Mongolia is a country where it is difficult to travel alone, because of the language and the lack of classical landmarks (signaling, public transport …). Your trip is therefore often framed by locals, the best gateway to the culture of a country.
They are the ones that will enable you to discover our great steppes, mountains and desert, our history and our culture, and also to bring you closer to the nomadic families by teaching you how to behave and by helping you to communicate. They will do everything possible to make you travel in good conditions and make you love our country.
Finally, it is partly because it is always necessary to have these two local escorts by your side that the price of a trip in Mongolia remains superior to other more tourist destinations. But it is also thanks to them that trips to Mongolia reveal deep human feelings that are rarely found elsewhere, and remain unforgettable …
The guides are mostly young language students, due to the lack of existing training for this trade; they are therefore interpreters above all. Often in the city, they are not necessarily familiar with the traditional lifestyle of nomadic herders. The experience gained and their complementarity with a driver who is often older and who knows the campaign allows them to be an interesting traveling companion.
Moreover, the Mongols are inherently modest and introverted; do not hesitate to ask them questions, they often know more things than they say.
Drivers seem to be the indispensable element of a steppe journey, the conditions being difficult: bad roads, non-existent signs, knowledge of the indispensable mechanics … they are often drivers of craft, and originating in the countryside to know the roads and know how to locate . It must be borne in mind, however, that the journey here is different; it is customary to go from one point to another by asking for the way to the crossed nomads, for lack of reliable maps and other means of tracking too expensive (GPS). These meetings are part of the journey and regularly serve as an excuse for an invitation under the yurt, just like the regular mechanical stops.
Similarly, it is good to know that a question that always comes to us finds very little resonance with the Mongols: when is it happening? Your drivers know most of the time how many kilometers you have to go, and the approximate time it takes. But to respond to it is to challenge people and bring bad luck; who knows what will happen en route? Enjoy the beauty of the road by letting go on these issues remains the best way to enjoy the journey.
A lot of group travel requires the services of a cook. Without wishing to repeat what we said for the restoration, we will just remind here that making balanced and diversified meals every day is difficult in the countryside.
Also, the conditions for preparing a steppe meal (small gas, wind, outside …) takes time to get ready. Again, patience …
Accompanying equestrian, camel and others are not professionals as we hear, but often people in the family (or in connection with) where we took the animals. They know how to deal with it and are there for that; it is up to you to seek advice if need be, and above all to trust them and follow these tips!