Trip Type: Camel Treks
Adventure Mongolia, Gobi Trek
Mongolia is one of the few nations in the world that is home to the two-humped Bactrian camel, used daily by nomads for milking and transportation. Their large, sturdy bodies, and the ability to endure in cold weather and survive with little water, make them dependable friends of nomads, particularly those dwelling in the Gobi. The Bactrian camel’s friendly and calm demeanor has long impressed adventure seekers from around the world, and many travelers find riding camels to be easier than riding on horseback. Traveling atop these beautiful animals, visitors to the Gobi can feel a little closer to Mongolia’s endless blue sky.
By joining one of our extensive camel trekking adventures, travelers have the opportunity to explore some of the region’s most unique areas while crossing the Gobi on camelback with local nomadic camel wranglers. Approximately three to five hours a day is spent on camelback, and on some days overland driving or trekking leads travelers to the discovery of Mongolia’s rich culture and biodiversity. A vehicle carrying supplies and equipment follows each camel trekking expedition, so that those who find themselves uncomfortable on camelback will always have an alternative mode of transportation.
Explore the wonders of Mongolia’s scenic and cultural treasures on foot and horseback, atop a Bactrian camel or in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Adventure Mongolia! is an active trip designed for enthusiastic explorers who want to travel off the beaten track, from the meadows and pine-forested mountains of the Central Mongolian countryside to the dramatic landscapes of the legendary Gobi Desert.
This adventurous journey begins in the Orkhon Valley, the cradle of Mongolian civilization, and continues to Erdene Zuu Monastery, erected from the ruins of Kharakhorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. Travel to the hot springs and summer ger camps of nomadic Mongolian herders before heading south to the Gobi’s towering sand dunes and red sandstone cliffs.
Those participating in our July departure will have the opportunity to experience the celebration of the famed Naadam Festival, and observe the incredible feats of strength and skill on display in traditional wrestling, archery, and horse racing competitions.
Of all the world's arid lands, the Gobi has about it the greatest air of mystery. This adventurous journey is designed to provide trekking enthusiasts with a desert experience like no other, through a land of boundless sand dunes, hidden mountain springs, isolated forests of saxaul bushes, and canyons where ibex roam among prehistoric rock paintings.
Follow in the footsteps of the many explorers who have been drawn to this dramatic desert, such as Marco Polo, who crossed its trade routes over 700 years ago, and Roy Chapman Andrews, the legendary adventurer who in 1923 discovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen. Explore the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, followed by a trekking expedition on foot and by camel, traveling deep into the magical landscapes of the Gobi. This thrilling journey through Mongolia's diverse landcscapes includes the ruins of ancient cities and monasteries, visits with families who live and raise their herds in the semi-arid desert environment, and nights spent camping under the stars in the shadow of the Gobi Altai Mountains.