Internationally Awarded and Recognized by NATGEO, Lonely Planet, Ashoka Changemakers, Give2Asia, UNESCAP, and more!
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GER to GER's eco-friendly rural operations leave virtually no carbon footprints beyond normal traditional practices.
Locals maintain 99% of GER to GER's nationwide operations.
Today more than 100+ jobs have been created for rural inhabitants.
All community assets are being mobilized into productive social economic usages.
Averagely 80% of GER to GER's annual revenues are re-invested into rural advancement both Domestically and Internationally! As of today, $200,000+ USD have been directly allocated to participating nomadic families across Mongolia.
With 6,000+ travelers, GER to GER maintains over 99% health and safety via its pre-departure trainings apart of our Responsible Travel Mission.
Responsible Community Based Cultural Eco Tourism at its Best!

Featured Trips Categories

  • Horseback Trips
  • Treks
  • Gobi Desert
  • Overland Trips
  • Communities
  • Incentives
Mongolia GER to GER Horseback Riding Trip

Horseback Riding in Mongolia along GER to GER Nomadic Travel Routes throughout the country is an experience that many should not miss! These custom-made routes are designed with in the input of our nomadic communities that are tailored to take you off the beaten path and safely show you the local wonders of their geographical terrains. We have horseback riding trips for families and for the more skilled and adventurous. 

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Mongolia GER to GER Trekking Trips, Tours and Vacations

Trekking Trips in Mongolia along GER to GER's nomadic networks offers beginners and more advanced trekkers an opportunity to uniquely experience Mongolia. You have a choice to trek along nomadic routes and camp near nomadic families in remote regions of Mongolia or have a local Mongolian nomad guide you deep into remote locations from camp site to camp site. We have trekking trips for the first timers and for the more adventurous. 

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Gobi Desert

GER to GER offers numerous trips, treks and overland tours across Mongolia's Gobi Desert. You have independent and group tour options that range from budget trips to more mid range for those that desire jeeps, translators and some overnights at remote ger camps. These Desert Trips are designed for anyone as they are all moderately adventurous that combines the best of community based tourism and leisure travel.

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Overland Travel in Mongolia

GER to GER maintains its eco travel policy in overland travel by combining community based activities, highlights of Mongolia and other travel experiences to ensure that all our trips offer the best geographical and cultural adventure. It is our aim to tailor make itineraries that are well balanced to ensure that your time in Mongolia is spent outside of the vehicle well spent rather than just zipping you across the country. Our overland trips great for everyone and truly adventurous!

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GER to GER Communities

The foundation of GER to GER is our community based travel itineraries, trips and tours around Mongolia! All our travel packages have been uniquely designed with nomadic families and rural communities via our eco travel workshops. These itineraries highlight the best of the region, culture, local events, geography and more via the 'eyes' and experiences of the local people. Averagely around 80% of revenues generated from these trips are given back as "rural advancement" which includes: salaries, workshops, marketing, etc.

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GER to GER Incentives

GER to GER, though a social economic driving force of good, enjoys creating value for travelers thus generating more revenues and incomes for our rural communities throughout Mongolia. On this page you will find all our latest offers, discounts and incentives!

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GER to GER Mongolia | Community Based Ecotourism | Horseback Riding | Trekking | Overland Travel | Homestays

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GER TO GER = 99% SUCCESS!

(Dataset involving 3,000+ clients with less than 1% online authentic client complaints over 6 years
via Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor
) 

 A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to YOU! 
You are on your way to becoming a responsible explorer, cultural ecotourism ambassador and changemaker!

Hi my name is Zanjan Fromer, CEO/Founder, I operate a nationwide community based ecotourism initiative across Mongolia that responsibly returns approximately 70%-80% of generated annual revenues to locals as apart of our sustainable livelihoods mission which is audited by the Mongolian Government. As you may be aware, GER to GER has received numerous international awards and honors: National Geographic Society, Ashoka’s Changemakers, UNESCAP, WHL Travel, Tour Dust, etc.

Today GER to GER Agency operates in-behalf both nomadic families and rural communities across 11,000 square kilometers that includes deserts, open pastures, mountain ranges and river valleys throughout the country. Since the 2005 implementation, GER to GER has successfully managed its nationwide social economic development efforts by creating linkages between international travelers and the inhabitants of Mongolia via our vast methodologies (business linkages development, workshops for both nomads and travelers, etc.). In addition to the financial contributions to locals, advancement of small medium enterprise development, rural job market diversification and much more; here are just a few success stories from thousands:

1. More than a million dollars has been directly injected into the local economies

2. Extremely remote nomadic communities have been systematically included into the initiatives sustainably

3. Rural children and youth that could not access health and education owing to poverty are now sustainably receiving healthcare and higher education

4. Young adults of nomadic families that never could afford university education are now studying and even graduating from undergraduate programs

5. Costly outreach health initiatives that benefit a few hundred nomads/locals have been enhanced to reach between 4,000 to 5,000 at 1/10 the traditional cost

6. Families that could not afford medical care have paid for surgeries once considered not to be possible owing to lack of finances

7. Diversification of rural job markets owing to the increase level of demand on local supply has generated new opportunities

8. Rural nomadic families that suffered from climatic disasters had been supported throughout the Middle Gobi Desert for a month to assist stabilizing their livelihoods

9. Today we operate over 11,000 square kilometers across Mongolia (nearly 7,000 miles of operational terrain: mountains, deserts, pasture lands, steppes, valleys, etc.)

10. Today over 6,000 international travelers have been trained on Responsible EcoTravel and GeoTourism; to which rural health and safety is well above 99% since 2005 till today.

11. Today nomadic families and rural community members across Mongolia receive free vocational trainings on ecotourism and more! 

Zanjan Fromer and GER to GER Honors Include

2008-2014 Lonely Planet “…most innovative tourism concept in Mongolia, …top of every traveller’s wish list…” 
2006-2014 Lonely Planet – Trans-Siberian Guide Book
2006, 2012, 2013 Short list of Zanjan Fromer – IMDb – International Film Database
2012 National Geographic’s “World’s Best Travel Experiences” #8 – GERtoGER.org
2010 Recognized by National Geographic as one of World’s Innovative Travel Entrepreneurs
2009 Top Ten Global Finalist of National Geographic Society and Ashoka Changemakers “Power of Place” GeoTourism Challenge – Global Finalists Guide Book
2009 National Geographic Society Weekend Broadcast: Geotourism Challenge finalist Zanjan Fromer is the founder and executive director of Ger to Ger. Fromer joins Boyd in the studio to talk geotourism in Mongolia and how you too can be a nomad in the Gobi Desert.
2009-10 TourDust Scholarship Winners
2009 WHL Travel’s Urban Adventures Award
2008 Officially recognized case study by UNESCAP at its Sixty-third session – Refer to Document Page  14
2007 Officially awarded a USAID Grant to develop the Middle Gobi Desert Region of Mongolia
2006 Officially selected to host the CBS's The Amazing Race in Terelj National Park's GER to GER Nomadic Families
2005 Officially award a Swiss Agency for International Development grant to develop Arhangai Provice

1 Know the Difference Film
2 Travel Film
GER to GER - The History
GER to GER Mongolia | Community Based Ecotourism | Horseback Riding | Trekking | Overland Travel | Homestays
National Geographic Society Explorers Take Action
Our Achievements
Our Succeses
Some of our GER to GER Communities and Nomadic Families' Testimonies
The One Dollar Fund for Children

GER to GER - The History

GER to GER is more of a long life journey of experiences and observations that started with nothing more than a feeling inside me that we have to do something more then what is currently being done. Social economic development cannot be stalled, nor hampered, nor interfered, nor stopped owing to an array of financial and social political related constraints within a given country. This feeling was solidified more so after my works with the United States Agency for International Developments (USAID) The Competiveness Initiative; I can never forget all the fantastic works we carried out nor the incredible feeling of disappointment being the last person standing in an empty office. In the years to follow, this feeling was further fortified as I personally witnessed numerous rural communities also being closed down owing to the lack of donor funds being available and the lack of proper/sustainable market linkages. In the ciaos of closing communities, private sector entities were swooping in like vultures cannibalizing years of works and millions of international donor funds. These very Mongolia Tour Operators would then go publically claiming to the internationally community that they carried out the works and often publicized community based tours, etc. to unethically advance their company into other markets; sometimes the lack of ethics would make you just sick. Often my early development works took me across Mongolias vast geographical terrains where I chatted with many nomadic people about the current benefits reaching them via the tourism industry; my personal findings were shocking. It was from this point onwards that I dedicated roughly three years, on and off, towards developing the first concepts of GER to GER in my lonely office room from 2003-2005. 

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GER to GER Mongolia | Community Based Ecotourism | Horseback Riding | Trekking | Overland Travel | Homestays

GER TO GER = 99% SUCCESS!

(Dataset involving 3,000+ clients with less than 1% online authentic client complaints over 6 years
via Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor
) 

 A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to YOU! 
You are on your way to becoming a responsible explorer, cultural ecotourism ambassador and changemaker!

Hi my name is Zanjan Fromer, CEO/Founder, I operate a nationwide community based ecotourism initiative across Mongolia that responsibly returns approximately 70%-80% of generated annual revenues to locals as apart of our sustainable livelihoods mission which is audited by the Mongolian Government. As you may be aware, GER to GER has received numerous international awards and honors: National Geographic Society, Ashoka’s Changemakers, UNESCAP, WHL Travel, Tour Dust, etc.

Today GER to GER Agency operates in-behalf both nomadic families and rural communities across 11,000 square kilometers that includes deserts, open pastures, mountain ranges and river valleys throughout the country. Since the 2005 implementation, GER to GER has successfully managed its nationwide social economic development efforts by creating linkages between international travelers and the inhabitants of Mongolia via our vast methodologies (business linkages development, workshops for both nomads and travelers, etc.). In addition to the financial contributions to locals, advancement of small medium enterprise development, rural job market diversification and much more; here are just a few success stories from thousands:

1. More than a million dollars has been directly injected into the local economies

2. Extremely remote nomadic communities have been systematically included into the initiatives sustainably

3. Rural children and youth that could not access health and education owing to poverty are now sustainably receiving healthcare and higher education

4. Young adults of nomadic families that never could afford university education are now studying and even graduating from undergraduate programs

5. Costly outreach health initiatives that benefit a few hundred nomads/locals have been enhanced to reach between 4,000 to 5,000 at 1/10 the traditional cost

6. Families that could not afford medical care have paid for surgeries once considered not to be possible owing to lack of finances

7. Diversification of rural job markets owing to the increase level of demand on local supply has generated new opportunities

8. Rural nomadic families that suffered from climatic disasters had been supported throughout the Middle Gobi Desert for a month to assist stabilizing their livelihoods

9. Today we operate over 11,000 square kilometers across Mongolia (nearly 7,000 miles of operational terrain: mountains, deserts, pasture lands, steppes, valleys, etc.)

10. Today over 6,000 international travelers have been trained on Responsible EcoTravel and GeoTourism; to which rural health and safety is well above 99% since 2005 till today.

11. Today nomadic families and rural community members across Mongolia receive free vocational trainings on ecotourism and more! 

Zanjan Fromer and GER to GER Honors Include

2008-2014 Lonely Planet “…most innovative tourism concept in Mongolia, …top of every traveller’s wish list…” 
2006-2014 Lonely Planet – Trans-Siberian Guide Book
2006, 2012, 2013 Short list of Zanjan Fromer – IMDb – International Film Database
2012 National Geographic’s “World’s Best Travel Experiences” #8 – GERtoGER.org
2010 Recognized by National Geographic as one of World’s Innovative Travel Entrepreneurs
2009 Top Ten Global Finalist of National Geographic Society and Ashoka Changemakers “Power of Place” GeoTourism Challenge – Global Finalists Guide Book
2009 National Geographic Society Weekend Broadcast: Geotourism Challenge finalist Zanjan Fromer is the founder and executive director of Ger to Ger. Fromer joins Boyd in the studio to talk geotourism in Mongolia and how you too can be a nomad in the Gobi Desert.
2009-10 TourDust Scholarship Winners
2009 WHL Travel’s Urban Adventures Award
2008 Officially recognized case study by UNESCAP at its Sixty-third session – Refer to Document Page  14
2007 Officially awarded a USAID Grant to develop the Middle Gobi Desert Region of Mongolia
2006 Officially selected to host the CBS's The Amazing Race in Terelj National Park's GER to GER Nomadic Families
2005 Officially award a Swiss Agency for International Development grant to develop Arhangai Provice

National Geographic Society Explorers Take Action

National Geographic Society's | Explorers Take Action

National Geographic's Explorers Take features hundreds of amazing efforts to reduce human suffering, protect plants and animals, preserve cultures, and more. National Geographic has launched a sweeping new website to highlight and support the heroic work being done by nonprofits around the world to solve problems facing people and nature. The Explorers Take Action connects people to causes and grassroots projects, enabling those who want to do good to volunteer, donate, advocate, and spread the word about on-the-ground efforts to improve our planet.

Sharing our passion for travel, exploration and development.

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Our Achievements

At GER to GER we operate as travel industry experts, social economic developers and film media specialists supporting Mongolia's nomadic populations and their rural communities. Via the diversity of our skills within our Agency, we assist our communities throughout Mongolia to systematically link to the greater international tourism industry in order to generate greatly needed alternative incomes to sustain their livelihoods. On and off for a course of three years prior to its rapid and successfully implementation in June 2005, GER to GER was designed uniquely for Mongolia. Since then, GER to GER has successfully expanded across 11,000 square kilometers of Mongolia (around 10 Provinces). Within our operational locations, GER to GER spans across a very massive geographic terrain of mountains, deserts, river valleys, pasture lands, steppes and more! You can only begin to imagine what awesome cultural eco adventures we all have designed.

Today GER to GER (traditional nomadic dwelling) has become Mongolia’s only and last surviving internationally donor funded community-based tourism initiative (according to its original master plan - I'm still here) to successfully maintain its sustainability via private sector. GER to GER has become the definitive cultural eco tourism agency for rural communities, inhabitants and nomadic families to systematically link to the global tourism industry as well for international travelers and operators to ethically link and support Responsible Tourism in Mongolia. Since June 2005 till today, GER to GER continues to be officially recognized by a wide variety of international institutions and like-minded individuals that includes the Swiss Agency for International Development (SDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mercy Corps International, Recording Artist Ms. Loreena McKennitt, Asian Foundation’s Give2Asia.org, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), National Geographic Society USA-D.C., National Geographic Society’s Explorers Take Action, Ashoka Changemakers, Global Giving, WHL Travel, Lonely Planet, Rough Riders, Trailblazers and more!

With our local travel knowledge and rural human resources that span vast geographical terrains coupled with our multi-industry development expertise, it allows us to custom tailor travel experiences effectively with communities thus ensuring eco sensitivity, less impact on culture, value for money, etc. By partnering with GER to GER you will be directly supporting our Responsible Eco Tourism mission throughout Mongolia & beyond and in return highlighting your commitment towards Responsible Travel and Tourism; KNOW YOUR PRODUCTS - purchase locally, purchase ethically and purchase responsibly!

 

Our Succeses

Know the GER to GER Difference; here are some of our Successes:

  • 99% rurally operated
  • Expanded across 11,000 sq. kilometers of Mongolia
  • Rural operations leave virtually no carbon footprints
  • At own expense over 99% of human resources are being trained by GER to GER now
  • With 6,000+ travelers, GER to GER maintains over 99% health & safety via its pre-depature Responsible Travel trainings
  • GER to GER continues to finance/joint-finance social economic initiatives for nomadic communities
  • Assisted 26 families, in Gobi Region, during massive climatic winter disaster (food, hay, etc.)
  • Carried out open health clinic for 4,000+ locals in association with a Korean Doctors without borders N.G.O.
  • Assisted over 50+ children to access higher education
  • Continues to assist in job market diversification
  • Today more than 100+ jobs have been created for rural inhabitants
  • Annually, with partners, 200+ bags of trash are being collected as apart of our river conservation initiative
  • As of today, $200,000+ USD have been directly allocated to participating nomadic families across Mongolia
  • And more! 

Some of our GER to GER Communities and Nomadic Families' Testimonies

Arhangai Province

On June 2005, three weeks after receiving a grant from the Swiss Development Center, Ger to Ger Team had carried out its first rapid rural asset mapping, field surveys and analysis, rural training of nomadic families and community stakeholders, designed its first marketing brochure, and sent out its first family of four on the newly established travel route. Over the next few months, with no previous marketing works, Ger to Ger had nearly sent out over 60 travelers in the first year. Within 4 months of the project implementation Ger to Ger had double and in some cases tripled the annual cash incomes of its participating families.

Mr. Batmunkh, Local Facilitator - "Ger to Ger contributed to our household income and we could pay our two sons’ University tuitions."

Mr. Batdelger, Nomadic Herder - "I am happy that I did have earned enough money from Ger to Ger to spend for my daughter’s health when she was giving birth."

Bulgan Province

In April 2007, Bulgan was the third self-financed implemented expansion route of Ger to Ger. This is the second route that Ger to Ger decided to implement within a competitive tourism region with the goal of working with nomadic families to provide an alternative working framework for locals.

Mrs. Ichinhorloo, Local Facilitator - "It has improved my household income and language knowledge. Ger to Ger project was very helpful to finish our small house construction in Rashaant village."

Mrs. Dulamsuren, Nomadic Herder - "Our household increased. So now, I can pay my son’s tuition. I also purchased a new ger for my second son’ family."

Darhan Uul Province

Spring 2009, well after a year and a half of observing the seasonal changes and migration of nomadic families to the surrounding Selenge Province, Darhan Uul (dead-center of Selenge Province) is a classic example of many regions of Mongolia that have GeoTourism assets and service suppliers but lack training, linkages, marketing, and etc. Its is for this prime reason that Ger to Ger is starting to work closely with the local government and other public-private sectors to bring about a symbiotic-regional approach towards GeoTourism development.

Dundgovi Province

In spring of 2006, USAID Director - Skip Waskins, had taken Ger to Ger to the next level by funding our Dundgovi Regional works via Mercy Corps International at a time when serious droughts were (and still are) hitting this Gobi region of Mongolia. Within a few months, Ger to Ger had established three community routes extending from the eastern region all the way to the south western region of Dundgovi - amazingly enough within two years Ger to Ger had recovered the donor grant amount towards the local economy. As of today, Dundgovi piloted and established the first regional route and has maintained its sustainability with annual increases of visitors every year. Starting winter 2009, CAMDA (Cambridge Appeal for Development in Mongolia) has co-financed the western Dundgovi expansion of Ger to Ger.

Mr. Tsembeldorj, Nomadic Herder - "Household income increased. Earned income spend for my health."

Mr. Chimiddorj, Nomadic Herder - "Our household income has increased. So now, I can pay my daughter’s tuition. I have learned many things during the training and project."

Ms. Oyunerdene, Nomadic Herder - "Ger to Ger project gave very good influences, a job and opportunity to learn foreign language etc, to my life. I have learned how to implement SME, communicate with domestic partners and travelers, become responsible, etc. In future, I will implement them. In addition, I have very nice team. In conclusion, I would like to say this project gave me willing and power to live in future."

Mr. Ganbaatar and Mrs. Narangarav, Regional Facilitator - "Ger to Ger gave us a chance to start a guesthouse business and increase our income. In addition, we got tourism education and improved our language, knowledge and communication skills. Ger to Ger project is very good example of essential projects to provide real benefits and contributions to the local people’s livelihood. "

Selenge Province

Spring 2009, well after a year and a half of observing the seasonal changes and migration of nomadic families as this region of Mongolia has seen an influx of nomadic families migrating from Uvs and other economically challenged Provinces. Selenge contains a vast amount of natural, historical and cultural wealth but faces the lack of localized industry service providers and market linkages. What is critical to the development of this region is the strengthening of symbiotic-regional partnerships with Darhan Uul as it has a strong potential to supply the region with human, educational, transportation and other services in the future.

Terelj National Park

In winter 2005, Ger to Ger set out to set up the first winter and year-round operational community routes in a location that had become overly commercialized with the objective to provide Ger to Ger frameworks, education, knowledge sharing and training workshops to reverse the ill effects of 'tourism gone bad'. Since the successful implementation of Ger to Ger, participating nomadic families are becoming more systematic and professional in their approach of strengthening and expanding of Ger to Ger's potential by introducing nomad organized and managed Naadam Festivals.

Mr. Tsembeldorj, Nomadic Herder - "Household income increased. Earned income spend for my health."

Mr. Chuluuunhuu, Nomadic Herder - "Before we involve in Ger to Ger project we did not have own animals and we used to herd other people’s animals to feed our four daughters. We are very happy now to became member of Ger to Ger. We bought sheep, few cows and horses. Even we could send our two daughters to Universities."

Mrs. Amarjargal, Nomadic Herder - "Ger to Ger made much contribution, we bought our own Ger with furniture.

The One Dollar Fund for Children

Starting 2014, in addition to GER to GER ongoing humanitarian works (alternative incomes for nomadic families, etc.), we are proud to announce the implementation of One Dollar Fund for Children. GER to GER will contribute $1 from all its sells to be Responsibly allocated via international children's organizations like UNICEF, etc., to finance ongoing initiatives that support children's education and health.

As an ocean's starting point is with a single drop of water, we hope that this initiative will grow in strength and amounts in the years to follow.

 
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Honors

 
GER to GER Honors and Accolades
Within less than a decade, GER to GER has arisen both domestically and internationally as a competitive social economic development initiative that successfully taps the mainstream tourism industry in order to maintain its sustainability; this has led to numerous international honors and accolades. 

Supports

GER to GER Social Economic Development
Social economic development being the heart and soul of our operational endeavors, this is broken-down tangibly by both direct (us) and indirect (everyone else). With 50+ projects, majority of annual revenues going "directly" to rural advancement, in addition to travelers' massive income disbursement into Mongolia's economy, etc., this page honors our works and those that have supported our initiatives.

Articles

 

GER to GER in the PRESS
Who doesn't like to show-off a little bit? WE ARE NOT SO DIFFERENT! :) Over the years we have had numerous of wonderful articles both on and offline written about GER to GER and we have dedicated this area of our website to share them with you all! Enjoy!