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The steppes of Central Asia are one of last great travel frontiers, a remote region of barren beauty and timeless tradition! Discover their magic and majesty on this four-day tour to the Uush sand dunes and beyond!
From the mighty Altai Mountains to the sweeping sandscapes of the Gobi desert, Mongolia is a land of spectacular diversity! Marshes, salt lakes, forests and glaciers lie side by side with rolling pastures and wind-carved dunes, home to wild horses, Corsac foxes and the legendary Bactrian camel. One of the 20 largest countries in the world, Mongolia is also one of the most sparsely populated. Over a third of the country’s three million inhabitants live in the capital Ulaanbaatar, while another third is engaged in nomadic or semi-nomadic pastoralism, a livelihood strategy unchanged in centuries. Thanks to its size and geographic isolation, Mongolia retains a truly unique cultural heritage, with indigenous forms of wrestling, horse-racing and throat-singing among the many ancient pastimes still practised today.
This four-day trip is an awesome introduction to the landscapes and culture of this little-visited land. Starting in Mandalgovi, you’ll head by jeep out to the epic Uush sand dunes, famed for their miraculous healing powers! It’s then on to the haunting ruins of Hutul Monastery and the vast Tagtaa Amni Agui cave. Each evening you’ll stay with a local family in their traditional ger, offering a unique insight into the timeless traditions of this remote steppes region. As well as enjoying some authentic home cooking, you’ll have the chance to partake in a host of household activities from milking the camel to playing teveg (hacky-sack) and shagai (a marbles-like game played with an old ankle bone)! On your final night, you’ll be treated to a traditional Urtyn duu (long song) as the sun sets over plains – an unforgettable end to the trip.
Even by our own high standards, these Mongolia tours are that little bit special! This is a serious adventure, closer in kind to explorations of old than to the well-trodden trails of the modern traveller. There’s an endless stream of unique experiences, from riding a camel to kipping in a ger, so these tours are best suited to adventurous types with wide-open minds (the kind of people who wouldn’t say no to trying a horse steak, perhaps!?). You’ll get most from this trip if you’re not afraid to try new things and even look silly in the process – we find that’s the best way to make friends! Put yourself out there and you’ll be rewarded with sites and insights that most folk can only dream of!
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