Wild Mongolia

15 Days | Travel to Mongolia to discover a remote pocket of Asia

4.9 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Travel to Mongolia and experience the raw beauty and tradition of this remote region. Hidden from the world for so long, 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 and travellers are now discovering.

Trip overview

Map of Wild Mongolia including Mongolia
Start
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Finish
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Mongolia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
CBSF
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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 family ger camps 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

Is this trip right for you?
  • Most gers at the tourist camps sleep up to 3 to 4 people, with comfortable beds and blankets. Simple western style toilets and shower facilities are shared on the camp, although water pressure can be unstable and only luke warm.
  • At our family ger camps 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.

Itinerary

Map of Wild Mongolia including Mongolia

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle (Furgon van)

Accommodation

Tourist Ger Camp (10 nights), Family Ger Camp (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

Activities
  • Amarbayasgalant - Monastery
  • Selenge - Uran Togoo hike
  • Uushig Valley - Bronze Age Deer Stone Monuments
  • Family Ger Camp - Home-cooked Mongolian BBQ Dinner
  • Tsetserleg - Museum
  • Tsenkher Hot Springs
  • Tsenkher - Archery lesson
  • Karakorum - Erdenezuu Monastery
  • Khogno Khan - Camel ride
  • Khogno Khan - Hike to local monastery
  • Ulaanbaatar - Cultural Performance
Add on activities
  • Ulaanbaatar - Fine Arts Museum - MNT8000
  • Ulaanbaatar - Gandan Monastery - MNT4000
  • Ulaanbaatar - National History Museum - MNT20000
  • Ulaanbaatar - Winter Palace Museum of Bogd Khan - MNT8000
  • Ulaanbaatar - Intellectual Museum - MNT8000
  • Ulaanbaatar - Chinggis Khan museum - MNT30000
  • Khovsgol Lake - Boat trip - MNT30000
  • Karakorum - Karakorum museum - MNT15000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 4, 7, 10 &11, where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A sleeping bag is required for the Family Ger Camp stays. You can bring your own, or hire one in Ulaanbaatar for 20 USD for the trip. Please let your booking agent know if you would like to hire one.
3. Please provide your full passport details to your booking agent no later than 40 day prior to departure.
4. Some destinations on this trip are at up to 2500m

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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On Kiu Annie · Traveled August 2023
Excellent trip that allows you to see Mongolia outside of Ulanbaatar. Be aware that there are extra hidden costs not listed the itinerary.
Review submitted 10 Sep 2023

Kirsi · Traveled August 2023
Beautiful country, but be repaired to have entertainment with you because geir camps have nothing. Fantastic group and leader and driver. A perfect two week trip.
Review submitted 25 Aug 2023

Giorgia · Traveled August 2023
The trip was really inspiring and mind opening. The landscapes were beautiful, the people very kind. Our leader Tem was very knowledgeable and always ready to help us. This trip was so special, also thanks to him. Our driver Jagaa was nice and kept us safe during the many hours on the road. Amazing adventurous trip, made even more special thanks to my fellow travelers!
Review submitted 24 Aug 2023

Gareth · Traveled July 2023
This was a fantastic trip, amazing scenery, wildlife and humbling hospitality shown by the nomad families we stayed with. Our guide, Tem, had a great sense of humour and was very knowledgeable and our driver, Baira, kept us safe on the road and well fed with the picnics and Mongolian BBQ! Be prepared for some long and bumpy drives but that is part of the fun in the Russian furgon van.
Review submitted 06 Aug 2023

Rita · Traveled July 2023
Mongolia: a place of wondrous beauty, strong culture and costumes, and really nice welcoming people. The perfect place to discover!
Review submitted 08 Aug 2023
Wild Mongolia
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