Mongolia Travel Guide

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Mongolia’s wild plains - empty but for the intermittent yurts, mystifying temples and horses galloping forcefully across them – are the defining (and iconic) image of this well educated and fast modernizing country. Take the time to explore thoroughly, however, and you can’t fail to grasp an underlying spiritualism, potent amongst the mountains and deserts, reindeer packs and icy canyons.

In capital Ulaanbaatar – still the only city of any note – you’ll find an almost Chinese big-city vibe, with hectic traffic, messy nightlife and the internet spreading through the city like a virus. It’s the absolute antithesis of the slow-paced life on the plains, but still more than justifies a trip, as home to an expansive and informative collection of museums and Gandan Khiid: a towered, pagoda clad monastery with reams and reams of gently spinning golden prayer wheels.

Back in the countryside, Mongolia is something of an adventure lover’s paradise. Destinations like Dundgov thrive on ecotourism ventures, rock climbing and camel trekking. Arkhangai region is the place to be for ‘out on your own’ camping, as well as scenic hiking and astonishing open-air fishing, while in the Darkhad Depression you can trek to the heart of reindeer country and visit their colossal herding camps. Then, of course, there’s that horse ride along the Steppes, perhaps the definitive Mongolian experience.

If you’d rather just look at the wilderness than find yourself in the heart of it, you can hang out in gers (symbolic white felt tents) eating mutton (which seems to be the defacto national dish), and sipping fermented mares milk or salty tea. Then there’s always Gurvan Saikhan National Park, where the fossil-filled desert meets towering icy canyons, and you can enjoy the best of both.

Following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan and exploring the vast expanses of astonishing Mongolian countryside is a lifetime ambition for many, and the sheer variety of countryside on offer makes it a truly special experience. From abandoned old monasteries to outdoor wrestling matches, mixed with endless plains and camping under the stars, every day here can be a memorable one.

Ulaanbaatar #1 most popular location
Shrouded in mystery over the years as a city without a permanent location, changing periodically over the years as a result of centuries’ worth of tradition, Ulaanbaatar is the capital and …
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Harhorin #2 most popular location
Harhorin, or Kharkhorum or Karakorum, or whatever, there isn't a correct Western spelling for this ancient Mongolian word, became the capital of Mongolia when Chinggis Khan decided to move th…
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Gobi Desert #3 most popular location
There are 2 options to visit Gobi Dessert in Mongolia. One can either take a bus which will take 2 days or to take a flight. Dalanzadgad Airport is the gateway to Gobi Desert. The flight jour…
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Tsetserleg #4 most popular location
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Terelj #5 most popular location
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Dalanzadgad #6 most popular location
Dalanzadgad is the capital of the province Ӧmnögov and the biggest city in the Gobi Desert. With tourism increasing and the mineral-rich environment, this town is developing fast from a a d…
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Saikhan Ovoo #7 most popular location
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Bulgan #8 most popular location
Yolyn Am #9 most popular location
Yolyn Am (Vulture's Mouth) is a lush green valley in the middle of the Gobi Desert. That alone is unique, but this remarkable national park also has a beautiful gorge that is filled with ice …
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Ikh Gazryn Chuluu #10 most popular location
Ikh Gazryn Chuluu is an area located in the centre of the 'aimag' (province) Dundgov, the northern part of the Gobi Desert. Most notable for this location are the large boulders and rocks tha…
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ulanbataar #11 most popular location
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Khongoryn Els #12 most popular location
Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur #13 most popular location
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. An immense mass of white-hot lava once blocked the bed of the River Terkh and it is water formed Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan, which is 16 kilometers in length, 20 meters in d…
Bayanzag #14 most popular location
Khovsgol Lake #15 most popular location
Khovsgol Nuur/Lake/ is a real hidden wonder, a definite must see in Mongolia! The water is so clean and the views are superb..The trekking is amazing with great opportunities for photography,…
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Outside Dalanzadgad #16 most popular location
Tov #17 most popular location
Tov is a province in central Mongolia, around the capital Ulaanbaatar. You'll cross this area whenever you leave the main city, it forms the gateway of the Gobi Desert in the south and the mo…
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Olgiy #18 most popular location
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Baga Gazryn Chuluu #19 most popular location
Tsagaan Suvraga #20 most popular location
Hatgal #21 most popular location
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Darkhan #22 most popular location
Mandalgovi #23 most popular location
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Turelj #24 most popular location
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Hustai #25 most popular location
Orkhon Valley #26 most popular location
Tariat #27 most popular location
Tsogt Ovoo #28 most popular location
Tsogt Ovoo is an area in the Ömnögovi Province in southern Mongolia. It is in the middle of the Gobi Desert. Most people living here are nomads, they keep herds of camels and goats. Ther…
Khogno Khan Uul #29 most popular location
Edernedalai #30 most popular location
Ogiy Lake #31 most popular location
Arvayheer #32 most popular location
Amarbayasgalant Khiid #33 most popular location
Bagagazyn #34 most popular location
Khovd #35 most popular location
Hatgal #36 most popular location
We stayed at in the traditional Mongolian gers for some nights by the Khovsgol Lake.stayed at mongol farm with horses,sheeps,goats,cows. really enjoyed the scenery there. The weather is cool …
Karakorum #37 most popular location
Jargalant #38 most popular location
Choibalsan #39 most popular location
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Zamyn-Uud #40 most popular location