Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life

  • Mongolia

Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger, ride a horse across the Mongolian countryside, learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts, compete with Mongolian nomads in archery

It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and stay with three different families to experience life as a nomad. From Orkhon Valley to Gorkhi Terelj National Park, you'll live in gers, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's 10 days like you never imagined.

was €1,14910 days from €1,089

(€108.90 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
AMNL
Travel Style
Local Living
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 12, avg 9.
Transport
Public bus, oxcart, horse.
Accommodation
Traditional ger (6 nights), ger camp (1 night), basic hotels (2 nights).
Meals
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Other
  • Local Living: Horseback Riding, Högnö-Tarna Uul Local Living: Nomadic Family Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts
  • Transport between destinations and included activities.
Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life itinerary
  • Day 1Ulaanbaatar

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    Please note that Ulaanbaatar is really the only chance to stock up on supplies you might have left behind, plus any bottled water, beer/wine/spirits, and coffee you may want. Boiled water and tea is available throughout the stay.

  • Day 2Ulaanbaatar / Rashaant Sum

    Travel to the village of Rashaant. Meet your hosts and have lunch together. Afterwards, travel to scenic Swan Lake on horseback and take in the desert landscape. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your hosts and sleep in a ger tent.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Horseback Riding

    Hop on a horse or camel and take a ride through two of nature's extremes: lake and desert. Experience the beauty of Swan Lake and marvel at the Mongol Desert Sand Dunes.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3Rashaant Sum / Orkhon Valley

    Experience daily life with your hosts in the morning before travelling into the countryside by horseback. After lunch, continue on to the Orkhon Valley in Central Mongolia, home to nomadic people for millennia. Meet your hosts and settle in for an evening together.

    Roll up those sleeves and participate in daily nomadic morning chores. After visiting the monument of Queen Mandukhai, prepare for a farewell lunch and tea before setting off to Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, prepare for a traditional dinner with milk tea and then rest up in the nomad's extra Ger.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Historical Horseback Experience

    Saddle up for a visit to the monument of Queen Manduhai, created for the feature film documenting her life.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4Orkhon Valley

    This morning set off on a trek to Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, stopping to take in the scenery along the way. Return to camp for lunch with your hosts. In the afternoon, continue exploring the beautiful Orkhon Valley with a trek to Baga Tsutgalan waterfall.

    Orkhon Waterfall Hike

    Pack a camera and hike to the Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall along the Ulaan River. Marvel at this 20 m high waterfall, the largest in Mongolia, and enjoy the surrounding landscape.

    Junior Flow Waterfall Hike

    Get familiar with the Orkhon valley by hiking to Baga Tsutgalan, a small waterfall the locals refer to as "Junior Flow". Some say this waterfall cures rheumatism so don't be afraid to get a little wet!

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5Orkhon Valley / Kharkhorin

    Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and opt to spend time walking the ruins. This evening, overnight in a comfortable ger camp.

    free time

    Get adventurous and explore the vast historical sites. From ruins to monasteries there is no shortage of sight seeing!

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities:

    • Erdene Zuu Monastery Visit

      The beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery began its construction in 1586 and continued for over 300 years. It was the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. At its peak, the monastery housed over 1,000 monks and held 62 temples. In the 1930s, most of the temples were destroyed and monks killed in the Communist purges. Now, the monastery is slowly being restored. Explore the monastery grounds and, if you're lucky, listen to monks chanting.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6Kharkhorin / Gorkhi Terelj National Park

    Spend the morning in Khustain Park and observe the famous wild horses, known as "takhi," in their natural habitat. This afternoon, travel to Terelj National Park, a beautiful alpine retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests. Meet your host and continue by horse through incredible scenery to their nomadic camp. Enjoy an evening of traditional games and a hot dinner with the hosts, and take in the star-strewn night before going to sleep in a ger.

    Depart Ulaanbaatar and travel approximately 2 hrs by bus to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival in the Terelj Village, a local guide will meet you with either an oxcart or horses. From here, begin the 3km (1.9 mi) journey by horseback or oxcart, crossing the Terelj River and continuing north through an incredibly stunning mountain river valley to the first nomadic family. Upon arrival, dismount and enter the host's ger for a hot nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea.

    During the stay, the host will demonstrate the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart. Have plenty of time to refine skills and continue practicing them afterwards. In the evening, learn how to play a variety of traditional Mongolian games with sheep's bones (shagai). Nights in the park are especially amazing due to the star-strewn sky.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Horse

    Travel by either oxcart or horse to reach the first nomadic family (varies by departure).

    Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)

    Nomadic Family Stay

    Stay with a different nomadic Mongolian family each night. Learn different skills from each family, and help out with day-to-day duties as desired. Overnight in a family’s extra ger (max. 5 persons in 1 ger) with basic furnishings. Typically, families will have between two to three beds and the rest will be provided mattresses.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7Gorkhi Terelj National Park

    Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. In the evening, opt to help collect firewood by ox cart before enjoying a traditional dinner and tea with the family.

    Horse

    Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)

    Traditional Clothing Demonstration

    Learn how to make Mongolian patterns for traditional garments from a well-known nomadic seamstress.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    As with all days on this itinerary, it is possible to opt out of the day's activity with the local families in favour of hiking in the surrounding mountains or simply relaxing in the beautiful Mongolian countryside.

  • Day 8Gorkhi Terelj National Park

    Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic region. Opt to visit a local family and learn to prepare homemade vodka and cheese.

    free time

    Explore the area with a free day.

    Optional Activities:

    • Mongolian Vodka and Cheese Making Demonstration

      Travel by ox cart through the forest along the Terelj River where a local family will demonstrate how to make homemade vodka and cheese. Compare techniques over a traditional lunch.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9Gorkhi Terelj National Park / Ulaanbaatar

    Travel back to the capital after breakfast. Enjoy a final evening with a group and take in a folk performance by the Tumen Ekh Ensemble.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Mongolian Cultural Show

    Enjoy an evening of song and dance at the Mongolian Cultural Show. The show includes 15 different performances, including traditional songs, dancing, throat singing, and contortionists.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 10Ulaanbaatar

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
Please select passengers to get started!


How it works?

  • Pick your travel date
  • Select passengers
  • Enter your contact details
  • One of our agents will contact you to confirm your trip and payment

Booking conditions

Adventure Tour prices are subject to terms, conditions and availability.

Only 1 tour can be discounted per passenger per reservation booking. If multiple tours are booked the discount will be applied to the most expensive tour booked.