Ulaanbaatar: Semi-Gobi Desert Day Trip & Camel or Horse Ride

4.8 / 5

5 reviews

Ulaanbaatar: Semi-Gobi Desert Day Trip & Camel or Horse Ride

From $135 per person

If you don't have time for a multi-day tour to the Gobi desert, try this one day "Semi-Gobi" experience instead. Take a short drive to Elsen Tasarkhai, a semi-desert region with endless sand dunes. Enjoy a camel or horse ride and local style lunch.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Mongolian
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar city


  • Take a day trip to Elsen Tasarkhai, known as Semi-Gobi desert, from Ulaanbaatar
  • Ride a horse or camel to the sand dunes and travel like people did in the Silk Road days
  • Visit a local nomadic family to learn more about the traditional Mongolian lifestyle
  • Enjoy a hassle-free journey with local-style lunch and prearranged hotel pickup/drop-off
Full description
After getting picked up in the morning from your hotel in Ulaanbaatar, drive to Elsen Tasarkhai, known as Semi-Gobi because of its resemblance to the famous Gobi Desert. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape. Discover hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle that call this mountain home. Take some time to hike around the area and then ride a camel or horse to the small sand dunes.  Stop for an authentic lunch at a suitable spot along the way. Later, visit a local nomad family where you will have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Take a look at how some Mongolians are still keeping their traditional lifestyles. Get dropped off at your hotel in Ulaanbaatar by 5:00 PM.
  • Local guide
  • Driver
  • Local Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Camel or horse ride
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  •  This tour does not provide insurance. It is recommended for you to purchase your own travel insurance
  • All participants will need to sign a waiver before taking the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

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Great experience, knowledgeable driver

October 21, 2019

The traveling time of the car was long, but it was fun with a very friendly guide. This time, I would like to go to a hotel instead of a day trip.

October 18, 2019

It is quite a long drive due to the traffic in Ulan Bator, but the ride with the camels and the dunes are beautiful, as well as the simple but tasty lunch.

October 4, 2019

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