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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Venturing into the Gobi Desert
Come with us as we meander through the Gobi Desert and embrace the nomadic way of life—unrestricted by fences, walls, or private properties. In the company of our expert guides, we’ll cross paths with wildlife and local herders, dine beneath endless skies in spectacular settings, and alternate between camels, horses, and kayak to get ourselves around. Discover the true definition of what it means to be free.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Chris Litt
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Day by Day
Our trip picks up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city. We'll visit the Bogd Khan Winter Palace, the Gandan Monastery and Zaisan Hill with local experts who will take us deep into Mongolia’s past.
We leave the capital for a flight to the South Gobi Desert. We'll drive through the Guvansaikhan mountain range, stopping en route for a picnic lunch and to meet with our camels for a ride through the Singing Dunes.
We'll explore the nearby Zöölöön Mountain Range, where we'll witness myriad forms of wildlife and connect with nomadic herders who roam with their camels, horses, sheep, goats, and cattle.
This morning, we'll travel eastward into the grasslands. We'll arrive at our lodge with enough time for an afternoon bike ride before dinner at Bayanzag, where the red cliffs appear to catch fire in the sunset.
Discover the landscapes and wildlife of the Yol Valley, a ravine in the Gurvansaikan Mountains where ice remains until mid-summer! Dinner tonight will come with a dazzling performance of Mongolian music.
Embrace nomadic life once again as we move from the South Gobi to the secluded beauty of Jalman Meadows for an exclusive stay in a private ger camp (some local yaks will assist with our luggage!)
With our guides, we’ll explore the Upper Tuul River Valley in rafts and kayaks or on foot, bike or horseback—as you prefer! The pristine Tuul River allows for a refreshing swim.
We'll continue to discover the wonders of the Upper Tuul Valley with our guides. This evening, they'll share with us lesser-known aspects of the nomadic lifestyles and spiritual beliefs.
We will travel back to Ulaanbaatar, pausing to say hello along the way to the giant Genghis Khan Monument. Once in the city, you'll have time at leisure before a Mongolian feast to cap off our trip.
After a final breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel, we say goodbye — safe travels!
Gallop into the unknown.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar
The centrally located Shangri-La is within walking distance of the main Sukhbaatar Square, major cultural sites, and shopping. Spacious, contemporary guest rooms are fused with traditional Mongolian design. Indulge at the hotel’s Naadam restaurant and bar, boasting spectacular views of the city skyline.
Private Ger Camp, Gobi Desert,
The ger (also known as a yurt) is the traditional dwelling of the Mongolian nomads. Enjoy the comfort and serenity of your own private ger with safari style facilities (aka bathrooms are shared). Dine on meals prepared by your private chef, while dreamy desert scenes serve as a backdrop. This is the ultimate way to experience the majesty of the Gobi!
Private Ger Camp, Jalman Meadows,
Set within a peaceful river valley, enjoy the simplicity and pure beauty of life in the sub-Siberian Khentii Mountains, just as the nomadic herders do. The Jalman Meadows Private Camp features a dining ger, a sauna ger, and even a library ger, all accompanied by safari style facilities (aka bathrooms are shared). Accompanied by talented local hosts, brace yourself for an awe-inspiring experience.
Three Camel Lodge,
This unique eco-lodge immerses its guests in the traditional Gobi way of life, with added modern touches. Gers come equipped with running water, and the central lodge building has all the trappings of a hotel, including a beautiful restaurant, bar, and lounge area. There is also a massage ger, allowing you to unwind amid the spectacular Gobi grasslands.
Arriving in a remote portable camp in the Gobi desert and accepting that I had no internet, an uncomfortable bed, no in-room shower, electricity and then accepting the lifestyle change opened me up to enjoying and experiencing a wealth of moments in nature , with people, and myself that I normally don't experience in my daily life. Waking up to an abundance of wildflowers in Jelmans Meadow is in my mind forever. I feel fortunate to have experienced such beauty!— Judith Newton
The connections our guides had were unbelievable. There is no way I could have replicated many of the things we did. Even if I could have somehow come up with the idea to do some things, there is no way I could have found a way to make them happen.— William Beck
The activities on this trip are varied. Walking options range from easygoing city strolls to an 8 km (5 mi.) moderate mountain hike (distances are flexible). The opportunity to do some mountain biking is also available for those who wish to do so.
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodations
- Meals as indicated, including wine
- B&R water bottle
- Services of a B&R guide and local guides
- All special events, tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to the farewell at the Shangri-La Hotel.
- All gratuities for local guides, drivers, baggage, porters and hotel service
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Extend your trip in Mongolia
We strongly encourage you to extend your trip in this region with a post-trip to China or Japan. In addition to the dynamic cities that you can explore in these countries, B&R has crafted beautiful private walking and cycling itineraries that take you deep into their less-travelled corners, hard-to-reach rural cultures, and beautiful scenery.
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