Mongolia occupies more than one million square kilometers of land (roughly the size of Alaska), a place of unlimited extension. Located between China and Russia, a land of its own, an extreme land that offers snow-capped mountains, vast expanses of green hills, silver flowing rivers, and winding desert, all within its sovereign borders.

Mongolia remains one of the last unbridled borders, a place ripe with mystery and intrigue. Bedouin riders are riding the desert plains, taking refuge in the traditional "grooms" to rest. There is the annual Naadam Festival, a warrior challenge designed to test courage and strength. There are lovely palaces that once housed the living Buddha and the ancient kings. And then, of course, there is the myth of Genghis Khan, the conqueror and the famous emperor of the vast Mongol Empire.

Once isolated from the world at a distance, Mongolia has now opened its borders, welcoming travelers from afar in search of wild landscapes, extraordinary history, and rugged adventure. Try a unique combination of Russian, Chinese, and Tibetan influences not found anywhere else in the world. Visit the capital of Ulaanbaatar, the magnificent dunes, the stunning mountains of the Gobi desert and the monasteries of Tsetserleg. Although you may struggle to pronounce names, experiences will be apparent to your heart in a language that is older than time.

Best Season: 
Year Round
Popular Location:
Karakorum, Terelj National Park, Lake Khovsgol, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Orkhon Valley, Khustain Nuruu National Park, Ulaanbaatar

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