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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bid farewell to Mongolia and transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound or onward flight.
MT Sobek has traveled deep into the heart of Mongolia for over 30 years, guiding guests through a rugged, expansive landscape.
Our expert team of local guides offer an immersive discovery journey, nurturing genuine encounters with nomadic cultures.
Our unique traveling dining truck allows us to cook up high quality, fresh and hot meals when camping.
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.
Visits to nomad camps, cultural touring, horseback riding, hikes, archery and cooking.
A traditional Mongolian lodge, tent camping and last night in a modern city hotel.
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.
You will be met by our MT Sobek representative and transferred to the hotel.
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.
Only a few airlines offer flights to Mongolia, including Korean, Asiana, Air China, MIAT and Aeroflot.
You will have Wi-Fi only at the Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel and Tuul Riverside Lodge.
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.
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.
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.
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