Mongolia

Discover

Mongolia is a country of breathtaking landscapes and vast steppes. Scattered here and there you come across Gers, the traditional nomad tents of the Mongols that still play a major role in the landscape. The capital city of Ulan Baatar has a rich history from the communist era.

Granite rocks dominate the landscape at Baga Gazriin Chuluu. When visiting the Gobi Desert, you will trek along the Flaming Cliffs at Bayanzag. The Yolyn Am Ice Valley in Gurvansaikhan National Park and Khongoryn Sand dunes is known for the dinosaur eggs and skeleton finds. The ruins of Ongi are the remains of the largest monastery in the country, which is a great place to visit.

One of the holiest sites in Buddhist Mongolia is Tuvkhun Monastery. This forested spot in the Khangai Mountains is fascinating!

You will also encounter mountain lakes and volcanoes during your Mongolia tours. Traveling through Mongolia has so much beautiful nature and culture to offer.

Mongolian horseman

Cultural Tour Mongolia

6 Days / 5 nights

This tour is a perfect introduction to the interesting culture of Mongolia. You will start and end the tour in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. You will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, which was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, and live a local nomadic life in a local Ger camp. You will also have an opportunity to hike in the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai.

Discover Mongolia

10 Days / 9 Nights

Our Discover Mongolia truly does justice to its name. During this tour, you will experience the true essence of Mongolian nature and culture with visits to a nomad settlement, active Buddhist monasteries, historical sites, and national parks. Nature along this tour will be changing dramatically: from the golden dunes of Gobi to the open green valleys dotted with wildflowers, through vast steppes.

Ultimate Mongolia Adventure

16 Days / 15 nights

During our Ultimate Mongolia Adventure, you will travel through the breathtaking landscapes, experience nomadic lifestyle and culture. You will encounter yourself in chilling areas of Lake Khovsgol, known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, travel to Mongolia’s historical site, Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape - UNESCO’s world heritage. You will also explore Gobi Desert where prehistoric remains, impressive sand dunes, and camel herding nomads are awaiting your visit.

Practical information

Itineraries While we intend to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region, and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives of the same level and value for money. Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If you do not receive an immediate answer for any reason, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag, or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures and a GoPro for those action shots; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions;
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colors. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle;
• Adaptor for C and E type plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements If you are a US passport holder you do not need a visa if visiting for fewer than 90 days, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival. For stays of more than 30 days, you must register with Mongolian Immigration within seven days of arrival. For any other passport holders, please do get in touch with us, or the Mongolian Embassy in your country.

Insurance A travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. 
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. Drone use is allowed in Mongolia but several drone laws need to be followed when flying in the country.

Electricity For Mongolia there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins and plug type E is the plug that has two round pins and a hole for the socket's male earthing pin. Mongolia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Religion Buddhism is the largest religion in Mongolia. 

Climate Mongolia has a high elevation, with a cold and dry climate. It has an extreme continental climate with long, cold winters and short summers, during which most precipitation falls. The country averages 257 cloudless days a year, and it is usually at the center of a region of high atmospheric pressure. Average temperatures over most of the country are below freezing from November through March and are above freezing in April and October. Winter nights can drop to −40 °C (−40.0 °F) in most years. Summer extremes reach as high as 38 °C (100.4 °F)

Best time to visit The best time to visit Mongolia is during the Mongolian summer, from the mid of June till the last week of August.
This is the safest time of the year to travel to Mongolia in terms of weather, sunny days throughout Mongolia, and sufficient rainfall to make the steppes lush and green. June and September are both very pleasant times to visit Mongolia. September, autumn is enjoyable, colorful, not hot, and not cold. Nomads have plenty of dairy products and are busy processing milk and preparing for winter. The beautiful countryside of Mongolia is even more beautiful and picturesque with autumn colors.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are banned from entering Mongolia. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.  

Money and currency The Mongolian Tughrik is the currency of Mongolia. Hardly any bank outside of Mongolia will stock Tugrik bills even or coins so that you will have to change your money after arrival. 
Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash if you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine cannot connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit cards can also be used. 

Tipping It is an accepted practice to tip local guides and drivers; 10$ - 20$ per person per day is a suitable amount. We suggest tipping drivers as much as guides since with the distances and terrain involved in Mongolia they often work as hard, if not harder than the guides.

Dress code There are no special dress codes, though you should avoid wearing revealing clothes in the countryside, even on hot summer days. In Ulaanbaatar on the other hand, Mongolian women dress in contemporary Western-style fashions, so you may dress quite freely whilst there.
Warm clothes will be needed for any time of the year: even summer evenings can be chilly. If you are only traveling in the height of summer you don't need a down jacket - a rain shell will do. A long-sleeved shirt is useful against the sun and bugs. A good wide-brimmed hat to protect you from the sun is essential.
From September to June (inclusive) you'll also need a down coat and a fleece or jumper (sweater) - it's surprising how cold it gets when the sun goes down and the wind picks up. A woolen or fleece hat takes up little space and makes a considerable difference, as most heat loss occurs through your head.
In winter bring the warmest clothes you have, including thermal underwear, ski mask, mittens, scarf, and thermal boots.

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Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

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