Local Living Mongolia-Nomadic Life
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.
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
Public bus, oxcart, horse.
Traditional ger (6 nts), ger camp (1 nt), basic hotels (2 nts).
Local Living: Horseback Riding, Ha¶gna¶-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.
Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.
Day 6 Kharkhorin/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 4 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic region. Opt to visit a local family and learn to prepare homemade vodka and cheese.
Day 6 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 9 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B)
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.
Day 10 Ulaanbaatar (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 3 Rashaant Sum/Orkhon Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Rashaant Sum (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 4 Orkhon Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 5 Orkhon Valley/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and opt to spend time walking the ruins. This evening, overnight in a comfortable ger camp.