About Mongolia

 

What to expect on the trip

You will be traveling through rough terrain and sleeping many nights in local-style ger accommodations, using Ulaanbaatar as a center. A ger is a traditional Mongolian home, the size of a ger depends on the number of fences. Average ger has 4-5 walls amounting to a diameter of 5-7m. They are made of pliable wood and are tied to each other with ropes. Each ger is typically one circular room with beds accommodation four to six guests.  Your hotel in Ulaanbaatar will have full conveniences including internet access, direct international dial phone lines and other modern amenities. Satellite phones may be available at some camps. Our planned itinerary utilizes local flights to cover the longest distances, but we will still travel extensively in 4x4 vehicles. It is likely that daytime temperatures on some days will be over 90 degrees F or 32 degrees C. The average temperature of year in Ulaanbaatar is 63 degrees F or 20 degrees C. You can expect extensive contact with local people, excellent photography, opportunities to observe and study local wildlife and chances to explore natural environments on foot. Due to limitations of transportation, participants should pack light, confining travel luggage to no more than 15 kg/33 lbs.

What you will need on the trip:

A complete checklist will be provided. We suggest good sun protection, digital camera, binoculars, lightweight hiking shoes and quick dry clothing. Though the climate is generally dry, July is the wettest month in Mongolia.

Due to rare factors beyond our control we reserve the right to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit. Normally, we include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, land accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary.

Costs not included in the price includes some meals as noted in the itineraries, transfers if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, liquor; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes, visas, airfares, gratuities and insurance, excess baggage charges 15kg or 33lbs, optional activity costs, personal equipment, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control.

If a trip must be extended or an itinerary modified due to weather, road conditions, lack of transportation, political or civil disputes, medical emergency or other causes beyond our control, all associated costs including any no recoverable costs are not included in the trip rates or refunds. You must obtain trip cancellation insurance to cover these costs.

Good physical and mental health conditions are important for the enjoyment of these trips. In many cases participants travel in rugged areas remote from modern medical facilities. Good physical conditioning is recommended as preparation for all trips. Most trips require some walking. By forwarding the deposit and signed Reservation Form, the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/her or other passengers. It is essential that any participant with a medical condition requiring regular treatment or which may be affected by vigorous activity, high altitude, heat, cold, other natural phenomenon, or particular foods, notify Y&M Travel and the trip leaders in writing at the time of deposit.