This route takes you through one of Mongolia most important archeological regions of great historic importance known as the ‘Hunnu Dynasty’. In this region, you will visit a variety of culturally and historically significant locations that include “Delger Choir” Monastery (an ancient meditating and hiding place of Monks), Moro Lama’s Cave, eye mineral spring water as well as the17th century ruins of a drama theater, local Hunnu dynasty tombs, and a historical museum where you can see the Bronze Age’s finds.
In line with Ger to Ger activities, you will also have many wonderful opportunities to learn how to ride camels, horses as well as how to milk cows, mares and even goats for making cheese and cream butters. This is a great way to experience both the historical and nomadic cultural activities with nomadic families in the Desert Region.
Difficulty of trip: Moderate
Community Fee: $243USD for 5 days/ 4 nights
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses
UB to Mandalgovi Bus Fee (approx.): $8 USD
Rural jeep to first ger and pickup (approx.): $94 USD
Note: One jeep cost can be divided by max number of 4 persons
Booking & travel orientation w/ handbook: $25 USD
Day One - Experience Nomadic life style: You will leave from UB by local bus at 8:00 a.m. and will arrive in Mandalgovi around 15:00 p.m. (Sometimes you may arrive earlier and sometimes late, it depends on the weather and the local bus) Upon arrival, our local drive will take you to the first ger Mrs. Tserendeged by local hired Russian jeep for 50kms and you will have your late lunch at the host family. You will wash, refresh and rest for two hours. During this time you will get to know with the family, and her granddaughter will read a poem about “teacher” in Mongolian. Later in the late afternoon you will walk for 4km to the second herder family (Mr. Bazarpurev). In the evening you will have your dinner with the host family. Later in the late evening you will overnight in the tent.
Day Two - Horseback riding to Delgeriin Choiriin Monastery: After having breakfast and around 8:00 a.m. at the host family, you will departure to the meeting point to next herder family by camel card for 15km, on the way you will visit the Delgeerin Choiriin Monastery. At the Delgeriin Choiriin Monastery you will experience the life of the monk. After visit the monastery, you will continue your journey and on the way you will have your packed lunch. After you reach the meeting point, Mr. Otgonbaatar the third herder family will take you to his ger by horseback ride for 15kms. After the cultural, adventure and tiring trip you will have dinner and get to know with the host family. After the dinner you will experience milking goats and sheep’s and also make yogurt. And late in the evening you will overnight in the tent.
Day Three - Horseback riding trip to the Ancient meditating and hiding place of Monks: Jambaldorj will take you to his ger by camelback ride for 12 kilometers. On the way, you will stop at the ancient meditating & hiding place of monks, Moro Lama’s caves, Hunnu dynasty tombs, and eye mineral spring water. You will have your packed lunch surrounding the area. Upon your arrival at the third herder family Mrs. Jambaldorj will serve you with dinner and tea. After the dinner, Mr. Jambaldorj will teach you how to make arrow type of stick to poke in between the camel nose, beside that he will also teaches how to make leather robe. Later in the evening you will have opportunity to milk camel and overnight in the tent at the host family.
Day Four - Camel back ride to the fourth herder family: After breakfast, you will travel by camel card ride for 18 kilometers single trip to Mr. Tsandoijamtz the fifth herder family and will have your packed lunch in the surrounding area. Upon arrival at Mr. Tsandoijamtz ger, you will experience making Mongolian dumpling called “Buzz” and then you have the dumpling for your dinner with the family. Later on, you will milk cow and help the host family to make dairy products. Late in the evening you will overnight in the tent at the host family.
Day Five - Visit to 16th century ruin drama theater and local museum: After breakfast, you will walk for 4kms and have a bounty to spend your precious time to visit the 17th century ruin traditional Mongolian long song theater. Later in the afternoon you will walk back to the host family and have your lunch before you departure back to Mandalgovi by Russian jeep for 70km. Once you reach Mandalgovi you will over night at the local hotel.
Options: You can visit the local museum by paying 2,000 MNT per-people. Besides that, you can also visit the place where they make the woolen and felt products and also the exhibit of ancient tools which was used to make cattle, jar, cups and etc. You may pay a fee of 1,000 MNT for this service.
Visiting nomadic families
All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
Herder guide service on route
Horse riding according to itinerary
Traveling by camel cart according to itinerary
Pack animals on route
Cultural activities (play ankle bone game etc)
Boiled water on route
Two ways bus tickets reservation service between UB and Mandalgovi
Local jeep arrangement service by facilitator
Guest house and hotel reservation service by facilitator in Mandalgovi
Mongolian Cultural Travel Tips & Information
Horseback Riding in Mongolia
Mongolia's Gobi Desert Camels
Mongolians and horses have historically co-exist since the early times and It’s impossible to imagine Mongolians without horses. There are many horse related folk legends, stories about horses, epic literature and songs written about horses. Mongolians prohibit the cursing of horses, beating horses and whipping of horses on their heads and chests. Mongolia’s horse culture according to their traditions teaches to show to respect to the horse during its life and honorifically place the horse’s head on an Ovoo or other sacred place to show their respect to the nobility of their horse’s life. The head of a horse is often decorated with white stones or horse dung. Heads of especially fast racing horses are usually wrapped in a blue scarf. The Mongolian traditional horse head fiddle further glorifies the station of the horse by its artistic design and traditional sounds. The culture of the Mongolian horse even spreads to embroidery, handicraft, wooden carving, metal and silver crafts – Mongolia’s respect of the horse can be found everywhere throughout the country.
The world’s rare two-humped Mongolian Bactrian Camel is considered to be the tolerant and noble animal among five animals (horse, cow, sheep, goat and camel) and is sand colored herbivores mainly found in the Gobi Desert region of Mongolia. Mongolia leads the number of Bactrian camels in the world and Mongolian camels were domesticated in olden days and are traditionally used as nomadic transport. When Mongolian camels are used for nomadic transportation their noses are pegged and they are outfitted with a leading rein, halter, saddle, saddle cloth and stairs. Mongolian camels weight is between 400-800kg and camel meat is low in fat and lean. Mongolian camel milk is a staple food for Gobi Desert nomads and is more rich in fat and protein than cow’s milk. A female camel produces about 3 to 4 liters of milk a day; camel milk can readily be made into airag (fermented beverage), hoormog (yogurt diluted with milk) and dried curds. Mongolian camel wool is produced as a natural insulation against the cold and easily sheds in the heat. Mongolian camel wool has unique characteristics of silky softness and strength.
Riding Mongolian Camels
Mongolian nomads say that it’s much closer to the sun from the top of the tallest animal of desert - so while you are riding a Mongolian camel you will always have a panoramic view of the Gobi Desert. Generally, Mongolia’s camel guides are Mongolian nomads that are born and live in the Gobi Desert. Mongolians often start to ride camels at a very early age and have plenty of experience to share with you about how to saddle, groom and command to lay down a camel to mount and dismount. During your camel trek, you can help the Mongolian nomad by looking after your camel; learn how to groom it, saddle and unsaddle it as well as bring water and feed it. Kind attention between the camel and the rider always contributes towards establishing a close. Almost any traveler can ride a camel (in reasonable physical condition) and learn how to control it quickly – though its highly recommended to review the camel riding tips that can be found in the Ger to Ger Travelers’ Handbook. Its good to apply your knowledge and practice on a camel with a Mongolian nomad around their Ger (traditional dwelling) before starting a long trek. A camel trek could cover between 5 to 25kms a day between nomadic families or even for a short roundtrip for sightseeing.