Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Nomadic Mongolia tour
Gandan Monastery Gobi Desert Nomadic Mongolia Trip

Nomadic Mongolia

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Contemplate the soviet architecture and influence in ulaanbaatar
  • Explore the ruins of remote monasteries
  • Share a ger with a nomadic family
  • Soak in the tsenger hot springs
  • Visit mongolia's ancient capital
  • See the wild horses in khustai national park

Short Description

Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles, and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ulaanbaatar
End City Ulaanbaatar

Destinations

Mongolia

Age Requirement

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.

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Trip Includes

  • Yolyn Am National Park stay
  • Gobi Desert stay
  • Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrance
  • Mongolian Grasslands stay
  • Karakorum monument entrance
  • Khustai National Park entrance
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

Spend a free day exploring this fascinating capital city. Enjoy the sights of UB and opt to visit to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill.

Day 3 Ulaanbaatar/Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave the capital and head south through the steppe to the Middle Gobi. Visit the Choir Monastery before continuing on to a small ger camp not far from Mandalgovi, the regional centre. Additional Notes: Gers are traditional Mongolian tents made with wooden frames and layers of felt. The camps we stay at will have 4 beds per ger with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. They have a central stove to keep the place cozy and a small table and chairs. Included Activities: Choir Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Baga Gadzrïn Chuluu/Yolyn Am (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive at Yolyn Am — a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It's an amazing place for hiking. Bring stable shoes and warm clothes, as some places are covered in thick ice year round. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Yolyn Am/Khongoryn Els (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Khongoriin Els. Enjoy the activities the Gobi Desert has to offer— hiking in sand dunes, visit a nomadic camel-herding family and try riding camels. Included Activities: Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 6 Khongoryn Els/Bayanzag (1B, 1L, 1D)

Made of red sandstone, these cliffs and canyons offer visitors a scene of breathtaking beauty. Take some time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Bayanzag/Ongiin Hiid (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to the Delger Khangai Mountains area. Explore the ruins of the monasteries in the area. Included Activities: Ongiin Khiid and Hoshuu Monasteries Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Ongiin Hiid/Nomad Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a long drive northwest, leaving the Gobi desert area and heading into the Mongolian steppe. The nomads here live simple lives and move their cattle along the same routes their great-grandparents travelled hundreds of years ago. In the evening, have dinner together with your hosts. One of the best things to try is the famous Mongolian barbecue. Additional Notes: Depending on the size of the nomadic family and their gers, accommodations can be very basic, with minimal to no facilities. In case if nomads can’t provide enough space for our group, we will camp nearby (camping gear is provided). Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 9 Nomad Camp/Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)

The hot springs are about 30km (18.6 mi) from the Karakorum and are very popular with both locals and travellers. Stay in a ger camp nearby with options to visit the springs, go horseback riding, or chat with the locals. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Tsenkher (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a relaxing time at the ger camp at Tsenkher Hot Springs. Visit the springs and soak in their healing powers. Opt to go horseback riding or hang out with the locals.

Day 11 Tsenkher/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D)

Journey to Karakorum, stopping at the beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery. Destroyed during the Communist era, this monastery is slowly being rebuilt. Included Activities: Erdene Zuu Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Kharkhorin/Khustai National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Stay in Khustai National Park—home of Mongolian wild horses. Here, look for Takhi horses in their natural habitat. Included Activities: Khustai National Park (Khustain Nuruu) Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Khustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

Drive back to the capital for last minute sightseeing. Opt to see a local cultural show, an excellent display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

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Amazing, the country, our CEO, our drivers were there for us and I never felt it was just a job to them

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Amazing, the country, our CEO, our drivers were there for us and I never felt it was just a job to them.

Good overview of Mongolia's capital, nomadic way of life, and various terrains

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Good overview of Mongolia's capital, nomadic way of life, and various terrains.

Well organized and carefully delivered

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Well organized and carefully delivered! It was an excellent experience. We have already signed up for another Gadventures that we are looking forward to; and tried signing up for yet another one but, sadly it was already full. A suggestion: having the privilege of travel comes with responsibilities. I would be most happy to see an international programme that requires tourists to collect one bag of garbage every day of their tour. I believe there is a tour company that already suggests this and provides agreeable tourists with a biodegradable bag and gloves for the purpose. I would be happy to make this tiny daily contribution to the health of the planet.
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Wonderful experience with this tour! Guide and drivers were great. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!

a very interesting trip, excellent arangements

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a very interesting trip, excellent arangements. 100 % talented guide.

An absolutely excellent way to get a real insight into Mongolia and the way of life there

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An absolutely excellent way to get a real insight into Mongolia and the way of life there. Although we had long travelling days the vast and varied landscapes were stunning, the range of activities extremely well thoughtout - I'm still not sure how I got to the top of the sand dune - but Olzii was very encouraging, we loved staying in the ger camps - the isolation of many of them and the surrounding scenery a special part of the trip. The walks enable us to get closer to the countryside and our nomad stay provided a valuable insight into their hard way of life. Learning about Mongolian history and the destruction of many of the monasteries that we saw only added to the experience. A fantastic experience from beginning to end
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Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private van, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Max 14, avg 12

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

Hotels (3 nts), ger camps (9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent camping (1 nt, multi-share, no facilities).

Please note that 1 night of ger camping will be without any washroom facilities.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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

As we use local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Jeep and bus travel means that bags have to be stowed either overhead or under beds, so travelling as light as possible is recommended. Please note that part of Mongolia's appeal is its wild nature and, as such, accommodation and infrastructure can be very basic in nature, with some shared rooms and limited access to showers in certain places. Mongolia is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special.

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. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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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.

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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Meals Included:

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

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