Tour name: The Gobi Tour Introduction of the tour If you have limited time and wanted to explore the Gobi desert, then look no further. This classic route takes you to the Mongolian most exotic attractions of the Gobi travel adventures. This magnificent journey takes us to the beautiful Yoliin Am valley, huge Khongoriin Els sand dunes and famous Bayanzag which are definitely the most attractive destinations of the Gobi desert. Tour Code: MBT-JA-3 Tour Style: Jeep Adventure Tour Duration: 7 days Tour route Ulaan Baatar- Tsagaan Suvarga- Yoliin Am- Khongoriin Els sand dunes- Bayanzag- Ulaan Baatar Tour starting from: Ulaanbaatar city Tour finishing at: Ulaanbaatar city Accommodation: Family staying 4 nights Camping 2 night Meals included: 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners. Tour price (per person per day): 2 pax 84USD per person 3 pax 74USD per person 4 pax 48USD per person 5 pax 45USD per person 6 pax 40USD per person The tour price includes the following services, Accommodation during the trip Driver + 4WD vehicle + Petrol English Speaking guide All meals as displayed in the itinerary Bottled water supply for 1.5 l pp for every day Entrance fees for National Parks and Museums Folklore performance tickets Visa support if needed The tour price does not include the following services International Airfare Personal items Optional activity costs Alcoholic drinks Travel insurance Itinerary Day1. Leaving Ulaanbaatar for Baga Gazriin Chuluu We will start with a full day trip out to the Baga Gazriin Chuluu Ruins. A picturesque Mountain Baga Gazriin Chuluu is one of the most attractive areas of the Gobi desert. With at an elevation of 1.768m, it is located in the granite belt. The ruins of a small monastery are on the south east part of the mountain. The area has got many species of wild animals and birds, such as ibex, argali, vultures, hawks and eagles. At the ruins, there are some mineral water springs and trees a top the many beautiful rocky hills. On the way we will stop for a lunch at Zorgol Khairkhan Mountain, and then we will continue to drive to the first campsite of our trip. Once we get there, we will have free time to wander around the mountains and do some hiking. We will camp overnight in this area. (Lunch and Dinner) Day2. Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga After having breakfast at the campsite we will drive to Tsagaan Suvarga /White Stupa/. In the afternoon, we will reach the Tsagaan Suvarga and explore to see white stupa and go for hiking around. Tsagaan Suvarga, an amazing series of cliffs, white and pink limestone rock formations taking the appearance of stalagmites up to 30 meters high. It is an excellent site for taking photography of the beautiful panoramic views. Stay overnight in family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Day3. Drive to Yoliin Am /Yol Valley/ After having breakfast at the family, we will start driving to Yoliin Am, which is a deep narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, covering 70 sq.kms. There is a small natural museum at the entrance of the National park which exhibits a collection of dinosaur eggs, bones, stuffed birds and snow leopard. This place is also very rich by the rare plants. After we seeing the museum at the entrance we will drive about 10kms to get to the car parking where we leave our car there and walk a head to the ice gorge and stream for a several kms. In the winter time, the stream freezes several kms into the gorge. It remains frozen for most of the year, except late summer. We will see the ice gorge until end of the July. The ice remains usually disappear around early August. On the way we get to the Yoliin Am we will stop for a lunch in a huge flat steppe. Once we wandering around the gorge, we will get back to our car and drive to the campsite we will stay there for tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Day4. Drive to Khongoriin Els sand dunes. After having breakfast, we will drive to the sand dunes called Khongoriin Els. The Khongoriin Els sand dunes lie north of the Baruunsaikhan Mountain in the northern part of the Sevrei and Zuulun Mountains. The Khongoriin Els is one of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia and they are up to 200m high, 12km wide and about 100km long. The largest dunes are at the northwest corner of the range. You can climb to the top of the sand dunes and then slide back down on the plastic bags. The views of the desert from the top are wonderful. Climbing to the top of the dunes during the sunset gives you an amazing panoramic view of the surrounding desert, to the north lies the Khongoriin River. Today we possibly arrange some camelback riding around the sand dunes before the dinner time. After having dinner at the family, we would climb and hike to the top of the biggest sand dunes. We will stay overnight in a family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Day5. Driving to the Bayanzag /Flaming cliffs/ After having breakfast this morning, we will drive to the Bayanzag which is an important fossil finds have been made. It was given name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman who visited there in the 1920s. The area is the most famous place for finding the first discovery of dinosaur fossils. There is a picturesque saxaul forest the place is named after and colorful rocks which is brilliantly colorful. We will visit Mongolian family there and will staying overnight with their ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Day6. Driving to Erdenedalai village After having breakfast in the family at the Bayanzag, we will head off to Erdenedalai village which is a small village in the Middle Gobi province. This is the way we are getting closer to Ulaanbaatar. We will visit Mongolian family there and staying overnight in a family ger. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Day7. Driving back Ulaanbaatar After setting up at the family we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. When we arrive to Ulaanbaatar, we will be transferred to a hostel or hotel for tonight. We will have some time to do souvenir shopping before we go to an attractive Mongolian National Folklore performance which depends on our arrival to the Ulaanbaatar. We will possibly have dinner together with our guides and drivers, after the dinner, you will be transferred to your accommodation. (Breakfast and Lunch) Important Notes As we use shared vehicle during the trip, please remind that backpacks are more perfect and traveling light would be highly recommended. Mongolia's special is its wild nature and, accommodation can be very basic in nature, with some shared gers and mostly you will have limited access to having showers in the countryside. You will have some access to having showers in few families or public showers on town capitals. Although this means, it is not the easiest place to travel to, this is what makes Mongolian culture so otherness. Group Size Min 2 people Who you are traveling with! As most of our tours are group tours, you need to be exposed to all the pleasures of travelling in a group. Your travel buddies could come from anywhere of the world and are would be of a various of ages too. You should understand of the different necessaries and preferences of your group. It means that you also will have responsibilities to the group. In our experience, the best tours depend highly on the group working situation which is not a big problem on your part. What would be the meals like? The most important part of the tours would be the tour meals you are eating during the trip. Traveling with Manlai’s budget tours, you will experience Mongolian foods as well as vegetarian food if you do not eat meat. All the meals will be mostly cooked by the tour guide who has got enough experience for western stomach. Some nights you will have Mongolian Barbeque for dinner, cooked by nomadic families you stayed with. Vegetarians will be able to served a range of different foods, although you would better have your special snacks or food with you if you like. While trekking in remote regions you will have picnic packed foods. Transport 4WD Vans, Are you traveling alone? If you are traveling solo, and want to join a small tour group, then you do not worry about it. As single travelers pay more than traveling in a group, our tours are designed for a shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. If you are single traveler and joining a group with Manlai’s budget tours, you must note that, you are staying in a shared Mongolian national accommodation GER with other fellow travelers during the trip. So, you can just let us know that you are traveling by your own and we can easily make you to join other tours. You need to fill the form on our finding travel companion page. We will contact you back within 24 hours after we receive your request with available tour groups which suit your interest or duration of your time for Mongolia. Accommodation during your tour. During any of our tours, you will stay in Mongolian traditional accommodation which called Ger. We make an active support for local communities to improve their life standards by involving them in sustainable tourism. We prefer, our customers would be staying at nomadic families, instead of staying at any touristic ger camps. So then the nomads will be benefited by getting involved in tourism activities. As well as nomadic families benefit from our customers while they are staying with them, it would be also the best way to our customers that they experiencing true Mongolian lifestyle and being closer to the nomads. Most of the families we cooperate, they have spare gers for our customers next to their living gers where you will have full access to communicate closely with them. As well as staying in a family ger, you will camp in tents for some nights. Mongolia definitely is a great place for camping out. It would be great if you experiencing the mixture of family ger staying and camping under the clear sky of Mongolia. Joining Instructions When arriving at Ulaanbaatar train station or the Chinggis Khaan airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the accommodation you made reservation to stay with. You will see our guys who will have your name on a paper at the train station or the airport. On your arrival date, there will not be any organized activities, so you will have some free time to relax or wander around the capital city Ulaanbaatar. You would be transferred to your hostel or hotel on your arrival date and the Day1 of the tour will start as we scheduled. If you have any complications meeting our pick up staff, please refer to our emergency contact details which provided in this dossier. If you are going to be delayed more than two hours, you need to let us know of the delay at least 5 hours before your arrival for reschedule your transfer. Emergency Contact If you need to contact us on emergency, you can call us. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please send us and short message to the cell phones which shown below, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. Brilliant Holidays Mongolia LLC – Manlai’s Budget Tours Ulaanbaatar Office Tel: +976-55253685 Emergency mobile: +976-99295803 How to Book your trip with us? Brilliant Holidays Co.,Ltd accept bookings subject to the following Terms and Conditions - please read carefully 1. Booking and payments In order to confirm your place on a tour you will need to return a completed booking form with a deposit of US $100 per person. On receipt of your deposit, we will send you confirmation of your booking along with details for the payment of the balance. The booking will not be accepted and no contract responsible until the deposit is received. The balance should be paid in USD cash after you arrive to Mongolia, before your tour starts. The deposit payment can be made by visa or master cards, bank wire transfer or international money transfer services such as MoneyGram and WesternUnion. 2. Cancellations 100USD service charge will be assessed on cancellations received at least 30 days prior to departure. Otherwise the deposit is non-refundable unless credited towards another trip departing within half year. We strongly recommend you protect yourself by purchasing travel insurance. Although we have never had to cancel a tour, we reserve this right for any reason. If the tour is canceled by us, all deposit will be returned fully. 3. Prices Scheduled tour prices are based on minimum of 1person. The hostels or hotel costs will not be included the tour price. You can make reservation your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar through us and single or double room supplement is available upon your request. All extra charges and optional activities not mentioned in the tour itinerary must be paid by you. 4. Passports and Visas Clients must ensure that they are aware of all relevant passport and visa requirements and they allow adequate time to obtain them. You can obtain visas from the Mongolian embassy or consulate in your country using our tour confirmation letter after the booking deposit is received. If there is no Mongolian embassy or consulate in your country, one month-long visas can be obtained on the spot once you arrive at the airport or railway station in Ulaanbaatar. You will need an official confirmation letter from us. 5. Insurance A condition of booking our trip is that clients should be fully and adequately insured for the duration of their chosen trip. We believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important things. Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, therefore, whenever you travel abroad. 6. Your responsibilities Tour booking will be accepted on the understanding that you realize the inherent risks and hazards of the tours and agree to take responsibility for your actions and safety. On the tours it is necessary that you agree to abide by the authority of the tour guide who will be working to ensure the safety and welfare of the group. Any action that jeopardizes this may result in you being asked to leave the tour with no right to a refund or any compensation. Special requests and any medical issues or conditions must be brought to our attention at the time of booking. We cannot be held liable for any actions or events that could have been avoided with proper disclosure of information. Personal property is always your own responsibility, as is ensuring that you have all the appropriate passport and visa requirements for the duration of the tour. Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle. 7. Our Responsibilities Our company responsibility only starts at the designated meeting point and time i.e. when you meet the tour guide in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia. We cannot be held liable for any expense or inconvenience before that, or as a result of you failing to join the tour at that time. We are not responsible for any terrorist attacks, political unrest, war, earthquakes, landslides, cancellations or delays of airlines and train companies. 8. Itineraries and tour details Tour itineraries should be taken as an indication of what each group should complete and not as a contractual obligation. The nature of the tour requires a flexible approach to the stated itinerary and all participants should accept this flexibility and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results (such as inconvenience or disappointment) are possible. No refund or compensation will be given for any unused transport, accommodation, services or features of the tour. All details are accurate at time of going to press and any significant alterations will be brought to your attention at time of booking. 9. Complaints Any problems or complaints about the tour should be raised with the tour guide at the earliest opportunity and they will normally be rectified or appropriate action taken. 10. Legal term All terms and conditions are made subject to, and enforced by, Mongolian law and must be done so in a Mongolian court. If you require further action on return we will try and work towards an agreed settlement but you must notify us in writing within 21 days of the completion date of the tour How to secure your trip with us? If you are happy with our tour offers and wanting to travel with us, then you need to secure your tour by filling our booking form online and transferring 100USD of deposit in advance. We would strongly recommend you to secure your trip as soon as you decide to hit the road with us. And the best thing of booking your trip in advance would be obviously, you will have enough time for other things to take care of, instead of wasting your time for looking for travel companions when you come to Ulaanbaatar. Anyways, we accept deposits through following 3 ways: Credit card payment If you want to pay the deposit by your credit card, you need to choose the credit card payment on our booking form and fill the amount of payment in the “trans amount” field. Then you will be transferred to the bank secure page. As soon as we receive your deposit payment, we will send your tour confirmation email immediately. International money transfer services We accept WesternUnion and MoneyGram for International Money Transfer Service. If you want to send the tour deposit by any of those services, you can just visit their web sites. You can use their service online as well. Otherwise you can easily find the closest agents to your home or work from their web sites and visit them for sending the deposit of your tour. If you decided to send the deposit by using those international money transferring services of WesternUnion or MoneyGram you need a name of the person who will receive the deposit in Mongolia. The name will be: First name: ENKHMANLAI Last name: Myagmar After the deposit has been sent via Western Union or Money Gram, then you will be given a money transfer control number which is useful for us to pick the money up at their agents in Ulaanbaatar. Please send us the control number with the sender's full name and address. As soon as we receive your deposit payment, we will send your tour confirmation email immediately. Bank transfer to our bank account If you want to use our bank account for transferring the deposit, then you need following information of the bank we use. Please note that the bank wire transfer takes couple of days until your transaction goes to our bank account. As soon as we receive your deposit payment, we will send your tour confirmation email immediately as well. Beneficiary’s name: Brilliant Holidays Co.,Ltd Beneficiary’s Account number: 2201066282 BENEFICIARY’S BANK: GOLOMT BANK OF MONGOLIA, Sukhbaatar Square,Ulaanbaatar 210620A P.O Box -22, Mongolia Facsimile: (+976-11) 311958, 312307 SWIFT CODE: GLMTMNUB Correspondent bank of Beneficiary’s bank: HSBC BANK USA, ONE HSBC CENTER, BUFFALO, NY 14203, USA SWIFT CODE: MRMDUS33 CHIPS Participant: 0108 ABA (Routing number): 021001088 Beneficiary bank account number with HSBC BANK USA, NY: USD-000123447 Are you ready to pack your backpack? What you need to bring depends on which tour you are going to have. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible. We recommend you to carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. You will also need a day bag to carry water, cameras and your other items. As all of our tours involve overnights in family gers or camping then you usually have the opportunity to borrow some blankets. Otherwise we recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags. Things we recommend you to bring. Passport (with photocopies) Travel insurance Airline or train tickets USD cash and travellers cheques Credit or debit card Manlai’s budget tours’ trip dossier Visas Day pack for daily personal items Wet wipes Hand sanitizing lotion Alarm clock Flashlight Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses Moisturizer, Lip balm Insect Repellent Water bottle Tampons - hard to get in rural areas Sleep sheet Ear plugs for light sleepers Small towel Toiletries Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals Money belt Shorts Long trousers Hiking pants/track pants Shirts/T-shirts Umbrella or waterproof jacket. Camera and film Reading Binoculars Pocketknife First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking). Visas Most Nationalities require a visa for travel in Mongolia and it is your responsibility to arrange your own visa before you travel. Please contact the Mongolian Embassy in your country to get up to date information on visa and entry requirements. If you require a Letter Of Invitation in order to obtain Mongolian visa, we will be able to provide you on request. Spending Money Travelers are different. Some of them prefer to drink more while others like to spend more for souvenirs and tipping. During your time in the countryside, most of the expenses will be included in a tour price, except optional activities, drinks, shopping and tipping. Please note that, we will not take responsible of your expenses in Ulaanbaatar such as entrance to museums, shops and restaurants. Money Exchange Most of the banks in Ulaanbaatar exchanges foreign currency as well as some currency exchange places. There are also many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard. We also recommend the use of cash and travellers cheques in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants, but they mostly charges a 4% transaction fee. You can exchange most of the currencies in Mongolia, but you need to remember that Mongolian Tugrug can’t be exchanged outside of Mongolia. If a banknote has a mark or became stale, it might be refused to be exchanged. Optional Activities in Ulaanbaatar Gandan Monastery 3USD Winter Palace of Bagd Khan 3USD Natural History Museum 3USD National Museum 3USD Safety and Security We highly recommend you to use of a money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passports, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Most of the hotels and hostels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended in order to participate on any of our trips. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Travel Responsibly Being a responsible tour operator is on the forefront of our company. We cooperate with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies. We would like to give you a couple of tips to make you thinking about traveling sustainably. Feedback After your travels, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take some time to give us some feedback about your experiences. It makes us to maintain and improve the very high services we expect from our staff, local guides and improve our tour itineraries. Newsletter If you would like to keep up-to-date with the latest news, our special offers and events, please sign up to our newsletters. Just follow the Newsletter Sign Ups link at the bottom of our home page. We won’t pass on your details to any third parties. We Want Your Photos You traveled through the beautiful place of Mongolia- why do you share those photos with our customers. 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