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One week in Mongolia

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A 7 day trip to Mongolia is the perfect excuse to immerse yourself in a culture drastically different from anything you’re likely to have experienced before. The sheer scale of the country, its landscapes, and its history is enough to make even the most seasoned travellers stop to appreciate the Mongolian experience. Whether you want action and adventure, history and culture or relaxation, both physical and spiritual, then Mongolia should be next on your list. Travel with a nomadic clan and learn their ways or travel at your own pace, taking in the wildlife and scenery of Mongolia as you explore.

Best things to see and do for one week in Mongolia

What to see in one week

Mongolia’s rich history and religious roots means that there is no shortage of amazing monasteries and temples to see during your one week tour. Why not start with a visit to the partially ruined but entirely beautiful Erdene Zuu monastery or the sacred temples of Gandantegchinlen? For incredible art, visit the Choijin Lama Temple which is filled to the brim with amazing pieces. The Ongi Monastery is an unmissable site, where two ruined monasteries face each other across the stunning waters of the Ongi River. The Winter Palace of The Bogd Khan is a must for anyone who enjoys museum trips and it is located in the amazing area of Southern Ulaanbaatar. To see Mongolian natural beauty at its finest, travel to Tsambagarav Uul National Park or to Dayan Lake, where you will be bowled over by the peace and serenity of your surroundings. The Flaming Cliffs are yet another great site, where you can see an area famous for its ancient dinosaur fossils and learn about the ancient history that has been uncovered here over the years.

What to do in one week

Mongolia is the perfect destination for a one week adventure with all the activities you could possibly want. Hikers especially will love their time here with so many national parks, mountain ranges and glaciers to explore. Start with Gorkhi-Terelj National Park to get a taste of the unbeatable surroundings that you can enjoy for the rest of the week. What’s more, here you can enjoy a therapeutic dip in a hot spring to relax after a day of exercise. For a real challenge, travel to Khustain Nuruu National Park which is covered with rugged steppes and mountains. Spend a few days trekking and see the wild horses that roam the area in their herds. To get closer to some Mongolian horses, why not go horse riding in the most idyllic location in the world? At Yolyn Am you can ride or hike through a chain of glaciers; an experience you’re sure to never forget. To continue exploring wild, rugged and stunning landscapes, continue on to Bogd Khan Mountain which is a sacred and protected spot. Adventure lovers can even go skiing in the Sky Resort where you can enjoy roaming pistes before relaxing in an idyllic mountaintop lodge. End your trip by exploring the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to see sites such as the Government Palace and Sukhbaatar Square before heading home.

Best time to travel to Mongolia for a week

The best time for a one week trip to Mongolia is undoubtedly during the warmer summer months of May to August. During this period the weather is generally perfect, not to mention that July plays host to the traditional national sports festival of Naadam, with archery, horse racing and wrestling being just a few items on the agenda. During this festival there is often a huge influx of visitors, all hoping to see some of the tradition and festivities that accompany Naadam and so you will need to book in advance and expect to pay a little more for your accommodation during your 7 day trip. The winter months can bring bitterly cold weather and so if you do choose to travel between October and March you will need to be prepared for this. No matter when you choose to visit Mongolia, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

When to go in Mongolia?

The best time to go to Mongolia is between May and October, so as to avoid the bitter cold. However, avoid high summer if you're heading to the Gobi Desert, which gets scorching hot. It tends to rain between July and September but it doesn't downpour. Be warned that during the Nadaam in July and August, flights and hotels are quickly booked up, so reserve in advance!
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