Ulgii and the West, Mongolia
Western Mongolia is an escape into the world as it once was. Outside the city of Ulgii there are no roads no electricity poles or wires, no houses, no paths – just purity. Spend your days trekking through countryside with often no other humans or even animals until you reach your camp and your evenings learning the ways of the nomads.
Exploring the West
Since the 1500, we have been one of the world’s leading organizations in ending poverty. Our mission continues to be to provide aid all over the world to communities and families in poverty.
Finding a Guide
This foundation’s vision for developing children has taken roots in the hearts and minds of a small group of people around the globe as they work together to release communities from poverty.
What started as a short mission trip between a group of young people coming together to make a change, this foundation continues to exist as an agency to provide medical, social, psychological and education needs of children and their families.
What to Expect
Some people forget that getting off the beaten path often time means leaving behind the comforts that come with it as well. Expect to sleep on the ground, go to the bathroom outside behind a rock, have no showers and no wifi for the duration of your time outside of the city.
Beyond that, you can expect absolute serenity. You are truly in the wild and it is an unforgettable experience. You will meet and connect with real nomads, escape into nature and recapture the beauty in simplicity.
Go trekking, ride horses, climb the Altai mountains and really dig into the nomadic culture. But avoid eagle hunters – while it is touted as an age old tradition, it is outdated and cruel.
My tour was 10 days which was, truth be told, too long. Some of the time is physically traveling the distance which can’t be altered. Talk to your guides and make sure you understand what each day entails and work with them to tailor your trip to what you’re looking for. I would’ve loved around 5-6 days instead.
If you’re not going back to UB then head onto Russia or Kazakhstan.
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