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“Wonderful experience”
Review of Gobi Desert

Gobi Desert
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Ranked #13 of 110 things to do in Mongolia
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We too went with Travel Gobi Mongolia and had an excellent experience. You need to use a tour company ... it would be impossible to do it on your own. We chose to fly down from UB which saved that horrendous 10+ hour drive. The first sight of the sands is breathtaking ..... although we hadn't quite realised how narrow they are. We insisted on going late afternoon to avoid the horrendous heat and catch the light from the setting sun. We rode out to the sands on camels and then walked up a dune for a breathtaking view from the top. Whilst the first part was OK, the sand soon becomes very loose and requires a lot of effort and a lot of stops to catch your breath, to get up there. Go slowly - allow at least an hour+ for the climb. Take water & high factor sun block. All that effort IS worth it!

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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.

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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!

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