Before you go!

Learning a few words of the local language is a great way to break barriers. Try greeting waiters, drivers and other local people. Show respect by learning to say ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’. HELLO-Sain baina uu, THANK YOU bayarlalaa and GOOD BYE bayartai.

Local Customs: Do and Don’t

Religious customs and local traditions vary enormously around the world and often play a large part in the local way of life. You should familiarize yourself with dress codes and thought patterns, and recognize them; the local concept of time is also likely to be less hurried than your own. Remember – you are the visitor, and by showing respect you will be respected and appreciated yourself.

Please take a moment to read some tips for before visit Mongolian family!

Do:

  • When you enter ger, should greet and say hello (sain baina uu?)
  • Keep your hat on when enter ger if you are wearing one, but lift is as a sign of greeting
  • Receive their tea, fermented mare’s milk, and things with your right hand and both hands and your sleeves rolled down
  • Walk round inside the ger in a clockwise
  • When you have kicked their feet, grab the hand of a Mongolian

Don’t

  • Let a post spread
  • Whistle inside a ger or house belonging to Mongolian
  • Let your feet point in the direction of the alter, when you staying ger
  • Sit down threshold of the door
  • Walk in front of old people
  • Point a knife in the direction of anyone
  • Have long conversation in your own language in front of Mongolian family
  • Take food from plate with left hand
  • Throw your napkins to their stove
  • Hang down from sticks of ger
  • When you sleeping your feet to door, head to north side of ger

Please take moment to read for before heading to wilderness

*Don’t pee in any water in the nature: rivers, lakes and streams
*Spill any milk products in river and lakes
*If it is necessary to wash in streams or rivers, do not use detergents or other chemicals. Always remember, it may be someone’s drinking water further downstream.
*Leave what you found
-take only pictures, leave only footprint.
-do not touch, culture or historic structures and artifacts
-leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you found them
-do not dig trenches and build structures
*Respect wildlife
-Observe wildlife from a distance. -Don’t approach and follow any animals
-Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damaged their health alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and danger
-Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely
-Control pets at all times, or leave at home
-Avoid wildlife during their sensitive times; mating, nesting raising young or winter

Camp at least 20 meters from rivers, lakes and streams
Camp in open area away from thick brush, trails, and berry patches
Set up cooking, eating and supply area at least 100 yards from your sleeping area
When you are gathering fire wood and pick up belongings off the ground, be careful of snacks and other insects that are often hard to detect.
Check for insects in your bedding, clothing and food wear carefully before use
Keep your flashlight near you
Keep campsite small. Focus activity in areas where vegetations absent
Where fires are permitted, use established fire stones.
Keep fire small. Use only sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
Burn all wood and dried dung to ash.

Pack out your trash, including fruit peels and eggshells. They can take months to biodegrade and in the meantime they attract animals.
Never burn your trash in a campfire. Some materials don’t burn very well so you might leave a mess.
Wash dishes and yourself in biodegradable soap using your largest pot as a sink. Strain out any large particles then dump your dirty dishwater 200ft/70m from a water source. (Just because soap is biodegradable doesn’t mean it’s good for fish or plants so it shouldn’t go directly into the water source.) Try going without soap – sometimes a wet cloth or a scrubber is all you need.
When possible, use an outhouse or pit toilet.
If you have to poop and there is no outhouse, pick a spot 200ft/70m away from trails, campsites and water sources. (This keeps water sources clean so people won’t get sick.) Use a small trowel, a tent peg or a stick to dig a hole 6″/15cm deep, then bury your poop.

We serve different kind of meat (mutton, beef, chicken and soybean) with different kind of rice, noodles, various vegetables and fruits. When you stay a nomadic family, your guide will be cooking for you. All our guides have had basic cooks training and experience. When you visiting nomadic family, you will taste dairy products and share your foods. Please let us know, if you have any food restrictions, or following a special diet and vegetarian and vegan.

We think solo travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. If you are traveling solo, and want to join a small tour group, then you do not worry about it. Contact us and joining a group with Top Tours Mongolia

Avoid buying souvenirs that exploit wildlife or threaten endangered species. Buying local souvenirs helps the local economy; whilst it is often customary and even fun to haggle, stop once you have got a reasonable price: the low price you achieve may be at the expense of the vendor.

People in colorful local dress often make good subjects for photographs, but think before you snap. Many people do not like being photographed.

When are you travelling in countryside, you can combine all types of accommodation: tourist camp, nomadic family and tented camping
Tourist camp
We provide that comfortable accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. Most of camps use traditional nomadic ger dwelling as tourist’s accommodation. Ger is furnished with traditional painted wood framed beds, heated by a wood stove and with clean sheets, pillows and blankets
Local nomadic family
We support and work together with locals. We prefer, our customers would be staying at nomadic families, instead of staying at any touristic ger camps. They benefit from our travelers while you are staying their ger. Offers our travelers a chance to experience nomadic lifestyle, being their culture closely and discovery beautiful nature. They have spare gers for our customers next to their living gers
Tented camping
Mongolia is great place to camping out: bonfire, under the million stars… When you are travelling in remoted areas of Mongolia, trekking and hiking tours we provide tents for2-4 people, mattress, sleeping bag and kitchen facilities.

Most of the banks in Ulaanbaatar exchanges foreign currency as well as some currency exchange places. There are also many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants, but they mostly charge a 4% transaction fee. You can exchange most of the currencies in Mongolia, but you need to remember that Mongolian Tugrug can’t be exchanged outside of Mongolia. If a banknote has a mark or became stale, it might be refused to be exchanged.

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