Adventurous Things to Do in Ulaanbaatar

THE 10 BEST Adventurous Things to Do in Ulaanbaatar

Best Adventurous Things to Do in Ulaanbaatar

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  • KingNk K
    1 contribution
    Joined tour 9/10/23 ~25/10/23 -16d Reindeer tour with Sunpath Mongolia.  Arrived mid-night n Ms Dolijmaa had arranged my pick up. Hostel n room were well maintained. Tour guide Mando was very professional n fluent in english. He prepared all food in Mongolian style -good experience for us - Vietnamese, Sporean n Australian. Kept us warm throughout (heavy snowing at Reindeer village -Tsaatan family. We even climbed up the mountain, walked abt 4-5 km,  searching for Reindeer's whereabout - an unforgettable experience). Our driver/s were fantastic -navigated w/o GPS. Horse (10hrs) n camel riding was pretty easy (a bit worried at first becose of my backache problem).  Whole trip was fantastic - understood Mongolian culture, Buddhism  n long history, Tsaatan nomadic life n their warm hospitality,  Takhi reintroduction project - we're very very lucky to have good closed shots on Przewalski horses. Highly Recommended a reliable and staff professional service. Aiming Gobi tour later.
    Written 9 January 2024
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  • EastmeetsWestAB
    London, UK1,475 contributions
    We have asked this tour company to come up with a 9 to 10 days tour. The arrangement was perfect and we managed to see a lot of sites even in the winter time. Remember to bring your snow boots to walk.

    The walk up to the sand dunes was harf work. I only managed to do over 3/4 of this. My other half completed the full length. The view was amazing.

    Being able to see wild animals and stay in local Ger camp is fun. What an experience. The local hotels are ok. Some really do need somd improvements. The local people is fun to speak to.

    A trip really worth every single moments
    Written 2 January 2024
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  • Jacob S
    2 contributions
    Most tourists seem to go to stepperiders for the horse training, then rent a horse & go off on their own, but doing the tour meant we could learn away from base camp, plus our great guides Hishka (SP?) & Nema (sp?) did all the real work looking after the horses. Stepperiders own a plethora of horses, & they pick out ones for your style & ability levels. And if you & your horse don't get along, they'll easily swap one out.

    After this trek, we spent a night at base camp, where their new chef cooks amazing food & a welcome change from the mountains of mutton we had on your, then set off on a couple weeks tiki touring in a van. I recommend adding days to any of the pre package tours they have, as it is a lot of driving! But you see a lot of the country, from the Gobi to lakes to volcanoes to quaint little towns & museums. Our driver was hilarious despite his low level of English, and his wife gave birth to his baby girl a couple days before we returned (yay Togo!) & Our hard working & helpful guide Hishka joined us again.

    Worth noting that there are several added expenses, for things like hot pools that seemed included in the tour description. Also the description said we could ride reindeer if our guides manage to find reindeer herders in the north. Our great guides used all their contacts in the area & found a group with about a dozen reindeer. However, you can't ride then until fall as their bones are brittle after the long weekend. Perhaps this should be changed in the tour description.

    All in all, good people & good times. Much better than getting lost in your own (which you definitely would).
    Written 16 August 2019
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  • Jouni L
    Espoo, Finland14 contributions
    It says that planning a trip is part of the trip itself.

    Mongolia has been a long-term dream for me and my wife, which finally came true through Goyo Travel.

    Big thanks to Olly, who patiently answered our questions and thoughts. As a result, we got a 13-day trip tailored just for us, which also went according to plan. Special thanks to the guide for this, Jak, who in a good mood explained what we saw in different parts of Mongolia. He also introduced us to the local food, drink and customs culture. And helped with the local souveris (including food and local drinks). I especially appreciate that I felt that there were no topics that could not be talked about.

    As a preconceived notion, we had that Mongolia is a beautiful country, but still its beauty positively surprised us.
    The lack of trees, the infinity of the landscape is of course a bad thing in terms of desertification, but on the other hand it is very telling and beautiful. The sand and clay formations, like the dunes of the Gobi, were forever imprinted on the heart. As well as the wonderful rock formations and the horses, camels, yaks, sheep and goats lying in the valleys.

    The different gers gave a small taste of the nomadic life, and our fondest memories were the more basic gers, where we were either by candlelight, or we kept the ger warm with help of a fire place.
    Of course, in the luxurious bed of a luxury ger, it was amazing to think that "hey, we're really in Mongolia".

    A strong recommendation to go to Mongolia, go and make a unique – once in a lifetime trip - with Goyo Travel
    Written 6 January 2024
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  • racegaskin
    Stokesley, UK1 contribution
    Our group of 8 had a awesome time doing the White Lake tour with Nomadic off road
    All the staff were friendly helpful and well organised
    It was an experience that will never be forgotten and would recommend anyone thinking about it to make the effect
    Thanks Nomadic for looking after us all
    John from North Yorkshire
    Written 24 October 2023
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  • camuche123
    Brussels, Belgium569 contributions
    Reliable people. Good car, driver and very good guide. Will try to come back in summer for gobi desert and go through them.
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • SiokGhee
    Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
    We are a family of 4 with 19yo and 9yo girls. We booked a 5-day tour with New Milestone covering Ulaanbaatar, Terelj, Elsen Tasarkhai (Mini Gobi), Kharkhorin. We did camel rides, horse rides, sand dune sledding. Visited the Chinggis Khan statue, museums, ancient monasteries and even a mini Naadam Festival. The most interesting parts of the tour were the visits to the homes of the local nomads. Every nomadic family is so welcoming with hot tea always ready, plus a spread of their homemade yogurt, butter and Mongolian snacks. Their gers are the same yet different in many ways. They are so open and friendly to share about their nomadic livelihood to foreigners like us. Fun activities aside, I had a great time learning about their culture and now have great respect for the Mongolians I’ve met. Many history books have probably portrayed the Mongolians as aggressive warriors. But they are actually survivors in the harsh environments and a friendly bunch.
    Written 14 November 2023
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  • Cynthia
    2 contributions
    This adventure-packed trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways! We wanted to really understand Mongolian culture and get a feel of this fascinating and historic country that Genghis Kahn made so famous, through our experiences and interactions with locals. Terelj created a special tour that did that!

    I went with my 22-year-old son who enjoyed everything as much as I did, and despite some long drives, the landscape was so riveting that neither of us was ever bored. Our trip included 2 home-stays with nomads where we learned to cook local food and actually make "vodka" together from fermented milk (really interesting and so much fun!), camel riding in the desert, hiking up to ancient monasteries that were destroyed and long abandoned, horseback riding along some of the most beautiful terrain I've ever seen, searching for the only remaining wild horses (we eventually found them and watched as they almost walked right in front of us), and visiting some important historical sites such as the ancient capital of Karakorum. All this in 4 days.

    The accommodations were always very comfortable (note that staying with Nomads is more like camping, which was fine with us), and the entire trip was exceedingly well-planned, with enough flexibility to include some off-the-beaten-path adventures along the way. Our guide, “Ching” was absolutely outstanding – totally fluent in English, incredibly knowledgeable, eager to answer all of our many questions – as well as a total delight to spend time with. Our driver, while not as fluent in English, had a good sense of humor and rounded out our 4-some very nicely. The SUV was modern and made traveling over dirt roads – or sometimes no roads at all – possible.

    In short, the trip was “A+” in every regard. I cannot recommend Selena Travel and Terelj (who runs the company) more highly. A trip of a lifetime.

    Written 7 October 2023
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  • Ernest Khoo
    3 contributions
    One of the best decisions made was to go to Mongolia and an even better decision was to engage Travel Buddies for our winter tour.

    Our guide Tamir and driver Muugii were stellar at their jobs and they made us feel right at home wherever we went. We weren’t seasoned travellers but the care and attention to detail provided by the company was really top-notch and we had such a good time exploring Mongolia!
    Written 26 January 2024
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  • Anelena
    1 contribution
    I had a "travel" experience on Zoom with Bachi. He was wonderful and I was so grateful for the experience. The only problem was Moneygram not excepting additional on-line experiences with Bachi.
    Written 27 August 2020
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  • JuliaHubbel
    Eugene, OR847 contributions
    Jen Buttery, who is the operations manager (and my guide on my first trip with them to Kazakhstan in 2017) planned and organized a full month in Mongolia as a private custom trip. This entailed a lengthy drive through the Gobi where we camped on the open steppes, climbed sand dunes and visited camel families. She arranged for me to interview a number of fascinating women who are running their own businesses (I'm a journalist) and then, I flew west. I stayed with two different families, one in a ger where I was able to herd sheep and goats as well as immerse myself in family life. Then to a huntress' farm, where I spent days doing chores and playing with their baby camel Gogo. We topped off the trip with two days at the Eagle Festival. I was even able to fit in a few more camel rides and a horse ride. There were some bumps along the way which is predictable for such a long trip, but I came home with priceless memories as well as many new friends. It would be hard to express the value of the experience of living in a ger, waking up to a camel right outside your door, a white guard dog that leaps in circles in joy when you come out into the wind, and being able to go eye-to-eye with a golden eagle who views you as sushi.
    Written 24 November 2019
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  • seamusandfi
    Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
    Based on a friends recommendation our family and a few friends took a day trip biking on and alongside the frozen Tuul River with Mongolian Expeditions. The communication, and organisation by Ariunaa prior to the trip was excellent. The trip was a unique experience being able to cycle on the ice with special tyres and experience the winter wonderland that is Mongolia. I found it harder than I expected, especially getting through the snow on the ice but with our able guide Aldra helping us through it was a great experience. Morning tea and lunch were excellent and we enjoyed the simplicity of being collected from one spot and delivered back. We were fortunate to have a warmer day even though below zero and it did still feel cold at times but hand and feet warmers were helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed this trip and our experience with Mongolian Expeditions.
    Written 19 February 2024
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  • nicoleke
    Washington DC, DC50 contributions
    We had an absolutely incredible trip with Eternal Landscapes. We were two families traveling together - with five kids from age 9 to 14. Jess and her team worked with us to create an amazing itinerary. What we appreciated most was the fact that Eternal Landscapes is not luxury travel. We were able to connect with our host families and get off the beaten path. Our guides and drivers were so caring and went above and beyond. Really can't recommend them highly enough!
    Written 16 November 2023
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  • egnaliushuhui
    Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
    What a trip of a lifetime! It's epic, adventurous and very eye opening. Tulga, our tour guide had planned a great itinerary that is varied, interesting and experiential! He is also a great photographer who had helped me take some nice photos. He took great care of all of us. Bata, our trusty driver, is such a cool chap who can find a lost charging cable in the middle of the vast Mongolia landscape! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Highly recommend Nomadic Trails to all who seeks an adventure in the great expanse of Mongolia!
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • rob103
    Atlanta, GA161 contributions
    My wife and I travel internationally extensively (72 countries so far, and still counting!), and our recent trip to Mongolia was one of our favorites. Our main objective was the Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Olgii, which was fabulous and exceeded our expectations. Other aspects of the trip were just as enjoyable, thanks in large part to our marvelous guide--Serjee--who was with us for the entire trip. We were pleasantly surprised by how modern Ulaanbaatar was, with its fine hotels, restaurants and museums. We also loved our time in the Gobi Desert, and the luxury ger accommodations at Gobi Nomad Lodge were excellent. We really enjoyed the two cultural shows that we attended in Bayan-Olgii and Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian and Kazakh people we encountered during our trip were most kind and hospitable. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure who would enjoy seeing a part of Asia that few Americans experience.
    Written 12 December 2023
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