I was recommended Travel Buddies by a friend and could not have been happier booking my Mongolia tour with them. Zola was a dream and extremely patient helping us customise our itinerary. We were assigned a tour guide, cook and driver for our tour. The tour guide, Enerel, was fantastic – extremely helpful in interpreting for us (she is a polyglot and speaks at least 4 languages fluently) and very knowledgeable about the Western region. Our cook provided us a tasty and varied selection of meals throughout the tour.
Overall, we could not have asked for a better trip. After first travelling to Orkhon Valley, the Western Mongolia tour was the second leg of our trip and it was truly fascinating to experience the cultural differences and similarities between the Kazakhs and Mongols. We also got to visit a Tuvan family, giving us rather extensive insight into the nomadic culture of Mongolia. We really enjoyed our time with all of the families, being able to partake in both outdoor activities such as horse riding, hiking and herding as well as domestic responsibilities (churning butter, meal preparation, making up the fire, etc).
We were very touched by the warmth and hospitality of the Mongolian people, which extended to the treatment we received from Travel Buddies. They went above and beyond to ensure we had a great tour. If you are the adventurous type looking for an authentic and varied Mongolian experience with tremendous value for money, I strongly recommend Travel Buddies.