On this remote adventure, we'll be charting a path across large swaths of Mongolia's striking terrain. Along the way, we'll have the chance to visit with nomadic families and dive into the complicated history of the Mongol Empire. We'll stay in traditional ger camps and taste classic food and drink, including Airag, the fermented mare's milk that's a local favorite. Our journey will culminate with the annual Naadam Festival among thousands of other spectators, observing physical feats that pay tribute to Mongolia's warring history.
We recommend a medium level of physical fitness, since we'll be embarking on very active days together. You should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on your feet. There will be several walks and optional horseback rides. If you're uncertain about whether this trip is a good fit, please contact us and we'd be happy to discuss with you further.
In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3- to 4-star, twin-share hotels that are centrally located, atmospheric, and reliable. While in the more remote regions, we will be staying in ger camps. A ger is a circular felt yurt used by nomadic people. Warm in winter and cool in summer, these camps offer a unique and awesome cultural experience.
The ger camps provide basic but comfortable accommodation. Gers typically include four beds around the perimeter of the ger, with a wood-burning stove and low table in the center. The potbelly stoves can generate quite a temperature inside the ger. Wooden floors are generally provided. There are basic shower and washing facilities available, and hot water is supplied to all gers. Washing facilities are separate in men’s and women’s shower and toilet blocks. All bedding is provided at the ger camps and you will not be expected to bring your own sleeping bag.
Yes! We are always happy to accommodate everyone's dietary needs. While Mongolia has a very meat-heavy diet, there are still a variety of options. Those who can consume diary shouldn't miss the opportunity to try airag, fermented mares milk!
If you're a U.S. citizen, you won't need a visa as we are visiting for fewer than 90 days, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival. If you were staying for more than 30 days, you'd need to register with Mongolian Immigration within seven days of arrival.
In Ulaanbaatar, the capital, you'll see highs of 75-90°F with lows of 61°F. While traveling to other locations on the itinerary, the temperature will vary, with average temperatures of 61°F.
A ger, or portable yurt utilized by nomadic families, is pronounced as "gaire." They often have beautiful and brightly painted doors, are round and have wood-burning stoves to keep you warm and cozy.