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  • Junita C
    Ourimbah, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must visit whilst in Mongolia. We had the best day visiting this monument. So much history to learn. Camels and a falcon to view as well.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Helph M. Honorat
    Tokyo, Japan99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a great experience with wonderful scenery. The guide was nice and friendly. I was able to ride a camel. I enjoy spending time with the nomadic family. It’s a 5 hour drive each way so you should get prepared for that. This trip was an unforgettable solo adventure.
    Written 3 June 2024
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  • MyNameHere
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour was really great. The tour guide is very nice and can speak English very well. He helped me plan the trip as exactly what I wanted! He is very knowledgeable and through him I understood the city a lot. Not only this, as my return flight was on the same day but at late night 11pm, after the tour, the tour company arranged me another car to drive me to the airport with a very reasonable price. What I could say about the tour is perfect and professional!
    Written 14 July 2019
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  • Ginger B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience — I highly recommend! The starting point is about 90min from the city center making it an easy day trip. The day with Zolo and Ogi was perfect— they accommodated my skill level, had safe and well outfitted equipment and packed a nice lunch. The scenery is unreal and the ride was fun and accessible for most levels. The museum is a nice addition as well.

    More impressive was that the guides from Mongolian Trekking actually helped me when I was in a bind on a different day in Mongolia. It’s a long story but I was in a bind and sent a WhatsApp to them as the only locals I knew. Zolo looked out for my well being as a solo female traveler and managed me safely out of a tricky situation through his local contacts and knowledge — all on his day off! Really amazing people at this company. Wish I knew about them before I arrived and I would have booked another excursion with this group.
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • PrincessAsta
    Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had an excellent time on this two day tour to Central Mongolia. Great to get out of the city and see Mongolia’s incredibly beautiful countryside. The roads are pretty bumpy, but our amazing driver did a great job of avoiding the major potholes.
    Jagaa was an exceptional guide. He has a fantastic knowledge of his country and his English was excellent. We were able to discuss all sorts of topics. He was flexible and accommodating, with great written communication before I arrived in Mongolia.
    The night in the yurt was comfortable and really warm. Shared bathroom facilities, but luckily a modern toilet. Phew!
    I would highly recommend this tour to anybody travelling solo. At all times I felt safe and well cared for, despite being the only person on the tour, and heading off into the Mongolian wilderness. A beautiful country to explore, and the guys at Danista Nomads Tours made that all possible.
    🙏
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • Anisa J
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour was amazing. I asked if I could extend a day prior to going and was easily able to do so. I would highly recommend this company. They were very hospitable and the tour guide and driver were amazing. All the stops were great. There was a lot of driving but that is the nature of this tour.
    Written 25 May 2024
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  • Helph M. Honorat
    Tokyo, Japan99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was very to find out where the taxi driver is after leaving the customs. It’s quite a long drive from the airport to the city center.
    Written 3 June 2024
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  • Jackie G
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was our first visit to Ulaanbaatar and Bayambaa picked up my colleague and I at our hotel. He took us to see the Chinggis Khan statue and the sights of the National park. It was a fabulous tour. Bayambaa was a great driver and we felt very safe. Would highly recommend 👌
    Written 11 November 2023
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  • Fernando Soto
    New York City, NY4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was one of a kind experience for me. Every step of the journey had something I have never imagined. Staying from a nomadic style yurt to riding a camel with 2 humps. The sky is unbelievable at night, so vast and clear. The guide had good knowledge about the environment and the lifestyles of the nomads. Wish I can experience this kind of novelty everywhere I went.
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Michael B
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did this tour in May 2024 with 3 friends, overall enjoyed it but there were alone notable downsides and easy improvements could be made. Have written below in time-order our experience of the tour, hope you find it helpful.

    + = positive
    - = negative

    + Arranged tour by emailing Danista Nomads for more info and to ask questions: spoke with Jagaa who was very friendly and helpful. Seemed to care that we have a good tour experience and very willing to answer all questions etc. Flexible with how we arranged payment and small adaptations to tour
    +Jagaa needed to delay start of tour by a short while and emailed us about this many days before, great communication and showed he valued our time and experience
    + On day of tour starting, tour guide (Saruul) and driver (Tumro) turned up promptly and were very friendly, immediately made us feel at ease and welcomed for 5 days away

    Day 1 and 2 not much to say besides we really enjoyed things so far. Driving time and activities felt balanced.
    Day 3 was a loooooong drive but worth it to see Orkhon Valley. Stargazing at night was something we’ll never forget. The waterfall area is beautiful.
    Day 4 took a big downturn in quality, sadly. We drove for the whole day until about 5pm, and when we arrived at Ugii lake there was no activity and nothing to do besides go on a walk if you want. We’d rather have stayed in Orkhon Valley. Essentially an entire day of driving for very little.
    Day 5 was a long drive back (as we expected) to Ulaanbaator with a stop to see Hustai National Park. The information centre there is really good. You drive out a short distance where you park up and can look at the surrounding hills, spotting wild horses. Along the way you can see marmots, too, which is fun. It was a bit of a let-down though, as ultimately you drive into a small area of the park and look very far into the distance to see horses. Not really the best experience, especially considering it was the only thing we did for the last day.

    -/+ On our way back our itinerary had a visit to Tövhön Hiid but on the day we were expecting to go, our guide said we weren’t going to go anymore because the hike is long and apparently very muddy so would be difficult.
    We understood and thought this was a reasonable change, but in a day of 6 hours driving and one of only two activities this was disappointing. No offer was made of an alternative or to partially refund us even the cost of admission (if there is a cost) or for the cancellation of the activity, which means the cost saved by not doing the activity inherently goes to Danista’s profits.
    We emailed Jagaa about this and asked if he could compensate us any way. He politely explained some previous group had had a bad time because of the muddiness, which again seemed reasonable, and he offered to refund us the cost of us each to have dinner in the city. The amount we got back was good and we felt this was fair.

    Overall:
    What was good:
    * Driver Tumro was excellent, brilliant driver and control of vehicle, have full faith in his abilities
    * Staying in gers was a great experience, and at each place the hosts were responsive to our needs, often anticipating them. We once woke up in the morning to realise one of the site hosts had quietly come in to start our fire, which was really kind and appreciated (it can get cold!)
    * Having contact with the ger families was a highlight, as you get to see and experience (to a small degree) what their lives are like. I think more of this would be good for the tour as they are unique opportunities to get more insight into nomadic life!
    * Most of the activities/sites you visit are great, we really enjoyed them
    * The tour guide and driver were happy to be flexible with us if we wanted to stop for a break/make small adaptations to the day which was great

    Negatives/Things to improve:
    * More consideration about vegetarian lunches: if it’s been agreed to not be a problem, then a more substantial meal than plain rice and salad everyday (literally) should be expected. 
Mongolia is huge and driving out to such rural areas we explicitly asked Jagaa about if vegetarian food would be a problem, as if it was going to be, we’d have considered if we should go on the tour or not, or bring our own food but Jagaa upon repeated questioning assured us vegetarian food would not be a problem. 
Breakfast and evening meal were always very good only lunches were the problem. At times, it felt that because everyone else ate meat the vegetarian’s choice of food was the least important as long as the others felt happy with their food. This was unfair, especially considering that Jagaa had been so clear it wouldn’t be an issue. When this was communicated to the tour guide she initially said it will always be difficult and suggested instant noodles (that contained meat when translated), however she eventually came up with a better option at a different place. This was after the issue being raised multiple times. Vegetarian meals could have been prepared in advance to avoid this problem. When you’re paying almost $100 a day per person, this isn’t really acceptable.
    * We appreciated that the comments by our tour guide for the vegetarian in our group to ‘try’ some of the meat dishes was probably her trying to be friendly/hospitable, but was uncomfortable for the individual. People have different diets for all sorts of reasons and it’s better to not try to convince a vegetarian to eat meat knowing their diet
    * Regarding tour activities: Less see and tickbox exercise, more do and experience. Have a bit more time at each site (especially museums etc.) to enjoy and read through exhibits if customer wants to. We appreciated the need to not waste time at any place when there’s a lot of driving in one day to do, but if you’re driving that much anyway it’s important that each activity is actually worthwhile and enjoyed and not rushed, otherwise why go there in the first place? We felt a bit rushed through a few (not all) of the museums/sites and would have liked to take a bit more time to enjoy each place.
    * If an activity of the tour is cancelled but has been agreed upon, it would be good for the tour guide/Jagaa to take the initiative to offer either something else instead or a partial refund, instead of waiting for us to raise as a possibility
    * Day 4 took a real downturn in quality. For this 5 day tour, don’t bother going to Ugii lake with yet more driving, hour after hour and then no activity or anything particularly interesting about the place; instead, stay longer in Orkhon Valley as it was by far the highlight and felt such a shame to not spend more time there. We essentially spent almost $400 on a single day as a group for a day of driving to see a lake; totally not worth it.
    * Included in the tour were the tickets for each place you visit. However, it seems that in Mongolia most/all museums don’t let you take ANY photos unless you pay an extra fee, which seems ridiculous, and not something we’ve ever experienced in other countries. This isn’t in Danista Tour’s control, but it would have been good of them to buy us these tickets to take photos freely as it was a big negative. Alternatively, Danista Nomads could advocate for the customers they bring to each museum and try to help change this stupid rule
    * Overall the tour inherently involves a lot of driving which you accept for what you get in return when you start the tour, but I think the balance isn’t right. Day 1 and 2 are fine, day 3 is long but okay if you stay in Orkhon Valley for 2 days but otherwise not. Day 4 is a wasted day if you go to Ugii Lake. Day 5 is obviously a long day going back to UB but could do with better activities.
    * There were also some problems with the US dollars we paid with. Make sure you give undamaged, unfolded new USD notes
    * To Jagaa: it would be helpful if you were more specific about the requirements of the USD, for example which year notes

    Final thoughts: great experience with some notable negatives that would be made much better with some changes. I’d advise researching what you want to do and prioritise minimising driving time where it can be reduced, as there will be lots of driving already anyway. I think the itinerary should be more explicit in describing how many hours of driving per day there will be. Thanks Danista Nomads for an enjoyable tour.
    Written 9 June 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mihael B
    Rijeka, Croatia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Outstanding guide in Ulaanbaatar: Friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, the tour guide made my visit to Ulaanbaatar truly memorable. I wouldn't hesitate to book another tour with them in the future.
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • Megan G
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have visited the city a few times but have never had a chance to explore the countryside until this tour. This tour was a perfect one-day adventure to see some highlights and I thoroughly recommend it. The scenery in the summer is beautiful! my guide Red was very friendly and attentive and spoke great English (as well as several other languages), providing stories and information throughout the day. Because it was a very small group there was some flexibility in the itinerary, and I think we did more than the listing mentions. We visited Turtle rock, walked up to the Aryapala meditation temple, and went to the Chinggis statue, as well as the main event, horseback riding.

    The horseback part started in a stunning river valley with a traditional oxen cart ride. I was paired with a chill horse that fit my complete newbie abilities, and away we went! The scenery was just glorious, and we took a slow and steady pace up the hills and across the streams. I even got to attempt a faster pace on the flat grasslands. Lunch was a tasty tsiuvan (stir fry noodles) - which I chose from a few traditional options offered. Finished the day tired but happy, thank you Rara Avis!

    Extra info: We traveled in a comfortable Prius, and they were happy to drop me directly at my hotel at the end of the day, as well as offering strategic coffee/restroom stops during the trip. Traffic is always a factor in UB, but it was pretty good on a weekend with the 8 am start.
    Written 7 June 2024
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  • Hsin-yi H
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    平心而論Hustai並不建議去,滿無聊的如果沒看到野馬會非常吃虧,但如果你沒有很多時間,又想體驗一下西部的風光還是可以去。但整體來說還是建議特勒吉公園
    這家旅行社的地點跟人員都算不錯,訊息往來也很清楚。前面有人評論說車子拋錨之類的,個人認為在蒙古一切都有可能發生,所以請平常心看待,本次旅行並沒有碰到。駕駛技術也非常好,人也很貼心。
    導遊非常風趣幽默,也有問必答,而且相當照顧旅客。牧民家十分值得一去,食物如果不敢嘗試請分食以免造成食物浪費,動物們都很可愛。

    The manager was nice and speaks fluent English and the location of the office is quite convenient for tourist.
    We went on a day tour to Hustai Park. The van was ok though, the driver's technic is good enough to conquer the worse road condition. And the driver was also nice to elderly people.
    The guide must be more than 5-star level, highly recommended! Mr.Bat was super helpful and considerate and informative (also with a good sense of humor)
    The Hustai park was ok itself, not very worth visiting even we really saw the horses in a really far distance ( not allow to approach due to the law) and had nothing to do since then.
    The local family host lighted up the day, the food was really traditional meal and her farm was super interesting, I would rather stay in her gers for longer time lol
    But if you are not really used to the food please share with others.
    I would say the local family is the focus on this tour to be honest lol
    Maybe we should ask them for one day working on the farm with the local family hahaha
    (Can you have that tour in the future please?)
    I think I will travel with them again.

    I Had more than 50 words come on Trip advisor!!
    Written 14 May 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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