About 15 kilometers outside of Ulaanbaatar, at a seemingly insignificant spot, we turned off the road and followed a set of faint tire tracks. We wouldn’t drive on another road for 6 days. As we steered our sturdy Russian-made van in a southerly direction toward the Gobi Desert, I smiled to myself, imagining what adventures might lie ahead.
After more than fifteen years of travel, few places stand out in my memory like Mongolia does: the wide-open landscape, the nomads we stayed with, the endless dunes of the Gobi, the lonely camels. This is a country like no other.
Our week-long trip to the Gobi Desert was filled with long drives, hikes to splendid views, ger-stays, horseback riding, Buddhist monuments and old monasteries. Not only was our destination, the Gobi, the highlight, but the stops along the journey proved to be just as memorable.
I’m a diehard independent traveler, but Mongolia is a great place to go with a group tour. That’s how I went when in 2006 when I was living and teaching English in Ulaanbataar. Don’t worry, this is not mass-tourism I’m talking about. It’s small groups, staying in ger-camps, keeping it real and experiencing the life of the nomads. That’s why we’re offering an Experience Mongolia Trip over on our travel tours site Unquote Travel.
Mongolia has been listed as a top ethical travel destination for 2017 and our local partner is dedicated to responsible tourism, delivering high-quality tours and has a passion for showing guests life in this fascinating country.
Two Dates available in 2017:
02-11 July, 2017
14-23 July, 2017
*pardon the low-quality resolution, these were taken back in 2006 with an already aging camera at the time.