Trek through 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 wrestling, archery, and horse racing competitions.
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
For those participating in the July Departure:
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.
For those participating in the August Departure: In the morning, explore Shankh Hiid, a monastery within a short driving distance of Erdene Zuu and Karakorum that was once frequented by Zanabazar, the renowned Buddhist artist and religious leader.
Day 5-6 | Horse Trek to Bat-Ulzi-Soum
Travel on horseback in traditional Mongolian style.
Day 7 | Karakorum
En route back to Karakorum, 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.
Day 14 | Departure
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Jul 6, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019
$8,400 per person / double occupancy
$7,100 per person / double occupancy
$7,750 per person / double occupancy
$6,500 per person / double occupancy
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.