Our operations in Mongolia began in June 2009 with immersive and rustic experiences for our students. Since then we have delved even deeper into the rich Mongolian culture to deliver hands-on service and outdoor adventures.
Our Mongolia program starts and finishes in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Rustic Pathways' leaders will meet students when they arrive at the airport in Ulaanbaatar. Please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us on 1800 321 435 for complete information about air travel. Our Mongolia program also connects directly to programs in Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, China, Vietnam and India.
Population: 3 million
Capital City: Ulaanbaatar
Currency: Tögrög - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 1,218 tögrögs (as of November 2010)
Nadaam Festival: Mongolia's national holiday and a celebration of the three manly sports - archery, wrestling and horse riding
Steppes: the green rolling hills of Central Mongolia Nomadic Lifestyle - 30 percent of Mongolia's people are nomadic
Ger: Nomadic home
Sain baina uu: Hello, are you well?
Mal sureg targan tavtai yuu?: Are your animals fattening up nicely?
Nokhoi Khorioroi!: Where are your dogs? (A common greeting when approaching a friend's ger)
The Mongolian Empire once stretched from present-day Poland in the west to Korea in the east and from Siberia in the north to the Gulf of Oman and Vietnam in the south, covering about 34 million square kilometres. This expansive empire earned Genghis Khan the name Man of the Millennium. Genghis Khan literally means "Universal King." His real name was Temujin, which means ocean. With 16 million living men carrying his Y-chromosome, Genghis Khan had about 800,000 times the reproductive success of the average man of his age. Fossilised dinosaur remains were found in the Gobi Desert in the 1920s, along with the first dinosaur eggs. After a year's use, the Mongolian tögrö?g smells like mutton.