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Christopher Smith

After many years of travelling across central and northern Asia I decided to move to Mongolia permanently. I have always worked as a tour specialist and have spent the last 10 years bringing my love of Mongolia and my skills as a tour planner together to help visitors experience this amazing country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialise in all of Mongolia and we really pride ourselves on planning trips that focus on activities such as off roading, musical experiences and nomadic lives. Mongolia is a country of spectacular beauty and ancient culture and we like to introduce our travellers to both of these aspects on trips that they will remember for a lifetime."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Before settling in Ulaanbaatar I spent many years working in various hotels across Europe and Asia but I always enjoyed the travel aspect of my job more than anything else. I settled in Mongolia in 2008 and have lived here ever since. I now use my experience as an independent traveller and my professional background with customer service and hospitality to help travellers to visit Mongolia."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I travelled to the Gobi desert was in March (Tip, do not travel in the desert during March) After a 10 hour drive through the snow and rain we arrived at the ger of a local family with which we were planning to stay. Upon entering the home and being introduced to everyone the Grandfather of the family took out a large jug and poured me a bowl of fermented camels milk or Khormog. With everybody watching me I drank the whole lot in one go after which I was told that this was ill advised but that everybody was now really impressed with my determination to be a good guest. We spent the rest of the night playing games and drinking more fermented milk."

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