Top 10 Things To Do and See in Mongolia
Mongolia is one of the last remaining unsullied destinations in the world! It possesses a vast diversity of majestic landscapes from steep mountains to dense forests in the north, through the central plains and the arid deserts in the south. Mongolia is a country where its culture, history, and landscapes are completely connected, where nomads still roam the vast steppes as they did in the days of Genghis Khan, and with great hospitality from its inhabitants.
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To give you a quick overview of the treasures in this country, here are our Top 10 things to do and see in Mongolia:
1/ NAADAM FESTIVAL IN KHATGAL
Khatgal is one of the best places in Mongolia to celebrate the Naadam Festival, which takes place every year from the 11th to the 13th of July. Unlike Ulaanbaatar, Khatgal offers a much more festive atmosphere where one does not need to go through long lines to attend the games. The atmosphere of this small northern town is particularly cheerful at this time of year, supported by the legendary hospitality of the Mongols. Everyone in their traditional costumes makes it a real colorful show to attend. The Mongols are busy with 3 sports games: archery, wrestling and horse racing, all in joy and good humor. Attending Naadam is a real experience that you can’t miss during your stay in Mongolia.
2/ CAMEL RIDING IN THE KHONGOR SAND DUNES
A sand desert definitely contrasts with the idea of Mongolia and its vast plains. However, the Khongor Sand Dunes (Khongoriin Els) are among the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. They spread over 180 kilometers long and can reach up to 300 meters high. An ascent to the summit offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding desert. Traditional camel breeders inhabit this area, so it’s a great opportunity to learn about these fascinating animals.
You can ride a camel among the Gobi and explore this majestic area thanks to our tour: From Steppe to Desert.
3/ STARGAZING IN THE GOBI DESERT
This is definitely the ultimate experience for a moment of peace and serenity. After a good day of hiking in the Gobi Desert, enjoy this moment of rest while admiring a stellar sky as you've probably never seen before. The silence of nature combined with the immensity of the desert and the sky will give you an incomparable and unforgettable experience.
With our Steppe & Gobi Discovery Tour, you can experience and explore the wonders of the Gobi Desert.
4/ MEET THE TSAATAN REINDEER HERDERS
The Darkhad Valley is located in the northwestern part of Mongolia and is the home of the reindeer breeders, the Tsaatans (or Dukhans) The Tsaatans are a small reindeer community that consists of 40 nomadic families who still depend on these animals to survive. Particularly a difficult area to travel, yet rewarding since you will explore many clear lakes, rivers, green meadows, taiga larches, and valleys.
If you want to meet the Tsaatan breedes, you definitely need to try our Meeting With The Dukhans Tour.
5/ TREK IN THE KHENTII PROVINCE
The Khentii is a natural province located in the eastern region of Mongolia. In the steppe, you will discover many valleys, mountains, rivers, and lakes. You will experience horse-riding in the valleys, interact with the nomads, sleep around beautiful lakes, and many more activities that will allow you to discover a variety of facets of Mongolia that you will never forget.
Our tours in the Khan Khentii will allow you to hike in the park or explore the valley by horse.
6/ FISHING ON THE KHENTII RIVERS
There’s nothing better than relaxing while fishing on a quiet sunny afternoon in the Khentii rivers. The Khentii province contains winding, pristine, cold-water rivers that are particularly suitable for fishing. The mountain surroundings and vast forests make these rivers a perfect setting for fishing lovers!
7/ HORSEBACK RIDING IN KHOVSGOL LAKE
Khovsgol Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Mongolia by volume. It is also known as the “blue pearl of Mongolia” because of its impressive crystalline color. Horseback riding along the lake and its surroundings offer the opportunity to explore unique landscapes, interact with local nomads, and discover peaceful forests with wild animals such as alpine ibex, reindeers, and beavers. The area is not only ideal for relaxing, but also offers many choices of outdoor activities.
Discover Khovsgol Lake and other beauties of northern and central Mongolia with our Wonders of Mongolia Tour.
8/ CELEBRATE THE MONGOLIAN NEW YEAR WITH A NOMADIC FAMILY
Experience the distinguished hospitality of the Mongolian by joining their community during this great holiday season. Tsagaaan Sar traditionally takes place between late January and early March, depending on the lunar calendar. This is a period where many families offer gifts and prepare special dishes that you absolutely need to try. You will fully immerse yourself in the Mongolian culture and collect many incredible memories that you will keep for a lifetime!
Our February departure for the White Ride Tour is special for Tsaagan Sar allowing you to celebrate the lunar new year with a nomadic family.
9/ WATCH THE MONGOLIAN RIDERS REPATRIATE THE HORSES
There is hardly a place in the world where horses hold a prominent place in the culture and maintain a connected relationship with Man. The strong man and animal relationship have built most of the nomadic culture in Mongolia. Watching the Mongolian riders gather the wild horses in the spring is both magical and impressive. Discovering the extreme skills of the Mongolians on their horses will leave you speechless!
If you want to discover the way of life of Mongolian nomads from the inside, the Among Nomads in Arkhangai Tour is just the thing for you.
10/ EAGLE HUNTING WITH THE KAZAKHS ON HORSE
The ancient eagle hunting art, as practiced by the Kazakhs, has remained the same for years! Admire the speed and hunting power of these majestic eagles as well as the close relationship they have with their masters. Hunting in the wild landscapes of Bayan-Olgii is a unique experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.