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Overview

Mongolia: true "big sky" country and one of the last remaining horse and nomad cultures. In this private Golden Week experience, enjoy the best of Mongolia from horseback riding to cultural encounters to hiking and cooking regional specialties! Spend three nights in gers at the traditional Tuul Riverside Lodge, amid beautiful green hills, the flowing Tuul River and grassy valleys - fantastic for horseback riding! Then get even more remote - camp in Terelj National Park and learn about the Kazakh art of training and hunting with golden eagles. At the end of the day, marvel at the unforgettable star show!

  • Tent camp on the secluded Mongolian steppe

  • Take a gentle ride or "thunder hoof" it on a Mongolian horse

  • Dine on traditional Mongolian barbecue and finish with stargazing!

  • Arrive: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Depart: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 6-14 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 6 Years Old

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  • Day01

    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

    Head toward Ulaanbaatar, an energetic city of more than one million people, and home to nearly half of the Mongolian population. Pass traditional nomadic felt tents located next to Western-style family houses. En-route, stop at the Zaisan Memorial honoring the Soviet soldiers killed in World War II and climb up 300 steps to view Ulaanbaatar's skyline. Arrive at the Tuul Riverside Lodge. an intimate and fully sustainable traditional Mongolian ger camp at the foot of the Bayanzurkh Mountain, set amidst rolling hills above the 500-mile Tuul River.

  • Day02

    Enjoy Mongolian Cooking and Horse Riding

    Choose from activities that embrace the local culture. Take a mini cooking lesson and learn about traditional Mongolian cooking, then make "buuz"- a dish typically cooked on special occasions. Or, take a gentle horse ride - Mongolian horses are known for their sure-footedness and good termperament - making it easy even for beginners to enjoy. Mongolian horseback riding is a great way to experience the world's last horse-based nomadic culture. Finish the day around the camp's bonfire and do some stargazing - unforgetable on a clear night.

  • Day03

    Ride an Ox Cart and Enjoy Mongolian Barbeque

    Climb aboard a local nomad's oxcart and explore the riverside and the camp's vivid surroundings. Test your prowess with Mongolian arrows and bows. Later, learn a traditional Mongolian game using sheep and goat's ankle bones, as game pieces. In the evening dine on Khorhog, traditional Mongolian barbecue food, then conclude the evening with a colorful folk music concert, joyfully celebrating the countryside and nomadic life.

  • Day04

    View the Genghis Khan Statue and Make Camp in the Wild

    Head to Tsonjin Boldog, and a stop at the imposing Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue. The statue celebrates the spot where, in the 13th century, Genghis Khan discovered the legendary golden whip that inspired him to conquer half of the known world. Drive across the Tuul River and up a green and grassy valley to begin a ride/ hike. Cross the ridge and dive into a forest toward the Terelj valley floor, where there are a few streams to cross, and a short ride/walk over the open plain valley to the evening's campsite.

  • Day05

    Explore Terelj National Park

    Meet the Kazakh "lord of birds" and learn about the art of training and hunting with golden eagles. Ride horseback to visit a friendly Mongolian family - a great opportunity to learn firsthand about their nomadic life style. Taste their milky products and try to milk a cow or a goat. Then spend the rest of the day at leisure - take a stroll or a refreshing dip in the nearby river Terelj. End the evening around the campfire, listening to a romantic and inspiring nomadic love story.

  • Day06

    Return to Ulaanbaatar for Sightseeing

    Return to Ulaanbaatar for a visit to the important 19th-century Gandan Monastery, one of the few Buddhist structures that survived destruction by the Communist government in the 1930s. The bejeweled 20-ton Migjid Janraisig statue, a replica of the original copper statue erected in 1911, stands as the monastery's prime attraction.

  • Day07

    Depart Ulaanbaatar

    Bid farewell to Mongolia and transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound or onward flight.

    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has traveled deep into the heart of Mongolia for over 30 years, guiding guests through a rugged, expansive landscape.

Reason #02

Our expert team of local guides offer an immersive discovery journey, nurturing genuine encounters with nomadic cultures.

Reason #03

Our unique traveling dining truck allows us to cook up high quality, fresh and hot meals when camping.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Visits to nomad camps, cultural touring, horseback riding, hikes, archery and cooking.

  • Lodging

    A traditional Mongolian lodge, tent camping and last night in a modern city hotel.

  • Climate

    Daytime temperatures range from 70-85°F; nighttime temperatures are cooler and can drop to the 40's. Brief, gentle showers can be expected in the summer.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    You will be met by our MT Sobek representative and transferred to the hotel.

  • Do I need a visa to visit Mongolia?

    If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for Mongolia. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Mongolian Embassy for your requirements.

  • Which airlines fly to Mongolia?

    Only a few airlines offer flights to Mongolia, including Korean, Asiana, Air China, MIAT and Aeroflot.

  • Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?

    You will have Wi-Fi only at the Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel and Tuul Riverside Lodge.

  • Do I need to be an experienced horseback rider to go on this trip?

    No. The horseback riding is gentle and easy and suitable for beginner to experienced riders. You will be under the excellent care of our Mongolian horsemen.

  • What will the camping be like on this trip?

    Camping will be in canvas tents with comfortable bedding and a toilet tent nearby. We'll have a dining tent with table and chairs and delicious meals prepared by our camp chef.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Flexible Dates

We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.

2020 2021
$2,795 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $250 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping and horseback riding gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 7
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

    Carol & Burt D.

    MT Sobek Guests

  • "MT Sobek took care of everything for our extended family vacation. Not a hiccup in the planning, the itinerary, the lodging or the guide. Everything in life should be so easy."

    Kathy J.

    MT Sobek Guest

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