You crave an escape, but it must be one that is far more than a clutch of blissful beachside days; you must have an adventure. One that is worthy of leather journals, fountain pens, and pencil sketches. One like no other.
Consider an extraordinary journey across Mongolia with days filled with riding, hunting, and embracing the culture built by the likes of Genghis Kahn and his grandson, Kublai Khan. Think horseback falconry and lessons from the eagle hunters of Western Mongolia’s Banyan Logia. Add in a private jet, a skilled chef, and an elegant butler for a trip fit for a king.
Your journey begins with a luxurious stay in the Presidential Suite at the Park Hyatt Beijing and ends with the rush that is Abu Dhabi. The expanse of exquisite, isolated days in between covers a historic route made more modern by technology, and ever more elusive by civilization.
You will travel by horse and by jet, riding across the landscape on horseback, but soaring the skies for the longer legs by jet. You will stay in an authentic ger, a traditional nomadic structure crafted of felt and canvas, supported by a latticework of wood adorned with tribal designs and stocked with every portable luxury available. Centered in serenity, with attention to every comfort, you are miles into the vast expanse of sand, mountain, and voluminous stars strewn across the Gobi Desert night sky. Surrounded at times by nothing but yourself, you will experience a slice of true nomadic life that few will ever know.
You will ride with the eagle hunters on an expedition, embracing age-‐old techniques and customs, your journey exclusively captured in an oil painting. You will ride on magnificent Mongolian horseback through the mystical Shambhala region, aided by researchers from prestigious academic communities studying how best to preserve Mongolian reindeer.
For those preferring a less nomadic experience, private gers can be reserved at the refined Three Camel Lodge. This option provides for a more stationery trip at a site tucked between the Gobi and the 54 million year-old volcanic points of Mount Bulagtai. An on-site restaurant, bar, and 50 gers built in the Buddhist architectural tradition without the use of nails await those who would like a taste of the Gobi without the commitment of a cross-country tour.
You will find the Bradt Guide to Mongolia an important read to ensure familiarity with custom, respect, and procedure, all of which are important points in order to be well-received in your meetings with the native people. Know that, while some individual gers are beginning to sprout satellite dishes to access television programs, there are many people across the land that have never seen a camera, a computer, or a wristwatch, much less a fully-equipped 4WD vehicle or private jet.
Tread lightly and politely in agreement with tradition, and you will find a warm and welcoming people eager to share their world.
Offered exclusively by outfitters at Urbane Nomads, this exclusive itinerary is accompanied by a number of additional Mongolian options to embrace exceptional hunting, fishing, and cultural pursuits in this vast land of wonder. Additional outfitters at Remote Lands, Abercrombie & Kent, and Mongolian Luxury Tours offer a broad menu of itinerary, focus, and privacy options. You can assemble your custom itinerary from your complete list of resources, creating the perfect combination for your ideal adventuresome escape.
Dream your most magnificent dream, like an accessory trip to the Genghis Khan Polo and Riding Club for a rousing match. Perhaps a photo workshop or fishing trip would put the perfect punctuation on the adventure.