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The Mongolian steppes are as beautiful as they are barren, a remote and rugged region where ancient traditions live on to this day. This five-day tour takes you ‘ger-to-ger’ in timeless style - by horse, camel and ox cart!
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.
Less a holiday than a cultural odyssey, this six-day tour is an adventure like no other! Beginning in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, you’ll head out into the Khugnu-Tarni National Park and the desert beyond. Travelling first by jeep and later by camel, horse and ox cart, your route takes you via sacred sites and sand dunes to mountain monasteries and mammoth monuments! 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 participate in a range of household customs, be it worshipping at an ovoo (a stone, cloth and bone pyramid associated with Mongolia’s ancient shamanic traditions) or visiting a nearby medicinal spring!
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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