38 days in Mongolia & Urumqi Itinerary

38 days in Mongolia & Urumqi Itinerary

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38 days in Mongolia & Urumqi Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
1
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Mandalgovi, Mongolia
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Dalanzadgad, Mongolia
— 5 nights
Drive:  13​h 15​min
4
Kharkhorin, Mongolia
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Bayankhongor, Mongolia
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Govi-Altai Province, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Olgiy, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
8
Urumqi, China
— 2 nights
End: Urumqi, China

6
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Get some historical perspective at Ariyabal Meditation Temple and Manzshir Monastery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 976 Art Gallery and Aryabal Meditation Temple. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenresig Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the striking landscape of Hustai National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar day trip planner .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Chinggis Khaan International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Ulaanbaatar are -17°C, while nighttime lows are -36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mandalgovi.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ariyabal Meditation Temple, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve
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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Ariyabal Meditation Temple ©
Ariyabal Meditation Temple
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

5
nights
Mandalgovi, Mongolia

Mandalgovi ©
Mandalgovi is the capital of the Dundgovi Province of Mongolia, about 300 km south of Ulaanbaatar on the border of the Gobi Desert. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring the stark beauty of Ikh Gazriin Chuluu Nature Reserve.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mandalgovi sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Ulaanbaatar to Mandalgovi takes 4 hours. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Dalanzadgad.

Things to do in Mandalgovi

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Ikh Gazriin Chuluu Nature Reserve ©
Ikh Gazriin Chuluu Nature Reserve

5
nights
Dalanzadgad, Mongolia

Dalanzadgad ©
A refueling station in the middle of the desert, Dalanzadgad acts as a gateway to the nearby national park.
Take a break from the city and head to Flaming Cliffs and Yolyn Am. Explore hidden gems such as Khavtsgait Petroglyphs and Khongoryn Els. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Khermen Tsav.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dalanzadgad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mandalgovi to Dalanzadgad takes 4.5 hours. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toKharkhorin.

Things to do in Dalanzadgad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Khavtsgait Petroglyphs, Flaming Cliffs
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Khermen Tsav ©
Khermen Tsav
Flaming Cliffs
Flaming Cliffs
Yolyn Am ©
Yolyn Am

6
nights
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Kharkhorin
Orkhon Valley and Erdene Zuu Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orkhon Waterfall and Ogii Lake.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kharkhorin driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Dalanzadgad to Kharkhorin takes 13.5 hours. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Bayankhongor.

Things to do in Kharkhorin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arkhangai Province, Orkhon Waterfall
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Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Orkhon Valley
Orkhon Valley
Kharakhorum Museum ©
Kharakhorum Museum

5
nights
Bayankhongor, Mongolia

Bayankhongor
To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayankhongor online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khatgal to Bayankhongor. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Kharkhorin.

3
nights
Govi-Altai Province, Mongolia

Govi-Altai Province
Govi-Altai is one of the 21 aimags of Mongolia. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Govi-Altai Province trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Urumqi to Govi-Altai Province. You will leave for Khatgal on the 18th (Mon).

2
nights
Olgiy, Mongolia

Olgiy ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aimag Museum and Central Mosque.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Olgiy trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Govi-Altai Province to Olgiy. You'll set off for Urumqi on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Olgiy

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park ©
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
Bulgan Mosque ©
Bulgan Mosque

2
nights
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
Visiting Karakoram Highway and Tianshan Mountain Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) and Southern Mosque. It doesn't end there: stroll through Mt. Tianshan Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Urumqi trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olgiy to Urumqi. In February, daily temperatures in Urumqi can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Karakoram Highway
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