Before this initiative began in June 2005, consideration towards environmental conservation had been taken into serious consideration and incorporated into its original design. By incorporating public transportation, limiting rural vehicle usage, and mainly relying on nomadic forms of transportation between nomadic families over wide geographic ranges makes our travel and carbon footprint almost undetectable as our form of travel can not be distinguished of that of Nomadic Lifestyle and Nomadic Means of Travel.
1. Over 90% of Ger to Ger’s travel products and services make use of public transportation.
2. Over 90% of Ger to Ger’s most traveled routes only use rural vehicles for drop off and pick up from points on a travel route – not traveling every day with groups.
3. Over 95% time traveling from Ger to Ger (from family to family) over wide geographic ranges are environmentally friendly and incorporate the best eco travel practices such as walking, trekking, horses, ox carts, etc.
4. Over 95% of Ger to Ger’s nomadic families use either fallen wood and/or animal dung for heating their Yurt and making food.
5. Over 95% of all Ger to Ger’s nomadic families that have access to electricity generate it via solar panel instead of fuel burning generators.
Commitment to Minimal Cultural and Travel Impacts
Every day is an adventure, full of challenges and new areas of exploration - around the cities, rural villages or deep in the outback!
The northeastern region of Asia where Mongolia is located is extraordinarily different from its southern tourism counterparts. Where southern destinations are well known for its soft and easy going travel, beaches, resorts, diversity of Asian foods, diving and etc., Mongolia is a country of extremes - from the northern river and lake regions where Tsaatan reindeer herders live the ancient way, to the western mountainous regions where Kazakhs hunt with their eagles, to the southern Gobi regions where nomadic herders struggle to survive in vast and epic desert landscapes, to the eastern regions where open steppe’s Buriat cowboys herd their livestock not far from the largest gazelle herders of Central Asia, to the central mountainous pasture regions where nomadic life is easy going and families enjoy making homemade dairy products from Yak and Mare’s milk near scenic rivers valleys.
Most of traditional Mongolia is explored either nomadically by making use of horses, camels, ox-carts, horse-carts or even camel carts! But now it is very common to see nomadic families using the ‘Iron Horse’ (motorcycles) to assist in their herding of livestock as its easier on the horses that they care for as using a horses to herd can weaken them during times of drought or bad pasture seasons.
When there are so many different types of landscapes, cultures and climatic influences that directly impact nomadic families and the way they live it is important that our travel is fun and adventurous but also responsible, sustainable and minimal impact. Ger to Ger has designed a framework of travel and pre-travel orientation lesson for travelers in order to lessen our cultural footprint when traveling rurally:
* Understanding nomadism and its social cultural frameworks
* Mongolian mentality about rural travel
* Understanding and respecting local travel culture
* How to travel by rural public bus and other transportation
* What to do when arriving at nomadic families
* Understanding the nomadic families’ lifestyles
* How to immerse oneself into nomadic culture when staying with nomadic families
* Back country camping
* Leave no trace travel
* How to travel from Ger to Ger via animals
* Rural health and safety
* Learning the basics of Mongolian language and more!