Trip Type: Classic Cultural Journeys
Mongolian Vistas, Epic Mongolian Overland Adventure, From Mystical Tibet to Nomadic Mongolia, Ultimate Gobi
While all of Nomadic Expeditions’ trips have cultural components, our Classic Cultural Journeys are designed for travelers who wish to immerse themselves in the cultures of the destinations we visit, whether it is a centuries-old pastoral nomadic heritage or profound spiritual traditions. Participants on these trips will learn about ethnic groups such as the Uriankhai and Darkhad, cultural values and practices of local communities, and witness how these are manifested in the local people’s daily lives. Travelers will also have the opportunity to interact with nomadic families and experience their cuisine, enabling visitors to better understand the nomadic lifestyle and worldview. Some of these trips also include visits to religious centers and monasteries, where participants can take part in traditional community celebrations and observe sacred rites.
For awe-inspiring scenic beauty Mongolia has few rivals, and this journey is one of our most popular introductions to its extraordinary biodiversity. Experience the hospitality of Mongolia's nomads while exploring a wide variety of landscapes, from the clear waters of Lake Hovsgol in the far north to the magnificent Gobi Desert in the south.
Mongolian Vistas begins in the forests of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, which includes the southern Khentii Mountain Range and the confluence of the Terelj and Tuul Rivers, and is home to endangered musk deer and moose. The journey continues to Lake Hovsgol, believed by scientists to be the cleanest freshwater lake on the planet, before traveling overland to the former site of Kharakhorum, the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire. Mongolia's largest monastery, Erdene Zuu, was built nearby during the 16th century, reputedly from the remnants of this once-thriving city. The adventure concludes in the Gobi Desert, where towering sand dunes can be explored from the back of a Bactrian camel.
Dinosaur fossils, Bearded Vultures, and singing sand dunes are just a few of the many treasures to be discovered in the Gobi Desert. From the green valleys in the foothills of the Gobi Altai Mountains to the dramatic red sandstone of the Flaming Cliffs, this adventure provides an in-depth exploration of the Gobi's secrets.
Journey into this unforgettable landscape and share the Gobi with the two-humped camels and Argali mountain sheep, snow leopards and Gobi bears that live among the canyons, valleys, and dunes of this diverse region.The multicolored granite rocks of the Gyalaan Valley and the immense "Singing Sands" of the Hongoryn Els dunes are among this expedition's unforgettable destinations. Other highlights include a visit to Tugrugin Shiree, where the "Fighting Dinosaurs" fossil was discovered, and a chance to go camel trekking in the Ayaldai Valley.
Join Nomadic Expeditions on our 2013 journey to Mongolia to take part in the celebrations surrounding Naadam, Mongolia’s national games. The journey begins in search of “takhi”, commonly known as Przewalski’s horse and continues as we uncover the secrets of the Gobi Desert; discover the fascinating culture of the local nomadic people of Mongolia; and explore the stunning scenery at Gun Galuut Nature Reserve.
For an intimate and genuine cultural experience, we will attend the Naadam games in the Gobi, away from the increasing crowds of tourists who attend the games in Ulaanbaatar.
Wrestling, horseracing, and archery are the three age-old competitions traditionally used to measure the courage and strength of nomads and warriors. Contemporary Naadam games showcase the abilities of local men, women, boys, and girls, and are also a time when family and friends get together to celebrate the short, joyful summer season.