Off-Road Expedition to Mongolia: August 3-12, 2018
Join group of adventures for an expedition of Mongolia, from the sprawling steppes to the fearsome Gobi and back. A challenge only for explorers.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
A Conclave of Explorers
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, a modern city that stands in stark contrast to the rural and nomad Mongolia. Here you meet the rest of the crew and immediately make friends with everyone, after all, you are like-minded adventurers.. Early next morning you set out to the road. It’s a long drive south over tarmac and dirt. This is the easy part of the drive.
The Breadth of the Steppes
As you drive nearer to the Altai Mountains, you are faced with the huge expanses of the steppes. It is intimidating, but you have the right tool for the job. Progressively, each kilometre gets harder, but you and your brave team overcome every obstacle. You deeper into the Gobi desert. You drive over sand dunes that are nearly 300 metres tall, and several kilometres wide. You stop in this remoteness for sundowners. There is nothing around but desert, and that is the way you like it. Read more
A 70-Million Year View
Deeper into the desert landscape you eventually make your way across hard terrain to the Flaming Cliffs, where Roy Chapman Andrews first discovered dinosaur fossils; a discovery that changed our understanding of the history of the Earth. All this time you have been staying overnight in gers, the Mongolian name for yurts. With the clear, starry sky above, you feel part of this enormous landscape. You have driven for thousands of kilometres to find yourself.
In the following days, you meet with some of the last true nomads and share in their hospitality. The road doesn’t stop, and eventually you must arrive… well, somewhere! It happens to be at Tsenkher hot springs, where you get a chance to relax and shake off the toil of the road. From here you will drive to Karakorum, the ruins of the ancient capital of the largest land empire that has ever existed. From here, it is a straightforward drive back to Ulaanbaatar. What you take from Mongolia is invaluable, self-reliance for a start.