Mongolia holidays

“Mongolia’s vast wildernesses, lakes and deserts are revealed in this small group guided road trip, travelling by sturdy van, staying in ger camps and experiencing two homestays with nomadic people.”

Highlights

Ulaanbaatar | Amarbayasgalant | Selenge River | Unit | walk up to the Togoo Uul (Pot Mountain) | stay with a nomad family | Khovsgol Lake | Shine Ider | Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan, aka the Great White Lake | Tsetserleg | Tsenkher Hot Springs | Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery | Khogno Khan Mountains | camel trek along the dunes

Description of Mongolia holidays

Travel to Mongolia and experience the raw beauty and tradition of this remote region. Hidden from the world for many years, it is hard to imagine that this secluded country once created the largest land empire ever known, under the leadership of Genghis Khan. Unmatched geographical diversity, pristine grasslands, crumbling ruins and roaming herdsmen riding tough Mongolian horses – see it all on this journey through a land that time forgot.

Your 15-day guided trip begins in Ulaanbaatar, where elderly Mongolians in traditional dress mingle with the nation’s young business elite. From here, your journey begins. And it is a journey. The trip includes extensive travelling in some remote terrain away from modern facilities and conveniences. It’s a chance to explore a fascinating country ‘road-trip’ style, taking in the scenery as you go and enjoying the ride (however long it takes to get there!).

Experienced drivers, manning sturdy Russian vans fit to tackle the rugged environment, will take you to some of the most fascinating places in the country, from the rolling dunes just outside of Karakorum (where you can take a camel ride), to the volcanic craters of the Great White Lake among the mountains. Visit Lake Khovsgol, set amid stunning fir forests, lush green grasslands and meadows peppered with wildflowers. Then in the valley of the Delger River, relax at the Tsenkher Hot Springs, the perfect place to unwind after a long journey.

Accommodation is mostly in tourist ger camps once outside of Ulaanbaatar, but there are also two stays with local families, so you can live nomadic life from the inside – a rare and rewarding cultural experience to remember. Mongolia is a far-out destination, but you'll be in excellent hands, with local drivers and a guide bringing the country to life with tell tales of its legendary leader Genghis Khan.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mongolia holidays

A great adventure through the wilderness of Mongolia! We’ll traverse the vast grassland of Mongolia, blend into the nomadic life and hear some great stories of Genghis Khan and his warriors.

Environment
As we are travelling in the wild nature of Mongolia, it’s important to minimize the impact of our visit on the natural environment. It’s encouraged that we share our food and water as much as possible so that we don’t create too much wasted bottles or plastic packaging.
During our trip, our group leader and local guide take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner, such as not leaving anything behind and not removing any plants.

Community
We’ll have a local Mongolian leader and driver throughout the trip with some local guides sharing more insight. They will help you break down the barriers for more local interaction and help you understand the local customs and traditions and how to behave properly in the local community.
At Selenge River, we’ll be welcomed into a local Nomadic family and it’s a great opportunity for us to understand the traditional way of life. Outside of Ulaan Bataar is the Lotus Children’s Home which provides housing and schooling for orphans from the city. Travellers may have the option to visit – one of the most worthwhile experiences of your whole trip and donations of children’s clothing, school supplies and medicines will be appropriately distributed.

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