Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads

12 nights from £3099

12 nights

Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads

Journey through Mongolia's vast open lands dotted by nomadic camps under a massive sky.

£3099 pp excluding flights £258 per night
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Rolling steppe of Central Asia make way to stark desert; small nomadic ger camp pepper this vast land where camels and goats are herded on horseback, fermented mare’s milk is the tipple of choice, sand dunes are known to ‘sing’ and the first intact dinosaur eggs were found. Genghis Khan went forth from here on horseback to conquer the biggest land empire in history and, to this day, Buddhist and Animist traditions mix. In July, all over the country, people come together to compete in wrestling, archery, horse-racing and ankle bone flicking during the Naadam Festival but traditions can be witnessed throughout the year. We travel through steppe, mountain and the Gobi desert exploring the nature and culture of this fascinating, yet little known, country. Please note Nadaam Festival departures are 2 days longer, to view the Nadaam itinerary click on the link next to the date under 'dates & prices'.
  • Sleep in traditional style ger camps (Mongolian tents)
  • The spectacularly varied Mongolian landscape - vast rolling steppe, mountains and deserts
  • The rolling sand dunes and landscape of the Gobi desert
  • Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire
  • One of the last remaining nomadic cultures in the world

We use hotels in Ulaanbaatar and Arvaikheer and ger camps elsewhere. Gers are similar to yurts, generally airy and comfortable with beds and, normally, a stove (though the stoves are not normally needed in the summer). The bathrooms are normally shared and all have hot water (due to the remoteness of the camps this can, at times, be erratic). Many of the ger camps now have 24-hour electricity in the ger itself for charging batteries. If there is no charging facility inside the ger, there are charging facilities in the common area (though this may be during limited periods of the day when the generator is turned on). There is normally no more than two people per ger; however, in some cases, due to availability issues, we may need to have triples in the ger. There may also be rare occasions when a single cannot be guaranteed in a particular ger camp.

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