Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Description of Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Genghis Khan was one of the world’s most fearsome warriors, famed for founding the Mongol Empire in the 13th century, which covered nearly a quarter of the world at its peak. This Genghis Khan warrior training holiday takes you back in time to Khan’s Mongolia, first through the museums of the capital which reveal the traditional dress of various ethnic groups as well as the country’s military history – and then out into the steppe where your warrior training will begin.
Dressed in your own, tailormade ‘del’ overcoat you’ll undergo three days of Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia – including how to make and shoot a bow and arrow (while standing and on horseback); how to herd, ride and lasso a horse; how to cook traditional Mongolian dishes; and how to tie many useful knots. You’ll also learn Mongolian wrestling techniques, how to light a number of fires in one go to confuse your enemy, and to prepare your weaponry. Throughout the trip you will be staying in traditional felt ger tents, well designed for the nomadic lifestyle of the Mongolian warrior, and an incredible way to immerse yourself in life on the steppe.
The lifestyle of the warriors was simple yet extremely well organised, which enabled them to travel great distances. The Mongol Empire was criss-crossed with a network of ‘urtuuns’ – the distance that could be ridden in a day between camps. This impressive infrastructure, dating back over eight centuries, meant that messages would take just two weeks to be delivered from as far away as the Black Sea. Genghis Khan’s warriors may be no more – but many rural Mongolians still lead nomadic or semi nomadic lifestyles in the grasslands, and on this holiday you’ll meet families whose ways of life have changed little in centuries, as they move with their herds in search of fresh grazing grounds. Joined by an interpreter, you’ll learn how Mongolians survive in this seemingly harsh yet beautiful landscape; sample the infamous fermented mare’s milk known as koumiss; and Mongolian milk vodka. Sit around the campfire in the clear evenings, overlooked by millions of stars, and listen to the legends and folklore of the nomads – this holiday is not one that will be quickly forgotten.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to – where else? – the Chinggis Khan Hotel. This afternoon there is a sightseeing tour of the capital, including the Mongolian Military Museum and the Natural History Museum. You can then collect your ‘del’ – Mongolian robes which have been worn for centuries and are still widely used outside the major cities. Yours has been tailor made for you before your arrival. The group will enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.|
|Day 2:||You’ll ease into your Genghis Khan warrior training today when you meet your archery trainer and visit a bow and arrow workshop. You’ll then drive out of Ulaanbaatar in a 4x4 around 3 hours to the ger camp. Here, you’ll have introductory sessions in archery as well as horse riding. You’ll put some of these skills to use straight away, as this evening you’ll ride to a guard post where you’ll be responsible for the ensuring camp’s security, as well as protecting the horses from thieves, enemies and wolves – you’ll understand how the Mongol warriors felt while doing this eight centuries ago!|
|Day 3:||You’ll have breakfast at the ger camp before learning how to prepare food worth of Genghis Khan’s solders – including the traditional milk products, many of which are still consumed today. You’ll also be preparing your own Mongolian lunch! Work on your riding skills this afternoon, as well as boosting you archery knowledge as you use your bow while standing and on horseback. You can also learn how to lasso a horse the Mongolian way.|
|Day 4:||As part of today’s Genghis Khan warrior training session you will learn how Khan became so successful in battle, and the techniques he used to overcome his enemies. Mongolian wrestling was a big part of this – you’ll learn some of the tactics this morning! Spirituality was just as important as physical skill though, and Genghis Khan used to invite shamans to call the war victory spirits. We’ll have our own farewell festival at the camp today in celebration of Mongolian food and arts – and you’ll learn an ancient song to perform at the festival.|
|Day 5:||Depart the ger camp today and ride your horse 35km from Maikhan to Tolgoi, to our tented camp.|
|Day 6:||Continue the expedition with a 30km ride to Dund Bayan. Overnight in a tented camp.|
|Day 7:||Today you’ll enjoy a scenic ride to Gunjin Temple, followed by a ride to the tented camp at Gunjin – around 30km in total.|
|Day 8:||Relax at the camp this morning after your long rides – before driving back to Ulaanbaatar. There’s plenty of time after lunch to walk around the city and perhaps do some souvenir shopping before you leave. You’ll be presented with your certificate of achievement in Genghis Khan warrior skills during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Day 9:||Transfer to the airport for your flight home.|
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1 Reviews of Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Reviewed on 10 Sep 2013 by Dave Redfern
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
PlanetWe 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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