Private Expedition: Mongolia

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The timeless spirit of Mongolia can be found in the remote corners of its countryside, upon the rolling steppe and desert landscapes where nomads have roamed for millennia. Embrace this intriguing way of life as you explore the soaring Altay Mountains, hike through the grasslands of the steppe, and traverse undulating dunes in the Gobi. Sleep in the serenity ...
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Private Guided
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Luxury - 5 star
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Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Help local palaeontologists examine newly excavated dinosaur fossils at a lab in Ulaanbaatar.
    • Track this, the world’s last remaining species of wild horse, on an excursion through the grassy steppe of Hustai National Park.
    • Get a first-hand look at the nomadic lifestyle on a visit to a camel-herding camp in the Gobi.
    • Stay in a ger—a traditional round Mongolian tent—at the award-winning Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World located amid the vast desert landscapes of the Gobi.

What's this trip about?

    The timeless spirit of Mongolia can be found in the remote corners of its countryside, upon the rolling steppe and desert landscapes where nomads have roamed for millennia. Embrace this intriguing way of life as you explore the soaring Altay Mountains, hike through the grasslands of the steppe, and traverse undulating dunes in the Gobi. Sleep in the serenity of traditional ger tents and spend time with nomadic families in their settlements. In Ulaanbaatar, where ancient temples stand amid contemporary skyscrapers, see past and present mingle within an evolving, modern cityscape.

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Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityUlaanbaatar
End CityUlaanbaatar

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning


  • Asia
  • Mongolia


  • Altai Mountains
  • Gandan Monastery
  • Gobi Desert
  • Ulaanbaatar


  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing

Trip includes

    • Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • All gratuities except those for train or ship's crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Services of National Geographic experts and/or local guides, lecturers, expedition leaders, and any other staff
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges

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Day 1:  Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s bustling and expansive capital. Ride from the airport to your downtown hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace

The day begins with a visit to Gandan Monastery, one of the few monasteries in the city that survived Stalin’s religious purges of the 1930s. Greet red-robed monks and explore ...

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar/Hustai National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: HS Khaan Resort Hotel

Join paleontologists for a behind-the-scenes tour of a local laboratory and examine the latest batch of dinosaur fossils excavated from the field. Then, travel west to Hustai Nationa...

Day 4: Hustai National Park/ Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace

This morning, visit the Neolithic graves of the Ongud, an ancient Mongol people that were active during the reign of Genghis Khan. On your return trip to Ulaanbaatar, travel th...

Day 5: Gobi/Gegeet Valley/Khongoryn Els

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly over Mongolia’s vast wilderness to the mystical Gobi, a semiarid landscape that defies conventional notions of desert scenery. Here undulating sand dunes give way to stretches of green shrublands teeming with diverse wildl...

Day 6: Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge

Rise early for an excursion through the Gobi’s “singing sands” and slide across the dunes to induce their famous groaning sounds. Visit the camp of a camel-herding family and learn about...

 Day 7: Yolyn Am

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge

Travel to Yolyn Am, the Valley of the Eagles, and hike the valley running through the foothills of the Altay Mountains. Spot yaks, Altay snowcocks, ibex, and lammergeiers as you trek thr...

Day 8: Tugrigiin Shiree/Flaming Cliffs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge

Head to Tugrigiin Shiree where paleontologists unearthed the famous “fighting dinosaurs” fossils of a Protoceratops and Velociraptor locked in combat. Drive to the Flaming Cliffs of Baya...

Day 9: Ulaanbaatar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace

Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. Home to Mongolia’s last emperor, Bogd Jebtzun Damba Hutagt VIII, the ornate temple complex is now a museum d...

Day 10: Ulaanbaatar/Depart

Transfer to the airport and catch your international flight home.

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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