Want to find yourself in the middle of nowhere? Mongolia is the destination for you. With only 1.7 people per square-kilometer, you’ll feel as if you have the vast sandy dunes, towering mountains and deep lakes all to yourself. Head to Ulaanbaatar, the nation’s capital, for city sightseeing tours before exploring local culture, wildlife and natural wonders in the rural Uvs and Töv provinces.
“Scott and the team were fantastic. We were well looked after from the time we landed in Ulaanbator, right through to when we departed. The bike riding was some of the best trail riding that we have ever done, from the varied terrain, the climbs, right through to the downhills, all done in a country that is spectacularly scenic. As good as the riding was, the crew that looked after us were amazing, from the chef who produced some of the best camp cuisine that I have ever eaten (including my Birthday cake), to the support staff and drivers, nothing was ever too much trouble. Thanks for one of the most enjoyable trips ever.”
A tour of Mongolia is perfect for anyone who fancies themselves a nomad. With a population density of only 1.7 people per square-kilometer, Mongolia is uniquely empty, ideal for a little bit of self-discovery. The phenomenal country also has a geographical diversity unlike anywhere else on Earth, combining sandy desert dunes with high mountains and deep lakes - all of which can be enjoyed while soaking up 250 days of pure sunshine each year.
Ride a horse in Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Ride a camel in the Gobi, the fifth-largest desert in the world
Sleep in a ger tent (or yurt), the traditional home of Mongolian nomads
Find serenity at the Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharkhorin
Stroll through the meadows of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
One of Mongolia’s top draws for tourists is the annual Naadam festival. This shouldn't-be-missed event is celebrated in mid-July and is a fantastic way to experience the country’s traditional clothing and dramatic sports competitions.
Get ready for that windswept look. Mongolia is an incredibly windy country, so be sure to bring a windbreaker, something to protect your face (like a scarf), and balm for dry lips.
If planning an overnight trip to the Gobi Desert during the summer, be sure to pack a variety of clothing and supplies for all temperatures. Expect very hot temperatures during the day, but cold winds at night.
When camping, don't take your electricity for granted. Most ger camps rely on generators, and many only supply electricity during certain hours. Ask for hours upon arrival, and be sure to bring some battery-powered flashlights.
Mongolians love visitors. If passing a nomadic family's ger on your travels, don't be shy - stop by for a chat. You'll often be offered a cup of milk tea and some pleasant conversation. Bring some gifts with you in anticipation of these visits.