12 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 Central 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 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 Central Mongolia
- Delicious, local meals
- Traditional homestays in yurts with nomadic families
- Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar at trip start/end
- English-speaking guide and driver
- Horseback, oxcart, & camel excursions
- Transport in a high-clearance UAZ Russian camper van
- Naadam festival fees
- Erdin Zuu Monastery entrance fees
- National Park fees
- Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar
- Airport transportation
- Travel insurance
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Central Mongolia × Naadam Festival
July 2019: Dates TBD
Join us for the country's biggest festival--Naadam--which showcases the nation's finest in displays of horseback riding, wrestling, & archery competitions, including personal speeches and displays from the President! Dancers, athletes, equestrians, and musicians bring out their best game at the nation's capital, Ulaanbaatar, where we'll participate in age-old traditions and indulge in richly historical displays during the largest celebration of the nation.
Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar: Orientation & welcome dinner
Day 2 - Terelj National Park: Zero Waste Cleanup Day
Day 3 - Terelj National Park: Eco trek
Day 4 - Terelj National Park: Eco trek
Day 5 - Terelj National Park: Eco trek
Day 6 - Ulaanbaatar: Naadam festival
Day 7 - Hustai National Park
Day 8 - Khugnu Tarna National Park: Camelback sand dune tour
Day 9 - Orkhon Valley: Horseback waterfall tour
Day 10 - Tsenkher Hot Spring
Day 11 - Kharakhorum: Erdene Zuu Monastery
Day 12 - Ulaanbaatar: Tumen Ekh cultural ensemble & farewell dinner