Overland Expedition Across the Land of Nomads

Mongolia: The name conjures up images of vast grasslands, wind-swept steppe and endless sky. Here an empire built on horseback galloped across two continents, leaving behind the names Genghis and Kublai Khan. Follow their lead, using the horsepower of modern vehicles to cover the incredible distances at the heart of Mongolia. End in the capital, where the ancient skills of that nomadic army are preserved at the extraordinary Naadam Festival.

14 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 12 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Mongolia
  • Explorer Series:
    UlaanBaatar via Muron and the Gobi to UlaanBaatar

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Visit the home of a local nomad
    Visit the home of a local nomad and perhaps sample airag, fermented mare’s milk....
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  • Sip tea in a ger in the Gobi
    Sip tea in the doorway of a traditional nomadic ger as you watch the sun set over the vast expanse of the Gobi Desert...
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  • Cheer the Naadam Festival athletes
    Cheer on the school-age jockeys, traditional wrestlers and keen-eyed archers at the Naadam Festival....
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  • Discover the eerie sound of throat-singing
    Enjoy a performance of other-worldly Mongolian throat-singing...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over two decades of Mongolia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and Dartmouth have chosen MIR to guide them to Mongolia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers whom clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: UlaanBaatar, Lake Hovsgol

Begin in UlaanBaatar, where the centuries-old Buddhist heritage is still vital. Tour some of the city's treasures before flying north to alpine Lake Hovsgol, sacred to Mongolians. Sleep in traditional gers, and explore the summer pastureland of reindeer and yak on foot and horseback.

Highlights

  • UlaanBaatar, capital and most important city in Mongolia
  • High-altitude Lake Hovsgol, set amidst some of Mongolia’s most beautiful scenery

Days 5-7: UlaanBaatar, Hustai Nuruu, Khogna Khan, Kara Korum

Return to UlaanBaatar before setting off overland to Kara Korum, the site of Genghis Khan’s all-but-vanished capital city. On the drive out to the former capital, stop at Hustai Nuruu National Park, home to the Przewalski horse, the last remaining species of truly wild horse in the world, and sleep in a ger in the mountains of Khogna Khan. Visit the splendid UNESCO-listed Erdene Zhu monastery, built with stones salvaged from the ruins of Kara Korum.

Highlights

  • Hustai Nuruu, home of the last remaining species of wild horse
  • UNESCO-listed Kara Korum, Genghis Khan’s 13th century capital
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Days 8-11: Gobi Desert

Continue on an adventurous overland route through the Mongolian outback to the Gobi, stopping en route at lost monasteries and remote ger camps. During the epic journey, discover the Flaming Cliffs and the green Yol Am Canyon, and climb the sand dunes at Moltsog Els. Along the way, encounter the nomads who call this formidable environment home.

Highlights

  • Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia’s premier ger camp in the Gobi
  • Moltsog Els, one of the Gobi’s rare regions of sand dunes
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Days 12-14: UlaanBaatar

Fly back to UlaanBaatar. Experience the pageantry of the fascinating Naadam Festival, a celebration of Mongolia’s ageless traditions, and finish with a remarkable performance of Mongolian throat-singing.

Highlights

  • Natural History Museum, displaying many of the dinosaur bones and nests discovered by expeditions that have combed the Gobi Desert
  • Gandan Monastery, with the 20-ton gilded statue of “the Lord Who Looks in Every Direction”
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 14 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

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2018 Dates

  • June 30-July 13
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Group Size

Really Small Groups – Never More than 12 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in a superior tourist class hotel in UlaanBaatar and in ger camps with shared facilities outside of the capital.
  • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners, per the itinerary.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end city.
  • Transportation throughout the itinerary by jeeps or minivans (type and number of vehicles depends on group size and terrain).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
  • Naadam Festival entrance fees.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information, including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international air fare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Final document packet, including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can extend your stay with a train ride over the border into Siberia to explore Lake Baikal, or perhaps venture to Ulgii to visit the Kazakhs in western Mongolia. Consider traveling to China before or after the trip to visit Tibet, Xi’an, Shanghai or Hong Kong.  All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This Explorer Series program, by nature, is designed to be adventurous, but also as comfortable as is possible for rustic travel in this region. Accommodations will vary from a superior tourist class hotel in UlaanBaatar to simple and basic accommodation in ger camps outside the capital.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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