WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO COME TO MONGOLIA?
Known as The land of blue sky, Mongolia’s sunny country that enjoys over 200 sunny days each year. Although we have continental climate, summer is a very pleasant time to travel therefore Mongolia's tourist season is from May to October. May to October is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured, our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time. The best time to visit the Gobi is June or September.
HOW DO I GET TO MONGOLIA?
All direct flights come into Ulaanbaatar – most of them from Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo or Berlin. The Trans-Mongolian train from Moscow or Beijing makes a particularly exhilarating entry into the country. There are domestic flights and trains from Ulaanbaatar to the rest of Mongolia. Many of the tours use a 4WD Japanese and Korean vehicle to transport you to your destination.
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. During the tourism season, MIAT runs extra flights between Ulaanbaatar and Hong Kong, Singapore and Osaka. You also can travel to and from Mongolia by train. The Trans-Mongolian Express Train (not Trans-Siberian) takes a few days to travel from Moscow or Beijing.
WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO ARRANGE FOR MY FLIGHTS TO ULAANBAATAR?
As we are based in Ulaanbaatar, we are also able to book a cheap and convenient air ticket that starting above cities for you. Please fill out the inquiry form with your requirements and we will contact you with a quote for flights within 2 working days.
IS MONGOLIA A SAFE DESTINATION?
Mongolia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and compared to the US and Europe, is considered a very safe destination. Mongolian people are known for their nomadic hospitality and they will make you feel very welcome.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
If you are staying in Ulaanbaatar, you will be in a 3 or 4 star hotel. During any trips around the country, you will be camping in tents and in traditional Mongolian Ger. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.
WHAT IS TOURIST GER CAMP? CAN I PLUG MY HAIR DRYER OR ELECTRIC RAZOR IN MY GER?
The tourist camps use traditional Ger (national dwelling of Mongolia) for accommodation and these sleep 2-4 people. The Ger camps also have a separate washing block that contains western style flushing toilets in cubicles and shower cubicles. There are also laundry, eating and shopping facilities and you can charge up camera batteries and plug other electric items in the camps also..
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Warm thin layers of clothing, waterproof jacket, good walking boots, sandals and a hat and/or headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forget insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ); all your camera equipment and binoculars and perhaps some snacks to eat between meal times.
HOW’S THE FOOD?
Mutton, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! Tourist camps provide western meals. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian.
DO I NEED VACCINATIONS AND HOW IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
No vaccinations are required. The tap water in the cities is safe to drink, but mineral water is recommended. We will supply mineral water during your trip..
WHERE CAN I EXCHANGE MY MONEY?
US Dollars are often accepted, especially in Ulaanbaatar, but it is also useful to carry some cash in the local currency, the Tugrik. 1USD=2010 Tugrik /Jan 2016/ Any bank in Mongolia will be more than happy to exchange your currency, as will most of the hotels you'll stay in.
CAN I BRING TRAVELER'S CHEQUES?
Several banks accept and issue Travelers Check. But Credit cards are preferred over traveler's cheques. You can also withdraw cash from any ATM in all major towns. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB card are acceptable. It is almost impossible to use your credit cards in the countryside.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE, AND IF SO, WHAT SHOULD IT COVER?
Although not required, we recommend that our tour participants purchase a standard travel insurance policy through your insurance company. This is an affordable and comprehensive travel protection program that covers you for unexpected events that could cause you to cancel or interrupt your vacation, unexpected delays, medical assistance, loss of or damage to baggage.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE WITH ME ON THE TOUR?
On all of our scheduled group tours, the number varies from one group to another. However, we keep our groups small with an average size group of 4-14 people.
DO YOU ORGANIZE PRIVATE TOURS?
We offer private tours to individuals, families, and groups. Our private tours include a wide range of activities from cultural explorations, archeology to exhilarating outdoor adventures (Altai Mountain Trekking, Horse and Camel riding, Gobi desert expeditions, and much more).
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE ART88 TRAVEL ?
ART88 TRAVEL is recognized as a tour operator by the Ministry of Roads, Transportation and Tourism and is a member of Mongolian Tourism Association. We are committed to providing high quality, flexible and well-designed travel products and services to meet the needs of our clients. We work hard to ensure that your memories of Mongolia will be ones you will treasure for a lifetime.