- Accommodation in deluxe hotel in Ulaanbaatar (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.
- 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.
What is it like staying in a Ger Camp?
While cities have modern buildings, more than a half population of the country stays in the traditional ger camps. Once you are away from the city, you will sleep in the gers - the traditional tents of nomadic herders. 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.
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
June to September is the best time for travel to Mongolia. 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. US citizens don't need visa for Mongolia for up to 30 days.