Discover towering sand dunes, dramatic canyons and cliffs hiding the fossils of dinosaurs, and green valleys in the foothills of the Gobi-Altai Mountains while staying at the Three camel Lodge.
Below are descriptions of some of the most remarkable experiences the mystic Gobi Desert has to offer. Our lodge’s expedition arm, Nomadic Expeditions will help you to arrange a trip tailored to your dates and preferences.
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Local Naadam Festival - June 22, 2013 and August 3, 2013
Savor the true essence of the Mongolian open steppes as you cheer along with local nomads at Naadam Festival. Dating back centuries to the time of Chinggis Khaan, the Naadam games are the “three manly sports” of wrestling, archery, and horseracing that traditionally measured the courage, strength, and pride of nomads and warriors. Contemporary Naadam games engage men and women, and boys and girls with exhilarating contests in the real Mongolian spirit, and it is a time when family and friends get together to celebrate the short, joyful summer season.
Join us and witness a local celebration in the magnificent Gobi, - the first annual Naadam Festival in Bulgan organized by the Bulgan County in collaboration with the Three Camel Lodge. Tucked away from the increasing tourist crowds attending the games in Ulaanbaatar, enjoy a more intimate and genuine experience as you mingle with the locals for a whole day of fun and excitement. Horses races of all ages, - Soyolon (5+ year old), Shudlen (2+ year old), Daaga (foal), bouts among 32 wrestlers, archery demonstrations, as well as ‘Best Couple on Horse’ and Lasso catching contests will most likely leave you with everlasting memories.
Bulgan Soum (45 minutes)
Bulgan is a town established near a natural spring. Bulgan has many farms that grow fruits and vegetables.
Havtsgait (1 hour drive)
Visit Khavtsgait to see the amazing artwork of our ancestors. Preserved at the top of the mountain are some of the precious petroglyphs of the Gobi, ancient and beautiful works of art that can be clearly seen as the sun hits the rocks from the right angle. From the depictions of these amazing petroglyphs we can gain a better understanding of the everyday lives of the people who lived in the Gobi during the Bronze Age.
Moltsog Els Sand Dunes (1 hour drive)
Moltsog Els, is one of the few regions of the Gobi covered by sand dunes. Smaller than Hongoryn Els, these sand dunes are much closer to the Three Camel Lodge, but we guarantee that you will not be disappointed. You can visit a camel herder’s family and will have an opportunity to ride a Bactrian camel.
Flaming Cliffs(1 hour drive)
The legendary “Flaming Cliffs” were named for the red-orange sandstone which glows brilliantly at sunrise and sunset. It was here, in 1922, that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen. To the trained eye, the ancient formations of the Flaming Cliffs are rich with fossils, and paleontological expeditions continue to make significant discoveries at this site.
Tugrugyn Shiree (1.5 hours)
Tugrigiin Shiree is a white escarpment where the famous “Fighting Dinosaurs” (a fossil of a Protoceratops and a Velociraptor locked in combat) were discovered in the 1970s.
Gegeet Valley (2 hours drive)
Explore the spectacular panoramas of the world’s northernmost desert when driving to Gegeet Valley, habitat of the elusive snow leopard.
Yol Valley (2 hours drive)
Yol Valley National Park is cradled between the foothills of the Gobi Altai Mountains in the northern part of the Gobi. An ancient river carved this surprisingly green valley. Now, its remnant streams create ice formations at the base of the valley that sometimes persist as late as July. Hiking through this prehistoric canyon leads to the habitat of indigenous Lammergeiers, vulture-like birds that feed mostly on the carcasses of dead animals. However, unlike other such birds whose diets consist mainly of meat, Lammergeiers feed primarily on bone marrow, dropping large bones from the sky to break them into smaller pieces. Enjoy visiting the local natural history museum for an overview of the flora and fauna of the area.
Gyalaany Am (3.5 hours drive)
You can drive to Gyalaan Valley via Haalgan Davaa Pass and Hongoryn Sand Dune, surrounded by multicolored granite rock. The Gyalaan (“Shiny”) Valley, named for the reflection of the sun off its flat, smooth cliffs.
Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes (4 hours drive)
The towering sand dunes of Hongoryn Els run 60 miles alongside the Gobi Altai Mountain range. These "Singing Sands," reaching upwards of 600 feet, are the Gobi’s most magnificent sand dunes and due to its isolation, the secret of this area’s beauty has been kept safe for thousands of years.