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Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Mongolia Cultural Discovery
While once a pivotal point on the ancient Silk Road, this "Land of Blue Skies" has managed to retain the basic elements of nomadic life and culture. Horses remain at the heart of Mongol culture, shamanic traditions endure, and ancient Buddhist monasteries reflect venerable spiritual traditions. On this fabulous adventure, you'll travel this immense, silent land from the arid semi-desert Khogna Khan Natural Reserve and the Neolithic Ongot monuments near Hustai National Park through seemingly endless rolling steppe to the ochre-colored sands of the Gobi Desert in the south - including the "singing dunes" of Khongoryn Els. All along the way you'll marvel at the sheer expanse of untamed land, uninterrupted by roads or fences, where there is precious little evidence of human presence save for the nomads' white felt gers, which dot the landscape.
  • Experience Mongol culture as you meet nomads, witness a Naadam festival, and overnight in traditional gers
  • Ride a camel through Gobi's dunes, and walk daily through desert, taiga, and steppe environments
  • Explore Khogno Khan Natural Reserve and UNESCO-listed Orkhon Valley, and see incredible Ongot monuments

Internal Airfare: $460
Minimum Age: 10
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
13 Nights Starting At
July 01, 2023 through July 14, 2023
Book by:
June 27, 2023 7:00 PM
Internal Airfare not included
Itinerary Overview
Day 3
Journey to Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes
Day 4
Ride a Camel Through the Gobi Desert
Day 5
See the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag
Day 6
Spot Eagles in Yolyn Am
Day 7
Explore Khogno Khan & Orkhon Valley
Day 8
Experience a Local Naadam Festival in Karakorum
Day 9
See Wild Horses in Hustai National Park
Day 10
Take a Day Hike to Moilt Valley
Day 11
See the Sacred Peak of Tsetsee Gun
Day 12
Saddle Up & Meet a Local Herder Family
Day 13
Hike to Bayanzurkh Mountain
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Dates & prices
Additional
Offers
July 01, 2023

to July 14, 2023

13 Nights from $6,795.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare not included
June 27, 2023 7:00 PM
August 04, 2023

to August 17, 2023

13 Nights from $6,795.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare not included
July 31, 2023 7:00 PM
Additional
Offers
July 01, 2023

July 14, 2023

August 04, 2023

August 17, 2023

Accommodations
MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Day: 1, duration: 2
Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchinlen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city. The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also work out at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

Day: 3, duration: 2
Gobi Discovery Ger Camp

Stay in a traditional ger with superlative views of the Khongoryn Els sand dunes at Gobi Discovery Ger Camp. Spacious, clean, and comfortable, these no-frills gers offer an immersive experience, with desert adventures such as dune treks and camel rides outside the door. Also a local nomadic family nearby welcomes guests heartily, offering guiding services or just conversing with travelers.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Established in 2009, Dream Gobi's comfortable gers with private bathrooms are set amidst a stunning, peaceful landscape in the Gobi Desert. Guests describe this camp as refined, clean, and luxurious — desert-style. An on-site greenhouse stocks the fresh salads and Mongolian meals in its spacious restaurant. It's a literal oasis for rest, rejuvenation, and spectacular sunrises/sunsets in the vast Gobi.

Day: 7, duration: 2
Secret of the Silk Road

Experience Mongolia's legendary hospitality at the Secret of the Silk Road resort, inspired by Ghenghis Khan's palace. Enjoy the comfort of deluxe and standard gers and rooms, complete with elegant wooden furniture and plush touches. Dine on-site, sip warm coffee in the café, attend traditional folk performances, or relax in the sauna. The resort is perfectly located for exploring the age-old Erdene Zuu Monastery and surrounding herders' villages.

Day: 9, duration: 2
Hustai Ger Camp

Hustai Ger Camp is an ideal base for exploring Hustai National Park — Mongolia's premier natural preserve and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The camp's 14 traditional gers are furnished with colorful fabrics and charming painted beds.

Day: 11, duration: 2
Tuul Riverside Lodge

Only an hour from frenetic Ulaanbaatar, Tuul Riverside Lodge offer a tranquil, traditional Mongolian experience. A collection of Mongolian gers, flanked by rolling green hills and the Tuul River, range from standard to luxurious. All include en suite bathrooms and authentic, brightly painted Mongolian decor. Come evening, enjoy folk songs around a crackling campfire and the seemingly endless Milky Way.

Day: 13, duration: 1
Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchinlen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city. The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also work out at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

Guides
MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Amartuvshin Altansukh
Amartuvshin was born in the northern part of Mongolia and has worked as an English and Russian teacher at one of Mongolia's leading private universities. Over the past six years, he has organized major Taiga horse riding trips and private trekking trips throughout his homeland, using his excellent language skills to share his deep understanding of the country's history and culture. Today he leads MT Sobek's Mongolia adventures and looks forward to sharing his country with you.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Inclusions
Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
Potable water and snacks throughout
1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
All necessary horse riding gear
All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
Arrival and departure airport transfers

Exclusions
International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
Optional travel protection
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Reason #01

MT Sobek has traveled deep into the heart of Mongolia for over 30 years, guiding guests through a rugged, expansive landscape.

Reason #02

Our expert team of local guides offer an immersive discovery journey, nurturing genuine encounters with nomadic cultures.

Reason #03

Our unique traveling dining truck allows us to cook up high quality, fresh and hot meals everywhere we travel.

Activities

Moderate daily hikes up to 4-5 hours per day with cultural touring by private van. Visit local families and explore wondrous sand dunes.

Lodging

Traditional and comfortable ger camps, and a traditional Mongolian lodge. First and last night in a modern city hotel.

Climate

Daytime temperatures range from 70-85°F; nighttime temperatures are cooler and can drop to the 40's. Brief, gentle showers can be expected in the summer.

Who will meet me on arrival?

You will be met by our MT Sobek representative.

Do I need a visa to visit Mongolia?

If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for Mongolia. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Mongolian Embassy for your requirements.

Which airlines fly to Mongolia?

Only a few airlines offer flights to Mongolia, including Korean, Asiana, Air China, MIAT and Aeroflot.

Will I be able to see the Naadam Festival if I don’t go on the July departure?

Yes, you will. We attend a regional Naadam and have the chance to see this on both the July and August departures.

Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?

You will have Wi-Fi only at the Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel and Tuul Riverside Lodge.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! Attend a lecture from local World Wildlife Fund researchers to learn about efforts to protect the endangered Gobi Bear through the Gobi Bear Project.

MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Day: 1, duration: 2
Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchinlen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city. The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also work out at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

Day: 3, duration: 2
Gobi Discovery Ger Camp

Stay in a traditional ger with superlative views of the Khongoryn Els sand dunes at Gobi Discovery Ger Camp. Spacious, clean, and comfortable, these no-frills gers offer an immersive experience, with desert adventures such as dune treks and camel rides outside the door. Also a local nomadic family nearby welcomes guests heartily, offering guiding services or just conversing with travelers.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Dream Gobi Ger Camp

Established in 2009, Dream Gobi's comfortable gers with private bathrooms are set amidst a stunning, peaceful landscape in the Gobi Desert. Guests describe this camp as refined, clean, and luxurious — desert-style. An on-site greenhouse stocks the fresh salads and Mongolian meals in its spacious restaurant. It's a literal oasis for rest, rejuvenation, and spectacular sunrises/sunsets in the vast Gobi.

Day: 7, duration: 2
Secret of the Silk Road

Experience Mongolia's legendary hospitality at the Secret of the Silk Road resort, inspired by Ghenghis Khan's palace. Enjoy the comfort of deluxe and standard gers and rooms, complete with elegant wooden furniture and plush touches. Dine on-site, sip warm coffee in the café, attend traditional folk performances, or relax in the sauna. The resort is perfectly located for exploring the age-old Erdene Zuu Monastery and surrounding herders' villages.

Day: 9, duration: 2
Hustai Ger Camp

Hustai Ger Camp is an ideal base for exploring Hustai National Park — Mongolia's premier natural preserve and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The camp's 14 traditional gers are furnished with colorful fabrics and charming painted beds.

Day: 11, duration: 2
Tuul Riverside Lodge

Only an hour from frenetic Ulaanbaatar, Tuul Riverside Lodge offer a tranquil, traditional Mongolian experience. A collection of Mongolian gers, flanked by rolling green hills and the Tuul River, range from standard to luxurious. All include en suite bathrooms and authentic, brightly painted Mongolian decor. Come evening, enjoy folk songs around a crackling campfire and the seemingly endless Milky Way.

Day: 13, duration: 1
Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel

The 4-star Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter hotel, near Gandantegchinlen Monastery, combines comfortable accommodations with a great location in the heart of the city. The spacious and well-designed hotel provides free Wi-Fi access and newspapers daily, and its rooms are complete with TV, minibar, fridge, kettle, and a 42-inch TV. You can also work out at the hotel's on-site fitness center.

MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Amartuvshin Altansukh
Amartuvshin was born in the northern part of Mongolia and has worked as an English and Russian teacher at one of Mongolia's leading private universities. Over the past six years, he has organized major Taiga horse riding trips and private trekking trips throughout his homeland, using his excellent language skills to share his deep understanding of the country's history and culture. Today he leads MT Sobek's Mongolia adventures and looks forward to sharing his country with you.





MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Inclusions
Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
Potable water and snacks throughout
1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
All necessary horse riding gear
All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
Arrival and departure airport transfers

Exclusions
International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
Optional travel protection
MT Sobek: Mongolia Cultural Discovery

Reason #01

MT Sobek has traveled deep into the heart of Mongolia for over 30 years, guiding guests through a rugged, expansive landscape.

Reason #02

Our expert team of local guides offer an immersive discovery journey, nurturing genuine encounters with nomadic cultures.

Reason #03

Our unique traveling dining truck allows us to cook up high quality, fresh and hot meals everywhere we travel.

Activities

Moderate daily hikes up to 4-5 hours per day with cultural touring by private van. Visit local families and explore wondrous sand dunes.

Lodging

Traditional and comfortable ger camps, and a traditional Mongolian lodge. First and last night in a modern city hotel.

Climate

Daytime temperatures range from 70-85°F; nighttime temperatures are cooler and can drop to the 40's. Brief, gentle showers can be expected in the summer.

Who will meet me on arrival?

You will be met by our MT Sobek representative.

Do I need a visa to visit Mongolia?

If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for Mongolia. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Mongolian Embassy for your requirements.

Which airlines fly to Mongolia?

Only a few airlines offer flights to Mongolia, including Korean, Asiana, Air China, MIAT and Aeroflot.

Will I be able to see the Naadam Festival if I don’t go on the July departure?

Yes, you will. We attend a regional Naadam and have the chance to see this on both the July and August departures.

Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?

You will have Wi-Fi only at the Ramada Ulaanbaatar Citycenter Hotel and Tuul Riverside Lodge.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! Attend a lecture from local World Wildlife Fund researchers to learn about efforts to protect the endangered Gobi Bear through the Gobi Bear Project.

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.