Mongolia Multisport: Through the Land of Nomads
The sweeping landscapes of Mongolia have lured intrepid travelers for centuries. It was here in 13th century that Chinggis Khan built the world's largest contiguous empire and his impact can still be felt today. Yet, Mongolia remains a land largely untouched by the modern world. Join us for a cultural journey where we discover Mongolia's character from its ancient past to its modernizing capital. Take a journey with us through its rolling hills covered by pale grasses. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride your spirited horse to a private campsite where your camp chef will serve dinner beneath the stars. We then fly to the Gobi where we experience truly ancient Mongolia. The broad sweep of brilliant blue sky stretches off in every direction. The Flaming Cliffs glow deep orange and red in the sun's last rays. Hike through scenery unscarred by industrialization. Far from any city lights, the night sky puts on a dazzling display of stars and galaxies each night. Along the way we get glimpses into the lives of the people who call Mongolia home. Discover pictographs and prehistoric carvings left behind by nomadic people centuries ago. In Ulaanbaatar we experience Mongolia today, a lively city on a rapid rise that still pays homage to its past with Buddhist temples, praying monks, traditional song and dance. Throughout our adventure we experience the warm hospitality of the Mongolian people- nomad families who welcome us into their home with a cup of tea and a smile. You too will fall under the spell of this beautiful land.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Mongolia Multisport: Through the Land of Nomads Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), Mongolia. Meet our guide for a hike to Zaisan Memorial for panoramic views over the city and countryside.
Day 2 Hike in Hustai Nuruu National Reserve, a spectacular, protected park located at the base of the Khenti Mountains.
Day 3 Traverse the hidden Moilt Valley on foot and keep an eye out for wild horses, marmot, corsac foxes, deer and predatory birds.
Day 4 Travel the way of the Mongolians, on horses, stopping at the mysterious Ongot stone complex to contemplate history unexplained.
Day 5 Learn Mongolia’s history, national and natural, at UB’s museums and enjoy a show of traditional dancers and hoomi (throat) singers.
Day 6 Hike the Gobi Desert’s wildflower filled Yol Valley. Witness the glow of the fossil rich “Flaming Cliffs” at sunset.
Day 7 Camel trek alongside sandy dunes and camp underneath a truly mesmerizing star-filled sky.
Day 8 Hike the mountains surrounding the Ayaldai Valley. Experience the warm hospitality nomadic families extend to passing travelers.
Day 9 Explore the “singing sands” of the Gobi’s supreme dunes, Khongoryn Els. These mountains of sand are 60 miles long and up to 2,500’ high!
Day 10 Back in UB we visit the historic Gandan Monastery complex, Mongolia’s seat of Buddhism. This evening toast to a superb adventure!
Day 11 Our journey to fascinating and quickly changing Mongolia ends.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one-half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available.
Single or double occupancy accommodations each night of the itinerary; meals as noted in the itinerary; skilled bi-lingual guide; private transportation throughout; park and site entrance fees; horse and camel trekking equipment; airport transfer when arriving on Day 1.
Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; internal airfare within Mongolia (mandatory add-on, price is subject to change); airport transfer on Day 11; passport or other travel documents; alcoholic beverages; insurance of any kind; medical immunizations; items of a personal nature; optional gratuities to your guides.
The cost of your internal flights within Mongolia (mandatory add-on and subject to change) is due with your final payment 60 days prior to departure. The cost of your internal flights is non-refundable within 60 days of departure unless REI Adventures cancels your trip for any reason. If you needed to cancel your trip for a reason covered by travel insurance, this flight cost would be eligible for reimbursement by that plan.
This trip is rated Moderate . It will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. Travel in Mongolia requires flexibility and a positive attitude. Horses, camels and vehicles will carry all the gear. You only need to carry your daypack, but you still need to be in good physical condition to really enjoy this trip. Hiking is moderate with some uneven, rocky trails and sections of steep elevation gain and loss. Horse and camel trekking require no previous experience. Be prepared for some extended drives on rough roads. Roads outside of Ulaanbaatar are unpaved, bumpy and dusty.
Summer in Mongolia is June through September with average temperatures are in the 80s during the day, dropping to the 30s at night. The Gobi Desert is a plateau about 3,000'-5,000' above sea level with extreme temperatures that can range from 100ºF (or higher) during the day to below freezing at night. Mongolia has an average of 260 cloudless days a year, but come prepared for rain, wind, and some very cold nights and mornings. A dusting of snow is always possible at this northern latitude, even in the summer. The rainy season extends from mid-July to August, but showers are usually brief.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Mongolia Multisport: Through the Land of Nomads
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary - this will help you and the field staff.
From June through September average temperatures are in the 80s during the day, dropping to the 30s at night, though daytime temperatures in the Gobi can be much warmer. Be sure to have warm layers for very cool evenings. Mongolia has an average of 260 cloudless days a year, but come prepared for rain, wind, and some very cold nights and mornings. A dusting of snow is always possible at this northern latitude, even in the summer. The rainy season extends from mid-July to August, but showers are usually brief. Because Mongolia is located far from any ocean, the humidity is very low.
- All group camping gear
- All required gear for camel and horse trekking
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- One piece of luggage, wheels and a retractable handle recommended
- Duffel (approx. 4000 cubic inches) for horse trekking/Gobi camping
- Daypack to carry water, rainwear and clothing layers, camera, sunscreen, etc.
- Rain cover for daypack, waterproof
- Luggage tags and luggage locks, 2 sets
- Passport security pouch or belt
- A few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and to wear into towns
- Rain jacket and pants: lightweight, waterproof and breathable
- Midweight fleece jacket
- Down jacket or vest
- Hiking boots or shoes, lightweight, sturdy, waterproof
- Casual, comfortable shoes for town
- Sandals, to wear at camps
- Sun hat with brim
- Fleece or wool gloves for cool evenings
- Fleece or wool hat
- Low gaiters for dune walks
- T-shirts, at least two synthetic
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Thermal underwear top and bottom, light- or midweight
- Bicycle shorts with padded seat area, for horse and camel trekking
- Hiking pants (synthetic, quick-drying)
- Hiking shorts (synthetic, quick-drying)
- Hiking socks and liner socks
- Casual socks
- Sleeping bag liner or sleep sheet, required for camping
- Flashlight or headlamp, and spare batteries/bulb
- Sunscreen and lip protection with high SPF
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Personal first-aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Travel towel (see "Things to Consider")
- Toiletry kit
- Toilet kit: ditty bag: 1 roll toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer or Wet Ones
- Trekking poles
- One quart water bottle or hydration system (see "Things to Consider")
- Camera, memory cards, batteries (see "Things to Consider")
- Electrical adapter plug / converter
- Travel pillow
- Ear plugs and eye shade
- Watch with alarm clock or travel clock
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Reading and writing materials
- Favorite snack foods and drink mixes
Things to Consider
- Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
- Mongolia has a dry, arid climate; consider packing extra amounts of lotions or moisturizers, lip balm and eye drops.
- Bottled water will be provided while traveling outside of Ulaanbaatar. The bottles will be transported and recycled in-country. You can bring your own one quart water bottle and/or hydration system but please note they will be filled using individual bottles of water.
- Carrying a large camera is not advised while participating in the horse and camel treks. Large cameras can spook the animals and potentially cause an accident. If you wish to take photographs while riding the horses and camels, please bring a compact camera.
- The REI MultiTowel Lite or similar is recommended as a pack towel. See www.rei.com for details.
- Laundry facilities are limited. We suggest hand washing quick-drying clothing items. Bringing a travel clothesline and a few packets of detergent are useful for this purpose.
- Make sure your hiking shoes/boots are broken-in and bring moleskin Second Skin® or Blister Block® for foot treatment. Thin liner socks made of silk or synthetic fabrics worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters.
- Bathroom facilities outside of Ulaanbaatar are often rustic, and you may not have access to a toilet while hiking during the day. Please bring a personal ditty bag with a roll of toilet tissue, Ziplock bags for disposal of soiled tissue, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Women should pack any necessary feminine hygiene supplies. Your ditty bag must be included in your daypack for all excursions.
- During the summer months Mongolia has an average of 16 hours of daylight. The sun rises before 6:00 a.m. so wearing an eye shade could help you get a good night's sleep when camping.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.