Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Mongolia

Faculty: Carlisle Chambers
Meeting time: Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm

Student Cost: $2,200

Get ready for an incredible adventure off the beaten path! 

Get ready for amazing natural beauty! 

Get ready for hiking through rugged mountains, treeless steppe, sandy desert, and along deep blue alpine lakes!

Get ready to experience a traditional nomad lifestyle! 

Get ready to be awed by the vastness of the Gobi Desert! 

Get ready to explore the ancient homeland of the world’s largest dynasty ruled by Chinggis Khaan!

Get ready to ride a camel!

This Junior’s Abroad trip is built around the natural and cultural beauty of Mongolia. Mongolia is well known for its nomadic traditions and lifestyle which are still practiced today in the rural areas of the country. 

Our trip begins in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. From there we will travel to the Gobi Desert, an unforgettable landscape mixture of desert, mountainous terrain and borderless steppe. Here we will have an opportunity to embrace the cool climates and hot sand dunes as well as the remains of ancient cities, monasteries, and dinosaurs. This historical area linked Europe and Asia through the famous Silk Road. 

Our next main stop will be Karakorum, the ancient capital of Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan’s Mongolia. In addition to visits to the cultural sites in this area we will also have opportunities to hike a volcano, see eagles, and relax in natural hot springs.

One of the highlights of our trip will be a visit to Khüvsgöl Nuur, a lake set in the mountains of northern Mongolia.  Khüvsgöl Nuur is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and is ringed by ancient pine forests. Khüvsgöl Nuur holds deep spiritual significance to Mongolians. We’ll also be able to enjoy the natural beauty and hiking opportunities.

One of the goals of the trip is to experience the traditional way of life lived by many Mongolian people. Following a seasonal routine based on the raising and breeding of goats, sheep, cattle (including yaks), camels and horses, Mongolian nomads migrate from place to place taking advantage of the most favorable pastures and campsites. We will have the opportunity to share this ancient culture and learn about their religion, cuisine, and way of life. One of our primary lodging accommodations will be in traditional ger (yurt) camps. Half of the Mongolian population still live in these traditional tents. 

Along with the study of the ecology and culture of this region I hope this course will also meet several other goals. The first goal is to examine the cultural and environmental impacts of 70 years of communist rule, mining, industrialization, and tourism. The second goal is to better understand the work of modern Christian missionaries in this part of the world. I hope to connect with mission groups during our travels in Mongolia to learn about their work. 

Oh, and don’t forget the camel rides!

NOTE: This is an adventurous Juniors Abroad trip that will include some long days of travel, hiking and staying in ger (yurt) camps.  Participants must be in good physical shape and be willing to deal with primitive accommodations and conditions.

Tentative Itinerary: 

Day

Activity

1

Travel Portland to Ulaanbaatar

2

Ulaanbaatar

3

Tsagaan Suvarga

4

Yol valley (Vulture Canyon)

5

Khongor sand dunes and hiking to the sand dunes

6

Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs)

7

Ongi temple ruins

8

Kharkhorin and Erdenezuu monastery

9

Tuvkhun temple

10

Tsenkher hot springs

11

Great White lake and Khorgo Volcano 

12

Muran 

13

Khuvsgul lake

14

Khuvsgul lake

15

Urantogoo mountain

16

Amarbayasgalant Monastery

17

Return to Ulaanbaatar

18

Chinggis Khan monument and Terelj National Park

19

Return to Ulaanbaatar

20

Travel to US