Traditional Ger, Mongolia
Once the world’s largest continuous empire, Mongolia is a country of epic landscapes and home to the last truly nomadic people. It is a country rich in incredible history; dinosaur eggs and skeletons are still being discovered, and the influence of Chinggis Khan’s vast empire continues to shape its fascinating culture. Mongolia is truly one of the most rugged, off-the-beaten track destinations remaining, and one that will certainly leave an impact on every visitor.
A trip to Mongolia is rarely a luxurious one, but the scenery to be discovered surely makes Mongolia one of the most rewarding countries in the world to visit. Moreover, with the Trans-Siberian Railway linking Ulaanbaatar and Mongolia, this is a great opportunity to tie these two countries together in one trip.
Hike or ride a camel through the huge sand dunes at Khongoryn Els
Venture through the grasslands and get a taste of the nomadic Mongolian lifestyle
Meet an eagle hunter and learn the tricks of this centuries-old skill
Spend your nights in traditional ger (yurt) accommodation
Learn about Ghengis Khan, the first leader of the Mongol Empire
Capital City: Ulaanbaatar
Time difference: GMT + 8 hours
Flight time: 15 hours to Ulaanbaatar via Moscow
Places to go in Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, will be your point of arrival and is home to a vast collection of the country’s historical relics. The influence of Genghis Khan will become instantly evident as you discover the Central Museum, Genghis Square and the Parliament building. Close to the capital, there lies an abundance of beautiful landscapes that are easily accessible. The Khustai National Park, home to the Przewalski horse, one of the few wild horses on Earth, can be reached in just a short drive from Ulaanbaatar. Likewise, the beautiful Terelj National Park, former capital Kharkorum and giant Genghis Khan statue are all possible short trips from the capital. However, there certainly lies plenty of reward for the more adventurous traveller. The Mongolian steppe, dominated by the Gobi desert that covers southern Mongolia, is an overwhelmingly vast area of land that boasts such striking landscapes as varied as the Yol Valley National Park, Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs and most famous the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes. Dotted across the desert you’ll spot wonderful examples of nomadic culture, and you’ll have the chance to stay in a famous ger (yurt) camp. If you visit in mid-July, the Naadam Festival will showcase the finest examples of Mongolian nomadic culture in the world. To the north, the scenery again changes dramatically, with beautiful volcanoes and freshwater lakes such as Lake Khovsgol, and even natural hot spas.
Map of Mongolia
When to go to Mongolia
Mongolia’s vast landscapes and dramatic sceneries see extreme temperatures – particularly during the winter months – and we would advise against all travel from October to April. The city of Ulaanbaatar is the world’s coldest capital, with temperatures regularly dropping below a nippy -30°C! Instead, catch the country in its full glory during the summer months. July and August see the most visitors, with many travelling to see the traditional Naadam Festival (complete with Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery) in July, so be sure to book well in advance to catch availability in this period.