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The Mongolian Outback: Exploring the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area

This short-yet-thrilling four-day exploration into Mongolia’s wilderness will provide you with wonderful insight into the local culture and nature that thrives in the country. Starting in Ulaanbaatar, you’ll take a road trip to the southernmost reach of the Siberian boreal forest, also home to the southernmost wolverine habitat. You’ll stay at a traditional, low-impact Ger camp, built in the nomadic style and providing indigenous, environmentally-friendly technology. Transportation ranges from horseback to yak cart, to Russian catarafts. Enjoy a holiday like no other, in the Mongolian outback. 

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  • Stay in a traditional Mongolian Ger tent and get a feel for how Mongolian nomads live
  • Hike through wild forests of the Hentii Mountains
  • Spot exotic Mongolian wildlife, including wolves, wild boar, and gazelles
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Day 1
Ulaanbaatar - Khan Khentii

Arrive in Mongolia’s largest city and capital and transfer to the Upper Tuul River Valley via a three-hour car ride. The area is part of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, in the east of the country, an area created by the country’s government for wildlife preservation. If time allows, we’ll stop at the Gandan Lamasery - Mongolia’s most vibrant monastery. The drive takes you through a scenic steppe valley and verdant forests. Take in the beauty of Mongolian wildflowers, which grow without abandon in the summer months. Yak carts will be used to carry your luggage during the walk to Jalman Meadows Ger Camp on the Upper Tuul River.

Day 2

Spend today exploring your new surroundings. You may choose to do so on foot, horseback, or on a Russian catarafts supplied by the camp - these are rafts commonly used as a fishing platform, and are ideal for rafting over rougher water. Hike through the Hentii Mountains, where larch and birch forests grow freely. Return tonight to relax in the comfort of your traditional Ger tent.

Day 3

Continue exploring the thrilling wilderness of the Khan Khentii protected area today. Get up close and personal with the herdsmen in the southern areas, who follow a traditional lifestyle that’s remained unchanged for centuries. The northern area’s uninhabited back country is home to wolves, wild boar, moose, red deer, marmots, and gazelle: see how many you can spot.

Day 4

Check out of your Ger camp and head back to your hotel in Ulaanbaatar, a 3 1/2 hour drive. Spend the day exploring Ulaanbaatar, learning about its long history at its many monasteries and museums. Spend a final night in Mongolia today - you’ll depart tomorrow for your onward journey.


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Ger Camp

Ger Camp

Stay in a low impact ger camp, in the heights of the Tuul River Valley, run by the principles of ecotourism. The camp is located in Jalman Meadows, next to Jalman Mountain, a vast meadow beside the Tuul River, which in the summer blooms with a profusion of wildflowers. This conservation area is within the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, and stretches right up to the Russian-Siberian frontier. The camp is accessible from Ulaanbaatar by 4WD (approximately 3 hours) or by bus (approximately 3.5 hours).

The camp can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests in double occupancy tents. It prides itself on being a camp that is non-destructive towards the local environment and people. The camp contributes to local communities by creating employment based on traditional livelihoods. Local people work for the camp providing the provision of yak carts, packhorses, horse riding and labor. The camp is made up from fully collapsible ger tents, long drop style toilets which allow for natural decomposition, a cozy candle-lit library, portable hot water showers and a separate waste disposal unit. Some of the camp’s electricity is produced from solar panels and windmills. The hotel-camp can be relocated leaving no more effect on the land than a local nomadic family campsite would.
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