. It’s home to a spectacular variety of flora and fauna, including the rare argali wild sheep. We will end the day of our Mongolian adventure with camping in traditional ger tents amidst the breathtaking scenery, and relish a fabulous dinner with a bonfire amidst granite rock formations that would look even more ethereal under the night sky.

Today is reserved for yet another exhilarating Gobi Desert escapade in this Mongolian self-drive expedition. 

Roaring through the vast landscapes, we conquer challenging terrains for a while, before stopping in Dalanzadgad for a delectable lunch. Afterward, we head towards the mesmerizing Yol Valley, a slender gorge embraced by the rugged Gobi Gurvan Saikhan mountain range.

As you sit behind the wheel, navigating through the U-shaped canyons, each twist will offer a new kind of thrill. In the afternoon, our tires hum with anticipation as we keep driving with the air charged with the promise of adventure. But the excitement doesn't stop there.

We will rev up for another off-road experience towards the Flaming Cliffs, named so because the sunset makes them look as if they are on fire. The cliffs are also renowned for dinosaur fossils and a research expert will accompany us to help us enlighten more about the latest discoveries in paleontology. As the sun sets we will return to our stay and indulge in a scrumptious dinner before retiring for the night.

On day five, race toward the majestic Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes. 

The entire stretch of the road will test your driving skills with dirt, grime, and granules of sand paving the way. As you navigate this truly off-beat terrain, sitting behind the wheel of your 4x4, with wide open valleys blurring past, you will feel the rush of adrenaline cruising through your veins.

The Khongoryn Els dunes are popularly known as the Singing Dunes because they make a humming sound whenever touched by a breeze mimicking a melody. Apart from this phenomenon, the color of the dunes also changes as the day progresses. 

We will be camping right in the heart of this natural wonder and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

We rev our engines for a day full of conquering dunes from sitting behind the wheel of our 4x4, witnessing the local customs from up close, and riding a double-humped Bactrian Camel. 

A road trip is incomplete without experiencing the country’s culture which is why we have ensured that you will also get to experience the warmth and hospitality of Mongolians as you spend your day with a camel herdsman's family by adding this day to your Monogolia road trip itinerary.

In the evening we will head back to the camp and indulge in a scrumptious dinner.

Today we will speed northward through mountainous twists and indulge in yet another off-roading escapade where our convoy will navigate the many serpentine routes to reach our next destination. 

After a long day of driving, we will reach our camps where we will relax for a bit before heading towards the Ongiin Monastery. 

We will stroll through the region, and trace the Ongiin River's curve, uncovering the remnants of two monasteries destroyed in the communist upheaval of the 1930s. We will also get to witness the expansive complex of 28 temples that once stood tall crowned by a small temple built later on, which is now referred to as Ongiin Khiid. 

In the evening, we will indulge in dinner and share our stories from today’s adventure before retiring for the night.

Gear up for an exhilarating morning filled with promise as we head north to Kharkhorin via a thrilling dirt road. The day consists of a long drive on dirt roads and by the time you reach the city, it’d be time for the sun to set.

The ancient city of Kharkhorin consists of many archaeological wonders. Genghis Khan himself founded this city in 1220, nestled in the Orkhon River valley, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It served as Mongolia's 13th-century capital under his son, Ogedei Khan.

The evening will be all about delicious dinner, and engaging conversations around a bonfire under the starry Mongolian sky.

Today we will explore the magnificent Erdene-zuu Monastery, the oldest surviving Buddhist hermitage in Mongolia. Surrounded by the remnants of Kharkhorin's ancient walls and adorned with 108 stupas, Erdene-zuu dates back to the late 1500s. After retracing its ancient ruins we will brace ourselves for an exhilarating drive back to Ulaanbaatar, with a pit stop at the enchanting Hustai National Park—a Specially Protected Area since 1993.

In the evening, cultural performances by Mongolian throat singers and folk dancers along with a Saker Falcon hunt await you at the ger camp.

Today marks the final day of gripping drives as a part of this Mongolia expedition and we will spend it by diving into the heart of the country - Ulaanbaatar. 

Visit the impressive Gandantegchinlen Monastery, a spiritual haven nestled in an otherwise urban landscape. Then gear up for a drive to the Zaisan Memorial, offering panoramic views of the city against the backdrop of the Bogd Khan Mountain.

At last, visit the National Museum of Mongolia where you will get to learn more about the country’s history and culture.

It is time to bid farewell to the beautiful country and the people you explored it with. You will be transferred to the airport, from where you’ll depart. Rugged, enormous, and historic; Mongolia will surprise you in the most wonderful of ways. A visit to this country – full of some of the warmest people you will ever meet – will ensure you make memories of a lifetime.

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Faq’s

The best time to visit Mongolia is typically during the summer months, from May to September. During this season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival.

US and Singapore citizens are no need to obtain tourist visa to Mongolia within 30 days. Visa is applied from the Mongolian Embassy and may take at least 10-15 days to process.

Once you book your road trip with Adventures Overland, we will take care of all the hotel accommodations for you.

Dumplings, Fried Noodles and Meat, Meat Hot Pocket, and Rare Yak are the famous food dises of Mongolian food.

Packing for a journey to Mongolia requires careful consideration due to its unique geographical and climatic conditions. Here’s a comprehensive list of items: Clothing, Travel Documents, Miscellaneous, and Guidebooks.

4X4 SUVs are ideal for a road trip adventure in Mongolia.

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Mongolia 4×4 Expedition with Adventures Overland

Prepare to be swept away on an unparalleled self-drive through the rugged landscapes of Mongolia, guided by the seasoned expertise of AO, pioneers in crafting luxury road trips. This is no ordinary journey; it is a meticulously curated adventure that seamlessly merges luxury with the thrill of exploration. As you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, a city framed by the enchanting embrace of lush pine forests to the north and expansive verdant steppes to the south, the stage is set for an immersive experience where the driving itself becomes an integral part of the unfolding narrative. The roar of engines, the hum of tires on diverse terrains, and the bonds fostered during evening dinners are the kind of moments that you’d cherish the most as drive across Mongolia’s vast and varied terrain.

Naadam Festival, Gobi Desert and more! 

The driving experience takes center stage as you navigate through the city of Ulaanbaatar and drive through its contrasting landscapes, surrounded by pine forests to the north and verdant steppes to the south. The real spectacle unfolds at Naadam, a renowned Mongolian festival celebrating archery, wrestling, and horseback racing. The driving escapade is momentarily paused as you immerse yourself in the cultural splendor, witnessing tradition and competition seamlessly converge.

The heart of the Mongolia expedition lies in the thrilling 4×4 adventure through the Gobi Desert. Towering dunes beckon and each turn of the wheel brings an adrenaline rush. The journey takes you to Ikh Gazriin Chuluu, a government-protected haven with stunning rocky outcrops and a unique array of flora and fauna, including the rare argali wild sheep. Camping in traditional ger tents amidst this breathtaking scenery becomes a highlight, with a fabulous dinner under the night sky which is why it’s a highlight of this Mongolia road trip itinerary. 

Yol Valley, Flaming Cliffs, and Singing Dunes

Driving through the vast landscapes of the Gobi Desert becomes a poetic narrative as you head to Yol Valley, a slender gorge embraced by the rugged Gobi Gurvan Saikhan mountain range. The excitement of this Mongolia self-drive expedition continues with an off-road journey to the Flaming Cliffs, named for their fiery appearance during sunset. A research expert accompanies you to unravel the mysteries of dinosaur fossils, adding a layer of education to the adventure. The journey reaches its peak at Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes, where the driving experience is complemented by the humming sound of the Singing Dunes.

Diving into the history and culture of Mongolia

The Mongolia expedition isn’t just about conquering terrains; it’s about experiencing the country’s culture up close. A day with a camel herdsman’s family, witnessing local customs, and riding a double-humped Bactrian Camel, adds a personal touch to the Mongolia road trip. The route leads to historic sites like the legendary Flaming Cliffs, Ongiin Monastery, and Kharkhorin, Genghis Khan’s 13th-century capital.

Driving becomes a gateway to history as you explore Erdene-zuu Monastery, the oldest surviving Buddhist hermitage in Mongolia. The route back to Ulaanbaatar includes a pit stop at the enchanting Hustai National Park, offering a glimpse of Mongolia’s diverse landscapes.

As the Mongolia expedition draws to a close, the final day dives into Ulaanbaatar’s heart. Driving to the impressive Gandantegchinlen Monastery and the Zaisan Memorial provides panoramic views of the city against the backdrop of the Bogd Khan Mountain. The National Museum of Mongolia becomes the epilogue, offering insights into the country’s rich history and culture.

In the end, it’s more than just a road trip; it’s an immersive journey through Mongolia’s rugged, enormous, and historic landscapes. The driving experiences and destinations blend seamlessly, creating memories of a lifetime in a country known for the warmth of its people and the wonders that unfold at every turn of the wheel.

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