Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.
Pacing is usually robust, and half or more of days will be full and active, including some early hotel departures and possible evening activities. Some free time may be available for rest and rejuvination. Travel within the journey is significant and may include several long motorcoach transfers, three or more on-tour flights, and/or occasional travel via non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.
Your city accommodations during this trip are in Deluxe hotels where you will enjoy all the comforts you are used to at home (and then some). For the festival departure, you will stay in a Gobi Desert camp with traditional ger wood and felt tents. If you join the non-festival departure, you'll stay in the Gobi for 4 nights and in another camp with log cabin-style guesthouses for 1 night. These units are not air-conditioned (none is needed) and during cooler weather stoves and heaters provide warmth. Both offer ensuite private bathrooms with showers. At these camps we'll enjoy fresh, Mongolian-style meals (with a few western favorites) in a communal pavilion that also has a bar. Expect clean but simple lodgings where electricity can occasionally be spotty. But in return for any possible slight inconvenience, you will gain an unrivaled, first-hand appreciation for Mongolia culture and nature.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.