6 Day Grassland and Desert Tour in the Middle Inner Mongolia

This 6-day private tour will start from Hohhot and end in Ordos, including the most highlights in the middle Inner Mongolia. You will have insight view of the nomadic life and culture by visiting a herdsman’s home on Xilamuren Grassland and try many interesting hands-on experiences with the herdsman. You will explore the hinterland of Kubuqi Desert in many fun and exciting ways.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Xilamuren Grassland by hiking, horse riding, tasting authentic nomadic food and experience Mongolian yurt.
  • Have fun in less-crowded Kubuqi Desert by hiking, karting, sand sliding and overnight camping with desert barbecue.
  • Experience the Genghis Khan Culture

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Your local guide and driver will wait for you with your name sign at the arrival hall of the Hohhot airport or Hohhot train station exit. They will transfer you to your hotel within 30mins. The rest time is on your own arrangement to explore Hohhot.

  • Hotels: Shangri-La Hotel Huhhot, Holiday Inn Hohhot

After breakfast, drive to the north of Hohhot about 2 hours to get the hinterland of Xilamuren Grassland. Upon arrival, be greeted by Mongolian welcome ceremony before embarking on a 5km light hike to admire the endless grasslands and wildflowers. It's time to immerse in the fresh air and relax on the vast grassland without crowds.

Visit a local herdsman’s home, dress up with Mongolian costumes, learn to make Mongolian lambs, and taste Mongolian snacks. After a local lunch, experience herdsmen's work, such as collecting cow dung, feeding lambs and making Mongolian milk tea.

Watch a 1.5 hours’ large-scale live performance, including Mongolian horse racing, wrestling and archery.

At night, enjoy a Mongolian-style Zhama Banquet dinner. Dress up in Mongolian costumes, watch Mongolian dancing and singing in a big yurt, and taste delicious Mongolian food. Join the campfire party on grassland.

Tips: If you visit Xilamuren Grassland in May or October, we recommend that you drive back to Hohhot for accommodation due to the low temperature of the grassland at night. We are glad to replace the grassland hiking with horse riding and archery experience.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Hotels: Mongolia Yurt
 Xilamuren Grassland Xilamuren Grassland

In the morning, after enjoying the sunrise on the grassland, you will have a horse riding and archery experience. Drive to Kubuqi Desert to enjoy a beautiful desert sunset and BBQ dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
  • Hotels: Desert Camping Tent, Yemingsha Desert Hotel
Kubuqi Desert Kubuqi Desert

In the morning, you will have further exploration of the less-crowded Yemingsha Desert by hiking, 20 mins' desert camel riding, go karting and sand sliding. After a local lunch, you will drive to Erdos.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Ordos, Ordos Tieniu Phoenix Hotel
Kubuqi Desert Kubuqi Desert

After breakfast, you will drive one hour to the south of Erdos to visit the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan. It is a massive monument dedicated to the founder of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan. The visit will takes about 2 to 3 hours.

Drive to Kangbashi city tourism area to enjoy the modern urban scenery of Ordos City. Visit the Genghis Khan Square and Erdos Museum to learn more about Mongolian history and culture and view the precious dinosaur fossils.

Tips: If your departure Erdos flight is the evening flight, you may end your tour today.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Ordos, Ordos Tieniu Phoenix Hotel
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan Mausoleum of Genghis Khan

Your guide and driver will transfer you to the Ordos Airport or Railway Station and help you do the check-in.


  1. During the peak travel season, there are direct flights from Ordos to many domestic cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Taiyuan and Nanjing. 
  2. If your departure flight is from Hohhot, we are glad to book you the 2 hours’ bullet train from Ordos to Hohhot or arrange you the private transfer (4.5 hours) back to Hohhot.
  • Meals: Breakfast,

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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