Travel Gobi Mongolia is a small-ish travel organisation. My wife and I picked it because several others we Googled did not bother to reply to our emails. Several others had a fixed itinerary which did not suit us because of departure dates, group sizes and areas covered by individual tours. To see places we were interested in, we would have to combine 2-3 shorter tours—all departing from Ulaanbaatar. This would mean doubling up on several sections.
Here is where Ganzo from Travel Gobi Mongolia came in with their Big Loop tour, which was exactly what we were after— for the areas it covered. Their group departure date did not suit us due to our arrival date in Mongolia and forward itinerary. Ganzo offered us a private tour (just for two of us) with a departure date to suit us. The Private tour is a Land cruiser with a driver and Guide—if the driver does not speak English. Then we wanted an extra day in the North of Mongolia to do some fishing. No problem said Ganzo and gave us a price for an additional day. There he drove us to any spot we thought excellent for fishing. Yes, we caught a Lenok and Ganzo had it cooked for us for dinner.
Most important thing is to have a good driver… and Ganzo definitely is! From 3500 km we did in Mongolia over 20 days, only 10 % were on sealed roads, which are still a rarety in Mongolia. Another 65% was on “off road driving” where multiple tracks lead through the countryside—without any road signs! Which track do you take? It depends on the last downpour and weather conditions. Another 25% was on strictly 4WD driving crossing the mountain ranges… up and down… with no soul to be seen for hours.
All the time we stayed in Tourist Camps, which meant Mongolian Gers, how romantic!. The best thing was that we travelled in June, which is a quiet period. July and August is peak period when all the locals and tourists crowd the country. In June in most places we were the only ones there and got all the attention from staff getting ready for the crowd. Staff lit our fires in the Ger at evening as well as in the morning before we got up. Another bonus was that we have not seen a mosquito during our travels, great!
We did see the Gobi desert, camels, horses, yaks, goats, sheep… and we tasted their milk and milk products in a Ger with a nomad family.
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