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Ger, Mongolia

West Altai Adventure

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

HS Khaan Resort, Hustai National Park, Mongolia 1

Luxury ger tent

Camp in luxury ger tents amidst breath-taking panoramic landscapes.

Orjan Johansson Image, Collared snow leopard, Altai Mountains, Mongolia 2

Search for wildlife

Search for snow leopard, wolverine, argali sheep, ibex and a wealth of raptors.

Steppes, Mongolia 3

Stunning scenery

Explore lush pastures, vast plains, snow-capped peaks, colossal lakes and sprawling sand dunes.

Beautiful young Mongolian lady in the late afternoon sun, Mongolia 4

Mongolian culture

Spend time with local nomadic families learning about their way of life and culture.

Why we like it

This trip is for anybody with a love of wild, uncomplicated, big-sky places where people and wildlife live side by side. It is also for anybody with a yearning to understand the nomadic lifestyle and gain insight into a way of life that is, sadly, under threat.

This group tour can be arranged on a tailor made basis, contact us for more information

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2
    Ulaanbaatar - Ulgii - Deluun - Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park
  • Day 3
    Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park
  • Day 4
    Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu National Park - Chigertei
  • Days 5-6
    Chigertei
  • Day 7
    Chigertei - Khovd
  • Days 8
    Khovd - Khar Us Nuur National Park
  • Day 9
    Khar Us Nuur National Park
  • Day 10
    Khar Us Nuur National Park - Khovd
  • Day 11
    Khovd - Ulaanbaatar
  • Days 12-13
    Ulaanbaatar
Young man on horse with mountains and grass steppes behind.
Local boy on horseback

Mongolian Altai

Travel deep into the mountains through the Ikh Yamat and Bag Yamat valleys and the heart of snow leopard and golden eagle territory. Meet with conservationists to learn about the work being done in this area. Explore the Chigertei Valley, that runs towards the main Altai ridge. Here is your camp, overlooking summer pastures used by the local Kazakh nomads to graze their livestock.

Orjan Johansson Image, Collared snow leopard, Altai Mountains, Mongolia
The Altai Mountains, Mongolia

Wildlife of Mongolia

You will explore a diverse range of regions by 4×4 and on foot, looking for argali sheep, ibex, snow leopards, wolverines and birds of prey. Steppes has recently donated $1,800 to the Altai Institute to fund the collaring of a snow leopard in the Chigertei Valley in October 2018. The Executive Director of the institute, Dr Barry Rosenbaum is responsible for the collaring exercise and will be available to meet with the Steppes group in the field.

The arid Dorgon plains are seemingly endless and home to the endangered saiga antelope and the Mongolian gazelle. The enormous Dorgon Lake and Khar Us Nuur (lake) offers sanctuary to a myriad wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls (including the rare relict gull).

Kazakh Man with Eagle, Mongolia
Kazakh Man with Eagle

Kazakh eagle hunters

Visit a Kazakh family and meet with a Kazakh eagle hunter who maintains a hunting partnership with a magnificent golden eagle. Move on to the area around Dorgon and vast open plains and colossal lakes and sand dunes.

Traditional Gers, Mongolia
Mongolia

Traditional accomdoation

With hotel options minimal, our Mongolia group tour offers accommodation in mobile gers (yurts). We have recced the area and have found three exceptional locations in which to locate our camps. Expect to be cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded only by space, blue skies and breath-taking landscapes. Being remote will not mean being without comfort, however, as our camps have modern amenities and good, wholesome food with a view each morning to rival anywhere in the world. There is no wi-fi, and thus no risk of distraction from the view and the blissful serenity.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Accompanied by Jonathan Stacey throughout
  • All transfers and transportation throughout
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees to all sites and National Parks
  • Lunches and dinners as per the itinerary
  • Services of a local guide throughout
  • Seven nights camping in a mobile 360 camp on a full board basis including drinks

What is excluded

  • Beverages with meals except at 360 camps
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • International flights
  • Meals as detailed on day one, 11 and 12
  • Visas

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
13/06/2013 Days £5,995 ex. flightsJonathan Stacey10 LIMITED Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this escorted tour get in touch. They would love to help.

01285 601 784

We look forward to you joining us on this tour.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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