FAQ of Mongolia
Travel to Mongolia
Is this country safe?
Politically the country is very stable. An elected President and parliament is at the head of the country's management. Administratively, if you meet your visa requirements, no other hassle will be experienced. Policemen are helpful to foreigners and no street violence exists. No natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods were registered recently. The only problem you might encounter is a drunken Mongolian who at night starts relating you his life stories in Mongolian language.
The country and its people!
Mongolia is a huge country with a population density close to 1 person a square kilometre. Mongolian landscape diversity is impressive. It goes from the mirror flat Gobi Desert to the high with snow capped Altai mountain pikes, passing by the with forest covered rolling hills of Central Mongolia. The nature is unique, unexplored and has a rich biodiversity. People are as diverse. Khalkh people in majority, they coexisting with Buriat, Kazak and many others minorities. They all live in the respect of their traditional culture. All of Mongolians have an incomparable hospitality.Mongolia makes you delighted!
Being far from any ocean influence, Mongolia has a very continental climate. The summers are pleasantly warm, the winters are freezing cold. The touristy months are from May to October. Winter tourism is now slowly taking off. Mongolia is also known as the land of the bleu sky. With over 280 sunny days a year, very little rain is to be expected during your stay in Mongolia. Hovsgol region in the month of August is however a little rainy.
Traditionally Mongolians eat meat, diary products and vegetables such as onions, garlic, potatoes, turnips and cabbages. They drink milk tea, fermented mares milk and an alcohol made of fermented and distilled cow milk. In Ulaanbaatar if you have money, you can basically find any imported western food product. On the tours we have experienced cooks who prepare well balanced meals. We can also organise tours for vegetarians.
How about accommodations?
Ulaanbaatar has luxury, western style hotels. Many of them are centrally located, in walking distances from shops and museums.
In the countryside you can stay in gers of ger camps. Gers are the traditional felt tents of nomadic herders. Each ger is furnished with a wood stove and beautifully painted furniture such as beds, a table and stools. Gers are based on double occupancy. Each ger camp has its restaurant, western style toilet and hot water showers.
Most visitors find their stay in gers, which provide an authentic taste of Mongolian culture and adventure, their most enjoyable experience in Mongolia.
While for away from tourist tracts there will be no other solution than to overnight in western style tents because no other accommodation is available. Travelling with us means that we will do our outer best to offer you the best available service. For this a special jeep will carry all the camping and kitchen equipment. We pride ourselves on the level of comfort we provide while camping in these remote areas, but camping is not for everyone.
What is the quick and easy access to Mongolia?
Transport to and from Mongolia is usually by air or train. Flights are run all year round by MIAT (Mongolian Airlines) to and from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. Aeroflot, Korean Air and Air China are also operating flights between Ulaanbaatar and other cities. You also can travel to and from Mongolia by train. The Trans-Mongolian Express Train takes a few days to travel from Moscow or Beijing.
Safety & Security
Our staffs are professional and are dedicated to personalized customer service. Every trekking group has experienced drivers and specialized equipment such as GPS, so you will never be lost.
What are the trips like?
Travel in Mongolia is exciting and you will enjoy spectacular scenery. If you are coming to trek, or horse ride through the countryside, you should have a certain level of fitness. You may encounter rough roads, high altitude and basic accommodation. During these trips, the stream is a bath while the toilet is a discreet rock or bush!
What standard of service do we provide?
All our tours are fully supported. This means that your luggage is carried either by horses, camels or vehicle; we put up and take down your tents, and food is prepared and cooked for you. All you need to carry is a small rucksack.
How many members make up a group and who'll look after me during the trip?
In order to ensure the utmost in personal service and quality, we limit our groups to a maximum of 8 people. During the expedition knowledgeable and sympathetic guides will look after you with our local auxiliary staff. For each expedition we provide an English-speaking guide who will be with you from your arrival in Mongolia until your departure. German, Japanese, French, and Korean speaking guides are also available on request.
Can you arrange private itineraries? How long is a typical tour?
Half of the trips we organize involve tailor-made itineraries for private small groups. An average trip lasts 2-3 weeks. We would be happy to organize a custom made trip for a group of 2 or more people.
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