Visit Mongolia’s diverse landscapes as you as explore one of the world’s last surviving nomadic cultures. Journey from the mystical steppe to the remote dunes of the Gobi Desert, experience an ancient way of life that is still practised today. Enjoy many excursions including horseback riding across wetlands, hiking in the oasis and visit a local nomadic family.

Trip highlights

Experience the events of Naadam, a traditional sporting festival celebrated across Mongolia, and get up-close views of its wrestling, archery, and horse-racing competitions.

Spend four nights in a traditional ger at Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in the Gobi.

Meet a senior government official in Ulaanbaatar for an inside perspective on Mongolia’s political and economic climate.

Itinerary - 12 Days

1-2 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to our hotel. The next day, visit Gandan Monastery and the National Museum. Gather for a welcome dinner.
Tuushin Hotel (Day 2: B/L/D)

3-5 Ulaanbaatar/Gün-Galuut Nature Reserve

Meet a senior government official for an introduction to Mongolia’s current political and economic climate. Then drive to our traditional ger camp in Gün-Galuut, a nature reserve near the Khentii Mountains. Explore the area on hikes or an optional horseback ride, and visit with a nomadic family. Later, see a 131-foot-tall Genghis Khan statue and visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum.
Ger Camp; Tuushin Hotel (Days 3-4: B/L/D Daily; Day 5: B/L)

6-10 Gobi Desert

Fly to the mystical Gobi Desert and spend several days discovering the wildlife and landscapes of the desert. Travel to Eagle Valley and hike across this lush chasm that cuts through the foothills of the Altay Mountains. Then visit the local natural history museum. At Havtsgait Valley, hike to a hilltop site of ancient rock drawings. Witness the events of Naadam, Mongolia’s famous cultural sporting event where colourfully clad locals compete in archery, wrestling, and horseback racing. Drive to the Khongoryn Els, a 60-mile stretch of rippling sand dunes, and ride a camel at sunset. Listen to the low hum of the “singing sands,” then visit the camp of a camel-herding family. Look for fossils at Tugregiin Shiree, where palaeontologists discovered the famous “fighting dinosaurs,” and hike along the Flaming Cliffs.
Three Camel Lodge; Gobi Erdene Ger Camp (B/L/D)

11-12 Ulaanbaatar

Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. Enjoy traditional Mongolian khoomi, or throat singing. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Tuushin Hotel (Day 11: B/L/D; Day 12: B)

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