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Discover Mongolia
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14 days

from $4,099 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Visit with a nomadic camel-herding family in the Gobi.
  • Tour the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs with an expert guide, and look for dinosaur fossils while exploring the Flaming Cliffs.
  • Discuss Buddhism with the head monk at the Erdene Zhu Monastery.
  • Hear from rangers at Khustai National Park and track takhis, or wild horses, across the grassy steppe.
Itinerary

Discover one of Asia’s most under-explored regions on a two-week adventure through Mongolia. Walk through the remote and mysterious Erdene Zhu monastery with a Lama Buddhist monk; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, a world-renowned paleontology site famous for its amount of dinosaur eggs and bones; and drop by the home of a welcoming camel-herding family for an afternoon you’ll always remember.

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar

Enjoy a morning city tour including visits to the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace, and Zaisan Hill. Later, take a tour of the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs and learn about the dinosaurs of the Gobi desert from a docent.

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar/Khustai National Park

Travel to Khustai National Park — home of Mongolia's wild horses. Here, meet with park staff and learn about the wild horse reintroduction project. Keep an eye out for Takhi horses in their natural habitat.

Day 4: Khustai National Park/Kharkhorin

Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia. Visit the Erdene Zhu Monastery, the nation's first centre of Lama Buddhism, and meet with a head monk for an in-depth lesson in Buddhism. Later, visit Karakorum Museum.

Day 5: Kharkhorin/Tsenkher

Arrive at Tsenkher Hot Springs in the afternoon. Visit the springs for a relaxing soak and benefit from its healing powers.

Day 6: Tsenkher/Orkhon Valley

Drive to Orkhon and enjoy a hiking excursion to the Tuvkhun Monastery, established in the 1650s by Zanabazar, one of Mongolia’s most respected religious leaders. The monastery’s wooden buildings are integrated with a natural system of caves perched near a hilltop, from which you can take in beautiful views of the Orkhon Valley and surrounding pine forests.

Day 7: Orkhon Valley

Visit a local family's horse and yak breeding farm. Learn about their daily life and how they make cheese and butter. Sample some of their products, including yak cream and yogurt, and watch their famed horse riding and herding techniques. After, enjoy a hike to a waterfall before returning to the ger camp for a traditional Mongolian barbecue prepared over hot stones.

Day 8: Orkhon Valley/Ongiin Hiid

Drive into the Gobi, one of the world's great deserts which covers much of the southern part of Mongolia. Here we visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries.

Day 9: Ongiin Hiid/Bayanzag

Explore the Flaming Cliffs paleontology site, world-renowned for the vast amount of dinosaur bones and eggs found here.

Day 10: Bayanzag/Khongoryn Els

Drive to Khongoryn Els and explore more of the Gobi desert. Hike through Mongolia's largest dunes, often called the "Singing Sands".

Day 11: Khongoryn Els

Enjoy a visit with a nomadic camel-herding family, gaining insight into their very different way of life. Try your hand at some of the daily farming chores and opt for a camel ride. Take part in an archery lesson and demonstration with the family.

Day 12: Khongoryn Els/Yolyn Am

Drive through the beautiful gorges of the imposing Altai Mountain Chain in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, passing through the green valleys of Yolyn Am and Dungeness Am. Stop to hike along the way and keep an eye out for wild Argali sheep, ibex, desert gazelles, and golden eagles. Later, pay a visit to the park museum where you can admire a collection of dinosaur bones.

Day 13: Yolyn Am/Ulaanbaatar

Catch a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. This evening, enjoy a folklore show and farewell dinner.

Day 14: Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

What to Expect

Accommodation from day 3 to 12 will be in gers, traditional Mongolian tents made with round wooden frames and thick felt. The gers are simple, but quite comfortable, with 2 beds with mattresses, linens, and extra blankets. As our camps are remote, bathrooms facilities are shared.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 07 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,829 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 10 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,829 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 19 Jul 2020 - 01 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Jun 2021 - 26 Jun 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,829 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Jul 2021 - 31 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,778 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), Ger camps (10 nts).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicles, 4x4, hiking, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Dinosaur Museum Visit, Ulaanbaatar
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Erdene Zhu Buddhist Monastery Visit, Kharkhorin
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Yak Family Farm Experience, Orkhon Valley
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nomadic family Experience, Khongoryn Els
  • Your Wellness Moment: Tsenkher Hot Springs Visit, Tsenkher
  • Your Foodie Moment: Mongolian Cultural Show & Dinner, Ulaanbaatar
  • Arrival transfer
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour
  • Visit Khustai National Park
  • Visit the archaeological museum
  • Soak in hot springs
  • Hike to Tuvkhun Monastery
  • Orkhon waterfall hike
  • Visit Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid monasteries
  • Flaming Cliffs excursion
  • Gobi desert excursion and dune hike
  • Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park excursion
  • Folklore show with dinner
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $4,218