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Highlights
  • Sleep in a traditional mongolian ger
  • Ride a horse across the mongolian countryside
  • Learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts
  • Compete with mongolian nomads in archery

It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and stay with three different families to experience life as a nomad. From Orkhon Valley to Gorkhi Terelj National Park, you'll live in gers, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's 10 days like you never imagined.

Trip Description
Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life
 

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4.8 Meals
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Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that Ulaanbaatar is really the only chance to stock up on supplies you might have left behind, plus any bottled water, beer/wine/spirits, and coffee you may want. Boiled water and tea is available throughout the stay. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Rashaant Sum (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the village of Rashaant. Meet your hosts and have lunch together. Afterwards, travel to scenic Swan Lake on horseback and take in the desert landscape. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your hosts and sleep in a ger tent. Included Activities: Horseback Riding Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 280km)

Day 3 Rashaant Sum/Orkhon Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)

Roll up those sleeves and participate in daily nomadic morning chores. After visiting the monument of Queen Mandukhai, prepare for a farewell lunch and tea before setting off to Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, prepare for a traditional dinner with milk tea and then rest up in the nomad's extra Ger. Included Activities: Historical Horseback Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 210km)

Day 4 Orkhon Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)

This morning set off on a trek to Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, stopping to take in the scenery along the way. Return to camp for lunch with your hosts. In the afternoon, continue exploring the beautiful Orkhon Valley with a trek to Baga Tsutgalan waterfall. Included Activities: Orkhon Waterfall Hike Junior Flow Waterfall Hike

Day 5 Orkhon Valley/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and opt to spend time walking the ruins. This evening, overnight in a comfortable ger camp. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 180km)

Day 6 Kharkhorin/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ulaanbaatar and travel approximately 2 hrs by bus to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival in the Terelj Village, a local guide will meet you with either an oxcart or horses. From here, begin the 3km (1.9 mi) journey by horseback or oxcart, crossing the Terelj River and continuing north through an incredibly stunning mountain river valley to the first nomadic family. Upon arrival, dismount and enter the host's ger for a hot nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea. During the stay, the host will demonstrate the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart. Have plenty of time to refine skills and continue practicing them afterwards. In the evening, learn how to play a variety of traditional Mongolian games with sheep's bones (shagai). Nights in the park are especially amazing due to the star-strewn sky. Included Activities: Nomadic Family Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours) Horse (24km)

Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. In the evening, opt to help collect firewood by ox cart before enjoying a traditional dinner and tea with the family. Additional Notes: As with all days on this itinerary, it is possible to opt out of the day's activity with the local families in favour of hiking in the surrounding mountains or simply relaxing in the beautiful Mongolian countryside. Included Activities: Traditional Clothing Demonstration Transport: Horse (24km)

Day 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic region. Opt to visit a local family and learn to prepare homemade vodka and cheese.

Day 9 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B)

Travel back to the capital after breakfast. Enjoy a final evening with a group and take in a folk performance by the Tumen Ekh Ensemble. Included Activities: Mongolian Cultural Show Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

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Price Per Day:

$ 100 per person
 
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Jun-23-2018Jul-02-2018$ 1,299Yes2 spots left Reserve
Jul-14-2018Jul-23-2018$ 1,299YesSold Out Reserve
Aug-11-2018Aug-20-2018$ 1,299YesSold Out Reserve
Sep-09-2018Sep-18-2018$ 1,299Yes1 spots left Reserve
Jun-15-2019Jun-24-2019$ 1,299Yes10 spots left Reserve
Jun-22-2019Jul-01-2019$ 1,299Yes12 spots left Reserve
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Jul-20-2019Jul-29-2019$ 1,299Yes12 spots left Reserve
Aug-10-2019Aug-19-2019$ 1,299Yes12 spots left Reserve
Aug-18-2019Aug-27-2019$ 1,299Yes11 spots left Reserve
Sep-08-2019Sep-17-2019$ 1,299Yes12 spots left Reserve
Sep-15-2019Sep-24-2019$ 1,299Yes11 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Horseback Riding
  • Högnö-Tarna Uul Local Living: Nomadic Family Stay
  • Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts
  • Transport between destinations and included activities
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, oxcart, horse.We will use public buses to travel between Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park. While in the park, we will travel by horse and oxcart. Travellers should be comfortable on and around horses.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Max 12, avg 9.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Traditional ger (6 nts), ger camp (1 nt), basic hotels (2 nts).
In Ulaanbaatar accommodation will be in a standard hotel with twin share rooms. In rural locations you will overnight in a family’s extra ger tent (max 5 persons in 1 ger) with basic furnishings. Typically, families will have between 2 to 3 beds and the rest will be provided mattresses – all necessary camping equipment is included and will be provided to you by your CEO upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Shower facilities are not available at the camps, except at the Ger Camp on Night 5. Most nomadic families do not have a formal toilet in their camps – expect a basic, screened-in outdoor toilet.
Start City
Ulaanbaatar
End City
Ulaanbaatar
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local nomadic hosts.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Travellers on this tour should be comfortable on and around horses.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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