A land of nomadic horsemen and arid steppes that stretch to either jagged mountains or the massive Gobi desert, Mongolia's cold, windy landscape evokes images of Genghis Khan and Mongol Hordes. Traditional and exotic, Mongolian culture still revolves around a nomadic heritage with the family ger (yurt) at the centre, and horses the only transport. In the capital of Ulaan Baatar, Russian, Chinese and Tibetan influences mix, and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are infused with ancient Mongolian Shamanism. Every year the capital hosts the colourful Naadam festival, where thousands flock to compete in the 'three manly games' of wrestling, archery and cross-country horse racing, said to be tests of a warrior's courage and strength.
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 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.
Highlights: Ride your horse across the Mongolian countryside, sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger, learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts, compete with Mongolian nomads in archery.
Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)
Epic doesn't begin to describe this overland journey from Russia to China. From the cathedrals of Russia to the imperial palaces of Beijing, you'll encounter the best of St Petersburg and Moscow before boarding the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway en route to Lake Baikal. Experience secluded Mongolia's colourful culture and spend a night in a ger before continuing on to the palaces of Beijing. An experienced CEO will lead the way and take care of the details so you’re free to enjoy one of the world's greatest train rides. Offering a balance of guided excursions and free time, this adventure is proof that getting there is half the fun.
Highlights: Wandering St Petersburg streets and Beijing hutongs, taking the train across the steppes, dining on Lake Baikal's fish, admiring Red Square and Chinese temples, spending the night in a traditional Mongolian ger.