1. The Best Time to Travel to Mongolia

​If you are planning to travel to Mongolia, the most significant thing to consider is the weather. The country experiences an extreme continental climate; it is so far inland that no sea tempers its climate.

Mongolia has four seasons and each has its own character. Keep in mind that the country has an average of 230-260 annual days of sunshine. That is why Mongolia owns a nickname of “The Land of the Blue Sky”. Do not forget your sunglasses and sunscreen.

Each season of Mongolia is favorable along with the festivals and the best of activities. This article will help you to get acquainted with the climate and to choose the best time to visit Mongolia.

Visiting in summer (June to August)

Weather:

  • The temperature ranges from 20C to 25C, Gobi temperatures this month can rise up to 40°C
  • Dry throughout the central and southern regions
  • The mountains and northern areas can be cold in August

Pack a fleece, windproof rain jacket and a good pair of waterproof shoes.

Things to do in summer

If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Mongolia, June might be the answer. It’s a decent time to get out of the city and drive to the countryside. You will love camping in Mongolian spectacular scenery.

July is the time to see the largest and Olympic-like Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar city. Also, each province or soum (small administrative district) of Mongolia organize the festival of their own on different dates throughout the summer allowing travelers to experience a genuinely authentic and uncrowded Mini Naadam.

Seasonal highlight

  • Mongolian Naadam Festival /10-12 July, Ulaanbaatar city/
  • Local Naadam Festival /08-09 July, Kharkhorin soum, Uvurkhangai province/
  • Gobi March /27 July – 03 August, Bulgan and Uvurkhangai province/

Visiting in Autumn (September to October)

Nature at its best in autumn featuring with colorful landscape and temperate weather. The cool weather brings respite to the Gobi and the varying colors in the forests in the north are beautiful. October is again cool and sees the occasional or rare snow bustle up north but is still fine for travel, especially in the Gobi desert.

Weather:

  • The temperature ranges from 3C to 10C, Gobi temperatures this month can rise up to 40°C
  • Unpredictable
  • Rare snow bustle up north

Pack your fleece, gloves, scarfs, windproof rain jacket and a good pair of waterproof shoes.

Things to do in Autumn

Khuvsgul Taiga, Autumn view

In October, Kazakh people inhabiting in the western part of the country celebrates the stunning Golden Eagle Festival. This amazing festival showcases the hunting skill of eagle and its hunters. During the festival, one can enjoy the parade of eagle hunters on horses, colorful traditional clothes, the rich culture of Kazakh people and their hospitality. The venue for the festival is perfect for photography.

Drive to the Gobi the land of dinosaur and enjoy the pleasant and mild weather. It is a great time to go on a birdwatching tour or wildlife spotting tour to see the beautiful birds and animals in their natural habitat. Try fishing, horse trek, and hiking.

Seasonal highlight

  • Golden Eagle Festival /15-16 September, Sagsai soum, Bayan-Ulgii province/
  • Golden Eagle Festival /05-06 October, Bayan-Ulgii province/

Visiting in Winter (November to February)

Weather

  • The temperature ranges from -25C to -30C, sometimes the temperature drops down to -40°C
  • Cold with snow storms and freezing cold wind

Khuvsgul, Winter view

Even the Mongolian winter is harsh and extremely cold but it has its own beauty. It would be an amazing experience for those who are prepared and seeking adventure. It is the time to enjoy the white landscapes, the bluest skies, and the freshest air. You will also get to feel or witness how Mongolians survive the cold winters. The cold weather in the north lasts a bit longer than the Gobi areas.

Pack your woolens and warmest clothes if you trotting here.

Things to do in Winter

In February when the weather comes closer to be stable and nice, the largest cultural festival Tsagaan Sar (Lunar New Year) is held. It will give you a memorable experience if you really want to know Mongolian culture and cuisine.

Also, the country has plenty of snow in winter where one can try winter sports. Enjoy dog sledding adventure in peaceful and beautiful Mongolian landscape. Experience Winter Horse Festival features a parade of unique and rare horses, thrilling competitions among horsemen, traditional singing and dancing performances, and horse race.

Seasonal highlight

  • Tsagaan Sar (Lunar New Year) /23-25 February, Erdene soum, Tuv province/
  • Winter Horse Festival /02-03 November, Batnorov soum, Chinggis province/

Visiting in Spring (March to May)

Weather

  • The temperature ranges from 5C to 15C.
  • Unpredictable weather, one can see four seasons in one day
  • Rainfall occurs in the taiga areas of Khentii and Khuvsgul
  • Dry and sunny
  • You can see snowfall in the north

Pack a fleece, windproof rain jacket and a good pair of waterproof shoes.

Things to do in spring

Gobi desert, Land of Dinosaurs

Spring is the most thrilling festivals season worth experiencing. It is a great time to see how Mongolians welcome and celebrate the start of the spring after enduring harsh winter. In March Gobi hosts 1,000 camel festival, people living in Northern Mongolia organize the largest Ice Festival on its crystal clear frozen lake Khuvsgul, Yak Festival, and Eagle Festival are held in different parts of the country.

Also, spring is a great time when a new life begins. For herders, it is the happiest and the busiest time of the year dealing with offspring/young borns. Therefore, it would be an interesting experience to visit a nomadic family during that time.

Visit Khustai National Park or Terelj National Park to enjoy the wildlife spotting, bloom of flowers, grassland, and trees as well as the smell of spring in the air.

Seasonal highlights

  • 1000 camel festival /06-07 March, Bulgan soum, Umnugobi province/
  • Ice Festival /03-04 March, Khatgal soum, Murun province/
  • Yak Festival
  • Eagle Festival /05 March, Ulaanbaatr city/

We hope that this article will be helpful for your trip planning to Mongolia. If you choose your ideal season, contact us for more information.

 

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Mongolia GSM Frequency (IES)

Mongolia uses the followig GSM frequencies: GSM 900 / GSM 1800.
When travelling, make sure that your phone supports the GSM frequency of the country you’re traveling to. Usually the supported GSM frequencies are printed on the box of your phone as well as its manual.

3. Mongolia Visa Information

How To Get Mongolian Visa?

Visa is required for all, except citizens of the following countries. Visas are available from the Mongolian embassy in your country. If there is no Mongolia embassy in your country, one month visas can be obtained on the spot once you arrive at the airport or railway station. There will also be a visa fee around 68US. We will supply an official confirmation letter (by email or post) for your visa application once you book a travel service with us.

  • Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, Macao,USA –no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three months
  • German, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Russia,Turkey – no need a visa for a visit not exceeding one month
  • Philippines – no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three weeks
  • Singapore, Hong Kong- no need a visa for a visit not exceeding two weeks
  • People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Thailand, Romania and Chile –who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit
  • Laos, Yugoslavia, Czech, Slovak, Mexico -who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three months ·
  • Hungary, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea – who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three month
  • India –needs Mongolian visa without visa fee
  • Cuba –no need a visa for a visit not exceeding one month Mongolian visas are issued by Mongolian Diplomatic Missions abroad or upon arrival at a special request. The Mongolian Embassies Abroad list

The Following Materials Are Required To Obtain Mongolian Visa:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. One Passport Sized Photo
  3. Application Form PDF (Visa Application Form) (Visa Application Form for Tourist)
  4. Either An Invitation Of The Recieving Entity (State, Government, Non-Governmental Organization, Business Entity) Or An Official Request Of The Sending Country And The Organization

Or, for tourists wishing to stay over 30 days up to 90 days, a letter of invitation from a travel agency of Mongolia. Please let us know if you need a letter of invitation.

Or, if you are traveling on a personal invitation of a citizen of Mongolia, an invitation approved by the Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens of Mongolia, and applicant’s written statement concerning his/her financial credibility to cover his/her stay in Mongolia.

Or, for those passing Mongolia in transit, onward ticket and visa for next destination are required.

Single entry-exit visa – US$25; for urgent service (within a working day) US$50; this kind of Visa is valid for three months from the date of issuing.

Multiple entry-exit visa valid for six months – US$65; for urgent service (within a working day) US$130,
Multiple entry-exit visa valid for one year – US$13 – US$130; for urgent service (within a working day) US$ 26
Visa extension valid for one week – US$15; for urgent service (within a working day) US$30; US$2 per a day exceeding a week.

4. Power Plug in

Voltage

The voltage in Mongolia is 220 V which is the same voltage used in China, Greece, Russia, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.

220 V has an advantage over lower voltage such as the 110 V that it is cheaper to transmit. On the other hand, 220 V is more dangerous than lower voltages.

Plug / Socket Type (s) in use In Mongolia

The plugs used in Mongolia are C or E. Moreover you can use a universal plug adapter or converter.

Plugs/sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter.

Mongolia GSM Frequency (ies)

Mongolia uses the followig GSM frequencies: GSM 900 / GSM 1800.

When travelling, make sure that your phone supports the GSM frequency of the country you’re traveling to. Usually the supported GSM frequencies are printed on the box of your phone as well as its manual.

5. What to pack

Things you should carry on your Mongolia tour

If you planning your next vacation to Mongolia here are few things that are must have in your kitty, to make your trip a fulfilling and a comfortable experience. Since the weather in Mongolia is highly unpredictable, you need to be prepared.

Luggage:

It should be travel big backpack or suitcase made by smooth material with 78*38cm size, if possible should be made by nylon materials have long zipped and handle. Every big backpack, suitcase is appropriate to have hanging small lock.

  • Daily usage camera, water bottle and backpack includes other private items

Clothes:

  • Comfortable light boots for walking
  • Rubber slippers to wear in ger camps bathroom
  • Rain coat, cloak with cowl proof of water and wind
  • Warm coat or jacket
  • Scarf, hat, gloves
  • Casual pants, shirt, pullover and skirt etc that are suitable to wear in downtown
  • Short sleeved shirt or T-shirt: 2-3 pcs
  • Long-sleeved, sweater: 1-2 pcs
  • Sizable, pullover or jacket
  • Thin (quickly dries) pants or skirt – 2 pairs
  • Socks, underwear, nightwear
  • Scarf to cover head: 1-2 pcs

Technical Supply:

  • Sleeping bag in case of having a picnic
  • Bed sheet using inside of the sleeping bag (In order to make more warm)
  • Glassy bag to put small items inside of the bag
  • Sunglass (with cover)
  • Additional sun-glass
  • Water plastic case with 1 liter of capacity
  • Pocket knife
  • Sanitation devices (included face soap etc which is harmless to the nature)
  • Quickly dries thin towel (dedicated to wash, wipe and dry)
  • Jacklight or head light with batteries
  • Travel alarm clock with extra batteries
  • First aid or medicine box, sun cream, lip-gloss and female tampon etc

Others:

  • Camera, film, binoculars
  • Books, magazines, notebooks, tabouret box
  • Money belt
  • Travel food is delicious but you can bring your favorite snacks

 

 

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