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“Travel Gobi Mongolia”
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Gobi Desert
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Ranked #13 of 110 things to do in Mongolia
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Travel Gobi Mongolia is a small-ish travel organisation. My wife and I picked it because several others we Googled did not bother to reply to our emails. Several others had a fixed itinerary which did not suit us because of departure dates, group sizes and areas covered by individual tours. To see places we were interested in, we would have to combine 2-3 shorter tours—all departing from Ulaanbaatar. This would mean doubling up on several sections.
Here is where Ganzo from Travel Gobi Mongolia came in with their Big Loop tour, which was exactly what we were after— for the areas it covered. Their group departure date did not suit us due to our arrival date in Mongolia and forward itinerary. Ganzo offered us a private tour (just for two of us) with a departure date to suit us. The Private tour is a Land cruiser with a driver and Guide—if the driver does not speak English. Then we wanted an extra day in the North of Mongolia to do some fishing. No problem said Ganzo and gave us a price for an additional day. There he drove us to any spot we thought excellent for fishing. Yes, we caught a Lenok and Ganzo had it cooked for us for dinner.
Most important thing is to have a good driver… and Ganzo definitely is! From 3500 km we did in Mongolia over 20 days, only 10 % were on sealed roads, which are still a rarety in Mongolia. Another 65% was on “off road driving” where multiple tracks lead through the countryside—without any road signs! Which track do you take? It depends on the last downpour and weather conditions. Another 25% was on strictly 4WD driving crossing the mountain ranges… up and down… with no soul to be seen for hours.
All the time we stayed in Tourist Camps, which meant Mongolian Gers, how romantic!. The best thing was that we travelled in June, which is a quiet period. July and August is peak period when all the locals and tourists crowd the country. In June in most places we were the only ones there and got all the attention from staff getting ready for the crowd. Staff lit our fires in the Ger at evening as well as in the morning before we got up. Another bonus was that we have not seen a mosquito during our travels, great!
We did see the Gobi desert, camels, horses, yaks, goats, sheep… and we tasted their milk and milk products in a Ger with a nomad family.

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Reviewed July 2, 2014

We spent around a week here on a round tour through Mongolia and would thoroughly recommend to everyone.

Having visited before the main season start (first half of June), the ger camps were empty and so were the tracks and attractions around the place.

Gobi has to offer extremely varied set of landscapes from flat sandy plains to rocky mountain covered in greenery with ice-filled gorges in between. Large birds of pray are plenty in numbers, camel and other live stock herds to be seen along the way and the few people you meet are very friendly.

Hiking, camel riding, sand dune climbing / surfing are some of the activities we did and really enjoyed. Would recommend to everyone.

Thank MarciTravels
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I went on a camel ride next to the huge Khongor Sand Dune, and it was very cool. The pictures turned out splendidly with the mountain of white sand with the blue sky. I then made it 3/4 of the way up until I decided "screw it, I'm going home." It's very tiring scaling up a 45 degree or less sand dune where every step lands you two steps backward because of the shifting sand. I don't have to climb every mountain, so I was ok with that. Admiring the Gobi was enough for me, no need to rough it out every time.

5  Thank alicevarren
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We entered Mongolia from Russia at Mongolia's westernmost border, and we drove to Ulaanbaatar. It was an amazing experience, an included crossing the Gobi Desert. Mongolia is a giant and sparsely populated country, and you don't really understand what that statement means until you've set up your tent next to your car and are looking at the stars with absolutely no light pollution to diminish the view, or until you're driving down the road and see a herd of camels on one side passing by yaks on the other. The Gobi Desert is an amazing amazing place!

3  Thank AlnAbroad
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

enjoyed my 7 day overland tour of the mongolian gobi last summer, ie summer of 2013.
this is my third visit to mongolia.
what makes this visit different is, obviously, that this is a sandy trip, it is my stay with families.
The travel agent has extensive connections with local families, with our guide and driver, we are staying with families. i stayed with ger hotels in summer 2012.
Our gers were decorated by local families, which are very much like the gers they are staying in. We (my girlfriend and me) also spend time in the families gers, chatting with them (obviously thro interpreting). We played with kids of the families. We took a walk near the ger in evening and saw shepherd and their sheep returning home. We also had little lambs wandering near our ger and a big one trying to make an entry.

unique experiences, great memories. watching how differently other people live, how simply they live, helps me put my own life in perspective.

thank you Mongolia.

3  Thank tabby_cat_hongkong
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