Adventure in Mongolia
This October, we’re organising our first-ever community trip to mystical Mongolia!
Join us and a group of fun-loving travellers to the Northern-most province of Mongolia, with untouched landscapes where few outsiders have ever been.
We’ve partnered with Beyond Expeditions for access to authentic local experiences, including nomadic home-stays and horse-riding through the Mongolian Steppe, which is a blaze of colour in the autumn months.
Of course, the highlight of our trip are the Tsaatan nomads and their friendly reindeer. As one of the few remaining indigenous groups of reindeer herders, the Tsaatans are a disappearing culture. Staying with them is a priceless opportunity to experience their way of life while it’s still around.
The Travel Intern Content Experts will also act as your personal photography guides during the trip — giving advice on framing your shots or helping you take them if need be! We’ll also be holding an optional photography and editing workshop exclusively for participants so you have the basics down before the trip.
Whether you’re an experienced traveler or just want to make your 2019 a little more epic, we promise this trip will be one to remember.
Trip Itinerary (18 – 28 Oct)
Check out the detailed day-to-day itinerary here!
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We tried to make things simple and easy, with no hidden fees or charges so you don’t have to worry about anything.
– Round-trip international economy flights (check-in up to 23kg and carry-on up to 7kg)
– Accommodation for 10 nights (three-star hotels, guesthouses, traditional gers and tepees)
– All modes of transport (airport transfers, private all-terrain vehicle with driver, petrol)
– All meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners)
– Travel photography guidance and exclusive pre-trip workshop
– English-speaking, experienced local guide
– Access to the Tsaatan Camp for a nomadic home-stay with reindeer herders
– All activities including horse-riding, camping, and star-gazing
– Misc. taxes and fees
– 1.5L bottle of water per day
– Sleeping bag
– Excess luggage and hand carry fees on flights
– Personal travel insurance
– Emergency rescue flights (if necessary)
Qn: How is this trip different than going on my own?
Mongolian tourism is very new — it’s only been 20 years since first welcoming commercial tourists! While this makes Mongolia a unique destination, it’s also not easy to visit on your own.
Most commercial tours only offer trips to the Gobi Desert, and not the less-explored lands of Northern Mongolia. Without close local contacts, it’s also impossible to meet the Tsaatan reindeer herders who live here, since nomads constantly move through the massive plains.
With the local expertise of Beyond Expeditions, we’ll get to try everything that Northern Mongolia has to offer, especially off-the-beaten-path experiences that most tourists don’t have access to.
What’s more, our Travel Intern Content Experts will be on the ground as your personal photography guides. We’ll be holding a pre-trip photography workshop specially for trip participants, and will guide you in taking and editing photos during the trip itself!
Qn: Who is this trip suitable for?
If you’re adventurous, open-minded, and excited to immerse in a new culture, this is the trip for you!
You should also be ready to embrace the great outdoors. Though we will have comfy hotels and Western-style toilets in Ulaanbaatar, restroom and shower facilities in the Mongolia countryside will be a little more basic.
Qn: Is this trip open to all nationalities?
All nationalities are welcome to join, though you’ll have to catch the flight with us from Changi Airport, Singapore.
For Singapore passport holders, tourist visas aren’t required for up to 30 days in Mongolia. For all other passports, check here. If you need a visa, we’ll help you out with the info required for the application.
Qn: Who will be on the trip?
We’re looking for 20 fun-loving travelers who’d love to explore Mongolia together! Whether you’re a solo traveler or want to tag along with some friends, you’re in for a great time. Rounding off the team are our Travel Intern Content Experts, local expedition guide/personal chef, and driver.
Qn: How safe is Mongolia?
Mongolia is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, and is generally considered safe for tourists. However, petty theft is still an issue, and solo travelers often end up stranded in the countryside if their horse gets stolen.
We will take the following precautions for a smooth and safe trip:
- Travelling in a big group of at least 15 people, to prevent targeting by thief syndicates
- A local guide will accompany us at all times, with firsthand knowledge of the areas
- Travelling in a private all-terrain vehicle with a local, experienced driver
- Staying in home-stays in the countryside with trusted nomad families
Participants will be briefed further on safety precautions closer to the trip date.
Qn: Do I need a certain level of fitness?
Not really, this is a moderately easy trip! The most physically-strenuous activity is horse-riding, which we’ll be doing for up to five hours at a time.
In the countryside, we’ll be riding in a hardy 4×4 all-terrain vehicle, which is spacious and well-ventilated, with padded seats for extra comfort. However, as most roads in the countryside are unpaved, the ride can get very bumpy.
While with the Tsaatan reindeer herders, you can choose to go on casual hikes around the nearby mountains, but this is completely optional — there’s still tons to do in the camp itself!
Qn: What should I pack?
Upon confirmation, we’ll be providing a detailed packing list specifically for this trip. Generally, expect to pack for a regular cold-weather trip (camping gear not necessary).
Qn: Do I need to bring any cash along?
Our trip price covers everything you need, though we recommend bringing US$100 – US$300 for souvenirs, tips for locals (purely voluntary basis), and in case of emergency.
In Ulaanbaatar, USD can be converted for local currency, the Tulgrik (MNT). Credit cards (mostly VISA and Mastercard) are also accepted in many shops, sometimes even in the countryside.
Qn: What will accommodation be like during the trip?
We’ll get to try different types of accommodation in Mongolia, each promising a unique experience. In Ulaanbaatar, we’ll be staying in three-star hotels, while in the countryside, we’ll be in a mix of guesthouses, Mongolian traditional gers, and Tsaatan tepees.
As for sleeping arrangements, it’ll be twin-sharing rooms in the capital Ulaanbaatar (first and last day). If you’re travelling alone, you’ll be paired with another traveller of the same gender.
In the countryside, it’ll be 3-4 people per tepee and 4-6 people per Mongolian ger. These will be gender-divided unless you have special preferences (e.g. signing up with friends).
If you’ve got any accommodation requests, let us know and we’ll see what we can do. 🙂
Qn: What will we be eating?
All meals are included on the trip. Our local expedition guide is also an experienced chef who will prepare anything from Mongolian, Italian, and even Korean cuisine. We’ll also get to try authentic Mongolian food in Ulaanbaatar city and during our nomadic home-stays.