Mongolia is a vast country with amazing
natural beauty, largely untouched by the
modern world. From the Gobi desert
to snow-capped mountains and grassy
steppes, where wild horses and nomads
roam, Mongolia is one of the world’s
last great wilderness regions. This tour
immerses travellers in nomadic culture,
staying in gers, learning traditional skills
and sampling nomadic food and drink.
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Evening flight from London (regional
connections available) to Ulan Bator with
Korean Air, via Seoul. (N)
Arrive in Ulan Bator and stay at the Premium
Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Evening traditional
music performance and welcome dinner. (D)
Travel to Terelj National Park. Take a short walk
to a Buddhist monastery, with the chance to
spot some of the 250 bird species recorded
here. Throughout the journey in the Mongolian
wilderness, accommodation will be in ger
camps. (B, L, D)
Continue south to Gazriin Chuluu, a picturesque
mountain in the granite belt of Mongolia. Stop en
route for a picnic lunch in a scenic spot. (B, L, D)
Venture into the Gobi desert and the
Gurvansaikhan National Park, home to
rare species such as the Argali sheep and snow
leopards. (B, L, D)
Today explore the Yol valley, a steep-sided
canyon also known as Eagle or Vulture Valley.
Visit the Gobi glacier en route (subject to
environmental conditions). Continue to the
towering sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, which
demonstrate the ‘singing’ or ‘roaring’ sands
phenomenon when blown by the wind. In the evening, visit a family of camel breeders for an
opportunity to try camel riding. (B, L, D)
Today you will see the striking scenery of the
Flaming Cliffs, where many dinosaur fossil
discoveries have been made. (B, L, D)
Drive to Saikhan Ovoo where the mountainside
remains of the Ongiin Khiid monastery can still
be visited. Founded in the 17th century, it was
destroyed under communist rule and is now is
slowly being rebuilt. (B, L, D)
Established by Genghis Khan in 1220 as the
capital of the Mongolian empire, in its heyday
Karakorum was a cosmopolitan city filled with
traders and surrounded by huge walls. Little
remains today, but visits to the museum and
Erdene Zuu monastery are informative. (B, L, D)
Travel to the Gurvanbulag nomad community
and gain an insight into the nomadic lifestyle by
watching and participating in various activities.
See the making of dairy products, herding of
animals and training of untamed horses. A
khorkhog, a Mongolian barbecue of meat grilled
over hot stones, and airag, fermented mares milk,
can be sampled here. (B, L, D)
Return to Ulan Bator. Stay at the Premium Hotel
(or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L, D)
Visit the National Sports Stadium for the
festival’s grand opening ceremony. Afternoon
visit to the Gandan monastery. (B, L, D)
Watch the horse racing just outside the city,
where 200 to 300 riders compete in the races
over a distance of 15-35km. Return to the
National Stadium for the final rounds of the
wrestling competition. (B, L, D)
Tour of the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, the
National Museum and Chinggis Square. Late
evening flight to Seoul. (B, L, D)
Early morning arrival in Seoul, where you will
have use of a room at the transit hotel. Fly to
London with Korean Air. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
in Ulan Bator.
Accommodation is basic and,
with the exception of accommodation in Ulan
Bator, you will stay in gers – large, traditional,
heated tents with communal bathrooms. See
page 57 for more details or visit this tour on our
website to see details of the accommodation
included. Most days involve travelling for long
distances in 4x4 minivans, sometimes over
The itinerary featured is for 29 June
departure. Please see ‘Festival Departures’ for
details on the other departure dates or speak to
a tour consultant.
During the tour in September the
weather can be cold, between 5C to 10C in the
day and dipping below 0C at night.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dating from the Genghis Khan era, the Nadaam
festival is a showcase for traditional sporting
events and a celebration enjoyed throughout
Mongolia from 11 to 13 July. Ulan Bator comes
alive with people from all over the country
gathering for the annual games. The 29 June
departure will include the colourful opening
ceremony and the first day of the festival at the
end of the tour. The 9 July departure will include
these events at the beginning of the tour.
The Golden Eagle festival is a wonderful
opportunity to see traditional local life. It is
held in Ulgii, a town in the far west of Mongolia
near the border with Kazakhstan. Kazakh eagle
hunters, known as burkitshi, show off their
handling skills and their magnificent birds with
prizes awarded for exceptional displays of
speed, agility and accuracy.
The Erdene-Ukhaa Tourist Camp is located in north of Baga Gazryn Chuluu, ideally placed for an exploration of the Gobi desert. The camp is basic, but the best available in the area. Accommodation is in traditional ger tents, with separate lavatory and shower facilities and a main building with the restaurant and reception. Electricity is supplied by a generator between 7pm and...
Gobi Erdene Ger Camp is located a short distance from the sand dunes of Khongoryn Els. There are separate male and female lavatories and shower facilities for guests staying in the gers. Mongolian and European cuisine is served in the communal dining house. Accommodation is basic, but the best available in the area. Electricity is available for limited periods, typically between 18:00-23:00.
Features: 33 ger tents, traditional Mongolian games.
Room amenities: Traditional furnishings, table,...
The Gobi Ger Camp is located 50 km from Eagle Valley in Tsagaan Tolgoi, in the east of Gurvansaikhan National Park. Accommodation is basic, but the best available in the area, with large traditional heated tents with access to communal bathrooms. Electricity is available throughout the day. There is a souvenir shop on site stocked with locally made...
Located in the central region of Mongolia near the Khogno Khan Nature Reserve, the Gurvanbulag Community Ger Camp is surrounded by mountains and rolling steppe. Run by a trained team selected from local community members, this small scale ger camp is part of everyday local life, and the camp moves with them in between pastures. Staying here offers a fascinating opportunity to see, experience and learn about nomadic culture. There are five guest gers in the camp, each with two to four beds, and a larger ger for the whole group to take meals, which include fresh meat, milk and dairy products prepared by the community. All drinking water is purified and boiled. Camp facilities are basic, with composting lavatories, hygienic hand washers and shower tents fed with water heated by solar...
Air Garden Incheon Airport Transit Hotel is located on the 4th floor of the transit area of Seoul Incheon Airport. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation ideal for use during long layovers for connecting flights. There are several restaurants close to the hotel serving a variety of cuisine including Korean and Western specialities.
Transfer Procedure after getting off the aircraft
- If you have a boarding pass for the connecting flight, please proceed to the security inspection area following directional signs. Go through transfer security screening and proceed to the departure floor.
- If you do not have a boarding pass for the connecting flight, please go to the airline check-in counter to obtain a boarding pass before proceeding to the security inspection area following directional signs. Go through transfer security screening and proceed to the...
The Mongol Gobi Ger Camp offers basic accommodation and facilities, and is the best available in the area. The electricity supply is limited, and typically available between 21:00-23:00.
Features: 30 ger tents, laundry service, information centre, souvenir shop, Mongolia traditional games room.
Room amenities: Traditional furntiture, safe, table,...
Munkh Tenger Ger Camp is located close to Karakorum.
Accommodation is basic. We use the best Gers available. A ger is a large traditional heated tent with communal bathrooms. Electricity is available for limited periods throughout the...
Located in the heart of the city, Premium Hotel Ulan Bator is a modern hotel that provides a great base for exploring the capital. The property is located close to the Gandan monastery and the centre of Mongolian Buddhism. The Opera House, the National Museum of Mongolian History and Sukhbaatar Square are also just 2km away. There are a full range of facilities on site, including a beauty salon, ATM, concierge service and bar-lounge area in which you can relax.
Features: 71 rooms, restaurant, fitness centre, gift shop, currency exchange.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe,...
The Secret of the Ongi Ger Camp is located 20km south of Saikhan Ovoo, next to the Ongi temple, whose architecture is reflected in some of the camps communal buildings. The on site restaurant serves locally grown vegetables and meat and dairy products sourced from local herders.
Features: 45 ger tents, restaurant, terrace, sauna, massage service, coffee shop, small art gallery, laundry.
Room amenities: Fan, table,...
The Terelj Lodge Ger Camp is located in the beautiful Terelj National Park, with superb views of the surrounding area and easy access to the park's main attractions. Accommodation is in traditional ger tents, and although basic, is the best available in the area. The lodge offers some of the better facilities to be found outside Ulan Bator, with modern showers with heated water, an open-air beer garden, a spacious restaurant with a panoramic view of the area, and a small museum housed in a ger furnished with Mongolian antique furniture and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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MNI2018: 14 Nights
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