Every day is an adventure, full of challenges and new areas of exploration - around the cities, rural villages or deep in the outback!
The northeastern region of Asia where Mongolia is located is extraordinarily different from its southern tourism counterparts. Where southern destinations are well known for its soft and easy going travel, beaches, resorts, diversity of Asian foods, diving and etc., Mongolia is a country of extremes - from the northern river and lake regions where Tsaatan reindeer herders live the ancient way, to the western mountainous regions where Kazakhs hunt with their eagles, to the southern Gobi regions where nomadic herders struggle to survive in vast and epic desert landscapes, to the eastern regions where open steppe's Buriat cowboys herd their livestock not far from the largest gazelle herders of Central Asia, to the central mountainous pasture regions where nomadic life is easy going and families enjoy making homemade dairy products from Yak and Mare's milk near scenic rivers valleys.
Most of traditional Mongolia is explored either nomadically by making use of horses, camels, ox-carts, horse-carts or even camel carts! But now it is very common to see nomadic families using the ‘Iron Horse’ to assist in their herding of livestock as its easier on the horses that they care for as using a horses to herd can weaken them during times of drought or bad pasture seasons.
When there are so many different types of landscapes, cultures and climatic influences that directly impact nomadic families and the way they live it is important that our travel is fun and adventurous but also responsible and sustainable. Ger to Ger has designed a framework of travel and pre-travel orientation lesson that tries to be less impact on the families to ensure the following:
- Understanding nomadism and its social cultural frameworks
- Mongolian mentality about rural travel
- Understanding and respecting local travel culture
- How to travel by rural public bus and other transportation
- What to do when arriving at nomadic families
- Understanding the nomadic families’ lifestyles
- How to immerse oneself into nomadic culture when staying with nomadic families
- Backcountry camping
- Leave no trace travel
- How to travel from Ger to Ger via animals
- Rural health and safety
- Learning the basics of Mongolian language
- and more!