Join us for a captivating 6-day tour of Inner Mongolia, beginning in Hohhot and revealing a rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage. This itinerary combines cultural exploration, natural beauty, and adventurous desert activities, offering an amazing and memorable trip in the heart of Inner Mongolia.
Discover Ulanqab’s ancient volcanoes and the nomadic culture at Huitengxile Grassland. In Baotou, admire the splendid Wudangzhao Monastery before experiencing the sound of the sand at Yemingsha in the Kubuqi Desert. Choose to sleep under the starry sky or live like a nomad in a desert camp. Enjoy the excitement of driving off-road and hiking on the sand, followed by optional activities such as camel riding and motorcycling. End your tour in Ordos with a visit to the futuristic Kangbashi District and the holy Mausoleum of Genghis Khan.
2. Stay in a Mongolian yurt on the Huitengxile Grassland and enjoy the nomadic culture and cuisine.
3. Slide on the sand and hear the echo at Yemingsha in the Kubuqi Desert.
4. Experience the thrill of off-road driving and desert hiking in the Kubuqi Desert.
5. Visit the futuristic and empty Kangbashi District and learn about its story.
6. Pay respect to the legendary Genghis Khan at his mausoleum and see the ceremonies and rituals.
- Day 1: Arrival in Hohhot
Upon arriving in Hohhot, you will be warmly greeted by your guide and driver at the airport or railway station. They will then transfer you to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city or relax in the comfort of your room.
- Day 2: Hohhot - Ulanqab - Huitengxile Grassland (B, L)Ulan Hada Volcano, Yellow Flower Valley
After breakfast, embark on a journey to Ulanqab, approximately 150 km from Hohhot, to visit the Ulan Hada Volcano. This group of extinct volcanoes, erupting around 10,000 years ago, has created a captivating landscape of lava fields, craters, and lakes.
Take a stroll along the plank road to the summit of the No.3 Volcano, the highest and most breathtaking one, offering panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Continue the drive south to the No.5 Volcano, characterized by its large, water-filled crater. You can explore its peak and gaze upon the nearby No.6 Volcano, the smallest and youngest of the group.
Next, proceed to the hinterland of Huitengxile Grassland - the picturesque Yellow Flower Valley, a scenic expanse encompassing grassland, wetland, forest, and flowers. Overnight in Mongolian-style yurts with private bathrooms at Huitengxile Grassland. Huitengxile, translating to "cold plateau" in Mongolian, is renowned for its wind power plants, lakes, and wildflowers. Immerse yourself in the authentic nomadic lifestyle and culture of the Mongolian people, relishing the fresh air and captivating sunset.
Optional Dinner: Indulge in a traditional Mongolian Zhama Banquet dinner (with extra payment) if you like. At the Zhama Banquet, you can dress in Mongolian outfits and enjoy a feast with dishes like boiled mutton, milk tea, yogurt, and cheese. The banquet also includes lively performances of traditional Mongolian music and dance by local artists.
Accommodation: Huitengxile Grassland
- Day 3: Huitengxile Grassland - Hohhot (B, L)Sunrise on the grassland, Yellow Flowers Valley Geopark, Wokuotai Flowers Prairie, Niudangou Ecological Valley, Inner Mongolia Museum
Witness the stunning sunrise on the grassland before enjoying breakfast. Explore the grassland on foot and by local sightseeing cars/trains. Visit the Yellow Flowers Valley Geopark, a national geological park showcasing the natural beauty and diversity of the grassland ecosystem. Marvel at various flowers, rare birds, and animals.
Continue to Wokuotai Flowers Prairie, a vibrant meadow with different flowers blooming in various seasons, creating a fairy tale-like atmosphere. Explore Niudangou Ecological Valley, formed by volcanic rock erosion, where you'll witness the contrast between green grassland and black lava, along with clear streams and waterfalls.
For an enhanced experience, engage in optional activities such as horseback riding, archery, and other traditional Mongolian pursuits (extra payment required).
Return to Hohhot and visit the Inner Mongolia Museum, the region's largest and most comprehensive museum. Learn about Inner Mongolia's history, culture, and natural resources through exhibits featuring fossils, relics, costumes, artworks, and models. Highlights include the dinosaur hall, ethnic hall, grassland hall, and prairie culture hall.
Accommodation: Hohhot downtown
- Day 4: Hohhot - Baotou - Kubuqi Desert (B, L)Wudangzhao Monastery, Kubuqi Desert, Yemingsha
Following breakfast, embark on a journey to Baotou City, approximately 180 km from Hohhot, to explore the Wudangzhao Monastery. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery, often referred to as the "Little Potala Palace," stands as the largest and best-preserved of its kind in Inner Mongolia. Admire its magnificent architecture, intricate murals, and delve into the history and culture of Tibetan Buddhism. Marvel at the statues of Buddha, Bodhisattva, and Dalai Lama, along with the relics and treasures housed within the monastery.
Continue the drive to the Kubuqi Desert, reaching Yemingsha, which translates to "the echo of the sand" in Mongolian, located approximately 100 km from Baotou. Experience the thrill of sliding down a large sand dune shaped like a crescent moon and revel in the sound of the sand as you glide. Witness the oasis and lake at the base of the sand dune, appreciating the striking contrast between the desert and water.
Upon arrival at Yemingsha, enjoy the desert sunset, marveling at the changing colors of the sky and sand. Then, check into your hotel in the desert, where you can opt for a desert camp experience, immersing yourself in the authentic nomadic lifestyle. Revel in the night view of the desert and the starry sky, or join a bonfire party with locals, singing and dancing.
Good to know: Arrange kid-friendly activities through your travel consultant, such as a visit to the nearby desert park featuring various desert-dwelling animals and plants like camels, lizards, cacti, and roses. Engage in games and puzzles related to the desert, such as sand painting, sand sculpture, and a sand maze.
Accommodation: Kubuqi Desert
- Day 5: Kubuqi Desert - Ordos (B, L)Desert sunrise, adventure in the desert
Wake up early to witness the desert sunrise, experiencing the warmth and energy of the morning sun illuminating the desert. After breakfast, partake in an off-road driving adventure aboard a 4WD vehicle, navigating the uneven and rugged terrain of the desert. Encounter different landscapes such as sand hills, sand pits, and sand waves.
Continue with a desert hiking experience, walking on the sand with specialized shoes to prevent sand from entering your feet. Enjoy the exercise, take in the scenery, and gain insights into the desert ecosystem and environment. Spot rare and precious plants and animals that thrive in the harsh conditions, including saxaul trees, jerboas, and sand foxes.
Engage in optional desert activities like camel riding, motorcycling, sliding, and carting (extra payment required).
Afterward, drive to Ordos downtown for accommodation, situated approximately 150 km from the Kubuqi Desert. Ordos is a modern and prosperous city known for its coal and natural gas industries, as well as cultural and historical attractions.
Accommodation: Ordos downtown
- Day 6: Ordos Exploration & Ordos Departure (B, L)Kangbashi District, Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
After breakfast, explore the Kangbashi District, a futuristic area in the south of Ordos renowned for its vast but sparsely populated buildings, including skyscrapers, stadiums, museums, and parks. Witness the striking contrast between grand, modern architecture and the quiet, sparse streets, learning about the reasons and stories behind this phenomenon.
Next, visit the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, located approximately 100 km from Kangbashi District. This sacred site is dedicated to the memory and worship of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire. Marvel at the impressive buildings and statues within the mausoleum, delving into the history and culture of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian people. Observe ceremonies and rituals performed by Genghis Khan's descendants and followers, including offerings, prayers, and singing.
After the visit, your guide and driver will accompany you to the airport or railway station in Ordos for your departure to the next destination, marking the conclusion of your remarkable tour of Inner Mongolia.