However, on our trips it's not only all about "adventure" in the sense of mastering the diverse challenges of the outdoors. It is also about meeting people, hearing their stories and learning about their nomadic culture, their rich history and their way of life. So we also assume that you are interested in going to Mongolia for this reason as well. In fact, we even think that this is a point of tremendous importance and that a journey to Mongolia "just for the paddling" would miss out on one of the best experiences that can be made here: Getting to know – and making friends with – the people. Therefore we provide translation around the clock if necessary and we will always be happy to build bridges between you and the people we visit, work with or just happen to meet on the way. This being said, with very few exceptions, we never set up prefab "cultural programmes" for you. Instead, we prefer to just go through the country with open eyes, ears and hearts. We often get invited into families' homes and are being offered drinks of fermented mare's milk and other local delicacies, we share food together, look at our hosts' photo-albums, show ours or simply just talk away the afternoon. And sometimes, on the next day, these or other people visit us in our next camp. But all this is never planned and explicitly not a part of any set-up programme.
Please don't misunderstand though: We do not advertise here the outstanding Mongolian hospitality just in order to rely on or take advantage of it. In fact, we believe that this would be fundamentally unethical. As a principle, we are not trying to be cheap. Instead, we are dedicated to fairness and are aiming for a maximum of sustainability in tourism. For us, this means e.g. that we pay fair and decent wages to the people we work with, avoid sell-out- and exploitative practices and cooperate with projects concerned with community-based tourism and other forms of capacity building and empowerment wherever possible. We all have years or even decades of experience in tourism, research, travel and volunteer-work in Mongolia and other so-called developing countries. So it is probably fair to say that we know about most of the potential problems and pitfalls and have a good long-term overview of what is happening in the country and the industry. And while we have come to know and accept that all tourism has at least some impact on what it cherishes, we have never forgotten the basic but most important principle for keeping this impact as positive as possible: Respect and love for the country and its people.