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Mongolia Golden Week Private Adventure Tour

Immersive Cultural Encounters & Remote Ger Camping


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!

7 Days

From: $2,495

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!

Highlights


  • 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!

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Mongolia Golden Week Private Adventure

Start: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia  End: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Tuul Riverside Lodge

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Enjoy Mongolian Cooking and Horse Riding

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Tuul Riverside Lodge

    Activity: Horseback riding

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ride an Ox Cart and Enjoy Mongolian Barbeque

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Tuul Riverside Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • View the Genghis Khan Statue and Make Camp in the Wild

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Terelj National Park

    Transportation: 2-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Terelj National Park

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Terelj National Park

    Activity: Horseback riding

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Ulaanbaatar for Sightseeing

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: Ramada Citycenter Hotel-Ulaanbaatar

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Ulaanbaatar

    Day 7

    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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Dates & Prices


  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $2,995 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $2,795 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $2,695 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $2,495 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

1 guests from $3,995 per person double occupancy

2 guests from $2,595 per person double occupancy

3 guests from $2,495 per person double occupancy

4 to 8 guests from $2,295 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Amartuvshin Altansukh

Amartuvshin Altansukh

Amartuvshin was born in the northern part of Mongolia and has worked as an English and Russian teacher at one of Mongolia's leading private universities. Over the past six years, he has organized major Taiga horse riding trips and private trekking trips throughout his homeland, using his excellent language skills to share his deep understanding of the country's history and culture. Today he leads MT Sobek's Mongolia adventures and looks forward to sharing his country with you.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. You will be riding horseback one one day during this trip. No previous horseback riding experience is required but it is helpful to practice and be in good physical condition for this trip.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Horseback riding

Day 5

Horseback riding

Accommodations


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

Ramada Citycenter Hotel-Ulaanbaatar
Ramada Citycenter Hotel-Ulaanbaatar

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchinlen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city. The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also work out at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

Tuul Riverside Lodge
Tuul Riverside Lodge

Only an hour from frenetic Ulaanbaatar, Tuul Riverside Lodge offer a tranquil, traditional Mongolian experience. A collection of Mongolian gers, flanked by rolling green hills and the Tuul River, range from standard to luxurious. All include en suite bathrooms and authentic, brightly painted Mongolian decor. Come evening, enjoy folk songs around a crackling campfire and the seemingly endless Milky Way.

MT Sobek Camp – Terelj National Park
MT Sobek Camp – Terelj National Park

Canvas tent with comfortable bedding, regular camping sanitary facilities, dining tent, and private chef.

Weather


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.

 
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FAQs


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.

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Guest Reviews


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Carol & Burt D.
MT Sobek Guests

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