Wander Mongolia: Blue Skies and Endless Steppe - July 7, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Wander Mongolia: Blue Skies and Endless Steppe

from $2,990 USD per person for 12 days, 11 nights
  • Max Group Size: 16
  • Easy
  • Road Trip

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.

  • Dramatic Landscapes from the famous steppe, meadows, and sand dunes
  • The Naadam Festival
  • Hiking, horseback riding, and home cooking
  • Overnights in traditional ger camps


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
World Expeditions
In Partnership with World Expeditions

Additional Info

Activity Level

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. 

Dates and Prices

Jul 07–Jul 18, 2019
Shared Room
$2,990 USD per person
Single Room
$3,380 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $2,990. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,490 will be due by April 23, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $390 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Lodging in double-accommodation rooms in modern, well-equipped hotels and basic but comfortable ger camps throughout the trip.
  •  All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the tour.
  • All entrance fees, activities, and excursions.
  • Private transportation throughout the trip and airport transfers.
  • Local guides accompanying the entire trip.
  • International airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Baggage Charges.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Camera and video fees at sites and monuments.
  • If applicable, application for a Mongolia visa.

Trip FAQ

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!