43 telephone: 0845 330 8579 ( local call rate, UK only) international telephone: + 44 1453 844 400 www. mountainkingdoms. com Grade: Moderate Grazing camels on the Nomads & Ibex trek, Catherine Darjaa Grade: Gentle I n true nomadic style we trek between the twin peaks of Mount Kharkhiraa ( 3,978m/ 13,051ft) and Mount Turgen, our bags carried by pack horse and camel. Glaciated mountains, brilliant lakes, wild flowers and dramatic rock formations can all be seen as we trek along high mountain ridges and through steep sided valleys, and the scenery is breathtaking from our two passes of roughly 3,050m/ 10,000ft. This is a wild, unkempt region where local people live a continuous nomadic existence and we will encounter their ' open house' hospitality. There is also a good chance of seeing ibex high on the steep, rocky mountainsides. At the end of the trek there is time for sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar. T he beautiful rolling hills and lush green valleys of central Mongolia are home to many nomadic families, offering the perfect combination of gentle trekking with cultural insight. Our journey to the Far East begins with a flight to Beijing where we will spend time sightseeing, including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, before taking the train across the Gobi Desert to Ulaanbaatar. We will visit Genghis Khan's old capital, Kharkhorin, and trek on the edge of the Khangai mountain range. Some nights we will sleep in traditional gers. We visit yak and horse breeding families and enjoy a mineral health spa. After our trek we will see Mongolia's National Day celebrations, Nadaam, this year in Tsetserleg, with wrestling, maybe archery contests and horse races to enjoy. Sightseeing in the capital Ulaanbaatar concludes the journey of a lifetime. The Nomads & Ibex Trek A two- week magical, mountain adventure in the remote northwest corner of Mongolia. The Genghis Khan Trek Ancient cities, desert travels, mountain walks and traditional festivities; all in one thrilling adventure. Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients £ 2,325£ 3,195 Land OnlyFlight Included Mon 28 Jun - Wed 14 Jul On Trek: 8 days Appointed/ Local Leader Catherine Darjaa in Mongolia, Local Leader in Beijing Accommodation: Hotels: 6 Train: 1 Gers: 7 Optional: Single Room £ 85 Insurance: £ 145 1- 5 Fly Beijing, visit Great Wall & Beijing sites 6- 7 Trans- Mongolian Express to Ulaanbaatar 8- 13 Travelling & trekking in Khangai mountains 14 Attend Nadaam festival 15- 17 Ulaanbaatar sightseeing, fly London Trek | Duration: 17 Days Trek | Duration: 15 Days £ 2,225£ 3,095 Land OnlyFlight Included Fri 16 Jul - Fri 30 Jul Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients On Trek: 8 days Appointed Leader Enkhbold Darjaa Accommodation: Hotels: 4 Camping: 8 Optional: Single Room £ 105 Single Tent: £ 45 Insurance: £ 145 1- 2 Fly Ulaanbaatar 3- 11 Fly Ulaangom, trek ' between the twin peaks' 12- 15 Fly Ulaanbaatar, city tour, fly London Festival Outer Mongolia A vast and spectacular wilderness, stretching from the Gobi desert through grassy steppe to snow capped mountains, Outer Mongolia remains largely untouched by the modern world and is a peaceful land where nomads and wild horses still roam freely. Looking for an unforgettable family adventure? See our Family Trek Mongolia on page 69 Featured in a book of ' The World's Great Adventure Treks' published by New Holland.
More holiday options... See pages 18- 21 for treks and tours to Tibet Yangtse Gorges Extension Fly to Chonguing to join the Victoria Star, or her sister ships, the Prince or Queen, for a three- day luxury cruise down the magnificent gorges. Disembark at Yichang and fly back via Beijing or Shanghai. Xi'an Extension This three- day extension takes you from Beijing to all the major sights of China's ancient capital including the impressive Terracotta Warriors, the vibrant Muslim Quarter and towering Big Goose Pagoda. Full details and prices on request 0845 330 8579 China China is transforming itself from an ancient society into a modern day economic dynamo and, after many years of isolation, is opening its arms to visitors. This new found confidence, coupled with an abundance of cultural, historic and scenic sights, makes China today's must- see destination. Whether you're stepping back in time on the monumental Great Wall, walking through beautiful Tiger Leaping Gorge, meeting welcoming minority groups in Guilin, or visiting the incredible Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, China really does have something for everyone and there has never been a better time to visit. Download holiday itineraries from www. mountainkingdoms. com e: info@ mountainkingdoms. com 44 Cormorant fisherman, Yangshuo - Guilin & the Tribes of Southwest China