Mongolia was great, much better than I dreamed it would be.
John Vallejo, Oct 2009
Mongolia (along with Irkutsk) is one of the must-see stops on any Trans-Siberian trip. It is a totally unique destination and one most people vow to return to one day. The open steppe, searing deserts, huge clear blue sky, warm hospitable people, genuinely nomadic culture and starlit nights make Mongolia make most people vow to return to one day.
All of our set tours include an arrival transfer, either to your City hotel or straight out to explore the spectacular Mongolian countryside. Click through the tabs and dropdowns below for hotel choices, city tours as well as a range of seasonal sightseeing tours.
- Popular Tours
- Gobi Desert
- 4WD Tours
- Specialised Trips
The Bayangol 3* Hotel is our hotel of choice in Ulaanbaatar and included as default in our guided tours which include an overnight in Ekaterinburg. The budget Miami Hotel is our budget option in the City.
The buffet breakfast with Western breakfast cooked to order is included.
€ 60 - Twin / Double Room
€ 90 - Single Room
€ 55 - Extra bed in room
All prices per person, per night and includes breakfast.
The privately run Miami hotel is located in the centre of Ulanbaatar close to the Gandan Monastery and State Department Store. It opened in 2007 and the rooms are freshly designed to good standards, a budget but comfortable choice.
There are 43 bedrooms, all have private bathroom, TV, phone and Internet. The restaurant is on the first floor, where breakfast is served.
€ 30 - Twin / Double Room
€ 35 - Single Room
All prices per person, per night and includes breakfast.
Elstei Ger camp in Mongolia was not to be missed!
Our most popular Mongolian stopovers are based at Elstei Ger resort. This camp is set in
beautiful open grassland with a back drop of rugged mountains. Whilst at the camp a range of activities are available from archery, wrestling, Ger building, sand volley ball, traditional Mongolian games like "ankle bones" visiting local nomadic families, trekking or just kicking back outside your ger and taking in the vast nature around you. Horse riding, mountain biking and day jeep trips can also be arranged for an additional fee paid locally.
Our feedback shows that Elstei is often the highlight of a Trans-Siberian trip.
Minimum of one night at Elstei, we recommend staying for at least two nights so the time you spend in the countryside isn't rushed.
|Arrival in UB (13:20 on train #23 or 07:00 train #364). Your guide will meet you at the station and give you an orientation sight-seeing tour around the city, including the Gandan Monastery, Zaishan Hill and Sukhebaatar Square. Transfer to Elstei Ger resort. Your guide will explain local customs and introduce you to traditional living in a Ger. Dinner. Overnight.|
|Option Day||Breakfast. Your guide will be on hand to show you to local 'working' gers, tasting local food. Possibility of horse riding trips to the river and exploring the steppe. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Ger camp. (Packed lunch can be arranged if away from the camp).|
|Transfer Day||Free time at the ger camp before transfer back to Ulaanbaatar, free time and transfer to the station for departure or additional days in Ulaanbaatar.|
|DAY 1||Meet your guide on arrival and have city tour including Zaisan hill, Gandan monastery, Sukhebaatar Square. Transfer to Elstei Ger Camp and settle in to your ger. Western dinner in Elstei restaurant.|
|DAY 2||Breakfast, meet up with your guide and a short ride out to the open steppe. Introduction to the nomadic life, find the herd of horses (or cows, sheep or goats depending on season) on horseback. Hands on experience to learn the routine of the herdsman. Overnight stay with the herdsman family. All food will be prepared by this family.|
|DAY 3||After breakfast continue the daily routine of the herdsman and the family. Return to Elstei Ger before dinner. Overnight at ger camp.|
|DAY 4||Transfer back to Ulaanbaatar for departure, or add additional nights at Elstei Ger Camp or continuation of another Module or extra days in Ulaanbaatar.|
A range of activities at the ger camp include:
Available with out extra charge
Traditional Mongolian Archery practice at Elstei Ger camp
Pass the time playing ancient Mongolian games such as the "ankle-bone game"
Performance of traditional Mongolian Contortionists and Music as the sun goes down at Elstei Ger camp
Learn how to build and dismantle a Ger at Elstei - locals can do it in 40 minutes, can you beat them!
Learn how to fight like a traditional Mongolian Wrestler!
Visit a nomadic family, sample local produce and discuss local customs
Walking tour to the beauty spots in the local area
Sand volleyball with the staff
With extra charge by car or on horse-back
Visit the countryside on a horse cart, (€10 per hour)
Visit the 22 metre high monument to Genghis Khan, with visitor centre (€12 p.p by 4WD)
Day trip by bus back to 13th century! Re-enactment of the lifestyle and a fighting scene in the Genghis style with traditional costumes!
A visit to the Tonyukuk Statues near Elstei Ger camp, recommended on horseback
* Horse riding costs extra €5 per hour. These optional tours are dependent on availability and should be discussed with your guide and pay for locally.
- Trips to Elstei can be added onto any package that has a stop in Mongolia. The start of the trip is in Ulaanbaatar where a City tour is given before being transferred to the ger camp.
- You will sleep in a traditional Mongolian 'ger' with comfortable beds with clean linen and blankets. The camp features a shower block and washing facilities with hot water, a restaurant and shop. While in Elstei all meals are provided and are prepared to good standards. In the evening there are often cultural performances such as singing and dancing, or your guide will teach you traditional Mongolian board games!
- Elstei Trips are available year round, although in winter (from October to April, depending on weather) the shower block and restaurant are closed due to frozen pipes. Instead meals are prepared in a kitchen ger and basic washing facilities and toilet are provided. The ger is well heated by a wood burning stove.
- The distance travelled to find the Open Steppe Nomads will vary depending on where the family has settled, often the best grazing is a few kilometres from your base at Elstei.
The Gobi Desert stretches as far as the Mongolia / China border and beyond. Our Gobi tour starts in Sainshand, on the train line which means you can stop here on the way between Beijing and Ulanbaatar.
This is a summer only tour.
|DAY 1||Arrive in Sainshand at 06:21 (05:21 Chinese time). Meet guide and transfer to camp. Have a lie in and then visit the reconstructed Khamariin Khiid monastery, the nearby "small sandy dunes", the Gobi Saksaul forest and a camel breeding family (if more than 10 pax camel racing can be organized). Overnight at ger camp.|
|DAY 2||Day trip to "Died Wood" near the Khamariin Khiid monastery. Visit caves that the Lammas used for meditation, search for dinosaur fossils (skeletons and eggs) and see the petrified wood in the desert. Overnight at ger camp.|
|DAY 3||Free time at the ger camp with possibility of camel riding. Afternoon transfer to Sainshand to visit local museums. Depart Sainshand train #285 at 21:00 with your guide.|
- This tour can be added onto any custom package that includes a stop in Ulanbaatar and Beijing.
- You will be met in Sainshand by a guide from Ulanbaatar who will usually travel with you on the overnight train Ulaanbaatar / Sainshand. You will also have a knowledgable local guide while on trips in the Gobi area.
- Gobi Trips are available from the 15th of May till the 1st of October, depending on weather.
Active Summer Trips
Our driver was very good and friendly and our guide was excellent.
Laurie and Tom Fitch, Karakorum Trip
Mongolia is a vast expanse of wilderness, from where Ghenkis Khan and his army led, and his army roamed beyond conventional borders. With little road infrastructure the only realistic way to travel is by jeep or comfortable 4WD vehicle.
We offer a range of set tours to explore the real Mongolia, where horses out number people! Karakorum is the ancient capital of Mongolia is a popular tourist destination, more for the journey than the destination. Or follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan to Hustai National Park.We generally use new Russian Jeeps. You will have a skilled driver who understands mechanics and a guide who is trained in first aid. They carry an emergency satellite phone which can be used (for a fee) to call home and tell family and friends that you have made it to the middle of nowhere!
|Your guide will meet you on arrival and give you an orientation sight-seeing tour around Ulanbaatar including the Gandan Monastery, Zaishan Hill and Sukhebatar Square. Transfer to Elstei Ger camp which takes around 1,5 hrs and settle in to your comfortable ger. Your guide will explain local customs and introduce you to traditional life in a Ger. Dinner in Elstei restaurant and overnight.|
|Option Day||Optional extra days with free day at Elstei camp or with day trips to local sights of interest.|
|DAY 2||Departure to Karakorum (425km). Travel via the Bat Khaan mountain and lunch on the way. If available, stop at camel and horse breeding herds. Overnight stay at Burd Sum Ger Camp (80 km to the east of Karakorum).|
|DAY 3||After breakfast leave the camp and head to Karakorum, you visit the Erdene Zhu monastery and horse breeding herds. Overnight at the Karakorum ger camp.|
|Budget version||It is possible to book a nomadic 'family' ger for both nights close to the Burd Sum area rather than staying in a 'tourist' ger camp. Ask us for more options.|
|Option Day||Optional day trip to Ugii Lake and old Turkish Inscribed monument of the Turkic State (6th to 8th Centuries A.D). 70km along a good road to the west of Karakorum and return for overnight at Karakorum ger camp.|
Early morning departure from Karakorum to travel directly back to Ulanbaatar (360+kms).
On return to Ulanbaatar you can book onward travel or overnight accommodation at Bayangol 3* hotel (extra price).
|Last Day||Free time to explore the sights and museums of the Capital (depending on onward schedule) before transfer to station on departure or coninuation of another tour.|
|DAY 1||Your guide will meet you on arrival and give you an orientation sight-seeing tour around Ulaanbaatar including the Gandan Monastery, Zaishan Hill and Sukhebatar Square. Transfer to Hustai national park 110 km to the west of Ulaanbaatar where there are wild horses. Your guide will explain local culture. Walking & free time to explore the area. Dinner at ger camp and overnight.|
|DAY 2||Day trip to the beautiful mountainous area where precious stones can be found and there are old stone sculptures. Return to the ger camp for dinner and overnight.|
|DAY 3||Transfer to Elstei camp and settle in to your comfortable ger. Your guide will explain local customs and introduce you to traditional life in a Ger. Dinner in Elstei restaurant and overnight.|
|DAY 4||Breakfast and then transfer back to Ulanbaatar with free time in the City for food or souvenir shopping (depending on train departure) and transfer to the station.|
Like so many of our trips, over the years we have built, modified, tweaked and perfected a range of standard tours to give an exciting and balanced selection of tours. However, Mongolia is a huge country, everybody has different tastes and we can't possibly cover everything on these pages.
If you want to explore Mongolia in more depth or have specific goals, do speak to us as we will be able to tailor longer trips to any part of Mongolia, using local expertise combined with our professionalism. Recent research trips have taken us to the North of Mongolia, including Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Altanbulag border city and the Noyon mountains.
Here are a range of specialised tours we've designed in the past:
|Includes: Transfers, 4WD and driver, experienced guide, National Park entrance fees, full board, ger camp accommodation, City tour and cultural performance at Elstei
Available on request
This tour travels to the far North East of Mongolia, close to the border of Russia in search of archaelogical remains of Ghenkis Khan
1st night in Elstei ger resort, travel to Bayangol camp, on the way visit Khar Zurki Khukh Lake (Genghis Khan), 3rd night at ger camp near Khangal Lake. Travel to Binder and visit Baldan Bereeven khiid. Stay in Gur khan camp, visit historical places. Trip to Dadal sum, then to Deluun Boldog (probably birthplace of Ghenghis Khan) Overnight at Mogol ger camp. To Delgerkhaan, overnight at Hunnu camp. To UB, stay at Bayangol hotel.
|Includes: Transfers, local fishing guide, fishing equipment, 4WD with driver, full board overnight accommodation at Ger camps
Available on request
Mongolia is a popular destination for coarse and fly fishing, here you travel to different rivers and lakes in search of the elusive 'big one'
Trip to Karakorum area, and Uurtiin tokhoi at Orkhon river which is a breeding area for the Lenok fish, continue to the Bayangobi area and overnight. Camping and at Ger camps, with a knowledgable guide
|Includes: Transfers, 1 night in UB, Jeep and driver, experienced local guide, full board, accommodation at Ger camps and local Nomad Gers.
Available on request
Farming is the pursuit of all Mongolian's in the countryside, to a small or large extent. Experience first hand the life of a traditional herding farming community.
Travel 180km north to the north of Ulanbaatar, close to the Russian border and stay with a typical Nomadic family near Kharaa river. Experience nomad’s lives and their regional farming methods, with a family that own more than 1000 cattle.