Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger, ride a horse across the Mongolian countryside, learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts, compete with Mongolian nomads in archery.
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.
- Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts. Transport between destinations and included activities.
- 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners. (Allow USD55-75 for meals not included.)
- Traditional ger (5 nts), basic hotels (2 nts).
- Public bus, oxcart, horse.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local nomadic hosts.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Day 1 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (1L,1D)
Travel by bus then 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 of 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.
Day 3 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (1B,1L,1D)
Travel 24km (15 mi) by horseback, then learn how to make Mongolian patterns for traditional garments from a well-known nomadic seamstress. Enjoy lunch, dinner and traditional tea with the seamstress and her family.
Day 4 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (1B,1L,1D)
Learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together as well as how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments from another host family.
Day 5 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (1B,1L,1D)
Learn the art of archery by practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows before challenging local nomads to a friendly archery competition. Travel in the afternoon by oxcart to the next nomadic host family.
Day 6 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (1B,1L,1D)
Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with milking the cows before learning how to make traditional dairy products that will accompany breakfast. Travel to visit another family in the afternoon.
Day 7 Gorkhi-Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B,1L)
Learn to steer an oxcart with the nomadic hosts and practice around the area. Travel back to the capital after lunch.
Day 8 Ulaanbaatar
Depart at any time.
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