Why I should travel with GGE
Your trip with GGE will provide you with the inside look at Mongolia in the way only we can share. We have over 10 years of experience, so we are the experts when it comes to travel to Mongolia.
Whilst there is plenty of general competition, we feel that our company is
truly unique in the adventure travel market and the high percentage of clients who travel with us again and again isn’t down to chance. Using passionate and knowledgeable guides, as well as a dedicated and experienced office staff, we are able to provide unique and original itineraries that allow our clients to take a journey beneath the surface of the region, into those special and secret places.
By keeping the group sizes small we can allow for a greater degree of flexibility and cater to individual needs and this unobtrusive ‘low impact’ tourism gives travelers a chance to get off the beaten track without damaging the places we visit. In addition, a percentage of the trip profits are used to fund various NGO’s and local communities in Mongolia so that everyone – travelers and locals alike – benefit from the experience
Go to many Mongolian websites and what you will find are homogenized travel packages lacking both originality and imagination. Most of these itineraries have simply been sourced from partner agencies with little regard for the fact that the same tour is being sold around the world to any number of other travel organizations. By running our tours only once or twice a year, and on routes we have discovered for ourselves, we are able to give a truly off-the-beaten-track experience and all the benefits that go with that.
How can I get a visa?
One month tourist visa can be obtained at the Mongolian Embassy and Consular Office abroad. It is not possible to get visa at the airport upon arrival for those travelers, who lives in the country with Mongolian Embassy, Consular office or Honorary Councils. For the rest of the counties without them, visa could be obtained at the airport. See the list below. There might be changes, please contact us prior.
For all our clients we send VISA SUPPORT LETTER
How do I get to Mongolia?
MIAT is the national carrier of Mongolia operating out of Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Irkutsk, Khokh khot.
Apart from this airline the following airlines have scheduled flights to/ from Mongolia: Air China, Aeroflot, Korean Air, Turkish Air.
There are trains to/from Ulaanbaatar from Beijing and Moscow (Trans-Siberian)
There are three border towns you could pass on your own auto: Sukhbaatar (From Russia),
Zamiin Ud (from China)
Tsagaan Nuur (from Russia/Kazakhsatan)
What is the weather like?
The best time to travel in Mongolia is between the months of May and September. The weather during this time varies considerably from region to region. The highest rainfall period is in July and August, however, there most of the days have glorious sunshine during this time. Early spring, especially in May, is known for its windy days. As a general guide here is some information about temperatures.
What level of fitness do I need to join the riding and hiking trips?
Travel in Mongolia is taxing – whether you are sitting in a vehicle or on horseback you should be prepared for an active journey. However, our riding and hiking trips can only be described as moderate. Any one with a reasonable level of fitness can join the trips. Horse riding in Mongolia is relatively easy. We provide the gentlest horses for our clients. Camels in Mongolia are two-humped and are extremely comfortable to ride. No prior experience is necessary. On all our trips the guides will instruct you before the riding commences with some general rules about riding in Mongolia. Should you have any doubt as to your level of fitness or ability to join a trip please get in touch with us.
What is it like on tour?
Accommodation. In the city you will stay in 3 or 4 star hotel, in the countryside in the yurt at the ger camp or high quality tent during the camping. Ger is the Mongolian traditional dwelling, made by wood and covered by felt. It is warm enough during the winter and nice cool during summer.
Mats are provided, so the only thing you have to bring is your sleeping bag.
Meals. There are various restaurants in the city to meet your gourmet needs. When you go to countryside, the choices will be narrowed, but at the ger camps you will find cozy comfortable restaurants with variety of European and Asian food. During the camping trips a kitchen vehicle will accompany you all the way, which will carry all food and equipment. Professional cook with a great experience of cooking at outdoors will serve you with variety of hot fresh made meals three times a day and you will be amazed by their professionalism. There will be 1L bottle of water provided per client per day.
Transportation. In the city there will be tourist buses with air conditioning.
When you head countryside, there will be various vehicles used, depending on route and group size. It could be 4WD SUV’s, Russian jeeps or mini vans. Definitely our client would be our first concern, so we provide vehicles as comfortable as possible. Most importantly, they are safe and well maintained with drivers, who are experienced in driving in Mongolian conditions. Roads in the countryside are mostly unpaved, but hard surfaced.
Restrooms. All ger camps are equipped with standard shower and toilet facilities, with hot and cold water. During the camping trip there will toilet and shower tents established at each campsite. Warm, day temperature water would be available all the time.
Staff. From arrival to departure there will be foreign language speaking guide accompany you all the way, as well as drivers. On camping trip there will be additional staff, like cook, assistant cook, campsite assistant, camelmen and horsemen. On our long duration expeditions and adventures, with a group of more than 6 people a local trek leader will join the group along with guide.
Do I need special travel insurance for your trip?
All clients are expected to have personal travel insurance adequate for the region they are traveling to.
I'm traveling on my own - will everyone else be in couples?
Although we get a fair amount of couples, the majority of our clients are single travelers. If you would like to avoid single supplements, we are happy to pair you with a same sex room companion for the trip.
On your group trips, what is the maximum group size?
On our trips the maximum group size is 16. We believe that although it might be less profitable, it is imperative for the kind of travel we offer that the group size is small. By taking really small groups we make less of an impact, can get more involved in the communities we visit and be more flexible with itineraries.
What is included in the price of our tour?
Our tours are provided on a predominantly full board basis, with mineral water, government passes and permits, entrance fees and all transport outlined in the various tour itineraries.