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Staying with a Mongolian Nomadic family tour



Tour grade: Easy

From: US$ 890

Style: Traveller

  • Live in a traditional Mongolian yurt, known as a ger
  • Immerse yourself in Nomads’ way of life and learn about their customs and traditions.
  • Participate in daily activities such as herding livestock and preparing meals.
  • Try traditional Mongolian dishes and learn about the local cuisine.
  • Endless photo opportunity!
  • Meet people and make friends! You will be part of a group of 4-8 people during the tour as it is a group departure. 

Tour Overview

One of the main tourist attractions of Mongolia is its nomadic lifestyle, which has been preserved for centuries since the time of the Mongol Empire. Even in the 21st century, amidst the rapid advancements of science and technology, Mongolian nomads continue to tend to their livestock and migrate in search of better pastures throughout the year.


Our trip offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture, traditions, and hospitality by living in a traditional Ger for a few days and experiencing their unique way of life. You'll have the chance to share in their joy and learn about their fascinating history and customs firsthand.


Mongolian people have maintained their nomadic lifestyle for centuries, regularly moving their camps to find fertile pastures to feed their livestock. It is fascinating to witness how they tend to their animals in the extreme climate of Mongolia, and how they make dairy products, which are an important part of their traditional diet. Additionally, the Ger remains their favored dwelling to this day.


“Nomadic Family stay” short tour by Selena Travel Mongolia is designed to convey the nomadic culture of the Mongolians with authenticity and comfort together without affecting the local culture and people. 

Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2: Nomadic Family via Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes
  • Day 3: Day two of Nomadic Homestay
  • Day 4: Day three of Nomadic Homestay
  • Day 5: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 6: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Tour images

Make dairy products
Herding sheeps and goat in Mongolia at Nomadic Family
Nomadic Family in Mongolia photo by Vince Gx

Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, your guide meet you at the airport after custom formalities and transfer you to your accommodation. In the afternoon, we will head to the Giant Genghis Equestrian Statue located in Tsonjin Boldog where you can visit museums and climb to the horsehead for the panoramic view of the surroundings. Later, we will return to Ulaanbaatar and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.  Overnight at the hotel in Ulaanbaatar.  



  • Hotel 3* in Ulaanbaatar


Meals Included

  • Dinner


Note: The normal check-in time is 2 pm. If you require an early check-in, an additional cost may apply.

Day 2:

Nomadic Family via Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes

Early in the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and start the trip to the Nomadic Family. Along the way, we will stop at Elsen Tasarkhai (Bayan Gobi) and the Khugnu Khan nature reserve, where you can see the gorgeous Rocky Mountains and a mini version of sand dunes. We will also try one hour of camel riding in the sand dune areas. After that, we will continue to drive to a nomadic family, where we will arrive and have dinner with the family members. You will stay overnight in your own Mongolian traditional ger, which is located next to the nomads' ger.



  • Nomadic Family


Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner

Day 3:

Day two of Nomadic Homestay

After breakfast, you will assist the family in their daily routines, such as herding sheep and milking cows. Nomadic families in Mongolia typically raise livestock such as cows, yaks, horses, sheep, and goats. They often milk their animals in the morning and evening and spend the day herding and grazing them. For lunch, you will learn to make Buuz (steamed dumplings) and enjoy your first homemade Mongolian meal. In the afternoon, you will take a walk to collect dung and explore the surrounding wilderness.



  • Nomadic Family


Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner

Day 4:

Day three of Nomadic Homestay

Today, you will continue experiencing the everyday life of the nomads. You will rise early to assist the housewife with cow milking, herd sheep on horseback, admire the beauty of nature, and learn how to identify the age and color of sheep and goats. You will also learn about dairy food production, such as yogurt and dried curds. In the afternoon, we will drive to the ancient capital Karakorum and visit the legendary Erdene Zuu monastery, which was the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, as well as its surroundings. Afterwards, we will drive back to the nomadic family and participate in daily household chores, such as fetching water from a nearby stream and chopping wood.



  • Nomadic Family


Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner

Day 5:


After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the hosts and drive to Ulaanbaatar with a lunch stop at a ger camp/ local restaurant. Upon arrival, you will visit the Genghis Khan Monument located on Sukhbaatar Square and the National Museum of History which houses a rich collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase the country's fascinating past. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.



  • NHotel 3* in Ulaanbaatar


Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner

Day 6:

Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

You will be transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service.


Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Date & Price

Tour Dates:

Availale months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec


If you wish to take this tour as a private tour, just click the "Customize this tour" button at the bottom of the page and tailor-make the itinerary in anyway you wish. Upon receiving your request, one of our travel advisors will get back to you shortly with a proposal and quote.


Tour Price:

2 pax   1310 USD per person
3 pax   1040 USD per person
4 pax   890 USD per person
5-8 pax   850 USD per person
Single supplement charge   60  USD per person






***tour price is not applicable between July 5-15 due to Naadam surcharge.

Included Services:

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers (4WD Japanese Minivan/Saloon car with AC+ Experienced drivers)  4 tourists in 1 van
  • Airport transfers
  • Twin/double share at good 3-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar  (Hotel Nine or similar)– 2 nights
  • Share ger at nomadic family (no Western style bathroom and no shower)
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • 1-hour camel riding fee at Bayan Gobi sand dunes
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable


Not Included in the Services:

  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Travel insurance & Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc. 
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities (horse riding, Camel riding, archery ect.)

Tour Background

Accommodation info on your Mongolia tours 

Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, offers a variety of hotels ranging from basic guesthouses to high-end 5* hotels.

Some of our Mongolia tours do not include hotel stays in Ulaanbaatar in the tour package, where clients can choose a hotel that suits their needs and budget. Please make sure to check your tour program`s Inclusions and Exclusions section to confirm if your hotel stay is included in the package.

If you wish us to book your hotel for you, your travel consultant will be happy to recommend and book an ideal hotel for you. 


Here are the hotels that are recommended by us:  

  • Springs Hotel (3*)
  • Holiday Inn (4*)
  • Best Western Premier (5*)
  • Shangri-La Hotel (5*)


Outside Ulaanbaatar: Outside of Ulaanbaatar where there are no hotels, tourist Ger (yurt) camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is a Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongolians have lived in Gers for thousands of years. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-3 beds with good bedding (1 Ger equals 1 hotel room), and also offer well-maintained public western-style showers and WCs on their grounds. Some Ger camps offer en-suite bathroom facilities at an additional charge, please ask your Selena Travel advisor for further details when booking your Mongolia tour. 


Food on Selena Travel tours 

In the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, a great variety of restaurants can be found and you will be eating at some of the best restaurants in Ulaanbaatar on your Mongolia tour while in the capital. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps, local cafes in the small towns and sometimes nomadic families will be the places where you will be eating most of your meal. Ger restaurants often offer set continental breakfasts, set menu lunches, and dinners consisting of salad or soup, main course, and dessert.


 While on the tour, during your longer driving days, you will take packed lunch from Ger camps, often a vegetable salad, main courses such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings, and a small dessert, while hitting the road. Most of the food restrictions and allergies such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and many others, can be accommodated with ease on your Mongolia adventure.


 Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours 

If you are on an overland-only tour across Mongolia, the recommended weight of your luggage is 20kg per person (max). However, kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 kg for the carry on luggage). It is possible to purchase extra luggage space which costs US$2 - 5 per 1kg.


Mongolian nomads inhabit the entire country respecting nature, living in gers, breeding livestock- sheep, goat, horse, cow, yak, and camel, moving for good pasture and good water for their animals, living from the products they produce, galloping on horseback... This is the life the great nation has lived since time immemorial, conquered half of the world and they have perfected it through the centuries.

About 5-6 people make average nomad Mongolian family and live in a ger altogether until the children get married. Nomads of Mongolia move on average 6-8 times a year, depending on the weather, pasture, and precipitation. If the weather is good and there's enough rain for the pasture nomads don't need to move far away.

When the nomads of Mongolia move they load camels, camel carts, horse carts or yak carts with their gers, furniture, and other equipment and chase their animals on horseback. But nowadays instead of carts nomads of Mongolia mostly use trucks. Modern nomads enjoy their satellite dish and TV, motorbikes and cars, entertainment and traditional celebrations, animals, and their happy life so much.

This wonderful Mongolia tour takes place in the area of the famous Gun-Galuut nature reserve. Isn't this a marvelous chance to spend a few days of your life like nomads in Mongolia? During the trip you will learn making Mongolian traditional dairy products such as aaruul (dried curd), eezgii (turned curd), byaslag( cheese), tarag (yoghurt), airag (fermented mare's milk) etc.

Airag: Fermented mare's milk is one of the classic Mongolian drinks. The milk put into a container, made of cow skin and made sour. It is pounded vigorously with stick for an hour to help fermentation. The milk is then allowed to ferment for 3-4 hours. This is really enjoyed drinks for nomads in Mongolia.
Mongolia destination info
Giant Genghis Statue in Mongolia | Chinggis Khaan on horse statue



The Tsonjin Boldog statue is a 40m high monument that sits on a 10m high foundation and is surrounded by columns. The statue depicts Chinggis riding his horse and is made of 250 tons of steel, making it the largest horse-riding statue in the world. Chinggis Khaan is depicted holding a golden whip in his right hand, and the building is supported by 36 columns that symbolize the 36 kings who are direct descendants of Chinggis Khaan.




Camels at Elsen Tasarkhai aka Bayan Gobi sand dunes


Elsen Tasarkhai is located on the border of 3 provinces, namely Tuv, Uvurkhangai and Bulgan provinces and stretches over 80 km long territory. The dune is divided by the main road into Mongol Els on the south of the road and Khugnu Tarniin Els on the north side. Due to its location in Central Mongolia, the dunes contrast with green steppes and Rocky Mountains in the background which makes it one of the most beautiful destinations in central Mongolia. The proximity to the capital Ulaanbaatar also makes it among the most visited sites. A state protected national park Khugnu Tarna is also located in the area where one can visit the Erdenekhamba monastery.



Edenezuu Monastery at Karakorum Mongolia


The ancient capital of Mongolia, Kharkhorin, was established in 1220 by Genghis Khan in the Orkhon Valley. It served as the capital of the united Mongol tribes for 140 years until it was destroyed by Chinese troops in 1391. The remains of the capital that stood at the crossroads of the Silk Road are extensive underground archaeological assets and two granite turtles that once stood at the main gate to the city. Four of these turtle sculptures used to mark the boundaries of ancient Kharkhorin, acting as protectors of the city (turtles are considered symbols of eternity). 



Erdene Zuu is the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, built on the ruins of the 13th century capital in 1586. The vast walls of the monastery, 400m in length, are surrounded by 108 stupas and are considered symbols of Karakorum. Although time and history have not been kind to the monastery, it still provides a great insight into Mongolia's rich religious and cultural past and carries traces of its former glory.



The National Museum of Mongolia


This organization is responsible for collecting, conserving, and interpreting objects related to Mongolian history and culture. Their exhibitions cover a range of topics, including prehistory, the Mongol Empire, and twentieth-century history. They also have significant displays of traditional Mongolian dress and snuff bottles in their ethnographic collection.




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Tour Reviews

Jul 19, 2024.  The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer

Aug 10, 2012. Gobi & Karakorum Explorer tour Our recent "The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer" tour with you was excellent, everything exceeded our expectations! It was a super trip in our lives and we loved our Mongolia holiday so much. Our guide Joe was kind, well organised, accurate and informative, polite and caring and always provided us with timely information. And our driver Jack is super, very friendly, professional and always on time. We are wild travelers, having been to many places in the world - but Mongolia is still truly unspoiled and uncontaminated. Selena Travel's services were perfect right from the very first email. We would like to thank Selena Travel, our guide and our driver for having made this Mongolia experience a truly beautiful one with so many wonderful memories.

by Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia

Aug 08, 2012.  Gobi & Karakorum customized 11 days tour

Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.

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