Mongolia is the world’s least-densely populated country, wedged between Siberia and northern China. It is one of the last remaining places on earth where the silence and emptiness of the landscapes around you truly fill your soul. Still, Mongolia’s 3.2 million people proudly keep their ancient history and rich cultural traditions alive—and protect its unique natural charms, from the oldest national park on the planet to the extremely rare Bactrian camel. On this journey, venture with Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley into the wilds of the steppes and deserts for an intimate, unforgettable discovery of a world that surpasses time.
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A spot on this trip can be reserved with a non-refundable $2,500 deposit, per person. Payment is due in full by May 1, 2022 and is non-refundable.
What to Expect
Itinerary highlights include:
- Discover the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, where traditional Buddhist monasteries and temples sit side by side with modern high-rises, while staying at the Shangri-La Hotel. Here, museum visits with expert guides will introduce you to Mongolian history and art; plus, you’ll have the chance to meet with the designers that are evolving Mongolia’s renowned contemporary fashion and crafts scenes.
- Explore the villages and valleys of Bayan-Ulgii, the westernmost province of Mongolia. Dominated by the Altai Mountains, Mongolia’s highest range, this isolated area has preserved the language, culture, and traditions of the Kazakh people who settled here centuries ago and are known for their impeccable textile work (there will be time to shop the markets!).
- Spend the day with the famous Kazakh Golden Eagle hunters and their magnificent trained birds.
- Learn about the traditions of the Mongol warriors and nomads with immersive cultural exchanges focused on archery and horsemanship.
- Discover Mongolia’s paleontological treasures in the company of a paleontologist, who will invite you for a behind-the-scenes tour of a local laboratory to examine the latest batch of dinosaur fossils excavated from the field.
- Explore the stunning expanses of the Gobi Desert—home to camels, sheep, golden eagles and gazelles—while based at the Indagare-Adored Three Camel Lodge. Highlights will include trekking in Yol Valley National Park, meeting a local nomadic herding family and learning about the traditions of the desert cultures, and visiting Tugrigiin Shiree, one of the most famous paleontological sites in the world, for a hands-on experience of a dig.
- Connect with fellow travelers who share your interests and passions over group meals and outdoor adventures.
- Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions to China, Uzbekistan or beyond. Plus: you’ll be guided through the new travel landscape by our founder Melissa Biggs Bradley and our most trusted local partners while on the ground.
Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.
WhenAugust 16 - 26, 2022
Length11 days / 10 nights
Type of TravelerAdventurers , Trailblazers , Soul Searchers