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After travelling for more than 7 years, Dariece and I made our way to Mongolia. Even though we had been to over 40 countries at the time, Mongolia still took our breath away and remains today as one of our favourite countries to travel.

A fully nomadic culture, incredibly picturesque landscapes, the unforgiving gobi desert, the dramatic peaks of the Altai Mountains, fascinating traditions and friendly people all combine to make Mongolia a travel destination that you'll never forget.

There's not a lot of information online about Mongolia travel because not a lot of people have been there. On this page you'll find every post we've ever written about where to go, what to do and when to visit this incredible country. 

Mongolia Travel Information


Mongolia travel is still a mystery to so many people, but it's really not that difficult of a place to explore. As long as you know a few of the basics about the culture and planning a trip here, you can easily travel here with a normal amount of travel planning.

Most of what you'll need to organize can be done in the capital of Ulan Bator. Here there are outdoor stores, trekking shops, gear rental locations and tour operators that can help you plan a trip either to the Gobi Desert or to other, more far-flung parts of the country.

The hotels and guesthouse owners generally speak English well in the capital, so you can ask them all the questions you need and they can help you organize your adventures.

Below you'll find all of the posts on our blog that include Mongolia travel information, from things to know about the culture and traditions, to how to take the Trans-Mongolian Train.

The Mongolian Ger – All You Need to Know (With Video)

One of the most interesting parts about traveling Mongolia is the fact that the people living there are nomadic and the land is all Crown owned! Locals (and travellers) can spend the night, or live, wherever they want, for free. The country of Mongolia is basically one ...

The Gobi Desert: A Travel Guide to The Mongolian Desert

There are plenty of mixed reviews coming out of the Gobi Desert and for good reason. Due to the vast expanses of this land, there is an exhausting amount of driving involved in this Mongolian desert tour, which leaves little time to see the actual sites. You’ll ...

A Guide to Independent Trekking in Mongolia

Mongolia is the world’s largest campsite and to come here without doing some sort of trek, would mean missing out on much of the nation’s connection with nature. Mongolians have lived as nomads for thousands of years and they are very proud of their nomadic way of ...

Traveling Mongolia: The Ultimate Backpacking Guide

In this Mongolia travel guide, you will learn everything you need to know about traveling Mongolia on a budget, including things that you’ll never find in your guide book. Jump To: Must-see Places | Must-Have Experiences | Off The Beaten Path | Pros | Cons | ...

Travelling In Mongolia: A List Of Cultural Quirks

So far our trip to Mongolia has been amazing! We’ve spent 6 days on a Gobi Desert tour, watched the Nadaam festivities in the countryside, witnessed a captivating Monk ceremony at a beautiful monastery and wandered around the capital city of Ulan Bator. We saw this ...

Travelling On The Trans-Mongolian Train: All You Need To Know

Travelling on the Trans-Mongolian train from Beijing to Ulan Bator is the rail journey of a lifetime! The scenery and landscapes are fantastic and the overall train experience is very positive. To help you figure out your Trans-Mongolian train journey, here’s some information from our trip: All ...

Our Trans Mongolian Railway Journey: From Beijing to Ulan Bator

It was like Christmas morning, only better. The day we had been planning and anticipating for months had finally arrived! We were up at 6:00am for our Trans Mongolian Railway departure day. We were both so excited that we couldn’t sleep the night before and even ...

Applying For A Mongolian Visa In Shanghai

Applying for a Mongolian Visa in Shanghai? Here you’ll find everything you need to know including a 3 minute video on how to find the embassy and what to bring! UPDATE JULY, 2017: The Mongolian consulate has moved. The new address is 1428 Pudong S Rd, LuJiaZui, ...

Travel To-Do List: Central Asia

Depending on which country we travel to, we have a different  To-Do List. Some of the items remain the same (getting vaccinations, budgeting for the trip, buying travel gear, etc.), but for this particular trip, which will take us through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia & Iran, ...

Our Mongolia Travel Blogs


Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a place is through the lens of other travellers. Below you'll find a list of all of our Mongolia travel blogs. These are posts all about our personal experiences travelling around the country. We spent more than a month travelling around Mongolia and we loved every minute of it.

Mongolian Memories – A Roundup Of 30 Days Of Travel

As our time here in Mongolia comes to a close, we’re both shocked and unsure of where exactly the whole month went?! It feels like just yesterday we arrived in Ulan Bator after a 30 hour journey on the Trans-Mongolian Train. We made it! Arriving in ...

A Quick Trip From Ulan Bator – Terelj National Park

After our 6 day tour of the Mongolian Desert and our Epic 8 Day Trek Along The Chulut River, we were running out of time on our 30 day visa in Mongolia, so we decided to check out Terelj National Park before our time was up. We ...

Epic 8 Day Mongolian Trekking Adventure

Six months ago we began planning a trip which would revolutionize our travel style. We wanted to plan our own trek, away from the normal routes, truly off the beaten path. I started by seeking out rivers in Mongolia which were on flat terrain. The rivers ...

Experiencing The Naadam Festival In Mongolia

The Naadam Festival is the time of year in Mongolia when everyone gets together to show off their skills and compete in different events: wrestling, horse racing, archery and ankle-bone shooting. This festival is like Christmas to the Mongolian people. It’s the time of the year ...

Our 6 Day Tour: Good Times In The Gobi Desert – Part #2

…continued from Good Times In The Gobi Desert, Part #1 Day 4: The day started with some rock-hard, stale bread that actually had mould on it. Which wasn’t exactly the way we all wanted to start our 7.5 hour driving day! Once again, we hopped in ...

Our 6 Day Tour: Good Times In The Gobi Desert, Part #1

After spending a day in Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia, we were ready to set off into the great outdoors and experience all that this awesome country has to offer. We met up with 4 other like-minded backpackers about the same age as us, and began ...

Our Trans Mongolian Railway Journey: From Beijing to Ulan Bator

It was like Christmas morning, only better. The day we had been planning and anticipating for months had finally arrived! We were up at 6:00am for our Trans Mongolian Railway departure day. We were both so excited that we couldn’t sleep the night before and even ...

Counting Down The Days Until Departure!

We have only a few weeks left here in China! I don’t know how this is even possible. It feels like we just celebrated Christmas. In 26 days (but who’s counting?!) we will be hoisting our backpacks over our backs and heading back out where we ...

Planning Our Independent Trek In Mongolia

There are a lot of things going into our next trip through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia & Iran. Perhaps no part of this journey am I more excited for, than the 5-8 day expedition we’re planning in Mongolia! We plan to trek from the Chuluut River, ...

Travelling to Central Asia: Pressures Of The Planning Process

We have 3 months left before our teaching English contract here in China is up and we’ve officially started planning for our next trip! It’s turning out to be quite the process. We knew that travelling to one of the least touristy regions on the planet ...

THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT

When To Travel To Mongolia


The Best Time To Visit: July to December

The best time for traveling Mongolia is during the warmer, drier months between May and October with spring and fall being the absolute best. We visited during the summer and while we should've had decent weather, we actually saw quite a bit of rain. This just goes to show that you never know what the weather will do these days.

Mid-August sees the highest number of bugs which can make it difficult to camp in the clouds of flying pests. Trust me, these bugs can be debilitating. There was a hatch while we were hiking through the step and we were practically breathing them in. A smart purchase might be a hat with a mosquito mesh to cover your face. Always travel with long clothing to cover your body as well.

Ulan Bator is the world’s coldest capital, and across the country winter temperatures regularly drop to -30°C and below. 

Only the southern Gobi Desert is truly hot in the summer months, though this is also when some rainfall is most likely. Given the severity of the winter months travel beyond Ulan Bator is only really feasible during the warmer months.

Keep in mind that while Naadam Festival (July) is amazing to see, it also means that accommodation prices are high and options are low. Yes, some people do still visit Mongolia!

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