Mongolia: Gobi Desert
11 DAYS | $1,500 CONTRIBUTION
As the most sparsely populated sovereign country in the world, Mongolia contains some of the most untouched natural wonders. One-third of Mongolia's families live semi-nomadic or nomadic lifestyles, moving their yurts and livestock with the seasons across the landlocked plateau. Their traditional way of life has not necessitated the practice of proper waste disposal...until now. With the relatively recent introduction of plastics and supermarkets to the country, old habits die hard, and the stunning countryside is sadly marred with litter and plastic.
In a country of just 3 million inhabitants, you can make a difference. This epic guided journey through the Mongolian wilderness and desert empowers you to support local leaders and families as conscious protectors of the environment. Funds sponsor vital cleanup initiatives at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, a natural gem badly suffering from an environmental crisis.
Trek Relief has specially partnered with the leaders of Mongolian Rotary Club of Khangarid to host impactful events focusing on education and services for the earth. Planned activities include a public Environmental Cleanup Day at the Terelj River and an intimate 3-day eco-trek deep in the national park. Both events are designed to educate the public while promoting a fun and positive atmosphere around environmental stewardship.
Participants have opportunities to work with local volunteers and budding green leaders, and be welcome guests in Mongolian yurts with nomadic families. Outdoors, you will embark on an explorative journey to discover ancient monasteries, sparkling sand dunes, natural hot springs, and other national treasures, while on horseback and camelback, as well as in an all-terrain camper vehicle.
Donation toward environmental cleanup event in Terelj National Park
6 day tour of Mongolia landscapes
Delicious, local meals
Traditional homestays in yurts with nomadic families
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar at trip start/end
English-speaking guide and driver
Horseback & camel excursions
Transport in a high-clearance Russian Uaz (УАЗ) camper van
Naadam festival fees (July only)
Erdin Zuu Monastery entrance fees
National Park fees
Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar
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Terelj Cleanup × Gobi Desert
JUne 13-23, 2019
Jun 13: Arrival, orientation & welcome dinner in Ulaanbaatar
Jun 14: Tree planting with Khangarid Rotary Club
Jun 15: Terelj cleanup day
Jun 16: Greenway Project tour
Jun 17: Travel to Gobi Desert: White Stupa
Jun 18: Bearded Vulture Valley, Gobi 3 Beauties National Park
Jun 19: Khongor sand dunes
Jun 20: Flaming cliffs, Ongi Monastery ruins, depart Gobi Desert
Jun 21: Old Kharkhorin city and Erdene Zuu Monastery
Jun 22: Khugnu-Tarna National park & return to Ulaanbaatar forr farewell dinner
Jun 23: Check out of hotel
April 13, 2019 - Raise or donate the initial deposit of $300.
May 13, 2019 - Raise or donate the minimum contribution of $1,500.
**Each missed deadline will result in an additional $100 contribution on top of the minimum trip cost.
**We do not offer refunds - however, for up to 1 year your contributions may be used as credit toward another Trek Relief trip.