How To Get Off The Beaten Path In Mongolia in 14 Days

Have you been thinking of visiting Mongolia but don’t know where to start? Maybe Mongolia seems too far fetched for you? Well we are here to tell you that you can have an amazing experience, get off the beaten path, and connect with the land, culture, and people in a two week trip. Two weeks may seem like a lot of time, but to really get a sense of a place, to take time to connect, to reflect, and to become immersed in everything a destination has to offer, this is not a lot of time. Below we would like to lay out a sample trip that is 14 days in duration, and touches on so many of the amazing things that make Mongolia unique. A trip like this is exactly what we do at Travel Life Adventures. We have done the work, created the partnerships, vetted the experiences, and are ready to connect you with the experiences that have impacted up. Check out this outline and then contact us to start creating your own version of this amazing adventure.

Mongolia: Off The Beaten Path

Along the Northern Border of Mongolia you will find a people and a culture that live in intimate communion with the natural world. The Tsaatan people move with the rhythm of the seasons, always in tune with the pulse of the Earth. Discover these amazing people and get in touch with their ancient traditions. Adventure, connection, and transformation are waiting for you at the top of Mongolia. There are very few places left that are this wild, and remote. Prepare yourself to be moved by the people and the beautiful land of Mongolia. 

Section 1: Ulaanbaatar

Your first introduction to Mongolia is when you arrive in Ulaanbaatar. If you arrive early, we recommend using this day to get settled check into your hotel and get acclimated to your new surroundings. Ulaanbaatar is an easy city to walk around and explore on foot. There are museums about the local art and history, a world renowned ballet and opera performance center, and many other things to experience. At the very least it’s good to go out and have a traditional Mongolia meal prepared at one of the many great restaurants in the city. An easy sight to check out is Sükhbaatar Square. This is the center of the city and is home to many great sights and buildings to check out.

Section 2: Into The Wild North (Day 2-6)

To reach to remote Northern lands of Mongolia, you will need to catch a flight to the small town of Murun. Here you will meet your local guide who will help get your amazing journey started. For the next 4 days you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the unique and vibrant culture of the North has to offer. Your connection to the people will be with the Tsaatan, or Reindeer Herders, of Mongolia. You will also get the chance to learn and participate in the daily tasks in helping take care of the reindeer who are sacred to the way of life to the Tssatan people. You will also enjoy activities in the land, from sunrise hikes, star gazing, sitting around the fire with a local Shaman, to learning how to shoot a bow and arrows, ride on horseback, and participating in cooking traditional meals. This time is a time to allow yourself to really learn and see life from the eyes of the Tsaatan people, to help you see the world, and yourself, in a new way. These rare experiences have the power to change us, and opening yourself up to this possibility will make this experience that much sweeter.

Section 3: Eagle And Camel Festivals

Once you have returned from your journey in the North, it is time to experience some of the amazing festivals that Mongolia puts on. You can experience two of them in the same trip: The Eagle and Camel Festivals of the Gobi. For the Eagle festival there will be around 20 handlers demonstrating their skill and connection with these beautiful Golden Eagles. They will compete in competitions, with the winners honored at the closing ceremony on the last day of the festival.

The second festival is the Camel Festival of the Gobi. The festival is held in Bulgan Soum, where the Camel Festival opening ceremony takes place. The Camel Festival begins with a parade of camel riders. Competitions of the day include the best looking couple on the Camelback, most adorable male and female camels as well as a camel polo which takes place in the central square. There’s also an exhibition of paintings by local children who participate in the drawing contest called “Camel – My Friend.” The last day of the festival competitions begin with a race of mature beasts, followed by the two-year-old Bactrians. The first three riders in each group are awarded medals. This festival is colorful, vibrant, and really shows off the amazing culture of the Southern Gobi area.

Section 4: Back to Ulaanbataar

Once you have connected with the land and people over the course of almost two weeks, it is time to head back to Ulanbataar for some rest and relaxation. Again, enjoy the life of the city and make sure to visit the Natural History Museum to get a real sense of where Mongolia has come from and what the future holds.

This trip lends itself to transformation and exploration, an adventure that will last a lifetime. If you like to know more about this trip head over to our Trip Store for some samples or drop us a line in our contact form. Happy Travels!

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