2 independent reviews for Mongolia adventure trekking vacation & Naadam Festival

Reviews for Mongolia adventure trekking vacation & Naadam Festival

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review 30 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

This is a difficult question to answer as so many aspects of my wonderful Mongolia Adventure were exciting and incredibly memorable. However, I will say that the five day trek through the stunning, gorgeous Mongolian countryside and Lake Khovsgol and viewing the splendid local Naadam Festival in Hatgol were the chief high points. Mongolia's countryside is truly stunning and the long walks, treks were exceptional. Watching the local Naadam archery, wrestling, and horse back riding was fascinating, fun, and highly enjoyable as I was up very close and could observe and interact with the participants and locals.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I love to hike and walk, and have done a great deal of it through the years on my travels, but I would strongly recommend checking the gradient of the areas you are going to hike-trek prior to departure. Also, if I were to do this over again I would definitely have increased my gradient hiking formula to a higher level than I did prior to arriving. Some, but not all, of the areas are steep. While I am a strong walker-hiker, I am not especially fast and have not walked steeper gradients in a while. Nevertheless, the guides were incredibly helpful, supportive, and always there. They definitely helped make it much better for me.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely. The guides and all the local areas we stayed in truly benefitted from our being there. What I most appreciated about Jess is that she and her company are truly dedicated to hiring and using "non traditional" women and men as guides, m interpreters, and drivers. I also greatly appreciated how they were so caring, kind, and helpful -- they were amazing and truly magnificent. They made the trip particularly memorable and special. Everything we did, all the people we met helped local people and reduced environmental impacts. Finally, Jess recommended several Mongolian Fair trade places in Ulaanbaatar which I visited and purchased items. Those proceeds will go directly to the local individuals who made them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Superb! I loved it and learned a great deal. Definitely recommended and would love to go again.

review 23 Aug 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The ENTIRE trip was outstanding and amazing... the expertise of the guide, the enthusiasm for the country, the love of the country was thrilling. The NAADAM festival (which was what enticed me to going on this trip was even MORE than I had imagined

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Let Jess (the tour operator) guide you as to what you are most interested in seeing/experiencing. She is just so knowledge I had her plan a trip for my grandson and myself that I felt would be a great introduction to a marvelous country and SHE DID IT.. I feel he probably would return here when he is older and show his friends this terrific area...

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely helped local people as all the support staff Jess uses are Locals.... The hotel, driver and additional guides are local people No big hotel chains, tour buses etc... LOCAL: LOCAL LOCAL yet extremely competent and they also know their country quite well

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

EXCEPTIONAL I would not say I was reborn but I would say that I certainly learned alot.. I was on this trip with my 14-1/2 year old grandson and this was a most eye opening experience for him...

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