5 independent reviews for Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track

Reviews for Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track

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review 25 Jul 2017

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

I loved it all I'm glad that I took extra days for the city of Ulaanbaatar. You need to see both sides of the Mongolia. Like in all places of the world life has to move on.

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

Be open. If you think of 10 things of why not too and you can't get that list down to 3 then don't do it.

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

Take a good water filler bottle with you so not to buy bottle water, you will see rubbish all over so don't add to it. My gifts were all from local people or the small shop in the towns we came across. use the town showers when you get there. Take books and pencils for the schools it will help.

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

I was a solo, so having to meet 3 other people then spend 15 days with them I was apprehensive, I would do it again. All that you read can never truly give you the beauty of the land and the charm of the people. Our tour operator helps you to see all this by using local people.

review 14 May 2016

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

The landscapes of Mongolia and the night sky.

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

There are quite a few "warnings" about the holiday - Mongolia is possibly not the best destination for everyone. But if, like me, you read the warnings, I think you will be pleasantly surprised! I think it would be different at different times of the year - I travelled in April and our group were the first tourists of the year in some places (which was nice), if you want to see the green hills of Mongolia then you would need to go later in the year.

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

Yes. The places we stayed were family gers - i.e. not the tourist camps that you saw in some places.

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

Excellent. Very well organised (but not overly organised).

review 22 May 2015

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

The scenery, the opportunity to meet people whose lives are so different ... it was all memorable and exciting!

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

Take a spare battery for your camera and even a spare camera perhaps as the sand gets everywhere. Don't bother with the universal sink plug (no basins) ! Warm bedding and clothes pretty essential in May.

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

Yes - I am sure the herding families we stayed with appreciated the cash and it might help them maintain their traditional lifestyle. Big efforts were made to source food and water locally and minimise waste and rubbish.

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

Excellent. Very well organised. Guides knew their stuff and were always helpful and cheerful. It was a tremendous experience and I would love to go again - maybe to a different part of this huge and empty country.

review 30 Aug 2014

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

The wonderful countryside, staying in family run gers, our amazing driver on terrible roads, our charming tour guide girl cooking delicious meals on a one ring stove and the surprising and varied "facilities"[toilets and showers]which gave us some laughs and good stories.

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

Do pre tour exercises to strengthen the thigh muscles [toilets]and practise bobbing under low doorways [ger entrances]

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

YES. staying in family run ger camps and local hotels, shopping at village markets and impeccable care not to leave refuse any where.

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

Memorable, beautiful, with a bit of challenge [especially for a 75 year old, me]

review 1 Jul 2013

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

Travelling across vast plains in the Gobi, with no roads no buildings no artificial light, and stopping to listen to the silence. The immense blue sky. The generosity and kindness of Mongolians. Thunder and lightening echoing around the mountains while we watched from our tents. The unexpected - the tour leader was flexible and a number of times we took unscheduled opportunities to see wildlife, talk to local people, find out about the election that was going on while we were there.

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

This trip is for people who want to see Mongolia and get to know more about life for Mongolians rather than just visiting famous places. It is for people who care more about the environment than about luxury. The operator is a company that is small and personal , taking a lot of care to get to know what you are interested in and tailoring the trip in response.

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

Yes. It was clear that the operator takes great care to operate to the highest standards of fair trade, to benefit local people by taking trade directly to them, and employing people less likely to have other opportunities. Great care was taken to make sure that when we camped we left no trace of having been there, and even to collect additional rubbish when there was an opportunity to do so.

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

I am very impressed with this operator. They are the most caring company I have ever travelled with.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Alison, Thank you for taking the time to write such detailed feedback and for such positive comments. It was an absolute pleasure to share our Mongolia with you. I wish you Sain Yavaarai on your future journeys and and I very much look forward to welcoming you back one day to the 'Land of the Eternal Blue Sky'. Again, a heartfelt thank you, Jess

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