MONGOLIA WILDERNESS ADVENTURE SCHOOL TOUR

A land of the grassy steppe, high mountains and the vast Gobi Desert, everything about Mongolia is on a grand scale, apart from its population. Mongolia ranks as one of the most remote destinations in the world, makes for an incredibly exciting school visit. A broad range of activities and educational experiences await Mongolia School Tours - students can take part in lasting community service projects, and travel by train across one of the least explored regions of central Asia. This school trip will uncover a country with few roads, where nomadic herders are still part of the cultural fabric, where camels are used for transport, and tribesmen hunt with eagles. Challenge your group to trekking in the mountain ranges to fully appreciate the vast wilderness of the country - your class will benefit from unspoiled landscapes and exposure to an unchanged culture on this student tour in Mongolia.

Trip code : MG397SC

Duration : 14 days

Destination : Mongolia

Travel Dates : As required

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about the history, culture and traditions of Mongolia
  • Discover the incredible landscapes and wildlife of Mongolia
  • Engage in studies of society and environment
  • Participate in team building exercise and group-trekking
  • Enhance perspectives, develop appreciation for diversity and differences
  • Develop communication skills within peers and in a foreign environment 
  • Discover a world more beautiful, diverse and colorful than any textbook could ever portray
  • Develop skills for students through a meaningful overseas experience 

HIGHLIGHT

  • Explore Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar
  • Take an overnight train to Erdenet
  • Visit the extinct Tulga Volcano
  • Spend time in a traditional village on the southern tip of Lake Khövsgöl.
  • Volunteer in a community service project in Khatgal
  • Trek through Mongolia’s vast mountain ranges
  • Explore Mongolia home to the diverse landscapes and distinctive wildlife habitats
  • Experience nomadic culture and vast, untouched landscapes
  • Immerse yourself in a nomadic lifestyle far from traditional creature comforts
  • Stay at a Ger Camp, offering spectacular views and a taste of rural nomadic life
  • Discover a lifestyle, arts and history that reflect the true national identity and culture of Mongolian people
 

On arrival in Ulaanbaatar your group will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, our guide will do a tour briefing and then your group will enjoy a welcome dinner.

Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

Today we set off to explore the nation’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Our tour guide will take your group to visit Sukhbaatar square, Parliament House, National Opera Theatre, Cultural Palace, and House of City Council. We finish our city tour at the top of Zaisan Hill for a bird-eye view over Ulaanbaatar.

This afternoon we visit the Natural History Museum which is world famous for its discovery and display of dinosaur eggs and bones.

Tonight, we take an overnight train to Erdenet on the Trans-Mongolian railway. Once on the train, students will ride through wooded hills and the magnificent Mongolian countryside until dusk. Overnight in a cabin on the sleeper train.

On arrival to Erdenet early this morning, you will be welcomed at the train station and then enjoy breakfast at local restaurant.

After breakfast, we depart for the picturesque Tulga Volcano. This area is considered to be one of the most stunning parts in North Mongolia, and is beautiful, utterly wild, and unspoilt.

Students can hike the steep, but walkable trails and immerse themselves in the rolling grasslands and forests and observe the abundant wildlife that live in the mountains.

Overnight in Erdenet.

Today students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the daily lives of the local nomadic people at Khatgal Village. At the village students can horse ride along the lake, visit a reindeer herding family, go inside their tepees, taste reindeer milk, and take pictures with the reindeers. This unique experience will provide students with a first hand experience of the local peoples history, culture and everyday life. 

Overnight in Khatgal.

The aim of our community service program is to provide students with the opportunity to engage with local communities and to make a real difference and improve the daily lives of the local communities they visit.

Our programs include:

  • Working with organisations and local communities to raise awareness of the impact of tourism on nature and local daily life
  • Programs to reduce littering, and encourage recycling
  • Installing a water tank or clean water facilities

Overnight in Khatgal.

Today we continue with the community project from the previous day.

Overnight in Khatgal.

Today after breakfast students will trek from Khatgal towards Jankhai, a part of the stunning Khoridol Saridag Mountains. Students will hike through the wooded mountain valley and the Jankhai mountain pass, for breathtaking views of Lake Khovsgol.

Overnight in Khoridol Saridag.

Today will be spent exploring as students hike around Lake Khovsgol and discover the abundant wildlife. Students will encounter a variety of wetland bird species which flourish in this pristine wilderness. The trekking route follows the lake and through the foothills and wooded areas. There may also be a small river crossing, depending on the weather conditions.

Overnight in Uran Dosh.

Today, students will trek to the top of Mt Uran Dosh (2,792 metres). From the summit of the mountain, your group will be treated to a breathtaking view of Lake Khovsgol from the west. Throughout the trek our guide will explain the geological history of the area and they unique flora and fauna in this region.

Overnight in Uran Dosh.

Today we drive through Oliin Davaa, a legendary mountain pass where students can witness the local worshipping of ovoo - a sacred site for Mongolians to make offerings to mother earth and father sky as a part of Shamanic beliefs and Buddhist rituals as well.

We arrive in Rashaant in the afternoon, where your group will check into your hotel.

Overnight in Rashaant.

Today after breakfast, students will spend the day trekking in Arkhangai province. This part of Mongolia is famous for the battle between the Oirat and Khalkh Mongols in the 17th century for the throne of Mongols. There are remaining Oirat Mongols today who speak in different dialect in the area. This region is also famous for its airag, a fermented mare’s milk which is a national drink of Mongolia.

Overnight in Khairkhan.

Today we depart Khairkhan and drive through Arkhangai aimag’s territory. Enjoy the picturesque, wooded mountains, wide river basins, which offer incredible views of the Eurasian Steppes.

We arrive in Lake Ugil in the evening. Lake Ugil is a freshwater lake which has abundant wildlife and is a part of the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Overnight in Lake Uggii.

This morning after breakfast we travel to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival your group will check into your hotel.

Later in the day students will attend a fascinating performance of traditional folk songs, throat singing, beautiful melody of horse-headed fiddle, ethnic dances, and arty contortion.

Overnight in Ulannbaatar.

Today after breakfast your group will be transferred to the airport. End of our services. 

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

• Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
• Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
• Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
MONGOLIA WILDERNESS ADVENTURE SCHOOL TOUR

INCLUSIONS:

  • Visa fees
  • Professional tour director
  • Local Government taxes and fees
  • All entrance fees at the monument
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • All airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local host experience
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Locally based professional drivers
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner
  • A Unique & Varied Dining Experience
  • We hand-pick the high-quality resorts and hotels

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

Your  Mongolia visa is included in our package and we act on your behalf to apply for the visas, all necessary documents relating to your visa application will have to be provided to us at least 90 days before your departure. If you fail to provide the necessary documents before 90 days prior to your departure, we will not be held liable for your visa application. 

The visa fee included in our package is not refundable in any circumstances. 

Important Note:

  • All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine‐readable passport.
  • If  you provide all necessary documents relating to your visa application in less than 90 day before departure, an additional fee of  $120  per person will incur. 
  • It is your sole responsibility for any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities
  • Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such an event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. Please check our term and condition for a ‘’No-show” penalty.

 

MONGOLIA

 

You need a visa to enter Mongolia. 

 

All visitors to Mongolia for tourism purposes require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries that can obtain a visa on arrival. A Mongolia visa can be applied at your nearest Mongolian embassy or consulate. 

 

Mongolia grants visa-free access to citizens of 24 countries and territories including, but not limited to the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore. Visa on arrival is available to citizens of selected countries including Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Greece and United Arab Emirates.

 

Check out the below link for countries exempted from Visa to enter Mongolia:

http://consul.mn/eng/index.php?moduls=23

 

By law, you must carry your passport at all times when travelling in Mongolia. If you're staying in Mongolia for longer than 30 days, you need to register with the Office of Immigration in Ulaanbaatar within 7 days of arrival. 

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