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Mongolia Explorer

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Trip Overview

Duration

12 Days

Activities

Camel Riding
Cultural
Hiking
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Easy–Moderate

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Experience the Marvels of Mongolia

This transformative 12-day journey will take you to the remote nomadic pockets of Mongolia in a slow-moving panorama of mountain-forest steppe, large sand dunes, yak herds and monasteries. By camel, we experience the shifting landscapes of Khogno Khan Nature Reserve. We also explore the expanse of Orkhon River Valley, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and search for the thundering wild horses of Khustain Nuruu National Park. From the endless grasslands to the depths of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan’s vast Empire, this adventure offers surprise, scenery and a silently educational experience.

WHERE MODERN AND NOMADIC WORLDS MERGE

Female archer Ulaanbaatar | Janette Asche

Photo: Janette Asche

Revel in the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky

Learn about the intricacy of bow and arrow making from a local legend before testing your own skill at precision in the archery arena. Under the tutelage of the talented women supported by the Made in Mongolia felting project, we try our hand at the traditional craft and lifeblood of many. In a private calligraphy lesson, take up the brush and attempt our own swirls with ink. Monastery and museum visits color in the history pages. In the “Land of the Eternal Blue Sky” we stay in simple ger camps that elicit a direct and unforgettable connection to the landscape through the generational stories shared over meals with our local hosts and young yak herder families.

Mongolia Woman

Photo: Séverine Baptiste-Blanchart

Erdene Zuu Monastery | Janette Asche

Photo: Janette Asche

Mongolia

Photo: Janette Asche

Mongolia Orkhon Valley

Photo: Janette Asche

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    Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Ulaanbaatar

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    • Day 2

      Ulaanbaatar

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    • Day 3

      Khogno Khan Nature Reserve

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    • Day 4

      Khogno Khan Nature Reserve

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    • Day 5

      Tsetserleg

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    • Day 6

      Tsenkher

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    • Day 7

      Kharkhorin

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    • Day 8

      Orkhon River Valley

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    • Day 9

      Orkhon River Valley

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    • Day 10

      Khustain Nuruu National Park

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    • Day 11

      Khustain Nuruu National Park and Ulaanbaatar

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    • Day 12

      Departure

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    What’s Included

    • checkmark icon Awesome local English-speaking female guide and male driver
    • checkmark icon Shared accommodation for 11 nights (5 nights hotel, 6 nights ger camps. In the group ger camps, tents may be shared by 2–4 or 4–6 women per ger.)
    • checkmark icon Airport shuttle to and from Chinggis Khan International Airport (UBN)
    • checkmark icon All overland transportation throughout the trip in a Russian Furgon 4×4 or UAZ van (3 to 4 women per vehicle)
    • checkmark icon Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
    • checkmark icon Filtered drinking water (not bottled), tea and coffee
    • checkmark icon Hiking activities as described in itinerary
    • checkmark icon Archery lesson with female instructor
    • checkmark icon Private calligraphy lesson 
    • checkmark icon Camel trekking
    • checkmark icon Entry to nature reserves and national parks
    • checkmark icon Activity safety gear and equipment as needed
    • checkmark icon Museum, temple and monastery admissions (*excluding camera fees)
    • checkmark icon Traditional meal at home of local Mongolian family
    What’s Excluded:
    • International airfare to and from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (UBN)
    • Visa fees (if applicable)
    • Camera fee if you wish to take photos in certain museums, temples and monasteries
    • Tips for your wonderful Wild Women Expeditions trip guide and driver
    Please Note:

    All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

    Optional private room upgrade, subject to availability and only available for five of the 10 nights on trip.

    Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

    Trip Details

    Know Before You Go

    COMING SOON…for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

    This trip starts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (airport code: UBN) and finishes in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (airport code: UBN).

    About the Tour Vehicles

    The 4×4 Russian Furgon/UAZ van has its own simple mobile kitchen, sunshade, a small library as well as a 220v inverter/charger for phones or cameras. There will be a maximum of three to four women per vehicle.

    Each Furgon has a high wheel-base, ample luggage space, a sociable layout with forward and backward facing seats, surround side windows and most importantly, impressive off-road capability! This is Mongolia afterall! As well as handling the challenges of the roads, the drivers are supremely talented at the Mongolian skill of mongolchlokh. This means ‘improvising the Mongol way.’ In the event that the vehicle breaks down, enjoy the entertainment and ingenuity that follows with the improv show!

    Drives

    Regular toilet breaks are taken during road transfers but in Mongolia, public toilets are virtually non-existent. Once you depart from the city, you must be prepared to use outdoor facilities, which could range from basic long-drop toilets to nature’s own bushes.

    Cell Reception / Wifi Connectivity

    Mongolia is frequently advertised as the perfect location for a digital detox. However, for those that need to stay in touch you will have a phone signal and there may also be opportunities to connect with Mongolia’s 4G network on some of the travel days. Most cafes, restaurants and hotels in Ulaanbaatar have Wi-Fi.

    Spending Time with Host Families

    When spending time with host families, we honor Mongolian culture. As such, we refrain from imposing rigid schedules. Instead, you form a cohesive unit with your local team, who provide assistance and support throughout your journey.

    The Wild Women Way

    If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

    Potable Water

    It is advised that you pack a water bottle with a filter already on it. If this is not possible, bring a standard reusable bottle and your water will be filtered on site, but double protection is preferred. Please refer to the ‘Potable Water’ section HERE for more recommendations on types of water filtration bottles.

    How We Support You

    Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we travel by road, by camel, and hike uneven terrain. Yes, it can be a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on strength you didn’t know you had and come out feeling like the explorer that you are.

    Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

    What the Trip Entails

    This is an active adventure. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

    • checkmark icon Long and tiring drives (up to 8 hours) due to the road conditions and road surface which shifts from dirt, asphalt, rock, tree roots to mud.
    • checkmark icon At some of the ger camps, there are no shower facilities and the toilets are outdoor Asian-style long drop.
    • checkmark icon If road or weather conditions alter travel plans, you may stop for lunch in a local restaurant. In which case, the meal may be limited to rice with vegetables. 
    • checkmark icon Camel trekking can involve some not-so-graceful mounts and dismounts!
    • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Easy – Moderate (Trips typically involve 3 to 5 hours of daily activity.)
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