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Introduction to Nomadic Life Tour 8 - Days

Undoubtedly, one of the main attractions of travelling to Mongolia is that, in the 21st century, half the people retain the nomadic lifestyle. This trip gives you the opportunity to visit nomad families and experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Combine this with a visit to the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. Built under the orders of Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum became the real capital of the Mongolian empire during the late 13th century before being ultimately destroyed by the Ming army in 1410. On its ruins was built the Erdene Zuu Monastery, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and nearly destroyed itself during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. A fascinating tour of Mongolia’s rich heritage and way of life – an experience you cannot afford to miss.

Brief Itinerary


Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. (Approx. paved road 50 km) You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your hotel. After a light lunch in the hotel, there will be a program of sightseeing in the afternoon. This will include the Bogd Khan Palace, a series of beautiful traditional buildings where the last religious King of Mongolia resided. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)

Extra: Ulaanbaatar City museum /Every day/ & Narantuul market,


Tour to Elsen tasarkhai and visit a camel herdsman’s family.

After breakfast begins the drive to Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes. (Approx. paved road 260 km, 3-4 hours) Visit a camel herdsman’s family. Discover their daily life and ride a camel through sand dunes. In evening sit out under the night sky and stars, watching fun, singing and dancing. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D)  


Drive to Ugii Lake, Horseman’s family and horse back trial

Drive to Ugii Lake (altitude 1387 m; surface area—25 (Approx. paved road 170 km, 2.5 hours) Visit the family of a horseman. You are free to taste the favorite drink of Mongolians - airag, fermented mare’s milk. Then volunteers are welcome to try milking the mares or participate by holding the foals next to their mothers or ride the horses. You may also enjoy tea and conversations with the family, take hikes or read a book around the family Ger. Enjoy a traditional Mongolian dinner and overnight with the family. (B+L+D)


Nomadic family and Mongolian ger program

In the morning see and help milking horses. Continue tour in a nomadic family, giving you the chance to learn a little of the Mongolian way of life. After lunch attend the Mongolian Ger Program, which will give you an introduction to the traditional Mongolian dwelling, the ger. Learn how to assemble a ger and how to pack the components on a yak cart. Bring drinking water from a well by a cow cart. The program duration is two to four hours. You would like to watch sunset down on the beach of the Lake Ugii. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D)


Drive to Ancient capital and oldest monastery

Drive to Karakorum (Approx. paved road 75 km, 1 hour), the site of the capital city of the Great Mongol Empire founded by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest Monastery built in 1586 with 108 stupas. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Visit yak herdsman family and drive to Hustai National Park

Up early to drive to visit yak herdsman family. You are free to taste dairy products and discover their daily life. Yak ride trial. After lunch drive to Hustai National Park and see the Takhi, the Asian wild horse. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit Takhi's small museum and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

After breakfast, drive to Ulaanbaatar. (Approx. paved road … km, 2 hours) You may choose an optional city tour where you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. A farewell dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)


Departure Mongolia.

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (Approx. paved road 25 km, 20 min) (B)

B - Breakfast         L - Lunch        D - Dinner

CategoryFixed Departure Tours
AvailableJuly 12 - 19, Aug 03 - 10, Sep 06 - 13
Activity level3

Tour Highlights:

Ulaanbaatar city
Elsen tasarkhai
Ugii lake
Nomadic family & Mongolian ger program
Ancient capital and oldest monastery
Wild horses

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Have you ever been inside of real nomadic lifestyle and culture? Do you want to discover and stay with people whose ancestors made the biggest empire in the world during medieval period? This trip gives you only one great chance to visit real Mongolian nomadic families and experience their everyday life, custom and tradition.

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