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Toronto, ON, Canada

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The distance between heaven and earth is no greater than one thought

Mongoloan proverb

Mongolia

Imagine a country so remote you may feel at times like you are the only person on earth in it.  Add the stunning scenery of rolling grasslands, rugged mountains, ice-blue lakes, deep forests and sprawling deserts.  Then there are the nomadic people who have a natural affinity with travelers and who will invite you into their gers for a meal or an overnight.  

Just like us you will fall in love with one of the last wild countries on earth.

When to go

The best time to travel to Mongolia is the summer from mid-June to mid-September.  Naadam is a particularly special time to visit - this festival is celebrated every year from July 11th to 15th.

I’m back [from Mongolia], though it is hard to be… this was one of the best trips I’ve ever done, and to be honest I can’t say with certainty why.  Not only was the country beautiful, the guide great, but it was somehow more relaxing than any I’ve done before.  And, on the whole, by far the best group I’ve travelled with.  It has been a week now since we parted ways, and I still talk to a number of them every day.   

Jason - Dover Centre, ON - SEP19
 

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Ulaanbaatar

The contrast between Mongolia's countryside and its capital could not be greater.  Raucous nightlife, a booming commerce, chaotic traffic and a Bohemian counter-culture all vie for space.  Throw in a sprinkle of excellent museums, temples, markets and squares and you have a capital that is unique in the world.

 

Terelj National Park

A short drive from the capital, Terelj makes for an attractive stopover for those short on time.  The alpine scenery is amazing and there are plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, ride a horse or stay at a ger camp.

 

Khustain National Park

An easy overnight excursion from Ulaan Baatar, Khustain protects a swath of Mongolian steppe rich in flora and fauna. 

 

Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery

The legendary city of Karakorum was the capital of the empire of Genghis Khan.  Little remains of it as the site has been quarried for building material for the nearby Erdene Zuu Monastery.  While even that monastery is a shadow of its former self, it is considered the most important religious site in the country.

 

Orkhon Valley

Considered the cultural heartland of nomadic life, the fertile Orkhon Valley offers stunning scenery, thundering waterfalls and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities

 

Tsenkher Hot Springs
In the midst of the rugged mountains, deep forests, rushing streams and rolling steppe of the Arkhangai sit the Tsenkher Hot Springs.  Enjoy a few hours of soaking in the thermal waters of these natural hot springs, surrounded by the remote beauty of the landscape.

 

Lake Khövsgöl
The deep blue watres of lake Khövsgöl lie amidst stunning mountain scenery and endless forests.  Opportunities for fishing, hiking, horseback riding and visits to nomadic camps and reindeer herders abound.

 

Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Amarbayasgalant is considered Mongolia's best preserved monastery, dating back to the 18th century.  Despite extensive restorations the place still feels like it is being taken over by nature, which only adds to the appeal.

Gobi Desert

Few places on earth are as harsh or empty as Mongolia's Gobi Desert.  Endless plains stretch under high blue skies and the silence is palpable.  It is a place where you can drop off the radar and forget about the world.  Add to this its enormous sand dunes, flaming cliffs, dinosaur fossils and a stay in a nomadic ger and you have the quintessential Mongolian experience.


Bayanzag (The Flaming Cliffs)

Deep in the Gobi Desert, the Flaming Cliffs at Bayanzag are famous for its haul of dinosaur bones and eggs but are worth visiting for its red landscapes and beautiful sunsets alone.

 

Khongoryn Els
Some of the most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia, the 300 metre tall ridges of the Khongoryn Els are nicknamed the Singing Dunes for the sound they make when the wind moves the sand.

 

Altai Mountains
Glaciers, huge lakes and snow-capped peaks - the stunning Altai Mountains in far Western Mongolia are home to nomadic families, the eagle-hunting Kazakhs and the throat-singing Tuvan people.

 

Naadam

The highlight of Mongolia's cultural calendar, this traditional festival features Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery.  In Ulaanbaatar or in the country, this is one festival you do not want to miss.


Sleep in a ger
The traditional home for Mongolian nomads, gers (a.k.a. yurts) are felt tents, fitted out with a stove and simple furniture.  Ger camps vary in comfort from tents with shared facilities to luxury gers with private bathrooms.

Ride a camel or a horse

When staying with the locals you will have the opportunity to ride a camel (in the Gobi Desert) or a horse, for example through the mountains surrounding Lake Khövsgöl.

Trans-Mongolian Railway

Travelling by train from Beijing to Moscow is a good way to get an idea of the vastness of the Asian continent.  Be sure to make a side trip to the Mongolian country side and spend a few nights in a ger.
 

Food & drink

There is no other way to put it - Mongolian food is utilitarian.   Try traditional foods such as buuz (mutton-filled dumplings), makh (boiled sheep bits) or shölte khool (broth surprise).  Wash it down with süütei tsai (milk tea with salt), or airag (fermented mare's milk).
 

Meet the locals

There is probably no place in the world where hospitality is so ingrained in the culture as it is in Mongolia.  Stop anywhere on the steppe and out of nowhere someone will show up and bring you food or drinks, or invite you to their camp.


Hike the hills

With thousands upon thousands of square kilometres of untouched wilderness, Mongolia is a hiker's paradise.  There are few trails here - just follow your feet as they take you towards the distant horizon.
 

Camp in the wild

Pitch a tent along a river or lake amidst rolling flower-covered  hills and feel like you are the only person on earth.  But don't be surprised if from nowhere someone appears to offer you food and drink!
 

Gaze at the stars or watch a Gobi sunset

Travel to the Flaming Cliffs in the Gobi Desert and watch them light up during sunset.  And everywhere you go enjoy some of the best star gazing in the world.

 

Watch an eagle hunt

Experience hunting with trained eagles in the Altai or at the annual Ölgii Eagle Festival, held in October.

Listen to throat singing
Throat singing is a guttural style of singing or chanting and one of the oldest types of music on earth. Singers produce hauntingly beautiful harmonies using only their bodies.

Visit a monastery
Heavily suppressed in the days of communism, monasteries are reopening all over the country.  Visit them and marvel at the religious artwork.  If you are lucky you may witness monks chant.

Enjoy the scenery
Endless steppes and forests, volcanic cliffs, spectacular gorges and waterfalls, deep blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and glacial valleys or towering sand dunes, Mongolia has all that and more.

Suggested Tours

 

Grasslands & Gobi

 

Tour code: EGRG

 

Why we love this trip: a 2-week discovery of the Mongolian heartland staying in relative comfort

 

Places visited: Ulaanbaatar, Khustain, 

Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery, 
Gobi Desert, The Flaming Cliffs, Khongoryn Els

 

Signature Experiences: Naadam (some departures), Sleep in a ger, Ride a camel or a horse, Food & drink, Meet the locals, Hike the hills, Gaze at the stars, Watch a Gobi sunset, Listen to throat singing, 
Visit a monastery, Enjoy the scenery

 

Length: 13 days

 

Accommodation: hotels & ger camps with shared facilities

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, lunches and dinners

 

Transport: 4x4 vehicle & flights

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures July - September

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3095 (low season) - $4105 (high season)

Mongolia by Horse

 

Tour code: NMBH

 

Why we love this trip: a 2-week exploration of Mongolia, some on horseback, living like a nomad

 

Places visited: Ulaanbaatar, 

Karakorum & Erdene Zuu Monastery, Orkhon Valley

 

Signature Experiences: Naadam, 

Sleep in a ger, Ride a camel or a horse, 

Food & drink, Meet the locals, Hike the hills, Camp in the wild, Gaze at the stars, Listen to throat singing, Visit a monastery, ​
Enjoy the scenery

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: first class hotels, ger camps with shared facilities, rough camping

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, lunches and dinners

 

Transport: 4x4, horse

 

Departures: Set small-group dates June - August

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $6395

In to the Wild West

 

Tour code: WIWW

 

Why we love this trip: An 18-day discovery by vehicle and on foot of Mongolia's remote Altai region

 

Places visited: Ulaanbaatar, Altai Mountains

 

Signature Experiences: Naadam, Ride a camel or a horse, Food & drink, Meet the locals, Hike the hills, Camp in the wild, Gaze at the stars, Watch an eagle hunt, Listen to throat singing, Enjoy the scenery

Length: 18 days

 

Accommodation: full service camping, hotels

 

Included meals: 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 17 dinners

 

Transport: 4x4 vehicle, on foot, flights

 

Departures: set small-group dates in July and August

 

Customizable? Yes, we can tailor this for private groups - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3795