Mongolia Treks: Travel with Mongolian Herdsmen, Horses, Camels, and Yaks
Below you will find a selection of treks that are offered as fixed departures. They are very much similar in service level to any Himalayan trek, the difference being that we travel with Mongol herdsmen, their animals, be it camels, yaks or horse. The type of animal support is determined by the lifestyle of each Mongolian region. All equipment and luggage’s will be loaded on to the traditional carts or on to the back of pack-animals.
Camel carts are usually used in the more arid Gobi areas, and but also in true steppe. Yak carts, are used mostly in northern areas where precipitation is higher. Certainly yaks in Arhangai and northern Töv provinces. In high elevation mountain terrain we use pack-animals. Such as pack-camels in the remote Altai Mountains, slopes being too steep for carts.
We usually trek no more than 15-20 km a day if over level ground. And shorter in the mountain’s. We provide tents and bed cots, reliant on trip with full bedding. Please, enquire and read carefully if sleeping bag is needed for your trek or not. We use in Gobi areas, usually full stand-up Tentipi (tepee from Scandinavia), and on northern areas Marmot Limestone 6p full stand up tent’s, shared by two persons. One some expeditions, Hilleberg three-person tunnel tents, shared by two participants. A ger (yurt) is usually brought along as a “mobile restaurant” if there are 6 or more participant’s in the group. Our standards are maximum ten to one group, to keep the experience small and intimate. The camel trek is fully ger-based, why max number of participant’s is eight.
On this trek you will explore the little travelled Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve in the eastern part of the Gobi desert. This diverse upland area, consisting of rock formations, grassland and [...]
The best way to personally experience the pace and lifestyle of the local people is to travel the same way and use the same modes of transport as the Mongolian herdsmen themselves.
For 20 plus years Nomadic Journeys has been a leading tour operator in Mongolia, focusing on low impact sustainable tourism. We work with numerous community groups and conservation initiatives around Mongolia. Our philosophy is to offer a low impact travel experience, visiting different places on horse back, yak cart, and camel cart over long difficult journeys on a vehicle. Read more