Travel Inspiration: Mongolia
For this edition of our A2D Travel Inspiration newsletter, we're taking you to Mongolia; an unforgettable land of desert, steppe and mountains of dizzying expanse.
From Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi Desert to the dense forest lands of the Zavkhan Province, Mongolia is adventure tourism at its best; an experience that is utterly unrepeatable anywhere else on the planet.
Take a look at some of incredible things to do, places to stay and experiences to have.
To start planning your own bespoke Mongolian adventure, please contact our Travel Manager, Rafael by clicking on the Request button at the bottom of the newsletter.
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A2D Travel and Concierge
M O N G O L I A
A bucket list destination
One of the most remote and intriguing places on earth
Abundant wildlife and home to the second largest population of snow leopards in the world
A region steeped in nomadic culture
A place that defies expectation
An epic adventure playground mixing old, traditional ways with new, modern life.
Sandwiched between Russia and China, it's bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined.
Best time to go:
Summer months of mid May, June, July & August are best for weather.
Winter (Dec - Feb) is when Mongolia is at its most magical and tourism at its lowest.
Fly Aeroflot from Oslo or London to Ulaanbaatar, via Moscow
Duration: 11 hours
Ulaanbaatar or "UB" as it is fondly known is Mongolia's capital city and home to nearly half of Mongolia's population.
It's a sprawling, industrialised city of pulsating commerce, wild traffic, playful nightlife and bohemian counterculture.
It has a thriving, independent music scene of rock, folk, rap, metal and even reggae.
It's also the place to explore ancient temples, museums and palaces.
WILD IN THE WEST
Head to Ulgii in the far west.
Explore the stunning Khokhserkhiin Nuruu Protected Area.
Spot Altai argali, mountain sheep, wolves, and the elusive snow leopard.
Travel further into the Altai.
Meet and hang out with the Kazakh eagle hunters.
Accompany them as they hunt with eagles for a unique insight into this vanishing way of life.
Trek through the highest mountains in Mongolia and along the edge of the Potanin Glacier.
Explore ancient rock art and burial places.
Camp under the stars.
FESTIVAL OF ICE
Join the local residents on the frozen Lake Khövsgöl at the feet of the eastern Sayan Mountains for this annual festival in March.
This fun event involves ice Sumo, ger building with ice, and beautiful ice sculptures.
WHERE TO STAY
Stay in a remotely located teepee in the Taiga Forest in northern Mongolia with members of the nomadic Dukha tribe.
Travel be reindeer optional.
If sleeping in style is more your thing, head to the wilds of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park where there lies the Terelj Hotel, a 19th-century Russian-holiday-camp-turned-21st-century-luxury-retreat and spa.
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, ULAANBAATAR
Mongolia's capital is home to the Shangri-La Hotel with its stunning views.
290-rooms, housed in a 95m-high, 21-storey, glass-walled tower.
ARE YOU EXCITED BY MONGOLIA?
If you'd like to know more or want to start planning your own bespoke Mongolian adventure holiday, then click on the Enquiry button below.