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Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

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.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AMNL.B/203852
  • Starts: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Finishes: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You will Visit
  • Ulan Bator
  • Rashaant Sum
  • Orkhon Valley
  • Kharkhorin
  • Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time.

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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.

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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.
Roll up those sleeves and participate in daily nomadic morning chores. After visiting the monument of Queen Mandukhai, prepare for a farewell lunch and tea before setting off to Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, prepare for a traditional dinner with milk tea and then rest up in the nomad's extra Ger.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Depart Ulaanbaatar and travel approximately 2 hrs by bus to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival in the Terelj Village, a local guide will meet you with either an oxcart or horses. From here, begin the 3km (1.9 mi) journey by horseback or oxcart, crossing the Terelj River and continuing north through an incredibly stunning mountain river valley to the first nomadic family. Upon arrival, dismount and enter the host's ger for a hot nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea.

During the stay, the host will demonstrate the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart. Have plenty of time to refine skills and continue practicing them afterwards. In the evening, learn how to play a variety of traditional Mongolian games with sheep's bones (shagai). Nights in the park are especially amazing due to the star-strewn sky.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 10: Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Traditional ger (6 nts), ger camp (1 nt), basic hotels (2 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, oxcart, horse
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local nomadic hosts
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Tour 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