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Simple tips when you meet the nomads in Mongolia

All our tours, hikes and rides include a more or less long stay with a nomadic family in the steppes of Mongolia...

It is even often one of the main reasons which pushed the curious traveler to undertake a journey to Mongolia.

But once in the yurt, in front of these men, women and children who do not speak any other language than Mongolian, and who share no cultural mark with us, how not feel a little lost, as in the movie " Lost in Translation "?...

Don't worry: your English-speaking guide will always be there as Ambassador, and you will quickly discover by yourself how to establish the contact with your hosts.

How to establish contact with a nomadic family

Simple tips will help you, especially with the children.

Be creative, do not stay in a role of simple spectator, get involved: for example, if you take some paper and coloured pencils, do not distribute them to the children as a Santa Claus! Do as Hélène on this picture, sit with them and draw too. Guaranteed giggles when you will compare your drawings!

Still with paper, you can try origamis which will amaze kids and parents.

Learn simple magic tricks before leaving, your success is guaranteed, in the evening around the stove!

Ask your guide to teach you how to play jacks and other traditional games for the evenings in the yurt with your nomadic friends.

Dare to sing, the Mongols adore it and the evening can end in a crazy karaoke!!!

Ask the women if you can help them to milk animals, to prepare the meal...

Ask the men if you can help them with the herds...


Be curious and open minded, try as much as possible to be an actor instead of a spectator, so that this journey turns into a real human adventure for you, reinventing the simplicity and the happiness to be together...
And do not hesitate to send us your good ideas to share with other travellers!

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Mongolia Travel & Tours
/ Randocheval Mongolie LLC

8 toot, 33 bair, Erkhuugiin gudamj
7r khoroo, Sukhbaatar duureg
Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA

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IMPORTANT - Flights in Mongolia

Be aware that very few airlines go to Mongolia, flights are therefore quickly fully booked, especially between June and September. Book at least 6 months in advance to have the best air fares.
If your luggage has been delayed, the airlines do NOT deliver it in Mongolia, they keep it available in Ulan Bator. If your tour has already started, and you are already in the Orkhon Valley for example, it can be very expensive to deliver it.
We can do it for you at extra cost:
- 50 € for a delivery inside Ulan Bator
- 100 € for a delivery in Hustai
- 200 € for a delivery in Khogno Khan
- 300 € for a delivery in Karakorum, the Orkhon Valley or Arkhangai
- 400 € for a delivery at Lake Khövsgöl or in the Gobi Desert
This cost includes the driver & the vehicle for 1 or 2 days depending on the distance + fuel for the vehicule for the round trip + meals and accommodation for the driver if the roundtrip is more than 1 day.
If your flight is late, the same rates apply if you need a private transfer.