- Four nights Ramada Hotel or similar four star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
- Five nights traditional ger camp accommodation with en suite ger
- All meals as listed in the itinerary
- All entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Transportation by 4WD vehicle
- Internal airfare (South Gobi-Ulaanbaatar)
- English speaking local tour guide
- Daily supply of drinking water.
Trip Does Not Include
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delays, inclement weather, personal health, etc.
- Optional additional activity cost
- Excess baggage charge, airport taxes, and fee
Trip Difficulty Level
This trip is a moderately graded trip and so travelers with an average health condition can join this trip but must be prepared for a long drive on unpaved roads. We use 4WD vehicles for all transfers and tours, and there will be occasional stops on a long day drive. The trip offers some optional activities such as camel riding, horseback riding, dune hiking, etc.
Although no extreme adventures are involved, this is also not a luxury trip. You should be willing to walk, hike and prepared for long drives on different road condition. 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, you will be happy if you are physically fit. If you do not lead an active life, please start soft training 2-3 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.
In Ulaanbaatar, we will use an excellent 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 of history, culture, and religion of Mongolia. Guides in 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 regions. 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 chilly. 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 in 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 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. American citizens don't need a visa for Mongolia for a stay up to 30 days.
Travel agent eligibility
The travel agent must be IATA or CLIA or TRUE or ASTA member and must be active in selling land and sea tours. Each travel agent is allowed to bring one companion.
Booking and payment schedule
We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed booking application and passport photocopies. The balance and final payment is due 90 days prior departure. All payments are requested by personal or cachier's check or via paypal. We do not currently accept credit cards.
Cancellation and refund
If you need to withdraw from the trip, we request a notice in writing, by email or fax. The cancellation fee structure is as follows.
Ninety days before departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
Forty-five days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
Less than 30 days: 100%
Cancellation of the airfare will be as per the airline policy plus $ 25 fee by the consolidator.