2 independent reviews for North Mongolia holidays, tailor made

Reviews for North Mongolia holidays, tailor made

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review 10 Apr 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were so many! Staying with nomadic herding families in their gers and joining in with their daily lives. We loved cooking meals with the families we stayed with. We enjoyed a 28km hike at Terkhin Tsagaan Nuur especially walking the last 4-5 km across a frozen lake. We visited national parks and saw the Takhi (wild horses). We saw minutes-old lambs and twin goats being born. Mongolia's gorgeous landscapes and the blue, blue sky will remain with us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Join in! It's an amazing opportunity to spend time with local families who were all so welcoming and hospitable. We helped out with herding goats, collecting dung for the fire and cooking on the stove. Be prepared that the facilities may be very different to home but this is every day life for the people you are visiting. There was no running water in many places that we stayed but we took showers at local town shower houses every few days. Recommend taking wet wipes for a quick 'wash' (disposing of them properly) on non-shower days. Head torches are very useful. Also, check out how warm/cold the weather is likely to be and pack appropriately. We visited in spring and experienced lovely warm sunny days as well as some very cold nights so basically packed thermals and t-shirts and everything in between.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we really felt that the trip directly benefited local people. Our driver and trip assistant were Mongolian and the company have a policy of employing female trip assistants in order to give local women opportunities to work in tourism. We stayed with many people who offered up their family homes to us. The company also supports community projects such as tree planting in the Gobi, rubbish collection events and a play area for local children in Ulaan Baatar. Consideration was also given to environmental responsibility. We shopped at supermarkets for food for meals but used boxes instead of plastic bags. Drinking water was collected into 2 x 20L containers via local pumps and wells and we filled our own reusable bottles from these for our drinking water, so we avoided single-use plastic bottles. There was a facility to filter the water but we decided that we didn't need to and our tummies were fine throughout the trip. This is a company that genuinely extols the virtues of sustainable travel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic tour with a brilliant company who absolutely love Mongolia, its landscapes and its amazing people. Highly recommended.

review 2 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Living with Nomadic families

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Forget all facilities, forget every material thing and feel, be in contact with Mongolians, live their lives, enjoy the peacefull places, laugh with them. It's a great experience.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we fee that we benefit local people because they are meeting different cultures too and share their experiences

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Exiting tour, without many facilities but living the real life. We love this tour. We have enjoyed a lot.

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