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Travel Buddies- A Leading Mongolia Tour Company
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
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Availability : June to September
Activity level: Wilderness & Soft Adventure
Group size: min 2
Price: $1039
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  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    • Discover the wildlife and ecosystem of the Gobi desert and Khangai

    • Take guided hiking trails in the most scenic destinations

    • Enjoy wilderness camping experience

    • Learn the culture meeting with nomads and visiting monasteries

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Are you looking for a more customized tour, and interested mainly in the wilderness experiences (hiking, fishing, wildlife), but also enjoy the cultural aspects (some monasteries , the people, and the history ? If so, this tour suits you the best.

    With this tour, see the wildlife, particularly the Argali wild sheep, ibex, wild horses that require some hiking and wilderness camping to see. 

    You will not feel rushed, or drive every day for hundreds of kilometres. Instead, take your time to see the country, the wildlife, and experience the people who still live a nomadic life.

    ACTIVITIES – Cultural Activities / Walking Tours /Wildlife

    ACTIVITY LEVEL –  Active wilderness & soft adventure

    DURATION / DISTANCE 8 days / 7 nights / 1100km with car

    PLACES VISITED – Terelj National park /Gun Galuut Nature Reserve/ Ikh nart / Ikh Gazriin Chuluu-Baga Gazriin Chuluu / Zorgol khairkhan

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  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR, CAPITAL OF MONGOLIA

    You can arrive anytime and start exploring the city. Attractions to suggest for city tour – Gandan monastery, Main square, Bogd khan palace museum and Zaisan memorial hill. Stay overnight in hotel***.

     

     
     
     

    DAY 2: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK AND MEDITATION CENTER/180KM – 4.5 HOURS/ (B,L,D)

    Head to one of the beautiful national parks called Terelj ( name of flower) and is surrounded by massive granite mountains. The locals name cliffs from sleeping woman to lama reading sudra judging the shape. We will visit turtle rock and hike to Meditation center on hillside. Continue the journey to the eastern Mongolia visiting Chinggis khan statue complex ; the largest equestrian statue. After a short visit to the complex, we will drive to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve. We set up our first camp in Gun galuut nature reserve. Every one sets up his/ her own tent and overnight in tents.

    DAY 3: BIRDWATCHING AND HIKING IN GUN GALUUT NATURE RESERVE (B,L,D)

    Today we will discover the nature reserve on foot. Hike through the Herlen river to the mountain Baits to spot the wild sheep Argali, ibex and other wild animals including marmot, steppe fox, ground squirrel and white-naped crane. Overnight in tourist Ger camp and 2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building. Take a shower and unwind from the hike.

     

    DAY 4: IKH NART (400KM – 6 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Leaving the nature reserve we will head to the east south Gobi where another unique nature reserve is. Let the mind wander as you travel through the ever-changing landscape from mountain to the empty steppe that is a part of Transsiberian railway. Camp in the Ikh Nart park and overnight in tents.

     

     

     
     

    DAY 5: WILDLIFE OBSERVING AND HIKING IN IKH NART (B,L,D)

    Discover the Ikh Nart upland on foot, trekking through interesting rocky areas and to see wild sheep, ibex and other wild animals. There are Argali Sheep (Ovis ammon), which are the most likely to be seen, but there is also Siberian Ibex (Capra sibirica)  and  a  variety  of  bird  life. Herders come and go in the Ikh Nart area, as they rely on pastures and sufficient precipitation. Being Gobi herders, they migrate often to find  food  for  their  animals  and  are  interesting, hospitable and hardy people. Overnight stay in camping.

     
     

    DAY 6: IKH GAZRIIN CHULUU (120km – 3 hours) (B,L,D)

    Today we will drive to the Ikh Gazriin Chuluu and hike in rock formations area. Ikh Gazriin Chuluu is a mountain of granite rock in the Gobi desert with a peak of 1706m high. There are many interesting stories about local historic people who had lived or had been hidden in caves from the royalties of that time in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu. It has a rich family of plants and is a home to many wild animals. Stay overnight in tourist camp (2 to 4 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building) where you can take a shower and rest after the hike. 

    DAY 7: HIKING IN ZORGOL KHAIRKAN  (350KM-7.5 HOURS) (B,L,D)

    Leaving the Baga gazriin chuluu, drive to the beautiful granite mountain formation called Zorgol Khairkhan mountain. This is a sacred mountain with small stupa and ruined monastery area. Hike in the mountain and arrive in Ulaanbaatar city. Stay overnight in hotel***. 

     
     
     

    DAY 8: DEPARTURE (B)

    Transfer to the airport.


  • DEPARTURE FOR PRIVATE & SMALL GROUP FOR 2018:
    June to September. Dates for private tour are flexible and able to customise.

    TOUR PRICE PER PERSON:
    1039USD per person 
    105 USD for single supplement

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • 2 nights in hotel***, 2 nights in tourist Ger camp and 3 nights for camping
    • All transport throughout tour in 4WD vehicles /Japanese van/
    • English speaking guide
    • Camping facilities /sleeping bags with sheets and tent/
    • Sightseeing, entrance fees and museum tickets
    • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off service
    • Bottled water – 1.5 litre per day
     

    PRICE NOT INCLUDES:

    • International airfares
    • Visa application & fees
    • Tipping(optional)
    • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Personal expenses
    • Meals/beverages not stated in itinerary
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  • FORESEE THE COUNTRY

    Mongolia is developing country with vast landscapes and road transportation projects are still on going but it has many opportunities to experience adventure travel. From doing outdoor activities, immersing nomad culture and local communities. Experiencing authentic Mongolia may require a spirit of adventure, flexibility, basic comfort of accommodation and facilities. Luxuries are only found around Ulaanbaatar. Travelling through the countryside can involve hours driving in a 4wd vehicle over the dusty and bumpy road; most roads are unpaved.Toilets during the drive over the vast steppe may not find but the rule of nature applies as you can toilet anywhere you feel alright.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Accommodations are clean and traditional. Mongolian traditional house (Yurt) called Ger is provided for the entire trip. Traditional dwelling; one room round tent made of a latticed wood structure covered with layers of felt and canvas, heated by a wood stove and furnished with wood-framed 1-4 beds. The camp restaurant and western-style toilet and shower facilities are located in a central building or big Ger found  a few hundred feet from the Gers. We use fine tourist camps but not the best so if you require finest accommodation (e.x Ger with en-suite bathroom or) there is surcharge.

    Traditional Nomadic homes: Overnight in nomad family’s extra Ger that built next to their’s. You will immerse in nomad lifestyle visiting and having closer insight of them. The toilet there is dry and shower is not available.

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

    Single supplement assurance single accommodations in Gers. If single traveller wishes to share accommodations, no single supplement surcharge – only if you require your own Ger accommodation. Make sure to send us your request at least 30 days prior to the tour start.

    MEALS

    Food during the tour can be found many varieties of a typical meat-based dish with vegetable and rice/pasta/noodle. Fortunately, vegetarian foods are available and can be requested. Some of the lunch meals are picnic. Bringing some snacks with you is recommended.

    VEHICLE

    Road in Mongolia is tough and it requires excellent vehicles with experienced drivers. We ensure reliable and excellent vehicle including 4WD Land cruiser, Japanese mini-van and Russian van.

    INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE

    There are several flights per week to the capital, Ulan Bator (ULN), from Beijing, Seoul, Moscow and Turkey.

    VISA REQUIREMENTS

    Visa is required for most travellers, and must be obtained in advance of entry. The only exception is US citizens, who can enter the country as a tourist for up to 90 days. It is your responsibility to organise a visa for Mongolia. Please contact us if you need a Mongolian visa support letter and further assistance.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED

    Insurance fee /expenses to cancel travel, health insurance/ is not included in travel payment. We hereby recommend you to involve in travel insurance by Insurance Authorities in host country and under conditions and terms proposed by them.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return to your country, with at least 2 blank pages at the time of travel.

    KNOW WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

    Bring your warm clothes, the weather in the evening and early morning is cold in the countryside though it is summer. Raincoat-August is only raining season in Mongolia. First aid kit, flashlight, insect repellent, cap, sunglasses, scarf, sun cream, lip balm, backpack and own towel. Definitely, your camera and its equipment.

    PACKING LIST

    • Large backpacks and bags

    Large backpacks and bags are always better than hard suitcase to be left in the luggage compartment, yurt and load it to cars multiple times. You need another small bag to accompany more often and to store your valuables like your wallet and travel documents.

    ELECTRONICS

    • Camera, and camera accessories

    Abundant wildlife, different landscapes and nomad indigenous people are such scenic that you definitely want to take your camera. Take a few spare memory cards and charger. Mongolia is on 220V power and uses European-style 2-pin plugs. Good batteries are hard to find in the countryside.

    IPod is handy to hear your own music when you bounce around in a Russian van.  Charger/radio player which plugs in a car cigarette lighter is useful.

    E-book reader is priceless if you love reading. Paper-back books are also great for those who prefer them. The only places you’ll be connected to Wi-Fi networks are in the cities.

    • LED Head torch

    Head torch is handy at nights when reading and going to toilet as electricity is unreliable in the countryside except in town, where coverage is still somewhat unpredictable.

    CLOTHES

    • Warm coat/jacket and layers

    Although June to September is summer in Mongolia, the weather is unpredictable, and nights have been known to dip below freezing even in the summer in some regions. Therefore, multiple layers are always recommended: remember, you can always take layers off or put them back on. Raincoats and ponchos are not only a must for occasional rainy weather, but they can be good insulators when placed outside your sleeping bag. Take waterproof shell layer to protect from the wind and the rain.

    Bring swimsuit for hot spa, enough spare pair of socks, sunglass, scarf, hat for protecting your face and gloves for warmth.

    • Trekking shoes

    All terrains from Gobi Desert to the Altai Mountain are wild and contain their own difficulties, wildlife and plant life. Trekking shoes make the daily trekking easy.

    • Rubber slippers

    Rubber slippers are useful for using shower in most Ger camps.

    • Swimsuit

    If you are going to bathe in Tsenkher hot spring, make sure to bring your swimsuit.

    • Standard toiletries

    Bring soap, shampoo, sun cream, skin creams, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, perfumes, avoid bulky aerosol cans: use roll-on deodorant, and get shaving cream in a hard stick or a tube. Take plenty of razor blades. Wet wipes/dry wipes can be bought in Mongolian cities. They are very good for maintaining hygiene essential when you’re unable to wash for day. Lip balm for moistening because the weather is so dry. Toilet paper is important to have near as Mongolian toilets are very basic, and lack toilet paper.

    • Other items

    You may bring with you these items including sewing kit, hiking stick, cigarette for smoker and nail clipper if thought to be necessary.

    • Travel Medicines

    It is recommended to bring your own medications based on you traveling experiences and personal knowledge of your current health. Travel kit can have disinfectant, bandages, and sterile gloves, syringes, anti-diarrheal, a few band-aids, some antibiotic, a few aspirin or paracetamol at hand, for headaches and hangovers; paracetamol is also handy for lowering your temperature if you’re experiencing a low fever. Allergy safety and hand sanitizer. Good insect repellent is essential in Mongolia -mosquitoes and sand flies can be annoying.

    • Documents

    Take a photocopy of my passport, birth certificate, visas, and insurance details, and ‘lost credit card’ call numbers.

    • Money exchange – Cash

    You can exchange currency at any closest bank to you in Ulaanbaatar city. Also you can cash up with your debit card on Mongolian Togrogs at ATMS. ATMs are in Ulaanbaatar and most province capitals these days. Make sure to check the current exchange rate before you go in. It is always better to have cash on tour for buying alcohol drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

    • Items for Yurt visits

    It is always great to have a gift to exchange for any hospitality received when staying in nomad’s yurt. They appreciate handy stuff like headlamp, AA batteries, notepads, pencils, sewing kit and soap. You can a take photo of them with permission and send them once you get home through Travel Buddies address. Photos mean a lot to them.

    WELCOME TO MONGOLIA 

    HAPPY TRAVELS !

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  • BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Travel Buddies Co., Ltd accepts bookings subject to the following

    BOOKING AND PAYMENT

    Book your tour completing our Booking Form and submitting it to Travel Buddies Co., Ltd with a minimum deposit of 30% of tour payment per person. Once we receive your Booking Form and deposit, we will send you written confirmation of your booking along with details for the payment of the balance. The balance payment should be made prior to the departure date, or may be paid upon your arrival in Mongolia. Payment can be made by bank transfer, international money transfer services or VISA and MasterCard.

    PRICES
    The prices for private/custom tours are accurate as quoted in the tour proposal. There will be surcharge for upgrading accommodations and other services. The prices of small group tours are accurate and based on the number of clients in the party as indicated on the website. The minimum number of our small group tours are 3 to 4 people as described in tour description. In event of not reaching minimum numbers, we can still operate the tour with minimum number of 2 people charging extra $150 to 300 per person depending on tour program.

    CANCELLATION BY CLIENT
    Due to all reasons to cancel the tour, a written confirmation is required to be sent to info@travelbuddies.info. A $100.00 administration fee will be charged on cancellations received at least sixty days prior to departure. If you cancel your booking after you have paid in full the following cancellation charges will be made:

    CANCELLATION CHARGES
    59-45 days 20% of the tour price
    44-30 days 25% of the tour price
    29-15 days 30% of the tour price
    14-0 days 50% of the tour price

    If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, you will be responsible to pay the extra cost incurred to join the tour.

    CANCELLATION BY TRAVEL BUDDIES
    On rare occasions, we cancel a tour due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside of the reasonable control of Travel Buddies and inform you as soon as reasonably possible. In these circumstances, we will offer you an alternative tour of equivalent or closely similar standard and price at no extra cost, or a less expensive tour, in which case we will refund the difference in price. If you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose another offered for sale by us and pay, or receive a full refund of, any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you can receive a full refund of any money you have paid to us, except for any amendment charges. Travel Buddies is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the cancelled booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc. Travel Buddies is also entitled to cancel the tour in case of it lacks a sufficient number of participants applied for the specific package tour. Travel Buddies is obliged to notify all travelers of the cancellations at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour and reimburse the full amount of the paid service.

    PASSPORT, VISA, CUSTOM, CURRENCY, VACCINE, HEALTH REGULATIONS
    Client must independently follow the rules and regulations required for travel continuity. Client is responsible for having enough information about passport, visa, custom, currency, vaccine, and healthy regulations. Client is responsible for related expenses by him/herself.

    INSURANCE
    Insurance fee /expenses to cancel travel, health insurance/ is not included in travel payment. We hereby recommend you to involve in travel insurance by Insurance Authorities in host country and under conditions and terms proposed by them. Travel Buddies reserves the right to deny booking for travelers who have no insurance or sufficiently covered.

    YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
    The client acknowledges that there may be a significant degree of personal risk involved in travel and there are dangers inherent in adventure travel generally and considered such risk to health and safety and are willing to assume it, by confirming their booking tour.

    OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
    Travel Buddies’s responsibility starts at the designated meeting point and time, i.e. when you meet the tour manager or guide in Ulaanbaatar. Travel Buddies is not responsible for any damages, expenses, losses, or claims that are due to the fault of any traveler, unforeseeable risks, or a force majeure event.

    CHANGES MADE BY TRAVEL BUDDIES
    Reasonable changes in the itinerary of the tour may be made where deemed necessary or advisable for operational reason by Travel Buddies while we try our best to operate all tours as advertised. Travel Buddies Tour Operator takes responsibility for informing client about travel cancellation or many changes in travel program as soon as possible.

    CHANGES MADE BY THE CLIENT
    Client may request any changes that will depend on availability and subject to Travel Buddies approval. Any extra costs incurred in making the change will be charged to the client along with an Administrative Fee. No changes are permitted to any booking within 14 days of departure of the tour to depart.

    COMPLAINTS
    Any complaints regarding a tour to Travel Buddies agreed to bring at your earliest possible in order to provide Travel Buddies with the opportunity to address such compliant properly. Client agrees to inform the tour guide/leader at the earliest opportunity and they endeavor to solve the problem primarily. In case of no possibility addressing compliant with the tour team, client agrees to contact Travel Buddies office directly. Any complaint made after the tour end must be received in writing directly at info@travelbuddies.info within 30 days of the end of the tour. Travel Buddies will not accept any liability for claims received after this period. The claims and complaints will be processed in accordance with the Mongolian laws and regulations.

    COMPANY DETAILS
    “Travel Buddies” is a private limited company incorporated in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with Company Registration No. 5256682

    Ulaanbaatar Office registered address: 27-139 #, Altai Street, 11th khoroo, Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    M: +(976)9501 2698, +(976)9959 1766
    E: info@travelbuddies.info
    Website: www.travelbuddies.info
    Address: 27-139 # Altai Street, 11th khoroo
    Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia