Much of Mongolia is covered in vast rolling steppe; a wilderness where nomadic traditions still flourish, herds of wild horses roam freely in national parks and the sand dunes of the incredible Gobi Desert are known to 'sing' in the wind.
We visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, discover the capital of Genghis Khan?s empire and see how his heroic legacy has become embedded in the Mongolian national identity. Whether it is searching for dinosaur fossils in the Gobi or supping fermented mare's milk in a traditional nomadic encampment, this is a trip for the rugged and adventurous traveller that is sure to delight.
What makes this trip responsible?
During this trip we travel to remote areas, and spend 8 nights staying in traditional nomadic ger camps which see few outside visitors. The local communities in this region are reliant on the land and their livestock, and in visiting them we provide an influx of money to supplement their traditional lifestyle.
Countries visited: Mongolia
Arrive Ulaan Baatar.
To Khustain Nuruu National Park, home to Mongolia's wild Przewalski's horses; short trek to see the horses; overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger (felt tent).
To the sand dunes of the Little Gobi Desert; visit Khogno Khan Mountain; opportunity for bird and wildlife watching.
To Karakorum, ancient capital of Genghis Khan; visit Erdene Zuu Monastery and historic sites.
Morning visit to monastery to see monks chanting; along northern edge of Gobi Desert to Arvaikheer via Shankh Monastery; visit museum.
To Bayan Gobi via Mt Ikh Bogd; views of the Altai Mountain Range.
See rock paintings; continue through classic Gobi Desert scenery to huge 'singing' sand dunes; watch out for herds of antelope.
Explore largest sand dunes in Mongolia; visit nomadic camel herding family.
Travel through Gobi Gurvansaikhan N.P. with rocky and sandy plains, salt flats, ravines and gorges.
Hiking around the 'Flaming Cliffs' of Bayanzag, a famous dinosaur fossil site.
Morning flight to Ulaan Baatar; afternoon at leisure; evening cultural show including famous Mongolian throat singers.
Day trip to Bogd Haan N.P.; visit ruins of Manzushir Monastery; farewell dinner; late evening depart.