Snow Leopards, Fossils, and Flaming Cliffs: Join this Adventure in the Gobi

Join me and search for snow leopards, flaming cliffs, and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Live with nomads and experience the real Mongolia June and September 2024.

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Mongolia’s Gobi Desert is one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes you’ll find in the world. Just ask anyone who’s been there. It changes something in you on a fundamental level.

From giant dunes that humble you with their size to craggily mountains full of mysteries, including tucked away monasteries and the elusive snow cat, there’s something unforgettable about what you feel and experience here.

Not to mention the dinosaur fossils that are scattered everywhere. Tales of people stumbling upon a T-rex claw, or something similar, are all too common. This area was a breeding ground for dinosaurs and still continues to be a place where some of the world’s most important archeological finds happen.

Add in living with herders in the Gobi Desert. Spending your days looking for the area’s elusive ghost cats. And searching for dinosaur fossils like a real-life Indiana Jones, and you have one of the greatest adventures you can have in Mongolia.

All of which are why this is one of my favorite areas to travel to in Mongolia. You never quite know what you’ll discover here. But you can always guarantee it will be interesting.

Join me in 2024 and experience the heart of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert for yourself.

The dates for this small group trip are:

  • June 15 – 23, 2024
  • September 7 – 15, 2024

This trip starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city.

During this small group adventure to the Gobi Desert we will:

  • Tent camp next to some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders as well as live with nomadic families and sleep in yurts.
  • Spend time getting to know one of the local families in the Gobi who helps protect the area where a family of Snow Leopards lives.
  • Walk in the steps of dinosaurs and learn about the world’s most interesting natural historian and inspiration for Indiana Jones, Roy Chapman Andrews.
  • Learn about Mongolian culture and nomadic living by jumping right into it, helping with chores, helping mom cook dinner, and more.
  • This is your chance to disconnect from the stresses of your everyday life and learn to be present and in the moment. We will be back in remote parts of the country where cell service and data will be limited.
  • During this trip you will have the chance to travel with 8 other badass travelers from around the world.

This trip is meant for anyone looking for an adventure in one of the last truly wild and remote places on earth.

Electricity and running water won’t be available for the majority of this adventure.

The price to book this Gobi Desert small group tour is $3,500 USD per person.

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Join me and search for snow leopards, flaming cliffs, and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Live with nomads and experience the real Mongolia. Two dates to choose from:

  • June 15 – 23, 2024
  • September 7 – 15, 2024

About Breanna, Your Trip Leader

With me, Breanna, as your trip leader and on-the-ground ambassador, you’re in the most capable hands in Mongolia.

I’ve been living here for six years, traveling the country solo and with friends in search of the coolest experiences, and best locals to know across the country. This tour highlights these experiences, and the incredible locals I’ve grown to calling friends and family.

And, I already know what you’re thinking. Why should I join a group tour? Is this experience really for me?

Let me put it like this. Mongolia is no easy place to travel. Especially if you’re considering doing it on your own.

Roads go from paved to dirt in seconds, reception is unreliable, locals don’t speak English, and very few things ever go as planned. This is the beauty, and the biggest frustration, of traveling in Mongolia. I know because I’ve been doing it for years and it hasn’t gotten any easier.

By joining this small group tour, my team and I hope to take a lot of these frustrations out of traveling in Mongolia.

By trusting us with the logistical stuff, you’re able to experience more and get a better understanding of this complex culture since we’ll be immerse you directly in it. We’ll have a translator, trusted driver, and everything else we need to drive and spend our days living in the Mongolian countryside.

I limit all of my trips to 8 people so that each group is intimate and I’m still able to add special touches, introduce some of my local friends, and incorporate small surprises throughout each trip. You never know when we’ll take a detour to see a newly discovered and fully-intact dinosaur fossil or we’ll have a special Mongolian feast with the Flaming Cliffs as our scenery.

For a taste of my daily life in Mongolia, check out my Instagram at @breannajwilson.

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What's Included

  • All airport transfers.
  • A private driver and all transportation costs during the trip dates.
  • Support crew that includes a local translator, along with Breanna as your on-the-ground guide.
  • All accommodations during the trip dates.
  • All activities listed on the itinerary including entrance fees to the Flaming Cliffs and more.
  • Most meals* (breakfast, lunch, dinner) as outlined on the trip itinerary.

*Please let us know of any dietary restrictions before booking.

Mongolian Cooking Tour

What's Not Included

  • International flights.
  • Visa costs and fees.
  • Travel Insurance that covers medical evacuation and cost of participation (required).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, optional activities, and meals which are not included in the trip itinerary.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping pad are required for this trip. These items will not be provided and should be brought from home. If you would like to rent a sleeping bag and sleeping pad for the trip, the cost is $40 USD.
  • Tips and additional gratuities.

Visit our tour cancellation policy page if you have any additional questions.

Is this trip right for me?

Do you consider yourself one of the following? (And, please be brutally honest with yourself.)

  • Someone who enjoys road trips and doesn’t mind spending long hours in the car to get to beautiful destinations.
  • An adventurous-spirit with a go-with-the-flow attitude and mindset.
  • The kind of traveler that’s looking for the real deal, not a touristy, generic travel experience.
  • A person who is open to new experiences and learning about new cultures by jumping right into them.

If you said yes to any of the above, than great! Mongolia and this Gobi Desert adventure is just the trip for you.

This trip requires a medium level of physicality.

Please note that there will be a few long days in the car and there will be a good amount of off-roading during this trip. We will do our best to make the ride as comfortable as possible. Bumpy, remote dirt roads are part of the allure of Mongolia. If you are prone to car sickness, we advise you to invest in motion sickness glasses. Otherwise, this itinerary may not be for you. Please let me know in advance if this is a potential issue.

For this adventure you’ll also need to pack a sleeping bag and sleeping pad, and packing the right clothes for this type of travel is extremely important. Please read my recommended packing list for ideas on what to bring with you.

This experience is designed for active, curious travelers who are open to everything Mongolia has to offer. Including outhouse and pit toilets, long days outside, shared sleeping arrangements (we’ll sleep together in shared yurts), and meat and dairy heavy meals.

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The Itinerary for this Gobi Desert Small Group Trip​

Most travelers choose to land in Ulaanbaatar a few days before the itinerary officially begins. This helps with jetlag and getting acclimated to being 4,432 ft above sea level. If you choose to do this, there are plenty of things to do in Ulaanbaatar.

Once the trip begins, we’ll kick off our time together with a welcome dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. After dinner, we’ll pop into the local jazz bar before calling it a night.

The next morning, the adventure officially begins. Furgon loaded up and sights set on the Gobi, it’s finally time to go off-grid.

The journey won’t always be easy, but the reward will be worth it. We’ll make the journey as comfortable as we can along the way, but once we leave the city, don’t expect running water, electricity, or even proper toilets. When I say Mongolia is the land of the wild, I mean it.

Mongolia is the place to be present and this is the time to do it. Put your phone away (you won’t have cell phone or data service, anyways) and look out the window and watch as the landscapes change around you.

Below you’ll find a day-by-day breakdown of this adventure, and what it includes. For the full itinerary, including pricing, and more, please fill out the form below.

Day 1: Welcome to Ulaanbaatar
Today you'll land in Ulaanbaatar and get your first glimpses into life in Mongolia. You'll have the day to rest, exchange money, get a SIM card, and explore at will. In the evening we'll all meet for a welcome dinner before you melt into your hotel bed for the night.
Day 2: Drive from Ulaanbaatar to the White Stupa
Bags packed and road trip playlists ready, we aren't wasting any time, it’s off to the White Stupa and a night of camping next to one of Mongolia's most beautiful natural wonders. We’ll reach the Stupa just in time for a late afternoon beer and we’ll cook dinner together as the sun sets behind these magnificent cliffs.
Day 3: Explore the Lands of Fire and Ice
Waking up for a sunrise hike, we'll cook breakfast together, pack up camp and hit the road with our sights set on the Yolin Am Ice Fields. Once there, we'll hop on horses and make the quick ride back to the Ice Fields, one of the Gobi's best kept secrets. After the Ice Fields, it's back on the road so we can make our way to the Flaming Cliffs where we'll catch the sunset over the cliffs to complete our day of fire and ice.
Day 4: Meet Our Gobi Herder Family
Let the real fun begin. Today we’ll start the immersive part of our adventure, setting up camp with my herder family friends. We'll help the family with chores like watering the horses, herding in the goats, learn how to make buuz with the women of the family, and get to know this style of nomadic living by living and breathing it for ourselves.
Day 5: Live Like a Nomadic Herder + Search for Snow Leopards
We make this trip to the Gobi during this time of year because it's when the snow leopards start to become more active searching for food and leaving their cave on a daily basis. We may find them sprawling out on the ledge of the mountain with their cubs, or we may not find them at all. They are called ghost cats for a reason.
Day 6: Begin the Drive North
The trip back to reality is a long one that we won't be in any hurry to return to. That means today will be a driving day. We'll cover as much ground as possible before setting up one last night camping in tents under the stars.
Day 7: Ride Camels into the Sunset in Elsen Tsarkhi
The Gobi Desert isn't quite in our rearview mirror yet, we'll make one last stop today to meet my camel herder friends in Elsen Tsarkhi, also known as the Mini Gobi, and experience one last epic sunset together. This time from the saddle of our camels.
Day 8: Drive from Elsen Tsarkhi to Ulaanbaatar
With an early afternoon arrival into Ulaanbaatar, you'll have the rest of the day to shower, catch up on text messages, souvenir shop, and more. This evening will be at leisure so you can spend your last time in the country as you like.
Day 9: Depart Ulaanbaatar
It's time to head to the airport to begin your journey home.
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Additional days and experiences can be added to this itinerary. If you’re interested in doing a cooking class in Ulaanbaatar or booking a day tour out to the Genghis Khaan Equestrian Statue, just let me know.

Book This Adventure

To book a spot on this adventure, please complete the form below. Once received, I will reach out to schedule a phone call to discuss everything you need to know about this trip and more.

The price to book this Gobi Desert small group tour is $3,500 USD per person.

Book Now

Join me and search for snow leopards, flaming cliffs, and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Live with nomads and experience the real Mongolia. Two dates to choose from:

  • June 15 – 23, 2024
  • September 7 – 15, 2024
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