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Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia

From £2475 (9 days) excluding flights
Price includes: all accommodation (mixture of hotels and felt gers), meals, activities as specified in the itinerary, services of an English-speaking guide throughout, transportation & transfers,
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2016: 11 Sep
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Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia

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Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia: the story of this holiday company

I consider myself an explorer and adventurer who having organised and led the ‘Borobudur Ship Expedition’, sailing an 800 AD replica ship from Indonesia to Madagascar, developed a keen interest in Kon Tiki expeditions and I recently circumnavigated Africa, sailing a replica of 600 BC Phoenician ship over 20,000 miles. I started the organisation to recreate my own awesome experiences and to fill a gap in the tourism industry. We were the first to take a small group; trekking the length of the Cotahuasi Canyon in Peru, rafting the Matsiatra River in Madagascar and attempting the Liverpool Land North-South Traverse in Greenland. We even ran an expedition for ‘BBC’s Extreme Dreams with Ben Fogle. Many of our trips are remote, involving exciting travel by foot, rafting and kayaking. On water you can get to places quickly with a lot more fun than sitting on a mini bus. Our trips do not just tick boxes; we get fully under the skin of the country and tailor our adventures to fit the different types of people, groups and families who travel with us.

Responsible tourism: Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia


We are committed to running our business and tours in a way that is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible. We encourage our guests and suppliers to work with us to travel and operate in a way that conserves and protects the areas we visit and bring positive benefits to local communities. We are therefore committed to continual improvement in our environmental performance, preventing pollution and minimising our effects through a complete programme of annual reviews of our expeditions and try to make our activities environmentally and socially positive.

We strive at all times to respect the natural environment and never deplete it. We also endeavor to ensure a safe and viable future for the Nomadic people of Mongolia by working with these people and helping them to attain their needs, by learning about their culture and traditions and by educating others in these areas. The nomadic culture is a warm and hospitable one but please remember that we are only guests in this wonderful country. We ask all our clients to come to Mongolia with this same level of respect for the people, customs and environment.

Ecotourism in Mongolia is only in its early stages. It is our intention to help develop this area in Mongolia. As such we always attempt to keep high environmental standards on our treks and train our staff to do likewise. The guiding principle is one of leaving the land and natural resources in a better condition than we found them in. A philosophy of ‘leaving no trace’ of our presence guides all of our travel.

Dispose of all garbage (refuse) including cigarette butts and matches and any paper or plastic scraps. We avoid any on site disposal of garbage and provides adequate bins for clients to dispose of any waste. They will be disposed of properly at the end of the trip.

Care will be taken to maintain the purity of all the water on the trip. When washing in the rivers of streams never soap and shampoo in the water. The water in Mongolia is pristine and we would like to keep it that way. We provide all clients with a bowl for washing, this should be used for washing rather than the stream or river itself. It is a good idea to bring bio-degradable washing products if possible. All food scraps and soap will be kept out of streams, lakes and other bodies of water.

Vehicles will stay on established roads and tracks wherever possible. When driving cross country care will be taken to minimise grassland damage and avoid wetlands.

Our commitment to our environmental policy extends to our working environment and all staff recycle and make business decisions with an ethical dimension such as using public transport and maximising the use of email. We are committed to running a business that has as little environmental impact as possible. We ceased having paper brochures printed in 2008.


The world is rapidly changing and evolving, especially in areas of the world such as Mongolia. The ease of travel and communications makes interactions between people of different countries and cultures possible. All interactions produce change both in our own ways of thinking and doing things and also the local culture we are interacting with. No condition is permanent. The key issue in these interactions is one of mutual respect and tolerance for individuals, institutions, customs, practices, social norms and religious beliefs.

We believe that the interaction between two different cultures can produce positive change and learning opportunities for all involved. Perspective on one’s own life, values and beliefs, is gained through a respectful interchange with individuals holding different beliefs and adhering to different norms. Old values are reinforced, new ways of thinking are given the chance to blossom and grow and our horizons are expanded through mutually respectful interactions. Friendships are made and everyone continues on the positive path to change.

Fellow travellers & staff
All participants on our treks and the people we encounter and interact with when travelling will be treated with respect. We expect our clients to behave in the same manner. Travelling in a foreign country requires patience, respect and humility. Each and every individual must be treated with respect and in and open and honest manner. No person should put or be put in a compromising position - thus it is important to remember that each person has a role to play in making the trip a success.

Clients are expected to follow staff recommendations at all times. Any conflicts, problems or miscommunications should be immediately conveyed to the staff in the hope of a quick resolution. Remember that you will be with this group of people, interacting closely with them for a prolonged period of time and as such everyone should be aware and sensitive to other peoples need and requests.

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Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.

5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 10 Sep 2013 by 4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole trip was very memorable, horse riding, local, landscape, culture everything was amazing

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

just be ready to let yourself go and enjoy being in a very different authentic existence for a while

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The locals were key to the whole trip and were very happy to be sharing their culture

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

absolutely amazing experience
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11 Sep 2016
£ 2475
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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.
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