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Nomadic Expeditions Wilderness Camp

Orkhon Valley, Mongolia

At a Glance

  • A remote, private camp close to the ancient ruins of Mongolia’s first capital of Karakorum
  • Experience life on the remote Mongolian steppes, living as the nomadic tribes have done for centuries
  • Private gers are fitted with comfortable beds and traditional hand-carved furniture
  • Delicious twists on Mongolian cuisine prepared by the camp chef
  • Visit the ruins of Karakorum and Mongolia’s oldest monastery, Erdene Zuu

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The high-altitude steppe and pastures of Mongolia’s central region temper the extremes of temperature, making the summer months a pleasant and temperate time on the grassy plains. Stretching for 80 kilometres along the Orkhon River, the beautiful trails and wild landscapes are best explored from June to September, when daytime temperatures peak around 22° C, dropping at night whilst you sleep soundly in the warmth of your traditional ger. As the temperatures begin to plummet in the Autumn, many of the traditional camps close for the winter and the terrain becomes too frosty and challenging for horse treks across the steppe.

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Insider's View

Take a walk through the forested hills surrounding the Ger camp. Plenty of birdlife and wildlife to spot as well as fantastic views over the Orkhon Valley and river.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Nomadic Expeditions Wilderness Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Orkhon Valley and Central Mongolia

Description

Experience authentic Mongolia with a stay at a traditional nomadic ger camp, on the outskirts of the ancient ruins of Karakorum. Small touches of luxury, from hot showers to an elegant dining ger, bring refinement to the wilderness.

Perched on the slopes of Shankh Mountain, close to the ruins of Mongolia’s ancient capital city, the Nomadic Expeditions Wilderness Camp offers a unique opportunity to experience the traditional way of life on the vast Mongolian steppes. With no real settlements for miles around, the vast open skies and gently swaying grassland surround this private camp, allowing a rare glimpse into life at the edge of civilisation. Each of the tents, or ‘gers’, are constructed in the traditional style, from wood and canvas, with plenty of space for a comfortable double bed and handmade furniture. Beds are cosy and draped in locally made blankets and soft linens, and they are heated by wood burning stove during the colder spells at night. There are two shared bathroom gers, with plush towels, warm robes and hairdryers, and hot water for a short shower, complete with biodegradable toiletries.

Meals are prepared and served in the main dining ger at the heart of the camp, drawing inspiration from traditional Mongolian dishes such as ‘shorlog’, a traditional barbeque and ‘chansan mah’, or boiled meat on the bone. Warming, hearty fare is the cuisine of choice in Mongolia and the camp chefs work hard to produce elegant and refined versions of local dishes. Western fare is also served alongside the more local cuisine.

Spend your days exploring the steppe on horseback, visiting the remarkable ruins of Karakorum, a once great city, or soaking up the peaceful atmosphere at Erdene Zuu, Mongolia’s oldest monastery.

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Accommodation

The camp’s gers are constructed in the same way the nomadic tribespeople of Mongolia have been building their dwellings for centuries. These round tents are private, spacious and comfortable, with double beds, a small wash basin and a wood burning stove. A generator creates enough electricity for personal electronic items such as cameras and phones to be charged in your ger.

Activities

Days will be spent exploring the steppes and being immersed in Mongolia’s rich nomadic culture. Visit the ruins of Karakorum, marvel at the spirituality of Erdene Zuu, Mongolia’s oldest working monastery, and explore the stunning grasslands and low-lying mountains of the Orkhon Valley National Park.

Experiences

  • Erdene Zuu and Kharakorum Museum

    Visit the remains of Kharakhorum, once the capital of the Mongol Empire and a vital city in the history of the Silk Road, whilst the nearby Erdene Zuu monastery harks back to this ancient time but still remains an active Buddhist monastery.

  • Hustain Nuruu National Park

    Visit Hustain Nuruu National Park, one of Mongolia's national parks known for being the home of the last remaining species of wild horse - Przewalski's horse.

Holiday Ideas

  • Highlights of Mongolia with Naadam Festival

    Ulaanbaatar, Orkhon Valley, Gobi Desert, Ulaanbaatar

    from £9400 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights

    • Get away from the common tourist trail with this 10 day Mongolian adventure
    • Experience Naadam Festival, Mongolia's largest traditional festival showcasing competitions in three sports of wrestling, horse racing and archery over three days
    • Discover the spectacular and varied landscape of the Gobi Desert including lush valleys, fiery-red desert cliffs, sand dunes and rocky mountains

Location & directions

Orkhon Valley, Mongolia

The Karakorum Private Ger Camp lies on the slopes of Shankh Mountain, close to the ruins of Karakorum. The camp can be reached in approximately 5 hours by road from Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar.

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Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Nomadic Expeditions Wilderness Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Orkhon Valley and Central Mongolia

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