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Family Fun Among Friendly Nomads

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  • Duration: 11nights / 12days
  • Activities: Learning and experiencing nomadic culture and unique local traditions, hiking, camel riding, exploring famous archaeological and cultural sites
  • Distance: 1100kms
  • Group: Min 2 - Max 6
  • Season: June - August
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in Ger camp (7 nights)
Stay in community based Ger camp (4 nights)
 English speaking guide service
 Mineral bottled water – 1.5L per person daily use
Entrance fee to Protected Area
Sightseeing costs
All transfers by 4WD Japanese minivan in the countryside
Meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary

Price excluded

 International transportation to and from Mongolia
Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
 Alcoholic drinks
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature

Highlight

This trip specially tailored for family trip. What’s our recipe? First, you can’t go on these family adventure trips if you don’t bring your kid and we welcome kids as young as two. Second, in this trip your family gets closer as before experiencing all kinds of traditional activities and also can observe nomadic life up close. Third, your children will wake up to a world of wonder, eager to play with new friends.

Stay at Glamping Yurt Camps Fun activities for your Kids

Places to visit

Ulaanbaatar – Gurvanbulag community – Ugii Lake – Tsenkher hot spring – Orkhon valley – Kharakhorum – Khognokhaan Nature Reserve – Khustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar.

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Itinerary

Day 1Travel to nomad community herders

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel then we will travel to Gurvanbulag soum (a local administration unit) in Bulgan province which will take 100kms. The area has an amazing view. On the way we will visit to Khar Bukhiin Balgas which is the 10th century ruins of fortress. During that time Kitans used it as defensive position against their rivals. After lunch at Gurvanbulag eco camp have some rest and refreshment. Enjoy walking to the nearest hillside. We’ll be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. LD

Day 2Experience the unique nomadic life

In the morning we will visit nomad family & explore the way of living as nomads. You’ll have an opportunity to milk the pastoral animals like goat, sheep, mare and cow. Enjoy making and tasting the traditional dairy products like aaruul or dried curds, Mongolian salty milk tea or Suutei tsai, Mongolian biscuit or Boortsog and so on. In the afternoon we will hike to the small sand dunes about 5-6 kms for 2-3hours. Take a look at “Nomad Library Project” where you could solve the Mongolian puzzle games and read about Mongolian literature. In the evening you can see our special movies about Mongolian Horseracing & horse training. We’ll be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

Day 3-4Enjoy living as nomads

Start your day with nomadic breakfast. Then we will explore further how nomads spend the day. You can experience milking cows and mares. You kids can play with nomad kids teaching other with cool kid stuffs. There are plenty of Mongolian games which require involving intellectual and mental abilities to develop the children’s thinking skills as well as adults. So kids can play building their own miniature gers by natural stones in order to learn the steps to erect the real Mongolian ger. Also all children will attend the lesson of “Shagai”, or the traditional game using anklebones of sheep and goats. There are many shagai game activities which will occupy your child for a while. Close communication with nomads will make you and your kids more familiar with their nature loved unique lifestyle. In the evening both families will be involved in a joyful competition of “solving riddles” that organizes by our tour guide. We’ll be staying overnights in Gurvanbulag community Eco ger camp. BLD

Day 5Travel to Ugii lake

Today we will be travelling to Ugii Lake which will take 60kms. The fresh water lake which surfaces area of 25sq.kms is abundant with water birds and with variety of fish. Walk along the lake shore to view the local bird species and enjoy hearing ambient sounds of a calm waving lake moved by a soft wind mixed up with the singing of birds. You can have a fun swimming in Ugii Lake with your family and tanning your skin. You will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 6Travel to Tsenkher hot spring

We will travel to Tsenkher hot spring which will take 120kms. Today you will hike around the Tsenkher hot spring sightseeing the local landscape. With water issuing at a scalding of +86.5 degree Celsius with the stench of hydrogen sulphide, the hot spring is very popular in the area. Surrounding area is the grassland while some part beside the hills is bit forested. Relax in a hot spring bath chatting about casual topics. You will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 7Travel to Orkhon waterfall

We will journey to Ulaan Tsutgalan which will take 120kms. Ulaan Tsutgalan is created by Orkhon River which flows for remarkable 1120 km to the North and lies in the historically significant Orkhon Valley registered to UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall formed by combination of volcanic eruption and earthquakes some 20000 years ago. The waterfall cascades down from a height of 27 meters. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 8Exploring cultural heritages

Today we will travel to Kharakhorum about an hour for 100kms. We will visit the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist monastery Erdene Zuu, built on the ruins of ancient capital city of Great Mongolian Empire. Then we will visit a local historical museum dedicated to the old capital city. After visiting the main attraction we can explore interesting sites around Kharakhorum. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 9Travel to mountain Khognokhaan & ride two humped Bactrian camels

We will travel to Khognokhaan which will take 90kms. We will check in a ger camp. In the afternoon we will do some trekking and exploring the sand dunes of Ikh Mongol. Your family will enjoy camel riding for one hour. Everybody can have the opportunity to ride this giant, but very calm animal. It depends on how you will enjoy the camel riding, thus you can extend the time to ride the threedecker of the sand. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 10Travel to Khustai National park

We will travel to Khustai National Park about 3-4hours drive distance of 200kms. We will visit the reservation area that protects wild horses or Takhi. Takhi were nearly extinct but thanks to several European zoos who managed to breed the Przewalski’s horse, they were able to return back most of the wild horses to the home country of Mongolia. Followed by an hour of rest your family will attend a short presentation about the park and its wildlife at the Information Center. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 11Exploring wild games

This is the day to learn more about the wildlife of Mongolian steppe. You will be taken by your car about a half an hour to reach a trail to find wild animals. Look for wild horses and see herds at the pasture. Your family will enjoy about 3-3.5hours walk along the mountain hills and forest where encounter wild deer, gazelles, marmots and other small animals. The Khustai National Park covers 50620ha reserve in order to protect not only wild horses, also many species of wild games, birds and plants. You will have a picnic lunch in wilderness. Your kids can enjoy many types of wild flowers, interesting life of butterflies on the way to reach the next camping spot. We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 12Travel back to Ulaanbaatar

We will travel back to Ulaanbaatar city which will take 100kms. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city we will transfer you to your hotel. End of the service. B

Date
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Open16 June 201927 June 2019330$2390$Book
Open06 July 201917 July 2019330$2390$Book

Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • City sightseeing excursion tour is available on request
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double occupancy: you can stay in single and double for overnights at Ger camps, tents and hotels. Single occupancy would might not available during Naadam festival period on 5th -15th of July at Ger camps. And for single stay at community based camp and nomad home would be confirmed depending on availability.
Single and twin/double stay at Ger camp requires extra supplement fee as shown per person in above table.

Discounts: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options: Only one time discount is available per client or group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for booking made before 01st of April 2019.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for booking made before 72 hours of the trip start. This is not applicable for daily and short tours.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for a group booking with 5 parties and more.
  • Children discount: up to 2 years old is free, 3-8 years old is 40% off and 9-12 years old is 20% off.
  • International and domestic flight and train tickets can be booked with us, depending on availabilities.

Tailoring your tour: we are delighted to create and arrange your special trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

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Trip information

Joining point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Pick up time will be stated at the confirmation document/or single email we would send you after the booking made.

Joining point instructions
Meet your tour guide who holds a welcoming board with your name(s) shown. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation, number of flight/or train and carriage numbers in advance.

Problems and emergency contact information
In the case of an emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up please contact us on cell phones: (+976) 9905 9466, (+976) 9909 8467.
For all other enquiries and outback tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar.

Passport and visas

All travelers must obtain a visa before traveling to Mongolia. Some nationalities can obtain visa at the airport, however it requires an application through us to the Immigration Authority of Mongolia in advance.
Please check the following website for your nationalities requirements. www.consul.mn

Food and dietary requirements

Travelers with special dietary requirements or food allergies must inform at the time of booking. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic. We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free food to our clients. However religious dietary requirements and specifically sourced foods are unable to be catered for remote trips.
Inclusive meals in your trip as indicated B, L, D with per day itinerary. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. For expedition trip, your service team will prepare meals. You will have an opportunity to assist with cook and learn how to make Mongolian traditional meal. As well as your help on daily activities such as setting up dining camp, prepare meals and clearing dishes is much appreciated.
It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products such as yogurt /Mongolian name is tarag/, dried milk curds /aaruul/, milk tea /suutei tsai/, fermented mare’s milk wine /airag/, sour cream /tsotsgii/ and cheese /byaslag/ when you visit nomad herder families.
Generally, in Mongolia water quality is good. But you are advised to buy mineral water with big bottles from shops, food markets and kiosks in capital and many of the provinces centers and tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral or bottled water usually exclude in our offers since we try to produce as less garbage as possible. But in other hand we provide well plenty of drinks like tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

Depending on your trip in countryside, you will have different type of accommodations including tourist Ger camps, community based Eco Ger camp and nomad Ger homes or tents.
Normally, three or four beds are in one Ger and 2 people will share a tent. And the Ger camp provides restaurant/bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based Ger camps provide composting toilet and shower where available.
Nomad home condition is very basic, none of shower, a ground hole surrounded with side covers as used for composting toilet.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality light spacious tent of 3people for twin occupancy. And as well we provide other gears including foldable mattress, ground sheet tarpaulin, toilet tent, sometimes shower tent and dining tent for groups with more than 5 parties, kitchen equipment, table and chairs depending on the trip conditions.
All travelers in expeditions trips are advised to bring own sleeping bags according to hygienic reasons.

Land transport

Mongolia is a big country! Here in Mongolia we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. An advantage of driving trip you can travel through different zones and enjoy vast open spaces with natural contrasts within several days. During the trip, approximately it takes 5-8 hours driving from one to next destination. Each 1-1.5 hours, we have short stop frequently for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.
In the countryside, we use 4WD vehicles, specially, Russian minivans and Japanese jeep and minivans. Normally, 2-3 people can seat in one jeep with luggage. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.
All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departures. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money matters

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.
Battery: Trips with stays in Ger camps have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We would like to recommend to bring an extra battery for your camera. For expedition trips, most handy item is solar charger.
Headlamp: A headlamp or torch is useful at night time. Some Ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time.
Pack: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre travel advisory” document with detail information regarding temperatures during your travel time.
Luggage: Please pack smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage limitation, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage will be charged according to airlines fee.
Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary, lead the group including travelers and service staff. The guide will provide you all relevant information for options and introduce you to our nomad herders along the way.
Safety: We will provide you relevant information on safety before and during the trip. As well as we would like to recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Travel insurance is compulsory for joining all our trips.
Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to our clients support (who paid for tours) we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Please find more information: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route to destinations where our local supporting projects run. Please advice us your wish in advance.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal active life. However, involves more walking or tiring journey.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include different energetic activities.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. It may contains high altitude trek or rope climbing.

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Review

The trip was full of highlights! The steppe, camel ride, horse riding, the camps and gers, Mongolian music and dance, Mongolian BBQ, culture and archeology, last dinner… etc

Tom Malfait
Tom.malfait@ldr.be

We enjoyed the visit to Nomad family- love the culture

Martin & Karen Block
blockfamily@btinternet.com

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