Difficulty of trip: Easy going
Method of travel: mainly horseback w/ some ox-carts and trekking (camping)
Community Fee: 289 USD for 6 days/ 6 nights
Community Fee: 202 USD for 4 days/ 4 nights
Community Fee: 163 USD for 3 days/ 3 nights
Community Fee: 109 USD for 2 days/ 2 nights
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses
UB to Terelj Park Bus Fee (approx.): $2 USD
Booking & travel orientation w/ handbook: $25 USD
National Park Fee: $3 USD
On this nomad based winter adventure you will experience the how to prepare a nomadic camp for winter. You will visit herder families, and have the opportunity to ride by horse, hot water bottle heated ox cart with warm blankets with a herder guide and enjoy Terelj beautiful winter scenery.
Day One - Visit nomad family: Our local guide will receive you at last bus stop of Terelj national park. Then you will go by ox cart to his home where 7-8kms north of Terelj river. Once you arrive at Mr. Chuluunhuu’s Ger his wife will serve you tea and dinner. You will overnight his home.
Day Two - Warm the winter shelter and fence for livistocks by dry dung: In the morning you will be served a breakfast. Then you will participate warm the winter fence with dry dung to ensure that livestock stay healthy throughout the cold winter. Mrs.Battsetseg will serve you a nomadic lunch and tea. In the late afternoon you will have an opportunity to play ankle bone with family or walk around his family. Then you will be served by dinner with family members and will have your second overnight.
Day Three - Prepare small goats & sheep for winter with coverings to keep them warm: In the morning you will be served a breakfast. Then you will start your journey by horse to Mr. Bold’s Ger for 15km. He will welcome you a nomadic lunch and tea. After lunch Mrs. Battsetseg will show you how to prepare small goats & sheep for winter with coverings to keep them warm. In the evening you will be served by dinner with family members and will have your third overnight.
Day Four - Collect fallen wood from riverbeds: After breakfast at Mr. Bold’s Ger you can try to herd livestock and milk cow. Also you have an opportunity to learn how to stitch Mongolian traditional garments, wear Mongolian costumes and click amazing photos. In the late morning herder guide will take you to Ms Amarjargal’s Ger by ox cart and horse for 5km. Ms. Amarjargal will serve you hot tea and lunch. Then you have an opportunity to help her to collect fallen wood from riverbeds to make fire. In the evening you will be served by dinner and hot milk tea and will have your fourth overnight.
Day Five - Warm the winter shelter and fence for livistocks by wet dung: After your breakfast Mr. Boogi will take you to next family by ox cart or horse for 8kms. Once you arrive at Mr. Enhee’s home his wife Mrs. Uranchimeg will serve you a nomadic lunch and tea. Then you can try to warm the winter shelter and fence for livestock by wet dung with family. In the evening she will serve you hot tea and dinner.
Day Six - Relax: After breakfast you will have whole day to relax. In the evening his family will welcome you a nomadic farewell dinner with tea.
Day Seven - Departure: Early morning Mr.Enhee will take you to local bus stop by ox cart or horse for 1km. Get on bus and depart to UB city at 8am.
Bus Departure Times
From Ulaanbaatar to Terelj National Park - 3pm
From Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar - 8am
|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.