- Accommodation in four-star hotels by the local standard in Ulaanbaatar and Tibet(twin standard room double occupancy).
- Shared accommodation in Ger Camp.
- All meals as listed in the itinerary.
- All entrance fees.
- Sightseeing as per itinerary.
- Transportation by a 4WD vehicle in Mongolia and by a minivan in Tibet.
- Domestic flight within Mongolia.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Daily supply of bottled water.
The trip does not Include
- International airfare
- In-tour airfare Ulaanbaatar-Beijing-Lhasa and return (Estimated $1100-$1200).
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expenses such as phone, drinks, tipping, laundry, etc.
- Optional additional activity cost.
- Excess baggage charge, airport taxes,and fees.
- Single room supplement.
Trip Difficulty Level
Although no extreme adventures are involved, this is also not the trip for luxury and leisure seekers. You should be willing to walk and hike, in addition to the long day drives on dirt and rocky roads. Outside Ulaanbaatar, roads are unpaved, so they are bumpy and can be dusty as well. Please bring the pollution mask to protect your nose and mouth to avoid inhaling the dust. This trip requires some degree of physical fitness. The more physically fit you are, the more you will be able to enjoy the journey. If you do not lead an active life, please start soft training two or three months before the trip. Engage yourself in hiking, jogging, swimming, cycling, or aerobics for 25-30 minutes a day. Avoid using elevators or use bicycles instead of a car if it's a short ride.
We use 4WD Mitsubishi Delica van which is right in Mongolian terrain. There will be a maximum of four passengers per vehicle.
While in Mongolia, you have options of camel riding, horseback riding, dune hiking.
Roads in Tibet are mostly paved, but due to high altitude, all travelers are likely to experience some discomfort in the first couple of days. The symptoms should go away after that.
In Mongolia, once outside Ulaanbaatar, your accommodation will be in a yurt, locally known as a ger. The toilet and shower are in a separate building. The camps usually have few en suite gers that you can book on an additional cost.
What is it like staying in a Ger Camp?
You have hotel accommodations in Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, and Tibet but in South Gobi and other areas of Mongolia, you will sleep in a yurt, locally called ger. The gers are made of latticed wood and covered with felt and canvas layers. It is well furnished with colorful wood framed furniture, and space is heated by a wood stove. Dining hall and western style toilets are in the main building. Hot water is heated in a tank and will be available only in certain hours.
Staying in ger camps gives an experience of the lifestyle of Mongolian nomadic culture.
All ground transportation will be by 4WD vehicles while in Mongolia, and a regular van or coach while in Tibet as all road conditions are generally good.
Our tours are led by experienced local Guides who are proficient in English and have good knowledge of history, culture, and religion of Mongolia. Guides in different cities can be different persons.
Best Time To Visit Mongolia and Tibet in One Trip
June to September is the best time to travel to Mongolia and Tibet. The weather is mild, generally dry throughout the central and southern areas. The temperature in the steppe averages around 66°F, and may fall to 50°F, or below, at night. In the Gobi, temperatures in summer average 85-95°F, however, the nights can get quite cold. July and August receive some rain it doesn't affect the tours.
The winter begins in October and lasts through April and is not the best time to travel to these countries.
Passport and Visa:
Remaining validity of your passport must be at least six months on the last day of the tour. Please, also make sure you are not running out of blank visa pages for entry and departure seals. US citizens don't need a visa for Mongolia for up to 30 days.
For Tibet, you need a Chinese visa and Tibetan permits. You need to obtain a Chinese visa on your own, and we arrange a Tibetan permit for you.