Discover Mongolia -

14 days, 13 nights

Visit : Ulaanbaatar, Khustai National Park, Kharkhorin, Tsenkher, Orkhon Valley, Ongiin Hiid, Bayanzag, Khongoryn Els, Yolyn Am

Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; ...

Discover one of Asia's most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; and drop by the home of a welcoming camel-herding family for an afternoon you'll always remember. Embrace your inner nomad in this timeless place.
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Highlights

  • Tour many of Ulaanbaatar’s historic sites, enjoy the scenery of Khustai National Park, learn about Lama Buddhism from a head monk, Visit family-owned yak and camel farms, Explore historic monasteries, See Western Gobi’s biggest sand dunes,
Start of Tour
Ulaanbaatar
14 days, 13 nights
End of Tour
Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 1Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
    • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h

      - 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.

    • Private Vehicle Ulaanbaatar Ulaanbaatar

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Hotel Nine

      - Hotel Nine

    • Meals - No Meal
  • Day 2Enjoy a morning city tour including visits to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill. Later, take a tour of the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs and learn about the dinosaurs of the Gobi desert from a docent.
    • Ulaanbaatar City Tour Ulaanbaatar 3h

      - Visit the highlights of Ulaanbaatar with a guided tour to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill – where you can take in a bird's eye view of the city.

    • Gandan Monastery Guided Tour Ulaanbaatar 1h

      - Discover one of the most important Mongolian temple complexes, the Gandan Monastery. Learn about the history of Buddhism in the region and see if you can spot some chanting monks. If lucky, a local fortune teller may be around to share some wisdom.

    • Bogd Khan Palace Guided Tour Ulaanbaatar 1h30m

      - Visit the Winter Palace of the last king (now a museum) and learn more about life in imperial Mongolia. Tour the six temples, and see clothing, furniture, and royal items from this interesting time period.

    • Zaisan Hill Visit Ulaanbaatar 1h

      - Head to the top of Zaisan Hall to see the Russian monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in World War II. Take in a bird's-eye view of the city.

    • Dinosaur Museum Visit Ulaanbaatar 1h

      - The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs was established to protect, register, and verify fossils, in order to preserve Mongolian heritage for future generations. Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes once roamed the Gobi desert and some of their fossilized bones and eggs were first found in the 1920s by Roy Endrew Chapman. Walk through this small but excellent museum with an expert guide, learning about the paleontological history of the region.

    • Hotel Nine

      - Hotel Nine

    • Meals - BREAKFAST
  • Day 3Travel to Khustai National Park – home of Mongolia's wild horses. Here, meet with park staff and learn about the wild horse reintroduction project. Keep an eye out for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.
    • This trip covers a lot of ground and we will do so in 4x4 vehicles but there is a lot of driving on some very rough and unmaintained roads. A large part of Mongolia's appeal is its wild, untouched nature and, as such, accommodation and infrastructure can be very basic in nature. As such, hot water and electricity can be uncertain. Mongolia is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before and while this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special.
    • Private Vehicle Ulaanbaatar Khustai National Park 2h 2h30m 120 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Khustai National Park (Khustain Nuruu) Visit Khustai National Park

      - Home to the last of the truly wild horses in the world, the park is a wonderful chance to see the Takhi horses in their natural environment. At one point there were none in the wild, but after a hugely successful captive breeding program in various worldwide zoos, they were reintroduced.

    • Ger Camp Hustai

      - Ger Camp Hustai

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 4Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zhu Monastery, the nation's first centre of Lama Buddhism, and meet with a head monk for an in-depth lesson in Buddhism. Later, visit Karakorum Museum.
    • Private Vehicle Khustai National Park Kharkhorin 4h 270 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Erdene Zhu Buddhist Monastery Visit Kharkhorin 1h30m

      - Erdene Zhu is a Buddhist Tibetan monastery dating back to 1585. Built from the ruins of Genghis Khan's capital, it's the oldest surviving monastery in Mongolia today. Visit the monastery to meet one of the monks who live here and learn about Buddhism history in Mongolia. In 1939, the communist leader Horlogiin Choibalsan destroyed the monastery in a purge that brought about the disappearance of hundreds of monasteries in Mongolia and the death of more than 10,000 lamas. Three temples and the outer wall with the stupas remained intact and were transformed in museums in 1947. After the fall of communism in 1990, the monastery was given back to the lamas and Erdene Zhu became a place of worship again, where many pilgrims come to walk and gather their thoughts. The site was restored at the end of the century and almost found back its religious activity. Today, Erdene Zhu remains an active Buddhist monastery, and at the same time a museum open to travellers.

    • Karakorum Museum Kharkhorin 1h

      - Visit the modern Karakorum Museum, considered one of the best outside Ulaanbaatar. The exhibits display artifacts found from within the area dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Varied items are on display including statues, a kiln, pottery, and coins. For perspective on the area there also is a scale model of ancient Karakorum.

    • Ger Camp Munkhtenger

      - Ger Camp Munkhtenger

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 5Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs in the afternoon. Visit the springs for a relaxing soak in their healing powers.
    • Private Vehicle Kharkhorin Tsenkher 3h 120 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit Tsenkher

      - Enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs. The place is very popular with both locals and tourists as the hot water here is said to have healing powers.

    • Duut Mankhan Ger Camp

      - Duut Mankhan Ger Camp

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 6Drive to Orkhon and enjoy a hiking excursion to the Tuvkhun Monastery, established in the 1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. The monastery’s wooden buildings are integrated with a natural system of caves perched near a hilltop, from which you can take in beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and surrounding pine forests.
    • Private Vehicle Tsenkher Orkhon Valley 4h 150 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Tuvkhun Monastery Orkhon Valley 3h 3h30m

      - Established in the 1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia's most respected religious leaders, the monastery has beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and it's surrounding pine forests.

    • UlaanTsutgalan Ger Camp

      - UlaanTsutgalan Ger Camp

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 7Visit a local family's horse and yak breeding farm. Learn about their daily life and how they make cheese and butter. Sample some of their products, including yak cream and yogurt, and watch their famed horse riding and herding techniques. After, enjoy a hike to a waterfall before returning to the ger camp for a traditional Mongolian barbecue prepared over hot stones.
    • Yak Family Farm Experience Orkhon Valley

      - Visit a local family's horse- and yak-breeding farm for a cultural immersion like no other. Get to know the family and learn about their daily life and how they make staples such as cheese and butter. Step out of your comfort zone and sample some of their products, including yak cream and yogurt, and fermented mare's milk. Enjoy a peak into rural life as well as an exciting demonstration of their famed horseriding and herding techniques.

    • Orkhon Waterfall Hike Orkhon Valley Orkhon Valley 3h

      - Pack a camera and hike to the Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall along the Ulaan River. Marvel at this 20 m high waterfall, the largest in Mongolia, and enjoy the surrounding landscape.

    • UlaanTsutgalan Ger Camp

      - UlaanTsutgalan Ger Camp

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 8Drive into the Gobi, one of the world's great deserts which covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Here we visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.
    • Private Vehicle Orkhon Valley Ongiin Hiid 7h 300 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Ongiin Khiid and Hoshuu Monasteries Visit Ongiin Hiid 1h

      - Both these monasteries were important centres in the region before they were destroyed. The systematic destruction of religious sights under Communist rule was pervasive. Built in 17th century, the Ongiin Khiid monastery was among the largest temples in the country and was a home for over 1,000 monks. See the ruins and learn the sad history of the place.

    • Ger Camp Secret of Ongi

      - Ger Camp Secret of Ongi

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 9Explore the Flaming Cliffs paleontology site, world-renowned for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.
    • Private Vehicle Ongiin Hiid Bayanzag 4h 180 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Flaming Cliffs Visit Gurvansayhan

      - Explore the Flaming Cliffs. Made of red sandstone, the cliffs and canyons where fossils were found in recent years are a beautiful place to spend some time.

    • Ger Camp Bayan Zag

      - Ger Camp Bayan Zag

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 10Drive to Khongoryn Els and explore more of the Gobi desert. Hike through Mongolia's largest dunes, often called the "Singing Sands".
    • Private Vehicle Bayanzag Khongoryn Els 4h 150 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes Visit BayangovÄ­ 2h

      - Visit Khongoryn Els, the biggest sand dunes in the western Gobi. They also are known as "singing sands" because the sand makes a musical noise as it moves with the wind.

    • Ger Camp Gobi Anar

      - Ger Camp Gobi Anar

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 11Enjoy a visit with a nomadic camel-herding family, gaining insight into their very different way of life. Try your hand at some of the daily farming chores and opt for a camel ride. Take part in an archery lesson and demonstration with the family.
    • In Khongoriin Els we have the unique opportunity to visit a Nomadic family to learn about their daily life. The Gobi desert being the coldest desert of the world with cold wind blowing pretty much throughout whole autumn, winter and spring without any shelter exposed in plains demands extreme survival method of living. Also enjoy a demonstration of Archery, which is a sport as ancient as the history of Mongolia. In ancient days bows and arrows were primarily used for hunting animals for food and protecting the tribe from outside threats. Over centuries, the uses of archery changed and the tradition passed down to become one of the most practiced sports with the main competition being held during the Naadam Festivals.
    • Nomadic family Experience Khongoryn Els

      - In Khongoriin Els, visit a nomadic family that breeds two-humped camels. Gain greater understanding of their simple and incredible way of life. Try your hand at some daily activities such as milking camels and making dairy products like cheese and butter. Then enjoy an amazing archery demonstration and try your hand at this ancient sport. Long ago, bows and arrows were primarily used for hunting and protection. Over the centuries, however, this tradition has evolved, becoming one of the practiced sports in the country.

    • Private Vehicle Khongoryn Els Khongoryn Els

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Ger Camp Gobi Anar

      - Ger Camp Gobi Anar

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 12Drive through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yolyn Am and Dungeness Am. Stop to hike along the way and keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, ibex, desert gazelles, and golden eagles. Later, pay a visit to the park museum where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones.
    • Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park Yolyn Am

      - Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park was established in 1993, and is the largest national park in Mongolia. Located on the northern edge of the Gobi desert. The park is stunning and ranges from desert to mountain, green valleys to steep gorges. Keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, the Ibex, desert gazelles or Golden Eagles. Also pay a visit to the little museum of the park where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones.

    • Private Vehicle Khongoryn Els Yolyn Am 4h 170 KM

      - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    • Ger Camp Khan Bogd

      - Ger Camp Khan Bogd

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,LUNCH ,DINNER
  • Day 13Catch a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. This evening enjoy a folklore show and farewell dinner.
    • Mongolian Cultural Show Ulaanbaatar 1h30m

      - Enjoy an evening of song and dance at the Mongolian Cultural Show. The show includes 15 different performances, including traditional songs, dancing, throat singing, and contortionists.

    • Plane Yolyn Am Ulaanbaatar 1h30m

      - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    • Hotel Nine

      - Hotel Nine

    • Meals - BREAKFAST ,DINNER
  • Day 14Depart at any time.
    • Meals - BREAKFAST

Inclusions

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Dinosaur Museum Visit

  • Ulaanbaatar National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Erdene Zhu Buddhist Monastery Visit

  • Kharkhorin National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Yak Family Farm Experience

  • Orkhon Valley National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Nomadic family Experience

  • Khongoryn Els Recharge: Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit

  • Tsenkher

  • Arrival transfer

  • Ulaanbaatar city tour

  • Visit Khustai National Park

  • Visit the archaeological museum

  • Soak in hot springs

  • Hike to Tuvkhun Monastery

  • Orkhon waterfall hike

  • Visit Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries

  • Flaming Cliffs excursion

  • Gobi desert excursion and dune hike

  • Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park excursion

  • Folklore show with dinner

  • Internal flights

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).-Products to confirm the amount.

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Exclusions

  • International Air ticket.
  • Airport Taxes.
  • Visas.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (Incase not a part of the package).
  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary.
  • Porterage and tips.
  • Any item of personal nature such as Laundry, tips, shopping,telephone bills etc.
  • Any other item not mentioned in the 'Holiday Price Includes' head
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 15 Sep 2019

Date Twin Sharing Accommodation
Sun,17 Jun - Sat,30 Jun ₹ 3,14,925
Sun,12 Aug - Sat,25 Aug ₹ 3,14,925
Sun,19 May - Sat,01 Jun ₹ 3,14,925
Sun,16 Jun - Sat,29 Jun ₹ 3,14,925
Wed,10 Jul - Thu,25 Jul ₹ 3,59,925
Sun,11 Aug - Sat,24 Aug ₹ 3,14,925
Sun,15 Sep - Sat,28 Sep ₹ 3,14,925

Dates

Accommodation

Accommodation :

Hotels (3 nts), Ger camps (10 nts).

Joining Hotel :

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions :

When arriving at Ulaan Baatar Intl Airport you will notice that the airport is actually very close to the city. An arrival transfer is included on this trip, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi following the below instructions: After you exit from the baggage hall follow the taxi signs and you will find a queue outside the terminal building. Taxis in Mongolia are metered but you may have to bargain for one from the airport. The fare to our starting point hotel will be about 30 USD and should take about 30-40 minutes. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Things to Carry

What to Take

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage and this trip covers a lot of ground. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Hard suitcases are not recommended, most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!). You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.

Equipment Checklist

Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Light Hiking: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) Sleep Sheet: • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet Smart Dress: • Smart outfit (For evenings out) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

Travel Tips

  • Highlights

    Tour many of Ulaanbaatar’s historic sites, enjoy the scenery of Khustai National Park, learn about Lama Buddhism from a head monk, Visit family-owned yak and camel farms, Explore historic monasteries, See Western Gobi’s biggest sand dunes,

  • Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  • Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

  • Itinerary Notes

    Please note that the July 10 - 25, 2018 departure includes the Nadaam Festival and is 16-days long - please book international flights accordingly.

  • Group Leader Description

    All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

  • Group Size Notes

    Max 14, avg 12

  • Meals Included

    13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners

  • Meals

    Food in Mongolia is quite simple and may be different than what you are used to. For breakfast there is usually a selection of breads, pancake, yogurt, cereals, egg, ham, and omelet. At lunch & dinner selections can include: beef, mutton, or chicken with vegetables (such as potatoes, cabbage, carrot, mushroom, paprika), rice, noodles and vegetable soups.

  • Transport

    Private vehicles, 4x4, walking, hiking, plane.

  • Local Flights

    All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

  • Solo Travellers

    We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

  • My Own Room

    Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

  • Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

  • Joining Instructions

    When arriving at Ulaan Baatar Intl Airport you will notice that the airport is actually very close to the city. An arrival transfer is included on this trip, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi following the below instructions: After you exit from the baggage hall follow the taxi signs and you will find a queue outside the terminal building. Taxis in Mongolia are metered but you may have to bargain for one from the airport. The fare to our starting point hotel will be about 30 USD and should take about 30-40 minutes. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

  • Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

  • What to Take

    We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage and this trip covers a lot of ground. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Hard suitcases are not recommended, most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!). You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.

  • Checklist

    Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Light Hiking: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) Sleep Sheet: • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet Smart Dress: • Smart outfit (For evenings out) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

  • Visas and Entry Requirements

    Mongolia: ***PLEASE READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE TEXT BELOW AS THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENTRY INTO MONGOLIA*** Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the Embassy of Mongolia. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country. To apply for a Mongolian visa, many nationalities must present an official Mongolian Letter of Invitation (LOI). ***It is the responsibility of the traveller to check with their nearest Embassy and confirm the requirements for entry into Mongolia*** Noted Exemptions: Some countries do not require an LOI to apply for a tourist visa valid up to 30 days including Canada, Germany and the United States. Please be sure to check with the Embassy or Consulate to determine if your country may also be exempt. IMPORTANT: Once your trip is confirmed, at 90 days prior to your entry into Mongolia, you must submit an application for your Letter of Invitation. A link will be emailed to you in your confirmation email. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in Mongolia and you will be emailed your Mongolian Invitation Letter about 10 business days after submission. Mongolia LOI’s can be rushed in extreme circumstances. Mongolian visas can be used up to 3 months from the date the visa is issued, and once you have entered Mongolia, the visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days. Therefore, please time your application accordingly and do not apply for the visa more than 3 months in advance of your trip. Input your name the same way it is in your passport. The information on the application form must match your passport (if you have 2 or more names - all of them have to be listed under "first name"). If you have an umlaut or other character not recognized in the english alphabet in your name (ie. ü), please enter it in the longer form (ie. ue). If your country has an official Mongolian Consulate/Embassy, you must choose this as as your 'Visa pickup Embassy’. If you do not see a local Consulate/Embassy on this list or you are unable to go there due to prior travel arrangements, please contact your Travel Agent or G Adventures for further assistance. Once you have received your Mongolian LOI and are completing the visa application from the Mongolian Embassy or Consulate, please refer to the LOI for the Supplier details required. At time of writing, the below documents will be needed to obtain your visa (however, we do advise you confirm this with your nearest Embassy): 1. A standard visa application form from the Embassy or Consulate where you will collect your visa 2. 2 colour, passport sized photos (taken within 14 days) 3. Payment for the visa (this will be dependent on nationality and will sometimes need to be made at a local nearby bank - check with your Embassy to confirm details) 4. Passport with empty pages and at least 6 months validity 5. Mongolia Letter of Invitation 6. We also recommend bringing your vouchers as well as proof of onward travel (flight tickets entering and leaving the country) and a copy of the itinerary, printable from our website. While this may not be needed, we recommend having a copy on hand if needed. ***Please carefully check all the information below prior to submitting*** Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the Mongolian Embassy you listed in the online application. Please remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct. Information accurate as of January 21st, 2016

  • Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

  • Money Exchange

    As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of Sep 2009 the exchange rate for Mongolia is 1 USD = 1400 MNT (Mongolian Tugrik). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard but these are limited to major cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travellers cheques in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. One of the main things to remember is that Mongolian Tugriks can't be exchanged outside Mongolia. Because of bank regulations and exchange rate the best USD notes to have are $50 and $100 without any marks/stamps/holes or stains on them. If a banknote has a mark it might be refused to be exchanged.

  • Emergency Fund

    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

  • Departure Tax

    International Departure tax is included in the flight ticket.

  • Tipping

    It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $2-$3 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

  • Health

    Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

  • Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

  • Medical Form

    Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

  • A Couple of Rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

  • Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

    The Planeterra Foundation planeterra.org is a Canadian non-profit organization that helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their cultures, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra provides capacity building and catalyst grants to get community social enterprises off the ground. These businesses address local challenges by providing benefits for indigenous people, empowering marginalized women, and granting disadvantaged youth access to education, employment, and brighter futures. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating programs into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. Dollar-a-Day Program G Adventures’ Dollar-a-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar for every day you are on trip. 100% of these donations go directly to support community development projects worldwide that are implemented by Planeterra.

  • Local Dress

    In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the day and can be layered in cool evenings. In predominately Buddhist countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or other holy sites.

  • Feedback

    After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

  • Minimum Age

    You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

  • International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Emergency Contact

    EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER :: +9122 61968888

  • Meal Notes

    IMPORTANT NOTE: INDIAN MEALS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TOUR

  • Visas
    • We can help you get your VISA. If you need help or any additional information, please get in touch with us
  • Important Notes
    • Mongolia is a fascinating destination to visit, full of natural, wild beauty and traditional life. Travel is becoming easier for foreigners but please be aware that English is still not widely spoken outside the large cities and that accommodation, toilet facilities and some transportation is not yet at the same level as you would expect in developed countries. If you are able to bring with you a lot of patience, a great sense of humor and a willingness to try and interact with the local people, your travel experience will be greatly enhanced.
    • Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.
    • There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.
    • All holiday prices are subject to Goods and Services Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.
    • At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
    • Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.
    • All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.----Kindly mention the name on which the cheque should be drawn.