Kingdom of Dinosaur: Khermen Tsav

Tour name:Kingdom of Dinosaur: Khermen Tsav
Tour lengths:4 days / 3 nights
Availability:May 15 – September 15
From:$2300
Category:Adventure Tours,

Gobi Desert is the “Hidden Gem” of the South Mongolia and Juulchin World Tours is the best way to experience it. The origin of ancient seabed, the Gobi has a treasure package of fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs. The Gobi is the main station of the two-humped Bacterian camel which is named by locals “Living Dinosaurs”. The Gobi has a countless natural miracle; one of them is Khermen Tsav,  a stunning canyon with red mud rocks. Khermen means “Wall” and Tsav means “Crack”. Thousands of years with erosion, this majestic canyon was formed by nature and stretches for 15 kms.

Brief itinerary

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar
Day 2. Middle Gobi
Day 3. Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs
Day 4. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Day 5. Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes
Day 6. Zuulun Mountain
Day 7. Khermen Tsav/Kingdom of Dinosaurs
Day 8. Ikh Bogd Mountain
Day 9. Shargaljuut hot spring.
Day 10. Khujirt hot spring
Day 11. Orkhon Waterfall
Day 12. Kharkhorin
Day 13. Bayangobi
Day 14. Hustai National Park/ Ulaanbaatar
Day 15. Ulaanbaatar
Day 16. International departures

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar

Our team will meet you at the “Chinggis Khan” international airport and transfer to the hotel in the city. After rest, we will start our city tour starting from the Sukhbaatar square. This square is a spirit of the capital and famous for its surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace and House of City Council.  Then we will visit Zaisan Hill that provides wide open view of the Ulaanbaatar. Visit in the Museum of Natural History which is well-known for its precious findings Dinosaur eggs and bones. We will end our day with traditional performance of folk songs, throat singing, horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances and arty contortion. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2. Middle Gobi

After breakfast, we will drive to the Baga Gazriin Chuluu. This 1750m high basalt and granite rock formation is beautifully located in the middle of nowhere. This rock mountain contains ruins of Buddhist meditation temple that belonged to the 17th century. We will have some scenic photo opportunities and continue drive to the Sum Huh Burd, a small island with ruins of ancient temple and loads of birds. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 3. Bayanzag/Flamming Cliffs

After breakfast we will drive to the Bayanzag known as a Flamming Cliffs to the world. Ancient red rock creation, Bayanzag formed 60-70 million years ago, famous as Flamming Cliifs named by Roy Andrew Chapman, an American explorer who visited Mongolia in 1920s. The striking red Bayanzag cliffs have dinosaur fossils, eggs and bones all over the place and neighbored by bushy Saxual tree forests. We do trekking around surrounding areas and overnight in the ger camp.

Day 4. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park

After breakfast we will drive to the majestic Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park where we will enjoy incredible “Yol Valley”. The valley is the unusual narrow canyon of a river that flows through the Zuun Saikhan Mountain. The sheer rock walls stand 200m and the canyon has stunning green meadows with thick glacier layer that is deeply set between the walls. During the summer rainfall water runs from the top of the walls forming waterfalls. We will trek along the canyon and may have an opportunity to glimpse rarely found wild sheep Argali, mountain goat Ibex and Yol Lammergeier. Overnight in the ger camp.

 

Day 5. Khongoriin Els Sand Dunes

We will drive to the Khongor els sand dunes. In the afternoon we will see marvelous Khongoriin Els dunes that stretch for an extraordinary 180 kms as wide as 7-20km. The dunes lie on the northern part of beautifully formed mountain range Servei and Zuulun. The sound of masses of wind-blown sand can be heard from the long distance. This sound is so melodic so 200m high sand dunes called as “Singing Dunes”. There is an oasis called Khongor river with stunning greenery in the summer.  We will have an opportunity to ride two humped Bacterian camel named by locals “Prince of Gobi” and see camel breeder’s every day life. Overnight at the ger camp.

Day 6. Zuulun Mountain

After breakfast, we will drive through the Khongoriin Els dunes, a soft ribbon of sand that lies in front of the grandiose looking Servei and Zuulun mountain.  We will drive through Servei soum to the direction of Khermen Tsav. We will drive to the west where the place out of civilization is. Overnight the in the tent.

Day 7. Khermen Tsav/Kingdom of Dinosaurs

After breakfast,  we will drive to the Khermen Tsav. On the way, we will visit Naran daats, small spring on the top of the hill.  In the afternoon we will arrive in the Khermen Tsav so called Kingdom of Dinosaurs an red looking canyon found deep in the spirits of desert that stretches for 15-20 km. 65-250 million years ago Khermen Tsav was a ocean bed. Millions of years wind and water erosion formed this majestic looking canyon with moon surface shapes and many precious findings of Dinosaurs’ eggs, bones and fossils. Trekking along the canyon and feel the spirits. Overnight in a tent in the canyon.

Day 8. Ikh Bogd Mountain

After breakfast, we will drive to the direction of north through the liveless desert; arid land plants, empty open universe and changing landscape from desert to steppe. We will see Ikh Bogd (Great Holy) Mountain with a height of 3957m at 1200m above the sea level. Small sand dunes are located in the neighboring areas. Then we will drive through the waterless Orog lake with beautiful surrounding. Overnight in a tent on the bank of Tuin river.

Day 9. Shargaljuut hot spring.

After open air breakfast, we will drive to the province capital Bayankhongor. In the afternoon, we will arrive Shargaljuut, the large mineral hot springs that is located 65km from the Bayankhongor town on the bank of Shargaljuut river. Shargaljuut hot spring has more than 300 mineral water spots with a temperature of +45 to 96 degrees Celsius. Many years, Mongolians used to use this hot spring for medical purposes. There are different kinds of hot springs for every organs such as liver, heart, kidney, eyes, ears, tooth, navels and boobs. Overnight in the tent near the hot spring.

Day 10. Khujirt hot spring

After breakfast, we will drive to the Khangai mountain range in the north. In the afternoon we will visit Khujirt resort which is situated on the bank of Khujirt river at 1758m above the sea level. The Khujirt resort is famous for its therapeutic magic for kidneys, joints and various traumas among Mongolians. The temperature varies from +40 to 55 degrees Celsius. Relax in the ger camp.

Day 11. Orkhon Waterfall

After breakfast, we will drive to the Orkhon river and its valley. In the afternoon we will visit the Orkhon waterfall which is situated in the Orkhon river, that flows 1120km; the longest river in Mongolia. The local name of the waterfall is Ulaan Tsutgalan and the height is 24m, waterfall was formed by a unique combination of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes about 20 000 years ago. The water level of the waterfall depends on the rainfall. Drive to Kharkhorin and overnight in the camp.

Day 12. Kharkhorin

In the morning, we will visit Kharkhorin; an ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, an Erdenezuu Monastery. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon river in 1220. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful looking white walls with 108 stupas. We will drive to the Tsenkher hot spring, a sulphur spring that emerges from the ground at 85 Celsius degree, were outfitted for visitors in 1996. Overnight in the ger.

Day 13. Bayangobi

Afterbreakfast, we will drive to the Bayangobi. In the afternoon we will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree; the monastery is located in the majestic looking Khugnu Khaan mountain. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious leader, philosopher, artist and sculptor was founded these Uvgun and Zaluu temples for his religious teacher. The soldiers of Oirad nobleman Galdan boshigt destroyed the monasteries and assassinated the monks in 1688. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 14. Hustai National Park/ Ulaanbaatar

We will drive to the Hustai National Park. The park lies in the foothills of southern Khentii mountain range and it is the place where you can see wild horse called Takhi known as Przewalski horse to the world. The wild horses survive in nature by themselves because they have been reintroduced successfully to their homeland after 40 years of extinction. Currently, the number of Takhi has already reached more than 170. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day 15. Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we will visit Gandan Monastery a centre of Mongolian yellow head Buddhism. We will see outstanding and impressive 24m golden plated statue of Buddha; Megjid Janraiseg. This monastery is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia with 500 monks. We will visit the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum. The palace was built in 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of lamaist religion and last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students is the main attraction of this palace. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

Day 16. International departures

International departures