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Trek Mongolia 2022

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

4 June - 12 June 2022 On Sale
Duration 9 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $523
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Trek Mongolia 2022

Escape to the enthralling natural landscape of the Terelj National Park, as we trek through a paradise of alpine scenery, from wild-flower meadows to mountain foothills to towering valleys and fast-flowing rivers.

Our awesome adventure gives us chances to take in this top hiking spot from every angle and even kayak the beautiful River Tuul!

Along the way, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for over two-hundred species of birds, including falcons, kestrels and even vultures!

By night, we’ll camp in idyllic spots, far from everyday life and looking out for shooting stars in a sky void of light pollution.

From here, our challenge just gets better, as we immerse ourselves entirely in the nomadic lifestyle and stay with a local family in the National Park.

We’ll taste traditional Mongolian food, enjoy a fabulous cultural show and even try our hand at archery, before spending the night in a cosy ger.

Ending with a climb up the iconic Chinggis Khan statue, we’ll look out over the land we’ve hiked through and enjoy a free day exploring the sprawling city of Ulaanbaatar.

 

covid-19 - keeping you safe
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

Worried about fundraising? Don't be...

Trek Mongolia 2022 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.

It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or animal sanctuary or a national charity.

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
UK – Ulaanbaatar

We meet as a group for the first time at the airport in London, where we catch our overnight flight to the amazing Mongolia.

Touching down in Ulaanbaatar (also named Ulan Bator) in the morning of Day 2, our local ground handler meets us at the airport and we transfer to our hotel in the city. We get our first taste of the local cuisine with a spot of lunch, before heading out to explore the world’s coldest capital city!

Starting our Mongolian adventure in the best way, we immerse ourselves in the country’s past visiting the Sukhbaatar Square and the National History Museum.

Here, we get a fantastic introduction to Mongolia’s communist past and its amazing range of architecture, from imposing statues to bright yellow buildings, juxtaposed with the modern skyscrapers towering behind them.

From here, our day only gets better as in the early evening, we venture south to a small theatre near Peace Bridge and experience an intimate performance of traditional music and dance by the Tumen Ekh Ensemble.

We dust off our day with a delicious welcome dinner at one of the best local Mongolian restaurants, before retiring to our hotel.

Day 3
Ulaanbaatar - Terelj National Park – Ar Khurkh Valley | approx. 15km/ 3 hours

Today after breakfast, we transfer (approx. 2 hours) to the iconic Terelj National Park, a hiking hot-spot, renowned for its striking alpine scenery, from evergreen forests to snow-capped peaks to lush, green valleys, ideal for its grazing sheep and horses.

Along the way, we'll stop off at the famous 23m-tall Turtle Rock and the Aryabal Temple, a beautiful meditation site hidden in the mountains, which gives us breath-taking views over the region we're soon to hike through!

We set off alongside the beautiful Terelj River and soon find ourselves winding through towering narrow valleys, shielding us from the wind. Continuing along the river, our path opens up to a grassy plain, before we’re dwarfed once again by the two walls of the Ar Khurkh Valley.

Every step of the way today, keep your eyes peeled for the 250 species of birds that live here. We're also likely to spot ground squirrels, foxes, maybe red deer and definitely loads of marmots!

Tonight, we settle down at our comfortable camp in the park and tuck into a delicious Mongolian dinner, as we’ll come to get used to throughout our adventure.

Day 4
Terelj National Park – Khotol Pass | approx. 15-20km/5-6 hours

Waking amidst nature, we fuel up with a hot homemade breakfast and set off on our trek straight away. After yesterday’s riverside hike, we encounter a change of terrain, following a rockier route up to the incredible Khotol Pass.

The hike may be challenging, but as we gain height, we’re in for extraordinary panoramas over the forests, valleys and rolling meadows that make up this alpine paradise.

Up here, we’re also likely to spot more of Mongolia’s birds soaring about, from the spectacular but sadly endangered Saker Falcons to the pretty yellow-breasted buntings to the majestic kestrels and even cinereous vultures.

At the end of our rewarding day’s hike, we spend another night sleeping in the wild.

Day 5
Terelj National Park – Dund Bayan – Baruun Bayan Adag | approx. 15-25km/5-6 hours

Up until now, we’ve been heading North East, but today our challenge takes as a turn. After breakfast at camp, we head South East through the graceful slopes of the Bayan Adag valley.

Thanks to the streams that keep the soil fertile and the flora ideal for grazing, we could have a chance of spotting a Siberian Musk Deer, but we’re more likely to encounter the cattle, sheep and horses of local herders.

Leaving the Bayan Adag behind, we reach the foothills of the Altan Ulgii Mountains, part of the magnificent Mongol Altai range, which expands across a whopping sixty hectares and provides a home for a myriad of resilient species, including snow leopards, mountain goats and wolves.

We cover tough and diverse terrain as we trek through mountainous stretches, but you’ll be pleased to know we won’t venture to the peaks.

Tonight, we enjoy another night camping in the wilderness, satisfied from a big day of walking.

Day 6
Terelj National Park – Nomadic Homestay

Our last day of hiking gives us the amazing opportunity to end at a traditional Mongolian homestay in the National Park! With our finish line in our mind’s eye, we wake to a big breakfast at our camp and set off back to the main part of the Terelj National Park.

Renowned for its stunning riding trails, we can immerse ourselves once again in the seemingly endless expanse of grassy plains, wild-flower meadows, rolling green hills and more imposing, rockier mountains.

Walking a shorter route today, we reach our finish point by mid-afternoon and arrive at the homestay of a friendly local nomadic family. We have the privilege tonight to settle down in a cosy guest ger (nomadic felt-covered dwelling) and immerse ourselves in the nomadic lifestyle.

Mongolians are renowned for their hospitality and we’ll see this the moment we reach the homestay. The family may well greet us with steaming cups of salted milk tea and snuff, an everyday ceremony steeped in history and tradition. To follow the ritual politely, we accept the bowls offered with both hands and avoid screwing the top of the snuff bottle firmly shut.

Chatting with the family, we learn loads about their way of life in this remote corner of the world and even try our hand at archery! We also have a chance to enjoy a ger-building competition this afternoon or if time runs away with us, we’ll leave it until tomorrow morning.

Our day ends with a fantastic cultural show performed by local musicians and a Khorkhog, 'Mongolian Barbecue' of lamb with the family. If you’re veggie, that’s no problem at all; just let us know in advance of the challenge and we can cater for any dietary requirement you may have.

Day 7
Terelj National Park - Kayaking - Chinggis Statue – Ulaanbaatar | approx. 15-20km/1.5-4 hours kayaking

Saying goodbye to the family after breakfast, we head to the river and make the most of this ideal kayaking opportunity! No kayaking experience is necessary as our guide will give us a quick training session.

Then, we launch into the water rushing through the great valley. Following the twists of the valley at quite a fast pace, thanks to the current (5-10km per hour), we see the National Park from a whole new perspective and give our arms a mighty workout!

After around three hours in the boats, we find a safe exiting point and pack up the kayaks. Our coach awaits us here, giving us a brief break to relax on a transfer, until we arrive at the iconic Chinggis Statue at Tsonjin Boldog.

Built in 2008, this 40m-tall statue depicts a legendary scene of the famous Mongolian leader, Chinggis Khan, sitting atop his handsome horse and finding a golden whip.

Parking up at the base of the statue, we start climbing and soon find a staircase, which leads us up the mane of the horse! It’s a steep ascent, but our eyes reap the rewards as we reach the top for views of the Tuul River and the Terelj National Park, the hills of Khan Khentii, Chinggis' homeland, standing proud in the distance.

Now that we’ve taken in this incredible National Park from every possible angle, we bid the area a fond farewell and transfer to a comfortable hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

We end this amazing day with a final group meal at one of our local challenge leader’s favourite restaurants.

Day 8
Ar Burd Els Sand Dunes | approx. 25km

After all that hiking and kayaking, we’ve earned ourselves a day of rest! Waking to breakfast at our hotel, you’re free to relax or explore the sprawling city as you wish.

You may want to explore the Gandantegchilin Monastery, the most important and largest monastery in Mongolia, whose name translates to “Great Place of Complete Joy”. Once one of the main Buddhist centres in Asia, the monastery has an incredible two-dozen chapels and an enormous library of religious documents and typography.

Alternatively, you can take this chance to wander around the State Department Store and the city’s many craft outlets, including the Tsagaan Alt, Mary and Martha for some last-minute souvenirs.

To give you maximum flexibility on this free day, lunch and dinner are not included, so please make your own arrangements while you’re out exploring.

Day 9
Ulaanbaatar

Today sees us travelling back to the UK. Transferring after breakfast to the airport, we fly to London. From there, you make your own way home, no doubt already raring for your next adventure.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

$2,925

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £349, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,950 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights, (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, approx. £350) food, accommodation, transfers, guides and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

$5,850

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £349 when you book, which is used to administrate the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,900 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,950 on your behalf.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,950 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (excluding airport taxes and fuel surcharge, approx. £350) food, accommodation, transfers, guides and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Please also remember to budget for your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Trek Mongolia 2022

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

With even the government unsure how exactly the coronavirus situation will eventuate, we can't make any guarantees; but we can promise you that we will always put your health and security first and will always be just and flexible in any decisions we have to make, regarding postponements and transfers.

 

Absolutely! As part of our amazing 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety on all our challenges we're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for COVID-19.

You can see the insurance policy here or click here to check out the full 14 actions we're taking to keep you safe.

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness level when they sign up.

This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, improve your own mental and physical health and well-being and support the cause closest to your heart.

We strongly recommend you train for the trek as we'll be tackling some steep terrain in Mongolia and the fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy it.

Once you register for the challenge, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Mongolia.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Trek Mongolia 2022.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Kayaking experience is not necessary for this challenge.

Our fantastic challenge leader will take us through a quick training session before we set off down the river and there'll be a team of experienced DC and local guides there to help you out at a drop of a paddle.

All kayaking equipment is provided, including robust kayaks, paddles, life jackets and dry bags for any personal items you don't want to get wet.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people from all walks of life, aged 18 or over, will come together to do something very special.

You will of course need a pair of walking boots and your own three-season sleeping bag.

We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.

 

Your luggage, food and water will be carried on packhorse or vehicles - sometimes a combination, so you will only need to carry a small day pack containing essential accessories and equipment.

 

 

This challenge includes a mix of accommodation on a twin-sharing basis*, from camping in the wild to comfortable hotels to a traditional ger homestay in felt-covered nomadic dwellings (gers).

On our camping days, we will provide high-quality sleeping tents as well as a dining/kitchen tent, where our challenge leader or a cook will prepare hearty breakfasts and dinners. (Lunches will be picnics.)

We'll also enjoy the use of pump shower tents and loo tents.

*We organise our accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, which is included in the challenge cost.

However, if you would rather pay for a single supplement (£190 per person, NOT included in your challenge cost) and have a room/tent to yourself, please get in touch and we can arrange this for you. Please note, it is not possible to arrange a single supplement for the night we spend in gers.

Certainly. Our accommodation is included in your challenge cost on a twin-sharing basis.

However if you would prefer to have a room/tent to yourself and pay for a single supplement, we'll be happy to arrange this for you at an additional cost of £190. Please note, this is NOT included in your challenge cost).

Please note, it is not possible to arrange a single supplement for the night we spend in gers.

If you would like a single supplement, please get in touch by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com or call us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

We'll tackle a mix of terrains, following trails through valleys, meadows and mountains. We'll encounter mostly flat stretches and a few steep climbs. 

 Certainly! If you wish to extend your stay in Mongolia, please let us know at least fourteen weeks before the challenge start date and we can arrange this for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email us at events@dream-challenges.com, or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).

Your registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,950 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • Meals throughout the challenge
  • Accommodation*
  • Guided tour of Ulaanbaatar on Day 1, including entry to the sites where applicable
  • All transfers in Mongolia
  • A team of first-aid and COVID-19-trained challenge guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge and call all participants for a COVID-19-symptom check prior to departure
  • Your Trek Mongolia 2022 medal and t-shirt
  • Extra protocols taken to protect you from COVID-19 - please see our ground-breaking 14-step action plan here.

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room/tent to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional cost of £190. Please note, it is not possible to arrange a single supplement for the night we spend in gers.

Please email us at events@dream-challenges.com if you would like to do this at least fourteen weeks before the challenge starts.

In addition to paying your registration fee (£349) and either self funding your challenge costs or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for your:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change – up or down)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Tourist visa for Mongolia
  • You may also choose to pay £190 for a single supplement at our accommodation

There will be around 30 participants in our group for Trek Mongolia 2022. You'll no doubt make a bunch of awesome new friends!

Travel Insurance

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a policy, which covers you for this type of activity and also covers COVID-19. We will send you details of this when you register for the trek.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Mongolia.

Visa

All participants will need a tourist visa for Mongolia, which you will need to arrange yourself. Please don't apply for your visa until we advise you to do so. We will send you all the relevant information about how to do this before the challenge.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you've registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as our departure date draws closer.

We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge for groups of more than ten participants.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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