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Cross The Gobi Desert

Mongolia

22 Aug 2019

03 Sep 2019

On this expedition, you will cross 120km of the Gobi Desert on foot, to reach and explore Eej Khairkhan Uul, a mountain of legend and spiritual significance in Mongolian culture. The seven-day trek will follow the Altai Mountains between the Great Gobi B and Great Gobi A nature reserves, home to a number of rare and endangered species, including the wild Bactrian camel, Gobi bear and snow leopard.

Expedition Team

Faraz Shibli
Leader

In 2011, aged 25, Faraz became the youngest Briton to cross the Gobi Desert on foot.

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Jack Anstey
Photographer

I have a strong sense of adventure and passion for exploration, and spend most of my time living out of my van, chasing the next mountain summer or golden sunrise.

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Expedition Activities

1. Desert trekking

You will cross 120km of Asia's largest desert on foot, following the Altai Mountains between the Great Gobi B and Great Gobi A nature reserves.

2. Guided camping

You will camp and sleep in remote locations, under the guidance and supervision of a bilingual guide.

3. Cultural exchange

Your destination is Eej Khairkhan Uul, a mountain of legend and spiritual importance to the locals you will meet.

4. Breathtaking scenery

You will trek through stunning plains and mountains, and camp under the stars in the world's most sparsely populated independent country.

Govi Altai Province, Mongolia

Weather

Day: 15-25 °C

Night: 0-12 °C

Terrain

SteppeMountain

Expedition Itinerary

Note:The final itinerary may change slightly because of the unpredictability of weather and flights. More details will be provided to expedition participants closer to the start-date.

Arrive in Mongolia’s capital city, meet the team, expedition briefing and orientation.

Days 1-2: Ulaanbaatar

Fly to Western Mongolia, drive to the start point and camp in the Altai Mountains.

Days 3-4: Fly to Khovd, drive and camp

Trek across the Gobi Desert, covering 15-20km per day.

Days 5-10: Cross the desert

Hike and explore the sights of Eej Khairkhan Uul, one of Mongolia’s most sacred mountains.

Day 11: Explore the mountain

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and stay at a ger camp (subject to availability) on the way.

Days 12-13: Drive and stay at a ger camp

Past Participants

Melanie Mazariegos- Spanish-Chinese NGO community leader

“The two weeks I spent in Mongolia with FoundLost were truly remarkable and unique. I experienced nomadic culture and Mongolia’s breathtaking landscapes. I was also given the chance to study the Potanin Glacier, contributing to climate change research.”

Natasha Hirt- German university student

“There are so many memories of grandiose landscapes and unbelievable vistas, that I am sure this trip will stay with me for the rest of my life. From beginning to end, the logistics were seamless and well prepared. As I learnt in Mongolia, at FoundLost, no one gets left behind.”

Tom in t' Veld- Dutch photographer

“The FoundLost expedition that I joined has been one of the greatest moments in my life. I was challenged both mentally and physically and got to experience the country and culture in a unique way. I would 100% join another FoundLost expedition!”

Reservation Instructions

• Applicants will receive additional detailed expedition information (leader webinars, itinerary, kit lists etc.) after application is complete.

• Selected applicants will be issued by email an invoice requesting payment. Their spot will be released to other applicants if payment isn't completed within 7 calendar days.

• Upon completing payment, applicants will be issued by email a written confirmation and receipt. Please carefully check these documents and report any inaccuracies to FoundLost immediately.

• Cancellation and refund requests will be reviewed case-by-case at FoundLost's sole discretion.

• Reservations should be made from this webpage. Applicants may be contacted for a short interview, and unsuccessful applicants will be informed as soon as possible. We regret that we can’t offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

• Expedition participants are expected to properly train and prepare themselves in accordance with the leader’s advice.

• Expeditions in remote locations are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.

Difficulty

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Professional
  • Extreme
This expedition does not require technical expertise. However, team members will undertake strenuous physical activity, living and sleeping in difficult conditions in a remote location. Good baseline physical fitness, with physical and mental resilience are therefore needed. The weather can be volatile, varying from hot to cold and dry to heavy rain, with high wind and sandstorms possible. Expert support will be provided throughout the expedition, including a bilingual Mongolian guide and support drivers.

Activities Experience

Strenuous hiking and camping, but no technical skills are required.

Fitness

Traverse between 15-20km per day on rough terrain, while carrying a medium backpack.

Support

Full support team and vehicles always nearby and available.

Weather & Terrain

Weather variance is great. While temperatures aren’t extreme, it can vary between below 0°C at night and 25°C in daytime.

Culture Shock

Remote location, nomadic culture and very few (if any) English-speaking locals.

Included

• Camping during the expedition, and one-night stay at a ger camp (subject to availability).

• Meals during the trek and travel to/from the trek (but not in Ulaanbaatar). Dietary requirements can be accommodated.

• Support team, including a bilingual Mongolian guide and support drivers.

• Equipment: tents, sleeping bags and mattresses (excluded equipment will be provided in a kit list to follow).

Excluded

• You will purchase your own international flights between your home country and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

• You will purchase your lodging for your two night's stay in Ulaanbaatar (Aug 22-23 2019). We will suggest an option for your reference.

• You will purchase your own domestic one-way flight from Ulaanbaatar to Khovd.

• You will cover your own visas, medication, and additional insurance if applicable.

22 Aug
03 Sep 2019
$2500per person

August 22 - September 3

13 days, 12 nights

$2500per person

9 spots available. Reviewed on a rolling basis.

Accepting applications until 30 Jun 2019 23:59 PDT.

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