Cultural Immersion Itinerary


Day 1: Fly to the Gobi/Bulgan Temple

In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Gobi, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. Upon arrival, transfer to the Three Camel Lodge.

In the afternoon, drive to Bulgan Temple. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight accommodations.

Day 2: Yol Valley National Park

In the morning drive to Yol Valley National Park, cradled in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. An ancient river carved this surprisingly green valley, and its remnant streams create ice formations that sometimes persist as late as July. A hike through the valley leads to the habitat of indigenous vulture-like Lammergeiers, Altai snowcocks, ibex, yaks, and Argali mountain sheep. After exploring the valley, visit the local natural history museum for an overview of the flora and fauna of the surrounding area, and then drive back to the Three Camel Lodge.

In late afternoon, visit a nomadic family and learn more about their unique way of life. Mongolia is one of the last remaining horse-based nomadic cultures in the world, and its nomads—to this day—live off the Earth. They herd their livestock, moving from pasture to pasture, and their livelihood is still very much dependent on the land they inhabit.

Day 3: Cooking Class/Flaming Cliffs

NG exclusive experience: This morning, join the Three Camel Lodge chef to learn how to make buuz, Mongolian dumplings: a staple food of the Mongolian culture. Often filled with ground mutton, salt, and onion, the exterior flour shell of buuz is thick and frequently gathered into a shape similar to a drawstring jewelry purse. During the Lunar New Year celebration, families make thousands of these dumplings to celebrate this special holiday.

After lunch, travel to the legendary Flaming Cliffs (1 hour drive), named for the orange glow of the rock at sunset. It was here in 1923 that Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews and his exploration team from the American Museum of Natural History found the first nest of dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen. Although not obvious to the untrained eye, the red sandstone of the Flaming Cliffs is rich with dinosaur fossils and paleontological expeditions continue to make significant discoveries at this site.

Day 4: Fly to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.