Mongolia expeditions

Mongolia at a glance

Population: 3 million

Terrain: Mountains, rolling steppe, sand dunes

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Mongolia

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Mongolia.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Trekking

Horse Trekking

Mongolia treks are a mixture of horse riding on small local Mongol horses and walking through the Mongolian steppe. Ranging from 5 to 11 days, and a great blend of culture and breathtaking scenery, you’re bound to find a trek that suits your team's timeline and ability.

Wild camping

You’ll be riding for up to five hours and trekking for up to eight hours each day, following the lead of your local horse wranglers along the steppe, through shallow rivers, thick pine forests and across mountains. Each night, you’ll camp in the beautiful wilderness and cook on open fires.
Project

Working with children

Stay in a traditional Ger, or yurt, at the Verbist Care Centre's summer camp at Gachuurt. The centre provides a refuge for former street children, orphans and abandoned children while the camp allows them to enjoy the countryside and share tasks such as growing vegetables. Eat and play with the children while learning about their day-to-day lives. Since 2009, teams have overhauled the toilet block, constructed outside benches, fixed water connections and carried out painting and maintenance work.

Take a Polaroid camera to your project site; the developed pictures would make a great present to give the kids!

In-Country Agent 

Peter Weinig, Sylvia Hay and their son, Jack at Blue Bandana in Ulaan Baatar have been living part time in Mongolia and working for World Challenge since 1998, so have a wealth of local and team specific knowledge. They are the co-owners of an expedition tour company in Ulaan Baatar and an outdoor clothing and equipment shop, The Seven Summits. 

Factfile

Languages spoken: Khalkha Mongol 90% (official), Turkic, Russian

Time zone: GMT +8

Interesting fact: Mongolia is the least populated independent country in the world! This gives a true ‘expedition’ feel to being in its countryside, where you can walk for hours and not see anyone.

Rest & Relaxation

Stop off in Beijing, China

A fantastic way to start or end your Mongolian expedition is with a two-day sightseeing tour of Beijing in China for your rest and relaxation phase. Here, you can see The Great Wall of China – one of the Seven Wonders of the World – visit the Palace Museum in The Forbidden City and enjoy some retail therapy.

In 2015, we sent

11 teams

to 5 project sites, where they camped on site or in traditional Gers – yurt tents. During their stay, they helped to construct Gers for needy families, varnish the wooden huts where the children sleep, build playgrounds and design and paint educational murals to help maintain outside building structures.

Project types 

The extreme changes in climate contribute to the damage of structures and buildings throughout Mongolia. This means there is always lots of work to be done at the kindergartens, orphanages and summer-camp schools where our projects are located.
 
You get to immerse yourself in the children’s culture and learn about their day-to-day lives while leaving a real mark at the project site, whether it's through helping with construction, painting, refurbishing or using soft skills.
Project

Khatgal Kindergarten

Established in 1993, Khatgal Kindergarten caters for around 100 local children. Since 2009, World Challenge teams have built animals in the playground and carried out maintenance work at the school including re-fencing the playground to keep the yaks out.

Spend a night in a ger

Spend a night in a traditional nomad's ger – 30% of Mongolia's population is nomadic!

Rest and relaxation

Mongolia is commonly known as 'the land of the blue sky'.

A real expedition! Mongolia is one of the last unspoilt destinations in Asia. Remote horseback riding across the vast Mongolian steppe while being invited into Gers, or yurts, by the nomadic farmers is something you will never forget.
James, our Mongolia Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Mountains, rolling steppe, sand dunes