Mongolia is a place of beautiful extremes. A land where the ancient traditions of nomadic life still thrive against the backdrop of vast, untouched landscapes. It is an ideal destination for those of you who seek adventure, solitude, and a deep connection with nature and history.

Lightfoot’s Asia destination expert, Nikki, tells us why Mongolia is her most memorable vacation destination.




‘If you’re a city dweller like me, it’s the sheer scale of Mongolia’s landscapes that will stay with you long after your vacation ends. Highlights of a recent trip of mine including meeting local nomadic tribes, riding on horseback across the steppelands and climbing the iconic sand dunes of the Gobi Desert to soak in the incredible, unbroken views across the desert.’

To inspire your next adventure, look through our bespoke itineraries to Mongolia which can be found below, and reach out to Nikki today to discuss further.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic Mongolia

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  • Scrambling up the towering Khongoryn Els sand dunes for a glorious sunset and then sliding back down
  • Riding camels with an authentic nomadic camel breeder in the Gobi Desert
  • Staying at the luxurious Three Camel Lodge
  • Horse riding through the forest to the seldom-visited Tovkhon Monastery
  • Spending the night in your own bespoke ensuite luxury ger that has been set up in the wilderness just for you

When to go:

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ideal length 10 nights

Golden Eagles & Western Nomads

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  • Stay with a Kazakh eagle hunter and his family
  • Discover the importance of golden eagles to the Kazakhs, and learn about training these birds
  • Witness the unique, two-day Sagsai Golden Eagle Festival
  • Explore the Altai Mountains on horseback and visit ancient sites
  • Experience local cuisine and traditions such as Mongolian throat singing

When to go:

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ideal length 10 nights

Mongolia for Families

Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • The kids will love the experience of sleeping in traditional Mongolian felt tents, or ‘gers’
  • Whether it’s horse ack riding or walking, get the kids out in nature and be active all throughout this vacation
  • Learn about Mongolian culture first-hand by staying alongside a nomadic host family, helping them with their daily chores and letting the kids play and interact with the host children

When to go:

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ideal length 7 nights

Mongolia’s Eagle Hunting Festival

Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • Living alongside a nomadic eagle hunting family and learning about their age-old traditions and ways of life
  • Attending the annual Ulgii Eagle Hunting Festival and getting caught up in the excitement of this event which locals spend their lives training for
  • Experiencing a less mainstream part of the country and really getting off the beaten track

When to go:

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ideal length 6 nights

Trekking in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • A camping trek through some of the most remote parts of Mongolia, the western Altai Mountains
  • Meeting the famed eagle hunters and staying alongside a host family
  • Exploring some of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia’s heartland, including the stunning Orkhon Valley
  • Spending the night in Mandala Mongolia – the most luxurious and intimate accommodation available in the country

When to go:

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ideal length 11 nights
Destinations Featured in the Article
Kazakh Eagle Hunter in using trained golden eagles. Olgei,Western Mongolia

Mongolia

Magnificent, wild and mysterious, Mongolia offers intrepid travellers a chance to discover nomadic culture, untouched landscapes, and a true wilderness experience.

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