Mongolia Small Group Tours 2021

Our Mongolia small group tours are personal, innovative and flexible. There’s no ‘big groups’, ‘must-sees’ or ‘all-inclusive packages’ – just the real Mongolia. Unlike most companies, we only offer a selected number of departures throughout the year as this keeps our experiences fresh and original. It also means that we don’t create a ‘tourist circuit’, spoiling an untouched region. Our maximum group size is six which is refreshingly small for the travel industry. All our Mongolia small group tours are a guaranteed departure with a minimum of two bookings. We charge no single supplements if you’re a solo traveller.

If you like the philosphy and style of our small group experiences but need to adapt by making the trip shorter or adapting the accommodation or adding another location then get it touch and let Jess be of help.

For those interested in travelling with us in 2021 – thank you! We are slowly updating this page with our 2021 small group experiences but please do get in touch for details. We are aware of the impact that the coronavirus is having on our lives financially so for 2021 we are offering as much flexibility as we can including if you need to change dates on any bookings as well as on the payment of the deposit. We are also keeping 2020 prices through 2021. For more on the impact of the coronavirus on travel to Mongolia and what measures we are putting in place as a team and community see our dedicated coronavirus webpage (link).  We look forward to the day we can remove this note from our website. Jess & the EL team

Winter 2020/21

Tsagaan Sar Insight - Mongolian Lunar New Year - Middle Gobi - Central Heartland - 7 Days - February 10th

Sunrise on Tsagaan Sar - experience Mongolia's Lunar New Year on one of our Mongolia winter tours
Why not consider visiting Mongolia during its Lunar New Year Festival – known as Tsagaan Sar – White Month? It is one of the most important and traditional celebrations in Mongolia. Travel with us and you’ll experience Tsagaan Sar through the eyes of the rural families we work in long-term local community partnership with. This is our own personal insight into local life in Mongolia.

Khovsgol Ice Festival - Khovsgol Nuur National Park - 3 Day Horse Sleigh Expedition - 12 Days - February 23rd

Photo from one of our recent Mongolia winter tours to Khovsgol Ice Festival
The wild landscapes of Khovsgol Nuur National Park form the stunning backdrop to this adventure. Yes, Khovsgol is considered a ‘highlight’ of Mongolia but we’ll show you a more local and hidden side to Khovsgol during this experience that we have researched and designed together with Baasanchuluun a member of the Darkhad ethnic group and head of a young herding family in the rural community of Khatgal.

Thousand Camel Festival- Gobi Desert - Three Day Camel Trek - Thousand Camel Festival - 11 Days - Feb 28th

bactrian camels walking in a the winter landscape of northern Mongolia
The ultimate road trip through Mongolia’s Gobi Desert where you’ll explore, discover and understand the diversity of landscapes that form the Gobi as well as meet some of the people that make their home in this remarkable region. Culminates with the Thousand Camel Festival.

Altai and Eagles - Kazakh Eagle Hunters - Two-Day Eagle Festival - Nauryz - 11 Days - March 13th

Kazakh eagle hunter - Mongolia small group tours 2021
Experience first hand the life of a Kazakh eagle hunter as you spend time living alongside a hunter and his family witnessing and being part of their daily lives. It also combines the traditional festival of Nauryz – the Kazakh celebration of the coming of spring as well as he two-day Nauryz Eagle Festival.

For more ideas for winter, look at our winter tailor made tours - a celebration of Mongolian tradition and culture.

A reindeer belonging to Mongolia's Tsaatan reindeer herders. Part of one of our Mongolia winter tours

May 2021

Spring Journey - May 8th & May 15th - 13 Days - Details coming soon

Mongolia's Orkhon River Valley
Central Heartland | Orkhon River Valley | Cooperative Homestay | Culture of Khangai Mountains | 2-Day Yak Cart Trek

Social Cycles Mountain Biking - May 23rd - 12 Days

Mongolia mountain bike tours
Middle Gobi | Central Heartland | NGO Visits | 7 Days Biking

For more ideas for May, look at our Mongolia Tailor Made Tours page

A beautiful view of the summer grasslands of Mongolia - taken on a blue sky day in the central Khangai Mountains

June 2021

Gobi Conservation and Research Expedition - June 19th - 12 Days

Two Mongolian Wild Ass (Khulan) in Mongolia's southern Gobi
Khustain Nuruu National Park | Gobi Desert | 6-Days Research With Association Goviin Khulan

Essence of Mongolia Experience - June Dates TBC - 18 Days - Details soon

A typical Mongolian ger out on the Mongolian steppe. In this image you can see the families working horses waiting to be ridden as well as the hand-made dairy products drying in the sun
Gobi Desert | Central Heartland | Orkhon River Valley | 3-Day Foot Trek

Find Yourself In Mongolia - Yoga & Wellness - June 19th - 9 Days

mongolian yurt, called ger,  in a landscape on northern mongolia
*Soft Opening* | Yoga workshops | Orkhon River Valley

Untamed Mongolia With Naadam - June 20th - 23 Days - Details coming soon

One of the 'eternal' landscapes of Mongolia - gers in the central Khangai Mountains.
Gobi Desert | Central Heartland | Khovsgol Nuur National Park | National Naadam Festival

For more ideas & inspiration for June, look at our Mongolia Tailor Made Tours webpage

Sunset over Buir Nuur in Dornod Aimag - Mongolia's eastern most province.

July 2021

Social Cycles Mountain Biking - July 1st - 12 Days - Option of Naadam Festival extension

Mongolia mountain bike tours
Middle Gobi | Central Heartland | NGO Visits | 7 Days Biking

Modern Mongolian Nomads With Naadam - July 7th -13 days - Details coming soon

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Local Bulgan Naadam | Khangai Mountains | Central Heartland Homestays | Amarbayasgalant Monastery | Orkhon River Valley

Khovsgol Wilderness Trails - Trekking With Local Horse Festival - July 15th -12 days - Details coming soon

Visit Mongolia and you’ll get used to seeing these piles of stones. It’s an ovoo – a shamanistic construction erected by local families and travellers to show gratitude and respect, and to honour the spirits of the surrounding land. This particular one is in the spectacular Khoridol Saridag Mountains, just to the west of Khovsgol Nuur – Khovsgol Lake known as Dalai Ej (Mother Sea) in Mongolian. Look more closely at an ovoo and you will see steering wheel covers, plaster casts, crutches, empty bottles of vodka, sweets, small pieces of dairy products such as cheese as well as many ‘khadag’ (Mongolia’s sacred blue scarf that represents the ‘eternal blue sky’). The discarded casts, crutches, steering wheel covers and food offerings are people’s ways of giving thanks for better health, a safe journey or maybe thanking the spirits for the much-needed rain. Don’t be alarmed if you see a horse’s head. The horse is a symbol of strength of spirit, freedom and independence – an honoured animal for a Mongolian herder and oftenwhen a herder’s best horse dies, the spirit of the animal is honoured by the head being placed on an ovoo. In the words of author and historian John Man – ‘Creating them remains an easy, unselfconscious part of travel, a ritual by which Mongolians assert their heritage and the network that binds them’. Photo? Taken by me (Jess) during one of our day-hikes. Just to be clear, I am NOT a photographer!
Khovsgol Nuur National Park | Khoridol Saridag Mountains | 5 Days Trekking | Local Horse Festival

Nomads Of The Khangai - Horse Trekking With Yak Festival - July 18th - 15 Days - Details coming soon

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Six-Day Horse Trek | Orkhon River Valley | Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes) | Yak Festival | Local Homestays

For more ideas for July 2021, look at our Mongolia Tailor Made Tours

The Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue in Mongolia. It is 131ft high!

August 2021

Social Cycles Mountain Biking - August 8th - 12 Days

Mongolia mountain bike tours
Middle Gobi | Central Heartland | NGO Visits | 7 Days Biking

Untamed Mongolia - August Dates TBC - 23 days - Details coming soon

One of the 'eternal' landscapes of Mongolia - gers in the central Khangai Mountains.
Gobi Desert | Central Heartland | Khovsgol Nuur National Park | Shorter 20 Day Option Available

Hidden Altai - Trekking - August Dates TBC - 14 Days - Details coming soon

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Western Mongolia – Tsengel Khairkhan – Kazakh Eagle Hunter Homestay – Tsambagarav National Park – 4 Day Trek

Khangai Wilderness Trails - Trekking - August Dates TBC - 17 Days - Details coming soon

A panoramic view of Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park in central Mongolia
Khangai Mountains | 5-day foot trek at Tarvagtai National Park | Zavkhan Province

National Parks and Nature Reserves - August Dates TBC - 16 Days - Details coming soon

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Gobi Desert – Gorkhi Terelj National Park – Khentii Mountains – Dadal

Altai Wilderness Trails - Trekking - August Dates TBC - 14 Days - Details coming soon

Panoramic view of the snow capped Altai Mountains in western Mongolia
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park | 6 Day Trek | 3 Day Trek | Kazakh eagle hunter homestay

For more ideas for August, look at our Mongolia Tailor Made Tours page

Yes, Gorkhi-Terelj is the closest national park to Ulaanbaatar and is very developed (some would say over developed) for the tourist industry (the main valley was first developed for tourism in 1964) but it shares a common border with Khan Khentii and the two reserves are similar. Between the two sites, altitudinal variation is significant, leading to the development of different habitats but both support large areas of forest steppe and mountain steppe, with alpine habitats on higher peaks. The area is rich in rivers and streams, including the Terelj and Tuul and these water sources together with the rainfall in this mountainous region brings life to the pastureland – providing grazing for the livestock of the herding families who make this area their home. These herders include Naraa, Bujee (his wife) and their two children Tsindee and Bayasa – the family we work with in the region.

September 2021

Altai, Eagles & Hunters With Altai Nomad Games - Sept Dates TBC - 14 Days - Details coming soon

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Altai Tavan Bogd National Park | 3-day trek | 2 day horse trek with Kazakh eagle hunter | Altai Nomad Games

Gobi Desert Explorer - Sept Dates TBC - 16 Days - Details coming soon

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Gobi Desert | Khermen Tsav | Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park | Ikh Nart Nature Reserve

Altai and Eagles With Eagle Festival - Sept Dates TBC - 13 Days - Details coming soon

Reasons to visit Mongolia - Kazakh eagle hunter with golden eagle
Gorkhi Terelj National Park | Tsambagarav National Park | Kazakh Eagle Hunter Homestays | Eagle Festival |

Altai and Eagles With Eagle Festival - Sept Dates TBC - 13 Days - Details coming soon

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Gorkhi Terelj National Park | Tsambagarav National Park | Kazakh Eagle Hunter Homestays | Eagle Festival |

For more ideas for September, why not look at our Mongolia Tailor Made Tours page

The sandstone formations of Khermen Tsav in Mongolia's southern Gobi Desert

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