Reasons to Visit
The story of Genghis Khan is fascinating; from his unification of disparate Mongolian clans to the violent rampages across Asia, conquering almost half the known world.
Although it's difficult to believe, once Mongolia's Gobi region was an oasis of lakes, marshes and swamps which were home to a vast variety of dinosaur species. Today, fossils of these fascinating creatures are still being unearthed. Indeed its possible to visit some of these areas as well as to view some of the country's most famous finds.
The Nadaam festival is a spectacle to behold, with local nomads attending from around the country to show off their skills in the “manly” sports horse racing, archery and wrestling. A true Mongolian custom!
Mongolia is a country with a vast variety of differing landscapes. From the lush, alpine valleys found in the north around Lake Khuvsgul to the vast steppe lands at Khustai National Park along with the desolate splendour of the Gobi, Mongolia offers a variety of idyllic and stunning views.
Largely a nomadic nation, traditional Mongolian communities have cantered life around tented “ger” camps, which are still home to thousands of Mongolian people today.
It's virtually impossible to travel in Mongolia for any length of time without encountering something which relates to Mongolian spirituality. Buddhist monasteries can be found within the major towns and cities whilst cairns of stones and other offerings litter the countryside, festooned with vivid blue prayer flags.
The sheer size and vast openness of the Mongolian plains are breathtaking. The Gobi desert covers over 2 million hectares and is home to an array of wildlife and varying terrain.
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Ulaan Bataar is home to Mongolia’s most important working monastery.
The great Gobi Desert stretches across much of southern Mongolia and its border with neighbouring China, and ranges from the towering sand dunes at Khongoryn Els to more forgiving terrain home to ibex, camel and the rare Gobi bear.
As urban capital of a nomadic nation, Ulaan Baatar is something of a paradox, but with the modern world rapidly sweeping away the monolithic remnants of the Soviet era the city has become a forward-looking, if laid-back, base from which to explore this remarkable country.
Khuvsgul is of enormous depth - the deepest lake in North Asia, up to 900 feet deep with a surface area of some 2700 square kilometres. The surrounding countryside is a joy for the explorer - clean air and quiet glades in the taiga forest.
Pay a visit to a family of nomads, people who's way of life has changed remarkably little over the past centuries. These people follow the traditions and practices that have been in place since before the time of Genghis Khan.
The Bogd Khaan Museum consists of a two-storey winter house built for the Mongol ruler by Tsar Nicolas the Second of Russia, as well as a series of temples. Peaceful and serene, it is pleasant to wander round.
Wide expanses of grassland steppe peopled by expert horsemen, high mountains, thick forests and the desolately beautiful Gobi Desert… Mongolia’s vast wilderness landscapes and its people are a link with a distant past and ancient ways of life.
13 Days from £4,870pp
Explore some of Mongolia's highlights including Ulaan Bataar, the Gobi Desert, Kharakorum and the Khustai National Park.
22 Days from £6,150pp
A comprehensive exploration of Mongolia, with time in the Gobi and the north of Mongolia.
14 hours (via Beijing)
GMT +7 to GMT +8
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
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