Impact Discovery - "A style of travelling that benefits yourself and those you encounter"
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Mongolia! Home to one of the few remaining truly nomadic cultures in the world. A land of endless blue skies and endlessly rolling steppe. The least densely populated country in the world and the most welcoming. Mongolia is a destination like no other! We will take you through the country as a nomad; seeing, eating and experiencing as the nomads do. Prepare yourself for a truly authentic adventure!
Unforgettable authentic experience
From big wows to hidden gems. Meet authentic nomads and experience culture in its natural form.
Expert local guide
Our professional, qualified tour guides are chosen for their great knowledge of Mongolia. Their passion will make your trip extraordinary.
Price meets quality
We pride ourselves for the details we place in every single itinerary. Every tour is important to us and every customer highly valued.
Average groups of 12; solos, couples and friends, united by a desire for authentic experiences.
With customer service personnel based in the UK, China, USA and Europe, we speak your language and understand the excitement and anxiety of taking a trip to a new destination. With tour personnel avergaing over ten years experience, you are in safe hands as you travel across the steppe with your passionate, informative tour guide. Whatever your query, concern, expectation or dream all of our Nomadica team are on hand to deliver you the adventure of a lifetime!
Pick-up & Drop-off
Our tours start from picking you up at the airport and dropping you off at thesame point where you started the trip.
Children are 100% welcome on our trips.
Off the beaten track
To truly immerse you in the local culture, we take you off the beaten path to meet real nomadic families.
Speed and efficiency
We will provide you with 24/7 support and advice as you plan your trip to Mongolia. We will respond to any question or query you have.
What cool people say about us...
Benoit (France)- April 2018
"Overall a great level of service, information and flexibility. Given the fact that our goal was to fully immerse ourselves in local lifestyle and learn from it, even with kids, I think the way you get this organized is quite good. Tour guide has been very patient and eager to answer all our questions every time. We particularly appreciate the fact that he encourages the whole group to exchange a lot with the local families. Which makes it a very interactive experience even though we are from different cultures. Pace is well adapted for kids too. Not too rushed, with enough free time to enjoy nature and private time too"
Lisa (USA)- April 2019
"Absolutely top notch tour! One of my top 5 vacations along side African safaris, the Galapagos islands, The Amazon etc. The stay with the nomad family and lunch with the Kazak family were highlights as well as the folklore concert. Buujii was one of the best guides I have ever had. He was pleasant, flexible, patient and spoke excellent English. His knowledge of Mongolian history and culture was outstanding. I loved that he taught us knuckle bone games. I commented on his knowledge of history and asked him to recommend a few books. He hand wrote a two page list for me. Wow! He really went "above and beyond"
John (Ireland)- January 2018
"What can i say about Mongolia that would do it justice? It's fascinating, breathtaking, raw, wild, friendly and beautiful. This still isnt enough. Visiting Mongolia during the Spring Lunar Festival was one of the highlights of my life. From driving over the snowy terrain that stretches in all directions, seemingly boundless, to drinking fermented yaks milk with a local family and sleeping in a traditional yurt, this is truly a spectacular experience and one everyone should consider at least once in their lives. There's something for everyone on this kind of trip but particularly if you're looking for an authentic experience. To one of the best experiences of my life - Thank you Mongolia and thank you Nomadica for organising it all"
Ron (Netherlands)- June 2019
"The reason to book this trip was to see the stars again after having lived in the city Shanghai for four years. I got more than I had wished for. I saw a twinkling star playing next to a yurt. She was trying to impress me by bouncing a ball on an uneven step floor. Inside at the stove a star was preparing a delicious simple meal using hot stones in a pot, a traditional Mongolian cooking method. A 'star driver' who maneuvered our little space ship skillfully on the unbeaten tracks of the endless gently waved meadows.
I was very lucky to find myself amongst great companions on this trip. Traveling among the stars we shared laughter and serious thoughts. One of these thoughts was a wish. A wish that the Mongolian grass will stay green. We can promise it by adopting the Mongolian lifestyle and embracing the beauty of simplicity"
2020 has brought a tremendous shock to the travel industry; from the massive bush fires in Australia to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 which has now effectively halted global travel. However, it is easy to see the big problems and easy to forget the things that have been slowly happening; the past decade has seen the rise of technology in easing bookings and a global connectedness of the world by ever more and ever cheaper flights.
Furthermore, we have seen the rise of the Chinese middle-class traveler as well as the changing tastes of the international community.
2020 will be no doubt marked by COVID-19 but more importantly what is going to happen in the next ten years?
Travel Insiders opinion on COVID-19
Nomadica interviewed tourism industry experts from Asia, Europe and Africa
The first question on everyone’s mind is what kind of effect will the current virus epidemic have on the travel industry?
These are certainly scary times but I guess it is important to remember from where we have come; how much progress has
the travel industry made up until this point?
So is it likely that the tourism sector will bounce back from COVID-19?
Great news for travelers and industry specialists alike but what will the next decade look like for a traveler
where are the hot spots and what will the trends be?
Any wishes for the future of travel?
100KM through Northern Mongolia
Upcoming Tours 2020
Our tours are for those who wish to not simply see but experience.
We believe that the best kind of travel is one that has a strong impact upon your life after travelling.
We aim not to add to your photo reel but add to your life reel!
Winter Adventure in January
A winter wonderland tour that takes you through stunning snow dusted scenery. Let your inner child surface as you marvel this amazing landscape. Paraglide, dog sled, ski and snow bike your way through this tour and come back feeling invigorated and new. *
White Moon Mongolia in February
Dep: 22nd February 2020
Trip Length: 5 days
Celebrate the lunar new year the way the Mongolians do. Learn and involve yourself with the age long Mongolian practice of welcoming in a new lunar new year. A spiritual practice with a mix of Buddhist and Shaman heritage. What's more, celebrate this important time of year in the spectacular backdrop of a frost glazed landscape.
Frozen Lake in March
Dep: 29th February 2020
Trip Length: 9 days
Winter does magical things to the landscape and nowhere can the results be experienced more uniquely than at Asia's second largest freshwater lake, Khuvsgul lake, known as the Switzerland of Asia. Walk on the frozen surface of this spectacular lake, spend time with the mysterious reindeer people and finally experience the annual Khuvsgul ice festival, an experience like no other.
Steppe into Spring in May
Dep: 1st May 2020
Trip Length: 5 days
Spring has arrived in Mongolia and with it the steppe is alive with fresh flora, fauna and animals. Discover the true natural wonders of this land as you track Takhi (one of the last surviving groups of wild horses in existence), complete a horse trek and travel to beautiful Tsagaan Nuur lake. Marvel at the beauty of the scenery and the hospitality of the locals as you blow away those cobwebs of winter and welcome in Spring as nature intended.
Mongolian Summer in June
Dep: 25th June 2020
Trip Length: 5 days
This is moderate paced tour which focuses on Mongolian history and culture. During this trip you will gain a rich experience of Mongolian nomadic culture through visiting nomad families. You will be given an introduction to Mongolian culture, history, religion and cuisine. Accommodation and facilities are a mix of modern and traditional.
Colors of Nadaam in July
Dep: 10th July 2020
Trip Length: 7 days
Awaken your senses in Marvelous Mongolia as you travel from the bustling city of Ulanbaatar to the spectacular national parks of Terelj and Khustai. Enjoy the personal touch, staying with a local Nomadic family before you then soak up the colors of Mongolian culture as you experience a local Nadaam games.
Grand Gobi in August
Dep: 1st August 2020
Trip Length: 10 days
The tour takes 10 days to cover the central and southern part of Mongolia. You will visit the most popular travel destinations including national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Karakorum and the Gobi Desert; distinctive landscapes of towering sand dunes, wide open steppes, iced gorges, Rocky Mountains, red cliffs and stunning sunsets and sunrises. Top it off with your visits to nomadic families to give you a truly authentic experience of Mongolian nomadic culture.
Eagles of Altai in October
Dep: 1st October 2020
Trip Length: COMING SOON
Cost: COMING SOON
Embark on an adventurous journey into the Western Mongolian Altai region where Mongolia's famous group of eagle training hunters live. Learn their traditions and their respect for the beautiful animals they work with; all of this under the spectacular backdrop of the exotic Altai mountains.
Team Building in Mongolia
Every successful company needs to spend time on developing its team, why should yours be any different?
At Nomadica we marry expert knowledge of Mongolia with expert knowledge of people to bring you an experience that will drive your team to greater success. Bring your team to Mongolia and let us help you bring your team to the next level.
Authentic shared experiences are a powerful tool for developing team cohesion and development. The more authentic the experience, the greater the impact. We believe that putting your team through genuine hardship, self reflection and shared problems WITH an inspirational outside practitioner is imperative for the longevity and development of your team. Couple this with an amazing location and you have yourself a truly authentic team-building experience.
WHO - Suitable for management, department and executive level staff.
HOW MANY - Maximum of 10 staff members recommended.
HOW LONG - 3 - 8 days.
WHERE - Khuvsgal lake, Gobi Desert or Arkhangai Aimag.
WHAT- Authentic activities and experiences.
BY WHO - Inspirational trainer and guide
WHAT ELSE - Comprehensive pre and post tour support and advice
WHAT FIRST- Contact us below and we will tailor an itinerary to meet the needs of your awesome team!
Who are ‘The Hu’,
and how can they help your business?
“HU!! HU!! HU!!” 45m YouTube views
The Hu have become a surprise sensation by marrying western rock music with traditional Mongolian music. The Mongolian flavor of their music comes from the two stringed Morin Huur (horse head fiddle) and khoomei (throat singing).
Now that they have conquered Mongolia they are out to conquer the world; but whilst the Hu may seem completely new and unorthodox to us, Mongolian rock music isn’t exactly new, so what has been their formula for success and how can companies emulate them?
As any athlete will tell you 99% of success is attributed from hard work not talent. The 10,000 hour rule stands that can-not be cheated. There is no such thing as ‘winging it’ to success especially long term success. The Hu are no different, with four of the members being graduates from the Mongolian State Music and Dance Conservatory and all of the members having practiced traditional Mongolian music from an early age.
Identity and Mission
No one likes a copy-cat whether it be in music, business or otherwise. Copy cats lack differentiation and drive but above all they lack creative flair which inevitably hinders them from achieving long term success.
The biggest thing that copy cats lack however is an identity, a true meaning as to what they are doing and why. With the Hu they have a clear identity, they are Mongolian and they don’t pretend to be anything different. Furthermore, their music and story is helping them to spread their message of Mongolian culture and values. Their singing is not about sex, drugs and heartache, that would be very copy-cat; but nor is their singing about the Mongolian stereotype of ‘bloodthirsty warriors’. Instead they sing about their ancestors and nature with the title of their debut album ‘Gereg’ meaning passport, their way of reminding the world of the benefits the Mongolian empire brought to the world.
Hu Are You?
Bands are no different to companies, both need to differentiate themselves and both need to be confident with who they are. So is your company on the road to long term success? As a start-up or small business owner you should be able to answer the below questions.
1 – Are you prepared to put in 10,000 hours to make your company a success?
2 – Are you a copy – cat? If the answer is no, then exactly how are you different?
3 – What are the core values of what you are selling/providing your customers?
Long term, high level success is complicated and gets even more complicated when we want others to adopt our identity, mission and level of hard work. Your staff can help you scale your business as well as crumble it.
We are Authentic and Nomadic!
Mongolia is home to one of the few remaining truly Nomadic cultures in the world. It is this Nomadic culture and way of life that we take great pride in. Every tour with us emphasizes learning from Nomadic people and staying overnight with a Nomadic family. If comfort is your priority when traveling, we recommend you choose a different operator or indeed a different destination. Furthermore, our customer service team operate Nomadically in the UK, China, Europe and North America. With extensive experience on tour in Mongolia, they speak your language and understand the excitement and anxiety of traveling to Mongolia. Our Mongolian certified tour guides possess a wealth of knowledge and passion that is sure to make them a highlight of your trip.
Whatever your query, concern, request or dream, our staff members at Nomadica are here to make sure your journey in Mongolia remains the most impressive of your life. Happy travel!
Start your journey today and email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mongolian Culture at its best
Our tours would not be as special as they are without the cooperation and support of our core nomadic family group. Their hospitality, kindness and warmth is greatly appreciated by all who visit them.
When family members have time they often make felt products by hand which we encourage tourists to purchase during their 'Nomadic home stay' experience. For more details regarding the felt products please contact our online representatives.
World Nomads- Travel Insurance
Safety is Nomadica's priority
Travel Insurance is compulsory, please make sure to purchase a plan that covers your entire time in Mongolia. For convenience, professionalism and cost we recommend 'World Nomads'.
Lotus Children's Centre
Mongolian Culture at its best
Nomadica proudly cooperates with Lotus Children's Centre, an orphanage operating in the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar city. Whilst Mongolia is a country of intense beauty we highly encourage visitors to interact with nomadic culture and local Mongolian people. Some of our tours visit the Lotus Children's Centre where both visitors and children are encouraged to interact with each other during an afternoon of performances.
Please contact us if you are interested in a tour that includes a lotus children's center visit and if you would like to make a donation to Lotus Children's Centre please do let us know or alternatively contact them directly at: http://www.lotuschild.org
Travel with like-minded people
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Do you dream of travelling with like minded people and experiencing a true vacation?
Are you searching for the ultimate location and is that location a place of vast wilderness and authentic culture?
Join us for an unforgettable experience that turns your dream into a reality!
Last updated: February 19, 2020
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Winter Adventure in January - 2020
An interview with our Nomadic traveler -
1. What made you take a trip to Mongolia?
To be honest, I'm not completely sure why I decided to book it - I think I saw the ad some time ago and thought it looked like a good adventure. As I was going home for Christmas and this year's winter holiday was really early, I wanted to find a place to go other than home (which of course is nice too when you live far from your family), but decided to go somewhere I have never been before and where few people go. So the first thing that crossed my path was Mongolia.
2. What were your expectations before going and how was that different to the reality?
I had been looking at pictures on the internet before I went, and I have a friend from Inner Mongolia who sometimes showed me pictures of her home. My expectations... honestly I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was open for a surprise and tried to expect as little as possible. I had read a couple of books, because sadly my general knowledge about Mongolian history and life was rather limited. Sadly it’s a country that we don’t hear of a lot!
Expectations, when they don't get met, usually lead to disappointment, and I just wanted to experience something new with an open mind. The reality was mind blowing and awesome, it was a good choice to go to Mongolia!
3.What is the first thing you remember experiencing in Mongolia?
The first thing I thought, when we flew into Ulaan Baatar was: There are so many hills and mountains, almost no cities or towns. And a lot of snow. And clear, blue sky... then, after landing, my guide picked me up - he's a funny and very knowledgeable guy, I was lucky to have a guide like him! The first thing stepping outside the airport was a breeze of fresh air. In the evening, when I walked around the parliament building, I could feel the cold for the first time. Killing my iPhone battery in a very quick time. Later my guide told me that Mongolians joke when the winter comes: Better take care of your iPhone! ... As the cold kills the battery within a couple of minutes.
4. What was the highlight of your whole trip?
There were several highlights... I can tell you a few. One was definitely visiting the Kazakh family. They were very friendly and told a couple of interesting stories about how they made it to Mongolia, and when we left they invited me to come again. That was quite touching. Another highlight was living in a Ger and experiencing nomad life with a family. The landscape was just beautiful, the sky was so clear at night - which is one thing that struck me the first night in the countryside - the night was super cold, there was no moon and the sky was full of stars!! My temporary home is in Shanghai, and we almost never see a clear sky at night, leave alone all the stars there are to see. Other highlights were just hiking around the countryside, trying out dog sledding, and feeling very welcomed by the people we met in general.
5. What! You went in winter!!! Wasn´t it cold?
Sure, it was cold. But I came prepared, haha! I think if you bring the right clothes, it's not bad. I was lucky and had sunshine every day, so during the day it was quite nice, even when temperatures where at -17 C. At night it was a different story. I tried to not go out after 9 pm, because it was freezing cold and simple things like going to the toilet ended in legs feelings numb and fingers feeling freezing cold. And phone battery dying (you needed a lamp to find the toilet when with the nomad family, and find your way through a herd of cattle. So you need some light to see where you're going... I recommend, no matter if winter or summer, bring a small flash light.)
6. Any tips to fellow travelers thinking about going to Mongolia?
Tips... if you like to rely on internet and social media, don't expect too much outside the city. You can get a Mongolian Sim card, but coverage is quite bad at times, so you will be off the grid for probably quite a while. Something to enjoy! I would bring extra batteries, loaded, because also if you're not in a city, it might become hard to get by electricity. Pack as if you went camping, more or less, if you decide to stay outside the city. In winter, bring a couple layers of clothes and, important, good gloves. The only thing I regret was that my gloves weren't as good as I expected them to be. Also, if you go in winter, basically pack as if you were going on a ski trip. Warm socks, shoes etc. As for the rest - bring an open mind, enjoy the food, which might be quite different from what you know, and enjoy your stay! You might want to book your flight early as well, as there are not too many choices and they might get a bit pricey. I'm eager to go again to see more of this beautiful country.
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2. A Traveler who intends to conclude an Arranged Tour Contract with the Company must fill out an application form that helps the Company to have enough information of the traveler in case of emergency. The traveler will submit it to the Company together with the amount of travel fee which shall be separately specified according to the itinerary.
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1. Deposit & Confirmation:
· Only requires a deposit 30% of total tour cost to confirm and secure your booking.
On receipt your deposit, the company will send you confirmation of your booking along with details of balance payment.
We accept online payment with Master/Visa debit and credit cards, Union Pay, JCB card and AMEX.
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· The final balance & full payment must be paid no later than 40 days prior to the tour departure date.
· If the deadline for the remaining payment is exceeded, the company reserve the right to cancel any reservation or there is no guarantee against otherwise unnecessary changes.
· Please note that some tours can have different conditions for payment and cancellation as highlighted on your tour program.
· Final and balance payment could be paid by Bank Transfer (Wire transfer) or International money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.
1. Credit Card Online Payment
We accept online payment with Master/Visa debit and credit cards, Union Pay, JCB card and AMEX.
Impact Discovery Co.Ltd connects with Golomt Bank of Mongolia to accept Online Card Payment.
All of your card information is processed through SSL protocol with international card security standard.
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2. Wire/ bank transfer:
Beneficiary’s name: Impact Discovery LLC
Address: No. 4-3, building 1/10, Viva city, 4 sub, Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
Beneficiary’s account number:
3635131721 ($ account)
3635131722 (RMB account)
BIC code: Same as SWIFT code
IBAN code: Same as account number
GOLOMT BANK OF MONGOLIA
Swift code: GLMTMNUB
Address: Head office of Gloms Bank, D.Sukhbaatar Square 5, P.O.Box 22, Ulaanbaatar 15160, Mongolia
Please note: that the bank commission fee in Mongolia and the international bank transmission charges are covered by the client.
After you send the money, kindly provide us a copy of each transaction to your tour manager via email.
3. Western Union
Receiver’s First Name: Nyamdavaa
Receiver’s Last Name: Sarantuya
After you send us the money, please tell us the full name of the Sender’s first name and the sender’s last name, sum of money, details of your address, and also the Money Transfer Control Number provided by Western Union.
Unfortunately, we cannot make refunds after the deposit has been paid, however you may postpone your trip to up to one year after your original planned trip. Postponing of your adventure will not be accepted within three weeks of your original departure date. The company must receive all cancellations in writing. Do not consider your change requests and cancelation request official until you receive a confirmation email from us.
Claim before (days) Our charge for cancellation
90 above 30% deposit
0-29 No refund
After trip start No refund
The company reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason, including insufficient number of participants. The company is not responsible for any unrecoverable expenses incurred by Traveler due to trip cancellation, including non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses and visa fees, or additional arrangements should the trip member have embarked prior to the scheduled departure date.
Scheduled tour prices are based on minimum of 4 people. If there aren’t enough people, we will be able to run these tours privately with an extra cost.
Please ensure you carefully read your invoice and all other documents we send to you. You must follow our instructions at all times and you agree to indemnify us against any loss or injury suffered as a result of failing to comply with our instructions. You must conduct yourself in a proper manner so as to not to cause disturbance or offence to other travelers and you agree to take responsibility for any damage you cause to our or any third party’s property. We will not be responsible to you for any loss or damage sustained by you arising from or in relation to your contravention of any law of any place while on the tour. You indemnify us for all third party actions taken against us for loss or damage caused by you or arising from your participation on the tour.
Travel insurance is not included in your tour price, we strongly recommend full coverage travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/ damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed departure date.
Responsibility of the Company
Responsibility of the Traveler
CHANGE AND CANCELLATION OF CONTRACTS
1. The Company doesn’t change booked tour camps due to weather condition or at customers request. All camps are booked prior and paid deposits as soon as the trip is confirmed by the Traveler.
2. The Traveler may cancel the Arranged Tour Contract in whole or in part at any time. If the Arranged Tour Contract has been canceled by the request of the Traveler, he/she must to bear the cost which has already been paid.
3. Discontinuation of trip due to personal reasons or injury/death involved in any animal activities, the company won’t reimburse losses incurred from not continuing the trip and do not provide subsidies, hospital or flight fees.
If you have a complaint while you are on tour you must tell immediately your tour leader and guide, who will make every effort to resolve them. They will complete a report form with you giving details of your complaint and the action taken to resolve it and you should keep a copy of this. Any relevant receipts and substantiating evidence must be attached to the letter of claim.
All terms and conditions are made subject to, and enforced by, Mongolian law and must be done so in a Mongolian court.
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