Mongolia Family Tours
Mongolia? With kids? Seriously? Yes! Wide open spaces. Freedom. Exploration. Adventure. Discovery. And yes, even a decent 3G network with affordable data for those times when the iPad is really needed.
The itineraries I design are designed with kids in mind. Not the adults. Yes, the parents will be the ones that email me but I put together the itinerary based on experiences for the kids.
That’s why there’s not too many monasteries or archaeological sites but more emphasis on interactive experiences and flexibility. With everything from local train rides to cookery lessons and wild camping (for the parents brave enough!).
How does the saying go? A picture is worth a thousand words? So here’s a snapshop of some of the Mongolia family tours and experiences we’ve run.
Doing your bit for the future by planting a tree at the Gobi Oasis Conservation Project
The Gobi Oasis Tree Planting Project is a small, family run, non-profit conservation project that has been operating since 1975 in Mongolia’s middle Gobi. EL and our guests have now planted over 120 of our own trees which represents around 3% of the total number of trees planted at Gobi Oasis. A single young tree can absorb 26 pounds of CO2 per year so we’re (very) slowly doing out bit towards managing carbon emissions!
An interactive visit to the Nogoon Nuur Community Project in Ulaanbaatar
We include a visit to the Nogoon Nuur (Green Lake) community project in Ulaanbaatar on our Mongolia family tours. Nogoon Nuur is a community space created for local families and children of the nearby Bayangol ger districts by Ulzii – a Mongolian philanthropist.
Learning about the traditional way of life on our one-day‘ ger to ger’ walks
Our ‘ger to ger’ walks are hosted by a local herder in the area which you are staying. We designed them to specifically help older herders that used to lead our longer adventurous style treks but can now longer do so due to age. But, we still want to provide support to the older herders and continue working with them as part of our philosophy of providing long-term support to the local communities. And so we created our ‘ger to ger’ walk. This simple concept just takes up a morning or an afternoon where you as our guests spend time with your herder host meeting local herding families in the area. We allow the local herder to decide the route and what families our guests visit and although it is a relaxed walk it provides a different more local perspective on Mongolia. It’s a simple enough concept but as well as providing our guests with a local travel experience in Mongolia it means we can continue to work with our older herders and provide support as well as tapping into their wealth of local knowledge.
Collecting water the local way
* Don’t panic parents. Each of our vans includes a Lifesaver carbon water filter. It does mean though that kids appreciate the effort involved for other cultures to access their water.
Get on your bike and ride
* Each of our Furgon vans has a City Nomads folding bike. They’re as popular with the local Mongolians as they are with our guests! It’s a way of bringing both together in a way that doesn’t need language
* Everything from milking a goat to sampling the local cuisine
Freedom of the open road with your private Furgon van
* Loved by all kids even though the parents may prefer a Landcruiser!
Not a museum in sight!
Cooking up a storm on the steppe
Are your kids’ fussy eaters? Don’t worry! Each of our tour vehicles has a small mobile kitchen meaning our team of (female) Mongolian trip assistant and (male) Mongolian driver prepare a majority of the meals. This means we can offer more flexibility and cater for any fussy eaters. There will be some limitations in place because this is Mongolia but we can offer some flexibility.
And then there’s always the wildlife
Yes. I could write a list of reviews but I think the photos say it all! Mongolia provides the backdrop for a family holiday like no other – rejuvenate your spirit of adventure and spend quality time with your family on a trip you will always remember. Our family itineraries are private trips of discovery adapted to suit your budget, travel dates and your children and what you would like them to experience in Mongolia.
If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration then do check the Mongolia family holidays page on our Eternal Landscapes website. I look forward to hearing from you!