Mongolia

Overview

Occupying over one million square kilometres of land (roughly the size of Alaska), Mongolia is a place of limitless expanse. Tucked between China and Russia, it is a land all its own, a land of extremes offering snow capped mountains, wide expanses of verdant plateaus, silver flowing rivers, and windswept desert, all within its sovereign borders.

Mongolia remains one of the last untamed frontiers, a place ripe with mystery and intrigue. There are nomadic horsemen who ride across the desert plains, taking shelter in traditional ‘gers’ (felt yurts) to rest. There is the annual Naadam festival, a warrior challenge designed to test courage and strength. There are magnificent palaces that once housed the Living Buddha and ancient kings. And then, of course, there is the legend of Genghis Khan, the famed conqueror and emperor of the vast Mongol empire.

Once isolated from the world by overwhelming distance, today Mongolia has opened its borders, welcoming travellers from afar that come in search of wild landscapes, extraordinary history, and rugged adventure. Experience a unique mix of Russian, Chinese, and Tibetan influences not found anywhere else in the world. Visit the capital of Ulaanbaatar, the iconic sand dunes and stunning mountains of the Gobi Desert, monasteries in Tsetserleg. Though you may struggle to pronounce the names, the experiences will be indelibly marked on your heart in a language older than time.

Enquire with your Lightfoot Travel Designer to learn more about expertly crafted holidays to this extraordinary land.

Mongolia Regions

Northern Mongolia & Khovsgol Lake

Ask any Mongolian which is their favourite province and chances are they will say Khövsgöl. This stunningly beautiful area is a land of thick forests, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, rugg…

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Central Mongolia

Getting to the heartland of Mongolia may involve a bit of perseverance and time, but visitors who make the effort are rewarded with rolling hills, mountains, and sand dunes that stretch to t…

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Gobi Desert & Southern Mongolia

If you’re a fan of science fiction and the desolate locations where sci-fi stories often take place, you’ll feel right at home in the Gobi. This is a vast and gravelly plain; one of the …

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Eastern Mongolia

Eastern Mongolia - the home of Temüjin, the boy who would become Genghis Khan. With such a powerful pedigree, it may come as a surprise that this area is one of Mongolia’s least-visited a…

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Bayan Ölgii & Western Mongolia

If Mongolia is one of the last untamed frontiers, then western Mongolia and Bayan Ölgii are practically off the map. Welcome to the edge of the earth; a wild landscape characterised by rugg…

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Mongolia Itineraries

Golden Eagles & Western Nomads

Mongolia

Head out on a 10-night adventure to discover the fascinating history of Mongolia and experience the incredible 2-day Sagsai Eagle Festival. Witness eagle hunters compete for various awards …

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Mongolia Properties

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Gobi Erdene Ger Camp

Gobi Desert & Southern Mongolia, Mongolia

Gobi Erden Ger Camp is located in the Gobi Desert just a short distance from the magnificent Khongoryn Els sand dunes. It is a traditionally furnished camp, enabling guests to enjoy the stun…

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Gobi Nomad Lodge

Gobi Desert & Southern Mongolia, Mongolia

Located 33km from Yolyn Am, Gobi Nomad Lodge opened its doors in 2016 and provides a convenient base from which to explore the Flaming Cliffs, Yol Valley, Khavtsgait Petroglyphs and the Molt…

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Munkh Tenger Ger Camp

Central Mongolia, Mongolia

Munkh Tenger Ger Camp is located one kilometre Southeast of Kharkhorin. It opened in 2006 and can host up to 66 guests. The camp has a large restaurant ger, and a separate building for wate…

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Naraa Homestay

Central Mongolia, Mongolia

Naraa, Buje his wife, and two children, Tsindee and Bysa live in the Khan Khentii mountains just east of Terelj Village. The Terelj and Tuul rivers form a horse shoe shape around the mountai…

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Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar

Eastern Mongolia, Mongolia

Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar is located right in the heart of the city centre and is an ideal base for travellers who wish to explore the great landscapes of Mongolia. It is within walking …

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Sweet Gobi Geolodge

Central Mongolia

Sweet Gobi ecolodge, 260 kilometres from Ulaanbaatar, is based in the area of Bayangobi. It is composed of up to 20 yurts set up at the foot of the golden sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai facin…

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Three Camel Lodge

Mongolia

Engulfed in the wilderness of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Three Camel Lodge offers a luxurious take on the traditional nomadic lifestyle. Built with the desire to preserve and protect the …

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Ursa Major Geolodge

Central Mongolia, Mongolia

Ursa Major is one of the two ecolodges launched by the brand "Out of Nowhere", a new generation of ecological lodges established in Mongolia. Ursa Major boasts spectacular views on the Orkho…

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