Date
May 29, 2022 - Jun 10, 2022
Trip Type
By Land

Group Size: 10-15 guests
Price: $8,995 per person double occupancy / $10,570 single occupancy

Activity Level
4

Trip Overview

One of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, Mongolia retains its awe-inspiring natural beauty along with its well-preserved nomadic culture. Featuring magnificent natural wonders such as the Gobi Desert, and historical highlights such as the ruins of Karakorum, the 13th-century capital of the Mongol Empire, this trip offers a special opportunity to travel back in time to the land of Genghis Khan and hospitable nomads. Discover Mongolia's amazing scenery, endemic wildlife, ancient history, and cultural traditions on this adventure-packed journey.

Schedule by Day

  • May 29: Depart U.S.
  • May 30: Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • May 31Ulaanbaatar
  • Jun 1Hustain Nuruu / Kharakhorum
  • Jun 2Kharakhorum
  • Jun 3Shankh, Kultegen and Khar Balgas
  • Jun 4Ongiin Monastery
  • Jun 5Hongoryn Els Sand Dunes 
  • Jun 6: Hongoryn Els
  • Jun 7Yol Valley National Park
  • Jun 8Havsgait Valley / Flaming Cliffs
  • Jun 9Ulaanbaatar
  • Jun 10Departure

Pricing

  • $8,995 per person double occupancy
  • $10,570 single occupancy

Accommodations

  • Three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Five nights at a Ger Camp 
  • Three nights at Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert

Extension

Ulgii Post-Trip Extension
June 10-14, 2022

What to Expect

Activity Level 4

This moderately active trip includes overland drives of two to four hours on dirt roads similar to mule trails. To make the ride as comfortable as possible, we use Toyota Land Cruisers in the countryside. During the trip, you will stay in local ger camps, the felt and canvas tents with latticed walls that are the traditional homes of nomadic Mongolian herdsmen. The beds are comfortable and clean, with mattresses on elevated wooden frames. Your meals, which consist of three- to four-course menus, are served in the camp dining room. The western-style shower and toilet facilities are typically located in a central building near the gers. At some local camps, travelers have the option to upgrade to a ger with ensuite facilities. Visits to museums, monasteries, and other attractions require standing or walking for up to two hours. Also expect to walk on uneven and rocky surfaces while exploring the Gobi and central Mongolia. It is a good idea to dress in layers, as temperatures can fluctuate between the mid-40s and mid-70s °F, with the possibility of rain. A comfortable and sturdy pair of walking shoes with good grip is recommended for this trip. More demanding activities, such as horse and camel rides, are optional.

Study Leader(s)

Senior Lecturer in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Senior Conservationist, Former Director of the Harvard Forest

For More Information

Please email haatravels@harvard.edu or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.