Mongolia Trekking Tours
Our Mongolia trekking tours are not tests of endurance, or about climbing to the highest point. Instead, our Mongolia trekking tours allow you to connect with the landscape as you slow down and explore herding trails and migration routes in the company of herders that we work in long-term local community partnership with and who lead our treks. These are herders who herd their livestock in the region in which you’re trekking and know their home area like the back of their hands.
Our treks are different in that we leave the route entirely flexible and in the hands of your herder guide as this leads to a more organic and Mongolian type of exploration. So many trekking experiences offered in Mongolia have rigid routes and itineraries and that just seems wrong in a country of such freedom. Naturally, there will be challenges such as the terrain or the weather but, instead of a competitive race or counting steps, the focus is on slowing down, getting to meet and know your Mongolian herder guide in the area they consider home, and the joy of exploring new horizons, being in the great outdoors and reminding remind ourselves of the wonder of landscapes.
If you don’t see the trekking experience you’re looking for, we can also offer private tailor-made treks – all are offered in partnership with the herders we work with. See below for location ideas.
Our Small Group Experiences
Nomads Of The Khangai
5 days trekking
July 18th 2024
Five-Day Foot Trek Khangai Mountains | Orkhon River Valley | Orkhon Waterfall | Yak Festival | Local Homestays | Culture of Khangai Mountains
5 days trekking
July 23rd 2024
Khovsgol Nuur National Park | 5-days trekking in Khoridol Saridag Mountains | Local Horse Festival | 2 day community trek
Orkhon Pilgrimage Trails
5 days trekking
July 26th 2024
5-day trek Orkhon Valley Trek| Wild Camping | Kharkhorin & Erdene Zuu Monastery| Danshig Naadam | Khogno Khan Nature Reserve & Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes | Tovkhon Khiid Hermitage
Altai Wilderness Trails
8 days trekking (5+3)
July 29th 2024
3-day trek Altai Tavan Bogd National Park| Wild Camping | Five-day trek Yolt Valley | The culture and way of life of Mongolia’s Kazakh herders and eagle hunters
Meet Some Of The Herder Guides We Work In Long-Term Local Community Partnership With
Naraa At Terelj
Bambakh At Khovsgol
Maam At Ulaan Tsutgalan
Tumee In The Orkhon Valley
Munkhoo at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur
Bashakhan In The Altai
Tailor Made Trekking Inspirations
Tsaantan/Dukha Horse Trek
The Tsaatan are a community of nomadic reindeer herders, originally from Tuva in Siberia, who have historically inhabited the border region of Russia and Mongolia. Ethnically, the community identifies as Dukha, but their lifestyle as reindeer herders earned them the Mongolian name Tsaatan, which means roughly ‘with reindeer’.
They make their home in one of the most remote landscapes in Mongolia and as a result this trip is also tough. However, Narankhuu and his son are the kindest of hosts and will take care of you as they introduce you to their homeland and the families who live here. Due to the fragility of the natural environment and the Tsaatan culture we recommend small groups of a maximum of four and a minimum of five or six days for the horse trek itself.
Learn more in our guide to visiting Mongolia’s Tsaatan reindeer herders responsibly.
Khovsgol Nuur National Park Trekking
Khovsgol Nuur is known as Dalai Ej in Mongolian – Mother Sea. Khovsgol is famous for its lake (and rightly so as it is glorious) however, the Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range forms part of the national park and are a stunning region of limestone peaks topping 3000m.
Treks here can include exploring the Khoridol Saridag Mountains and into the Darkhad Depression, up the west shoreline of Khovsgol to the border community of Khankh and the eastern flank of the lake including hot springs. All are areas that Bambakh, our herder trek guide, knows like the back of his hand.
Learn more about Khovsgol Nuur National Park – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/khovsgol-nuur-national-park/ and also the Khoridol Sairdag Mountains – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/mongolias-khoridol-saridag-mountains/
Khangai Mountains Trekking
The Khangai often get by-
No formal trekking routes really exist here and that’s what makes trekking in the Khangai such a glorious experience – it’s just you, your trek guide and your choice of which horizon to explore and discover.
Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes
The Khongoryn Els sand unes are known locally as Duut Mankhan –
The dune landscapes are extraordinary –
However, for those interested, we can arrange a trekking experience in the region including Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park Trekking
Altai Tavan Bogd is home to the highest mountains in Mongolia. The national park can be divided into two regions, the Tavan Bogd Mountains in the northwest (Five Holy Peaks) and the Lakes Region to the southeast. Both locations make a remarkable back-drop for both extended foot and horse treks and you can learn more here – https://www.eternal-landscapes.co.uk/mongolias-altai-tavan-bogd-national-park/
The Tsagaan Gol trek connecting the lakes to the region of the Five Holy Peaks is popular. If you want to experience a more hidden side to the Altai consider Tsambagarav Uul National Park on the border of Khovd and Bayan Ulgii Aimag. Another option is the region of Tsengel Khairkhan close to the district of Sagsai in Bayan Ulgii. Both offer an Altai that few others get to see and you can experience both on our Altai Migration Trails experience.