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Introduction to Nomadic Life Tour 8 - Days

Undoubtedly, one of the main attractions of travelling to Mongolia is that, in the 21st century, half the people retain the nomadic lifestyle. This trip gives you the opportunity to visit nomad families and experience their way of life, their culture and traditions.

Combine this with a visit to the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. Built under the orders of Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum became the real capital of the Mongolian empire during the late 13th century before being ultimately destroyed by the Ming army in 1410.

On its ruins was built the Erdene Zuu Monastery, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and nearly destroyed itself during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. A fascinating tour of Mongolia's rich heritage and way of life - an experience you cannot afford to miss.

Group size: 4 to 12 people
Tour cost: Starting US$ 1235
Schedule 2015: July 12 - 19, Aug 06 - 13, Sep 03 – 10
Karakorum, Elsen tasarkhai, Ugii Lake, Erdene-Zuu Monastry, Exploring nomadic lifestyle, Mongolian Ger Program, Asian wild horse, boat trip, horse and camel ride

Discover the biggest nomadic country in the world - rich diversity of nomadic culture in the regions
Explore the hospitability of the nomadic culture and lifestyle
Stay inside of Mongolian ancient and rich heritage
A chance to see how the real Mongolian authentic Barbecue is made the traditional way!

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Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to the hotel. After a light lunch in the hotel, there will be a program of sightseeing in the afternoon. This will include the Bogd Khan Palace, a series of beautiful traditional buildings where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

Tour to Elsen tasarkhai and visit a camel herdsman's family.

After breakfast begin the drive to the central region of Mongolia. Elsen Tasarkhai is 280 kms west from Ulaanbaatar. After lunch we will visit a camel herdsman's family. Discover their daily life and ride a camel through sand dunes. In evening sit out under the night sky and stars, watching fun, singing and dancing. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D)

Drive to Ugii Lake, Horseman's family and horse back trial Lake

Drive to Ugii Lake (altitude 1387 m; surface area—25 sq. km). After lunch at the camp, drive to visit the family of a horseman. You are free to taste the favorite drink of Mongolians - airag, fermented mare's milk. Then volunteers are welcome to try milking the mares or participate by holding the foals next to their mothers, or ride the horses. You may also enjoy tea and conversations with the family, take hikes or read a book around the family Ger. Enjoy a traditional Mongolian dinner and overnight with the family. (B+L+D)

Nomadic family and Mongolian ger program

In the morning see and help milking horses. Continue tour in a nomadic family, giving you the chance to learn a little of the Mongolian way of life. After lunch attend the Mongolian Ger Program, which will give you an introduction to the traditional Mongolian dwelling, the ger. Learn how to assemble a ger and how to pack the components on a yak cart. Bring drinking water from a well by a cow cart. The program duration is two to four hours. You would like to watch sunset down on the beach of the Lake Ugii. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D)

Drive to Ancient capital and oldest monastery

After breakfast, continue driving to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. On the way, we will enjoy beautifully changing landscape from semi desert Gobi into forest steppe. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Visit yak herdsman family and drive to Hustai National Park

Up early to drive to visit yak herdsman family. You are free to taste dairy products and discover their daily life. Yak ride trial. After lunch drive to Hustai National Park and see the Takhi, the Asian wild horse. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Takhi's small museum and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

After breakfast, drive back from the camp to Ulaanbaatar. You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)

Departure Mongolia.

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

B - Breakfast        L - Dinner        D - Dinner

Tour Information

The best time to make this trip: May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.

Accommodation: We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

Meals: In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

Transport: Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

Guide: An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

Personal things to bring with you: Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.

Dates & Price

2014 Dates



July 12 - 19



Aug 06 - 13


Sep 03 – 10


2015 Dates



July 12 - 19



Aug 06 - 13


Sep 03 – 10


Services included in the price


Shared accommodation in the hotel


Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp

Guiding and interpreting service

All meals as listed in the itinerary

Daily supply of bottled water

Transfers by vehicle 4x4

Local guides

All entrance fees

horse and camel, yak ride trial

Services not included in the price

International airfare

Personal equipments

Optional activity cost


Excess baggage charges

Single room supplement

Alcoholic drinks

Travel Insurance

All prices are USD per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements are only available at hotels.
Single gers cannot be guaranteed. If a suitable roommate is not available,
a single supplement fee ($70) will be invoiced.

Feed back

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Most sincerely, Lisa Pearl from USA. 2011 Sep

"Dear Oyunaa,
We had a lovely tour with Dawa and Nanida. We enjoyed every minute of their company. Dawa was very knowledgeable and gave us a meaningful appreciation for Mongolian history, culture, and land. I wonder if you could pass along this email to her because I never got to thank her in person. I got rushed into our hotel to confirm our reservation. "

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Bayarlalaa, Christoph Klojda from USA. 2011 Sep

"Dear Oyunaa,
Now that things have calmed down a little since returning home, I wanted to thank you for your patience and assistance in organizing my recent tour of Mongolia. It was an excellent experience, and an amazing country to spend some time in learning about the people and the culture. I would also like to pass on my thanks to both Lagshmi and Dovchin. They are both wonderful people, took too good care of me and helped make the experience extra special. Please pass my thanks onto them. While it may be a long time off, I look forward to visiting Mongolia again in the future. When that happens, I will definitely look for Discover Mongolia's assistance again. Please keep my information on hand if anyone is requesting referrals. "

Thank you for our delightful short travel in Mongolia. Anna and Tomislav from Sweden. 2010 Oct

"Dear Tuvshinbat,
We are working a lot since we came back from Mongolia, so we don't have time even to see all the amazing photos we made there. Anyway we would like to thank you one more time for everything you did for us, and for wonderful time you helped us to have in you're country. It was unique experience, Mongolia is a beautiful place, one of the best holidays we had so far, and we would definitely like to visit it again and see and learn more. We are a big commercial for you, and i hope more people will come and share our experience.

And we would also like to express our gratitude for the two lovely people we meet at the station, and whiteout whom we will be probably lost in the mountain or at the black market. :) Ms. Boloroo and you're friend Mr. Sugar are excellent guides and friends.

I hope we will be back and next time we'll meet you as well, and we wish you all the best.

Best regards,"

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