MN1 MONGOLIA

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Lake Hovsgol • East Gobi • Gun Galuut Nature Reserve • Jalman Meadows

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Remote, exotic, mystical Gobi Desert; Stunning Lake Hovsgol; friendly nomadic hersdspeople; Sleep in a ger!

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner daily (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, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra accommodation through us.

Exclusions

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, and any locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

The best time to travel to Mongolia is from early June through the end of September, when travellers can expect an average range in temperature from 10-26 °C (50 to 80 °F); the Gobi gets hotter, up to 35 °C. Mongolia has approximately 260 cloudless days a year, hence its reputation for endless blue skies.

The rainy season extends from mid-July to August; showers are usually brief but can be heavy. You always should bring some kind of light rain gear. Because Mongolia is located far from any oceans, the humidity is generally very low.

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 and Hovsgol, Russian built 4x4 minivans do the job (no air-con - 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.

Accommodation

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.

Group Size

10-16 (plus Tour Leader)


MN1 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION14 days

TOUR STARTUlaanbaatar

TOUR ENDUlaanbaatar