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Mongolia Holidays

A country where almost half of the population maintain a nomadic lifestyle, rugged Mongolia is a place where traditions have remained unchanged for centuries. Landlocked between China and Russia to the east of Central Asia, capital Ulaanbaatar is the largest population centre in Mongolia and the base for further exploration of the vast interior. Eastern Mongolia, a region of thick forests and endless grasslands, is Genghis Khan’s homeland and also where the great khan was born and raised. To the south, steppes turn to desert where the giant dunes of the Hongor and the remote Gobi can be explored. Alternatively head north passing isolated nomads to Lake Hövsgöl – one of the continent’s largest bodies of fresh-water. Mongolia is a one-off, truly adventurous destination. Pettitts Travel specialises in providing quality, tailor-made holidays and tours to Mongolia.

Places to visit in Mongolia

‘Land of the Blue Sky’, huge swathes of this mammoth country remain remote and unexplored whilst the pristine landscapes and proud Mongolian people sustain an authentic and ancient culture which makes it an ideal destination for those looking for an ‘off the beaten track’ adventure. Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia and the country’s largest centre of habitation. Explore Sukhbaatar Square, climb the Zaisan Memorial and visit Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Close to Ulaanbaatar are the rolling green landscapes of Terelj and Hustai national parks. The south is home to the Gobi Desert which covers close to a third of Mongolian territory, central Mongolia has many historical sites and archaeological remains and the northern regions that border Siberian Russian are centred on Khovsgol Lake. Few travellers make it to western and eastern Mongolia although the latter is the reputed birthplace of Genghis Khan.

When to Visit Mongolia

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Mongolia is a place of extreme weather patterns with the best time to visit the country between the start of June and the end of September. Although summers are short they are generally mild – in some places even touching 30°C in July and August – however it can also be changeable during this period with the risk of rain a possibility. Nights, even at this time of year, can be cold and it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop as low as 0-15°C. The winter in Mongolia stretches from October to April and is long and cold with outlying regions experiencing temperatures as low as -50°C in December and January. In general Mongolia has a dry climate with an annual average of over 250 cloudless days whilst some parts of the Gobi Desert in the far south have not seen rainfall in years.

Essential Information

Capital: Ulaanbaatar Main Language: Mongolian
Time Zone: GMT + 8 Currency: Tugrik (MNT)

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Accommodation in Mongolia

The accommodation in Mongolia is very diverse and largely depends on which part of the country you are in. As the capital city, Ulaanbaatar has the widest range of accommodation in the country and can offer everything from homestays and locally run enterprises to comfortable international hotels. Most people associate Mongolia with the traditional ger and in rural locations a ger camp is the most common accommodation option. Facilities range from the very basic to relatively comfortable with some even having 24 hour mains electricity and constant hot water. All gers will have a traditional wood-burning stove. Few will have en-suite facilities. Temporary tented camps are used when in the true Mongolian wilderness whilst homestays with local nomadic families can sometimes be arranged.

China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan Holiday Review

I was lucky enough to be given a three month career break and wanted to do some extensive travelling in Asia. I emailed a number of travel companies with a request to prepare a tailor made tour across certain specific dates. Pettitts were the first to reply and from that moment on provided a superb service. Initially there were a number of changes requested to the itinerary, but they were able to accommodate all changes and flex the programme according to our needs. The countries visited were China, Mongolia, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Pettitts have clearly identified high quality international partners given that we were impressed with all travel guides in each country.

Pettitts assisted with all questions we had during the planning of the trip and were very quick to get in touch with us on the one occasion they needed to during the trip. Pettitts were excellent and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their service was first class and I would be more than happy to use their services again.

SG - China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan - July 2018

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