Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life

Local Living, Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar

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It was from Mongolia that Ghengis Khan set forth to conquer the world. This unique adventure is your chance to return to this heartland and let its people and scenery capture your heart. Leave Ulaanbaatar and the modern world behind and stay with three different families to experience life as a nomad. From Orkhon Valley to Gorkhi Terelj National Park, you'll live in gers, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's 10 days like you never imagined.

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Horseback Riding, Högnö-Tarna Uul Your Local Living Moment: Nomadic Family Stay, Gorkhi Terelj National Park Your Foodie Moment: Mongolian Cultural Show & Dinner, Ulaanbaatar
  • Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts
  • Transport between destinations and included activities


  • Sleep in a traditional mongolian ger
  • Ride a horse across the mongolian countryside
  • Learn traditional crafts and skills from nomadic hosts
  • Compete with mongolian nomads in archery


Day 1 Ulaanbaatar Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that Ulaanbaatar is really the only chance to stock up on supplies you might have left behind, plus any bottled water, beer/wine/spirits, and coffee you may want. Boiled water and tea is available throughout the stay. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Ulaanbaatar/Rashaant Sum (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to the village of Rashaant. Meet your hosts and have lunch together. Afterwards, travel to scenic Swan Lake on horseback and take in the desert landscape. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your hosts and sleep in a ger tent. Included Activities: Horseback Riding Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 280km)
Day 3 Rashaant Sum/Orkhon Valley (1B, 1L, 1D) Roll up those sleeves and participate in daily nomadic morning chores. After visiting the monument of Queen Mandukhai, prepare for a farewell lunch and tea before setting off to Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, prepare for a traditional dinner with milk tea and then rest up in the nomad's extra Ger. Included Activities: Historical Horseback Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 210km)
Day 4 Orkhon Valley (1B, 1L, 1D) This morning set off on a trek to Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, stopping to take in the scenery along the way. Return to camp for lunch with your hosts. In the afternoon, continue exploring the beautiful Orkhon Valley with a trek to Baga Tsutgalan waterfall. Included Activities: Orkhon Waterfall Hike Junior Flow Waterfall Hike
Day 5 Orkhon Valley/Kharkhorin (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and opt to spend time walking the ruins. This evening, overnight in a comfortable ger camp. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 180km)
Day 6 Kharkhorin/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Depart Ulaanbaatar and travel approximately 2 hrs by bus to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Upon arrival in the Terelj Village, a local guide will meet you with either an oxcart or horses. From here, begin the 3km (1.9 mi) journey by horseback or oxcart, crossing the Terelj River and continuing north through an incredibly stunning mountain river valley to the first nomadic family. Upon arrival, dismount and enter the host's ger for a hot nomadic lunch and traditional Mongolian tea. During the stay, the host will demonstrate the techniques of how to saddle a horse and prepare an oxcart. Have plenty of time to refine skills and continue practicing them afterwards. In the evening, learn how to play a variety of traditional Mongolian games with sheep's bones (shagai). Nights in the park are especially amazing due to the star-strewn sky. Included Activities: Nomadic Family Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours) Horse (24km)
Day 7 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments. In the evening, opt to help collect firewood by ox cart before enjoying a traditional dinner and tea with the family. Additional Notes: As with all days on this itinerary, it is possible to opt out of the day's activity with the local families in favour of hiking in the surrounding mountains or simply relaxing in the beautiful Mongolian countryside. Included Activities: Traditional Clothing Demonstration Transport: Horse (24km)
Day 8 Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic region. Opt to visit a local family and learn to prepare homemade vodka and cheese.
Day 9 Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B) Travel back to the capital after breakfast. Enjoy a final evening with a group and take in a folk performance by the Tumen Ekh Ensemble. Included Activities: Mongolian Cultural Show & Dinner Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Ulaanbaatar (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day