- Shared accommodation in Ger Camp
- All meals as listed in itinerary
- All entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Accommodation in deluxe hotel in Ulaanbaatar (twin standard room double occupancy)
- Transportation by 4WD vehicle
- Domestic flight to and from South Gobi Desert
- English speaking tour guide
- Daily supply of bottled water
Trip Does Not Include
- International airfare
- 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
This is an easy to moderate plus graded trip, rated 3 on a scale of 1-5, 1 being easy and 5 difficult. So, all travelers with average health condition can go on this trip but must be prepared for long day drives on bad roads. The trip involves some mild adventures like camel riding, horseback riding, sand dune hiking boating etc. Drives can be 4-5 hours long in average with occasional stop. Road conditions vary. We use 4WD vehicles for all transfers and tours.
Although, no extreme adventures are involved, this is also not the trip for luxury and leisure seekers. You should be willing to walk, hike and prepared for long day drives on dirt 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.
Although the trip is physically not challenging, some degree of physical fitness level is expected. The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. If you do not lead an active life, please start soft training 2-3 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.
In Ulaanbaatar, we will use a good conditioned minibus which is usually Hyundai County or Toyota Coaster or similar. In South Gobi and other areas where roads are mostly unpaved, we use 4WD vehicles such as Mitshubisi Delica or Land cruisers.
Our tours are led by experienced local Guides who are proficient in English and has good knowledge on history, culture and religion of Mongolia. Guides in the different cities can be different persons.
Climate and weather
The weather is mild, generally dry throughout the central and southern areas. It can be still cold in the northern mountainous 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. In the mountains temperatures will be lower with the increase of the altitude. July and August receive rains in the northern and southern areas but the rain is brief and doesn't affect the tours.
The winter begins at October and lasts through April and is not the best time to travel to the north.
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. American citizens don't need visa for Mongolia for up to 30 days.
Booking and payment schedule
A deposit of US$ 300 on land plus is requested along with booking application and passport photocopies. The balance and final payment is 90 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case to case basis. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3 to 3.5% fee. Credit card holder also must be the traveler.
Cancellation and refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below.
90 days prior departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
Less than 30 days: 100%
If airfare cancellation fee is subject to the airline policies.