2 independent reviews for Eastern Mongolia small group holiday

Reviews for Eastern Mongolia small group holiday

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review 9 Oct 2014

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

Travelling across the steppe on unmade roads to stay with nomadic herders in Gers and help with daily life particularly milking yaks and goats.

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

Leave any idea of home comforts at home and enjoy the Ger life style. It can be hot and very cold in September so lots of layers. Lots of customs and traditions if you are staying in family Gers - make sure you are familiar with them. They eat mainly meat and dairy products but this is not a problem for a veggie like me because the tour assistant cooks and is very good - obviously you do miss out on some of the activities involving meat but that is your choice.

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

We stayed with herders and travelled with local people using the drivers own van so benefit to the - wood is used to cook and for heat so does pollute but only option at the moment - did plant a tree in the Gobi.

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

It was a brilliant way to experience Mongolia, felt part of the way of life - well as much as you could in 2 weeks.

review 29 Sep 2013

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

All of it ... Mongolia is an incredible country ... it's so vast and never-ending. The people are very noble and their hospitality is very generous. The nomadic way of life is very hard but the people seem to do it so naturally. The flora and fauna is very interesting. Travelled 2,063 kilometres in 16 days in an old Russian Fulgon which was very comfortable.

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

The operator is an excellent small company which specialises in small group adventures - what you see is what you get - so visit the website. Jess who runs the company has a great love for Mongolia and knows about absolutely everything that you could ask her. Her local staff are also very dedicated - like Jess - and that makes it all the more an incredible trip. Make sure you take the right clothes with you. I live in Cambodia and had not quite prepared myself for the extremes in temperatures.

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

Yes. Jess supports many local causes e.g. tree planting with Gobi Oasis. We camped out and I'd like to say we didn't leave any detrimental footprints at any of our campsites.

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

Absolutely EXCELLENT. I'm an intrepid traveller who has visited all 7 continents. I'd love to have given 5 ***** for my holiday review below, but can only give it 4 **** because I don't like your wording! For me it's "one of the best holidays I've been on" NOT the best. Which is a shame ....!?

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