There’s no better way to experience a country than to immerse yourself among its people with grit and bravado! This trip provides a fantastic opportunity to do just that, in one of the world’s most culturally colourful regions: the breathtaking steppes and mountains of Mongolia. You travel by bus from the capital of Ulaanbaatar, before undertaking a classic Mongol expedition—on horseback or by oxcart for the rest of the journey to your nomadic host family.

Once there, you participate in the traditional lifestyle—from sleeping on a ger (Mongolian tent-home) in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, to horseback riding, learning archery and assisting with chores: tending livestock, cooking, and making garments and leatherworks. A customized tour, with multiple itineraries available.

Itinerary Highlights

Days 1-2: Arrive at any time. Travel by bus, then by either oxcart or horse to reach the first nomadic family. Learn the Mongolian techniques to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart before an evening of traditional games and a hot dinner with the hosts. Enjoy the first of many star-strewn nights before going to sleep in a ger.

Days 3-4: Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. Meet a new host family and learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together as well as how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments.

Days 5-6: Challenge local nomads to a friendly archery competition after practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows. Travel in the afternoon by oxcart to the next nomadic host family. Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with cow milking before learning how to make traditional dairy products that will accompany breakfast. Travel to visit another family in the afternoon.

Days 7-8: Learn to steer an oxcart with the nomadic hosts and practice around the area. Travel back to the capital after lunch.

Booking Info

G Adventures

Phone: 888.800.4100

Length/Departs: 8 days, June – Sept 2017

Accommodation: Hotel, ger

Price: $1,099

Difficulty: Moderate

To learn more about this trip or to book it now, click here.

This trip is part of our 2017 Global Travel Guide, 81 trips hand-picked by the editors at Outpost. You can buy the issue here

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