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A 13-Day Journey Limited to Just 16 Travelers

Mongolian SteppeYakEagle HunterInside a GerSukhbaatar Square

Rhythms of Nomadic Mongolia

Explore Mongolia's rich nomadic cultures. Spend time with nomadic herders, explore nomadic traditions at two small community festivals and enjoy the beautiful mountain and steppe environments that Mongolians call home.

2024 Prices (USD)

Double: $6,650

Single: $7,400

2025 Prices (USD)
Save $500! Early Booking Discount

Double: $6,850 $6,350

Single: $7,725 $7,225

Two 2024 & 2025 Departures
  • July 19–31, 2024
  • July 19–31, 2025

Detailed Itinerary

Friday, July 19Arrival

Meet your tour leader at the airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's cosmopolitan capital, and settle into the iconic five-star Blue Sky Hotel, the only hotel located on Sukhbaatar Square, the city's central plaza. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

Saturday, July 20Ulaanbaatar: Cosmopolitan Capital

Join your tour leader on a walking tour of Mongolia's capital. Explore the country's history at the spectacular Chinggis Khaan National Museum, newly opened in Fall 2022, and marvel at the splendid art and architecture of the Choijin Lama Temple Museum. (B,L,D)

Sunday, July 21Wild Horses

Embark on an early morning expedition to Hustai National Park in search of Przewalski’s horses, the world’s only species of truly wild horse. Then, travel west deep into the Mongolian steppe to the UNESCO World Heritage Orkhon Valley, the cradle of nomadic civilization, and settle into a ger (nomadic dwelling) for your first of three nights at a picturesque ecolodge overlooking the Orkhon River. (B,L,D)

Monday, July 22Felt Festival

Explore the culture of the Orkhon Valley at the annual Felt Festival, a local celebration of sheep, wool, and felt. Felt, the warm covering of gers, is essential to nomadic life and this small event provides a hands-on window into Mongolian traditions. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, July 23Yak Festival

Celebrate the annual Yak Festival, a small, community-based event honoring the yak herders of the Orkhon Valley and their animals. Celebrate one of Mongolia's most iconic animals with yak herding, yak hair and yak racing competitions. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, July 24Khans and Lamas

Visit the town of Harhorin, the former site of Karakorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire, and visit Mongolia’s oldest monastery, 16th century Erdene Zuu. Then, head east to Mt. Hugnu Khan and delve deeper into nomadic life with a visit to a nomadic Mongolian family who summers near Mt. Hugnu Khan, a site of profound cosmic energy. Spend the evening cooking and enjoying a meal, sharing traditions and, if interested, riding horses. Spend the night at a second ger ecolodge in the shadow of the Elsen Tasarhai Sand Dunes. (B,L,D)

Thursday, July 25The Bactrian

After a morning walk on the sand dunes, and ride another iconic Mongolian animal: the two-humped Bactrian camel. Spend a final night on the steppe in a ger at the Mongol Nomadic Cultural Heritage Center. (B,L,D)

Friday, July 26Nomadic Culture

Spend the morning at Mongol Nomadic participating in a demonstration of steppe nomadic traditions, such as games, food and music. After lunch, return to Ulaanbaatar for a folk music and dance performance by the renowned Tumen Ekh Ensemble and an evening back at the Blue Sky Hotel. (B,L,D)

Saturday, July 27The Altai Mountains

Fly to to the town of Ulgii in Mongolia's far western Altai Mountains. Head south of the town to picturesque Tolbo Lake. Hike at the lake before returning to Ulgii for the first of three nights in a basic hotel. (B,L,D)

Sunday, July 28Eagle Hunters

The Altai Mountains are the center of ethnically Kazakh culture in Mongolia. Explore eagle hunting, a form of falconry practiced by Kazakh nomads. A hunter captures an eaglet at a young age, raises her and trains her to hunt foxes, wolves and other animals. Visit the family of an eagle hunter and learn about this ancient tradition. (B,L,D)

Monday, July 29Petroglyphs

Travel deep into the Altai Mountains to a remote valley filled with Bronze Age Petroglyphs depicting wildlife and early nomadic culture. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, July 30Ulaanbaatar

Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, July 31International Departure

Return to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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What's Included

All-Inclusive in Mongolia

Mongolian Travel Experts
Small Group Limited to 16 Travelers
Tour Leader Fluent in English and Mongolian
Experienced Drivers
All-Inclusive 13-Day Tour
Domestic Flights in Mongolia
Curated Selection of Dining and Restaurants
Best Accommodations in Each Region
Luxurious SUVs
Admission and Participation Fees
Peace of Mind
Personal Travel Planning From U.S.-Based Experts
Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance

Complete terms and conditions will be provided before booking.

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Activity Level

Travelers in good health of all ages have enjoyed traveling with us to Mongolia. This tour has an activity level of three out of five.

Please call us at 1-800-225-0560 before booking to discuss the specific physical requirements for the trip you are considering.

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