Mongolia’s #1 Specialists in “RESPONSIBLE” NOMAD CENTERED COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM & GEOTOURISM
Awarded Mongolia's Ministry Medal of Honor
GER to GER Geotourism Mongolia offers “value” and a truly unique way to sustainably experience Mongolia, its cultures, its lifestyles and its incredible “off the beaten path” geographic adventures!
we are a Social Enterprise that does “good”
GER to GER “SHARES” ITS KNOWLEDGE AND WEALTH WITH THE LOCALS
GER to GER is Mongolia’s #1 Specialists in “RESPONSIBLE” nomad centered community based tourism that National Geographic Society refers to as “Geotourism”; Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents (via the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals). You will experience an authentic “Marco Polo/Indiana Jones” adventures to explore, learn, experience, and give back to the locals via meaningful methodologies as a “GeoTraveler”. GER to GER’s methodology has been tested, tried, audited and AWARDED* for over 14+ years.
*Today, in Mongolian History, GER to GER is the ONLY inbound tour operator/TV Production Specialists directly associated with the combined achievements (over a decade) that includes both an Emmy/DGA TV awards, Certified NATGEO Geotourism Ambassadorship & Certificate of Excellence, Mongolian Ministry Medal of Honor, UNESCAP Recognition and more! “The pursuit of “Excellence” is built upon the accumulation of daily habits…”; you can trust us to do our best in accordance with our established history of recognitions, honors and awards.
Community Based Tourism (travel method & local benefits): Networks of Nomadic Families for the Adventurous. You will explore Mongolia from nomadic family to nomadic family across deserts, mountains, steppes, etc.; families are your hosts and guides. These Geotourism trips are 100% Affordable, 100% Community Based, 100% Reality, 100% On Your Own with trained nomadic communities that earn 80% of the Trip Fee!!! Nomadic families provide 3 meals with unlimited hot tea; your own nomadic ger as specified; nomadic guides that travel with you on an average of 20 to 40+ kilometers per day from one nomadic family to the next (family to family networks) across Mongolia’s deserts, mountains, steppes, pastures, river valleys, etc., with horses, ox-carts, camel, etc.. These types of trips are semi-all inclusive; contact us for further details. Knowledge Based Travel: This means a certain level of learning and acceptance/empathy is required as you will be trained for an ole style cultural adventure! “Simply… explore Mongolia’s incredible terrains and nomadic families’ lifestyles with a good heart – be flexible/understanding and you’ll have an amazing adventure.” Rural Benefits: as the locals do most of the works as they are your host (you’ll stay in the families’ extra nomadic ger) and your guide across incredible geographic terrains (trekking, horseback, etc.), most of the income generated is returned to participating nomadic families and community members.
Packaged Overland Tours and Expeditions (travel method and benefits): Packaged Trips are custom designed for people of different backgrounds and interests; which includes: active adventurers, soft adventurers and even first-time adventurers who desire a good mix of city-like travel with some adventure. Our leisure trips are specially packaged for your market that thoughtfully combine Mongolia’s nomadic lifestyle with the diverse spectrum of geographic experiences (terrains, historical sites, etc.) all of which are escorted by a professional guide. These trips move at a slower pace and you have more time to explore, experience your surroundings and get to know the local people. The social-economic benefits from these trips directly funds our sustainability and our social economic development initiatives (United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals etc.) within Mongolia and abroad which you can read further about on our website
GER TO GER ZONING – AS OF 2019
Zone 1: Easy going circuits via nomadic family networks – first time outbackers and families with children.
Zone 2: “Culturally Conscious” travelers who are experienced in the outback may travel on these nomadic family networks.
Zone 3 and 4: are Packaged Trips with guides, drivers, etc., are are open to first time outbackers, families and the more experienced.
All travelers are 100% responsible for choosing the correct “ZONES” for their experience and skill levels – if you have “Zero” outback experience and no previous experience with rural/bush/tribal peoples then you are required to choose: Zone 1, Zone 3 or Zone 4. First timers after completing at least one Zone 1 route are then accepted to travel on Zone 2 circuits with nomadic families.
When considering a trip with GER to GER please do consider your past experiences as it will influence your expectations… as we kindly discourage travelers booking inexpensive Nomadic Lifestyle Adventures with Nomadic Families with the goal of expecting/demanding “Packaged Trip” value (careful attention to itineraries, entertainment, etc.). Hence, please carefully review the following informations and our “terms and conditions”. Thank you!
GER to GER Routes ACROSS MONGOLIA are truly versatile!
From travel to international film/TV productions for famed reality TV shows and races… GER to GER can accommodate any/all needs across Mongolia!
GER to GER Nomadic Routes across Mongolia are "extremely versatile" as they can be used for:
1) Solo Trips - individuals/couples
2) Group Trips - family, friends, etc.
3) School Trips - high school, university
4) Summer/Winter Races - mountain biking, marathons, cross-country skiing, etc.
5) Home-Stays - amazing Basecamping!
6) Special Events - corporate team building
7) Film/TV Productions - reality, docs, tv, etc.
SHORT LIST OF GER TO GER'S SERVICES:
- All inclusive packaged expeditions across Mongolia AND ALASKA'S INTERIOR
- "Do it yourself" nomadic family to nomadic family travel routes - community tourism
- "Educational Adventures" we support classroom cultural adventures across Mongolia
- Overland transportation - buses, 4x4 jeeps, vans and more
- Arranging accommodations, restaurants, in-country ticketing (bus, trains, etc.)
- City and around city-tours and sightseeing opportunities
- In-country "Professional Mongolia Briefing" conducted by a certified
- NATGEO Geotourism Ambassador (training on culture, history, health/safety, language and more!)
- Networks of nomadic families - choose from our operational areas (deserts, mountain, steppes)
- Mixed travel activities with our Nomadic guides by horses, camels, ox carts, trekking, etc.
- Trained guides and interpreters
- Options to have a nomadic family member to join your trip as a cook so you can focus on your trip activities and relaxation.
- and so much more!
Traveling with Nomadic Families? Check Your Suitability
Trip Suitability Question 1 – YES/NO and why…
Do you enjoy NON-RIGID itineraries/experiencing travel like old school explorers (unexpected changes to: times, activities, etc.)?
Trip Suitability Question 2 – YES/NO and details…
Do you have any rural countryside/bush/outback travel experience (deep rural lifestyles, cultures, terrains, etc.)?
Trip Suitability Question 3 – YES/NO and why…
Do you ENJOY LEARNING about foreign histories, cultures, lifestyles, languages, outback navigation/safety, etc.?
Trip Suitability Question 4 – YES/NO and why…
Do you ENJOY being pro-active/independent vs. passively waiting for everyone to serve/take care of you all the time?
If you are a “Quadruple NO” then we encourage you to consider our Tour Operations “Overland Expeditions” instead of humanitarian trips with nomadic families.
When deciding upon which trip is best for you – please do consider 1) types of geography and 2) cultural expectations as these two will definitely influence the quality of trip you desire.
Quick Tips: If you have never traveled into the wilderness for weeks NOR experienced tribal or nomadic cultures in foreign/developing countries for lengthy durations before (EU/USA WEEKEND CAMPING DOES NOT COUNT) – then you may experience a cultural shock as most nomadic families WILL NOT operate by western/european standards of tourism… however, it’s a trade off. Even if the nomadic families are inexperienced in western/European styles of tourism they do indeed posses an incredible wealth of geographic terrains, cultures, lifestyles, hospitality and more. Hence, us more internationally experienced expedition experts know this as we are constantly traveling the world via our “immersion tactics” of which we’ll teach you. However, if you don’t desire to learn “the basics” via a professional training workshop and have never traveled remotely before – then traveling with Nomadic Families via their Community Networks IS NOT suitable for you. For this reason we kindly recommend that you consider booking a “Packaged Overland Tour or Expedition” as this is more suitable as it’s offered with a guide/translator, vehicles, camps, hotels, etc.
As for geographies and cultural expectations – for first time travelers I would recommend Terelj National Park or somewhere nearby first before going out too far in the beginning as these are not “packaged trips” along the beaten path… For the more experienced outback travelers the country is open to you but do keep in mind that nomadic families in central regions live more comfortably (may have solar, small TV, etc., that they bring home instead of moving into the village) than those who life extremely remote – hence their lifestyles will differ some; that’s the reality of Mongolia.
Explore Mongolia from nomadic family to nomadic family across deserts, mountains, steppes, etc.; families are your hosts and guides. These Geotourism trips are 100% Affordable, 100% Community Based, 100% Reality, 100% On Your Own with trained nomadic communities that earn 80% of the Trip Fee!!! Nomadic families provide 3 meals with unlimited hot tea; your own nomadic ger as specified; nomadic guides that travel with you on an average of 20 to 40+ kilometers per day from one nomadic family to the next (family to family networks) across Mongolia’s deserts, mountains, steppes, pastures, river valleys, etc., with horses, ox-carts, camel, etc.. These types of trips are semi-all inclusive; contact us for further details.
HUMANITARIAN TRIPS are specifically designed to assist foreign travelers to become apart of the nomadic families across Mongolia – this IS NOT a “tourist day by day itinerary” type of travel. Success of Humanitarian Trips are 100% associated with the traveler’s ability to become a family/nomadic tribe member. If you succeed, then CONGRATULATIONS and pat yourself on the back! However if you fail, kick yourself on the ‘bum’ – don’t worry we will professionally train you prior to departure. Simply, you will have tons of FREEDOM to explore nomadic culture, lifestyle, epic locations, and more – you will stay 1 night/1 day with each nomadic family before they guide you to the next nomadic family where you will repeat your nomadic homestay. The methods/distances of travel between families will vary depending on quality of season pastures (you can always use families as base-camps for exploring the regions), nonetheless, the travel between nomadic families by horseback, ox carts, trekking, etc., will fulfill any avid adventures desires while the homestay will be greatly appealing to cultural lovers. The ONLY failures along Humanitarian Trips have been city tourists that had grand expectations that nomads would be an entertainment park instead of learning how to go with the flow like true explorers… Otherwise we have had GREAT SUCCESS with over 99% of international travelers! AND DON’T FORGET, 80% OF REVENUES GENERATED ON HUMANITARIAN TRIPS GOES BACK TO THE NOMADIC FAMILIES!
Travel across Mongolia in style – our mid/high-end travel packages include vehicles, drivers, guides, camps, etc., that combines the best of Mongolia! These Geotourism trips are 100% mid/high-end tour operator services AND experiences; all inclusive: hotels, restaurants, drivers/vehicles, translators/guides, etc. GER to GER’s international partners scored GER to GER 9.2 out of 10 for EXCELLENCE.
GER to GER Relief Initiative: As of 2018 spring, nomadic families of the Dundgovi region are suffering owing to winter storms, spring droughts, etc., – this has been an ongoing issue for this region for the past few years… All travelers that desire to travel to this region are kindly requested to travel with minimal impact practices and visit these families with kind “supportive” hearts – your income via Geotourism is greatly assisting these families’ ability to stabilize. Please do enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this region but do take it easy on the nomadic families.
Lastly, for those bloggers trying to make a name for themselves via “sensationalism” and belittling the harsh challenges that nomadic families face with their children… please do not use these nomadic families for your ‘negative career launcher’ by associating our international brand name with your unknown blogs (such as FreshCoffeeStains “JugglingTam” did) – thanks!!!
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 7,000 TRAVELERS
SEE WHAT “INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS” HAVE EXPERIENCED AND WRITTEN SINCE 2005 ONWARDS
“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!”