We ride through areas of Mongolia rarely visited by tourists and except for two nights in Ulaanbaatar, we adapt to the local nomadic lifestyle and camp in tents and one night in ger tents, which have a strong reputation for their ability to stand up to Mongolia’s weather conditions. A mess tent (dome or traditional Mongolian style), toilet (with a seat) and shower tents are also provided.
Our tours are never more than 12 people to minimize any social and environmental impact. The itinerary for this trip, and indeed the whole brochure, can be downloaded from our website, reducing the need for printing in most cases.
Adopting a “carry in – carry out” policy, we actively engage in environmentally responsible practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re-usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and means to help them identify and implement effective ways to positively protect local nature and communities. It is a vital ethos that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip has ended.
Non-organic waste is strictly packed and carried out and disposed off in city and settlements. Organic waste is usually thrown away. When camping a toilet hole is dug away from water sources and shallow enough to allow maximum exposure to sun and water so that waste decomposes fast.
Although bottled water is preferred by most of travellers on cycling tours we do boil water and supply it to group members. They are encouraged to have individual water bottles that can be refilled when necessary.
When on the move people are advised to bring back the toilet paper and dispose off it in the camp in the evening.
Our staff members are thoroughly trained and instructed to enforce the above principles.
We use a local tour operator and travel with a Mongolian crew. Their salaries make a considerable financial difference to their families. Unemployment in Mongolia is high and for those employed by the State, salaries are low.