Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2014 - September 6th, 2015 Last Updated:
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Introduction

Long after the reign of Genghis Khan, nomadism remains a way of life in modern Mongolia. But with so much to see and do here, it’s only natural that people would want to move about and explore. This adventure taps into the nomadic lifestyle embraced by almost 40% of the local population, travelling through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains in search of golden eagles, desert gazelles and the Mongolian horse. And when you’re not moving, you’ll experience local customs up close, exploring rural villages and sleeping in traditional ger tents.

  • Contemplate the Soviet architecture and influence in Ulaanbaatar
  • Explore the ruins of remote monasteries
  • Share a ger with a nomadic family
  • Soak in the Tsenger Hot Springs
  • Visit Mongolia's ancient capital
  • See the wild horses in Khustai National Park
Duration: 14 days
Start/Finish City: Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Physical Grading: 3
Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?
Travel Style: Classic
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Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.

Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Nomadic Mongolia (AMNA)

Day 1 Ulaanbaatar

On day 1 members of the group arrive to UB from different parts of the world. There are no activities planned except the first group meeting at 6 pm (for more details check the hotel notice board). During the meeting your group leader will run through the itinerary and answer your questions.

Meanwhile, enjoy wandering Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, a city filled with contrasts: modern skyscrapers and old soviet buildings are surrounded by traditional Mongolian gers. On the streets you will see nomads on horseback sharing the road with cars, people in traditional dress and high fashion and furs.

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

On day 2 will have a city tour planned in the morning: Gandan Monastery, Witner Palace of Bogd Khan and Zaisan Hill. Afternoon is free for you to explore the city again in depth and catch the places that are not included in the itinerary: Museum of Natural History, Museum of National History or the Fine Arts Museum, among other options. We also advise to pick up any supplies you think you might want on the road.

Day 3 Bag Gazariin Chuluu (1B,1L,1D)

On day 3 we will leave the capital and head south through the steppe to Dungobi Aimag region - Middle Gobi - via regional centre Mandalgobi (approximately 7 hours drive).

After lunch stop we'll take a side tour of Choir Monastery, and then keep driving to our first ger stay - small ger camp not far from Mandalgobi.

Traditional Mongolian ger is a sort of tent that consists of wooden frames covered with layers of felt. The size of the ger depends on the amount of frames. In Ulaan Baatar you will be able to see gers that can accommodate more than 100 people - usually they are "built" for big weddings or official parties. Frames and felt are very light and can be carried on camels or yak carts when nomads are changing location. Average Mongolian family needs about 2 hours to put a ger together. Inside gers are decorated by wooden carvings of traditional Mongolian patterns, birds and dragons. Nomadic families usually sleep on the mattresses laid on the floor. In camps where we are staying each ger has 4 beds inside, with mattresses, bed linen and extra blankets if you are cold. Each ger also has a stove to keep you warm, small table and tools. Usually, there is a lamp inside, so you can spend evenings reading books and writing in your journals.

Days 4-5 Yolyn Am (2B,2L,2D)

About 9-10 hours drive will take us to Gobi Gurvansaikhan National park.
With some luck on they way you might see vultures, wild Argali sheep, desert gazelles and Golden eagles.

On Day 5 you will have enough time to explore Flaming Cliffs area - the red sandstone cliffs and canyons where fossils were found in recent years.

One of the main attractions in the area is Yolyn Am - a narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. It's an amazing place for hikes: bring stable shoes and warm clothes. In some places meters thick layer of ice stays all year around.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 6 Bayan Gobi/Khongoriin Els (1B,1L,1D)

Drive through Western Gobi (about 4-5 hours) will bring us to Khongoriin Els - the biggest sand dunes in the area. They also are known as "singing sands" - because sand is moving with the wind.
Wast lands of Gobi have everything: mountain ranges, steppes, sand dunes and forests. In summer it's usually covered with dried grass, but after every rain you actually can see fresh green grass and flowers growing rapidly.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 7 Ongiin Khiid (1B,1L,1D)

Approximately 7 hours drive will bring us to Delger Khangai Mountains area. We will explore ruins of Hoshuu and Ongiin Monasteries: both were destroyed after Communism took over Mongolia. Built in 17th century, monasteries were among the largest temples in the country and were a home for over 1,000 monks.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 8 Grasslands (1B,1L,1D)

During approximately 6-7 hours drive North-West we will leave Gobi desert area and roam Mongolian steppes. Overnight we will stay in one of the nomadic gers - perfect opportunity to see how families live, what they do every day and practice your Mongolian.

Nomads live very simple life and move along with their cattle along the same route their great-grandparents were travelling hundreds years ago. Depending on the size of the nomadic family and their gers, accommodations can be very basic. In case if nomads can't provide enough space for our group, we will camp nearby (camping gear is provided).

In the evening - have dinner together with your hosts. One of the best things to try is the famous Mongolian Barbecue.

Day 9-10 Tsenger Hot springs (2B,2L,2D)

In the morning of Day 9 we will continue our way to the Tseren Hotsprings (about 6 hours drive).

Hotsprings are located in about 30 kilometres from Karakorum. The place is very popular among both locals and tourists - hot waters are said to have healing powers. The ger camp nearby is the perfect place for relaxation. You can chose to spend time in the natural hot spa, or go horseback riding, or chat with locals and play snooker with your drivers (they are very good at it!)

Spend day 10 at leasure enjoying stunning Mongolian scenery and warmth of the hotsprings.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Days 11 Karakorum (1B,1L,1D)

After about 3 hours of driving, we visit Karakorum - the ancient capital city founded in the 13th century by Ogodei Khan (Chingis's third son and successor). For several centuries it was a major international city with foreigners having religious debates, caravans coming and going, a main trading centre, and well as the centre for the entire Mongolian empire.

We will stop the beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery. It was built starting in 1586 and continued for over 300 years and was the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. At its peak the monastery housed over 1000 monks and held 62 temples. In the 1930s the monastery suffered greatly in the Communist religious purges and most of the temples were destroyed and monks killed. Nowadays the monastery is slowly being restored. We will be able to explore monastery grounds, and if we are lucky - listen to monks chanting.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 12 Khustai National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Approximately 6 hours drive will take us to Khustai National Park on day 12. Home to the last of the truly wild horses in the world, the Park is a our chance to see the Takhi horses in their natural environment. At one point there were none in the wild, but after a hugely successful captive breeding program in various worldwide zoos, they were reintroduced.

Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar (1B,1L)

On Day 13 we will head back to the capital (about 3 hours). Last glimpse at the grasslands before we will be ready to explore Ulaan Baatar once again. Head the museums and shops you may have missed at the beginning of the trip, or maybe just head to a restaurant for a relaxing drink or see a local troupe preserving the rich heritage of song and dance of Mongolia.

In the evening we'll get together once again - for final night dinner.

Day 14 Ulaanbaatar (1B)

You may depart at any time.

What's Included

Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Mongolian ger stays. Yolyn Am National Park stay. Gobi Desert stay. Ongiin Khiid Monastery entrace. Mongolian Grasslands stay. Tsenger Hot Springs stay. Karakorum monument entrance. Khustai National Park entrance. Mongolian barbecue. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Contemplate the Soviet architecture and influence in Ulaanbaatar, explore the ruins of remote monasteries, share a ger with a nomadic family, soak in the Tsenger Hot Springs, visit Mongolia's ancient capital, see the wild horses in Khustai National Park

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

As we use local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Jeep and bus travel means that bags have to be stowed either overhead or under beds, so travelling as light as possible is recommended. Please note that part of Mongolia's appeal is its wild nature and, as such, accommodation and infrastructure can be very basic in nature, with some shared rooms and limited access to showers in certain places. Mongolia is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 12

Meals Included

13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Meal Budget

Allow USD55-75 for meals not included.

Transport

Private van, walking.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels (3 nts), ger camps (9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent camping (1 nt, multi-share, no facilities).

About Accommodation

Please note that 3 nights of ger camping will be without any washroom facilities.

Joining Hotel

Hotel Voyage Plus
Baga toiruu Str
Ulaan Baatar-28, Mongolia 210628
Phone: 976-11-330600, 330601
Fax: 976-11-330602
Email: voyage@mongolnet.mn
Website: www.voyagehotel.mn

Joining Instructions

When arriving at Ulaan Baatar Intl Airport you will notice that the airport is actually very close to the city. After you exit from the baggage hall follow the taxi signs and you will find a queue outside the terminal building. Taxis in Mongolia are metered but you may have to bargain for one from the airport. The fare to our starting point hotel will be about 30 USD and should take about 30-40 minutes. If you have paid for an arrival transfer when you booked your trip our driver will be waiting for you with a G Adventures Sign with your name on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this.

If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area, please try the contact below first. If you do not receive a response, we ask that you please take a taxi to your start point hotel.

If your call is specifically concerning Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Representative directly at:
Bernard Van der Haegen
Home: +976 3249 3348900
Mobile: +976 99 118296

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Asia Manager: Julie Fitzgerald

G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time)
From outside Thailand: +66 2 381 5574
From within Thailand: 02 381 5574

After hours emergency number
From outside Thailand: +66 87 049 6074
From within Thailand: 087 049 6074


If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Insect Repellent (mosquitos can be especially bad in the late summer months)
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Tampons - hard to get in rural areas
Sleep sheet
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Money belt
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Long trousers
Hiking pants/track pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Camera and film
Reading/writing material, cassettes or other entertainment for long travel days.
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.

MONGOLIA: Most nationalities require a visa to visit Mongolia

Some of these nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Mongolian visa.

Noted Exemptions: Citizens of the following countries do not require a tourist visa for Mongolia for visits up to 30 days: Canada, Germany, Israel and the United States.

If necessary you can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in Mongolia. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details.

Once you have received your LOI and you are completing your Embassy Visa Application, please list the following as the hosting company or individual you will be visiting in Mongolia.

Happy Camel Travel LLC
Door 1, Khoroolol 2, Teeverchyd St 7
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel: +976 9505 8174

HOW TO FILL IN MONGOLIAN LOI FORM ONLINE:

As Mongolian visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates. We also recommend you add on an extra day to both the start/end of your trip so your visa length will cover any unexpected delays. Please, remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Mongolian embassy.

Please make sure to choose your country of origin as your Visa pick up location, if you do not see your local Mongolian consulate/embassy on this list or if you are unable to go there due to prior travel arrangements, please contact your travel agent or G Adventures for further assistance.

Please do not submit the application until 3 months prior to your entry into Mongolia. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in Mongolia. As a Mongolian visa is only valid for 90 days once it is issued, you will be emailed your Mongolian Invitation Letter only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date.

Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the Mongolian embassy you listed in the online application. Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.

Detailed Trip Notes

Mongolia is a fascinating destination to visit, full of natural, wild beauty and traditional life. Travel is becoming easier for foreigners but please be aware that English is still not widely spoken outside the large cities and that accommodation, toilet facilities and some transportation is not yet at the same level as you would expect in developed countries. If you are able to bring with you a lot of patience, a great sense of humour and a willingness to try and interact with the local people, your travel experience wil be greatly enhanced.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of Sep 2009 the exchange rate for Mongolia is 1 USD = 1400 MNT (Mongolian Tugrik). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard but these are limited to major cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travellers cheques in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee.
One of the main things to remember is that Mongolian Tugriks can't be exchanged outside Mongolia.
Because of bank regulations and exchange rate the best USD notes to have are $50 and $100 without any marks/stamps/holes or stains on them. If a banknote has a mark it might be refused to be exchanged.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

International Departure tax is 12,500 Mongolian Tugrik but it maybe included in your ticket. Please check at the airport.

Tipping

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $2-$3 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

Ulaan Bataar

Note: Many of the attractions have an additional fee for still cameras (around $3-5) and video cameras (around $10).

Photos of God of Great Compassion (Gandan Monastery) $5
Natural History Museum $3, photos extra
National Museum $3, photos extra
Museum of Chonin Lama – Monastery $3
Culture show $10-15
Chinggis Khan Cavalry show $50-70. Seasonal, selected days in July and August. See www.chinngis-cavalry.mn for detailed information


Countryside

Erdenne Zuu Monastery: photos $5, video $10
Horse ride approx $7 per hr
Camel ride approx $6-10 per hr
Museum Gobi desert $2

All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or other holy sites.

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that you'll receive a special discount code for free online prints and we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

Newsletter

Our adventure travel e-newsletter is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories and contests. To avoid missing out on special offers and updates from G Adventures, subscribe at www.gadventures.com/newsletters/

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Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.