Traveling in Mongolia
So you have decided to visit Mongolia for yourself but you don’t know how to go about it. famouswolftravels.com would like to show you all your options.
We are specialised in itineraries chosen by our clients and not by us; in other words, tailor-made. Where possible we will accommodate your wishes because Mongolia can be experienced in many different ways…. by deluxe Landcruiser or Russian mini bus, on horseback, in a canoe or on foot.
Mongolia’s wide rivers are in the north, its vast grassy steppes in the east, its immensely large desert in the south and the highaltitude Altai mountains in the west where the country’s highest peak reaches 4374 metres.
The nomads are everywhere with their cattle and their modern conveniences; the ‘mod cons’ of the western world. Mongolia is in a state of rapid change and the contrasts are getting ever wider.
One moment you imagine yourself in the time of Genghis Khan, and the next you could be on the internet with your mobile phone.
But this land does give you a feeling of complete freedom and it will take hold of you. Mongolia is the place to experience a refreshing detachment from the material world and everything we think of as a necessity. Except, of course, in Ulaanbaatar !!!
We want to keep the information on this website as simple as possible. Because of the plethora of information available on the internet generally, we noticed that our clients are already wellinformed about Mongolia’s history, past and present. However, via our ‘links’ we would like to keep you informed about what we feel is worth a read.
We want to keep our contact with you as personal as possible, so, once you have expressed an interest in our itineraries - together with your preferred method of travel, we will send you all the information you require. Mongolia is mainly unspoilt. Yes, the nomads have left their mark on the vegetation by allowing their cattle to graze freely on the steppes, but this does not diminish in any way the majesty of the mountains, the lakes and the immense Gobi desert which covers a large part of Mongolia.
You can observe steenbuck, wild sheep (argali), antelopes, wolves, foxes and numerous birds of prey and vultures. The more elusive animals, such as the wild donkey, the saga antelope, the Gobi bear and the beautiful snow leopard, can be spotted by tailoring your game drive to this end. For those who wish to get a daily dose of flora and fauna, we have what it takes.
Geologically, Mongolia is a paradise with their enormous reserve of gemstones and minerals. A large part of Mongolia consists of volcanic rock. Stones, such as jasper, agate, chalcedony, fluorite and quartz are practically for the taking. So, if you like to collect gemstones, all you have to do is take a few extra days off !!
We can set up a geological itinerary to include areas where gemstones can be found. Mongolia is equally interesting from an archeological point of view as human habitation dates back some 700,000 years. The stone age has left us with many beautiful artefacts today. Archeological finds, such as stone spearheads can be seen throughout Mongolia. Other stone artefacts for cutting and small axes are not uncommon to find. In the bronze age too, Mongolia was favoured by many nomadic tribes who succeeded each other in rule by fighting fierce battles.
The various museums exhibit many splendid artefacts dating back to the bronze age. In the past, the Mongolian people have both ruled and been ruled for centuries. As such, historically and culturally, they are a hodgepodge of diverse heritage to be observed wherever you go.
In the time of Genghis Khan, shamanism was the order of the day while in the second half of the 16th century Buddhism was practised. In 1920 communism arrived but since 1990 Mongolia is run on a democratic model on Western ideas.
All faiths and persuasions are tolerated and interwoven in today’s society.