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4 days - Experience different yurt camping in luxury gers in Mongolia.
On these short journeys, you will travel to your 'gerscape' and spend time exploring the wilderness, meeting locals and being at one with the Mongolian landscape. On these journeys you will stay at low impact ger (yurt) camps. They are fully collapsible “lodges”, built in the nomadic style. These camps are put up for the summer season and packed away in winter, leaving no traces anywhere.
We use low-impact indigenous, thus appropriate, technology to offer lodging and sometimes also transportation with the assistance of yak carts or riding horses. Essentially, it means that we can be hosted by the services of the local people living in the area where we travel. There is an option – at additional cost - to camp out by building your own private base next to the river. Bring a yurt on a yak cart and erect it yourself with the help of your local hosts and a private cook.
We have a variety of different yurt camps that you can visit, all with a different focus, i.e. near the Gobi Desert or further into the mountains & canyons of Mongolia.
These camps create perfect tailor made itineraries - combining comfortable accommodation, a variety of activities and wonderful Mongolia landscapes.
- Day 1
- Travel to Ikh Nart Nature Reserve & settle into your Ger
- Days 2 - 3
- IkhNart Rocks Ger Camp experience with hiking, biking and visiting the local wildlife research centre.
- Day 4
- Transfer back to Ulaanbaatar
- Start/End Place
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Country Visited
- 4 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
This tour is supported by a private jeep or minibus (depending on the number of travelers) to and from Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve.
Guide, breakfast every day, and all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. All overnight gers (3 nights), and all local transport. All activities in the camp. Transfer to and out of camp on scheduled dates.
Horse and camel rental at the camp (USD 35 per day).
Imported drinks, laundry. Air or train tickets in and out of Mongolia. Visa fee.
Day 1 - Travel to Ikh Nart Nature Reserve & settle into your Ger
Ikh Nart Natural Reserve (67,000 hectares) is a comfortable 6 hour train journey from Ulaanbaatar or a 5 hour transfer on tarmac. It is home to hundreds of ibex (mountain goats), black vultures and other wildlife.
We pick you up from your hotel in Ulaanbaatar in the morning and transfer to IkhNart Rocks Ger Camp directly by vehicle. We spend about six hours traveling southeast over the grassland, which gradually turns into more arid Gobi steppe. After arrival at the camp check-in to your ger and have free time to explore the surrounding area.
Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve is a community reserve where local people have partnered with the Denver Zoo Foundation & the Mongolian Academy of Sciences for research and the conservation of the Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Plateau. It is an upland with many rocky outcrops.
The unique wildlife feature of Ikh Nart is its approximately 1000 Argali sheep (Ovis ammon), the largest wild mountain sheep in the world. Although there is no guarantee, they are not that shy here. Also Mongolian gazelle (procapra gutturosa) are frequent visitors and are relatively easy to come across and view. Ikh Nartiin Chuluu, the full name, means, in Mongolian, "Rocks with plenty of sunshine". The reserve also has a sizeable population of the world's biggest vulture, the Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monacha), as well as some 200 Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica).
Days 2 - 3 - IkhNart Rocks Ger Camp experience with hiking, biking and visiting the local wildlife research centre.
For the next two days, you can explore this nature park. Hiking is excellent and rewarding, with easy climbs on to the rocks, overlooking the amazing landscape. Mountain bikes, horses and camels are available for spontaneous rides with the help of local horsemen.
…or if you just want to sit back and relax. The camp is equipped with a library ger that includes a collection of books on Mongolian culture, history and people. There is a chess game and other fun stuff. Feel free to use the library ger at your own leisure.
The surroundings allow you to make hikes in any direction. Ask the cooks to pack your lunch and stray away among the rock formations for the day. If you prefer to make an excursion on two wheels, there are two mountain bikes at the camp. You may also explore the area. Hourly, half days and full day rides are organized with local horsemen. Ikh Nart is popular with bird watchers encountering many birds of prey, including Cinereous Vultures, Peregrine Falcons and especially Lesser Kestrels.
The cool evening sunsets over Gobi, glass of wine at hand, are pleasant and rewarding.
Your travel choice for Ikh Nartiin Chuluu will assist the conservation efforts in the area, as it bring finances to the local economy and protection efforts.
Day 4 - Transfer back to Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we leave camp and drive towards the Choiriin Bogd Mountains,
where there are some remote Buddha statues in the rock faces. We have a picnic lunch here, and drive back to Ulaanbaatar on a good tarmac road for about four hours.
Price per person
30 Sep 2019
Staff: A Mongolian English-speaking leader will accompany you at all times. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals.
Riding skills: Complete horse riding novices should not attempt to ride individually on horses. However, the Mongols historically have been the most equestrian people on Earth, and remain so to this day. Anyone at ease with horses will enjoy riding.
Meals: Our cooks will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adept at both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians. For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.
Mongolia is the perfect place for a family adventure - simple days, lots of sunshine and fresh air & adventure. The camps are popular with families and you have the room to spread out and enjoy the Mongolian culture and outdoors. Please talk to us about Mongolia with your family.
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Mongolia is known as the Land of the Blue Sky and throughout the year, there are 278 sunny days and 9-23 cloudy days.
In Mongolia the Central Asian desert zones meet with the Siberian taiga, hence, Mongolia is a transition zone with climatic extremes. Most of the year it is very cold, especially at night. Precipitation is low and skies are usually clear during the wintertime.
Summers, however, are very pleasant just as in the Australia and Europe. There is a short rainy season in July and August during which most of the annual rain will fall. Around 70 percent of all precipitation falls during these three summer months. When raining it tend be heavier and shorter, if extended it may cause floods locally. Occasional strong winds can come and go quickly. Spring and fall pass very quickly. Even if this sounds like a lot, precipitation during the summertime it is just about the same as in Europe at the equivalent time.
Horse Riding in Mongolia
Mongolia is probably the most equestrain nation in the world. Not only is the Mongol heritage and lifestyle intimately connected with the horse. Mongolia is an exceptionally inviting place for keen horse riders. The absence of fences and the vast expanses of the steppes and forests are ideal.
Our partner, Nomadic Journeys offer horseback journeys as an integral part of their lifestyle. Even on treks and their ordinary trips, it is at most times possible to cater for individual requirements to go horse riding. The best for keen horse riders is however to join a small horse riding group in the Terelj National Park, 100 km from Ulaanbaatar and in the steppe areas south thereof. Both are rather wild areas, with the cultural aspect more pronounced in the steppes, and extraordinary mountain taiga landscapes more pronounced in Terelj. We depend totally in moving our equipment by yak carts, and we have no vehicle support during such trips. Since the carts will be slower than the riders, we will ride in circles, meeting up with the luggage and the carts to the campsites agreed ahead of us. It also provides slow riders the option to join the carts. They travel no more than 25 km in one day.
It should be remembered that the most professionally bred horses exists in central and steppe areas rather close to Ulaanbaatar, since the horse racing tradition is more competitive and pronounced. The reason for this is the competitive edge needed to succeed in the national annual Naadam Games held in Ulaanbaatar.
If you join any of our other journeys, and still want to ride, this is also perfectly possible. You should then order your personal horses at the time of booking if you are an experienced rider. Horses can be pre-booked out of Jalman Meadows Ger Camp as whenever we are on a trek.
These horses will be provided at extra charge. We will rent horses on your behalf directly with the herdsman providing them. We will ensure that there is at least one local horseman riding along with tour members at all times. We have found it easy to learn to ride Mongolian horses, however, only experienced riders that are in command of the horse, should attempt extended rides. An easy walk around camp, will be possible for all members to try.
We will provide you Russian saddles, which are more convenient for "western bottoms" than the Mongolian equivalent. The latter are made of birch wood! We recommend that you bring your own hard hat. Riding boots or short chaps are essential. We provide a saddle bag if needed.
To participate in extended rides it is required to be a competent rider, at ease at all paces, capable of riding confidently over varying terrain for several hours every day. It is not essential to be a skilled horseman; both good riders and less experienced riders will find horses suited to their abilities and character.
The most elaborate horse riding is together with our wranglers Erdenebayar, Battsengel or Badrakh. Their fathers are among the most well-known horse trainers of Mongolia, and have been training race horses in Japan! Riding with them is in Töv province. In the steppe lands south of Ulaanbaatar, and also in the Khan Khentii.
Rides can also be organized in and around Lake Hövsgöl National Park in the north. And we will develop rides in the northeast areas of Hentii, among the Buryats. Their horses are on the average somewhat larger than most horses in Mongolia.
Horse Riding Ability
Minimum riding ability: Competent rider. Fit and capable of riding at all paces confidently. Varying terrain, in the saddle for several hours for several days.
Please note for China, Mongolia and Russia, you will need to arrange your visa before you go. We have supplied links to these visa applications within our Visa section. It is your responsibility to do this before your trip but please don't hesitate to speak to us if you need any assistance. It isn't unusual for our guests to have questions particularly about the Russian visa so please call us if you are in any doubt.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/