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
Khustain Explorer – 2 Days
Khustain Nuruu National Park | Bayansonginot Herders Cooperative | Wildlife Observation | Flexible length horse or foot 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 on a horse or foot trek. 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 | Home visit to practising shaman | Gorkhi Terelj National Park | Flexible length horse or foot 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
Trans Mongolian Extension North – 3 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 – 7 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
Northern Monasteries – 4 days
Trans Mongolian Train | Amarbayasgalant Monastery | Khogno Khan Nature Reserve | Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes | Free Ulaanbaatar city walking tour
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
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.