Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • tour_type Group tour
  • age requirement 15+ years old
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  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • +7
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Traverse the far west of Mongolia, where the landscape drastically changes from the largest sand dunes in the country to crystal clear lakes and snowcapped mountains.
  • Stay with a family in Chandmani, famous for its traditional ‘throat singing’, and immerse yourself in music that captures a love for nature, family and animals.
  • Visit a World Heritagelisted petroglyph site with carvings from the Bronze Age and hike to a cave that features rock art painted over 15,000 years ago.
  • Join an intimate celebration to open the eagle hunting and falconry season and visit a traditional falconry school to learn about this proud Kazah tradition.
Start and end in Ulaanbaatar, the trip Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness Of The West is a guided adventure tour that takes 15 days. You will travel through Khovd, Chandmani, Dörgön and 6 other destinations in Mongolia. Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness Of The West is a small group trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

This journey takes you into the wild west of Mongolia, a place where crystal-clear lakes, snow-capped peaks and giant dunes whisper the legendary stories of nomads and nature. Be mesmerised by khoomii (traditional throat singing), be welcomed into the gers of nomadic families, spot wildlife like ibex, argali sheep and the elusive snow leopard, and join Kazakh eagle hunters at a tight-knit local celebration. Beginning and ending in Ulaanbaatar, this adventure unveils the true spirit of Mongolia's wild west on an epic road trip with an unimaginably beautiful backdrop.
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  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 3: Uliastai – Ereen Lake
  • Day 4: Dorgon Lake
  • Day 5: Chandmani
  • Day 6: Tsagaan Sair Valley
  • Day 7: Tsaagan Sair Valley
  • Day 8: Khar Us Lake
  • Day 9: Khar Us Lake – Khovd
  • Day 10: Olgii
  • Day 11: Sagsai
  • Day 12: Sagsai – Olgii
  • Day 13: Olgii – Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 14: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 15: Ulaanbaatar
  • Tourist Ger Camp (4 nights), Family/Guest Ger Camp (4 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
  • 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • Private vehicle , Plane , Furgon (Russian van)
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Ulaanbaatar - Gandan Khiid Monastery
  • Ulaanbaatar - Zaisan Hill Memorial
  • Ulaanbaatar - National Museum
  • Ereen Lake - Camel ride
  • Dörgön Lake - Hiking & petroglyph site visit
  • Chandmani - Khöömii (throat singing)
  • Tsagaan Sair Valley - Hiking
  • Khar Us Lake - Khoit Tsenkher Cave
  • Khar Us Lake - Bird watching
  • Tsamgarav Mountain - Hiking
  • Sagsai - Berkutchi festival
  • Ölgii - Falconry school visit
  • Ölgii - Kazakh folklore performance
  • Any international flights to/from Ulaanbaatar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 09 February 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 09 February 2021, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 23 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Mongolia Expedition: Wilderness of the West tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • Sometimes you’ve got to rough it to get amongst it. Outside of Ulaanbaatar we stay primarily in ger camps, which have basic facilities like outdoor squat toilets and may not have hot or running water. The gers themselves, a traditional nomadic dwelling, are spacious covered tents used on a multishare basis. You must be prepared to share a ger with a mixed gender group. At some camps gers will be furnished with simple beds (bedding provided), with toilet and shower facilities.
  • During homestays you will be living like your nomad hosts. Beds may be mattresses on the floor in a ger shared with your host family and there will be no bathroom facilities. This is a true taste of Mongolian life and may be very different from what you are used to. You will need to bring a sleeping bag with you for these stays.
  • Once we leave the nation's capital most meals are included. Food served will be a mixture of traditional Mongolian cuisine (mainly meat and dairy products) plus Russian or Western food. If you have very specific dietary requirements you will need to let us know well in advance. We will do our best to cater for you, but you may need to be prepared to bring some of your own supplies or stock up at the supermarkets in Ulaanbaatar. Vegetarians can be catered for, though choices may be limited.
  • Driving times will vary and any times listed in the itinerary are approximate and subject to road (where there is one!) and weather conditions. As we have our own vehicles, it may be possible to make stops along the way for photos, meals or to chat with locals, but we need to aim to get to our destinations before nightfall so please understand that long breaks may not be possible.
  • Medical facilities can be as far away as a one-day drive. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities. You will need to have excellent physical health to join this trip.
  • It is important to realise that the emphasis on this trip is on the journey rather than traditional sightseeing. The group will spend a lot of time together in a compact vehicle. If you are looking for an active or independent trip with lots of choice for physical and cultural activities every day then this trip might not be for you. However, if you are keen to explore a remote and fascinating region ‘road trip’ style, take in the scenery and experience local life, this Expedition might be your travel experience of a lifetime.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this tour. Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing is highly encouraged, and frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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