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Birding Trails

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Family Trails

The Mongolian countryside is free from traffic, and a great place for families to unwind and explore new experiences together. Small and big adventures abound just nearby.

There is a choice of expat families favourite,s which is the ger camps stays at Jalman Meadows, Ikh Nart or Arburd Sands. Expats in Beijing call Jalman Meadows a “five star scout’s camp”! It’s a place for three generations, also suitable for granny. And there are treks where you travel as a nomad in caravan with the locals.

However, you are not required to ride. It will suffice to ride. Kids can hop on to the carts or a camel if tired. It’s great camping out with Mom and Dad. Kids from 5 years and up enjoy it. Older kids, from twelve and over,also enjoy our normal treks, provided they enjoy the outdoors.

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Self-Guided Journeys

These journeys are geared for travelers who prefer to be as independent as is possible. Yet, get to the nearby destinations at a low cost as is possible. You share the transport to one of our ger camps if you are OK with being in the camps on your own and planning your daily activities with our English speaking camp managers. There are fine hikes in the surroundings and optional activities as described.

These journeys departs on set dates, where you are expected to share the transfers out to each ger camp with other travelers as well as our staff and provisions. We will set the departure time – usually 09h00 leaving Ulaanbaatar on the announced transfer date. In return the transfer cost will be shared by several and we will bear the risk of a low turn out of the number of people that join. Regardless of your arrival day, we will have such a departure out the next day.

If you are limited in time and desire to go to a specific ger camp on another day, you just pay a supplement cost to have your private vehicle on any time and day. It is a flat charge if you are one, two or three persons in the vehicle

Special Trips

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Winter Trails

Mongolia has 278 sunny days in one year. The relative lack of snow is the pre-condition for such a vibrant and large nomadic people, catering for their 30 million head of livestock in the great outdoors year round. Despite being climatically on the fringes of the Arctic. Mongolia has the southernmost permafrost zones of the world, southernmost distribution of wolverine and reindeer. Its location is in fact far more south of Siberia than north of China.

Nomadic Journeys organize special trips to Mongolia also in the winter. Ice-skating is a very popular winter sport in Stockholm, and we have jointly with Äventyrsresor, organized ice-skating expeditions on Lake Hövsgöl. We have also done ice skating trips to western Mongolia, one which ended up ice skating on 120km of river. Next to camels.

Winter trips usually require for cost efficiency a small group, why these are usually made to order. What is recommended in winter is west Mongolia and the Kazakh Eagle hunters, Lake Hövsgöl and journey by their horse sleds, Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian New Year). There are many visitors coming for short visits on the railways, and some locations, such as Hustai National Park have winter felted ger camp.

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Mongolia Horse Trekking: Horseback Journeys

Here you find Horseback Journeys, our selection of horse trekking tours in Mongolia. True rides in the style of caravans and expeditions.

Mongolia is probably the most equestrain nation in the world. Not only is the Mongol heritage and lifestyle intimately connected with the horse. Mongolia is an exceptionally inviting place for keen horse riders. The absence of fences and the vast expanses of the steppes and forests are ideal.

Nomadic Journeys offer horseback journeys as an integral part of our lifestyle. Even on treks and our ordinary trips, it is at most times possible to cater for individual requirements to go horse riding. The best for keen horse riders is however to join a small horse riding group in the Terelj National Park, 100 km from Ulaanbaatar and in the steppe areas south thereof. Both are rather wild areas, with the cultural aspect more pronounced in the steppes, and extraordinary mountain taiga landscapes more pronounced in Terelj. We depend totally in moving our equipment by yak carts, and we have no vehicle support during such trips. Since the carts will be slower than the riders, we will ride in circles, meeting up with the luggage and the carts to the campsites agreed ahead of us. It also provides slow riders the option to join the carts. They travel no more than 25 km in one day.

It should be remembered that the most professionally bred horses exists in central and steppe areas rather close to Ulaanbaatar, since the horse racing tradition is more competitive and pronounced. The reason for this is the competitive edge needed to succeed in the national annual Naadam Games held in Ulaanbaatar.

If you join any of our other journeys, and still want to ride, this is also perfectly possible. You should then order your personal horses at the time of booking if you are an experienced rider. Horses can be pre-booked out of Jalman Meadows Ger Camp as whenever we are on a trek.

These horses will be provided at extra charge. We will rent horses on your behalf directly with the herdsman providing them. We will ensure that there is at least one local horseman riding along with tour members at all times. We have found it easy to learn to ride Mongolian horses, however, only experienced riders that are in command of the horse, should attempt extended rides. An easy walk around camp, will be possible for all members to try.

We will provide you Russian saddles, which are more convenient for “western bottoms” than the Mongolian equivalent. The latter are made of birch wood! We recommend that you bring your own hard hat. Riding boots or short chaps are essential. We provide a saddle bag if needed.

To participate in extended rides it is required to be a competent rider, at ease at all paces, capable of riding confidently over varying terrain for several hours every day. It is not essential to be a skilled horseman; both good riders and less experienced riders will find horses suited to their abilities and character.

The most elaborate horse riding is together with our wranglers Erdenebayar, Battsengel or Badrakh. Their fathers are among the most well-known horse trainers of Mongolia, and have been training race horses in Japan! Riding with them is in Töv province. In the steppe lands south of Ulaanbaatar, and also in the Khan Khentii.

Rides can also be organized in and around Lake Hövsgöl National Park in the north. And we will develop rides in the northeast areas of Hentii, among the Buryats. Their horses are on the average somewhat larger than most horses in Mongolia.

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Natural Trails

To the right you find a selection of Natural History Trips. These are the kind of tour programs that concentrate on wild Mongolia. Its protected areas, wildlife, birding and its botanic treasures. At Nomadic Journeys, we are connected to some good Mongolian and foreign leaders. We have a close cooperation with several Mongolian conservation programs. Birding is fine all across the summer season, however, the migrants pass through from mid May and onwards for a few weeks. The Mongolian Gazelles concentrate at times in June, prior to the rains and when giving birth to their young. Game viewing is generally best in September and October when nights are cold and days are temperate. Usually Natural History Trips are customized for small groups. If you are around 4-5 people please ask us to design such a trip for you, according to your interests. Well ahead of time.