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Mongolia

There simply is nowhere quite like it. The birth place of the great Chinggis Khan is largely the same now as it was then. The country is wonderfully diverse in terms of landscape. The magisterial Western Altai gives way to the fertile central Heartland. The exquisite forested North fades into the endless sea of green steppe which in turn becomes the Gobi in the South. One of the world's last wildernesses. A holiday in Mongolia will be like no other.

The people of Mongolia are wonderfully adapted to their climate. Temperatures can differ by as much as 80°C between summer and winter. The Mongolian ger is perfectly designed to withstand such extremes as well as being portable to fit the nomadic way of life almost half of the population lead. Such a demanding climate leads the people of Mongolia to exhibit magical hospitality. Only here does a traveller receive an unreserved welcome at every turn. No description of Mongolia is complete without reference to the ingrained equine culture present throughout the nation. The almost spiritual relationship between man and horse is captivating to all who visit and it remains critical to Mongolian identity.

Panoramic Journeys was conceived in Mongolia, a country which is synonymous with the panoramic view of rugged mountains, endless forests and vast open steppe. As a business we have grown up in Mongolia. It is our home and always will be. Our drivers and guides are old friends and they too care passionately about the experience we deliver in Mongolia. We work with them to constantly improve and expand what we can achieve as a community in Mongolia at the same time as protecting the places we know and love.  They will help you seek out the highlights of any trip such as the best seats at a local Naadam festival - a celebration of Mongolia's Three Manly Sports: wrestling, archery and horse-racing or arrange to meet the best eagle-hunter at the Golden Eagle Festival.

A PJ friend spent a few chilly winter days filming around Ulaanbaatar, Kharkhorin and Bayangobi.  Take a look at some of his breathtaking footage.

Looking for a small group tour?

GOBI, HEARTLAND AND ALTAI EAGLE FESTIVAL JOURNEY

In 2019 we are, for the very last time, running our incredible Gobi, Heartland and Altai small group tour.  This journey takes in the full breadth of wonder captured in Mongolia; from 'singing dunes' and 'flaming cliffs' to nomadic hospitality and famed eagle hunters.  Don't miss out on this last opportunity - click HERE to learn more

 

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"BE WARNED Mongolia and its wonderful people will likely become an addiction ...one that Panoramic Journeys knows how to totally and professionally satisfy"

Mark Lamb

Essential Information

Getting there

There are no direct flights from Western Europe or the USA to Mongolia however there are regular connecting flights from Beijing, Moscow, and other Asian cities.  Talk to us regarding the best options for your journey.


If you crave a little more adventure then the Trans-Mongolian Railway is for you.  Travel from Beijing to Ulaanbataar or from Moscow using the linking Trans-Siberian Express.

Health

Travellers to Mongolia should ensure that they are up-to-date with routine vaccination courses and it may be advised that further vaccines are sought. Please talk to a health professional 4 - 6 weeks before travelling.  It is recommended that most travellers are vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Tetanus but it is also worth discussing Hep B, Typhoid, Meningitis, Tuberculosis, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Rabies.

There are no immunisation certificate requirements for entry to Mongolia.

Visas

Guests are responsible for ensuring they have the correct visas to travel  however if you wish to use a visa service to help you apply then we recommend CIBT who will be able to assist.  Click here for our dedicated area on their website.

Travelling responsibly

Over the years we have built close links with communities across this beautiful country.  One of our passions is to support the nomadic culture and minimise urban migration.  We do this through working closely with our homestay families to provide valuable income that supports nomadic life and encourages cultural exchange.  For more read our Tips for Sustainable Travel

Mongolia is a country of distinct seasons and extreme regional variation, the hottest days in the Gobi desert can reach 40C and the coldest winters in Kovsghol can get as low as -50C.  Fortunately those are the extremes and a visit in June to September you might expect temperatures of around 15ºC to 20ºC with a little rainfall and January days will be blue skies but potentially down to -40ºC.


Visit in the winter for dog sledding adventures and the months of June to September will give you the best opportunity to enjoy everything that the ‘Land of the Blue Sky’ has to offer.

Read more about When to visit Mongolia

Currency

The currency in Mongolia is the Tugrik. It has been a relatively stable currency in recent years, and $1 roughly equates to 1,800MNT.  It is not possible to obtain Mongolian Tugriks (MNT) outside of Mongolia. Although dollars are accepted in some places in the capital, you will need Tugriks for any spending in the countryside.

Tipping

Tipping is discretionary in Mongolia so it is your choice to reward good service.  Our pre-departure Practicalities documents will give you guidance on appropriate tipping levels but some $1 notes and appropriate Tugriks for out of the city encounters.

Electrical Plug Sockets

Mongolian plug sockets take the European 2-pin plug.  Unless you are camping you will virtually always find somewhere to plug in chargers or appliances.  This may be in your own ger at at ger camp or in shared facilities.

What to Pack

In a country where the temperature can range from +35ºC to -35ºC you'll need to pack according to the season, our pre-departure documents will advise you on this.  However items like a torch, plenty of batteries, insect repellant and a sink plug will come in handy.  Binoculars might be appreciated in Mongolia's vast landscapes.

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