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Sustainable tourism in Mongolia

Sustainable tourism is a mindset for us at Mongolia Travel & Tours, it has ever been one of the reasons for the creation of our own travel agency in Mongolia.

We wanted to better define our partnership with the nomadic families who welcome you, and who have become friends.

Direct compensation for services provided by these families (renting horses, guiding excursions, providing accommodation and meals during your stay...) is of course central to this partnership, and we ensure that it is as fair as possible.

The creation of Mongolia Travel & Tours has achieved an increase of 40% of the compensation of nomadic families we work with.

Securing the future of nomadic families

Our priorities are:

  • improving comfort and safety for nomadic families,
  • in accordance with the traditional lifestyle of the nomads of Mongolia.

For nomads, the impact of winter conditions is essential: a very cold winter (a "dzud") will decimate herds that provide the basis of everyday life and make the lives of nomads, especially young children who are not yet at school, very difficult.

In case of a dzud, hundreds of nomadic families loose everything, and have no other choice than leaving the steppe and go to Ulaanbaatar where they find a very poor life, with no job and no opportunity to find an affordable accommodation. That's the end of a millennial nomadic lifestyle.

This is an unpredictable external factor that we can help them to overcome by providing extra revenue from their touristic activities.

We are very proud to secure more than 30 nomadic families through our different activities: they rent us horses, yacks, camels, they guide our horse riding or hiking tours, they welcome you for our "Nomadic Life" tour, some of them are drivers ...

Restoring the pride

Beyond the revenue we - and you - provide to them, your hosts are very proud to see that you travel thousands of miles just to visit them, to see how they live their nomadic breeders life in the steppe.

Through their cellular phones, they have access to TV and internet, and their traditional way of life may appear to some of them as old fashioned. Lots of young nomads only dream of living in Ulaanbaatar, and here again it is the end of a millennial nomadic story.

Instead of being ashamed of living in the countryside, our nomadic families are proud again of their long history.

All our hikes, horse rides and tours are organized in Mongolia with the desire of mutual respect, which is the basis of a real meeting and a true exchange.

At Mongolia Travel & Tours, no fancy "fairtrade and sustainable tourism" label, we prefer effective action!

Our office in Mongolia

Mongolia Travel & Tours
/ Randocheval Mongolie LLC

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

Our office in France

Randocheval Mongolie
1645 route du Vernéa
38440 Moidieu Détourbe
+33 437 02 2000 (Monday to Friday)

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.