Nomad family tour
Staying with nomad families is the best way to discover a lot about the centuries-old nomadic lifestyle and their culture.
Our Five-day stay in nomad family tour through Central Mongolia is dedicated to everybody who wants to be distant from modern noisy and stressful cities while captured by the natural beauty and discovering uniqueness of the nomadic culture. During the tour, you will stay at different nomad families.
Staying with nomad families is the best way to discover a lot about the centuries-old nomadic lifestyle and their culture. The nomads are totally self-sufficient on their five kinds of animals (horses, sheep, cattle including yaks, goats and camels) and move with their mobile and collapsible dwelling “ger” in search of better pasture and water for their animals from a place to place all year round.
Tour Brief: Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
Group: Min 2 - Max 12
Season: Avril – October
Day 1 Visit in Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver and guide. Transfer to your hotel, settling in and rest. We will take you in the restaurant. Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan. Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament. Then Mongolian traditional show: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing. Welcome dinner in Mongolian style restaurant. Overnight in the hotel. B/L/D
Day 2 Travel to Mini Gobi
Up early morning we will drive to the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan (250kms about 4 hours). Discovery of the park: semi desert, steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80km long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi". They’re very hospitable friendly hosts which they will offer a traditional delicacy made of camel’s milk. Camelback trek along the sand dunes of Elsen tasarkhai. Overnight in the ger with nomadic family. B/L/D
Day 3 Travel to Orkhon Valley
Today we will drive to the Orkhon Valley (200kms about 5hours). Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadic and many breeders set their summer camp there. On the way, we will see Uurtin Tokhoi Canyon scenic spot. Once at the camp, you can take a rest from this long journey in comfortable ger camp by Orkhon river. B/L/D
Day 4 Visit
After breakfast we will hike or horse riding to Ulaan Tsutgalan, white flood flowing on the black stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sun-ray and the largest waterfall of Mongolia, 7 km away from the camp. These 16-metres falls are just magic ! They were formed 20.000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Staying with the nomads and discovery of the activities bound to yaks breeding. Welcome dinner with the nomad family. Stay in a ger neighboring the nomad family. B/L/D
Day 5 Visit Tuvkhun monastery
Today we will drive to the Tuvkhun Monastery (45kms about 1 hours). Vehicles can't go until the top of Öndör Ulaan Hill and we will walk until there to discover Tovkhon Ermitage, where Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia, created the Soyombo alphabet. The monastery is located 2312 meters above the sea level and from that place we'll have a wonderful view of the whole Khangai range. We'll picnic in exceptional surroundings, facing Orkhon Valley. Overnight in an extra ger of the nomad family. B/L/D
Day 6 Mogoi spa and relax day
On day 6, you will relax in the hot springs of Mogoit Spa. But before that, you will hike through the forest to the sacred mountain of Tsagaan Khairkhan (the white rock). The hot springs of Mogoit Spa are said to have been discovered by Zanabazar. They contain sulphur and have therapeutic virtues. Afternoon we will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Dinner is real authentic Mongolian barbecue, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. Overnight in an extra ger of the nomad family. B/L/D
Day 7 Travel to Kharkhorin
Today we will drive to Kharkhorin for 3 hours about 130 kms. Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin. Overnight in another nomad family and explore more about the nomadic life. B/L/D
Day 8 Kharkhroin-Ulaanbaatar
Back to Ulaanbaatar (350kms about 5 hours). Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments. Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the center of the city. /B/L/D
Day 9 Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.
2 participants -1480 EUR p/p
3-5 participants-1330 EUR p/p
6-9 participants 1090 EUR p/p
10 more participants 980 EUR p/p
Transfers airport / hotel / airport
2 nights in 3* or 4* hotel in UlanBator, breakfast included
Full pension during the tour+Water
2 nights in comfortable yurts camps with warm shower
4 nights with a host family, in a guest yurt
4WD jeep or minibus
English or French speaking guide
Horse and Camel trek
Local guides for the treks
Entrance for fees parks and museum
Passport and visa fees
Drinks / alcohols extras
Any excursion that is not indicated in the program
Single room supplement:
Single supplement is available at 50 euros in the hotel (for 1 nights)
Single ger supplement:
Single supplement is available at 20 euros per night at ger camps.
For your journey in Mongolia, it is possible joining a fixed departure tour with a group, which has the advantage of providing a friendly atmosphere and to let you benefit from the best price. Our groups are composed of an average of 3 to 12 participants.
We offering camel riding, horse trekking and hiking tour based on local community. Nomadic families live in the area are main parts of the tours. They will supply camels, horses, meals, and accommodation for tourists.