Local Living Mongolia—Nomadic Life

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 travel by horseback or oxcart to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for life with nomadic families. You'll live in a ger, take tea with your neighbours, ride horses, and learn archery and garment-making skills. It's eight days like you never imagined. Participants should be comfortable around and on horses.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 133031
  • Starts: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Finishes: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You will Visit
  • Ulaanbaatar



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/Gorkhi Terelj National Park (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:
Oxcart Demonstration
Nomadic Family Stay

Local bus (2.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Meet a nomadic seamstress and learn how to make patterns for traditional Mongolian garments.

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

Horse (24km)


Day 4: Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Meet a new host family and learn how to tie traditional knots to tether livestock together as well as how to make buttons for traditional Mongolian nomadic garments.

Included Activities:
Livestock, Knots & Tethering
Button Making Demonstration

Horse (9km)


Day 5: Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Challenge local nomads to a friendly archery competition after practicing with traditional Mongolian bows and arrows. Travel in the afternoon by oxcart to the next nomadic host family.

Included Activities:
Friendly Archery Competition

Ox cart (6km)


Day 6: Gorkhi Terelj National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Rise bright and early to assist the nomadic hosts with cow milking before learning how to make traditional dairy products that will accompany breakfast. Travel to visit another family in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Dairy Demonstration

Ox cart (7km)


Day 7: Gorkhi Terelj National Park/Ulaanbaatar (1B, 1L)

Learn to steer an oxcart with the nomadic hosts and practice around the area. Travel back to the capital after lunch.

Included Activities:
Oxcart Driving Lesson

Local bus (2.00 hour(s))


Day 8: Ulaanbaatar

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Daily lessons and demonstrations of various nomadic skills and techniques while staying with nomadic hosts
    • Transport between destinations and included activities
    • Traditional ger (5 nts), basic hotels (2 nts)
    • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Public bus, oxcart, horse
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local nomadic hosts
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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