Experience Mongolia - Living with the Nomads

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Ulaanbaatar

To: Ulaanbaatar

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Overview

The Mongolian people are renowned for their hospitality and after spending most of the 20th century sealed off from the world they are ready to greet their visitors with a warm welcome and show their traditional way of life. Over the course of this 7 day itinerary you will experience a traditional art ceremony, witness the wild horses in Khustai National Park and become truly absorbed in the nomadic way of life.

  • See a traditional art ceremony
  • Spot wild horses in Khustai National Park
  • Sample ‘Khorkhog’, a real Mongolian barbeque
  • Learn how Mongolian cheese is produced
  • Visit the largest Buddhist temple in Mongolia

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon you will have a tour briefing and a short presentation on Mongolia before enjoying some free time to explore the city.

This evening you will go to a traditional art performance and welcome dinner.

Overnight in the hotel.

Meals Included: Lunch & dinner

Day 2: Khustai National Park

This morning you will travel 100km to Khustai National Park. Covering over 50 hectares this park is home to wild Mongolian horses famed as Takhi (Przewalski’s horse). You'll get to enter the park and look for these horses this afternoon.

Stay overnight in a ger camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3: Travel to Gurvanbulag community

This morning you will travel 200km to the Gurvanbulag community, here you will find a unique combination of mountains and Gobi-type landscapes all in one location. You will be greeted in traditional Mongolian fashion with nomadic meals and tea. You will have the opportunity to speak to the nomad people and learn about their unique lifestyle.

This evening's meal is a ‘Khorkhog’ – a real Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones. After eating you will learn the traditional Mongolian game of ‘Shagai’.

Overnight in the community ger camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4: Travel to Kharakhorum

Start your day with a nomadic breakfast.

You will spend this morning with the nomadic people experiencing their day to day life, your hostess will show you how to make tasty and nutritious dairy products including ‘aaruul’ dried curds and ‘byaslag’ Mongolian cheese.

After lunch you will travel 110km to Kharakhorum, on the way you will visit the Khushuu Tsaidam, a famous culture-historical site where many statues of ancient Turkish Empire were found.

Stay overnight in a ger camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5: Travel to Khognokhaan Natural Reserve

This morning you will visit Erdene Zuu monastery and local new history museum, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex, built on the remains of Kharakhorum city. You will then travel on to Khognokhaan Natural Reserve (90km), protected since 1997 this reserve covers 46,900 hectares of beautiful granite mountain from the Palezoic age.

Overnight in a ger camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6: Return to Ulaanbaatar

Today you will make the long journey back to Ulaanbaatar. After checking into your hotel its time for some souvenir shopping before your evening farewell dinner.

Overnight in a hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7: Depart Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and taken to connect with your onward travel plans.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Info

High season in Mongolia runs from June to August. June and July experience mainly dry weather with some thunderstorms, with late August seeing cooler temperatures and more rain, it is best to pre-book flights and accommodation around this time. October to April is low season with most ger camps and some guesthouses closing, the weather is particularly cold in December/January and there will be lot of air pollution in Ulaanbaatar. Wind & dust storms are common in March/April and activities such as dog sledding, ice skating and skiing are popular. May & September can be a good time to go if you are on a budget as accommodation and plane tickets can be cheaper but be prepared for changeable weather.

Our itineraries are tailor-made to give you an idea of some of the possibilities in this vast country!  For you this means there are no date or time restraints as you are travelling independently.  We have the flexibility to tailor your trip around exactly what you enjoy so let us know your dates, what you like doing and where you like staying, and we will do the rest! 

What's included: 

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Mongolian ger camp
  • 1 night in a community ger camp
  • 2 nights in 3* standard hotel accommodation (twin/double)
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to protected areas
  • Sightseeing costs
  • All transfers (by bus)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • International transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Water & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gratuities

Accommodation

3 nights in a traditional Mongolian ger camp


1 night in a community ger camp


2 nights in a 3* standard hotel (twin/double)


 

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