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Cap Littoral offers a great experience at the heart of a nomad family home in northern Mongolia’s populated rivers.
It's in the administrative region of Khenti on the banks of the river Kherulen, a tributary of Lake Hulun, your host family has settled. The Khenti is a solid mass north-east of OulanBaator. Populated by nomadic herders, the Khenti offers a range of varied landscapes, alternating valleys and rivers, mountains and forests of larch. There are nearly 70 rivers such as the Onon, the Kherulen the Balzh the Khurkh the Ulz or the Tsenkher. The Khenti abounds also many sources of hot and cold. In your host family, you'll learn to live like nomads. You can participate at your convenience to the daily activities of your hosts: Meet to gather firewood, prepare meals, tend their herds, fly fishing on the river, and traverse the area on foot or horseback.
This program is a suggestion. The order of activities can be modified to your suitability or the suggestions from your host family. You can also choose excursions, which are optional (see area rate conditions).
Day 1: Oulan Baator - River Kherulen
Arrive at Oulan Baator. Reception at the airport by your driver and leave immediately to the north of the country. There is about 2.30 hours to get to your camp. You cross the landscape of steppes and mountains. On the way, stop in the wilderness for breakfast. Continuation on the road and arrival at the nomads for lunch. Presentation of the family and settle into your yurt. In the afternoon, stroll through the neighborhood and discovered herds of cows and sheep. Family dinner, sharing time and emotion.
Night in a yurt.
Day 2 : Life of herding
It's time to put you to the task. The day starts with cleaning and repairing the fence with the nomads. They will explain their methods with their means. After a well-deserved lunch it's time to take care of the herds. Gathering the herd on horseback, feed them ...
Evening and dinner with the family in a yurt.
Day 3 : Just like home
On this morning it is you who prepares breakfast for everyone. You will seek wood to fuel the fire and water from the river or water well and finally learn to prepare a real Mongolian tea. You will learn how to manufacture cords in cowhide. This is a special technique which has been practiced for many years.
Evening and dinner in the yurt playing traditional games such as the game of jacks.
Day 4 : In the kitchen
Morning devoted to the du Aaruul preparation, of Orom and cheese. You will discover how Mongolians manufactures yogurt, fresh cream and cheese; the bases of their food. In the afternoon, you will be able to trot around in the neighborhoods of the camp, help collect wood and cow dung necessary to make fire. Evening and dinner under the yurt.
Day 5 : Nature excursion
Day is devoted to exploring the area on foot. Possibility of an optional excursion (see lower rate in the heading “the price does not include”). You will enjoy and benefit from this encounter with the nomadic people. You will look at how they manufacture Mongolian vodka. Attention not to misuse it! Return to the camp at the end of the day, dinner and overnight stay in the yurt.
Day 6 : Last moments of tradition
This is your last day with the family. They will teach you how to make the Deel, the national costume as well as the manufacture of felt carpets which they use to ride horses. Farewell evening, chess, dominoes and rainbow jacks.
Dinner and overnight in the yurt.
Day 7 : OulanBaator
Morning departure for the capital. Free day in town.
Overnight at hotel
Day 8 : Airport transfer
The objectives of our offer in terms of sustainable development:
Mongolia is 1.5 million km2 of which 2.6 million inhabitants are scattered of and which 22% live below poverty line. It is a land sometimes subjected to extreme weather. Recently, in February 2010, the "dzud" (cold) caused the death of 7 million head of cattle that has endangered the lives of many herder families. One third of the population depends on farming. The rural migration then leads families to the cities where living conditions are no better for those living in large spaces; this migration threatens an entire culture in the short-term.
Sustainable tourism can participate in supporting a diversity of lifestyles and cultures.
By visiting the nomadic people of Mongolia, you discover its wide open spaces and healthy living conditions closer to nature, you discover a land of authentic people, and you share human values.
Meeting the nomadic people on their land and sharing their lifestyle, you live unforgettable moments that bind you to your final hosts. Language is not an obstacle; attention and emotion are at the heart of cultural exchange, you become forever united. Your presence also takes part in weaving links between the families who welcome, accommodate you and those you meet or come across during your trip and the requirements of sustainable development in order to create perennial bonds.
Your stay takes part to diversify the incomes of the people who accommodate you and whose principal activity is and will remain the breeding livestock. Currently, livestock is of primary importance, it provides the basis for food and wool, their main source of income. In order to bring a regular resource, Cap Littoral, chose to open this destination all year round and invites you to leave for Mongolia, even in winter (see our rates, Equipment and Climate).
During your stay, you will live completely according to the traditional lifestyle of Mongolians; no installation should impoverish the natural richness of the places in which you stay.
Mongolia suffers from water shortage, especially in cities, and mainly OulanBaator where you will spend the last night. Climate change and increased urbanization threatens the fragile water resources of Mongolia where more than half of the population lack access to safe drinking water. Please be vigilant about your water consumption during your visit to OulanBaator.
Stay - River
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To give you greater freedom in terms of delivery, the package is sold without airfare.
At all times, we recommend the following companies: Aeroflot and Miatt, Korean Airline, Air France or Lufthansa.
Please note there are no direct flights to OulanBaator. The flights are via Moscow, Seoul or Peking. We can also arrange your air, thank you for contacting us.
Travel possible throughout the year, but beware the climate varies depending on the season.
If you are in the provinces, remember to leave sufficient connection times between flights.
Activities are the same all year despite the cold winter temperatures and this trip requires proper equipment (see equipment rubric).
This program is accessible to all and does not require a particular physical condition. It is even recommended to families during the summer season (between April and September).
This trip is designed to have, if you wish, free time, so you can take the time to relax or make the excursions following options:
Fly Fishing: The river Kerulen is abundant with fish. Traditional fishing is fly fishing. This practice requires a little practice but your host is counting on you to bring back fish for them. This is a family evening you cook and enjoy your fishing.
This trip requires a transfer of 1 hour by car.
Wild horseback riding: Take a full day on horseback across the steppes and rivers. Learn to herd and move them to a new pasture.
Introduction to the horse: You've never ridden a horse, let alone on a Mongolian horse, but you're dreaming it’s time to learn. After several explanations on technical riding a Mongolian horse, you can enjoy a long walk in nature.
These tours can be booked at time of booking.
More information about the life in the campment in the Travel Info
Price per person based on two participants
410 € instead of 410 € TTC from November to April
430 € VAT instead of 430 € TTC the month of May, June, September and October
460 € instead of 460 € TTC in July and August
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Subject to availability
- Airport transfers / camp / hotel / airport to OulanBaator in a private vehicle
- 1 night in a hotel in OulanBaator in a double room with breakfast
- Every night in a yurt with the family
- Full board except meals in OulanBaator
Price does not include:
- International flights
- Meals at OulanBaator
- Entries sites and museums, (allow 2 to $ 3 per museum)
- The entrance to the show OulanBaator, $ 13
- Optional excursions:
- Fly Fishing: 140 € day for two people (2 people minimum)
- Wild horseback ride: 50 € per day per person
- Introduction to the horse: 40 € per day per person
For details of the trips read below under conditions
- The exit tax
- Personal expenses
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