Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads

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5.0 Based on 7 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • +8
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • The spectacularly varied Mongolian landscape vast rolling steppe, mountains and deserts
Starting and ending in Ulaanbaatar, the tour "Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads" is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 13 days. You will travel through Bayan Gobi, Gobi Desert, Karakorum and 7 other destinations in Mongolia. "Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Rolling steppe of Central Asia make way to stark desert; small nomadic ger camp pepper this vast land where camels and goats are herded on horseback, fermented mare’s milk is the tipple of choice, sand dunes are known to ‘sing’ and the first intact dinosaur eggs were found. Genghis Khan went forth from here on horseback to conquer the biggest land empire in history and, to this day, Buddhist and Animist traditions mix. In July, all over the country, people come together to compete in wrestling, archery, horse-racing and ankle bone flicking during the Naadam Festival but traditions can be witnessed throughout the year. We travel through steppe, mountain and the Gobi desert exploring the nature and culture of this fascinating, yet little known, country. Please note Nadaam Festival departures are 2 days longer, to view the Nadaam itinerary click on the link next to the date under 'dates & prices'.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 16 2019
5 - Excellent
Wow! What an amazing adventure!
“Mongolia is a stunningly beautiful country. Miles and miles of vast open vistas, dotted with the occasional ger and nomad herds of animals. The Gobi desert was fascinating, including a visit to the place where the first dinosaur eggs were discovered! We visited many interesting and fabulous places, including several beautiful Buddhist temples. Wherever we went, the people were charming and very hospitable. The Eagle Festival was a spectacle I will never forget, with 120 eagle hunters competing to win the honour of being the champion. Dressed in their finest traditional clothing, riding their sturdy horses at speed, they called their massive golden eagles down from the rocky hillside to land on their arm.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 14 2019
4 - Very Good
Eagle Festival
“Advice given by Exodus regarding the transfer in Beijing was inadequate. Much more detail is needed. Many lost souls were wandering the airport for some time. Perhaps a step-by-step description ? Chinese airport personnel were generaly rude, and less than helpful.The whole trip was generally fine.Exodus were advisied that one of us was gluten-free, but this information was not given to the tour guide beforehand, which Exodus stated it had been. Probably did not make a huge difference in the end as Gluten free food is largely unknown in Mongolia (not entirely unexpected).”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent trip.
“Just returned from.this Mongolia trip. It was a wonderful holiday. Mongolia is vast and fascinating. The holiday was made more enjoyable and informative by our guide MG. The Eagle Festival was unbelievable. 120 eagle hunters with their beautiful Golden Eagles.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 27 2019
5 - Excellent
Mongolias great.
“Mongolia has been recommended to me by various travelers over the years, also to include the Nadaam Festival....they were right.If you are looking for something different....this is it.The vastness and the ever changing terrain in the Gobi is fascinating.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Ulaan Baatar.
  • Day 2: To Khustain Nuruu N.P.; trek to see Przewalski's horses; overnight in ger camp.
  • Day 3: Drive to Little Gobi Desert; visit Khogno Khan Mountain; opportunity for bird and wildlife watching.
  • Day 4: To Karakorum; visit Erdene Zuu Monastery.
  • Day 5: Morning visit to monastery; along northern edge of Gobi Desert to Arvaikheer via Shankh Monastery.
  • Day 6: To Bayan Gobi via Mt Ikh Bogd.
  • Day 7: See rock paintings; explore region of Bayan Gobi
  • Day 8: Visit 'singing' sand dunes, the largest dunes in Mongolia.
  • Day 9: Travel through rocky plains of Gobi Gurvansaikhan N.P.
  • Day 10: Hiking around the 'Flaming Cliffs' of Bayanzag.
  • Day 11: Fly to Ulaan Baatar; on to Terelj National Park.
  • Day 12: Terelj National Park; Genghis statue; Ulaan Baatar
  • Day 13: End Ulaan Baatar.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
Guide
  • Tour leader throughout
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour. You can cancel the tour up to 91 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 90 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 20 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 January 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 90 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads 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.

Visa

For this Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads 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.

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 protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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