MN1 MONGOLIASEARCH TOUR
featuring the Nadaam Festival
Remote, exotic, mystical Gobi Desert; Hongor Sands, giant sand dune; Harhorin: historically & archaeologically rich; Lively, colourful Naadam Festival Sleep in a ger!
Breakfast and dinner (at local restaurants and some hotels), and some lunches are included daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, ships crew, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
Transport and Travel Conditions
In the capital city and surrounding areas, we use buses and minivans as required. Outside of the capital region there are few paved roads; most roads are graded dirt tracks that are often bumpy, and dusty or muddy. In the Gobi, Russian built 4x4 minivans do the job (no aircon). To Harhorin we will likely be in a 50-seater, again no aircon (open windows make it perfectly comfortable). Flights via scheduled local carriers.
All efforts are made to ensure that vehicles are in excellent condition, though punctures and weather may cause delays and require patience. Nonetheless such overland expeditions provide the chance to experience the vast landscapes of Mongolia with the flexibility to stop and meet local families along the route. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. Porters are generally available at hotels/gers but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
We stay in a good 3-star hotel in Ulaanbataar. At other remote locations, we use very comfortable 'ger' camp accommodation. The camps have a maximum capacity of about 20 guests in double occupancy gers that are fully collapsible, and most have shower and WC blocks. The toilets are long drop style allowing for natural decomposition. Showers with hot water by portable showers and a shower tent provided. Personal water basins for washing are provided and water always kept topped up. A stove is placed in the middle of each ger and the staff will attend to it in order to provide warmth on cool nights. Towels are provided. Soft drinks, wine and bottled water are available for purchase from the camps. The camp can be relocated leaving no more impact on the area than a herdsman family would. Solar panels and windmills generate some electricity for refrigerator and kitchen use.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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