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Mongolia | 5 Day Journey

The Gobi & Three Camel Lodge: Five Days/Four Nights

After careful consideration for the preservation of the region’s environment, culture and people, Three Camel Lodge was opened in 2002. It was, and remains, the only luxury eco-lodge in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Built by and staffed by locals, Three Camel Lodge isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a state of mind.

May through October

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Arrive at Dalanzadgad airport where you will be met by your private guide and driver.

Of all the world’s arid lands, the Gobi has the greatest air of mystery, perhaps because it lies at the heart of Asia’s remotest hinterland between the Siberian wilderness to the north and the Tibetan Plateau to the south. Contrary to the sameness that the word ‘desert’ suggests, the Gobi is a diverse and fascinating region, and includes sites of some of the most important paleontological discoveries of the 20th century. Explore the stunning landscapes of the Gobi, habitat for Bactrian camels, Argali Mountain sheep, goitered gazelle, Golden Eagles, Saker Falcons, jerboas (similar to kangaroo rats), and many endemic reptiles.

From the airport head to Yol Valley National Park (45 minutes), nestled at the heart of Zuun Saikhan Mountain of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain range. This seven-mile valley is a lush landscape best known as a prime habitat for Yol vultures (lammergier), or bearded vultures. Lammergiers nestle atop the cliffs and when the air is warm, they fill the sky, soaring with the sun. Wonder why this valley is named for them? Simply look up, and the sheer number of vultures gliding through the sky will show you.

The Yol Valley is a wondrous place where ice formed during the winter does not melt until late June. It is a place where pikas jump from bush to bush. These amazing little rodents are in the squirrel family and can only survive in elevations higher than 3,000 feet. Birds, from white-rumped swifts to wall creepers, are plentiful in the Yol Valley, too.
Visit the small, but informative museum to learn more about the local wildlife of the Gobi region before driving 10 km/ 6.5 miles to the starting point for your hike. The narrow valley with a stream running through the center delivers a rewarding hike for outdoor enthusiasts.

After exploring the valley, drive (1 hour) to the award winning Three Camel Lodge – your home away from home for four nights. The Lodge is located at Bulagtai Mountain on the edge of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The lodge offers a wide variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, nature walks, a library with interesting books on Mongolia, a screening room for watching documentary films about nomadic culture, learning traditional Mongolian games, or enjoying a relaxing massage.

In the afternoon, reconvene with your guide in our Snow Leopard den for an informative session on the Gobi ecosystem, wildlife, fauna, geology and paleontology.

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Bactrian camel in the gobi desert of Mongolia.Camels in the Mongolian gobi desert, camel rider in Mongolia desert with sand dunes and dry bushes
Day 2

Moltsog Els
Sand Dunes

Moltsog Els Dunes: After breakfast, drive to Moltsog Els, one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. Explore the dunes on foot, but don’t miss riding a Bactrian camel. It is not everyday that you’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with a two-humped camel. In fact, these wooly creatures are native to this region and are only found in Central Asia. Camel ride on the dunes are possible only if a local camel herding family is residing close to the dunes during the summer. (If camels are not available, we will explore the dunes on foot and ride camels in another location.)

Ger Building Activity at Three Camel Lodge: In the afternoon,
experience ger building firsthand. Join locals to learn the process of raising a traditional Mongolian Ger. Participating in building and setting up a traditional Mongolian ger will have you feeling immersed in the local culture.

Stargazing at Three Camel Lodge: After a delicious dinner at the lodge, take advantage of the dark Gobi skies (zero light pollution) and enjoy an evening of stargazing with your guide.



Sunrise Walk: Wake up early to enjoy a relaxing walk at sunrise around the Bulagtai hillside, located behind the lodge. Here you will be able to see 8,000-year-old petroglyph and learn more about our unique Lodge.

Horse riding: After breakfast, enjoy horseback riding around the lodge. After a safety briefing and helmet fitting, riders are led around the area by our wrangler. More experienced riders should speak to their guide to arrange more challenging rides.

Havsgait Petroglyphs: In the afternoon, drive to Havsgait Valley. Only 20 minutes from the lodge, Havsgait mountain provides a challenging hike up steep slopes, but the 30- to 45-minute hike rewards hikers for the climb—it’s home to one of the largest collections of rock carvings in the region. Catch your breath and spend time exploring the rock faces while enjoying unrivaled views of the Gobi to the north.

Bulgan Soum (optional): You have the option of visiting Bulgan, a small town near a natural spring that has the only farms in the Gobi. Supplying local ger camps with fresh produce, a pefect example of local businesses being supported by ecotourism. Or head back to the lodge to enjoy its meditative setting or take is a spa treatment.

Three Camel Lodge Sunrise Walk
Three Camel Lodge Ancient Petroglyphs
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Flaming Cliffs


Archery: After breakfast, participate in an archery lesson. Learn to fire an arrow like a Mongol warrior. You will have the opportunity to compete after mastering your new skill. This interactive experience provides fun to every age group. The lodge offers actual replicas of the bow that were used hundreds of years ago by the Mongol warriors.

Bike Ride to a local nomadic family: Observing the vast Gobi by bicycle is a treat for travelers and allows you to experience nature you might otherwise miss. This afternoon head out on mountain bikes (helmets provided) for an easy to moderate, guided bike ride through the countryside to a home of a local nomadic family. Learn more about their way of life. If you wish, you may participate in their daily chores including herding and milking their animals, and learn how to prepare milk tea. You may also get the chance to learn the traditional games of the steppe, utilizing the ankle bones of sheep and goats.

Mongolia is a home to one of the last remaining nomadic cultures in the world and often travelers compare Mongolia with traveling back in time to witness an old way of life that has not changed for centuries. About 30% of Mongolia’s population still lead a nomadic way of life and move from pasture to pasture, living in harmony with nature and off the land.

Flaming Cliffs: In the afternoon, enjoy a documentary featuring Roy Chapman Andrews, the real-life Indiana Jones, whose expedition discovered the world’s first dinosaur eggs at the Gobi’s Flaming Cliffs, before driving out to the cliffs.

Bayan Zag, commonly known as the Flaming Cliffs for the orange glow of its rock at dawn and dusk. It was here in 1923 that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the first nest of dinosaur eggs. Although not obvious to the untrained eye, the Flaming Cliffs are rich with dinosaur fossils and have been the site of important paleontological discoveries.



After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Dalanzadgad for your flight to Ulaanbaatar.

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5 Days / 4 Nights

May & October June - September July 1-20
1 Guest
2-3 Guests
4+ Guests
Single Supplement
Kublai Khan 2 BR Family Ger (3 Guests)
Kublai Khan 2 BR Family Ger (4 Guests)
Extra Bed (child under 11 years) per night

Above land cost are per person, double or twin occupancy
Additional Cost: Domestic roundtrip (Ulaanbaatar-Dalanzadgad) airfare: $380 per person (subject to change by airline)

• Ground transportation in Mongolia as described in the itinerary
• Transfers from hotel to airport at start of trip and airport to hotel at end of trip in Ulaanbaatar.
• Arrival and departure transfers in the Gobi (airport to & fro Three Camel Lodge)
• All accommodations based on Deluxe Gers, double or twin occupancy
• Meals as noted in itinerary
• Horse and camel riding as noted in the itinerary
• All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in itinerary
• Extensive pre-departure Travel Guide, reading list, important information about your trip
• English speaking Nomadic Expeditions guide throughout your stay

• International airfare
• Internal Mongolia airfare (listed above)
• Passport and visa fees
• Comprehensive medical and trip insurance
• Gratuities to guides, drivers and Lodge staff
• Items of personal nature including alcoholic beverages, laundry and spa treatments
• Any excursions or activities not specifically mentioned as included.

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Three Camel Lodge is a proud member of Beyond Green, Planet Earth’s Most Sustainable Hotels.

This Mongolia itinerary has been developed by Nomadic Expeditions, the leading operator of sustainable luxury travel in Mongolia.


UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment

UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO Sustainability We follow the three pillars of sustainable tourism at Three Camel Lodge and within our community, including:

- Environmental Stewardship
- Natural and Cultural Preservation
- Community Empowerment