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Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life

10 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

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

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Rashaant Sum 
Travel to the village of Rashaant. Meet your hosts and have lunch together. Afterwards, travel to scenic Swan Lake on horseback and take in the desert landscape. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your hosts and sleep in a ger tent. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 Rashaant Sum/Orkhon Valley 
Experience daily life with your hosts in the morning before travelling into the countryside by horseback. After lunch, continue on to the Orkhon Valley in Central Mongolia, home to nomadic people for millennia. Meet your hosts and settle in for an evening together. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Orkhon Valley 
This morning set off on a trek to Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, stopping to take in the scenery along the way. Return to camp for lunch with your hosts. In the afternoon, continue exploring the beautiful Orkhon Valley with a trek to Baga Tsutgalan waterfall. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Orkhon Valley/Kharkhorin 
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and opt to spend time walking the ruins. This evening, overnight in a comfortable ger camp. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Kharkhorin/Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Spend the morning in Khustain Park and observe the famous wild horses, known as "takhi," in their natural habitat. This afternoon, travel to Terelj National Park, a beautiful alpine retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests. Meet your host and continue by horse through incredible scenery to their nomadic camp. Enjoy an evening of traditional games and a hot dinner with the hosts, and take in the star-strewn night before going to sleep in a ger. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. In the evening, opt to help collect firewood by ox cart before enjoying a traditional dinner and tea with the family. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park 
Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic region. Opt to visit a local family and learn to prepare homemade vodka and cheese. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 9 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar 
Travel back to the capital after breakfast. Enjoy a final evening with a group and take in a folk performance by the Tumen Ekh Ensemble. (1B)

Day 10 Ulaanbaatar 
Depart at any time. (1B)
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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 stay with three different families to experience life as a nomad. From Orkhon Valley to Gorkhi Terelj National Park, you'll live in gers, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's 10 days like you never imagined.
  • Local Living: Horseback Riding, Högnö-Tarna Uul Local Living: Nomadic Family Stay, 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 (6 nts), ger camp (1 nt), basic hotels (2 nts).
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 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 (6 nts)
Ger camp (1 nt)
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.
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