Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads

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  • 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
  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • The spectacularly varied Mongolian landscape vast rolling steppe, mountains and deserts
  • Sleep in traditional style ger camps (Mongolian tents)
  • Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire
  • The rolling sand dunes and landscape of the Gobi desert
The tour Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 13 days taking you through Bayan Gobi, Karakorum, Gobi Desert and 7 other destinations in Mongolia. Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Rolling steppe of Central Asia [1] 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'.[1] taxonomy/term/156
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5 - Excellent
“An amazing 10 day trip that was full of inspirational moments - breathtaking scenery and a varied itinerary meant that the time flew by too quickly! The group size at 9 was ideal, meaning we all fitted around one table and were able to discuss the days proceedings! Really great set of people too.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
4 - Very Good
“A good introduction to winter sports (a reasonable level of fitness is useful!) mixed in with some 'nice' activities giving variety and interest to the week. The food was good and hearty. The dark beer particularly delicious. Sadly our tobogganing was cancelled as there had been 2 broken legs the previous day so sledge hire was not available. We built snowmen and had snowball fights (all things we hadn't done since having young children). As usual we enjoyed the company of a great group of fellow travellers.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“I have just returned from this trip and was truly blown away by the dramatic landscapes we visited and the amount we managed to see in just over two weeks. Every volcano and island visited was different from the last; ranging from the barren moonscape of Bromo to the forest-clad slopes of Rinjani and the lush green terraces of Java. We really enjoyed having many of these trekking routes to ourselves - being the only group walking along the ridge of Mt Bromo made us all feel like intrepid explorers!”
  • 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.
  • 3 nights hotels, all en suite, and 9 nights traditional nomadic ger camps with shared facilities , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinners
  • Travel by 4WD vehicle, bus and one internal flight
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Some long drives through very remote country
  • Special Nadaam (ACMB) and Eagle Festival (ACK & ACME) departures
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 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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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 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.


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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