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EXPERIENCE NOMADIC LIFE

8 DAYS

It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and travel by horseback or oxcart to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for life with nomadic families. You'll live in a ger, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's eight days like you never imagined. Participants should be comfortable around and on horses.

Day 1Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time.

 

Please note that Ulaanbaatar is really the only chance to stock up on supplies you might have left behind, plus any bottled water, beer/wine/spirits, and coffee you may want. Boiled water and tea is available throughout the stay.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Travel by bus, then by either oxcart or horse to reach the first nomadic family. Learn the Mongolian techniques to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart before an evening of traditional games and a hot dinner with the hosts. Enjoy the first of many star-strewn nights before going to sleep in a ger.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a beautiful alpine retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests.

Depart Ulaanbaatar and travel approximately 2 hrs by bus to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival in the Terelj Village, a local guide will meet you with either an oxcart or horses. From here, begin the 3km (1.9 mi) journey by horseback or oxcart, crossing the Terelj River and continuing north through an incredibly stunning mountain river valley to the first nomadic family. Upon arrival, dismount and enter the host's ger for a hot nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea.

During the stay, the host will demonstrate the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart. Have plenty of time to refine skills and continue practicing them afterwards. In the evening, learn how to play a variety of traditional Mongolian games with sheep's bones (shagai). Nights in the park are especially amazing due to the star-strewn sky.

Local bus

Ulaanbaatar – Gorkhi Terelj National Park2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Horse

Gorkhi Terelj National Park24km

Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)

Participants should be comfortable around and on horses.

Oxcart Demonstration

Gorkhi Terelj National Park30m

Learn the Mongolian techniques to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart.

Local Living: Nomadic Family Stay

Stay with a different nomadic Mongolian family each night. Learn different skills from each family, and help out with day-to-day duties as desired. Overnight in a family’s extra ger (max. 5 persons in 1 ger) with basic furnishings. Typically, families will have between two to three beds and the rest will be provided mattresses.

Meals included:

 Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments.

 

As with all days on this itinerary, it is possible to opt out of the day's activity with the local families in favour of hiking in the surrounding mountains or simply relaxing in the beautiful Mongolian countryside.

Horse

Gorkhi Terelj National Park24km

Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)

Traditional Clothing Demonstration

Gorkhi Terelj National Park1h30m

Learn how to make Mongolian patterns for traditional garments from a well-known nomadic seamstress.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Meet a new host family and learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together as well as how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments.

 

Horse

Gorkhi Terelj National Park24km

Saddle up and giddyup to the next stop along the route. (Chaps not included.)

Livestock, Knots & Tethering

Gorkhi Terelj National Park2h

Learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together and give it a whirl.

Hands-On: Button Making Demonstration

Learn how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Challenge local nomads to a friendly archery competition after practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows. Travel in the afternoon by oxcart to the next nomadic host family.

 

Friendly Archery Competition

Gorkhi Terelj National Park1h

Learn the art of archery by practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows before challenging local nomads to a friendly archery competition. Give it your best shot!

Ox cart

Gorkhi Terelj National Park6km

Pile into the back and let your four-legged chauffeur do the driving.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with cow milking before learning how to make traditional dairy products that will accompany breakfast. Travel to visit another family in the afternoon.

 

Hands-On: Dairy Demonstration

Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with milking the cows before learning how to make traditional dairy products to sample with breakfast. 

Ox cart

Gorkhi Terelj National Park6km

Pile into the back and let your four-legged chauffeur do the driving.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar

Learn to steer an oxcart with the nomadic hosts and practice around the area. Travel back to the capital after lunch.

 

Oxcart Driving Lesson

Gorkhi Terelj National Park30m

Learn to steer an oxcart with your nomadic hosts and practice around the area. All aboard!

Local bus

Gorkhi Terelj National Park – Ulaanbaatar2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Travel by bus, then by either oxcart or horse to reach the first nomadic family. Learn the Mongolian techniques to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart before an evening of traditional games and a hot dinner with the hosts. Enjoy the first of many star-strewn nights before going to sleep in a ger.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a beautiful alpine retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Local Living Nomadic Family Stay

Meals included:

 Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Meet a new host family and learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together as well as how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Hands-On Button Making Demonstration

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Challenge local nomads to a friendly archery competition after practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows. Travel in the afternoon by oxcart to the next nomadic host family.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with cow milking before learning how to make traditional dairy products that will accompany breakfast. Travel to visit another family in the afternoon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Hands-On Dairy Demonstration

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar

Learn to steer an oxcart with the nomadic hosts and practice around the area. Travel back to the capital after lunch.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8 Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

 

COST

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What's Included

  • Local Living: Nomadic Family Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Hands-On: Button Making Demonstration, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Hands-On: Dairy Demonstration, Gorkhi Terelj National Park
  • Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts
  • Transport between destinations and included activities
  • Accommodations

    Traditional ger (5 nts), basic hotels (2 nts).

    Meals

    5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

    Transportation

    Public bus, oxcart, horse.

    Staff & experts

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local nomadic hosts.