7 Big First Time Questions About Visiting Mongolia - The Ultimate Adventure Destination
Pretty much everyone in the world wants to see Mongolia. And who can blame them?
It’s only the most raw and awe-inspiring adventure in the world
Here we answer the top 6 questions that we are constantly asked by people visiting Mongolia for the first time.
1. How Diverse is Mongolia?
- Mongolia is a country with a fascinating history and culture that is well and truly alive today.
- Mongolia is a landlocked country located between Russia to the North and china to the south and deep within the interior of Eastern Asia far from any Ocean.
- It has a continental climate with long cold winters and short cool-to-hot Summers. It has remarkable variety of sceneries which include a plant steppes, semi-deserts, and deserts.
- However in the West and North, forested high mountain ranges alternate with lake-dotted basins.
- Mongolia is largely a plateau whose 75% is occupied by pasturelands supporting the immense herds of grazing livestock which the country is known for.
- The mountain Forest-steppe zone exhibits the richest diversity of plant and animal life. Forests grow thicker on the northern slopes.
- Semi-deserts are found in the Great Lake intermountain depression in the West and across the Gobi in the south, giving way to occasional areas of true desert.
- One of the best things about visiting Mongolia, is that it has a rich and diverse wildlife that has attracted international attention and has huge commercial importance.
- The people of Mongolia are quite homogeneous ethnically.
- The vast majority of the population speaks Mongolian, and nearly all those who speak another language understand Mongolian.
2. What is Mongolia is known for?
- Mongolia is home to the endangered snow leopard.
- Mongolia is known as the land where dinosaurs once roamed.
- Over 25% of mongolian people live as nomads.
- The great Genghis Khan is Mongolia's founding father
- Mongolia is known for their Golden Eagle Festival dedicated to Eagle hunting.
- The endangered two-humped Bactrian camel is native to Mongolia.
- Mongolia is known for their Gers, their portable tents
- Mongolia is famous for the iconic Gobi Desert., and its stunning scenery
- The Mongolian grasslands, savannas and shrublands ecoregion forms a crescent around the Gobi desert, where many mongolians families own horses that roam the steppes.
3. When is the Best Time To Visit Mongolia?
- The best and probably most advisable time to visit Mongolia is during the Mongolian summer which falls between June to the end of August.
- During the summer there is sufficient rainfall to make the steppes lush, green and beautiful to visit.
- The shoulder months of June and September are both very pleasant times to visit Mongolia with September being an autumn season making it enjoyable, colourful and with a nice weather.
- In July, you get the chance to see the Naadam festival, it is the best time for a Gobi Desert tour and also the best time to travel to the Northern Mongolia and tour Khuvsgul Lake.
- However some adventurous people choose winter. Read about Mongolia in the winter here
4. What To Do When Visiting Mongolia in Just One Week!
- Day 1: Start your adventure at Ulaanbaatar.
- Explore this Mongolia's capital city, head to Sukhbaatar Square to see your first Grand statue of Genghis Khan and visit the Naraan Tul Market.
- Day 2: Visit the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.
- Enjoy one of the most interesting day trips out of the city which takes you less than an hour from Ulaanbaatar.
- Day 3: Head out early to get to Hustai National Park.
- It is home to Asia's wild horse while offering breath-taking views of the surrounding snow-capped mountain.
- While you are here, there in a Mongolian Ger and experience a glimpse of Mongolian family life and taste authentic Mongolian food.
- Day 4: Visit the Kharkhorin City and Erdene-Zuu Monastery.
- This City was the ancient capital of Mongolian Empire founded by Ogodei Khaan, successor of Chiggis Khan.
- Day 5: Take a trip to Ugii Lake.
- This is a freshwater lake in central Mongolia.
- Here you will have the opportunity to see variety of bird, enjoy nature and even interact with fishermen.
- Day 6: Wake up early enough and embark on a journey to Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes.
- This is one of the best places in Mongolia for landscape photography because of its unique combination of sand dunes, forests and mountains.
- Day 7: This being your final day in Mongolia, head back to Ulaanbaatar and get one last stroll through the city to enjoy other attractions that you may have missed on your first day exploring.
5. Is Visiting Mongolia Safe?
- The great thing about visiting Mongolia is that, it is a relatively safe country for foreigners.
- However there are few pointers worth noting:
- Late night outside are the same as in most urban areas and questionable areas are prone to petty crimes especially after dark.
- Take care if you venture into one of the many local drinking establishments, when visiting Mongolia.
- This is because; as much as most people are respectful it is not always the case with younger Mongolian man when they are drinking.
- The vast majority of the Mongolian are friendly and helpful.
- However it is rare for Mongolian people to have many english speaking skills.
- Chinese visitors may not feel nearly as comfortable in Ulaanbaatar, as unfortunately some Mongolians have some issues with Chinese people
6. Best Things To Do When Visiting Mongolia
- Visit the Gorkhi-Terelji National Park.
- Visit Ulaanbaatar. and try some mongolian food. in one of the best restaurants in Mongolia
- Learn and experience the rich culture and history.
- Ride a camel in the Gobi Desert.
- Sleep in a monastery.
- Drink Airag.
- Enjoy basking in the sunlight at Khovsgol Lake.
- Get an experience of their festivals like Naadam, the Eagle Festival among others.
- Stay in a Ger.
- Visit Ghost King and the Altai Mountains.