National Capital Astronomers Club
Mongolia Astronomy Mission
August 1, 2008Eclipse
NOTE ABOUT THE TOUR
COMPANY: The Mongol Global Tour Co. has been providing quality, customized travel to
Mongoliafor 10 years. We have very good connections in the government as well as the business community. We will be glad to use our full resources to minimize the problems and maximize what is accomplished during
your time there. We have offices in Southern
California, Beijingand UlaanBaatarand therefore can
provide you the needed arrangements in Mongoliawith
the ease of communicating your needs here in the USA.
July 27:Arrive in UlaanBaatar:You will
arrive in UlaanBaatar.There your guide/translator will pick up your
group. Depending on what time you arrive
there is time, you will visit
the Chingiis Khan Campground on the way into Ulaanbaatar. This interesting Ger
hotel has replicas of the old platform Gers, hero’s totems, ancient weapons and costume. You may also have an
opportunity to take a short horse-back ride and enjoy the area. (meals on
ULAANBAATARANDMONGOLIA: UlaanBaataris the capital
of Mongoliaand by far the largest city in the country. It population is over 600,000. To this day around
50 % of Mongols are nomads living in the countryside. Their lifestyle is essentially unchanged for the last 2,000 years (despite their
awareness of many possible modern conveniences). The Mongol people, once the rulers of the largest empire in the world, are surprisingly
gentle and sweet natured. From the mountains, to the lakes to the deserts to the Steppe, Mongoliais a land of wide open
spaces, beautiful nature and with such little rainfall that it has been called "the land of eternal blue skies." Due to the relatively
small population of Mongoliaand the wide open countryside (hence a relatively small number of city lights, etc)
long been a highly favored area for observing astronomical phenomenon. We are delighted to work
with astronomy teams to maximize your observing and recording of major astronomical events.
July 28: Ulaanbaatar: Today can either be a free
day or we can give you a tour of UlaanBaatar. B,L
TOUR OPTION IN UB:Morning visit to SukhBaatar Square then
to the Gandan Monastery (80 foot tall statue of Buddha, practicing Tibetan Buddhist Lamas) Then we
will visit Choijin LamaTempleMuseum. After lunch visit the NationalHistoryMuseum(which has some wonderful exhibits,
especially concerning Chingiis Khan and the tribal costumes). B,L
NOTE: We can also
set up a meeting with you and Mongolian astronomers regarding various aspects of working in Mongolia.
July 29: UB: Wewill
take you to the Bogd KhanSummerPalace and the ZanabazarArt
Museum. After lunch visit the Natural History Museum, which has many interesting exhibits, most notably the dinosaur and dinosaur eggs
exhibits as well as many of the minerals, stones, etc. found in Mongolia. B, L
will want to obtain a general list for desired meals for your group well in advance to purchase most of the food for your trek. However We can also take you to the grocery store to purchase some special foods needed for expedition as
well as people can pick up snacks, etc.
July 30: Today you will be transferred to the airport for
your flight to Ulgii. There your vehicles and local
assistants will meet your group and transfer you to your ger camp. B, L,
NOTEONPERMITS: We can
obtain the necessary permits needed to enter Mongoliaon an official scientific basis. It may be possible to do
this operation without this official permission, however we submit that it is to your benefit for us to obtain the permission. This protects you from the possibility of not being allowed to set up your expedition. Also this way we can more easily obtain information and official support for your trip, which can be VERY
let us know how much equipment you will need to bring. We can make arrangements to help you
transport the equipment that you need for this work.
NOTEONYOUR CAMP: We will work with the Mongol astronomers as well as International Astronomers counsel as to determining the
best site to set up your camp. We will set up your camp in advance of your arrival in the Bayan
Ulgii Aimag. We will set up whatever amount of gers are necessary to support your group,
including a kitchen/dining ger, several sleeping gers and a temporary bathroom-type facilities for your stay. We will set up the astonomy site ger camp BEFORE you arrive so that
when you arrive you will be ready to work.
NOTES ON YOUR SUPPORT TEAM: We will be
providing a translator/guide for your expedition to accompany you from UlaanBaatarand to assist you throughout your trip. We will also provide
a cook, drivers, vehicles and a camp manager to keep the operations of your camp fully functional during the expedition.
You can set up and test your equipment this day and evening so that you know that you are ready for the following day’s
Eclipse. B, L, D
OPTION: You can also meet the Kazakh Mongol Eagle Hunters. The Eagles do the
You will accumulate your photos and other scientific data regarding the eclipse.
Aug. 2: We will
take you back to Ulgii. Our team will break down the camp. If there is a flight available on this day we will fly you back to UlaanBaatar.
Aug. 3: Today we
will fly you out of UlaanBaatarfor your international flight home. OR we can provide
some or all of you additional tours.
END OF EXPEDITION
NOTE: There are
OPTIONAL SIDETRIPS IN MONGOLIAWHICH WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Those who want to immediately return to the USAcan do so while others stay in Mongoliaand take
these side trips. This could also be just your own group or it could be that a few of your
group will join others.
There are many, many options.
Just let us know what other sites that you might want
There are several interesting treks which we can offer
GobiDesert– 3-days (price range:
$490 - $590/person depending on numbers traveling)
Karakhorum - 3-days (price
range: $390 - $460/person depending on numbers traveling)
3-days (price range: $585 - $675/person depending on numbers
AltaiMountainTrek: There is an interesting adventure trek which can begin in Ulgii. We can drive you over the Altai mountains where you can meet Nomads in the mountains with large herds of cattle, yaks, goats and sheep as well as many camels
and horses. You will also see petroglyphs, deer stones
and ancient burial sites. This trek ends in
UlaanGoom. Then we can fly you back to
UlaanBaatar. This trek is
typically 4-5 days long. (price range: $755 - $925/person depending on numbers
Your MongoliaAstronomy Team Journey:
Land Package and
Domestic Asian Air including ger camp setup in west Altai mountain region: $3,665/person (minimum
of 10 people)
We can provide this trip for less than 10 people however, the cost will be higher due to the set up
costs for the ger camp in the countryside for the astronomers.
(This price could possibly be lowered once we have
the total numbers of participants and have other questions answered. The more people on this
trip, generally the lower the price that we can offer. We still need additional information
from you to give you a concrete best price)
Special features of this mission/trip:
Meeting with astronomers in UB
Flights and trek to the astronomy site
Transportation of people and a certain amount of equipment - #
Ger Camp setup at astronomy sites
Ger Camp manager, cook, and 2 other general staff at camp
Support Drivers and vehicles at campsite
Optional post journey tours available
Additional General Costs:
Permits and official clearance for setup: $500 - $2,000?
# Overweight equipment transport:
this depends on amount and weight of extra
Additional expenses: ????
We need more information about your needs to best determine this.
Single Supplement: $445 – (Hotels only - Single Occupancy not guaranteed in ger
International flights: $1,885 - $2,655? (We can lock in prices once we know the number of people going.
We can generally beat the prices you will find by at least $200/person.
USA– Beijing– UlaanBaatarRT
- exact price of flights depends on the time of booking and
- We can provide connection flights for reasonable
- The sooner we book the flights, generally the better price we can
obtain for you
Business Class on international flights available for excellent rates
Land Tour price includes: Domestic Mongolian flights, buses, jeeps, private transportation, all tours, guides, drivers, transfers, 4-star hotel (double occupancy) in Beijing, hotels in Mongolia all meals in China
(except one), all meals in Mongolian countryside, breakfasts and lunches in UB.
Not included: International airfare, items listed as "optional" Airport exit tax in Mongolia, Chinese visa, tips, dinners in
UlaanBaatar (this is to allow those who want to rest in UB to go back to the hotel and rest).
Note: We do provide visa services for China
We highly recommend Travel Insurance for All international
We can offer you Travel Guard
At excellent rates!
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Questions and Answers
Where exactly will the camp be (latitude and longitude)?
A. We will work with you and various experts to
determine the best site and will set you up there.
2. Q. How are the accommodations set up in a ger
A. Typically 4 can sleep comfortably in a ger.
on your budget. This
can be done a number of ways.
Will any of the travel be physically difficult?
A. The hardest part will most likely be driving from
Ulgii to the
depending on how far you have to go. You will likely not have good roads (possibly no roads) to
where your best site will be. This is not a problem – just prepare yourself for a bumpy
We have worked with
scientific teams on a number of occasions (including astronomy teams) before and will be glad to provide quality support services for your
Please let us know how
we might best serve you.
We can provide international flights to
Mongolia at excellent prices!