Mongolia Short Tours

Our Mongolia short tours are for those passing through Mongolia with a week or less on hand – perfect for those looking for an extension to their Trans Mongolian train experience. However, we are not a general travel agency and do not offer the popular  3 or 4 day ‘highlight loops’ whereby you fly from highlight to highlight. This form of travel gives you no context, no real experience of the country, or opportunities to meet the people who make their lives in the middle in-between landscapes.

Although your time is limited this does not mean that you cannot experience Mongolia in a real way and return feeling you have ‘touched base’ with the country. Wilderness treks are also possible even in a short amount of time.

Here are a few wider ideas but do get in touch with what you would like to experience.

Khustain Nuruu National Park | Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Roughly 17% of Mongolia’s landmass has some form of environmental protection. A short drive of under 100km outside of Ulaanbaatar will give vast landscapes and an opportunity to discover the wild essence of two of Mongolia’s protected areas. Head west to Khustain Nuruu National Park – one of Mongolia’s conservation successes or east to experience Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and the remarkable Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue. Both are popular Mongolia one day tour options … but we offer each with a twist.

Khustain Explorer – 2 Days

Explore Khustain Nuruu NP by mountain bike | Bayansonginot Herders Cooperative | Wildlife Observation | Flexible length horse trek | Free city walking tour of Ulaanbaatar

Khustain Nuruu National Park is one of Mongolia’s conservation success stories. Staying with the Batchuluun herding family gives you the perfect base to get off the beaten track – exploring by mountain bike or on horseback. This is how we prefer to explore the park – this slower pace of exploration helps to provide you with a better understanding of the biodiversity of Khustain – its people, landscapes and wildlife.

Terelj Explorer – 2 Days

Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue |Explore Gorkhi Terelj National Park by mountain bike | Flexible length horse trek | Free city walking tour of Ulaanbaatar

Although the main valley of Gorkhi-Terelj is developed, don’t dismiss the area. The backcountry offers a diverse and wild landscape comprising mountains, river valleys, dense forest, rocky summits and wildflower meadows. These are the landscapes where herders Naraa and Bujee make their home – your hosts for this experience.

Follow The Route Of The Trans Mongolian Train Line

Mongolia’s Tea Road is little known – especially compared to the (more) famous Silk Road. However, it was an important commercial route that connected China with western Russia. As part of the Tea Road, camel caravans transported bricks of tea from China through the Gobi to (what was then) Urga (Ulaanbaatar). This is the route that the Trans Mongolian train now follows.

Trans Mongolian Extension North – 5 days

Tujiin Nars Pine Forest | Saikhanii Khutul | Amarbayasgalant Monastery | Bow & arrow workshop | Free Ulaanbaatar city walking tour

Explore a more local side to Mongolia’s beautiful Selenge Province – located in the basin of the mighty Orkhon and Selenge rivers. Discover Buddhist heritage, spend time with talented bow and arrow makers and visit regions loved by local families.

Trans Mongolian Extension South – 8 days

Khamariin Khiid Monastery | Sacred Shiliin Bogd Mountain | Ikh Nart Nature Reserve | Wild Camping | Free Ulaanbaatar city walking tour

The south-east of Mongolia remains one of the least visited regions of the country but contains some of the most diverse sites – from sacred mountains to energy centres and protected nature reserves. Discover a more hidden side to Mongolia on this trip perfect for a Trans-Mongolian extension.

The Tea Road – Trans Mongolian Extension – 8 Days

Wild Camping | Khamariin & Amarbayasgalant Monastery | Ikh Nart | Tujiin Nars | Archery workshop | Ulaanbaatar city walking tour

Mongolia’s Tea Road is little known but it was an important commercial overland route with camel caravans transporting bricks of tea from China through to Russia. The camel caravans may have gone but you can still discover and explore the diversity of landscapes along the route of the Tea Road and experience the way of life of the people that makes their home within those landscapes.

A One Day Drive From Ulaanbaatar

These Mongolia short tours focus on locations a one-day drive from Ulaanbaatar. We are currently updating this section. Please get in touch.

Northern Monasteries – 4 days

Trans Mongolian Train | Amarbayasgalant Monastery | Khogno Khan Nature Reserve | Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes | Free Ulaanbaatar city walking tour

Young resident monks taking a break from studies at Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Selenge Province, Mongolia

Buddhism is the predominant religion in Mongolia. Although it has undergone distinctive changes and adaptations, Buddhist beliefs and customs are still upheld and remain an inherent part of Mongolian society. On our Northern Monasteries trip, discover and explore Mongolia’s Buddhist heritage. Can be extended to include Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharkhorin.

Central Heartland – 5 days

Takhi Horses | Khogno Khan | Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes | Orkhon River Valley | Kharkhorin | Erdene Zuu Monastery | Free Ulaanbaatar city walking tour

Explore, discover and experience the history, culture and diverse landscapes of Mongolia’s central heartland. You’ll be hosted by rural families that we work in long-term local community partnership with, allowing you to witness how they are embracing the 21st Century whilst maintaining Mongolia’s rich cultural traditions.

Local Lives & Landscapes – 5 Days

Middle Gobi Desert | Wild Camping | Tree planting project | Homestay with Erdenedalai herding community | Free Ulaanbaatar city walking tour

Mongolian ger in the vastness of the middle Gobi. Image by our guest Tristan Clemens

Mongolia’s middle Gobi is frequently overlooked by travellers flying down to the more famous (and busier) southern Gobi. However, we work in long-term local community partnerships with local families throughout the region and it is through their eyes you experience their way of life and the landscapes in which they live.

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