MONGOLIA
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Mongolia ‘stepped’ in history has influenced not only Asia, but Europe as well. Held behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ for so long the doors have only recently been opened, affording visitors the opportunity to visit a country nearly the size of Spain, France and Germany combined. Mongolia is still a country where the horse remains king – so far!

Wide-open spaces and nomadic herds people allow us to view a very traditional lifestyle, along with the countries march to modernity. For those with the time to visit more than the capital Ulaan Baatar, there is the chance to sample a travelling style that seems to be relegated to historical books depicting the true explorers of yesterday. Travel by jeep, horses and sometimes by foot, experiencing a range of accommodation including ger tents, sometimes in set camps and other times with nomadic families.

Mongolia in the words of one of our clients

Mongolia

How many people can you fit into one sleeping compartment on the transMongolian? A few Aussies, Kiwis, a Russian, American, Spaniard, Austrian and a Mongolian or two ....... made 21.

The train trip from Ulan Baatar to Irkutsk involved a lot of waiting around clutching passports and immigration paperwork on both sides of the Mongolian and Russian borders. The theatre of custom officials and the Mongolian smugglers hiding salamis sausages, clothes, you name it, in every nook and cranny including foreigners luggage, made for great entertainment.
I slept with several strings of salami sausages hung above my upper bunk.
A cold Russian beer and a couple of passengers doing the macarena, cossack dancing and other steps in the middle of the tracks, also whiled away the time. As do the nonsensical shuffling of carriages and engines.

Words and photographs cannot describe the magnificence of the Mongolian steppes. A five hour bumpy drive to our camp 300 km out of the capital, traversed vast sweeping plains without fences, trees and often any other living thing in sight. At the crest of every hill another stunning vista greets you, a landscape of a thousand roads as the Mongolians 'make their own' road when other tracks get cut up.

When sharing the road, it was with herds of wild horses, goats or cows, watched over by Mongolian horsemen mounted on wooden saddles, in their traditional clothes and long boots. Unbelievably beautiful and sexy. At night asleep in the felt tent it was so quiet except for the pounding hooves of Mongolian horses trotting past.

Welcomed into a nomadic family's ger the warmth and hospitality of these stunningly beautiful people was demonstrated by their sharing food and drink with us, dressing me up in a gorgeous hand sewn ceremonial costume, and laughing with us grappling with the wooden saddles when riding their horses.

Occasionally the outside world was apparent on the steppes - the young Mongolians chatting away on mobile phones, satellite dishes outside gers and a shopkeeper near an ancient temple in the middle of nowhere reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

However, in the ancient temples and on the steppes of Mongolia, an overwhelming sense of serenity pervaded. What a magical and astounding country.

With the rich blend of Buddhism and Shamanism, urban and nomadic cultures, rituals and customs often far removed from our present place in time, Mongolia opens its doors to you.


Rush hour Mongolian style!

Mongolian Programmes

Ancient Capital - Khar Khorin 4 nights 5 days Mongolian Stopover and More  5 nights 6 days
Monasteries and Nomads  6 nights 7 days East Mongolia  6 nights 7 days
Gobi and Khangai  8 nights 9 days In the Horse Tracks of Ghengis!  13 nights 14 days
Remote Mongolia  8 nights 9 days Nadaam Festival stopover  8 nights 9 days
Eagle Hunters Festival Notes on some areas visited
Past Client Comments Mongolian Visa Information
Eco and green travel news from Mongolia Cultural Notes
Mongolia Weather Mongolian Gers
Ger Camps Mongolian Food
Mongolian Beer Central Ulaan Baatar Map

 

 

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