Explore Mongolia on foot and horseback, by Bactrian camels, and in our four-wheel drive vehicles on this active trip through unforgettable steppe, desert, and mountain scenery. Adventure Mongolia is designed for explorers who want to travel off the beaten path through the pine forested mountains and meadows of the central Mongolian countryside and across the dramatic landscapes of the Gobi Desert.
A true adventure, this journey includes the Orkhon Valley, the cradle of Mongolian civilization, where Erdene Zuu Monastery was erected from the ruins of the legendary city of Kharakhorum; the hot springs and summer ger camps of Mongolia’s nomadic herders; and the towering sand dunes and red sandstone cliffs of the Gobi.
Those joining our July departure will have the unique opportunity to travel by horseback to the famed Naadam Festival, and observe the incredible feats of strength and skill displayed in wresting, archery, and horse racing competitions.
Adventurous explorers who want to experience a variety of activities, from hiking to camel riding, while traveling off the beaten path through the Mongolian countryside. Most nights will be spent under the stars in tents and gers, the traditional dwellings of Mongolia’s nomads.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
Explore Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s dynamic capital city, where traditional wooden temples sit side-by-side with modern high-rises. Visit Hustain Nuruu National Park.
Day 3-4 Kharakhorum | Erdene Zuu Monastery
Drive to Kharakhorum, site of the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire, and visit the impressive monastery reputedly built from its ruins in the 16th century. Enjoy the Naadam Festival, Mongolia’s celebration of competition.
Day 5-6 Horse Trek to Bat-Ulzi-Soum
Travel on horseback in traditional Mongolian style.
Day 7 Kharakhorum
En route back to Kharakhorum, visit Kultegin Monument, erected during the Turkic Empire in the 8th century.
Day 8-12 Ongiin Hiid | Flaming Cliffs | Yol Valley | Hongoryn Els
Drive across the vast steppe to the Gobi Desert. Trek the Gobi on foot and by camel through diverse landscapes, including dramatic red sandstone cliffs, towering sand dunes and deep desert valleys.
Day 13 Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar, visit the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum, the Bogd Gegen Palace and enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian music and dance.