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The Nomadic People of Mongolia

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TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3996

Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the Mongolian nomadic culture in depth from nomads while staying in traditional Mongolian dwellings known as Gers.
  • Gaze in amazement at the 131-foot (40 m) tall statue complex of Chinggis Khaan, the great ruler who established the biggest empire the world has ever known.
  • Take part in cultural activities to learn about the daily life of nomad herders, including making and tasting their dairy products, playing the national musical instruments and singing folk songs.
  • Visit a reindeer herding family who depend on reindeer for survival along with cultural and spiritual identity.
  • Enjoy horseback riding and play a traditional game of Shagai-knuckle bones and experience a traditional archery shooting lesson.
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Tour Overview

Once stretching from Eastern Europe clear through to the Pacific coast of China, Mongolia was the world’s largest empire built by united nomadic tribes. Today, though the region has reduced in size, the nomadic culture continues to thrive through the steppes of present-day Mongolia.

Yampu Explorers will experience the rich culture of The Nomadic People of Mongolia while exploring the region’s diverse landscapes of deserts, grasslands, and snowy mountains and taking part in the locals’ traditional ways of life.

From staying in the comfort of traditional nomadic mobile camps known as Gers to tasting the rich milk reared from the reindeer of the Dukha people,  travelers will have a once in a lifetime cultural experience over the course of ten-days alongside their private, local Mongolian guide.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$3996 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$6426 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Overnight Flight to Mongolia

Overnight International Flight to Ulaanbaatar

Overnight International Flight to Ulaanbaatar

Day
2

Welcome to Ulaanbaatar!

Upon arrival to Ulaanbaatar, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Situated on the Tuul River, Ulaanbaatar is the capital and largest city of Mongolia. Divided into two districts, one part of the city consists of permanent sites with Soviet-era buildings, museums within surviving monasteries, and apartment complexes while the other is home to many nomads who live in their traditional yurts in the ger district. The Contrast of traditional and modern lifestyles is what gives the city such a vibrant culture. ...read less

Day
3

Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Today, you will be visiting Gandan Monastery, the National Museum, and the Central Square. You will also enjoy a traditional art performance with a welcome dinner.

Today, you will be visiting Gandan Monastery, the National Museum, and the Central Square. You will also enjoy a traditional art performance with a welcome dinner.

Day
4

Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park

This morning, you will visit the Fina Arts Museum. Then, depart to Terelj National Park (50 miles / 80 km, approx.. 2 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at Ger camp, a traditional Mongolian dwelling that has been used since the Mongols started nomadic life. Then, visit the turtle shaped rock and Ariyabal local meditation temple.

This morning, you will visit the Fina Arts Museum. Then, depart to Terelj National Park (50 miles / 80 km, approx.. 2 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at Ger camp, a traditional Mongolian dwelling that has been used since the Mongols started nomadic life. Then, visit the turtle shaped rock and Ariyabal local meditation temple.

Day
5

Millennium Man Site Tour

This morning, you will depart to Statue Complex of Chinggis Khaan, the great ruler who established the biggest empire the world has ever known. Visit the complex and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the top deck. Afterwards, return to the camp and enjoy horseback riding for an hour. This evening, play a traditional game of Shagai-knuckle bones and experience a traditional archery shooting.

This morning, you will depart to Statue Complex of Chinggis Khaan, the great ruler who established the biggest empire the world has ever known. Visit the complex and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the top deck. Afterwards, return to the camp and enjoy horseback riding for an hour. This evening, play a traditional game of Shagai-knuckle bones and experience a traditional archery shooting.

Day
6

Terelj - Argalant

This morning, you will depart to a Mongol Nomadic Ger camp (75 miles / 121 km, approx. 2 hours). Upon arrival, you will visit a nomadic herder family to see and learn about their traditional culture and lifestyle more in depth. There will be numerous activities for you to take part in to learn about the daily life of nomad herders, including making and tasting their dairy products, making felt from sheep wool, tanning leather, playing the national musical instruments and singing folk songs. You will also have the opportunity to learn how they move through the region by ox cart and camel freight and watch an exhilarating horsemen show. ...read less

Day
7

Argalant - Ulaanbaatar - Murun - Khuvsgul

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Murun.

Upon arrival to Murun, you will be met at the airport and transferred to lake Khuvsgul (69 miles / 111 km, approx. 2 hours). Upon arrival to Khuvsgul hotel, take a rest before taking part in a short hike along the lake shore. You will have an opportunity to climb up the surrounding mountain for an unforgettable panoramic view over the lake.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Murun.

Upon arrival to Murun, you will be met at the airport and transferred to lake Khuvsgul (69 miles / 111 km, approx. 2 hours). Upon arrival to Khuvsgul hotel, take a rest before taking part in a short hike along the lake shore. You will have an opportunity to climb up the surrounding mountain for an unforgettable panoramic view over the lake.

Day
8

Reindeer Herders Tour

This morning, you will visit one of the last remaining nomadic groups of reindeer herders in the world. Known as Dukha or reindeer herders, this ancient civilization depends on reindeer for survival along with cultural and spiritual identity.

Later on, enjoy a half an hour boat trip after heading back to the Ger camp.

This morning, you will visit one of the last remaining nomadic groups of reindeer herders in the world. Known as Dukha or reindeer herders, this ancient civilization depends on reindeer for survival along with cultural and spiritual identity.

Later on, enjoy a half an hour boat trip after heading back to the Ger camp.

Day
9

Khuvsgul - Murun - Ulaanbaatar

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Upon arrival to Ulaanbaatar, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax or do some shopping in the city before your farewell dinner.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Upon arrival to Ulaanbaatar, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax or do some shopping in the city before your farewell dinner.

Day
10

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Terelj, Mongolia

Argalant, Mongolia

Murun, Mongolia

Khuvsgul, Mongolia

Places You'll See

  • Ulaanbaatar

    The capital and largest city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar is divided into two districts, one part of the city consists of permanent sites with Soviet-era buildings and modern apartment complexes while the second district is home to many nomads who live in their traditional yurts in the ger district. The Contrast of traditional and modern lifestyles is what gives the city such a vibrant culture.

  • Terelj

    Located just outside of Ulaanbaatar, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is the perfect example of Mongolia’s distinct landscape. Though much of it is largely inaccessible for the average traveler due to its terrain, much of the southern entrance has adapted to tourism with ger camps, restaurants and modern amenities. Once within the park, visitors will be in awe of the stark pine tree-lined mountains as they stretch into vast meadows filled with green grass and colorful wildflowers.

  • Argalant

    Consisting mostly of pastureland, Argalant is located a short drive away from the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Here, visitors can experience the life of nomads who use the land for herding while taking in the sprawling, vast landscape of the Mongolian steppe.

  • Khuvsgul Province

    Also known as Mörön, the small town of Murun is the administrative center of Khuvsgul Aimag province in the northern region of Mongolia. Though it is not as bustling as Ulaanbaatar, Khuvsgul province is the second most populated region in the country, offering modern comforts. With a subarctic climate, the region faces long, dry winters and short-lived summers. Points of interest include Gandandarjaalin monastery, Khuvsgul lake and the land of the tsaatan reindeer herdsmen.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Terelj Lodge Ger Camp

Terelj Lodge is situated in a prime sight of Gorkhi Terelj National Park offering a stunning view of the picturesque valley and convenient access to attractions within the national park.

All facilities and services of Terelj Lodge are designed to meet your needs to indulge in the comfort of the luxurious resort and at the same time experience unique lifestyles of Mongolian nomads.

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Featured Accommodation

Mongol Nomadic Ger Camp

Located 55 km away from Ulaanbaatar, towards the natural reserve of Khustai, you will be staying in a very immersive nomadic lifestyle yurt camp around the vast landscapes and rocky formations.

This camp offers all comfort with 24 yurts and 80 beds, toiletries, and warm showers. A restaurant serves up to 40 people together with Mongolian traditional delicacies. It is possible to enjoy your stay, with lower prices proposed for children of the age of 12 and under. The camp is open all year long, for summer and winter seasons.

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Featured Accommodation

Ashikhai Ger Camp

Ashihai Ger Camp is located in western shore of Khovsgol Lake, which is known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”. Lake Khuvsgul is the Mongolia’s largest and second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia. The camp includes Mongolian Ger and Teepees.

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4 Star Properties

Ulaanbaatar : Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Testimonials

Erik M.

Traveled December 2017

A ++ experience!

We used Yampu last Christmas (2017) for a 2 week trip in Argentina. From the very first email to the follow up after our trip, everything was perfect with Yampu. The hotel selection was matching our needs, the transfers between locations and airports all went very smoothly, the overall trip plan was a good balance of sightseeing, discovery and personal time. The guides were all so friendly and knowledgeable. This was a A+ experience. Our main point of contact in the USA was Christine Cronin. She did an amazing job for us. We like their services so much that we are now planning another trip with Yampu.

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John P.

Traveled October 2019

I recommend Yampu.

Karolina was very good and receptive to all tour directions. I recommend Yampu.

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B+T

Traveled July, 2014

Our trip was fantastic!

Our trip was fantastic! We were met us at the airport in Saigon when we arrived and shuttled to the Hotel, the guide got us settled in and arranged the schedule with us for the next day. Each day we knew in advance what was planned and had enough time to relax too. Both guides (in the South and Central Regions) were very good. We also had a private driver in our van which was constantly stocked with cold bottled water and moist wipes for cooling off after every activity. In general the Hotels were all excellent and a couple were even better (Hoi-An and Victoria Chau-Doc). Both guides were flexible to our needs and very personable and accommodating. We had ample food and it was all great. On a couple of occasions the Guide in the Central Region even made adjustments to our Menu to make certain that we got better items (which we appreciated). We got Heavy rain on one day only and that was the day that we were driving back to Saigon from the Mekong delta, so we were safely ensconced in the Van. We saw a lot in our time there but we really have no complaints at all. The guides in country were excellent in keeping us on schedule without making us feel hurried. In Saigon the last night we even arranged for an extension of the Hotel room (for half a day) and a show that started at 8PM that evening. The guide arranged to pick our luggage up for us at the hotel and then come pick us up after the show at the Opera House and get us to the Airport in time for our flight back to Tokyo. If we go back again we will certainly be happy to use you again.

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