- Accommodation in four star hotels by local standard in Ulaanbaatar and Tibet(twin standard room double occupancy).
- Shared accommodation in Ger Camp.
- All meals as listed in itinerary.
- All entrance fees.
- Sightseeing as per itinerary.
- Transportation by 4WD vehicle in Mongolia and by minivan in Tibet.
- Domestic flight within Mongolia.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Daily supply of bottled water.
Trip does not Include
- International airfare
- In-tour airfare Ulaanbaatar-Beijing-Lhasa and return (Estimated $1100-$1200).
- Travel insurance.
- Items of personal nature, phone, drinks, tips, 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 definitely requires some degree of physical fitness. The more physically fit you are, the more you will be able to enjoy the trip. If you do not lead an active life, please start soft training two or three months prior to 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 car if it's a short ride.
We use 4WD Mitshubishi Delica van which is good in Mongolian terrain. There will be maximum four passengers per vehicle.
While in Mongolia, you have options of camel riding, horseback riding, sand 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 thereafter.
In Mongolia, once outside Ulaanbaatar, your accommodation will be in shared yurt, locally known as ger. The toilet and shower are in separate building. The camps usually have few en suite gers that can be booked on 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 yurt, locally called ger. The gers are made of a latticed wood and covered with felt and canvas layers. The gers are well furnished with colorful wood framed furniture and heated by the wood stove. Dining hall and western style toilets are located in the main building. Hot water may be available only certain hours of the day as they are heated in a tank.
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 regular van or coach while in Tibet as all roads are paved.
Our tours are led by experienced local Guides who are proficient in English and have good knowledge on history, culture and religion of Mongolia. Guides in the different cities can be different persons.
Best Time To Visit Mongolia and Tibet in One Trip
June to September is the best time for 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 cool. July and August receive some rain it doesn't affect the tours.
The winter begins at October and lasts through April and is not the best time to travel these countries.
Passport and Visa:
Remaining validity of your passport must be at least 6 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 visa for Mongolia for up to 30 days.
For Tibet, you need Chinese visa and Tibetan permits. You need to obtain Chinese visa on your own and we arrange Tibetan permit for you.