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Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life

8 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Travel by bus, then by either oxcart or horse to reach the first nomadic family. Learn the Mongolian techniques to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart before an evening of traditional games and a hot dinner with the hosts. Enjoy the first of many star-strewn nights before going to sleep in a ger. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a beautiful alpine retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests. (1L, 1D)

Day 3 Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Meet a new host family and learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together as well as how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Challenge local nomads to a friendly archery competition after practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows. Travel in the afternoon by oxcart to the next nomadic host family. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with cow milking before learning how to make traditional dairy products that will accompany breakfast. Travel to visit another family in the afternoon. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar 
Learn to steer an oxcart with the nomadic hosts and practice around the area. Travel back to the capital after lunch. (1B, 1L)

Day 8 Ulaanbaatar
Depart at any time.
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All This Included
It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and travel by horseback or oxcart to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for life with nomadic families. You'll live in a ger, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's eight days like you never imagined. Participants should be comfortable around and on horses.
  • Local Living: Nomadic Family Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park Hands-On: Button Making Demonstration, Gorkhi Terelj National Park Hands-On: Dairy Demonstration, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts
  • Transport between destinations and included activities.
  • Traditional ger (5 nts), basic hotels (2 nts).
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • Transportation: Public bus, oxcart, horse.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local nomadic hosts.
Highlights
  • Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger
  • Ride a horse across the Mongolian countryside
  • Learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts
  • Compete with Mongolian nomads in archery
Accommodations
Traditional ger (5 nts)
Basic hotels (2 nts)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 12, avg 9.
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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