Holidays to Mongolia
This relatively untouched landscape – Mongolia is one of the world’s most sparsely-populated countries – is famous for its warm, friendly people and nomadic culture.
Intrepid travellers can follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan and his men along the Silk Road, an ancient trading route which crosses continents, empires and cultures. Witness the chaotic nomadic markets in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s fascinating capital, or explore the whistling sand dunes and rare wildlife of the Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
This relatively untouched landscape is famous for its warm, friendly people and nomadic culture
Where to go
Most Mongolian adventures begin in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s increasingly fast-paced capital. From here head out to the Gobi Desert, an unearthly expanse of space which feels like traversing across another planet, where you’ll find herds of wild camels and horses. Visit the whistling sand dunes or the rare birdlife, such as the Mongolian desert finch and the houbara bustard in the Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
But for the true Mongolian experience, stay in a traditional ger – a nomadic felt-covered yurt – and enjoy horseback trails across a vast, largely empty wilderness. Visit during July and August and catch Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and traditional throat singing during Naadam festival.
When to go
To see Mongolia at its best, visit in spring and summer when temperatures reach a palatable 15-20C. Autumn sees plenty of rainfall, while the deep dark winter months are always snow-bound. July and August coincides with the vibrant Naadam Festival.