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Mongolia - Steppe Wilderness & the Gobi Desert - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 26 August - 16 September 2019
Mongolia - Steppe Wilderness & the Gobi Desert Walking Holiday

Step back in time to a simpler way of life on this journey through one of Asia’s last remote destinations. Mongolia is a vast land of stark beauty, endless steppes and warm welcoming people. Nomadic horsemen ride across barren wind-swept plains while ancient shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism continues to flourish. In true nomadic style, we journey from Ulaanbaatar across magnificent wilderness steppes staying in secluded ger camps in Khogno Khan Uul and Orkhon Valley, the cradle of Mongolian civilisation. Visiting a family home, we are immersed in their rich culture, traditions and way of life. In the ancient capital Karakorum, we learn about the diverse heritage of early settlement, through to the mighty Genghis Khan and the expansive Mongol Empire. Using yaks to carry our ger camp, we hike for three days over easy terrain, through the forests of the sacred Upper Tuul River Valley, part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. Heading to the East Gobi, we explore the granite rock formations of Ikh Nart Nature Reserve. This area is famous for wildlife such as ibex, Argali sheep, Bactrian camels, gazelle, birds of prey including Himalayan vulture and golden eagle. To enrich our stay, we attend a national dance performance, visit local handicraft / community stores, museums, palaces and monasteries.

Overview

Step back in time to a simpler way of life on this journey through one of Asia’s last remote destinations. Mongolia is a vast land of stark beauty, endless steppes and warm welcoming people. Nomadic horsemen ride across barren wind-swept plains while ancient shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism continues to flourish. In true nomadic style, we journey from Ulaanbaatar across magnificent wilderness steppes staying in secluded ger camps in Khogno Khan Uul and Orkhon Valley, the cradle of Mongolian civilisation. Visiting a family home, we are immersed in their rich culture, traditions and way of life. In the ancient capital Karakorum, we learn about the diverse heritage of early settlement, through to the mighty Genghis Khan and the expansive Mongol Empire. Using yaks to carry our ger camp, we hike for three days over easy terrain, through the forests of the sacred Upper Tuul River Valley, part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. Heading to the East Gobi, we explore the granite rock formations of Ikh Nart Nature Reserve. This area is famous for wildlife such as ibex, Argali sheep, Bactrian camels, gazelle, birds of prey including Himalayan vulture and golden eagle. To enrich our stay, we attend a national dance performance, visit local handicraft / community stores, museums, palaces and monasteries.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Experience nomadic Mongolian life in traditional Ger Camps (Mongolian yurt)
  • Walk through the steppe wilderness of Khogno Khan Uul Nature Reserve
  • Visit local herding families & museums
  • Discover Genghis Khan’s ancient capital Karakorum & restored Erdene Zuu Monastery
  • Explore Khustain Nuruu NP, home to the wild Przewalski horses
  • Three day yak hike in Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area
  • Walks in larch & birch forests in the sacred Upper Tuul River Valley
  • Stay in the East Gobi Desert at the wildlife haven of Ikh Nart Nature Reserve

Details

Details:

26 August - 16 September 2019 (21 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Ulaanbaatar)
Advanced Early Bird: A$9,150 until 30/11/2018
Early Bird: A$9,350 until 26/04/2019
Regular: A$9,650
Single Supplement: A$1,250
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 6 guests

Accommodation:
3 star hotel private facilities (6 nights), comfortable-cosy ger camps (glamping style) with shared facilities 

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 4-15km per walking day with some moderate off track options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Suzanne Noakes

    Suzanne Noakes is an adventurer by heart, travelling to every continent and developing a deep understanding of the variety and vibrancy of people and cultures around the world. Over the past 25 years she has travelled extensively throughout Asia Pacific, leading up to 100 expeditions for private groups, university alumni and conservation associations. Suzanne is known for her refreshing ability to interact with local people, allowing for a broad yet in-depth experience for travellers. Her expertise, humour, energy and rapport along with her warm personal style receive the highest praise from travellers. Suzanne is a long-term employee and tour co-ordinator with interNATIONAL PARKtours.

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