Mongolia, former empire of Genghis Khan, is home to one of the last nomadic, horse-based cultures in the world as well as the home of the famous Gobi Desert in Asia. The spirit of adventure that lives within the people of Mongolia might best be described by a traditional proverb: “While your father is alive, know as many people as you can… while your horse is strong, see as many places as you can.”
Are you ready to know the people of Mongolia and to explore their ancient Mongolian culture in one of Asia’s few remaining pristine ecosystems? Then join AdventureWomen for a luxurious journey through Mongolia’s mountainous and desert landscapes where mounted soldiers once galloped across the the golden steppes of the Gobi Desert with the warrior Genghis Khan, and to the Altai Mountains, where Kazakh hunters celebrate their traditional culture and magnificent golden eagles.
Our Mongolian adventure tour begins in Bayan-Uglii Province at the Golden Eagle Festival. Each year the region's Kazakh hunters attend the festival with their golden eagles, known as “berkut”, entering them in competitions testing speed, agility, and accuracy. Ceremonies, dance performances, a parade in the provincial capital's city square, and a Kazakh play in honor of the hunters and their eagles are among the highlights of this unique adventure travel experience.
Continuing our expedition in the vast and dramatic Gobi Desert, explore an incredible array of unforgettable Mongolian landscapes, including the sand dunes of Moltsog Els and the deep desert valley of Yol Valley National Park. Visit the Flaming Cliffs, the legendary site where the first nest of dinosaur eggs was discovered, and Tugregiin Shiree, where paleontologists unearthed the "Fighting Dinosaurs" fossil. We travel through the diversity and wild beauty of Mongolia’s scenic wonders in comfortable 4 X 4 vehicles with knowledgeable local travel guides, past fields of wildflowers, snow capped mountains, alpine lakes, and towering garnet sandstone cliffs. This is a journey back in time to a place where more than half the population still lives on the Mongolian steppes in lavishly decorated tents called gers.
In this land of nomads, we explore the Gobi Desert on the back of a Bactrian camel, visit local families and a farm and sewing cooperative, and walk in the wide-open countryside under immense skies. We explore Mongolia’s monasteries, dinosaur fossils in the Gobi, and its dune formations called the “Singing Sands.”
Accommodations during this trip are in 4- and 5-star hotels, charming gers, and the luxury Three Camel Wilderness Lodge Ger Camp. Meals are prepared with fresh regional ingredients.
Visit Asia’s rarest gem, Mongolia, with AdventureWomen and discover a beautiful, welcoming land where the rest of the world seems a million miles away. Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample life as a nomad, under Mongolia’s wide, blue skies.