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Visiting Wild Mongolia: A Nomad Adventure

Mongolia Nomad Village

When you think about Mongolia... Well, I don't know too many people thinking about visiting this country. And shame on them. Mongolia is placed in Central Asia and it's a huge country with just 3 millions of people. It's an awesome place for nomads, where time stopped many years ago.

So, what Mongolia can give to you? What to see in Mongolia? It offers a great chance to experience (probably) the last true Nomadic people that still live on our planet. Mongolia gives all travelers a very rare opportunity to hide from all world and from the all-encompassing civilization.

Food Cans

How to prepare and backpack for the trip to Mongolia

This is not a news that Mongolia is not a very rich country, where electricity and roads are an unneeded luxury. This is why, to be 100% happy while our adventure, we need to prepare ourselves a bit. And that's good because a trip preparation for me is almost the same excitement as the travel itself. So, what to take with us and what to pack into our backpack? Let's find out!

First things first: the food

When you are going to the 3 million people country that is bigger than 1/3 of Europe, you must know that you won't find a supermarket or a petrol station on every corner and every 20 kilometers of the road. This is why the first thing we should pack to our backpack to Mongolia is the food. What food? That, of course, depends on what you like, just make sure to take food that won't get rotten. Of course, you can also buy food after landing in Ulan Bator or other cities, but if you are fussy, you may not find a food that you like.

Another thing is a water, but this can be bought in Mongolia. Oh, and don't forget to take a coffee or a tea bags, if you like it. Trust me, you may need it.

GPS on the Bike

Hygienics

This part is also the same important as the food and water. Make sure to take with you (or buy in the city shop) a toilet paper, soap, hand gel and a towel. The first aid kit can also be a good thing to take. While traveling Mongolia, you will probably need all of this a lot.

Other things to take into your backpack

What else? A can opener! Don't forget that or you will stay with the food you actually cannot eat :-) A flashlight may be also useful and a few pack of batteries, as you will not have an access to the normal electricity. And don't forget about a camera - Mongolia is the great place for taking photographs. 

Take one anty-rain coat, a good boots for long-distance walkings and some good and comfortable clothes. It's also a good idea to have a GPS or at least to download a Mongolia territory map in Google Maps on your mobile, so you will be able to find where you are (or a map, if GPS is not an option). And if you have, take a spare mobile battery. Mongolia is also a great place for riding a bike, so you may consider this kind of transport.

So, now we are ready to start our Mongolian trip and our nomadic adventure. What to see and where to go during our trip through the Mongolia Steps and their Nomadic villages?

Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar)

This may shock some of you, but Ulaanbaatar is actually the coldest capital city in the World. The temperatures here during the winter can get even below -40°C! That's a thing and that's why I don't recommend to get here during that time. Hell no! But let's get back to the city itself and why we should get here in the first place. Well... We don't have to. 

City Center of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar is the city that has not too many real tourist attractions and visiting it for one full day is, in my opinion, totally enough. During this hours we can see a few intriguing markets, visit museums (for example the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs), temples (the Choijin Lama Temple was awesome!) or see some Mongolian palaces, like the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. When you will run out of interesting markets, museums, temples, and palaces you will know that it's time to go and meet the real adventure which Mongolia can provide to you.

The Gobi Desert in Mongolia with Camels

Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert is so huge that if you want to travel here, you will need at least a few days to see its beauty. But trust me, all that sand dunes, gorges, cliffs, and caves are worth it. If you want (and I recommend you to want it), you can sleep in the traditional Mongolian yurt with the real nomadic family, which is an awesome experience as you can see their culture and try to live like them.

Nomadic Mongolian Family with Their Tent

The big problem and the advantage at one of Gobi Desert are that it's so huge, that if you want to see a lot of famous places, you will need to spend a lot of time driving, as those places are usually about 8 hours drive apart from each other.

Ok so how it will cost as? The prices may vary, but I spend 45 dollars a day for one person with one of the tour operators in Ulan Bator. In included the bus, the driver, 3 meals a day, a camel ride, accommodation in shared Mongolian yurts and a water. That's not a big price for an adventure, isn't it?

Beautiful Lake Khövsgöl in Mongolia

Lake Khövsgöl

One of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen. Known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia, the Khövsgöl lake holds about 1% of the entire fresh water on Earth, isn't it huge? All that water freezes during the winter so the cars can drive through it, but let's get back to the summer... In summer the whole lake Khovsgol is surrounded by forested peaks and blooming wildflowers, which makes you feel like in magical fairytale and lets you enjoy the pure nature.

If you want to visit the whole lake, the good idea is to make is riding a horse - great attraction and you can really feel like a nomad from the old times. It's also a good idea to take a tent with you and sleep inside - there's nothing better than your own tent, a campfire, and the Mongolian lake.

Nadaam Festival in Mongolia

Naadam Festival

If you are planning your trip to Mongolia, you may consider getting there at a time of Naadam Festival. It's the time of year when everyone in the country gets together to compete in different competitions like horse racing, archery or wrestling. You may think of it as a Christmas, but in Mongolian way.

That time almost every city has it's own small Naadam Festival when its people spend time with their family and friends, so you don't have to be in a huge city like Ulaanbaatar to see the wrestlers and other competitions.

It's a great attraction, an unforgettable experience.and a great way to see how the locals enjoying themselves, and an awesome way to immerse ourselves in the local culture.

Nadaam Horse Riding in Mongolia

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this article and now you know where to go and what to see during your trip to Mongolia. For me, it was a travel that I won't forget as it was so much different than anything I did last years - that whole nature around, lack of people, quiet and primitive way of life.

I was able to feel like a real 15th-century nomad while riding a horse in Lake Khövsgöl or a camel in Gobi Desert. I can recommend Mongolia to all real adventures to experience a different way of travel. If you like, feel free to leave me a comment in the section below or to see my other adventures, for example the most interesting places to visit in Kazakhstan.

Wojciech Kuźma

Hey there! My name is Wojtek and I am very happy that you came to my travel blog. I've been traveling the world for a few good years now and I still want more.

On my website I describe the adventures that have happened to me, you will also find here a collection of valuable tips for tourists and travelers. If you liked this article, be sure to leave a comment and read some more!


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Comments: 8
  •   14th March 2018, 15:40

    I probably never visit Mongolia, but it's nice to watch your amazing photos! This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Ja chyba raczej nigdy Mongolii nie odwiedzę, ale za to bardzo miło obejrzeć Twoje niesamowite zdjęcia!

    •   28th September 2018, 11:25

      Thanks Kacprze, is always to dream and realize those dreams! Should go to Mongolia and experience the journey of life, what You are calling :-) This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Dzięki Kacprze, zawsze warto marzyć i te marzenia realizować! Warto pojechać do Mongolii i przeżyć podróż życia, do czego Cię bardzo zachęcam :-)

  •   25th June 2018, 16:44

    What to see and where to go in Mongolia? For sure, the Nadaam festival is worth recommending. It is also worth going for a horse ride, preferably for a few days - no difference where, Mongolia has undoubtedly an unusual atmosphere everywhere ... Super travel blog, I will be watching you! This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Co warto zobaczyć i gdzie pojechać w Mongolii? Na pewno festiwal Nadaam jest wart polecenia. Warto też wybrać się na konną przejażdżkę, najlepiej na kilka dni - już bez różnicy gdzie, Mongolia ma bez wątpienia niezwykły klimat wszędzie... Super blog podróżniczy, będę Cię obserwował!

    •   28th September 2018, 11:26

      The Nadaam festival is one of the places that really worth seeing in Mongolia :-) This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Festiwal Nadaam to jedno z miejsc które rzeczywiście warto zobaczyć w Mongolii :-)

  •   16th July 2018, 16:35

    Mongolia, nomadic country ... Beautiful views, I would like to go there someday. Thank you for this guide about what is worth seeing in Mongolia, maybe it will be useful to me someday ... :) This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Mongolia, kraj nomadów... Piękne widoki, tak strasznie chciałabym się tam kiedyś wybrać. Dziękuję za ten poradnik o tym, co warto zobaczyć w Mongolii, może kiedyś mi się przyda... :)

    •   28th September 2018, 11:27

      Thank you for the kind words, Mongolia is a beautiful country! This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Dziękuję za miłe słowa, Mongolia to przepiękny kraj!

  •   28th September 2018, 11:24

    What to see in Mongolia? I think everything! Beautiful steppes, nomads' life, contact with nature, space, beautiful landscapes ... This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Co warto zobaczyć w Mongolii? Chyba wszystko! Piękne stepy, życie nomadów, kontakt z naturą, przestrzeń, piękne krajobrazy...

    •   28th September 2018, 11:27

      In Mongolia there are so many things to see, what I have a huge problem to plan your trip, which lasted just two weeks (and I would like for a month at least...) This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: W Mongolii jest tyle rzeczy do zobaczenia, że sam miałem ogromny problem zaplanować swoją podróż, która trwała jedynie dwa tygodnie (a chciałoby się na miesiąc przynajmniej...)

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