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Dinosaur Native Land tour


Tour grade: Easy

From: US$ 4,500

Style: Traveller

  • Southern Mongolian Highlights: Mongolia’s largest sand dunes at Khongor, the Bayanzag – Flaming Cliffs and Yoliin Am Gorge
  • Dinosaur fossil sites: Narandaats, Ukhaa Tolgod, Khermen Tsav, Zulganai
  • Ulaanbaatar sightseeing & the Giant Genghis Monument, amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve
  • Meet people and make friends! You will be part of a group of 4-8 people during the tour as it is a group departure.

Tour Overview

There are about 80 species of dinosaur fossils has founded from the Mongolian Gobi and Mongolia is the second country after North America its dinosaur remains.
Once the bottom of ancient inland sea - the Gobi has many surprises including the very rich paleontological remains, unique natural rock formations, as well as a special range of flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. You will visit the magnificent dinosaur fossil sites of Bayanzag- the Flaming Cliffs, Ukhaa Tolgod, Khermen Tsav, Naran Daats, and Zulganai, which were once the haunt of enormous dinosaurs while you camp out under the stars in one of the most beautiful and stark regions on earth. This is a tour for everyone who is interested in dinosaurs and the secrets of the Gobi Desert. 


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Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing tour
  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Gobi Desert
  • Day 3 – 4: Khongor sand dunes – Naran Daats
  • Day 5 – 7: Narandaats – Ukhaa Tolgod – Zulganai
  • Day 8: Go to Khongor sand dunes
  • Day 9: Khongor sand dunes – Yolyn Am Gorge
  • Day 10: The Gobi desert – Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 11: Departure from Mongolia
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Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to Hotel, City tour including the Museums of Mongolian Natural History, Gandan Monastery and Zaisan Memorial. Excellent 4* hotel  L

Day 2:

Ulaanbaatar – Gobi Desert

Flight to South Gobi, visit Bayanzag, so called the Flaming Cliffs - one of the world's richest dinosaur site and explore for dinosaur remains. Visit the Togrogiin Shiree - another rich fossil site and explore. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 3 – 4:

Khongor sand dunes – Naran Daats

Drive to Khongoriin Els - Mongolian largest and the most beautiful sand dunes and Narandaats- dinosaur's native land, visit the truly unique dinosaur remaining site. Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 5 – 7:

Narandaats – Ukhaa Tolgod – Zulganai

We visit Hermen Tsav, Zulganai and Ukhaa Tolgod - the famous dinosaur sites and unique natural formationas on these days and explore for dinosaur remains. Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 8:

Go to Khongor sand dunes

Drive back to Khongor sand dunes, get at the ger camp, relax Ger camp B+L+D

Day 9:

Khongor sand dunes – Yolyn Am Gorge

Drive to Bulagtai via Yoliin Am gorge in the beautiful Gurvan Saikhan national park. Hiking and wildlife viewing. Tent Camping B+L+D

Day 10:

The Gobi desert – Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar, visit the Museum of Mongolian national history and Budha park. Enjoy a traditional folk concert. Excellent 4* hotel   B+L+D

Day 11:

Departure from Mongolia

Transfer to the airport after breakfast. B

Date & Price

Single Supplement Charge US$500


Included services

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers saloon car/comfy minivan/bus in Ulaanbaatar and 4x4 Jeeps n in the Gobi + experienced drivers
  • Twin/double share in hotel****, twin/triple share at good tourist camps/tent
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Cook for camping days
  • Professional palenteological guide
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Flight to/from the Gobi + Tax, 15 kg luggage free of charge
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Dinosaur Native Land tour souvenir!

Not Included in the Price
  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc
  • Sleeping bags and mat, and camping equipments

  • Children under 3 years old are allowed to stay in their parents room for free (not including an extra bed).
  • Children aged 4 to 11 years old receive a 40% discount on accommodation per night, inclusive of bed and breakfast.
  • Children 12 and above will be charged as adults. 


Tour Background

Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) is internationally famous for its fossilized dinosaur remains. Dinosaur eggs were found here as well as whole fossilized skeletons. There are many places in the Gobi desert -Hermen Tsav, Zulganai, Tugrugiin Shiree and Naran Daats, which are famous for their dinosaur remains and their unusual geological formations. On this trip you will have the opportunity to visit and explore these places.

The American Museum of Natural History and the Mongolian Academy of Science Team stumbled into this valley in 1993. At Ukhaa Tolgod, we have an incredible richness of fossils. Roughly 200 mammal skulls come from this site alone. That is an extraordinary number, and it exceeds the number of specimens found from all localities in the Gobi, over 70 years. 

The Khongoriin Els sand dunes extend along the northern side of Sevrei and Zoolon mountains. These dunes are 180 km long, 15-20 km wide and up to 200m high. There is a small oasis near Khongoriin gol stream, which flows along the northern edge of the dunes. The scenery here is simply spectacular.

Yoliin Am (Vulture Gorge) is a narrow valley located in the Zuun Saikhan Mountain of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan mountain range, with thick pieces of ice almost all year around hidden at its bottoms. This area is home to rare animals such as the Argali (wild sheep) and Ibex as well as Vultures and other large prey birds. There are impressive herds of gazelles and occasional sightings of the rare Khulan (Asiatic wild ass) grazing on the endless steppe.

Nomadic Camel Herders - You will visit local nomadic families, the friendliest and most hospitable people that you would ever meet, to have a bowl of camel yoghurt and taste camel milk. Then meet camel breeders and ride two-humped Bactrian camel and take photos of your camel experience along the way.
It is a unique chance to experience the life of the Gobi nomads, how they tend their livestock, keep their camels, bring up their children and make living in the coldest desert on earth.


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Tour Reviews

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Aug 08, 2012.  Gobi & Karakorum customized 11 days tour

Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.

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