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Mongolia Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Think Mongolia and visions of wild horses and Mongol horsemen sweeping across the mountain steppes is often the most powerful image that comes to mind. And still, eight hundred years after Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes exploded from the east in an orgy of violent conquest, this distant land in the heart of Asia still resonates with those echoes from a different time. Travel beyond the confines of Ulaan Baatar and you could find yourself travelling through a different century.

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GROUP TOUR

Mongolia: Land Of The Great Khan

On this epic 4WD trip experience the diverse scenery of the flaming cliffs at Bayanzag, the towering sand dunes at Khongor Els, the remote western Gobi and the grasslands and wild horses for which the country is famed.
13 days from $3,633
GROUP TOUR

Mongolia Altai Mountains Eagle-Hunting Festival Tour

Travel from the capital to the traditional lands of the Kazakhs, taking in ancient rock art, alpine lakes and glaciers. Enjoy hikes and ride Mongolian horses before a 2-day visit to the Altai Nomad Games Eagle Festival.
13 days from $3,990

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Mongolia

Enjoy all the classic experiences that make Mongolia a fascinating place to visit. Included are quintessential cultural experiences, such as a ger camp stay and horse riding, and emblematic places like the Gobi Desert
10 days from $4,410
TAILOR-MADE

Mongolia Family Adventure

Mongolia has plenty to keep the young and young at heart happy and active. Learn about Ghengis Khan and the country's history as you follow in his tracks, horse riding, swimming and hiking through Mongolian wilderness
13 days from $4,830
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Mongolia

Explore Mongolia's untamed landscapes, from remote lakes to open steppe, in a variety of adventurous ways including on horseback, via multi-day treks, navigating by kayak and wild camping under the stars
14 days from $5,390

HIGHLIGHTS OF MONGOLIA

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Hustai National Park

Hustai National Park, established in 1992, is one of the best-known national parks in Mongolia. Its borders stretch from the Khentii Mountains to the Altanbulah region of Mongolia. The park houses ...

Orkhon Valley

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rolling pastureland of Orkhon Valley contains numerous fascinating archaeological remains, many dating back to the 6th century. The valley was continuously occupied ...

Terelj National Park

The Alpine scenery and fantastical rocks of Terelj National Park formed the homelands of Genghis Khan and his hordes. The rock formations of the park are fascinating, while the 250 plus bird species ...

Ulaanbaatar

Until fairly recently, Ulaanbaatar was a sleepy capital with a population of about 500,000, then international mining firms struck gold in the surrounding hills and the city has grown exponentially ...

The Mongolian Gobi Desert

The Mongolian Gobi, a zone of desert and semi-desert occupies almost 30% of Mongolia's vast territory. The Gobi is often imagined to be place of unbearable heat and shifting sand dunes, whereas the ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

A great five-star option in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, the Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel offers 198 rooms. The modern amenities and stylish interiors are everything you would expect from a city…

Gobi Discovery 2, Khongoryn Els

Each of the 40 gers at the Gobi Discovery 2 faces south towards the towering sand dunes stretching in front of the mountains. The gers themselves are simple, carpeted and with twin pine beds, tables…

Gobi Mirage Ger Camp, Yolyn Am Canyon

High on a plateau with views stretching as far as you can see across the desert, the Gobi Mirage is home to 30 gers, each large ger has twin beds and a small table. No stoves are needed for the warm…

Nomadic Homestay (Naraa's Family), Terelj National Park

This secluded homestay with a nomadic family is tucked away in the Baruun Bayan Valley in the further reaches of Terelj, accessible only by fording the Terelj River which not many vehicles can do.…

Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar

In the heart of the city centre, five minutes’ walk to Sukhbaatar Square, the Shangri-la is a modern, luxury hotel. The rooms are a good size with large twins or king size beds. The decor is modern…

Terelj Lodge Ger Camp, Terelj National Park

Set away from the main road and within sight of just two other camps, the Terelj lodge offers guests luxury accommodation, plenty of activities and a great restaurant. Guests are accommodated in 25…

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60 SECONDS GUIDE TO MONGOLIA

From the mountains of the north to the Gobi desert in the south, Mongolia is awash with dramatic mountain scenery, spectacular deserts, a fascinating and ancient culture, and a warm and welcoming peo…

Meet the expert, Clem

Clem is our Central Asia expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

Speak to Clementine by calling
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Mongolians are some of the most welcoming and open people you will ever meet and will invite you into their gers for snacks and meals. Leave your Western uptight-ness at the door of the ger and get stuck in!

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Mongolia though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Currency

In Mongolia the unit of currency is the Tugrik.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.

Cultural Sensitivity

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.

Language & Religion

The official language of Mongolia is Khalkga Mongolian and is spoken by 90% of the population. Today, Mongolian is written using the Cyrillic alphabet.

Statistics state that half of the population follow Tibetan Buddhism, with 40% having no religion, 6% being Shamanist, Baha’i and Christian, and around 4% Muslim.

Time

Mongolia is 8 hours ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.

Food and drink

An old Mongolian saying goes something like: 'Breakfast, keep for yourself; lunch, share with your friends; dinner, give to your enemies'. The biggest and most important meals for Mongolians are breakfast and lunch, which will usually consist of boiled mutton with lots of fat and flour and maybe some dairy products or rice. The Mongolians are big tea drinkers and the classic drink is süütei tsai (salt milk tea). Men who refuse to drink arkhi (vodka) are considered less manly, while herders make their own unique home brew airag, which is fermented horse milk with an alcoholic content of about 3%. Many Mongolians distil it further to produce shimiin arkhi, which boosts the alcohol content to around 12%.

Mongolia is a meat-eating country, but don’t be put off if you are vegetarian as they are getting much better at accommodating for this. The variety of restaurants in Ulaanbaatar continues to expand and

currently includes French, Korean, Mexican, Thai, Russian, Italian and Indian. Meals in the Ger camps and at our backcountry campsites are prepared for you by cooking and trekking staff and are as varied as possible given their remote locations, but still offer a great spread of food.



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