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Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life

Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Mongolia

Tour Itinerary

Sleep in traditional Mongolian gers, Ride across desert landscapes on horseback or camel, learn to make local crafts and garments from nomadic hosts, compete with Mongolian nomads in archery, Mongolian vodka and cheese making demonstration, Orkhon Valley waterfall hikes, Historical Erdene Zuu Monastery visit, Enjoy a Mongolian cultural performance

It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and stay with three different families to experience life as a nomad. From Orkhon Valley to Gorkhi Terelj National Park, you'll live in gers, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's 10 days like you never imagined.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Welcome to Mongolia! Arrive any time, there are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting with an optional dinner afterwards.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Puma-Imperial Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar/Rashaant Sum
Cruise through Central Mongolia's vast oasis and pastures to the village of Rashaant. Meet your nomadic hosts and get to know each other over an authentic lunch. After the relaxation, take in the afternoon desert landscape on a roundtrip horseback ride visiting the intoxicating Swan Lake. This lake resides at the base of the Mongol Desert Sand Dunes where the two extremes co-exist creating a pristine home to Swan couples - representing strength, tolerance and passion. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your hosts and sleep like the nomads in a ger tent.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Hop on a horse or camel and take a ride through two of nature's extremes: lake and desert. Experience the beauty of Swan Lake and marvel at the Mongol Desert Sand Dunes.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Rashaant Sum/Orkhon Valley
Roll up those sleeves and experience a typical nomadic morning by helping your hosts with chores, which may include milking the livestock. After breakfast, travel into the countryside by horseback to visit the monuments of Queen Manduhai. Return to camp for a farewell lunch and tea before moving on to the Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site along the river in Central Mongolia. Orkhon Valley represents the evolution of nomadic pastoral traditions spanning more than two-thousand years. Upon arrival at your next nomadic family's camp, prepare for a traditional dinner with milk tea and then rest up in the their extra ger.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Saddle up for a visit to the monument of Queen Manduhai, created for the feature film documenting her life.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Orkhon Valley
If you're beginning to feel like a true nomad, help out with the family's morning chores again and herd some yaks or milk the livestock. After breakfast, prepare for the 5-6 km (3mi) trek to the massive Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, stopping to take in the scenery along the way (don't forget your camera). Return to camp for lunch and tea with your hosts. In the afternoon, continue exploring the beautiful Orkhon Valley with another trek to Baga Tsutgalan junior waterfall. Enjoy dinner back at camp with your nomad family, then retire to their extra ger and dream about the therapeutic Orkhon waterfalls!
Activity: Pack a camera and hike to the Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall along the Ulaan River. Marvel at this 20 m high waterfall, the largest in Mongolia, and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
Activity: Get familiar with the Orkhon valley by hiking to Baga Tsutgalan, a small waterfall the locals refer to as "Junior Flow". Some say this waterfall cures rheumatism so don't be afraid to get a little wet!
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Orkhon Valley/Kharkhorin
After breakfast, relax during the drive to Kharkhorin - the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire! Spend time exploring the ruins and monasteries inside the fortress walls and admire their unique architecture. Lunch will be served at a nearby ger camp, then travel to Hustain Nuruu protected reserve in Khustai Park to overnight in the comfort of another ger camp.
Activity: The beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery began its construction in 1586 and continued for over 300 years. It was the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. At its peak, the monastery housed over 1,000 monks and held 62 temples. In the 1930s, most of the temples were destroyed and monks killed in the Communist purges. Now, the monastery is slowly being restored. Explore the monastery grounds and, if you're lucky, listen to monks chanting.
Free Time: Get adventurous and explore the vast historical sites. From ruins to monasteries there is no shortage of sight seeing!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Moltsog els camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Kharkhorin/Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Spend the morning in Khustain Park learning about the indigenous flora and fauna. Watch the famous wild horses, known as "takhi," graze and gallop in their natural habitat. After lunch, travel via bus to Terelj National Park, a beautiful alpine retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests. Meet your host and continue North by horseback on a 3km (1.9 mi) journey through the incredibly stunning mountain river valley, crossing the Terelj River, to the family's nomadic camp. During the stay, the host will demonstrate the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart. Enjoy an evening of traditional Mongolian games with sheep's bones (shagai) and a hot dinner with the hosts. Take in the star-strewn night before going to sleep in the ger.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)
Accommodation: Ger Camp - Gorkhi Terelj National Park (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Make sure to eat all your breakfast, you'll need that energy for the adventurous 24km (5mi) horseback ride through the forested landscape to a picturesque, wide-open, green plain. Meet a locally well-known nomadic seamstress and her family who will serve a well-deserved lunch before you learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. In the evening, opt to help collect firewood by ox cart before enjoying a traditional dinner and tea with the family.
Transport: Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)
Activity: Learn how to make Mongolian patterns for traditional garments from a well-known nomadic seamstress.
Accommodation: Ger Camp - Gorkhi Terelj National Park (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Enjoy some free time to explore this scenic region more in-depth. Visit local families by ox cart and learn how to make homemade vodka and cheese, then try them out during lunch and dinner!
Free Time: Explore the national park scenery with some free time.
Activity: Travel by ox cart through the forest along the Terelj River where a local family will demonstrate how to make homemade vodka and cheese. Compare techniques over a traditional lunch.
Accommodation: Ger Camp - Gorkhi Terelj National Park (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast, settle in for the relaxing bus ride back to the modern Ulaanbaatar capital! There will be plenty of time to explore and shop after checking in to the hotel. Opt to visit to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace or Zaisan Hill. Enjoy a final evening group activity during a folk cultural performance by the Tumen Ekh Ensemble and our farewell dinner after.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy an evening of song and dance at the Mongolian Cultural Show. The show includes 15 different performances, including traditional songs, dancing, throat singing, and contortionists.
Accommodation: Puma-Imperial Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport
Public bus, oxcart, horse.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Nomadic Family Stay, Mongolia Your Foodie Moment: Mongolian Vodka and Cheese Making Demonstration, Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts. Horseback, oxen cart, and camel rides. Historic monastery visit. Mongolian Cultural Show. National park entrance fees. Transport between destinations and included activities.

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Accommodations

Traditional ger (6 nts), ger camp (1 nt), basic hotels (2 nts).

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Questions & Answers

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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