3 independent reviews for Eastern Mongolia small group vacation

Reviews for Eastern Mongolia small group vacation

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review 5 Oct 2018

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

Hard to say….there are so many…I enjoyed the wildness of the landscapes, the blue rivers which drew a special picture when the light was right, the welcoming lovely people, the chance to get in contact with "real Mongolian people". There is something about Mongolia for me which I did not expect and which I cannot describe in English. (In German I would maybe say: Die Mongolei hat mein Herz berührt...) . Thank you to Jess and the team who helped us to have all these great experiences!

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

Be aware that this trip does contain long car drives! Jess is vey clear on that and it is true. If you do not like to sit in a car long times the you should think about choosing another trip maybe. I enjoyed the landscapes flying by and the impressions I got looking out of the window.

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

Yes, I think the organisation is showing great efforts in supporting locals and to reduce environmental impact. (Local drivers, trip assistances which get the chance to improve their language skills, supporting local projects, introducing us tourists to these projects to improve our understanding of the local situation, the way how EL select accomendation etc...). Maybe one tiny suggestion for improvement...the jam for breakfast could maybe also be a local Brand (at least for me there is no reason to buy European jam ...but this is a minor comment only).

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

I loved it! And - one day - I will come back!

review 9 Oct 2014

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

Traveling across the steppe on unmade roads to stay with nomadic herders in Gers and help with daily life particularly milking yaks and goats.

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

Leave any idea of home comforts at home and enjoy the Ger life style. It can be hot and very cold in September so lots of layers. Lots of customs and traditions if you are staying in family Gers - make sure you are familiar with them. They eat mainly meat and dairy products but this is not a problem for a veggie like me because the tour assistant cooks and is very good - obviously you do miss out on some of the activities involving meat but that is your choice.

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

We stayed with herders and travelled with local people using the drivers own van so benefit to the - wood is used to cook and for heat so does pollute but only option at the moment - did plant a tree in the Gobi.

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

It was a brilliant way to experience Mongolia, felt part of the way of life - well as much as you could in 2 weeks.

review 29 Sep 2013

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

All of it ... Mongolia is an incredible country ... it's so vast and never-ending. The people are very noble and their hospitality is very generous. The nomadic way of life is very hard but the people seem to do it so naturally. The flora and fauna is very interesting. Travelled 2,063 kilometres in 16 days in an old Russian Fulgon which was very comfortable.

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

The operator is an excellent small company which specialises in small group adventures - what you see is what you get - so visit the website. Jess who runs the company has a great love for Mongolia and knows about absolutely everything that you could ask her. Her local staff are also very dedicated - like Jess - and that makes it all the more an incredible trip. Make sure you take the right clothes with you. I live in Cambodia and had not quite prepared myself for the extremes in temperatures.

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

Yes. Jess supports many local causes e.g. tree planting with Gobi Oasis. We camped out and I'd like to say we didn't leave any detrimental footprints at any of our campsites.

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

Absolutely EXCELLENT. I'm an intrepid traveler who has visited all 7 continents. I'd love to have given 5 ***** for my vacation review below, but can only give it 4 **** because I don't like your wording! For me it's "one of the best vacations I've been on" NOT the best. Which is a shame ....!?

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