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Nomad Centered Cultural Eco Adventures Travel Mongolia from family to family along nomadic routes across vast epic landscapes by horses, camels, ox carts, trekking, etc. eCatalog - March 2012


GeoTourism Mongolia mobilizing culture, heritage and natural resources to benefit rural Mongolia

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Dear Travel Colleagues! We are delighted to introduce our Ger to Ger Agency and Corporate Responsibility oriented Foundation for your future partnership consideration. Since the implementation of Ger to Ger in Mongolia, it has become the leading independent sustainable tourism development agency for rural communities, inhabitants and nomadic families to systematically link to the global tourism industry. Ger to Ger has been officially recognized by a wide variety of international institutions that includes the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), National Geographic Society USA-D.C., National Geographic Society’s Explorers Take Action, Ashoka Changemakers, GlobalGiving, Asian Foundation’s Give2Asia.org, WHL Travel, Lonely Planet, Rough Riders, Trailblazers, and more. Our local travel knowledge, rural human resources spanning a broad geographical range and cross industry expertise allow us to custom tailor our travel programs to be truly community oriented, eco sensitive, culturally less impact and a real value for money. Travel with a purpose and support sustainable change by choosing Ger to Ger as your Responsible Inbound Operator. Respectfully from all of us across Mongolia, Ger to Ger Agency & Foundation


This eCatalog is the perfect one-stop reference tool for international tour operators, travel agencies and wholesalers who wish to contract a local inbound operator that has been internationally recognized as Mongolia’s leading community oriented eco travel agency.

Introduction and Travel Packages About Ger to Ger 5 Corporate Responsiblity 6

Directly to the right you can kindly refer to the main topics that are briefly covered. Please contact us directly for those that wish to obtain any content, visual and or other media files at info@gertoger.org For those that wish to obtain more information on any additional travel offers, packages and services please refer to our website: http://www.GERtoGER.org

Testimonies from Nomadic Families and Rural Communities

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Ger to Ger Administration and Some Community Shots

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Product Listing - Short List

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Detailed Itineraries - Short List

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Maps and Locations Nomadic Travel Routes

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Fusion Travel Packages

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Cultural Homestay

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Book Rural Nomadic Naadam

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Accolades, Articles and Partherships Responsible Tourism Information, Policies and Online Links

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International Accolades - Short List

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Online Article Links about Ger to Ger

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Ger to Ger Partnerships (contracting, joint marketing, etc.)

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About Ger to Ger The Agency

Our private sector Approach the Social Enterprise Over 90% of Ger to Ger human resources, procured services and supplies are rurally based and outsourced. The Ger to Ger Agency was established to carryout the business works for the rural communities that include: market promotion, industry linkages, logistics and travel operations, contracting, etc. Direct revenues generated by the agency finances the rural nomadic families, single service suppliers in rural areas, rural facilitators as well as the Ulaanbaatar office and all related business costs. Additional revenues go to the Foundation to support the social economic development works that are being carried out by its Ulaanbaatar office and rural facilitators. Our Methodology Generate revenues via the Agency (private sector) to supplement the Foundation’s social and economic development initiatives (public sector). It’s the responsibility of the Agency as it matures, in cooperation with the greater industry, to find new and creative ways to tap the “global” market and use this massive social economic power responsibly to systematically materialize the vision of GeoTourism development in Mongolia.

The Foundation

Our public sector Approach Social Enterprise Development via GeoTourism Responsible mobilization of community assets via field assessments, analysis and vocational

trainings of rural human resources for sustainable livelihoods and conservation of natural and cultural resources. Ger to Ger systematically enables rural communities to responsibly and sustainably tap the tourism industry to generate sustainable livelihoods through vocational training (Foundation) and market linkage development (Agency). Rural communities, particularly herder groups in league with rural single service suppliers (rural drivers, guides, other human resources and businesses), provide travel services and products to the travel industry. Ger to Ger productively utilizes herders and their existing assets to develop cultural eco travel products that results in increased incomes for rural families and their communities. Our Methodology Fostering sustainable social economic growth through geotourism development. Ger to Ger aims at strengthening the appreciation for rural communities to conserve and protect their natural resources through vocational trainings (GeoTourism Development). Tangible social and economic incentives that are being generated via Ger to Ger creates an environment that enables nomadic families and communities deepen their understanding of the relationships that exist between tourism, environment and greater industry demands through vocational trainings, monitor and evaluation, etc. Our inclusive, non-discriminative approach, allows us to systematically train and mobilize nomadic families and communities into productive economic activity. Rural families participate in seasonal workshops and assist in establishment and maintenance of travel routes and products. Public-private sector partnerships are fostered towards small and medium enterprise support that creates business enabling environments to encourage economic diversification, labor market creation, promotion of community services that are in line with greater industry demands to ensure sustainability.

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Eco Travel Mentality - Minimal Impact

Corporate Responsibility 100s of Successes Across Mongolia - LEADING BY EXAMPLE SINCE 2005

Ger to Ger has systematically expanded its operations across 11,000 square kilometers across Mongolia. Ger to Ger since its launch has systematically assisted communities across nearly 10 provinces (USA States) across Mongolia. Ger to Ger is 99% rurally operated. Ger to Ger procures 99% of supplies rurally. Ger to Ger incorporates state and rural transportation into 99% of its rural operations. Ger to Ger leaves virtually 99% no carbon footprint in its rural-based ‘off the path’ nomadic operations. Ger to Ger trains 99% of its nation-wide rural human resources at its own expense. Ger to Ger trains 99% of all travelers in responsible travel, health & safety, cultural awareness, Mongolian language, etc., prior to traveling with nomads. Ger to Ger has trained over several thousand international travelers. Ger to Ger was the main financer in the Nomadic Relief Aid Initiative that sustain 26 nomadic families for one month during winter disaster. Ger to Ger’s rural workshops are now be majorly organized by rural human resources. Ger to Ger actively cooperates with international partners in developing standard packages as well as adventure giving and volunteering travel programs. Ger to Ger co-organized a community-based regional nomadic health initiative that systematically serviced over 4,000 people in less than a week.


Responsbile Tourism Approach

Testimonies from Some Nomadic Families 100s of Successes Across Mongolia - NOMADIC FAMILIES SHARE THEIR SUCCESS STORIES

Income generated from Ger to Ger assisted towards the payment to treat a cancer patient. Many nomadic families have opened their first bank savings account via Ger to Ger and have established credit histories with local banks. Many nomadic families are now receiving bank loans to purchase solar power, small medium enterprise development, etc., via their tourism incomes. Families in Gobi and in Western Mongolia have open guesthouses at their own initiative to serve international travelers. An unemployed, impoverished, single parent in northern Mongolia stabilized her life via tourism incomes. A nomadic family located in the Middle Gobi who were financial challenged are now able to send their children to school. A family that suffered a winter disaster was able to purchase over 100 new livestock owning to tourism incomes. A man in western Mongolia was able to purchase 2 new horses to expand his operations for travelers via his tourism incomes. Tourism incomes have assisted a family in the Gobi Desert to purchase and stock pile medication incase of any future emergencies. A young man that had a serious accident has now barely recovered from being paralyzed continues to lead horseback expeditions into the mountains. Nomadic families now have the finances to purchase and stock pile hay, fodder and other critical winter supplies for their livestocks. Nomadic families are now able to systematically re-invest into their travel routes and services. One nomadic family has paid for their daughters University tuition via tourism incomes. Some nomadic families are now starting at their own initiative to include additional families and relatives into their travel routes. Many nomadic children’s and youth’s English language skills are developing across Mongolia owing to friendships with the international travelers.


Ger to Ger Administration Zanjan Fromer Author, Founder & Executive Director Brief experience

Over 20 years tourism related industry exp. (Alaska & Mongolia) over 10 years mass media & film productions over 10 years social economic development related projects

Bayarsuren Yalalt Co-Founder & Manager Brief experience

Graduate of Institute of Tourism and Geography Mastered in Tourism Over 8 years tourism related experience Over 5 years working & managing Ger to ger


n and some community Shots Enksaihanaa Sandagsuren General Accountant Brief experience

Graduate of Institute of Finance Majored in Financial Accounting Over 8 years of accounting

Uyanga Zolbayar Travelers’ Trainer & Office Admin Brief experience

Graduate of National Univisty of Mongolia Majored in Mongolian History Over 3 years of translation services


Trans Siberian 2 and 3 Days Programs Khusgul Lake - Central Asia’s Deepest Lake - 5 Days Nomadic Lifestyle - 6 Days Three Wonders of the Gobi Desert - 7 Days Horseback Riding at White Lake - 7 Days Desert Trekking to Noble Rock - 7 Days IMperial Route to Hot Springs - 7 Days Nomadic Homestay - 9 Days Enchanting Wonders of Mongolia - 10 Days Mongolia’s Highlights - 16 Days


MONGOLIA - THE COUNTRY BROAD DIVERSITY OF GEOGRPAHICAL locations and cultural eco adventures

“Just wanted to thank you for helping me have an amazing and memorable trip to Mongolia! I spent five days on your Terelj National Park trip at the end of July, and I can easily say that it was five of the best days of my life. Thanks so much. I’m telling all of my friends about your organization, and I am already looking at the chance to come next year and explore another part of beautiful Mongolia. Thanks again” Steven Morphy, USA


Trans Siberian Option 1 Destination: Duration: Price: from

Terelj National Park 2 days / 1 night $254 per person

5-8pax $234

9-12pax $222

13↑ more $206

After lunch, you will have a great day of getting acquainted with Ulaanbaatar’s city life that includes visiting the Gandan Monastery, the National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and the recently renovated Government Building – all before the evening farewell dinner and returning to the hostel. Day 3 - Departure (B): Transfer to the train station.

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

In today’s ever changing world, the concept of slowing one’s pace down to experience an alternative method of life filled with fungswei surrounded by vast seas of green steppes, mountains and river valleys is something that dreams are made of. We are delighted to offer both the easygoing traveler and the weekend adventurer this unique opportunity to escape the hectic city life and re-experience an ancient lifestyle that rejuvenates the heart and mind. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! Visit nomadic families and learn about Mongolian archery (B, L, D): Upon arriving in Ulaanbaatar City early morning, you will transfer to directly to the Ger to Ger Office to leave your luggage to be stored and go out for breakfast. Soon afterwards, you will begin a short 70 kilometer driver to Terelj National Park where you will be greeted a nomadic family at the riverbed and escorted by ox cart for 1 kilometer northwards to their home. Upon arrival the family will begin to prepare and serve you with a hot nomadic lunch and traditional tea, and Mrs. Uranchimeg will teach you how to make Mongolian dried curds; a staple diet item of Mongolians. Afterwards, you will start the 10 kilometer horseback or ox cart journey to Mr. Bold’s home across the Dugui Tsagaani Steppe through lush forests along the Terelj River.

Price Includes: a. National park fee b. Toll fees c. Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner. d. Private English-speaking Guide e. Transport service which is stated on itinerary f. Service Charge & Government Taxes. g. Luggage Transfers h. Local guide service i. Horse riding & traveling by ox cart j. Camping equipment rental cost (sleeping bag and mattress) k. Overnight in hostel

Once you arrival at Mr. Bold’s family, you will have a chance to learn from him how to use a traditional Mongolian bow and arrows. After your short lesson, you can continue yourself or even consider competing among yourselves with the local herders before returning to their home for a wonderful evening of Mongolian traditional barbeque and retiring to your tent for the evening. Day 2 - Depart to Ulaanbaatar City (B, L, D): In the early morning, you have an opportunity to care after the animals and even milk them if you want to give it a try before your early morning nomadic breakfast. Afterwards, you will start to make your way back to the riverbed by horseback or ox cart where our driver will be waiting to take you back to Ulaanbaatar City. Once you arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the driver will take you back to Ger to Ger office and then to hostel so you can check-in before your day of sightseeing in the city.

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Trans Siberian Option 2 Destination: Duration: Price:

Terelj National Park 4 days / 3 nights from $309 per person

5-8pax $309

9-12pax $295

13↑ $279

Valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

In today’s ever changing world, the concept of slowing one’s pace down to experience an alternative method of life filled with fungswei surrounded by vast seas of green steppes, mountains and river valleys is something that dreams are made of. We are delighted to offer both the easygoing traveler and the weekend adventurer this unique opportunity to escape the hectic city life and re-experience an ancient lifestyle that rejuvenates the heart and mind. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! Visit nomadic families (B, L, D): Upon arriving in Ulaanbaatar City early morning, you will transfer to directly to the Ger to Ger Office to leave your luggage to be stored and go out for breakfast. Soon afterwards, you will begin a short 70 kilometer driver to Terelj National Park where you will be greeted a nomadic family at the riverbed and escorted by ox cart for 10 kilometer eastwards to their home. The horseback or ox cart journey to Mr. Bold’s home will take you across the Dugui Tsagaani Steppe through lush forests along the Terelj River. Upon arrival at Mr. Bold’s family, you will be welcomed with a wonderful traditional Mongolian barbecue at Mr.Bold’s home before retiring the night in a nomadic Ger. Day 2 - Learn the Ancient Art of Traditional Mongolian Archery (B,L,D): In the early morning you have an opportunity to milk animals, and afterwards you will have a nomadic breakfast. Afterwards, you will have a chance to learn from him how to use a traditional Mongolian bow and arrows. After your short lesson, you can continue yourself or even consider competing among yourselves with the local herders before returning to their home for a wonderful evening of Mongolian traditional barbeque and retiring to your tent for the evening. In the afternoon, Mr. Bold’s family will welcome you a farewell nomadic lunch

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before you return back to the riverbed where the driver will be awaiting your return. Once you meet up with the driver, you will be driven to a local ger camp where you will have a dinner and a chance to have a hot shower before you depart to Ulaanbaatar City. Day 3 - Ulaanbaatar City (B,L,D): In the morning you will have breakfast at camp before returning to Ulaanbaatar City where you will collect your luggage before checking into your hostel. After your check-in and lunch, you will start the half day city sightseeing tour that includes visiting the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and the recently renovated Government Building all before your farewell dinner and returning to your hostel. Price Includes: • • • • • • • • • • •

National park fee Toll fees Meals as listed in the itinerary, B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=Dinner. Private English speaking Guide Transport service which is stated on itinerary Service Charge and Government Taxes Luggage Transfers Local guide service Horse riding and traveling by ox cart Camping equipment rental cost (sleeping bag and mattress) Overnight in hostel and Ger camp


Lake Khuvsgul Duration: Group size: Price:

5 days / 4 nights 2 plus person from $ 1196 per person

5-11pax $861

12-16pax $794

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

As one of Mongolia’s most sought after and highlighted travel destinations, every traveler should at least try to make one visitation to this truly remarkable region of Mongolia. With its amazing mountainous scenery that are abundantly filled with wild flowers, wildlife, etc., that can only be surpassed by the pure clarity and massiveness of Lake Khuvsgul. With its vast number of mountain streams that continuously feeds it fresh mountain waters, on calm and sunny days, the lake’s reflection projects the surrounding mountainous region with mirror precision. The sum of Khuvsgul Lake’s natural wealth and wonders can only be matched by a truly unique remote nomadic tribe that have settled in this region that live in American Indian style tepee tents with their reindeers. This trip is a wonderful combination of truly spectacular natural, environmental and cultural experiences that is sure to leave you with a brilliant impression. Day 1 - Welcome to Mongolia! (D – Overnight in Hotel): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer you and your group to the hotel for check-in. This is a great opportunity to take it easy and rest a little before the following days of adventure across Mongolia’s diverse range of geographic wonders by airplane. After your short rest, you will begin your city tour that includes highlights such as the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Government building before the evening welcome dinner and later retiring to your hotel. Tonight it’s a good idea to retire early so that you may adjust your body to the time and altitude differences. Day 2 - Khuvsgul Lake, Mongolia’s Largest Inland Water Body (B,L,D): This morning we will fly to Murun which is the provincial capital of Khuvsgul, upon arrival, we will meet with the rural driver at airport and start our driver northwards towards Khuvsgul Lake. It has been recorded that Khuvsgul Lake is the deepest lake in Central Asia with a maximum depth reaching 262 meters. Most of the region is heavily oriented to eco development and still today its water is crystal clear and fresh; the reflections of larch forests and majestic Mountains in the lake’s water are amazing. Khuvsgul Lake is the recipient of 96 rivers and streams while the Egiin River exits from it and provides a wonderful catch and release fly fishing, kayaking and even rafting environment for those active enthusiasts. Khuvsgul Lake is truly a remarkable destination and should be a highlight of any traveler’s itinerary to Mongolia. Today is your free day to absorb the wonderful natural surroundings, enjoy a refreshing walk along the shoreline, trek into the surrounding forests, etc., before returning to the ger camp where you will have dinner

and overnight. Day 3 - Horse Riding along Khuvsgul Lake to visit the Reindeer Tribe (B,L,D): The Reindeer Tribe earned the Mongolian name “Tsaatan”, which roughly translates as “with reindeer”. The Tsaatan Tribe originally migrated from Siberia’s Tuvan region and has historically inhabited this border region between Russia and Mongolia. The Tsaatan have depended on domesticated reindeer for nearly all of their basic needs that includes milk, it’s meat for food, skins for clothing and antlers for tools, etc. Our journey to this region will be done by both horseback and by foot to go searching for them; however, we cannot guarantee their locations as the Tsaatan often migrate between different locations (the more stationary Tsataans are located in extremely remote areas far from our travel path). Regardless of this minor detail, the lushly filled mountainous scenery of the region surrounding the Lake is well worth the exploration time as well as their vantage points! In the early evening you will return to the local ger camp where you will have your evening farewell dinner before retiring to your ger for the night. Day 4 - Return to Ulaanbaatar City for Shopping (B,L,D): Today we drive from the lake down to Murun, where we will take one and half hour flight to Ulaanbaatar. After checking in at the hotel, you will have free time for shopping before the evening farewell dinner and returning back to your hotel for a good night’s rest. Day 5. Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Included services: • All breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route • City tour • Museums, monastery fees • Sightseeing • National park fees • Daily two bottles of water on route • Transport within Mongolia • Domestic flight between UB city and Murun /two ways/ • Twin accommodation in a 3 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost.

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Nomadic Lifestyle Duration: Difficulty of trip: Method of travel: 5-11pax $554

6 days / 5 nights Moderate Horseback riding, traveling by ox cart and bus

12-16pax $504

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

Classically wonderful and semi-tailorable, Terelj National Park, offers travelers an ability to experience the Nomadic Lifestyle and Horseback Travel without having to spend days in vehicles to reach a remote destination - which translates as more riding and more time with the families if you only have a short duration in Mongolia. Imagine riding horses or even hoping on the back-end of an ox cart and touring along amazingly picturesque mountain river valleys lushly filled with trees, wild flowers and open green pastures - on the horizon you can see nomadic families herding their animals under the golden rays of the summer sun. Nomadic Lifestyle in the region offers you an amazing cultural immersion opportunity to learn more about horses, livestock, Mongolian traditional clothing and garments, archery and even how to make nomadic dairy products with the families. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. This is a great opportunity to take it easy and rest a little before the following many days of overland adventures across Mongolia’s diverse range of geographic wonders. After your short rest, you will begin your city tour that includes highlights such as the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Government building before the evening welcome dinner and later retiring to your hotel. Tonight it’s a good idea to retire early so that you may adjust your body to the time and altitude differences.


Day 2 - Saddling Horses and Prepping an Ox Cart (L,D): You will depart Ulaanbaatar and will have an approximate 2 hour bus ride to Terelj National Park. Upon arrival at the 2nd to last bus stop (Terelj Village), our local guide will greet you with either an ox cart or horses. From here you will begin your 3 kilometers horseback travel with the crossing of the Terelj River and continue northwards through an incredibly stunning mountain river valley to your first nomadic family. Upon arrival you will dismount and enter into Mr. Chuluunhuu’s Ger where you will be greeted with a hot nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea. During your stay, Mr. Chuluunhuu will show you the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare ox cart to which you will have time plenty of time to refine your skills and continue practice it yourself afterwards. Tonight you are going to have a fun filled time learning how to play a variety of Mongolian traditional games with sheep’s bones (shagai) after a heartwarming nomadic dinner with the family. Nights in the Park are amazing, before retiring to your tent for evening, it’s a great opportunity to just enjoy a bit of star gazing and take in the fresh air - which is always great for a deep and relaxing sleep. Day 3 - Bridles and National Patterns (B,L,D): Eat well as soon after your breakfast, you will begin the 24 kilometer horseback adventure through forested landscapes over to an open and picturesque green plain where Ms. Amarjargal’s family will prepare and serve you with a much deserved hot nomadic lunch and tea. Ms. Amarjargal, a locally well known and talented local nomadic seamstress (she sews much the traditional garments for the local nomads), will teach you how to tie a bridle as well as how to make Mongolian patterns for traditional garments which will be followed by a wonderfully hot nomadic dinner and traditional tea with the family.

the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner together. Overnight in hotel. Day 6 - Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Included services: Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner Half-day city tour Museums, monastery fees Visiting nomadic families All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary Private English speaking guide Private transportation service as stated on itinerary Herder guide service on route Sightseeing Horse riding according to itinerary Traveling by ox cart according to itinerary Pack animals on route Cultural activities (archery, collecting dung, play ankle bone game etc) Boiled water on route Camping equipments /3 season sleeping bag/ Staying overnight in Ger Standard twin share at 3 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost.

Day 4 - Tether Livestock and Traditional Knots (B,L,D): Today after breakfast, you will continue traveling for 9 kilometers to the next family with a local nomadic guide. Upon arrival at Mr. Bold’s family, they will prepare and serve you with a hot nomadic lunch and traditional tea. Later that afternoon, you will be shown how to properly tether livestock together as well as how to make a button by cotton or silk for traditional garments before your evening dinner with the family and retiring for the evening to your tent. Day 5 - The Ancient art of Mongolian Archery (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will have a chance to learn a bit about Mongolian traditional bow and arrows. We ourselves having shot bows and arrows, we have spent hours just having a lot of fun - we are sure that you will too! Once you get obtained a certain level of ‘mastery’ you can compete among yourselves or even organize a little (friendly) archery competition with the local nomads before traveling for 8 kilometer by ox cart ride with through lush forests along the Terelj River to Ms. Enhee’s family where they will prepare and serve you with a farewell nomadic lunch and traditional tea. Afterwards we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar city. Once you check in the hotel, we will have some free time around the city center for shopping. In

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wonder of this beautiful valley is the river of ice stretching across the canyon floor, which survives the desert heat well into the month of August every year, better known as the Gobi Glacier. A hike down the valley offers a great opportunity to observe wildlife and enjoy the cool glacier streams before returning to camp and a hot dinner and a good rest at the local camp.

Three Wonders of the Gobi Desert Duration: Difficulty of trip: Method of travel: 5-11pax $1011

7 days /5 nights Moderately challenging Trekking, traveling by jeep and bus

12-16pax $936

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

On this adventurous trip, you will have an opportunity to visit the highlights of Mongolia and experience nomadic lifestyle which is not normally available for tourists. During your trip, you will have a chance to see the three beauties of Gobi region which are the singing sand dunes, Yol cliff, and Bayanzag, internationally well-known by archeological finds. Day 1 - Arrival, Welcome to Mongolia! (D – Overnight at Hotel): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Relax after a long journey. Afterwards you will start city tour including Gandan monastery where you can be blessed by the Complete Joy God “Megjid Janraisig”, National Historical Museum which exhibit some of the world’s biggest dinosaur’s skeletons which were excavated at the Gobi Desert, revolution hero Sukhbaatar’s square and Government building. In the evening time, you will be welcomed for the reception dinner before returning to the hotel the night. Day 2 - Vulture Canyon (L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): In the morning we will fly to the southern part of the Gobi Desert and land next to Goviin Gurvan Saikhan (English translation - ‘The Three Beauties of the Gobi’ National Park) before transferring to the “Khanbogd“ tourist camp. After lunch, you will start the excursion to Yol Valley (Vulture Canyon) National Park that is an oasis which attracts wildlife from the region owing to its good water and abundant grazing pasture that are sheltered in the canyons. The

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Day 3 - Internationally Famous Khongorin Els Sand Dunes (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): In the morning you will drive to Khongor Els Sand Dunes, which has an extraordinary length of 180 kilometers and between 15 to 20 kilometers wide. The massive sand dunes are apart of the desert zone, which spans across 2.7% of the southern country’s territory. Upon arrival at a local camp, you will have a late afternoon lunch before exploring the towering dunes on foot. If the breezes are blowing just right, we may hear the dunes singing to us across the rugged barren plains that supports desert plants of the Gobi at the edges of the sand dunes before returning to the ger camp to overnight. Day 4-5 - Gobi Desert’s Famous Paleontological Site “Bayanzag” (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): After breakfast we will drive to Bayan zag, this location is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains complete dinosaur skeletons, eggs and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period. Bayan Zag is also famed for its’ red sandstone cliffs which take on beautiful red and orange hues during sunset. Sculptural Saxaul trees grow in the arid rocky soil. In 1921, the American Roy Chapman Andrews discovered here some of the most important Paleontological findings of the last century. Since then, hundreds of archeological expeditions have come to this remote desert location. Dinosaur egg with a diameter of 10 to 15 centimeters was found here in Mongolia for the first time in the world. Upon arrival at a local tourist camp nearby Bayanzag you will have a hot lunch before starting your excursion around Bayanzag location and later returning to the ger camp to overnight. Day 6 - Ulaanbaatar City Shopping Day (B, L, D – Overnight at Hotel): After breakfast you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar and check-in to the hotel before starting your shopping day at the biggest souvenir house and cashmere factory shops in Ulaanbaatar where you can buy goods at good prices. In the evening, you will have a wonderful opportunity to listen to a National Folk Concert at Tumen Ekh assemble before your farewell dinner. This evening you will overnight at the hotel. Day 7 - Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Included services: • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route


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Half day city tour Museums, monastery fees Private transportation according to itinerary Standard twin share at 3 star hotels. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Sightseeing Bottled water on route 4 nights at tourist camp Domestic flight


White Lake Horseback Expeditions Duration: Difficulty of trip: Method of travel: 2-4pax $1088

8 days / 7 snights Moderately challenging Camel trekking, horseback riding, traveling by jeep and bus

5-8pax $751

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

On this rich cultural and historical adventure you will have a diverse spectrum of experiences ranging from camel desert trekking between Nomadic Families to exploring the Ancient Imperial Capital known as “Kharakhorum”. From the start of your journey you will be astonished with the picturesque desert landscapes including a desert oasis located at the base of golden sand dunes of Khogon Khan National Park; this location is famous as it was the main filming location for the classic Mongolian film about Queen Manduhai. From here you will be awe stricken by the all historically important Ancient Capital of Mongolia, which is a physical testament to the will power of this Nomadic National to conquer the ancient world. In central region of Mongolia, hidden in the mountain valleys, is Mongolia’s secret to long life and health; Tsenher Hot Springs is known throughout Mongolia as to have healing properties that reduces stresses and strengthens one’s inner sense of harmony. The Imperial Route to Hot Springs is the answer to all those wishing to have an amazing soft adventure vacation that enhances your energy and senses. And for those with more time, you can continue onwards to the stunning White Lake for horseback riding. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. This is a great opportunity to take it easy and rest a little before the following many days of overland adventures across Mongolia’s diverse range of geographic wonders. After your short rest, you will begin your city tour that includes highlights such as the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Government building before the evening welcome dinner and later retiring to your hotel. Tonight it’s a good idea to retire early so that you may adjust your body to the time and altitude differences. Day 2 - Camel and Horseback Riding to Locally Respected and Honored Khadagt Khoshuu Site (B,L,D): In the morning you will depart from Ulaanbaatar 8am and travel by public bus Rashaant village for 280 kilometers, along the way you will see many scenic locations from the bus as it drives by vast nomadic pastures. Upon arrival a rural vehicle will take you to the Mr. Byambatogtoh’s family (first family), they will prepare and greet you with an afternoon lunch.


Afterwards Mr. Byambatogtoh and/or his sons will guide you to the locally worshipped site of Khadagt Khoshuu that is 10.5 kilometers away. When you arrive, you will dismount from your camels or horses and either observe or even participate with the herders’ local customs that honor the site. In the early evening you will return to the family’s ger where you will be welcomed with dinner before retiring to the family’s extra ger to rest and sleep for the night. Day 3 - Camel and Horseback Riding to Next Nomadic Family then Travel by Ox Cart to Bugdiin Ovoo (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will travel by for 10 kilometers by camel and/or horseback to the next family where upon arrival Mr. Otgonbayar and his family will serve you a nomadic lunch and tea. Afterwards they will prepare an Ox cart that you will travel by for 12 kilometers to visit the locally honored and highly respected Bugdiin Ovoo (rock mound) which translates as “All People’s Ovoo”. Generally, Ovoo worship ceremonies originates from the Mongolian peoples deep traditional respect and historical connection to nature. An “Ovoo” is a pyramid shaped collection of stones, bones, woods and silk scarves that is often established on the top of the hill, mountain or site of sacred significance. It is customary when visiting an Ovoo (rock mound) to walk around it three times in a devotional state and make your wishes - afterwards you return to the family where you will be welcomed with dinner before overnighting in the families extra ger. Day 4 - Horseback Riding to Mongol Desert Sand Dunes and Locally Famous Swan Lake (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will continue your trip by horseback for 6kms to next family where you will be greeted by Mr. Idertsogt and his family with an afternoon nomadic lunch and tea. After your meal and some rest, you will have an afternoon horseback ride to the beautifully scenic Swan Lake that is located at the base of the Mongol Desert Sand Dunes. This roundtrip is generally a 6km horseback ride - Swan Lake is both a pristine example of the beauty of co-existence of extremes (desert and water) as well as vibrantly intoxicating home to Swan Couples that are testimonies to strength, tolerance and passion. Later you will return to the family where you will be warmly invited to enjoy your evening dinner before returning to the family’s extra Ger for rest and sleep. Day 5 - Horseback Ride to Queen Manduhai Location followed by Overland Travel to Ancient Kharakorum (B,L,D): In the early morning you can participate with the family with the daily nomadic chores that include milking of livestock before your breakfast. Afterwards, Mr. Idertsogt will guide you by horseback to the location of the monument that was constructed for the featured film about Queen Manduhai (5 kilometer round trip). In the afternoon, you will return to the family where they will prepare and serve you with a farewell lunch and tea. This afternoon you will travel overland to the Ancient Capital City of the Mongol Empire known as Kharakorum where you can spend time walking through the ruins as

well as visit the Erdenezuu monastery that is located within its fortress walls before retiring to a nearby ger camp. Kharakorum was established in 1220 and flourished both as Mongol Empire’s Capital for 32 years as well as Mongolia’s Capital for 140 years and Erdenezuu Monastery is Mongolia’s first Buddhist Monastery established by Abtai Sain Khan in 1585. Day 6 - Overland Travel to Ahangai Province’s Tsenher Hot Springs for Relaxation (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will travel overland to Arkhangai Province which is commonly referred to as the ‘horse breeders’ paradise’ as its pastures are geographically rich in vast green fields and clear river valleys. Some travelers and locals refer to Arhangai Province as to be comparative with Switzerland with its amazingly beautiful mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, and green forests. Today you will enjoy the natural bounties of Tsenher Hot Springs where the hot spring water flows out of the ground at 82° C and overnight at the ger camp. Day 7 - Travel Overland to Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D): After breakfast, you will travel overland back to Rashaant village where along the way you will stop by a nomadic family for lunch before depart back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar and soon after checking in at the hotel, we will have our farewell dinner. Day 8 - Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Included services: • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route • Half day city tour • Museums, monastery fees • Private transportation according to itinerary • Standard twin share at 3 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. • Camping equipments /Sleeping bags/ • Visiting nomadic families • All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary • Home stay at all families’ extra Ger • Herder guide service on route • Sightseeing • Horse riding according to itinerary • Camel riding according to itinerary • Pack animals on route • Cultural activities (milking animals, play ankle bone game etc) • Boiled water on route • 2 nights at tourist camp

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own right and is considered to be a MUST visit location at our highest recommendation. It exceeds any preconceived notions, do make sure that you have your camera ready with plenty of batteries as upon arrival in the Noble Rock Fortress (seeing is believing) this paradise is a photographers dream come true, travelers will enjoy hours of trekking and brilliant opportunities for creative photography as you will discover via your lens that these monolithic rock formations even take on formations of animals, people and even Chingis Khan himself! In addition to being a spectacular geographic wonder of the Gobi Desert, it is also consider to be the origin of Mongolia’s traditional long song and the birth place of Mrs. Norovbanzad, one of Mongolia’s most notable Long Song singers. So in theme with regions musical importance, our nomadic families will also teach you some traditional Mongolian songs and how to play traditional instrument such as the horse head fiddle, etc.

Noble Rock Desert Palace Home to Ancient Rock Formations and the Origin of Mongolian Long Song Duration: Difficulty of trip:

7 Days/ 6 Nights Moderate

Method of travel:

Horseback riding, some camel-cart and trekking opportunities, and camping with local nomads

2-4pax $1005

5-8pax $726

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

Imagine trekking in prehistoric ocean canyons that are over 65 million years old and the ancient stomping grounds to herds of TREXs. Yes, this is the desert trekking route that cannot be missed if you are an avid explorer with the taste for adventure and an active imagination. These ancient ocean canyons span the distance of 65 kilometers long and 45 kilometers wide and is truly a geologist and boulders paradise as its densely packed rock formations literally takes you back in time. On this truly stunning Gobi Desert Adventure, unlike any other in Mongolia, you will travel overland to the Provincial Center of Dundgovi where you will 4x4 through vast and awe inspiring desert landscapes to experience the lifestyle of desert nomads. Along their route, you will travel between families by horses, camels as well as have opportunities for trekking and even some bouldering for the more experienced. Ih Gazriin Chuluu (Strictly Protected Area) is truly an unparalleled location in Mongolia by its

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Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D – Overnight in Hotel): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer you and your group to the hotel for check-in. This is a great opportunity to take it easy and rest a little before the following many days of overland adventures across Mongolia’s diverse range of geographic wonders. After your short rest, you will begin your city tour that includes highlights such as the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Government building before the evening welcome dinner and later retiring to your hotel. Tonight it’s a good idea to retire early so that you may adjust your body to the time and altitude differences. Day 2 - Travel to Mongolia’s Desert Region to Learn Local Folk Songs (B, L,D – Overnight in Tent): You will depart Ulaanbaatar City by vehicle and will start your southern journey overland to Mandagovi (the Provincial Center of the Middle Gobi) and as you travel you will witness the transforming power of the Gobi Desert. From Mandalgovi you will begin the 46 kilometers desert jeep ride to Mr. Sogaar’s Ger where his wife, Ms. Uuganbold, will prepare and serve you with a hot nomadic lunch and tea. Afterwards, you will be entertained by her homely traditional Mongolian songs and her artistic abilities with traditional embroideries. In the early evening you will continue a short desert journey for 13 kilometers to Mr. Munh Od’s Ger where you will be greeted with a hot dinner before overnight in your tent. During your stay with Mr. Munh Od, you will have a chance to learn a national Mongolian game called “Shagai”; it is a lot like the game “marbles” that children play but with the ankle bones of sheep however there are many variations of games that Mongolians enjoy i.e. horse race, archery, etc. Day 3 - Desert Trekking and “Shagai” (B,L,D – Overnight in Tent): After breakfast, you will have a great morning of desert trekking for two kilometers to next nomadic family and during this leg of the journey, your nomad guide will take your luggage by his motorbike. This is a great opportunity to absorb the wondrous environment of the Gobi


Desert, enjoy the silence and marvel at pristine desert ecology that has significant historical roots dating back 65 million years ago; to which this will become even more evident, day by day, as you make your way to the truly monolithic Ih Gazriin Chuluu Strictly Protected Area. Upon your arrival at Mr. Nyamsuren’s Ger, you have a chance to show off some of your mastery “Shagai” and even have opportunity to compete with him or his son Nyamsuren. Later his mother, Mrs. Dashzeveg, will show you how to make traditional ropes using sheep wool before they prepare and serve you with an early nomadic lunch prior to departure. Around lunchtime, you will have opportunity to enjoy the melodies of the horse fiddle melodies and even try your hand at it. After lunch Mr. Nyamsuren will guide you for ten kilometers by camel cart across truly picturesque desert landscapes to Mr. Gundambuu’s Ger. Though traveling by camel carts touches the romantic senses in most people, please note that it is definitely an experience and a humorous one in most cases too! But experiencing is believing. Once you arrive at Mr. Gundsambuu, they will begin to prepare and serve you with hot nomadic tea and ‘boortsog’ a staple nomadic snack like is similar to fried donut holes. While you are having your tea, this is a great chance to relax and spend some quality time with your nomadic hosts and try to get to know the family. Afterwards, Mr. Gundsambuu will show you how to make Mongolian traditional wooden carvings before they prepare and serve you with your evening dinner. Before you retire to your tent for the night, and if you brought a ball along, this is a great opportunity to play some volleyball or even go out for a light trek and take some wonderful landscape shots with the kids as they are playing or evening singing songs. Day 4 - Intellectual Games and The Art of Wood Carvings (B,L,D – Overnight in Tent): This morning you will wake up to a hot cup of milk tea and fried bootsog – when fresh they are truly delicious! Before departing, Mr. Gundsambuu will show you how to make Mongolian traditional wooden carvings and his children will share some Mongolian songs with you before you start your 12 kilometers horseback journey to Mr. Tsogtsaikhan’s Ger where you will have your afternoon tea. Upon arrival, Mr. Tsogtsaikhan’s family will prepare and serve you with a nomadic lunch and tea. This afternoon you will have an opportunity to test your intellect with some Mongolia wood puzzles before Mrs. Altai will shows you how to make ‘uya’ a homemade nomadic rope that is used for constructing Mongolian Gers. In the early evening or late afternoon, you will journey for 11 kilometers by horse cart with Mr. Tsogtsaikhan to Mr. Chimiddorj’s family where upon arrival they will prepare and serve you with dinner. Along this portion of the travel, you will begin to see Ih Gazriin Chuluu immerge in the distant horizon, it’s an amazing site and exceeds all expectations; from this point onwards you are nearing one of Mongolia’s truly unique ‘off the path’ destinations. If you made good travel time, this is the point to capture some brilliant wide angle or fish eye lens shots of Ih Gazriin Chuluu as you will be travel adjacent to it as the soft sunset rays will provide a brilliant luminance for some truly classic


evening landscape shots. Day 5 - Nomadic Art of Felt Making and Trekking through Mongolia’s Monolithic Ih Gazriin Chuluu (B,L,D – Overnight in Tent): Today is the day that you have been eagerly been anticipating, after your breakfast Mr. Chimiddorj will share how Mongolian nomads produce the all necessary felt for their gers with you. In the afternoon, you will now start you unforgettable 13 kilometers trek through Ih Gazriin Chuluu and be truly over taken by the massiveness of this location. Like a National Geographic documentary, let your imagination free, 65 million years ago these were ocean canyons and before that it was the stomping grounds of herds of TREXs. South East of Ih Gazriin Chuluu it herds of TREXs have been reported to be found. As you trek, you will have opportunities to capture some of the most amazing rock formations i.e. Tangad rock, Chinggis Khan Rock, Khur khartsag’s memorial place and monument as well as visit the Open Air Theatre that is home to the annual horse head fiddle and long song concert. Imagine this location filled with Mongolian performers located not only at the stage but also all around on the rocks providing a natural surround sound acoustics that rivals any home theatre systems. This is truly the time to make sure that you have your camera completely charged with back up batteries as from personal experience, from morning till late at night, you will be shooting and capture some of the most remote and truly spectacular images that are unique to Mongolia. This afternoon you will have a picnic lunch here and let the location add that extra element which will fuel your desire to keep on exploring. In the early evening you will arrive at Mr. Tsembeldorj’s family to which upon arrival they will begin to prepare and serve you a hot nomadic dinner and traditional Mongolian tea. Now Mr. Tsembeldorj is an icon to the region, professionally he has been the National Park Ranger for 37 years and knows Ih Gazriin Chuluu like nobody else. So this is a great opportunity to not only marvel at his incredible knowledge of the locality but if you see his blue motorbike – take a snap shot of it with him.

ties for trekking and evening a little bouldering (for the more advanced) around the location and visit the surrounding caves as well as the monument erected in memory of Mongolia’s most famous long singer, Mrs. Norovbanzad. On the way you will stop at the local “Ovoo” (stone mound of Shamanistic culture, it believes that local deities listens to the people’s wishes and fulfills them) and put small stones. Around 11AM you will depart the last ger and start your 345 kilometers journey back to Ulaanbaatar by jeep. After checking in the hotel, we will have our farewell dinner. Day 7 - Departure (B): After breakfast you will be transferred to airport. Included services: • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route • Half day city tour • Museums, monastery fees • Private transportation according to itinerary • Standart twin share at 3 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. • Camping equipments /2 person tent, sleeping bags and mattress/ • Visiting nomadic families • All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary • Herder guide service on route • Sightseeing • Horse riding according to itinerary • Camel riding according to itinerary • Pack animals on route • Cultural activities (milking animals, play ankle bone game etc) • Boiled water on route

That bike has been his pride and joy for 30 something years, he often boasts about how well he has taken care of it and it’s a true classic – the history associated to the both of them in the region have made them truly unique and even local legends. After dinner, you are going to have a great opportunity to try your hand at construct a Mongolian Ger (a small homemade model) which will provide you the stepping stones of knowledge of how Mongolian nomads construct and deconstruct their nomadic dwellings several times a year during the traditional migrations seasons. Day 6 - More Desert Trekking, Learn How to Build a Mongolian Ger and Afternoon Departure (B, L, D): Being your last day, before breakfast it a great time to go out for a light trek in the area and capture some brilliant early light silhouettes. After breakfast, you will have more opportuni-

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Imperial Route to Hot Springs

Duration: Difficulty of trip: Method of travel: 5-11pax $696

7 days / 6 nights Moderately challenging Camel trekking, horseback riding, traveling by jeep and bus

12-16pax $611

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

On this rich cultural and historical adventure you will have a diverse spectrum of experiences ranging from camel desert trekking between Nomadic Families to exploring the Ancient Imperial Capital known as “Kharakhorum”. From the start of your journey you will be astonished with the picturesque desert landscapes including a desert oasis located at the base of golden sand dunes of Khogon Khan National Park; this location is famous as it was the main filming location for the classic Mongolian film about Queen Manduhai. From here you will be awe stricken by the all historically important Ancient Capital of Mongolia, which is a physical testament to the will power of this Nomadic National to conquer the ancient world. In central region of Mongolia, hidden in the mountain valleys, is Mongolia’s secret to long life and health; Tsenher Hot Springs is known throughout Mongolia as to have healing properties that reduces stresses and strengthens one’s inner sense of harmony. The Imperial Route to Hot Springs is the answer to all those wishing to have an amazing soft adventure vacation that enhances your energy and senses. And for those with more time, you can continue onwards to the stunning White Lake for horseback riding. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. This is a great opportunity to take it easy and rest a little before the following many days of overland adventures across Mongolia’s diverse range of geographic wonders. After your short rest, you will begin your city tour that includes highlights such as the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Government building before the evening welcome dinner and later retiring to your hotel. Tonight it’s a good idea to retire early so that you may adjust your body to the time and altitude differences.

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Day 2 - Camel and Horseback Riding to Locally Respected and Honored Khadagt Khoshuu Site (B,L,D): In the morning you will depart from Ulaanbaatar 08am and travel by public bus Rashaant village for 280kms, along the way you will see many scenic locations from the bus as it drives by vast nomadic pastures. Upon arrival a rural vehicle will take you to the Mr. Byambatogtoh’s family (first family), they will prepare and greet you with an afternoon lunch. Afterwards Mr. Byambatogtoh and/or his sons will guide you to the locally worshipped site of Khadagt Khoshuu that is 10.5kms away. When you arrive, you will dismount from your camels or horses and either observe or even participate with the herders’ local customs that honor the site. In the early evening you will return to the family’s ger where you will be welcomed with dinner before retiring to the family’s extra ger to rest and sleep for the night. Day 3 - Horseback Riding to Mongol Desert Sand Dunes and Locally Famous Swan Lake (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will continue your trip by horseback for 6kms to next family where you will be greeted by Mr. Idertsogt and his family with an afternoon nomadic lunch and tea. After your meal and some rest, you will have an afternoon horseback ride to the beautifully scenic Swan Lake that is located at the base of the Mongol Desert Sand Dunes. This roundtrip is generally a 6km horseback ride - Swan Lake is both a pristine example of the beauty of co-existence of extremes (desert and water) as well as vibrantly intoxicating home to Swan Couples that are testimonies to strength, tolerance and passion. Later you will return to the family where you will be warmly invited to enjoy your evening dinner before returning to the family’s extra Ger for rest and sleep. Day 4 - Horseback Ride to Queen Manduhai Location followed by Overland Travel to Ancient Kharakorum (B,L,D): In the early morning you can participate with the family with the daily nomadic chores that include milking of livestock before your breakfast. Afterwards, Mr. Idertsogt will guide you by horseback to the location of the monument that was constructed for the featured film about Queen Manduhai (5km round trip). In the afternoon, you will return to the family where they will prepare and serve you with a farewell lunch and tea. This afternoon you will travel overland to the Ancient Capital City of the Mongol Empire known as Kharakorum where you can spend time walking through the ruins as well as visit the Erdenezuu monastery that is located within its fortress walls before retiring to a nearby ger camp. Kharakorum was established in 1220 and flourished both as Mongol Empire’s Capital for 32 years as well as Mongolia’s Capital for 140 years and Erdenezuu Monastery is Mongolia’s first Buddhist Monastery established by Abtai Sain Khan in 1585. Day 5 - Overland Travel to Ahangai Province’s Tsenher Hot Springs for Relaxation (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will travel overland to Arkhangai Province which is commonly referred to as the ‘horse breeders’ paradise’ as its pastures are geographically rich in vast green fields and clear river valleys. Some travelers and locals refer to Arhangai Province as to be compara-


tive with Switzerland with its amazingly beautiful mountains, cliffs, rapid rivers, and green forests. Today you will enjoy the natural bounties of Tsenher Hot Springs where the hot spring water flows out of the ground at 82° C and overnight at the ger camp. Day 6 - Travel Overland to Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D): After breakfast, you will travel overland back to Rashaant village where along the way you will stop by a nomadic family for lunch before depart back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar and soon after checking in at the hotel, we will have our farewell dinner. Day 7 - Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Included services: • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route • Half day city tour • Museums, monastery fees • Private transportation according to itinerary • Standart twin share at 3 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. • Camping equipments /Sleeping bags/ • Visiting nomadic families • All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary • Home stay at all families’ extra Ger • Herder guide service on route • Sightseeing • Horse riding according to itinerary • Camel riding according to itinerary • Pack animals on route • Cultural activities (milking animals, play ankle bone game etc) • Boiled water on route • 2 nights at tourist camp


Nomadic Home Stay Duration: Destination: Difficulty of trip: Method of travel: 2-4pax $857

9 days / 8 nights Terelj National Park Easy going Trekking, Horseback, traveling by ox cart and overland public transportation

5-8pax $659

Valid Year round

On this special program you will have an opportunity to live and immerse yourself into the daily routines of a nomadic family that includes assisting them in herding and care taking of their animals such as horses, cows, goats or sheep. This is a wonderful opportunity for travelers wishing to explore and experience what life use to be before cities and urban life came into existence. This traditional lifestyle is a brilliant opportunity for those living in cities to escape from the daily stresses and rejuvenate themselves and discover a new lifestyle that can bring great happiness and health in locations of known for their wonderful “fengshui”. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. This is a great opportunity to take it easy and rest a little before the following many days of overland adventures across Mongolia’s diverse range of geographic wonders. After your short rest, you will begin your city tour that includes highlights such as the Gandan Monastery, National Historical Museum, Sukhbaatar Square and Government building before the evening welcome dinner and later retiring to your hotel. Tonight it’s a good idea to retire early so that you may adjust your body to the time and altitude differences. Day 2 - Visit nomad family and Dung collecting challenge and milking cows (B,L,D): In the morning you will be driven to the Terelj National Park where upon arrival the nomadic family will be prepare a hot lunch and traditional tea. After lunch you learn how to nomadic families collect dung according to traditional ways using their equipment. Once the task is completed and the wooden vessel (basket) to its brim, you will have an opportunity to assist the family to milk the cows, fence the sheep, goats and calves in calf shed with children. Afterwards, you can rest before they prepare and serve you with an evening dinner with family members. Day 3 - Herd and milk sheep and goats (B,L,D): After breakfast you will herd sheep and goats with the children followed by an afternoon of preparing the sheep and goats for milking. Afterwards you will have a hot lunch and then


continue assisting the family in herding the livestock well into the evening, this is a great way to enjoy sights and scenery of your surrounding location. Before dinner you will return to the family and assist in fencing in the livestock back to their separate pens.

around the location or even ask to travel by horse or an ox cart to explore more of the surrounding location. In the afternoon you can spend some quality time with the family in preparing the farewell lunch before departing back to Ulaanbaatar city. After checking in the hotel, you will have your farewell dinner.

Day 4 - Collecting fallen trees and water by ox cart (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will travel by ox cart with the family to collect fallen woods (fire wood) in the forest before returning in the afternoon for lunch. After a good lunch, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy an ox cart ride (or walk) to the scenic river valley where you will fill up and carry water jugs. If it’s a warm and sunny day, this is a great opportunity to also take it easy along the river’s edge or even enjoy a cool and refreshing swim in river.

Day 9 - Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Day 5 - Learn to make yogurt and dried curds (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will learn to make nomadic yogurt (tarag). Tarag is considered one of the essential nomadic foods, for its highly nutritious quality; hence, Mongolians say ‘eat tarag’ but not drink. Tarag is usually made from fresh sheep and cows’ milk, which is very delicious. Later you will have an opportunity to learn the traditional method of making dried nomadic curds; Aaruul (dried curds), is made of curds by mixing it with sugar and wild berries and is wonderful – it’s tastes like naturally made energy bars. After a great day of learning the traditional nomadic ways of producing different types of dairy products you will have a nice evening dinner with the family. Day 6 - Look over horses on pasture and catch horse (B,L,D): Early in the morning you will have breakfast to which you will start to prepare for a brilliant 20 kilometer round trip horseback ride to care their horses that are out in open range. If you are lucky, you may witness the nomad try to catch horses with a traditional lasso and even assist him to herd them back to the home pasture before returning home for the evening dinner.

Included services: • Visiting nomadic family • Herder guide service on route • Horse riding or camel riding according to itinerary • Cultural activities (milking animals, play ankle bone game etc) • All breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route • Half day city tour • Museums, monastery fees • Folk art concert ticket • Sightseeing • National park fee • Private transportation according to itinerary • Standard twin share at 3 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. • Camping equipments /Sleeping bags/

Day 7 - Learn to make nomadic food (B,L,D): After your breakfast, you can assist the children to herd the cows and sheep to the open pasture, and help with the daily chores of cleaning the surround grounds and sheep pen. In the late afternoon you may have the opportunity to assist the hostess to distill home made nomadic vodka that is produced by fermented yoghurt in a 16-18 liter pot on the fireplace. Before making the fire, you will prepare the traditional utensils used for distilling to which you will fill the pot with water and continue making fire. As soon as water in the pot is heated, you will change the water with cold water twice. It is by this ancient process that nomadic families produce about 1 to 5 liters of their yogurt-based distilled drink that generally take between 2 to 4 hours. Day 8 - Look over horses on pasture and catch horse (B,L,D): Today is going to be an early call, you will start by assisting with boiling milk in a pot to produce nomadic white butter. As the milk is boiling you will stir it until a thick layer of skin is formed; this process to produce white butter requires about one hour. After this morning activity you will have a wonderful breakfast to which you can enjoy the morning with an easy going walk

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Enchanting Wonders of Mongolia

2-4pax $1645

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights Difficulty of trip: Moderately challenging Method of travel: Camel riding, horse riding, trekking, traveling by jeep and domestic flight 5-11pax $1281

12-17 $1110

valid 1 Jun-1 Oct

Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer to the hotel where you will relax after a long journey. Afterwards, you will start city tour that includes the Gandan Monastery where you can visit the blessed Complete “Joy God” or locally known as “Megjid Janraisig”. Later you will continue your city sightseeing to the National Historical Museum which exhibit some of the world’s biggest dinosaur’s skeletons that were excavated from the Gobi Desert as well as the city square dedicated to the revolution hero Sukhbaatar and Government building. In the evening time, you will be welcomed for the reception dinner before returning to the hotel the night. Day 2 - Camel and Horseback Riding to Locally Respected and Honored Mother Rock (B,L,D): In the morning you will depart from Ulaanbaatar 8am and travel for 280 kilometers by public bus to Rashaant village. Along the way you will see many scenic locations from the bus as it drives by vast nomadic pastures before arriving to Rashaat where a rural vehicle will take you to the Mr. Byambatogtoh’s family (first family). Upon arrival at the nomadic family they will begin to prepare and serve you with a hot nomadic lunch and traditional tea. Afterwards Mr. Byambatogtoh and/or his sons will guide you to the locally worshipped site of Mother Rock that is 10.5 kilometers away. When you arrive, you will dismount from your camels or horses and either observe or even participate with the herders’ local customs that honors the site. The legend of Mother rock centers around an old local tradition of wish granting to those all who pray sincerely to her during their visitation. In the early evening you will return to the family’s ger where you will be welcomed with dinner before retiring to the family’s extra ger to rest and sleep for the night. Day 3 - Horseback Ride to Queen Manduhai Location followed by Overland Travel to Ancient Mongol Empire’s Capital “Kharakorum” (B,L,D): In the early morning you can participate with the family in their daily nomadic routines that include milking of livestock and other animal caring chores before your breakfast. Afterwards,


our herder will guide you by horseback to the location of the monument that was constructed for the featured film about Queen Manduhai (5 kilometer round trip). In the afternoon, you will return to the family where they will prepare and serve you with a farewell lunch and tea. This afternoon you will travel overland to the Ancient Capital City of the Mongol Empire known as Kharakorum where you can spend time walking through the ruins as well as visit the Erdenezuu monastery that is located within its fortress walls before retiring to a nearby ger camp. Kharakorum was established in 1220 and flourished both as Mongol Empire’s Capital for 32 years as well as Mongolia’s Capital for 140 years; Erdenezuu Monastery is Mongolia’s first Buddhist Monastery established by Abtai Sain Khan in 1585. Day 4 - Orkhon Waterfall (B, L, D): Today we will continue our journey to Orkhon waterfall; Ulaan Tsutgalan, a waterfall on the Ulaan River cascades from an impressive height of 20 meters with a width that spans 10 meters. It extends for 100 meters from the Orkhon River that flows through basalt rocks from Gyatruu range to Kharkhorin soum. After a delightful afternoon at this location, you will be driven to a local Ger camp where you will overnight. Day 5 - The Ancient Gobi Desert Ruins of Ongiin Monastery (B,L,D): After breakfast, you will start your overland jeep journey to the ancient ruins of Ongiin Monastery; historically, it was established 300 years ago and was the Gobi Desert’s largest monastery throughout the Gobi Desert Region. During the repression of 1930s, the monastery was completely destroyed and around 300 monks were persecuted by revolutionists. Along the way, you will visit Zambaga Khairkhan that is a locally worshipped mountain and the historically significant cave that once served as refuge to Mongolia’s “Robin Hoods” from local authorities – you will be served a picnic lunch here. After a brilliant day of trekking in these remote desert landscapes, redden by the desert sun, you will begin your journey back to Tsagaan Ovoo Ger Camp where you will have dinner and overnight. Day 6 - Gobi Desert’s Famous Paleontological Site “Bayanzag” (B, L, D): After breakfast we will drive to Bayan zag, this location is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains complete dinosaur skeletons, eggs and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period. Bayan Zag is also famed for its’ red sandstone cliffs which take on beautiful red and orange hues during sunset. Sculptural Saxaul trees grow in the arid rocky soil. In 1921, the American Roy Chapman Andrews discovered here some of the most important Paleontological findings of the last century. Since then, hundreds of archeological expeditions have come to this remote desert location. Dinosaur egg with a diameter of 10 to 15 centimeters was found here in Mongolia for the first time in the world. Upon arrival at a local tourist camp nearby Bayanzag you will have a hot lunch before starting your excursion around Bayanzag location and later returning to the ger camp to overnight.

180 kilometers and between 15 to 20 kilometers wide. The massive sand dunes are apart of the desert zone, which spans across 2.7% of the southern country’s territory. Upon arrival at a local camp, you will have a late afternoon lunch before exploring the towering dunes on foot. If the breezes are blowing just right, we may hear the dunes singing to us across the rugged barren plains that supports desert plants of the Gobi at the edges of the sand dunes before returning to the ger camp to overnight. Day 8 - Vulture Canyon (L, D): In the morning we will fly to the southern part of the Gobi Desert and land next to Goviin Gurvan Saikhan (English translation - ‘The Three Beauties of the Gobi’ National Park) before transferring to the “Khanbogd“ tourist camp. After lunch, you will start the excursion to Yol Valley (Vulture Canyon) National Park that is an oasis which attracts wildlife from the region owing to its good water and abundant grazing pasture that are sheltered in the canyons. The wonder of this beautiful valley is the river of ice stretching across the canyon floor, which survives the desert heat well into the month of August every year, better known as the Gobi Glacier. A hike down the valley offers a great opportunity to observe wildlife and enjoy the cool glacier streams before returning to camp and a hot dinner and a good rest at the local camp. Day 9 - Ulaanbaatar City Shopping Day (B, L, D): After breakfast you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar and check-in to the hotel before starting your shopping day at the biggest souvenir house and cashmere factory shops in Ulaanbaatar where you can buy goods at good prices. In the evening, you will have your farewell dinner before returning to the hotel for much deserved rest. Day 10 - Departure (B): Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Included services: • Welcoming dinner and farewell dinner • Private English speaking guide on route • Half day city tour • Museums, monastery fees • Private transportation according to itinerary • Standard twin share at 3 star hotels. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. • Sightseeing • Bottled water on route • 6 nights at tourist camp • Visiting nomad family • Horse riding/camel riding according to itinerary • Domestic flight

Day 7 - Internationally Famous Khongorin Els Sand Dunes (B, L, D): In the morning you will drive to Khongor Els Sand Dunes, which has an extraordinary length of

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Mongolian Highlights Duration: 18 days /17 nights Difficulty of trip: Moderately challenging Method of travel: Trekking, horseback, traveling by jeep and bus 2-4pax $2116

5-8pax $1707

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For those truly wishing to see the diverse spectrum of culture and geographic landscapes that Mongolia possesses from the internationally famous Gobi Desert and its massive sand dunes to its extreme counterpart in the north that is Central Asia’s deepest inland lake; from north to south and east to west, Mongolia’s Highlights program is perfect for all avid travelers and adventurers. This program covers a broad range of spectacular geographic and cultural highlights that include: Gobi Gurvan Saihan National Park, Vulture Canyon, Gobi Desert, Khongorin Els Sand Dunes, Bayanzag’s Paleontology, Ulaanbaatar City, Central Asia’s deepest inland lake, rare Tsaatan Lifestyle, Nomadic Lifestyle, Amarbayasgalant Monastery, and more! This is a genuine adventure that combines the best of on and off the path travel, community based tourism, etc., for those who crave none stop exploration, immersion and adventure. Day 1 - Arrival Day, Welcome to Mongolia! (D – Overnight at Hotel): Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Relax after a long journey. Afterwards you will start city tour including Gandan monastery where you can be blessed by the Complete Joy God “Megjid Janraisig”, National Historical Museum which exhibit some of the world’s biggest dinosaur’s skeletons which were excavated at the Gobi Desert, revolution hero Sukhbaatar’s square and Government building. In the evening time, you will be welcomed for the reception dinner before returning to the hotel the night. Day 2 - Fly to the Gobi Desert (L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): In the morning we will fly to the southern part of the Gobi Desert, landing next to the Goviin Gurvan Saikhan which translates in English as ‘The Three Beauties of the Gobi’ National Park. Transfer to the “Khanbogd“ tourist camp. After lunch, you will start an excursion to Yol Valley (Vulture Canyon) National Park. The area is an oasis, attracting wildlife from the area all around with water, good grazing, and sheltered canyons. The wonder of this beautiful valley is the river of ice stretching across the canyon floor, which survives the desert heat well into the month of August every year, better known as the Gobi Glacier. A hike down the valley offers us a great opportunity to observe wildlife, and enjoy the cool waters of the stream that emerges from under the glacier. In the evening back to camp and have a dinner and overnight in the gers.


Day 3 - Internationally Famous Gobi Desert’s Khongorin Els Sand Dunes (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): In the morning you will drive to Khongor Els Sand Dunes, which has an extraordinary length of 180 kilometers and between 15 to 20 kilometers wide. The massive sand dunes are apart of the desert zone, which spans across 2.7% of the southern country’s territory. Upon arrival at a local camp, you will have a late afternoon lunch before exploring the towering dunes on foot. If the breezes are blowing just right, we may hear the dunes singing to us across the rugged barren plains that supports desert plants of the Gobi at the edges of the sand dunes before returning to the ger camp to overnight. Day 4-5 - Gobi Desert’s Famous Paleontological Site “Bayanzag” (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger Camp): After breakfast we will drive to Bayan zag, this location is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains complete dinosaur skeletons, eggs and hatchlings of the Cretaceous Period. Bayan Zag is also famed for its’ red sandstone cliffs which take on beautiful red and orange hues during sunset. Sculptural Saxaul trees grow in the arid rocky soil. In 1921, the American Roy Chapman Andrews discovered here some of the most important Paleontological findings of the last century. Since then, hundreds of archeological expeditions have come to this remote desert location. Dinosaur egg with a diameter of 10 to 15 centimeters was found here in Mongolia for the first time in the world. Upon arrival at a local tourist camp nearby Bayanzag you will have a hot lunch before starting your excursion around Bayanzag location and later returning to the ger camp to overnight. Day 6 - Ulaanbaatar City Sightseeing, Capital of Mongolia (B, L, D – Overnight in Hotel): After breakfast you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar and check in at the hotel where you can have a short rest and hot shower before the afternoon sightseeing. In the afternoon, you will visit the Natural History Museum that exhibits some of the world’s biggest dinosaur’s skeletons that have been excavated from the Gobi Desert. You will continue your day with a lunch in the city before visiting Bogd Khan Museum, the winter palace of the last Mongolian king; the museum is mostly dedicated to Mongolian Buddhist art. In the evening you will return to the hotel where you have your dinner and early rest in preparation for the next day’s early flight. Day 7 - Central Asia’s Deepest Lake, “Khuvsgul Lake” (B, L, D – Overnight Tent): In the morning time we will fly to the northern part of the Mongolia. Upon your will arrival in Murun, our local facilitator Mrs. Nyamdavaa will greet you and guide you to the place where you will have lunch before departing on the route. Soon after, you will depart to the first nomadic family by Russian jeep for 130 kilometers. Upon arrival, Mr. Enkhbayar and his family will prepare and serve you a nomadic dinner and hot tea before you retire for the evening to your tent. It has been recorded that Khuvsgul Lake is the deepest lake in Central Asia with a maximum depth reaching 262 meters. Most of the region is heavily oriented to eco development and still today its water is crystal clear and fresh; the reflections of larch forests and majestic

Mountains in the lake’s water are amazing. Khuvsgul Lake is the recipient of 96 rivers and streams while the Egiin River exits from it and provides a wonderful catch and release fly fishing, kayaking and even rafting environment for those active enthusiasts. Khuvsgul Lake is truly a remarkable destination and should be a highlight of any traveler’s itinerary to Mongolia. Day 8 - Experience the Culture of the Northern Reindeer Tribe (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): The Reindeer Tribe earned the Mongolian name “Tsaatan”, which roughly translates as “with reindeer”. The Tsaatan Tribe originally migrated from Siberia’s Tuvan region and has historically inhabited this border region between Russia and Mongolia. The Tsaatan have depended on domesticated reindeer for nearly all of their basic needs that includes milk, it’s meat for food, skins for clothing and antlers for tools, etc. After breakfast, you will have a chance to learn how to make homemade bread using an iron pot inside a wood-burning stove with assistance from the hostess who will teach you a little about the local culinary practices. Then you will start your round trip journey (10 kilometers) to Shar Tsaram where you will have an opportunity to meet a Reindeer family. You will enjoy the breath taking landscapes of Khuvsgul Province which is renown both domestically and internationally for its pristine natural beauty. Lake Khuvsgul is recorded as the deepest lake in Central Asia with a maximum depth reaching 262 meters. Khuvsgul Lake is crystal clear and the reflections of larch forests and majestic Mountains are amazing. You will greatly enjoy trekking along the beautiful shoreline and a picnic lunch surrounded by picturesque landscapes. In the evening time, you will return to the host family for a hot nomadic dinner and tea to be followed by a deep and relaxing sleep in your tent. Keep in mind that stargazing in Khuvsgul region is brilliant – depending on the weather, you may just want to go out and enjoy this opportunity. Day 9 - Journey by Ox Cart to Santiin Ovoo (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): After your breakfast, you will make homemade bread by yourself and impress the family by your skills. Afterwards, you will start your journey by ox cart to “Santiin Ovoo”. On the way, you will be served a picnic lunch to which in the late afternoon you will return to the nomadic family and enjoy a homely dinner with the family. Day 10 - Horseback Journey to next nomadic family (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): After breakfast, you will start the 15 kilometer horseback and/or horse cart journey to the next nomadic family. As you make your way to Mr. Purevdalai’s family you will pass “Sagsag” hill and cross “Alag Tsar” river, upon arriving at Mr. Purevdalai’s family, you will be served a lunch and traditional milk tea. This is a great opportunity for you to pull out your camera and take shots of the surrounding picturesque landscapes and scenery. Day 11 - Experience the nomadic daily routine (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent):

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location that includes a short briefing before you start your cultural immersion into the daily life at the monastery. In the evening you will return to the host family where you will have opportunity to learn and play a traditional Mongolian ankle bone game which called ‘Shagai’. Afterwards you can learn more about nomadic life and assist the family in milking cows and even participate in the cooking and learn how to make Mongolian dumplings (buzz) before you have your evening dinner and overnight in your tent.

Today you will have a great opportunity to spend quality time with the nomadic family that includes assisting with livestock herding, making nomadic dairy products, collecting water by ox cart as well as collecting fallen timber with assistant from the herder family that is used for cooking. In the evening time you can enjoy the freshly made yogurt, have an enjoyable dinner followed by a fun evening of learning how to play a Mongolian game called “Khorol” as well as trying your ability at some other anklebone games with the family before retiring for the night.

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Day 15 - Experience Some of the Daily Routines of a Monk (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): After breakfast you will trek 2 kilometers to the monastery and have a great cultural opportunity from 9am to 6pm in assisting and supporting the Monks with their daily routines that includes cleaning the surrounding grounds, cutting fire woods, observing their daily prayers, assist the junior Monks during their study time, meditate in a secluded and private place, etc. In the afternoon you will have lunch and dinner with all the Monks as well as have privileges to take cultural and historical photos where normal travelers are not allowed. Later in the evening you will have free to enjoy walking around the monastery before the return walk back to the host family and overnight.

Day 12 - Trekking along the Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): Today after breakfast is your free day to absorb the wonderful natural surroundings, enjoy a refreshing walk along the shoreline, trek into the forests, etc.; you will have a wonderful opportunity to pull out the camera during your 10 kilometer roundtrip trek along the lake with your nomad guide before returning in the evening for dinner with the family and overnighting in your tent next to the family.

Day 16 - Horseback Journey through Mountain Valley Forests (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): After having breakfast, Mr. Kambaatar or his son with a local will guide you by horseback for a 15 kilometer round trip to the nearby mountain valley forests. During the trip, you will have an opportunity to visit the ancient stupor made of stones, clay tile site where they are gathered for the roofs of the monastery, spring water location as well as gather wild berries (the growing seasons for berries are from end of July to mid of September), have a scenic picnic lunch and spend the afternoon in the forest before making your way back to the family for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 - Darkhan (B, L – Overnight in Bus): Shortly after your morning breakfast with family, the rural driver will arrive and take you to Murun (125 kilometers) by Russian jeep or minivan where you will have lunch before departing on the 2pm bus to Darkhan. Part of the “Mongolian Experience” is traveling like the locals do in between provinces, this is a great way to sit back and enjoy the amazing landscapes and the down time before the next adventure.

Day 17 - Return to Ulaanbaatar City (B, L – Overnight in Hotel): After breakfast, our driver will arrive at herder family and escort you back to Darkhan (160 kilometers) by car. Upon arrival in Darkhan, you will have your farewell lunch at Raja’s Curry House before departing by bus to Ulaanbaatar city around at 3 or 4pm. Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel for check-in where you can have a quick rest and shower before the evening farewell dinner.

Day 14 - Trip to Ancient and Still Active Amarbayasgalant Monastery (B, L, D – Overnight in Tent): You will arrive in Darkhan at 6am and rest at guesthouse for 3 to 4 hours, later you will be welcomed by a breakfast at the local authentic Curry house. Then you will depart to Amarbayasgalant by car or minibus for 160 kilometers to Mr. Kambaatar’s nomadic family that lives near to the monastery. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, you will have an opportunity to become acquainted with your host family during lunch before the short 2 kilometer trek to the monastery. During your short visit at the monastery, you will have the pleasure to meet either the director or head Monk. During this meeting you will become oriented with the

Day 18 - Departure (B): Transfer to airport or train station. Included services: • All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary • Herder guide service on route • Horse riding according to itinerary


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Sightseeing Pack animals on route Cultural activities (make dried curds, play ankle bone game etc) Boiled water on route One way bus tickets from Darkhan to Ulaanbaatar city One way bus ticket from Murun to Darkhan Two ways domestic air tickets to Dalanzadgad /Southern Mongolia/ One way domestic air ticket from Ulaanbaatar to Murun town Russian jeep service which stated on itinerary 4 nights at tourist camp 1 night at Hotel**** in UB city English speaking guide on route National park fees

Not included: • Camping equipments /sleeping bag, mattress and tent/ • International airfare • Travel insurance • Visas • Departure tax • Personal use


Dear Ger to Ger team, In summer 2008, we did the Noble rock desert route. An unforgettable experience! Thank you again for this amazing trip and forward the best wishes to the families!! -Andreas, Florian, Lukas, Adrian - Switzerland


NOMADIC TRAVEL ROUTES

travel from nomadic family to nomadic family covering vast geograpic distances through epic landscapes

Arhangai Province • Blue Lake Trekking • Nomadic Ranchers Lifestyle • White Lake Bayan Olgii Province • Kazakh Lifestyle

Bulgan Province • Trek to Desert Oasis • Quest for the Last Emperor Darhan Ull Province • Community Life Dornogovi Province • Shangrila

Dundgovi Province • Great Gobi Nomadic Quest • Noble Rock Palace • Uush Sand Dune • Pilgrim’s Route Khuvsgul Province • Khuvsgul Lake Culture

Selenge Province • A Monk’s Life Terelj Naitonal Park • Nomadic Lifestyle • Nomadic Naadam


FUSION TRAVEL: GER TO GER & HIGHLIGHTS OF MONGOLIA Every day is an adventure, full of challenges and new areas of exploration - around the cities, rural villages or deep in the outback! The northeastern region of Asia where Mongolia is located is extraordinarily different from its southern tourism counterparts. Where southern destinations are well known for its soft and easy going travel, beaches, resorts, diversity of Asian foods, diving and etc., Mongolia is a country of extremes - from the northern river and lake regions where Tsaatan reindeer herders live the ancient way, to the western mountainous regions where Kazakhs hunt with their eagles, to the southern Gobi regions where nomadic herders struggle to survive in vast and epic desert landscapes, to the eastern regions where open steppe’s Buriat cowboys herd their livestock not far from the largest gazelle herders of Central Asia, to the central mountainous pasture regions where nomadic life is easy going and families enjoy making homemade dairy products from Yak and Mare’s milk near scenic rivers valleys. Most of traditional Mongolia is explored either nomadically by making use of horses, camels, ox-carts, horse-carts or even camel carts! But now it is very common to see nomadic families

using the ‘Iron Horse’ to assist in their herding of livestock as its easier on the horses that they care for as using a horses to herd can weaken them during times of drought or bad pasture seasons.


FUSION TRAVEL: GER TO GER & HIGHLIGHTS OF MONGOLIA experience the holistic fusion of ger to ger and pre-arranged travel

White Lake, Khuvsgul Lake and Amarbayasgalant Monastery Horseback riding around White Lake and Journey onwards to Amarbayasgalant Monastery via Khuvsgul Lake Region

Emperial Route The Emperial Route - Sand Dunes, Karakorum and Natural Hot Springs

Noble Palace & Shangrila From the Desert Noble Rock Palace to its neighboring Desert Shangerla known as Hamriin Khiid Gobi overland expedition From the Gobi’s largest Ancient Monastery Ruins to Wind Blown Canyons via Southern Gobi Desert Region - Khongor Sand Dunes, Bayanzag and Yoliin Canyon


cultural home stay programs live and learn with mongolian nomadic families and communities

Arhangai Province • Mongolian Langauge • Archery and ankle bone shooting Bayan Olgii Province • Kazakh Embroidery • Learn How to Train Kazakh Eagles

Bulgan Province • Nomadic Dairy Products • Nomadic Wool and Felt Darhan Ull Province • Community Life Dundgovi Province • Mongolian Horse-Head Fiddle

Terelj Naitonal Park • White Moon (Lunar New Years) Celebration with Nomadic Families • Sew Traditional Clothing with Nomadic Families • Fall and Spring Nomadic Migration

Uvurkhangai • Learn the basics of horse training General Nomadic Home stays (at one family)


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