Live Nomadic – Private Departures Only


  • Live like a local in a traditional ger
  • Slip into local life and help with animals, cooking and every day activities
  • Explore Terelj National Park & 13th Century National Park

Travelling to Mongolia and living with a Nomadic family in their cosy ger is something on many travellers bucketlists. But how do you find an authentic experience that’s not touristy and still extremely traditional?

That’s where we come in! Our strong connections with many of the Mongolian nomadic clans allow you to live off the land with them, collect water from the rivers, chop firewood, round up the cattle and sheep on horseback. Be as immersed as you like. For the true adventurer, what about helping them pack down, transport and rebuild their ger for the Summer or Winter season ahead? All of this is possible with Crooked Compass.

With your guide staying with you to act as a translator, be welcomed with warm arms by your host family. Sip on their traditional milky tea straight from their cows and goats and stirred over their stove, cook and eat what they eat. Ride your families horses through the grassy valleys and milk the cows by moonlight. Read all about our Founder’s experience living with nomads here.

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Day 1 - Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Mongolia! You will be met by your driver and guide upon your arrival at the airport or train station and make your way straight to the Chinggis Khan Statue complex. Explore the visitor and exhibition centres, and as the name suggests, the Giant Chinggis Khan statue. Constructed from glistening stainless steel this 40m high statue of Chinggis on horseback faces east, towards his birthplace, and it is said that it is in this location that he found his golden whip. Climb to the lookout at the top of the horses head for fantastic panoramic views.

Continuing on, visit 13th Century National Park. Explore this fascinating ‘outdoor museum’ which has several traditional style Gers including those of Craftsmen, Shamans and Education gers that offer an insight into the Mongolian past. Visit a herder’s family and enjoy spending time riding horses, camels and playing traditional games such as ankle bone shooting with the nomadic families. (L,D)

Overnight in Tourist Ger Camp

Day 2 - Terelj National Park

Today you will explore Terelj National Park. Walk through meadows carpeted with edelweiss and wild flowers, view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream. You will also visit the Aryabal Meditation Temple. As you climb the 108 stairs to the temple (the number 108 holds great significance in Buddhism), stop and take time to read the Buddhist teachings that are on signs along the way. You will also find 108 prayer wheels and 108 small stupas at the temple. The 108 stairs leading up to the temple are said to symbolise an elephant’s trunk, the long path designed for walking meditation and reflection.

The main temple hall has beautiful carvings on its wooden posts and beams, and the walls of the interior space are brightly decorated with paintings and stories depicting the lives of famous Arhats.

This evening you will be welcomed into the Ger of a nomadic family who lives within the national park. Here you will have the opportunity learn about their traditional way of life and help prepare food in readiness for dinner with your family! (B,L,D)

Overnight with a nomadic family in their ger

Day 3 - Nomad Family

Today is yours to truly live the life of a nomad as you assist your family with the chores of daily life. You may find yourself collecting fire wood, water from the river, rounding up cattle, milking their cows and caring for their sheep or baby animals. You may also have time to go for a hike or horse ride through the national park with members of your host family. (B,L,D)

Overnight with a nomadic family in their ger

Day 4 - Departure

Bid farewell to your nomadic family this morning and make your way back to the city. On arrival into Ulaanbaatar, enjoy a tour of Gandan Monastery where you will see the huge gold plated Megjid-Janraiseg Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. There is also time to exlore the Ulaanbaatar city museum, Central Square, and National Museum of Mongolia where you will see artefacts from Mongolia and Central Asia dating from the Stone Age to the present time. From here, it is time to transfer to the airport or train station for your onward journey. (B,L)

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Transportation in a private vehicle
  • National Park fees
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.