FAQs About Mongolia Travel
A journey as fantastic and unusual as a trip to Mongolia whether on its own or as a stopover on a Trans-Siberian tour will inevitably raise a lot of questions. Below you will find the most frequently asked answered but if you have any not covered here please just ask us.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Mongolia?
The majority of tourists visit Mongolia from June to August with the peak being around the Naadam Festival in mid-July. May and September are also good times to travel in Mongolia and are less busy than the summer months although the weather can be unpredictable.
Are Ger Camps Open in the Winter Months?
Many ger camps close in the winter. A few do remain open in the grasslands around Ulaanbaatar though. The season for ger camps generally runs from mid-May to the end of September or early October. In the winter the camps close because they become difficult to reach and facilities need to be shut down to avoid pipes freezing. Even the ger camps that do remain open will be on a “winter regime” which means no running water and basic toilet facilities (long drop style). A winter ger experience is thoroughly worthwhile though!
Do I Need a Visa?
Most people do including UK nationals. The main notable except is USA and Canadian passport holders. click here for up to date information.
How Much Spending Money Do I Need?
Assuming you already have a tour booked around £ 20 per person per day for extras such as tips, alcohol and the odd souvenir is usually enough. As ever, it is easy to spend more.
What Clothes Should I Bring?
Be prepared for hot scorching sunshine and cold chilly and windy nights. Layers and plenty of them are the answer as the weather changes frequently and with little notice. Sunglasses and cream, a hat and good walking boots or sturdy shoes are a must. In winter bring everything!
Do Gers Have Electricity?
Many ger camps will have electricity now either from generators or solar panels. It won’t always be a reliable supply though. Mongolian plugs have two round pins and power is 220 V / 50Hz (same as China and Russia).
Will My Phone Work?
Yes, at least built up areas. However, if you buy a SIM card make sure you are buying for the right phone system as some mobile companies in Mongolia operate on GSM (same as UK, Europe) and others CDMA (North America and Japan). In general Mobicom & Unitel are for GSM phones and G-Mobile & Skytel for CDMA. Check what roaming charges will be with your mobile provider.
How Is Access to the Internet?
In Ulaanbaatar access is good and many cafes have wifi. Once in the countryside access will be unusual!
Is Mongolia Safe?
The vast majority of our clients visiting Mongolia have a safe and trouble free trip. However, you do need to keep your wits about you in Ulaanbaatar watching your pockets and bags in crowded places and avoid walking around at night.
What if I Am a Vegetarian?
As long as we know in advance we can cater for almost all dietary requirements. Note that Mongolia is not known for its vegetarian cuisine though!
What Currency Should I Bring?
We would suggest a mixture of credit / debit cards and a small amount of cash in USD (preferred) or Euros. Mongolia is a good place to change any excess Chinese Yuan or Russian Roubles depending on your direction of travel. Make sure you let your card provider know you will be in Mongolia or your card may be stopped!
Can You Organise Tailor Made Tours?
Yes, we can – just let us know your requirements and we will put together an itinerary and quote for you.
Can You Book Flights to Mongolia?
Yes, we hold an ATOL license (10287) so are authorised to book flights for our clients. There are not many good routes to Mongolia so choices are limited.
Is My Money Protected if I Book With You?
Yes, either through our ATOL for flight inclusive bookings or insurance we hold for non-flight bookings. We are also members of ABTA (Y1699) and abide by their rigorous code of conduct.
What Hotels Do You Recommend in Ulaanbaatar?
We tend to book the Bayangol Hotel 3* or the Hotel Blue Sky Tower 4* both of which are good standard for their class and nice and centrally located.
How Far in Advance Should I Book?
As the season of travel in Mongolia is short an tourist numbers tend to outstrip hotel rooms and train tickets we advise booking as far in advance as possible. outside of the summer period later bookings should normally be fine.
Is There Anything Else I Should Be Asking?
Most likely! We are always happy to answer your questions and to assist with your travel planning so please do not hesitate to contact us.