Travel to Mongolia to discover a remote pocket of Asia
Travel to Mongolia and experience the raw beauty and tradition of this remote region. Hidden from the world for many years, it is hard to imagine that this secluded country once created the largest land empire ever known. Unmatched geographical diversity, pristine grasslands, crumbling ruins and roaming herdsmen riding tough Mongolian horses - see it all on this journey through a land that time forgot.
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
Please note this trip (CBSF) is unchanged for 2017. For travellers who wish to visit Mongolia during Naadam Festival, see trip code CBSOS.
Mongolia is a far-out destination, but you'll be in excellent hands. Your experienced drivers, manning sturdy Russian vans fit to tackle the rugged environment, will take you on a ride to some of the most fascinating places in the country
Whether by camel or on foot, experience Mongolia's incredible landscapes, from the rolling dunes just outside of Karakorum to the volcanic craters of the Great White Lake among the mountains
Two ger stays with local families allow you to experience nomadic life from the inside – a rare and rewarding cultural experience to remember
Situated in the valley of the Delger River, the Tsenkher Hot Springs offer the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long journey on the road
Staying mostly in tourist ger camps once outside of Ulaanbaatar, you will experience simple conditions such as outdoor toilets and some nights without hot water. Most gers at the camps sleep up to six people, with comfortable beds and plenty of blankets.
At our family ger stays you will be living the same life as the nomads, close to the land and their animals. Beds may be matresses on the floor in a shared ger and there will be no bathroom facilities. This is a true taste of Mongolian life and may be very different from what you are used to. You will need to bring a sleeping bag with you for these stays.
Most meals are included once we leave the nation's capital. If you have very specific dietary requirements you will need to let us know well in advance. We will do our best to cater for you, but you may need to be prepared to bring some of your own supplies from home, or stock up at the supermarkets in Ulaanbaatar. Vegetarians can be catered for, though choices may be limited. Some food will be traditional Mongolian style, but as the traditional diet consists solely of meat and dairy products, most meals made for our groups are less challenging and based more on Russian or Western cuisine, which is now also common in the Mongolian diet.
This is a trip that includes extensive travelling in some remote terrain away from modern facilities and conveniences. As we spend a lot of time on the road each day, it is important to realise that the emphasis on this trip is on the journey, travelling through amazing landscapes and staying in some stunning locations. As we travel by private transport for the duration of the trip we spend a lot of time together with our group members. If you are looking for an active or independent trip with lots of choice for physical and cultural activities daily then you might want to consider whether this trip is the right one for you. However, if you are keen to explore a fascinating country "road trip" style, take in the scenery as you go and are willing to sit back and enjoy the ride (however long it takes to get there!) then this will definitely add to your experience of our Wild Mongolia trip.
Driving times will vary and any times listed in the itinerary are approximate and subject to road (where there is one!) and weather conditions. As we have our own vehicles, it may be possible to make stops along the way for photos, meals or to chat with locals, but we need to aim to get to our destinations before nightfall so please understand that long breaks may sometimes not be possible.
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding nights at the family ger stay.
2. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Ulaanbaatar Office can be reached on Tel: +976 991 83751, +976 990 86929 or +976 99764509.
Our Wild Mongolia trips score an average of 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
I had a great time in Mongolia. It was great to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and our device-driven lifestyle. there was lots of down time - perfect for relaxing and catching up on sleep in your own ger. Our guide was amazing, thoughtful and very accommodating. It was also great that he was local and spoke excellent English (I did meet some guides at various camps who spoke English badly)! Vegetarians are very well catered for on this trip too! Our driver was fantastic. How did he even know where he was going? There are no street signs on the Mongolian Steppes! He is also a great cook. We experienced freezing cold temperatures in the north and the hot desert climate of the Little Gobi in the south. A great experience. I recommend this for anyone who really wants to get away from it all and be immersed in a very foreign culture.
Review submitted 14 Jul 2017
The tour leader, Namuuna, that my group was blessed to have was an awesome guide. Will definitely rate her service and professionalism as excellent. She made a great difference to my entire experience in this trip. She was jovial, enthusiastic, and paid particular attention to the needs and interests of all us in the group. She was very helpful in meeting our various requests. As I needed vegetarian meals, Namuuna went the extra mile that I enjoyed a variety of vegetarian meal on the trip. Truly appreciate all her great attention to details and all the help she has rendered to me during the trip. Thank you, Namuuna.
Review submitted 23 Jun 2017