ABOUT GER TO GER GEOTOURISM MONGOLIA
GER to GER has PASSED 100% ALL INTERNATIONAL DUE-DILIGENCES…
In 2005, we started Ger to Ger Agency aiming to make our substantial contribution towards community development, nature conservation and more. Till today, we have trained and empowered around 200+ nomads, locals throughout Mongolia, 1000s of travelers from around the world. We offer more than 50 itineraries that focus on exploration and educational cultural adventures that share a broad understanding about nomadic lifestyle and Mongolia.
WHY TRAVEL WITH GER TO GER?
We believe that creating business opportunities with a social focus is the most direct means to improve the lives of thousands of families. Ger to Ger has been bringing each year over 300+ million tugrugs in economic benefits for the rural economy of which over 140 million tugrugs so far have been allocated towards nomadic families that we work with. Owing to our poverty reduction innovations, GER to GER is recognized, published and accredited by many internationally famed agencies and institutions such as National Geographic Society in 2009 as “One of the World’s Innovative Travel Entrepreneurs”, officially recommended by UNESCAP in 2010 as an excellent example of community based tourism initiative for Asia and Pacific regions and much more!
YOUR TESTED, TRUSTED AND AWARDED INTERNATIONAL SPECIALISTS
MR. ZANJAN FROMER, FOUNDER/CEO/CMO
2010 D.C. HQ CERTIFIED NATGO GEOTOURISM AMBASSADOR
Mr. Zanjan Fromer, Alaskan born Native American half-breed (Alaskan Tlingit), is an International Field Specialist with a long history in film, reality tv, mass media/marketing, tourism and social economic development fields for well over 30+ years; in Alaska, across Mongolia and beyond. Mr. Fromer arrived in Mongolia in 1994 and was invited to join the first USAID Teams to Mongolia (1998/99-2003) that assisted Mongolia through its post Soviet Transition to re-establish and strengthen its rural to international supply chains around the world; meat, tourism and cashmere industries via Rapid Expeditionary Development & Mass Media/International Marketing Initiatives, etc.
As Mr. Zanjan Fromer has a very impressive and long history of social economic advancement via rapid expeditionary development – if you desire to learn more about Mr. Fromer we highly recommend that you visit his professional site at: Zanjan-Fromer.com
MS. BAYARSUREN YALALT
Ms. Bayarsuren Yalalt graduated top of her class with a Masters Degree in Tourism Business and Management – Ms. Yalalt has co-founded GERtoGER with Mr. Fromer, she is a massively driven to assist nomadic families connect with the greater tourism industry. Ms. Yalalt and Mr. Fromer have spearheaded the international Expo marketing works that has led to a greater industry awareness; today in addition to working with rural Mongolia, Ms. Yalalt remains locally active via industry working groups that desire to advance Mongolia’s tourism industry.
Ms. Yalalt was recently recognized by the Mongolian Tourism Association for her years of contributions towards the development of Mongolia’s Tourism Industry.
Our team is 99% comprised of locals – We are a passionate team that deeply desires to leave minimal negative traces on our planet and communities.
Mr. Khubilai, Office Team and Guide: is a new addition to the tourism industry that was trained as a Tour Guide and finished at the top of his class in 2019 who also worked on the Mongolian set of the Amazing Race Australia 2019. Khubilai challenges himself to learn new skills to a certain level and in the past he has competed in mathematical and English olympiads. He now sets his eyes on the tourism industry, learning everything about the industry from experts to become an invaluable contribution towards Mongolia’s Tourism Industry.
Mrs. Enhsaikhan, Chief Accountant: She has been working with us for over her 10 years and became an integral part of GER to GER’s operations. She spends her free moments to improve her knowledge while keeping up with tax law changes as well as taking care of her two strong sons that are currently studying in Police Academy.
Mrs. Nyamdavaa, Rural Facilitator: She is a mother of three children and an excellent sister to her siblings. Though she lost her parents years ago, she never stopped showing her kindness and love to her family members as well as to her nomadic community. She has successfully facilitated to implement “Rural school/kindergarten decoration” projects in her region with assistants of responsible travelers.
Mrs. Battsetseg, Rural Facilitator: She has four daughters and 6 grandchildren; she was born in the eastern Mongolia and married to her husband from the same region. Following her sick mother, she migrated to central Mongolia decades ago – while she was settling down in the new region she was faced with the challenges of starting from zero – hence she joined to Ger to Ger. Earnings from tourism has successfully paid for all her daughters’ educational tuitions and moreover she now personally owns hundreds of animals. In additional to her personal successes, she helped one of her team members to obtain a hip replacement surgery.
Mrs. Norovsambuu, Rural Facilitator: She enjoys spending her free time to play a variety of sports games and while raising her three children; her husband is the national park ranger. Sometimes she accompanies her husband to check around the national park and participate in any volunteer activities. One of her proudest accomplishments is making her inputs towards community development and nature conservation projects in her region via Ger to Ger.
Mrs. Narangarav, Rural Facilitator: However rapid desertification covered the majority of her region already, she still believes that tourism could slow down the process of land degradation and keep biological uniqueness for residents. She is a power-player for the greater good in the gobi region who wants to share the positive aspects of the tourism industry’s social economic benefits with as many locals as possible.
Mr. Nerguibaatar, Rural facilitator: He was born in central part of Mongolia and raised in mountainous river valley – a nomadic herder. He is real bottom up leader who delivers his support to communities for rural development initiatives – especially – those programs focused on educating nomads about carrying capacity of pasture and nature conservation. In order to maintain mother earth, he encourages his community to reduce exposure of livestock to mature pastures with rehabilitation (via seeding) and monitoring livestock numbers.
Our Drivers: Our countryside-experienced drivers are crucial part of our engine and they worked from +40C to -40C with us for many years across Mongolia. GER to GER only works with tested, tried and proven drivers as most roads throughout Mongolia are not paved asphalt that are nothing more than dirt tracks, sand and rocky terrain. GER to GER’s experienced drivers will take you safely across Mongolia to remote places of great beauty, unique cultures, nature, history, and archeology.
Our Guides: All of our guides have completed Red Cross recognized First Aid training programs as well as all essential guiding skills programs focused on safety and client care by the Mongolian Professional Guide Association.
SHORTLIST OF OUR SUCCESSES
The Amazing Race – USA
“Zanjan Fromer and his team (MONGOLIA) provided top notch creative and logistic support for an episode of “The Amazing Race” for CBS. His creative problem solving and fast thinking helped us get through some very tough situations and in the end added one of the more memorable episodes to an Emmy and DGA award winning season.” – Barry Hennessey (Senior Field Producer for ing Race – Season 10)
The Amazing Race (2019) – AUSTRALIA
“(MONGOLIA) THE BEST EPISODE YET!!!” – Channel 10
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GER TO GER FINANCES A NOMADS SURGERY AND RECOVERY
HASHHUU SUFFERED FROM A SERIOUS INJURY SINCE CHILDHOOD – HE WASN’T ABLE TO WALK NORMALLY, COULDN’T MOUNT A HORSE BY HIMSELF AND ALWAYS REQUIRED SOMEONES ASSISTANCE WHILE HERDING ANIMALS, ETC., AS HIS WIFE EXPLAINS BELOW…
SURGERY FINANCED BY GER TO GER: AS HASHHUU’S FAMILY DIDN’T HAVE THE FINANCES FOR A COMPLETE HIP-REPLACEMENT SURGERY DURING A RANDOM INTERNATIONAL VISITATION OF SURGEONS – HIS ONE CHANCE… ESPECIALLY IN A COUNTRY WHERE ‘YOUR HEALTH’ MEANS YOUR SURVIVAL…
Hashhuu After Surgery – FIRST TIME since a child he’s able to stand properly
Definitive LIST of how GER to GER ACTIVELY FULFILLS the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Today’s major issue in Mongolia are irresponsible tour operators/competitors unethically profiteering/gaining from the ‘responsible tourism’ brand by sabotaging Responsible Tour Operators’ markets via disruptors, trolls, scammers, etc., that use Trip Advisor to damage the alternative incomes of nomadic families via factless statements of concern that the tourism industry “damages” nomads. What truly damages nomadic families are unethical individuals/scams/dishonest reviews and lack of market distinction now between responsible and irresponsible as everyone claims to be ‘responsible’. Hence, GERtoGER is using SDGs to highlight our ‘Responsible Tourism’ methodology:
- SDG 1 – NO POVERTY: 80% of Humanitarian Trips’ finances are returned to rural nomads, drivers, etc.; 20% towards rural communities’ marketing and workshops.
- SDG 2 – ZERO HUNGER: We have/continue to employ nomadic families who are the poorest of the poor.
- SDG 3 – GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: trainings on health/safety/reduce sanitation illnesses (Hepatitis, etc.); incomes for medical insurance, visits, medication, surgeries, etc.
- SDG 4 – QUALITY EDUCATION: Via workshops/incomes nomadic adults/children are receiving education via workshops (locals/internationals), schools, high schools and universities.
- SDG 5 – GENDER EQUALITY: Over 70% of our national managers are women; rurally, women care for travelers’ family experience (food, drink, etc.) while men generally guide (though some women guide).
- SDG 6 – CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION: (TRAINING/OPERATIONS) 1) nomads/travelers – “Leave No Trace” 2) waste management to mitigate watershed damages along routes, etc.
- SDG 7 – AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY: assisted all nomadic families to obtain savings accounts across Mongolia – credit histories used for financial services/small-loans to procure solar/wind powered units.
- SDG 8 – DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: Social economic development via tourism while combatting negative aspects of open market growth. Over 90% of HR are rural; via “Geotourism” we strengthen rural supply chains.
- SDG 9 – INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE: “GER to GER” is the Mongol Empire’s ancient “kinetic supply chain” – today this ancient supply chain advances Mongolia’s social economic aspirations.
- SDG 10 – REDUCE INEQUALITIES: In addition to financial equality, SDG initiatives in Mongolia and abroad – for the last 6+ years we’ve been tracking, mapping, countering, etc., a variety of “inequalities” from Asia to EU to mitigate home-grown issues across multiple countries/internet-platforms.
- SDG 11 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES: GERtoGER meshes “kinetic” and “static” supply chains into itineraries, products, etc., towards advancing social economic development. GERtoGER’s founder has spent 23+ years assisting Mongolia through its post-Soviet transitional development (tourism, meat, cashmere) – first USAID funded “The Competitiveness Initiative”.
- SDG 12 – RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION: 1) travelers are trained on “subsistence nomadic lifestyles, traditions, history, etc.” 2) nomadic tribes are provided with cashmere-alternatives owing to overgrazing issues (sharp increase in goat numbers); sustainable eco-incomes vs. land degradation incomes that impacts nomadism, livestock, GDPs, nature/environment.
- SDG 13 – CLIMATE ACTION: We have conducted Nomad Relief Efforts during climatic disasters; films, media pieces, awareness campaigns, etc. 2) We established networks ‘that can’ monitor trends (goats, desertification, watershed situations, weather impacts on land degradation, etc.)
- SDG 14 – LIFE BELOW WATER: Via workshops all herder/travelers are trained about the importance of water resources in relation to mitigating waste related issues, etc. Though Mongolia may not have oceans – the quality of Mongolia’s watersheds are vital to nomadic populations throughout the country. Mr. Fromer assisted USAID Gobi Initiative’s “Watershed Monitoring” program works as the quality of the watersheds directly impacts Mongolia’s GDPs (cashmere, meat, tourism) as nomadic families are the core “node” of all three industries.
- SDG 15 – LIFE ON LAND: Via workshops herders/travelers are trained about the importance of land resources in relation to mitigating waste related issues, watershed impacts on land quality, weather/climatic degradation of land, etc., in addition to serious issues pertaining to overgrazing, etc., GER to GER has established nomadic networks ‘that can’ monitor such remote concerns (GDP concerns).
- SDG 16 – PEACE, JUSTICE, AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS: We promote the UN’s UDHRs within Mongolia, social media, etc. Mr. Fromer encourages all countries to “maintain the peace” via making the general public aware of social-issues (extremists, oppression OPS, racial hate CRIMES, etc.) that may indeed hinder social economic development.
- SDG 17 – PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS: Via social media networks (Facebooking, Twitter, etc.), partners, donors, etc., we proactively expand our initiatives.
- “Responsible-Tours.org” established by GER to GER and the Founder, this new Initiative is being launched by “The Global Practitioners” to assist International CBTs, CSR Initiatives, alternative community travel networks and Geotourism Initiatives
- “LastLifeLine.org” under the GERtoGER Foundation this new Initiative aims to match Global Issues of the aforementioned “MDGs/SDGs” that require exposure to better link with like-minded organizations.
Responsible Travel Notes:
* All Humanitarian Trips and Homestays are 100% “Reality Trips” that are managed and operated by locals and nomadic families; GER to GER Office operates ONLY AS A Humanitarian “Travel Agent” for communities (non-tour operator).
* GER to GER humanitarian trips is about “Reality” – real families, real lifestyles, real situation, etc. (who are the Mongols? And not about our expectations).
* GER to GER humanitarian trips are not an amusement park experience – it’s about awareness/respecting nomadic lifestyle and learning “their ways” (not ours), etc.
* GER to GER is an opportunity for people to learn how to integrate within other cultures vs. other cultures catering to our international norms and standards that we have become overly accustomed too and demand others to adhere too (like paid entertainment slaves).
* GER to GER has generated over a Million USD towards Mongolia’s social economic development via supply-chain synergies and provides over 80% of its revenues toward rural nomadic families that greatly need this alternative income source.
WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK ABOUT US?
Our Success Rate
Well over 95% are satisfied clients
CONTINUOUS ACTION IS MORE MEANINGFUL THAN WORDS ALONE – EXCELLENCE IS A SUSTAINED HABIT
“If you are thinking to take a tour in Mongolia this is the place to shop. Forget about all other agencies that offer traditional touristic tours with a English speaking guide, sleeping in tourost camps, etc. Ger to Ger will place you in real nomadic family without a tour guide so you will be on your own, sleeping in real gers with family, eating with family etc. I took 2 humanitarian tours (Dairy and Gobi) and no doubt one of my best experiences in my life.”
RESULTS FROM THE LAST 10,000 TRAVELERS
“If you want to get an idea of what traditional life in Mongolia is like while also staying off the beaten track, this is the place to book a tour. I did a three day tour in the Middle Gobi region and a 6-day tour in Bulgan Province. I stayed in Mongolia near the end of april, which is a good time temperature-wise. Both tours greatly exceeded my expectations, as did the service provided by GerToGer…”
“…I thoroughly enjoyed staying with these people and want to thank GerToGer. These tours were the best combination of feeling safe (knowing you can always call them in case of emergency) and experiencing something real and unique. Definitely a highlight of my travels, you can’t miss this if you are visiting Mongolia!”