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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Non-technical off road cycling in an amazing country. Fast hard packed dirt tracks most of the time. The trip was much more about exploring Mongolia than about biking - the pace was very relaxed but the days cycling were quite long as a result. Washing in half a bowl of cold water hidden behind the van was tricky. The group was great - local team were always smiling and helpful. Food was plentiful (four course evening meal) and Erdene did his best to accommodate our suggestions.
Watching the sun go down from a peak above the campsite as local children bought herds of sheep and goats down to the valley.
Erdene was a quietly knowledgable leader. He was calmly organised throughout.
Bring a bottle cage and bottle. You only need water for a short time as the trip is fully supported - I didn't bother with a camelbak and could ride without a bag until the bottle cage broke! (Some bikes didn't have one in the first place)
Fermented mares milk is better than it sounds as is the vodka they make from milk. Try everything - it's polite.
An amazing country, "Big Sky" steppe, and excellent mt biking on mostly super smooth dirt with just enough steep and rocky and stream crossings to keep one on ones toes but the logistics needs some upgrades
The Nadaam festival and the countless herds of horses
Quentin did a great job and the crew was alway super helpful
Bring a headnet -- the flies can be really bad
The food needs to be upgraded in quantity and quality. About 2000 calories/day (not including the candy on the trail) isnt enough and protein was sparse. Porridge and a small yoghurt for breakfast doesnt cut it. Add a significant snack upon arrival in camp and expand dinner portions. That said the cooks did some very tasty local specialties. I lost weight on a pretty lean frame.
Upgrade camping with sunshowers vice busket and camp chairs with backs vice stools.
Since 15 June 2014 most nationalities, incluing British, do not need a visa to enter Mongolia, and a 30 day visit will be granted on arrival. This concession is valid until the end of 2015. Further information can be found at http://www.embassyofmongolia.co.uk/.
American passport holders are offered 30-days visa-free entry to Mongolia on presentation of a valid passport at the time of entry.
Xanthe Howard - Mongolia Operations
July and August are summer months, and daytime temperatures should be a pleasant 20C in Ulaan Baatar and central regions. Temperatures can reach up to 40C in the Gobi desert in July and although the average is lower, clients should expect some very warm weather in certain parts. Evening temperatures are quite pleasant and humidity is very low. These months are also the wet season and over a trip of this duration you should expect some rain but showers are not normally long lasting and the total
rainfall during this period is very low.
Daniela Pontis - Product Manager
You should be aware that Mongolia is still a relatively new country to tourism and standards may not be as high as you will find elsewhere. While Exodus work hard to ensure the accommodation is as comfortable as possible, certain aspects such as the roads need to be allowed for! Roads outside the major cities can be pretty bad, making any driving days uncomfortable at times, but we try and keep this to a minimum. While the infrastructure may be underdeveloped in places, the Mongolian sense of humour should get you though most things!
Jim Carder - Sales Manager
These are professionally managed tour camps where the accommodation is traditional Mongolians ger tents. Gers accommodate 2-4 persons, usually on a same sex or twin share basis. Bedding is provided.
There is a separate dining tent and male/ female toilet and shower facilities. Many camps have hot and cold water facilities (however due to the remoteness of these camps hot water can be a little erratic!).
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Mongolia is a land of just 900km of sealed roads, and these tend to be heavily trafficked and in poor condition. By far the most appealing travel is away from the main transit corridors and this is where our route takes us. The majority of travel is on smooth dirt 4WD tracks, but these can also be sandy in places and rocky on the hills. If you are bringing your own bike, please ensure that suitable off road tyres are fitted – if in doubt please contact our office for clarification.
Daniela Pontis - Product Manager
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