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Yurt Camping & Fossil Hunting in Mongolia

9 days

from £4,650pp (excluding flights)

With vast open spaces free from traffic and incredibly welcoming people with a strong tradition of hospitality and a deep respect for nature, Mongolia is an exciting and incredibly special destination for a family holiday.

  • Ride a Yak cart and go rafting, fishing or kayaking on pristine lakes and rivers.
  • Visit a Nomadic family where children learn to ride a horse before they can walk.
  • Go fossil hunting where the first nest of dinosaur eggs were found.
  • Search for Golden Eagles in the never-ending Mongolian skies.
  • Hear the sand dunes of the Gobi sing as you whiz down them on your Boogie board.
  • Camp out in a traditional ger under millions of twinkling stars.

Begin your journey in Ulaanbaatar and visit the Museum of Natural History to wander amidst dinosaur skeletons, including the world famous ‘fighting dinosaurs’ found some 80 million years ago! Onto the mountains, grassland steppes, rivers, lakes and abundant birdlife of the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve to camp out and explore on horseback.

A short flight to the Gobi desert for 4 days of adventure. Board your camel to explore the desert dunes Nomad style, see ancient rock art (the Banksy’s of millions of years ago!), visit nomadic families, hunt for fossils and sample the traditional drink of Airag (not quite a milkshake it is fermented Mares milk).

For most of this trip you will stay in Gers which are the traditional felt dwellings used by Mongolian herders. Staying in these camps offers a real chance to experience the Mongolian way of life.

**Please note that fossils should never be removed from the site where they are found. Fossils are only to be looked at and never to be moved or taken away.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Istanbul

Fly Istanbul to Ulaanbaatar overnight

Day 2

The capital and largest city by some distance, Ulaanbaatar has changed drastically since the turn of the millennium. Construction has boomed and as a consequence the face of the city has changed.

Despite this, more than half of residents still live in traditional gers, showing that nomadic culture remains well-entrenched within this modern city.

Founded by nomadic Buddhist monks, Ulaanbaatar didn't settle in a permanent location until the 18th century. It then took until the 20th century for the city to really develop, fuelled by its industrial growth.

You will be staying at Bayangol Hotel, Full board

Day 3

Drive from Ulaanbaatar to Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve

You will be staying at Gun-Galuut Ger Camp, Full board

Day 4

Half a Day of Horseback Exploration
Meet local horsemen and their steeds, before beginning to explore this scenic area on horseback. En route, visit sites of interest and encounter local nomadic families. Pass by wetlands and look out for the birds that flourish here, such as rare white-naped cranes.

If preferred, some of the group can follow the horse-riders in a car.

Drive from Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve to Ulaanbaatar

You will be staying at Bayangol Hotel, Full board

Day 5

Fly Ulaanbaatar to Dalanzadgad

Drive from Dalanzadgad to Three Camel Lodge via Yol Valley

You will be staying at Three Camel Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Half Day Trip to Khavtsgait Petroglyphs
Drive to Khavtsgait to examine the area's incredible petroglyphs. Carved into rocks that are strewn across a hillside, these well-preserved carvings depict everyday Bronze Age activities. They offer a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who lived in the Gobi desert during this period.

Late Afternoon Cycle Ride

You will be staying at Three Camel Lodge, Full board

Day 7

Day Trip to Moltsog Els and Bayanzag
Travel to Moltsog Els, one of the few areas of the vast Gobi Desert that is covered with sand dunes. For the most part, the Gobi consists of arid desert steppe, with sand dunes only making up three percent of its area. Here, have the chance to learn how to ride a camel, before exploring the desert on camelback.

Afterwards, continue on to Bayanzag, also known as the 'Flaming Cliffs'. Made of vivid red sandstone, it is this eye-catching colour - which is particularly pronounced at sunset - that gained Bayanzag this nickname. Stop for a picnic dinner as the sun sets over the rocks.

You will be staying at Three Camel Lodge, Full board

Day 8

Drive from Three Camel Lodge to Dalanzadgad

Fly Dalanzadgad to Ulaanbaatar

Trip to Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue
Travel to the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue, which is located just outside Ulaanbaatar. Take the lift to the top of this magnificent statue, which affords impressive views of the surrounding forest and nearby Tuul River.

You will be staying at Ulaanbaatar Hotel, Full board

Day 9

Fly Ulaanbaatar to Istanbul

Fly Istanbul to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Three Camel Lodge

Three Camel Lodge

Arriving at Three Camel Lodge you are met by a line of broad, smiling young Mongolian faces....

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