Mongolia

Environmental Conservation

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. 

The grassroots environmental movement is just in its infancy, and you can create the greatest impact now. This epic guided journey through the Mongolian wilderness 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 the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar Khangarid to host impactful events 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 exploratory 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 vehicle.

Includes:

  • Donation toward environmental cleanup event in Terelj National Park

  • 8-day tour of Mongolia landscapes: including 3 days of horse-trekking & optional camel rides

  • Delicious, local meals

  • Traditional homestays in yurts with nomadic families

  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar at trip start/end

  • English-speaking guide and driver

  • Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries

Not included:

  • Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar + transport

  • Travel insurance

Physical requirements:

  • Horseback riding: 3 days, with breaks

  • Van riding: 3-6 hrs per day, with breaks

HOW TO SIGN UP

Step 1: Click “Reserve My Spot” to complete the form.

Step 2: Make the deposit on your contribution page. You may choose to raise and/or contribute the fundraising minimum, and this page will serve as your fundraising tracker.


Future Trips

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Terelj Cleanup × Arkhangai Naadam Festival

JUly 1-12, 2020

12 days | $2,500 USD fundraising minimum

This trip starts in the capital of Ulaanbaatar with a fun weekend with the Rotary Club of Khangarid, including an environmental eco-tour and hands-on conservation activities at nearby Terelj National Park.

Next, experience the beauty of this region via comfortable transport to cultural sights, as well as via a 3-day trek on horseback where you’ll end off with a soak in natural hot springs.

Finally, dive into the heart of the famous Naadam festival to the more intimate countryside of Arkhangai province to experience the action up close!

Itinerary

July 1: Arrive at Ulaanbaatar guest house; welcome dinner & orientation
July 2: Eco-tour with Khangarid Rotary Club
July 3: Project volunteering with Khangarid RC
July 4: Little Gobi
July 5: Erdene Zuu Monastery
July 6: Horse trek at Khangai Mountains
July 7: Horse trek at Tamir River valley
July 8: Horse trek to Tsenkher Hot Springs
July 9: Naadam Festival in Arkhangai
July 10: Naadam Festival in Arkhangai
July 11: Ugii Nuur & Khar Balgas ruins; return to Ulaanbaatar guest house; farewell dinner
July 12: Depart Ulaanbaatar

DEADLINES*

  1. April 1, 2020 - Raise or donate the initial deposit of $300 USD.

  2. June 1, 2020 - Raise or donate the minimum contribution of $2,500 USD.

*Please note that each missed deadline requires an additional $100 USD contribution.