Discovery Tour

Dragon Caravan provide custom/private tour (“anytime, flexible duration and number of travellers, design your itinerary with us”) or small group tours to beautiful Alashan in Inner Mongolia.

Our tours revolves around Discovery or Adventure thematic. Check our Classic Discovery tour below but remember we want you to have a unique experience so contact us to make your specific itinerary or adapt it to your time constraint !

Update : join our 2019 Discovery small group tours
 September 12th-18th 2019

Click here to join one of our Discovery small group tour

Trip Highlights :

Experience Desert infinity

Discover amazing oasis deep in the desert, drive like on the “Paris-Dakar”, ride camels, sleep under the moonlight

Experience Mongol lifestyle

sleep in a Yourt (“Ger”), ride horse and/or camels, make Mongolian dumpling and traditional milk-tea

Tibetan buddhism initiation

Discover authentic monasteries, attend llama monk prayers, understand the meaning of buddhism scriptures.

Attend Local festivities

Nadaam (horse and camel racing, wrestling, archery…), Hero festival ( celebration of Rallye-raid), Buddhism celebrations

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  • Pick-up at Yinchuan (capital of Ningxia province) airport
  • Head to the mausoleums of the XiXia civilization ( once one of the 3 most important civilizations of modern China territory, it was almost completely wipe out by the Mongols and Genghis Khan)
  • 2 hours transfer to your hotel in Bayanhaote (capital city of Alashan)
  • Welcome drink and dinner

Day 2

  • Local Breakfast
  • Head to a remote buddhist monastery
  • Climb the mountain and picnic on the way to the top (4 hours hike)
  • Late in the afternoon head to the grasslands to  enjoy riding horses, taking pictures at sunset and enjoying a traditional dinner
  • Going back to the hotel in Bayanhaote

Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit of Alashan museum (the visit is particularly interesting to learn more about the nomadic lifestyle, the local fauna, the history of Mongols and most notably Genghis Khan as well as ancient rock carving findings in the region)
  • Head to the old city and have lunch
  • Late in the afternoon head to a local ranch where you will plant trees to combat desertification, learn how to make mongolian dumplings and enjoy a traditionnal dinner
  • Enjoy live singing performances

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • See local craftsmen at work
  • Hop on in a special car and get ready for your desert adventure
  • Trail through the dunes to reach our one night base camp
  • Arrive to the first lake where we can enjoy several activites
  • Admire the sunset
  • Enjoy roasted sheep or dinner around a bonfire
  • Experience sleeping in a yourt (“Ger”)

Day 5

  • Sunrise in the desert
  • Simple breakfast
  • Rallye-raid in the desert and cross several desert lakes
  • Eat lunch at local herdsman location
  • Ride camels until reaching the biggest local oasis
  • Sunset
  • Sleep in a ecotourism hotel in the middle of the desert or sleep at local herdsman place
  • Dinner and rest
  • Admire the stars

Day 6

  • Admire the sunrise
  • Breakfast
  • Enjoy sliding on singing sands, swimming in the lake, riding a motorbike
  • Hop in your Jeep and exit the desert
  • Return to Bayanhaote
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in the old city or the other attraction of the city
  • Farewell dinner
  • Enjoy Bayanhaote famous watershow
  • Rest at hotel

Update : join our 2019 Discovery small group tours
September 12th-18th 2019

Click here to join one of our Discovery small group tour