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    Discover true adventure in a mystical land

    It is impossible not to be mesmerised by the endless steppe and majestic mountains of Mongolia's pristine rural regions. Vast swathes of this nomadic land remain blissfully in the 12th century and are a playground for the true adventurer. 

    Explore the endless plains of the Gobi Desert on horseback or settle into nomadic life, moving from different campsites each night. On a trip to this exciting land, you can discover the flaming cliffs of Bayanzag, where over 100 dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed. Further south lies Khongoryn Els, home to some of the world’s largest sand dunes. This area is inhabited by traditional camel herders and is a great place to learn about desert culture and ride the magnificent Bactrian Camel.

    The most luxurious place to lay your head is a private Ger, set up in any one of the numerous ethereal scenic locations throughout the country. This gives you the flexibility to explore the more remote corners of the country in comfort, and comes complete with memory foam mattresses, en suite bathrooms and handmade natural Mongolian bath products for the ultimate glamping experience. 

    While it is undoubtedly Mongolia’s rural charms that are the main draw for visitors, its idiosyncratic capital city, Ulaanbaatar, should not be overlooked. While the centre's lights are just as bright as any other Asian metropolis, dig a little deeper and you'll find a city of juxtapositions: masterful graffiti which tells of Mongolian history and heritage alongside tiny Buddhist temples, and young Mongols dressed to the nines in the latest fashions waiting at traffic lights alongside a nomad in traditional boots.

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    Written by Florence Evans, Asia + Middle East Destination Expert
    I’ve been fascinated by nomads for as long as I can remember – endlessly on the move and surviving in some of the world’s most isolated wildernesses, living cheek by jowl with nature.
    Written by Venetia Stanley, Asia + Middle East Destination Expert
    The South Gobi Desert offers visitors a huge array of fascinating sites – from archaeological and historical to cultural and adventurous. Our friends on the ground and expert archaeologists provide our clients with insider access into this incredible corner of Mongolia.
    Nestled in a comfortable, traditional saddle, gazing out between two long pricked ears is arguably one of the best and most authentic ways to experience the Mongolian landscape.
    Written by Venetia Stanely, Asia + Middle East Destination Expert
    Life for the nomadic herders who reside in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert has changed little for centuries, so this destination is a fantastic choice for those wanting to go truly off-grid.
    Written by Florence Evans, Asia + Middle East Destination Expert
    Kharkhorin itself might seem like a small, nondescript Soviet-built town at first glance, but if you dig a little deeper, you will discover why this area is so important and really quite fascinating in terms of Mongolian history and culture.
    Written by By Tony Frazer-Price, Client
    Certainly not a holiday. An experience and great adventure for sure. And outside our comfort zone but much the better for the having of it.
    Like the Japanese ryokan, yurts, or 'gers' as they are known throughout the country, are a quintessential part of many travellers experience of Mongolia.
    This is a short account of our experience with eagle hunters at the Sagsai Eagle Festival in Mongolia and what made it so enthralling.

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    Mongolia’s stunning crystal lakes mean that you can even enjoy a day on a beach during your time in landlocked Mongolia. Known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, Lake Khövsgöl in the north is surrounded by mountains covered with pine forests and lush meadows.


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