Mongolia: Gobi Desert

11 DAYS | Environmental Conservation

Fundraising Minimum: $2,500
Early Bird Discount*: $1,500
*Deposit due November 15, 2018


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 Mongolian Rotary Club of 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 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.

Includes:

  • 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

  • Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries

Not included:

  • Airfare to/from Ulaanbaatar

  • Airport pickup

  • Travel insurance

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 × Gobi Desert

JUne 13-23, 2019

Itinerary

Jun 13: Orientation and welcome dinner
Jun 14: Tree planting with Khangarid Rotary Club
Jun 15: Terelj National Park cleanup day
Jun 16: Greenway Project tour
Jun 17: Travel to Gobi Desert and White Stupa
Jun 18: Bearded Vulture Valley, Gobi 3 Beauties National Park
Jun 19: Khongor sand dunes
Jun 20: Flaming cliffs and Ongi Monastery ruins
Jun 21: Old Kharkhorin city and Erdene Zuu Monastery
Jun 22: Khugnu-Tarna National park, farewell dinner
Jun 23: Check out of hotel

DEADLINES*

  1. November 15, 2018 - Raise or donate the initial deposit of $300 to secure the Early Bird Discount.

  2. March 15, 2019 - Raise or donate the initial deposit of $300.

  3. May 14, 2019 - Raise or donate the minimum contribution of $2,500.

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