Hi guys ive been looking alot for a forum for traveling and finally found one
iam planing to backpack in china,mongolia and nepal...
i havent decided yet where iam going to start my trip but i want to asa so i can save a few $$$,iam planing to start at about the begining of march,so where do you think its best to start ?
iam also open minded to hear about other routes i can start from another close countries but mongolia,china and nepal are MUST TO places!
That's a huge piece of real estate - almost 6 times larger than Mexico - so you need to research what interests you about each country so you can narrow it down a bit.
id like to hear what you guys\girls suggest,iam really intersted in trekking and nepal is very good for trekkers,iam ready to go off the beaten path if therse intresting places in nepal for example,but therse also the thing with the seasons,any suggested one that is better?
HI- wow you are going to have a amazing time... Backpacking wow.. are you thinking of getting a guide at any point? I find it so much more interesting when you can learn about a country from someone that lives there.. I have just come back for China and although I didn't back pack I used a company called -snip- ( i used there guides) AMAZING and the best experience I have had..
Good Luck and have a great trip
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actually no,i thought just to travel with random backpackers ill meet...
hey guys i bought the ticket for beggining of February and iam starting my trip in new delhi... i guess ill go up the north and then nepal.
I can't help you much with Nepal, but I've travelled around China and Mongolia quite a bit.
My advice to you is this: when in Mongolia, don't book any tours or excursions with any company that will make you stay in a "yurt camp". They're basically hotel rooms in a ger, and just about the most unauthentic, soulless and overpriced experience you can have on the steppe. Instead, when you arrive in UlaanBaatar, ask around, see if you can team up with other backpackers to venture out of the city. Your hostel is a good place to start - I know that the Mongolian Steppe Guest House, for example, offers to help travellers organise multiple-day trips to various regions, by providing them with a van, a driver, a rough itinerary, and, for a small fee extra, if you want, a translator. If you go about things this way, travelling with a local as a guide or driver, you will end up camping and even sometimes staying or dining with local nomads. Expat-run cafes in UB are also a good place to look - the French Cafe in the city center, for example, has a notice board where travellers looking for extra companions will leave notes and contact details.
Another great thing in Mongolia is that it is generally safe (at least if you're not alone) to just flag down a car on the street and ask them to take you places. Much cheaper than ridiculous taxi fares (which only tourists use, really). Along with 2 fellow travellers, a few months ago, we flagged down a car in Darkhan (3rd biggest city in Mongolia) and asked them to take us to a monastery 3 hours out of town. The guy gave us a (very cheap) price, stopped by his house to pick up his son and his tent, and we made an outing out of it. They stayed overnight with us and took us back into town the next day.
Generally, most people tend to be extremely helpful in Mongolia. You can hop on a train and ask for directions, where to get off and where is best for camping... as long as you manage to communicate. Which is why I recommend teaming up with someone else.
As for China... solo backpackers are super common there, and so long as you choose relatively popular hostels, you'll meet tons of people willing to travel with you.
I know this thread is mega old now but your plan sounds awesome! I am hoping to come through Mongolia with the trans-siberian railway and to get off for a week or so there, and then to backpack through China for a few weeks as well. Hoping to get the trans-siberian the 2nd/3rd week of March.
Are you still around and travelling? If you're done, how did it go? Have you got any more tips?
Thanks so much!