Mongolia

Vast, rugged expanses

Join us as we uncover the stories surrounding this enigmatic country

We have worked closely with our carefully-selected Mongolian partners to bring you a tour which is more than just a simple visit to their country; this will be a trip that is full of excitement, adventure, and unforgettable moments.

Mongolia is an amazing gem and one of my favourite places on earth both for landscape and people. I have always felt that when I leave this region the sky never seems as blue, the mountains never as beautiful and the people never as interesting.

— Rich Beal, Koryo Tours

We have worked closely with our carefully-selected Mongolian partners to create tours which are more than just a simple visit to their country; our trips to Mongolia are full of excitement, adventure, and unforgettable moments. The journey will be unique, educational, and fun. For more information please contact us.

Our tours to Mongolia are led by our one of our most experienced tour leaders, Rich Beal. Rich has led tours all over the world since 2004, and is personally attached to this particular area, as he has over ten years’ experience in running and designing tours to the region. He has been to Mongolia over 80 times and is incredibly knowledgable about the country. And he also happens to be a great story teller — ask and he will tell you plenty of fascinating travel anecdotes from his many adventures!

Are you interested in traveling to Mongolia with us in 2019? Although we cannot confirm the exact dates of our 2019 tours just yet, we are more than happy to make sure you are the first to know when we do! Please drop us a line if you are interested and we will keep you updated!

Video by Michael Van Gorkom, who traveled with us on our 'Beyond the Steppe' Tour in 2017.

March 2019

March 11 - March 18 2019

Mongolia - Ice Marathon and Reindeer Herders

Mongolian Ice Marathon and Reindeer
Herder Tour - NEW FOR 2019!

Visit Mongolia for the country’s first Ice Marathon. You’ll
also have the opportunity to track down the nomadic Tsaatan
reindeer herders.

From 1,799 USD per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2019.

Mongolia - Ice Marathon and Reindeer Herders

Mongolian Ice Marathon and Reindeer
Herder Tour - NEW FOR 2019!

Visit Mongolia for the country’s first Ice
Marathon. You’ll also have the opportunity
to track down the nomadic Tsaatan reindeer
herders.

From 1,799 USD per person

  • Overall

    This 8-day tour offers a unique chance not only to experience the famous cold Mongolian winter but gives participants the opportunity to embrace Mongolia's first International Ice Marathon. Runners will have the option to run a distance of 10KM, half or full marathon distances upon the frozen surface of Khuvsgul Lake. If that were not enough we’ll travel further still and spend some time near to the Russian border meeting traditional reindeer herders.

    Highlights

    • Run in Mongolia's first Ice Marathon
    • Visit the Frozen Mongolian North
    • Travel across the Frozen Khovsgol Lake
    • Visit local Reindeer Herders
    • Experience life in Mongolian Ger
    • Stop at Amarbayasgalant monastery
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 of 8
    1. Monday 11th March

      Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

      When arriving into Ulaanbaatar, all passengers will be met and taken to the group hotel. We meet early evening for a Pre-Tour Briefing followed by a group meal; those not feeling too jet-lagged can join us in one of UB’s famous bars.

      Meals: Dinner

      Overnight: Standard hotel; single room available
    2. Tuesday 12th March Amarbayasgalant monastery

      Drive Erdenet city and visit

      After an early start, we begin our adventure driving north out of Ulaanbaatar into the frozen Steppe of Mongolia. We will stop along the way to take photos of the magnificent scenery which appears to run endlessly into the distance. This 4-5 hr drive will take us into the stunning Mongolian countryside where rolling hills blanketed in snow offer vistas of unparalleled natural beauty. On our journey, we stop in Darkhan for lunch and a brief visit; once known as the Pittsburgh of Mongolia for its industrialization, Darkhan was also the embodiment of socialist town planning. Here we visit Kharaagiin Khiid. This small monastery takes on the unusual form of a rustic log cabin, a popular spot for locals to visit.
      We then continue our drive onwards this afternoon stopping to visit the picturesque Amarbayasgalant monastery one of the three largest monastic centers in Mongolia, being one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped destruction during the Stalinist purges in 1937. Located at the foot of Mount Büren-Khaan this beautiful yet remote temple offers us a great opportunity for photography before our drive onto Erdenet city.

      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Overnight: Standard 3*hotel; single room available


    3. Wednesday 13th March

      Drive to Moron and Khatgul

      Erdenet city was once known as little Russia. This relatively prosperous city has grown around Mongolia's largest copper mines (and the 4th largest mine in the world), which were once home to a large Russian population, although its numbers have declined in recent years since the mines have now become nationalised. Before saying goodbye to Mongolia’s largest city, we of course stop at the Communist monument and the Karl Marx Mural along with a picture of Lenin. Driving west we pass over the small Burengiin Nuruu Mountain range taking photos as we go, from here all roads lead to Moron. This small town is our gateway into the Khuvsgul national park area and in particular the small lakeside hamlet of Khatgul our base for the next few days.
      Upon arrival, we will sort into our Gers before driving onto the frozen lake. Here we will travel our Marathon route as well as utilizing the local horse sledges. The traditional horse sled has been taxiing locals across the frozen lake long before mechanisation reached this part of the world. Khuvsgul Lake starts to freeze in late September/ early October and remains frozen until May.

      Meals:
      Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      Overnight: Ger camp: Ger, or traditional Mongolian tent – the way most locals still do. This tourist ger camp is purpose built with restaurant area. Although there is no running water in this region we have eco toilets and a purpose built sauna. For those whom wish there are shower facilities only 5 minutes away in town. The Gers may be a little chilly but our local hosts keep the fires regularly burning throughout the night.
    4. Thursday 14th March

      Travel to the Reindeer Herders.

      Today we leave the comfort of our Gers as we drive into the Taiga. The aim is to locate the local reindeer herders and spend some time learning about their fascinating existence. There are no roads and the drive will be long as we drive across the frozen lake and into heavily forested hills to the north of Khuvsgul. Be prepared for a bumpy yet amazing journey with cameras at the ready. Upon arrival, we will meet with the herdsmen and their families. The Tsaatan way of life revolves entirely around the reindeer: their herd provides them with milk, cheese, meat, and even transportation. The clothes they traditionally wear are made from reindeer hair. Reindeer dung fuels their stoves for heat and cooking whilst antlers are fashioned to make tools and other ceremonial items.
      After spending time with them we will bed down for the night in the traditional tepee. It is maybe not the most comfortable sleep, so there will be a ger available for those who need it.

      Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      Overnight: Ger camp/ Tepee


    5. Friday 15th March

      Return to Khatgul

      This morning after spending a little more time with our hosts we board our 4X4s and journey back towards our temporary home Khatgul. Along the way we will certainly stop for more photos of the Taiga and frozen lake areas. We will see the different areas of the lake and our local guide will explain how the lake takes on its surprisingly diverse frozen forms. In places, we will see where the waves of the lake have been frozen holding their rippled form until the season's end.
      As we near our tented home you will have one final chance to see the Marathon route ready for tomorrow’s chilly adventure.

      Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      Overnight: Ger camp
    6. Saturday 16th March

      Marathon day

      Today is the day of the Mongolian Ice Marathon. You have the chance to run a 10KM option, half marathon, or full event.
      The event will begin at 9 am near to the small harbour whose ships remain held within the icy clutches of the lake.
      For the 10KM event and half marathon, there will be a heated Ger at each finish line. For those who wish to complete the full event will run the return course.
      There will be Russian 4X4s on hand to help out as well as horse sledges to aid runners returning to the start point. For those who are not running, you can cheer at the start line along with the locals or even help at one of the drink stations supplying heated beverages to our runners.
      Upon completion of the run, all who wish will be taken back to our Ger camp immediately for a hot sauna and well-deserved rest.
      This afternoon is free for relaxing or one final look at the lake before this evening’s dinner and celebration.

       Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      Overnight: Ger camp
    7. Sunday 17th March

      Return to civilised Ulaanbaatar

      Today we bid farewell to our amazing hosts as we drive to Moron airport for a flight to Ulaanbaatar, the world’s coldest capital. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. For those who want to see more, we can visit Gandantegchinlen, Ulaanbaatar’s largest Buddhist monastery, where we can see practising monks and learn about the role of Mongolia’s largest religion. Then it’s back to the city centre, where we’ll stop off for any last minute souvenir shopping at the State Department Store. Today privately owned, this is a throwback to the old Soviet sales system, where everything is under one roof, and you pay with multiple receipts before returning for your purchases. As we journey back to the hotel we will also be sure to stop at Sükhbaatar Square. Tonight's farewell dinner will be a Mongolian BBQ.

      Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

      Overnight: 3* hotel

    8. Monday 18th March

      Departure day

      We end our adventure in the morning, with transfers to the airport for international flights. Pack your souvenirs, your dirty clothes and your memories, and have a safe trip home!

      Meals: Breakfast

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      English speaking guide
      Western tour leader
      All meals outside Ulaanbaatar
      Internal flights
      Horse riding
      All included sightseeing
      All taxes & entrance fees to protected areas
    • Not included
      Optional extra 1: + $550 Flight from Beijing to Ulan Bator, and return by train
      Optional extra 2: + $650 Return flights Beijing–Ulan Bator and Ulan Bator–Beijing
      Sleeping bags
      International flights
      Any alcoholic beverages
      Meals where specified
      Medical insurance.
      Visas if needed
      Items of personal nature
  • Notes

    We meet and say goodbye in Mongolia/ Ulaanbaatar. You will need to make your own way to and from Ulaanbaatar.

    Please note!

    This tour has been specifically arranged to visit these areas it may have elements of an expedition about it due to the nature and ruggedness of the terrain. As such any change in itinerary at the time cannot be helped. We will keep to the advertised itinerary as closely as possible, although please be aware that things are subject to change, especially if we encounter any extreme weather conditions. Along the way, all tour decisions will rest with Rich (tour manager) and an expedition leader. We will also be taking advice from local people on the ground whose expertise will far exceed our own.

Please apply by 28th February, 2019.

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