Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

Nomadic Traditions and the Great Gobi Desert

Trip Level

The trip is Level 3, Moderate. Although there is only minimal hiking, this trip involves rugged travel conditions in remote locations, simple accommodations in gers (yurts), and rough roads. In Ulaanbaatar, our overnights are in a well-located hotel with modern amenities. Roads outside Ulaanbaatar are unpaved and often very bumpy and dusty. In most cases, travel on these roads will be done in Russian four-wheel drive vans, which are not up to western SUV standards, but are reasonably comfortable.

Our ger camps at the Golden Eagle Festival are simple two-person gers with beds, sheets and blankets, and small stoves for heat. Toilet and shower facilities are separate from the gers and shared by all participants. The shower water is solar heated and may not be available daily. Please be prepared for limited shower use.

In the Gobi, we stay at the Three Camel Lodge, with its setting in the stunning landscape of the Gobi’s Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Gers at this lodge have private bathrooms and the main lodge building has a central fireplace and large wooden porch for enjoying the serenity of the Mongolian outback.

A Special Note on Travel to Mongolia
Mongolia is an exciting destination, and while tourism is growing rapidly, the infrastructure remains limited. The country is modernizing quickly from its Soviet-era standards, but they are not yet up to the level of many countries (particularly felt by travelers on the bumpy roads!). Essential requirements for travel in Mongolia are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.


Mongolia has a relatively cool climate with short, mild summers and long, severe winters from October to April. October will be cool and the occasional or rare snow storm is possible, especially in Ulaanbaatar and Ulgii. Weather patterns at this time can be unpredictable. Come prepared for at least some rain, wind, and some very cold nights and mornings. A dusting of snow is not uncommon here at this northern latitude.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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